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Giving Each Event its Own Unique ID with Inspired Designs

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring graphic designer for just over ten years. She also enjoys making and building things. She is humble to say that she can’t draw to save her life, but has a creative side in many other ways.

This rings true as soon as you see the beautiful creations done by Marissa at ID Inspired Designs who is our Mom of the Month.

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I had the opportunity to connect with Marissa to get to know more about this great mom and her company.

  1. What does your company do?

We design, print and execute custom paper products for all occasions, such as invitations, loot bags, favor tags, posters, banners and a lot more. We also design, print and execute paper products for businesses, this is secondary though.

  1. When did you start your business?

I started this business about eight years ago.

  1. How did you come up with the idea?

I designed invitations and paper products for occasions in my life and I had many friends and family members who wanted me to do the same for them. With each job came another referral and before I knew it, I was a full blown business.

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  1. How did you come up with the business name?

ID is short for identity as I feel everything such as an event and business should have its own unique identity. Inspired Designs came to me since it is my clients who inspire and challenge me to bring their designs to life.

  1. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

To be able to execute every clients design to the way they picture it. I want to be able to reflect what they see in their minds to their eyes.

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  1. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

I would love to be doing this full time, to have a dedicated work space and be able to spend all my work time executing what makes my heart sing.

  1. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

Marissa stated that she sadly does not think she does this very well as she works full time and in her spare time is when she executes designs for her clients. However, I know that even with her busy schedule she still finds time to spend it with her loving son. They even have mom and son dates where they do something fun together outside of the home. So in my books she balances it really well and is humble about it.

  1. Lastly, how can people connect with you if they are interested in ordering from you?

Interested clients can email me or connect with me on our Facebook page.

Email: idinspireddesigns@yahoo.ca
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IDInspiredDesignsCustomStationary/?fref=ts

Also make sure to follow ID Inspired Designs on Instagram @idinspireddesigns to see many more of her masterpieces.

When I asked Marissa what else she would like our readers to know, she stated, “We can work with any idea and any budget. I love to be challenged and I really do love what I do.”

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Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Marissa of ID Inspired Designs as this month’s “Mom of the Month” as she is such a humble, kind and extremely talented. We have used her services before and the outcome has always been above expectations. Marissa is also a great mom who is always there for her son and he is always number one in her books.

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Thank you Marissa for your time and wishing you many years of success! Keep on dreaming and everything is possible!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day moms of past, present and future!

Here I am on my second Mother’s Day and it feels great! Today is the day that we celebrate and appreciate moms for all that they do and are to us. Of course we should be appreciating our mothers every day but it can be hard to do. So today, is our friendly reminder to tell them how great and awesome they are!

I was excited to just spend the day with my daughter and husband as our family time means the world to me. I did get some ‘me time’ with a relaxing pedicure and got beautiful purple orchids but the one gift that I wasn’t expecting was the feeling of proudness!

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It all started with the card that I got from my daughter which said: “Mom, you take good care of me! You’re the best mom in the whole world! And I hope you’re proud of that, ‘cause I sure am! Happy Mother’s Day.”

After fighting back the tears, it hit me! Yes, I should be proud!

As I look into her eyes and watch her smile melt my heart, I realized that I am contributing to who she was becoming. I am an influencer, role model, and teacher. As a mom we are so much and we give ourselves every single day. But yet, I know I am always doubting if I am doing a good job as a mom. But today I have realized that I am doing a great job, as I know that I am doing my very best for her every single day.

I can see my daughter’s loving, caring and full of life energy develop through each passing day. I am proud to see her grow, learn and come into her own personality. This is why I am extremely proud to be called ‘Mom’.

It took a little card to help me realize how truly important Mother’s Day was. For me it will be a day to be proud and to self-appreciate the most beautiful, rewarding, stressful and tiring role of my life; motherhood!

To all the moms, know that you are awesome and we are all thankful for your impact in our lives. Enjoy your day today and don’t forget to be proud of yourself and appreciate what you have accomplished!

Until next time…….Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Life with an Autistic Son

Parenthood is this rollercoaster journey that has us constantly learning about ourselves. We learn to embrace and enjoy the beautiful moments and we learn to cope with the challenges that parenthood brings us. Everyone’s experience and journey is as different as every child is. Even in one family with more than one child can differ depending on each child. Even though everyone’s experience is different, we can still learn from each one’s experience and never judge it. We do not know one’s full story, the battle they are fighting, or the experiences they have, unless we take the time to talk.

It is my honour to share with all of you the experience of a truly inspiring woman and mother of two, who has learned to alter her life with an autistic son.

Adele was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada and is the first generation of Portuguese Canadians. Adele has two sons; one is 16 years of age and her younger son is 14 with autism.

So what exactly is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

According to Autism Ontario, ASD is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate verbally. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different.

Onset is early childhood and the presentation changes with development over the life span.

Adele & Aidan’s Story

In 2001, a life changing event occurred within Adele’s immediate family and at the same time Adele noticed changes in her youngest son, Aidan who was only 14 months at the time. The changes she noticed were: he completely stopped talking; he would not respond to his name; had many night terrors; no eye contact and he would get much more frustrated. With these concerns, she took Aidan to the pediatrician and from there they were referred to a developmental pediatrician. After a six month wait to be seen, they were seen by the developmental pediatrician. Many tests and assessments were done. In the meantime, Adele kept track of the changes as the behaviours started to get worse. In 2003, Aidan was diagnosed with Autism by this time he was two years old.

Aidan, received Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) through Erinoak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development for only two years as they were on a waiting list for four years (this is government run program). While Aidan was on the wait list, Adele and her husband paid for private ABA therapy on a part-time basis (this was all that they could afford at the time) and Aidan was also enrolled in preschool.

The ABA approach is used to help teach social, motor, and verbal skills as well as behavioural skills. ABA is especially useful in teaching behaviours to children with Autism who may otherwise not “pick up” these behaviours on their own as other children would. This approach can be used by a parent, counselor, or certified behaviour analyst. Aidan was phased out of ABA as their findings were that he was not “progressing” at the rate required by the program.

On top of this, Adele, did a lot of work with Aidan at home and she was able to help him a great deal as she is what I like to call a “Warrior”. Adele did a lot of research to better educate herself on Autism and she came across a community organization called, Community Living Mississauga who provided her with resources and workshops to help her. Once Aidan was discharged from Erinoak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development for ABA therapy and transitioned full time to elementary school, the teachers at his school were amazing and supportive. But of course Adele never gave up and ensured that the hard work at home never ended too.

“This did not change my life but it altered it. This is all I have known.”

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This experience has made Adele realize that there is a lot more that she could do. She was no longer shy and became more assertive. This motherhood path that she was on gave her a voice, strength and she became fair but firm. “I never gave up and will always be there for my sons,” Adele stated.

When reflecting on her journey, I asked Adele, what has been the biggest accomplishment for her or her son. Adele responded with such pride in her voice and said, “He is able to use the bathroom on his own at the age of 13.” To some they may not understand the significance in this but as a mom when you hear from experts that your son will be in diapers for the rest of his life, and to have him do this on his own is just an amazing accomplishment!

Parenthood is a tough job to begin with so I asked Adele, what advice she can give to a family who has a child with Autism. Adele stated: “It’s not the end of the world and there is hope! Don’t believe everything you hear. It is hard work and it isn’t easy but it can be done.” She further added, “Your children do grow up and you need to adapt with their growth. Get passed the judgement and develop a thick skin.”

Being a working mom with a busy household however does not stop this woman from helping others. Often she helps and guides other moms of autistic children. She comforts them and is always ready to answer any questions that they may have. On top of it all, she gives back to the organization that has helped her family by organizing and executing an annual fundraiser. In 2015, marked the 10th Annual A Night For Autism and it was a sold out crowd with over 500 in attendance. Money raised from the event supports programs and the summer camps for kids with intellectual disabilities at Community Living Mississauga. Talk about an amazing and inspiring woman!

“You go through so many feelings when you first hear that your child has Autism. You fear the unknown; guilt; denial and then acceptance. It is tough but the rewards are priceless. Never give up! The best moment for me is when you finally hear “mom” when you were told you would never hear it.” Adele lastly adds, “I wouldn’t change him for anything!”

Adele’s journey is inspirational and a great lesson for us to love one another no matter how we may be perceived by others. Someone with autism is just a person with individual needs. A person with loving family members. A person who needs to be accepted and included in her or his community. As this person grows into adulthood they need to be given equal opportunity preparing for and succeeding in adulthood. Autism does not end in childhood and it stays with them for the rest of their lives. Let us be more supportive of them and their amazing families that exemplify pure strength.

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I would like to specially thank Adele for sharing her story of hope, courage, and never give up attitude. Thank you for all that you do for your family and for the community!

– Momma Braga