ABLEnow: Planning For Your Child’s Future

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This post on ABLEnow®: Planning For Your Child’s Future is sponsored through ABLEnow®, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 years ago a little girl named Addie was born and our world turned upside down. As new parents, Mathew and I had no idea what our lives would look like with a special needs child, especially financially. It was a blessing and a curse to be in the hospital as long as we were that first year, but we were so glad to have had a really good social worker to help us navigate how all of Addie’s medicines, medical equipment, home nursing, and more would be paid for. We were shocked to find out that just one piece of her medical equipment alone was over $13,000! Although it was all helpful, all that information only prepared us for the here and now, and not for Addie’s future if something were to happen to us. After Addie was about 2, I found out about ABLEnow® accounts and have been an advocate for them for a few years now.

After talking with other special needs parents years ago, I found that people with disabilities and their families couldn’t save for the future because they were scared they would lose their public benefits. I can’t even imagine having to worry about that for Addie considering how much all of her equipment, medicines, and nursing cost, and I’m so glad we don’t have to make that hard decision. Up until a few years ago, Addie could’ve easily lost her benefits if we had put money aside in a savings account for her because with her disabilities she technically would’ve needed to remain very low income in order to keep her benefits. It’s absolutely terrifying to know that millions of people that don’t know about ABLEnow® still struggle with making that choice because their families depend on public benefits like income, health care, food, and housing through SSI, SNAP, and Medicaid- and that’s why I’m spreading the word about it again to you all today.

Here’s why our family loves ABLEnow® accounts: they can be used to pay a multitude of expenses for Addie and her health, independence, and quality of life like respite care, healthcare expenses not covered by insurance, and even stuff like adaptive equipment. Plus we can even save for Addie’s long-term needs should something happen to us. It’s the perfect financial choice for families who have a loved one with special needs, hands down.

Here’s the great news- anyone can contribute to an ABLEnow® account whether it’s the account owner, their family, or even friends! Not only that, but when you contribute to  an ABLEnow® account, your friends and family can help provide financial assistance to you without you worrying whether or not you’ll lose certain disability benefits. Plus, it’s super easy to do. Have them go to the ABLEnow® website, make their contribution either online or by mail, and then they can print a gift certificate to put it in a card or box as a gift! It’s perfect for this time of year, but honestly, it’s perfect for any time of year!

Want to get a head start on your ABLEnow® account? Visit ABLEnow® for a chance to win a $1,000 contribution to your ABLEnow® account through December 15th, 2019!

There’s so much more to ABLEnow® accounts that you may want to know, so please visit ABLEnow FAQs as well as the ABLE National Resource Center to learn more about the federal ABLE Act and how it is administered in any of the 50 states. ABLEnow® is one of the country’s premier ABLE programs and open for national enrollment. Many times, customers that research information on ABLEnow® have seen that it offers more advantages than their own state’s ABLE program. You can go to the ABLEnow website to open and manage your ABLEnow® account online.

This post is sponsored by ABLEnow®.

Our All-American 4th of July with Toyota

This post on Our All-American 4th of July with Toyota is sponsored by my awesome friends at Toyota. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Our family is a funny one. Considering both Mathew and I work from home, many times we get so used to our day-to-day routine that we forget to celebrate smaller holidays until the day of and then we’re scrambling to find something to do. I’ve been really making it a point lately to plan things ahead of time for our holidays though so it’s not just another day for us. In the past, 4th of July has been a day where we maybe have a small BBQ at the house and then see fireworks at night. This year, we decided to go all out with our all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

I found out a few days before 4th of July that our town was having a little parade. I had no idea what to expect from it and asked Mathew if he would like for us to go. Surely enough, he was down for it! Toyota dropped off a beautiful 2018 Blue Streak colored Camry XSE with a Midnight Black metallic roof and rear spoiler for our family to enjoy. It was the perfect blue to complement the 4th of July and was super festive! We packed up the trunk with Addie’s massive stroller, our new Toyota lunchbox with LaCroix, 3 Dick’s Sporting Goods camping chairs, and filled the car with 2 car seats, Addie’s vent, her suction machine, 2 oxygen tanks, the 4 of us, and Addie’s awesome nurse. It was a little bit of a tight squeeze from the car seats and Addie’s equipment, but we were still excited! Any normal family would do fantastic in a car this size- it really is a great full size car! But as you all know, Addie requires someone in the back at all times, and that’s not always easy with 2 car seats in the back at the same time. I will say though, I was so pleased at how easy it was to move the kids’ car seats into the Camry XSE. It has the LATCH system so putting the car seats took less than a minute a piece. Had this mama grateful because it was hot out! Anyway, we put the panoramic glass roof with power moon roof down and headed to the 4th of July parade!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

We had a blast at the 4th of July parade. My friend Meg so sweetly offered to let us park by her parent’s house, which is on the street that the parade follows. We had the perfect front row seat, were covered by big ash trees, and had the perfect view as the firetrucks, jeeps, and other people came by! My favorite memory from it all was when I was teaching Addie to wave to the people passing by, and she started doing it on her own! Everyone loved her and threw her lots of candy. Lawson enjoyed himself too and behaved so well for his very first 4th of July parade. I was so glad.

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota! Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota! Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota! Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

After the parade was over, we packed up all of our stuff and got ready to host an all-American 4th of July BBQ with family and a couple friends. Can I just say how awesome it was to have the back up camera and bird’s eye view camera on it?! Getting out of where we parked was a little tight, and it made it so much easier! I felt super fancy, haha. Toyota was amazing and also sent us $200 for decorations and groceries, and we got the works! On the menu were baby back ribs, charro beans, fresh grilled corn on the cob, zucchini, and an angel food cake trifle. I had the beans simmering most of the day and Mathew seasoned the ribs JUST right. Talk about yummy! We decked out the dining room and living room with fun, festive 4th of July decorations and were glad to have everyone over. The kids were happy, we had good company, and the food was delicious.

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota! Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

Because we’re a family with a new baby, we’re still pretty strict on bedtimes right now. We skipped out on 4th of July fireworks because we didn’t want to fight the crowds, Lawson finally has figured out that 7:45 is a reasonable time to start his bedtime, and Addie’s nurse comes at 8 pm. Still, with full bellies and warm hearts, we happily missed the fireworks to enjoy being at home together. I am so grateful that Toyota gave us this push to go out and have an incredible all-American 4th of July when we probably would’ve just phoned it in and just stayed at home and watched movies. Making memories with my family is something I cherish. I love memorizing how Mathew looks at the kids when they’re full of joy during holidays, the words people say when they compliment the delicious food we’ve made, and just how much happiness it brings me. I am so blessed to have these 3 in my life. Toyota- you’re the bomb for helping us make this happen. Truly.

Check out how The Vintage Modern Wife and her family had an all-American 4th of July with Toyota!

I also want to add, if you’re a family of 1-4, I highly suggest looking at the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE. It had so many family-centric features that I loved like the LATCH, 10 airbags, the amazing rear view and birds eye cameras, seats that could be cleaned easily, a blind spot monitor so you can be a more prepared driver with the kids in the car, and of course bluetooth phone and voice command so you can drive more safely. Not only that, but holy freaking fuel economy! I not only drove the car around on the 4th but I had it for 12 days! In those 12 days I went all OVER the place and I only used up 3/4 of the tank of gas. I kept telling everyone how surprised I was that I never had to fill it up.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and made many memories with your families. Tell me, what’s your favorite thing to do on 4th of July? And how awesome is this Toyota Camry XSE?

Binxy Baby: A Target Mom’s BFF

Yesterday Lawson and I ventured out for his first real shopping trip. I say his first real one because the first time we attempted a Target run we had to leave almost immediately because he was hungry and I wasn’t wearing nursing-friendly clothes. Definitely a rookie mistake. I had a couple of gift cards and haven’t bought new clothes for myself in forever, so I grabbed Lawson, his diaper bag, and our Binxy Baby. Binxy Baby is a Target mom’s bff- and you’re about to find out why!

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

I haven’t ventured out with Lawson by myself to go shopping, but we have gone out and done other things around town. Usually I babywear because he loves being close to me and I love that I don’t need to lug a big car seat or stroller. However, since I needed new clothes I knew babywearing wouldn’t be an option. I could’ve done the car seat, but it’s unsafe to put on top of a shopping cart and I am pretty short so if I put him in the basket, I would’ve had a hard time reaching him. I also thought, “Where would I put him while I tried on clothes?” The Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock just made the most sense.

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

Since I’d never used it before, I parked next to the shopping cart corral in the Target parking lot and grabbed a basket. Putting the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock on the cart was incredibly easy. I opened it up, put the plastic clips on the cart, strapped it on with the velcro straps, grabbed Lawson out of his car seat, and clipped him into the harness. Literally took me seconds!

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

We had a blast going all over Target, but being the Wacoans we are, we couldn’t help but enjoy ourselves in the Magnolia: Hearth & Hand section before heading to find some clothes.  While all around the store I had several people comment on how cool the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock was and everyone asked where I got it because it was so handy. It rolls up and fits easily in a diaper bag, which makes the Binxy Baby all the more awesome.

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

I think next time we take Lawson out and Mathew comes, we’ll try the Binxy Baby with Lawson’s car seat because you can totally do that too! Mathew is a bit taller than me so it’ll be the perfect height for him. For now, Binxy Baby is definitely this Target mom’s bff.

Get 10% off your Binxy Baby! There are so many cute patterns!