Saturday, November 10, 2012

Homemade Salsa & Chips

Here is a recipe for Homemade Salsa & Chips -

Friday, November 9, 2012

Zesty Coleslaw

Here is a recipe for Zesty Coleslaw -

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Garlic Italian Dressing

Here is a recipe fro Garlic Italian Dressing -

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 for 21: Gluten Free Crepes

Here is a recipe for Gluten Free Crepes -

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 for 21: Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Here is a recipe for Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes -

Monday, October 29, 2012

31 for 21: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is a recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies -

Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 for 21: Thousand Island Dressing

I know this is not a food blog, but it is my life as a ranch girl blog, so I get to post what I want to and what it is like to be a ranch girl :)

These recipes that I am posting are different recipes that we use. Most of them are ones that we have come up with or have gotten another recipe and tweaked it to fit all the different food allergies that my family and friends have.

Here is a recipe for Thousand Island Dressing -

Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 for 21: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Here is a recipe for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins -

Friday, October 26, 2012

31 for 21: Gluten Free Poppy Seed Muffins

Here is a recipe for Gluten Free Poppy Seed Muffins -

Thursday, October 25, 2012

31 for 21: Fall

It is Fall! Fall is such a beautiful season! I thought I would just do a quick post here with some beautiful fall pictures that we took recently!

Here are the pictures that we took this fall -

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

31 for 21: DSAT Buddy Walk 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012 we went to the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa's Buddy Walk. O always talks about it a long time before, so he can't wait to go. 
We had a blast there with friends and family!

Here is the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa's website -

This is the National Down Syndrome Society page on FaceBook -

Here are some pictures -

Mom and a mascot.

The team sign!

O playing the games.

The Down syndrome Ambassadors (those with Down syndrome that are 16 years old or older).

Of course we danced.

The big DSAT Buddy Walk sign.

O riding a pony.

My mom and my "adopted" mom :)

Us being weirdos!

My Mom and Granny.

The twins, O & Yo, in the little car.

O and a mascot.

Getting ready to cut the ribbon.

O playing another game!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

31 for 21: Skating!

Thursday, October 18, 2012, we went skating at the Muskogee Skating rink with friends and family. Skating is another event O really looks forward to going to. We all had a blast skating 
and then we went out to eat at Golden Corral!

Here are some pictures -

O skating!

Oldest sister doing limbo.

My oldest sister being a weirdo!

Monday, October 22, 2012

31 for 21: Top 100 Special Needs Resources on the Web

Here is a post I "stole" from my mom:

    Pretty neat. Our Down syndrome blog made it into the top 100 List of Special Education sites. In the Down syndrome category it says this:

                 "Down (or Down’s) Syndrome, also known by the name trisomy 21, occurs when an extra copy of chromosome 21 is present in a person’s genome. Down syndrome is diagnosed at birth, and can be tested for very early in pregnancy. Those with the condition usually have low IQs and unusually broad, flat, and round faces, as well as large tongues, which may cause their speech to be impeded. Since trisomy 21 is the most common known chromosomal disorder, special education programs are often well equipped to serve people with Down Syndrome. Additionally, a strong support community of bloggers and others willing to share their stories about Down’s Syndrome has evolved. The sites below are some of the best sources for info on parenting, education, and other aspects of raising a child with Down’s."

 If you click on the button below, you will be taken to the Top 100 Special Needs Resources on the Web. You can scroll down to see our site at number 20 overall and number 2 in the Down syndrome section.

Top Special Needs Site

I must give a special thanks to my oldest daughter, Qadoshyah Fish. Without her efforts, our knowledge about Down syndrome and all that can be done for our little guy would be way different, I think.

Please feel free to contact us if you need help in understanding the health and nutritional side of things in relation to Down syndrome. You can email me here - Kim Fish


Sunday, October 21, 2012

31 for 21: Articles

Here is more that my sister, Qadoshyah, has done -

Below is an organized list of articles that we have on our website and some that were written on our blog. Be sure to also continually check the blog as well, because there may be more articles on there that haven't been linked here yet!

There are a lot more articles I plan on adding soon (many of which are already written on our blog), so keep checking back :).

~The First Step:

~Medical Stuff:

~Targeted Nutritional Intervention:

~~Changing Minds Foundation Protocol:

~~Ginkgo Biloba:

~~Longvida Curcumin: (this section coming soon, Lord willing)
What is Longvida Curcumin?
Frequently Asked Questions about Longvida

~~Other Vitamins:

Speech Therapy:



Saturday, October 20, 2012

31 for 21: 4 more FAQs

Q: Do people with Down Syndrome learn to talk?
A: Absolutely!! They can learn to talk, just like anyone else. They may have some difficulties, particularly because of their muscles in their mouth, but there are therapists who help with these issues. Sign Language and Cued Speech can also be helpful in this area.

Q: Do people with Down Syndrome learn to read?
A: Yes, they can learn to read just like anyone else. Again, they may have some problems with learning to read, but there is no reason they cannot. Sign Language and Cued Speech may also help with this.

Q: Can people with Down Syndrome live a normal€ life?
A: Yes, they absolutely can. There are quite a few who are. 
For a few examples of that please see the links below:

Q: Can Down Syndrome people get married?
A: Yes, they can. There are a few recent couples that have taken the step of matrimony.
See the links below:

Sujeet Desai & Carrie Bergeron

Josh Putnam & Bernadette Resha - Couple with Down syndrome Prepare to Wed

- Jim Lindquis & Sarah Stanchfield - May I Have This Dance?
- Eric Neatrour & Christine Kurvits - Couple with Down syndrome win contest, exchange vows

Friday, October 19, 2012

31 for 21: 3 FAQs

Q: I gave birth to a child with Down Syndrome, now what do I do?
A: Congratulations is the first thing to say!!! You have just been BLESSED with a wonderful Down Syndrome child. The very first thing to do is to love that child as much as you can. I would also highly suggest to research out all that you can about Down Syndrome. Some big things to look at are: Targeted Nutritional Intervention, Teaching Reading & Speaking to a child with Down Syndrome, Oral Motor Therapy.

Q: What are the first thing(s) you would recommend for someone who is new to Down Syndrome?

A: Targeted Nutritional Intervention would be the first thing. Secondly, we would recommend Oral Motor Therapy, not just Speech Therapy. See our articles section and links page for some more info on both of these.

Q: Are all people with Down Syndrome "retarded"?

A: In a way yes, but in a way no. In Down Syndrome, they have a progressive mental retardation. Brain cells start to die off earlier than individuals without DS. Individuals with DS also have more oxidative stress problems than individuals without. Thus, this is the reason for Targeted Nutritional Intervention (TNI) - to help slow down and prevent some of the cell death, oxidative stress/damage and retardation.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

31 for 21: 4 FAQs

Q: What does DS€ stand for?
A: Abbreviation for Down Syndrome.

Q: What does TNI€ stand for?
A: Abbreviation for Targeted Nutritional Intervention.

Q: What is Targeted Nutritional Intervention?
A: Please see our article, What Is Targeted Nutritional Intervention all about?

Q: I am expecting a child with Down Syndrome, what should I do?
A: First, start finding out all that you can about Down Syndrome and be ready to love that baby when it is born. You can see a lot of links with information on them on our Links page. You can also see a list of our recommended books on our Books page. We would also encourage you to look into Nutrivene-D and order the vitamins now, before your child is born, that way, when he is born, you can start giving it to him as early as possible!!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

31 for 21: Are there degrees of Down Syndrome and are there different types of Down Syndrome?

Q: Are there degrees of Down Syndrome?

A: No, there are not degrees to Down Syndrome. However some individuals with Down Syndrome may not seem as mentally retarded as others. Why would this be? This could be dependent upon the person's upbringing and what foods or vits they have had or not had. The individual may not be deficient in some things that DS people generally are deficient in. They may also be using TNI, or eating a diet high in anti-oxidants and foods that will help protect them from so much oxidative stress and the like.

Q: Are there different types of Down Syndrome?

A: There are 3 different types of Down Syndrome, they are - Full Trisomy 21, Mosaic DS and Translocation DS. Full Trisomy 21 is where all the cells have a third 21st chromosome in them. Mosaic DS is where there are two cell lines. Meaning, there are some cells that have the normal 46 chromosomes and there are some cells that have an extra 21st chromosome to them, making 47 chromosomes. Thus, that is where the mosaic pattern comes from. Translocation DS is where part or all of the third 21st chromosome is Translocated to another chromosome, usually chromosome 14. This only occurs in about 3-5% of the DS population.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

31 for 21: What is Down Syndrome and can Down Syndrome be cured?

Q: What is Down Syndrome?

A: Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is caused when there is a triplication on the 21st chromosome. People with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of 46, like people without Down Syndrome. This is the reason it is called Trisomy 21, being there are three 21st chromosomes instead of the usual two.

Q: Can Down Syndrome be cured?

A: Cured? No. But, can the processes and metabolic imbalances going on in their bodies be slowed? Absolutely! This is what Targeted Nutritional Intervention for Down Syndrome is all about. Please see our articles section for more information on that.


Monday, October 15, 2012

31 for 21: Diagnosis: Down Syndrome what to do about it?

Here is ANOTHER post that my oldest sister did. And by the way I fully agree with all of her post:)

"I have written to many people over the time my brother came into our life and I feel I should put the following up on the blog here, as it covers very well how those with Down Syndrome should be viewed particularly in the area of a diagnosis.God is the one who does EVERYTHING and He causes EVERYTHING to happen, whether it be something wonderful or something horrible. I'll paste in some verses here that show that:Romans 11:36
"For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen."
Lamentations 3:32
"Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies."
Lamentations 3:37-38
"Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, When the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed?"
Exodus 4:11
""Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?"
The above verse is God talking to Moses. God is the one who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing and the blind. If you had a child who was mute, deaf, or blind, what would you do? Just insert the word "Down Syndrome" into the above verse . . . who makes the person with Down Syndrome? Has not the Lord? The answer is "YES!" What do you do about it? While yes, there may be some dissapointment or sadness in regards to the diagnosis, especially if there are health problems. Yet, you should believe the Lord, praise and give thanks to Him for his handiwork! As the following verse says,Psalm 100:3-5
"Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations."
The Lord is the One who has made us. You and I did not choose to be the people we are. My brother with DS, or anyone with DS, did not choose to have Down Syndrome. God is the one who made you and I, my brother and anyone with Down Syndrome. We had no choice in it. It is all His will! The bottom line is you need to believe in Him and trust Him, since everything is His and His will. He commands us to give thanks to Him in everything,1 Thessalonians 5:18
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."


Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 for 21: Five Blessed Years - 2 years ago

Here is another post that my oldest sister did 2 years ago called "Five Blessed Years" . . . our family is VERY blessed and thankful for Osiyyah.

"Five years ago today, our life changed forever. Osiyyah & his twin sister, Yophiyyah were born.

My then 14 year old sister & I stayed with our mom in the hospital from the time she was admitted late Wednesday night, Feb. 2nd. As my sister & I stood in the hallway outside of the OR, little did we know how different our life would be from that day forward.

The twins were born naturally with no complications. Osiyyah was "Twin A" and Yophiyyah "Twin B." The babies were born at 2:05 & 2:10pm Thursday afternoon, February 3rd 2005. My sister & I briefly got a peek at the babies as the nurses wheeled them into the NICU. I remember how tiny they were. Just under 6 lbs each.

Shortly thereafter, my dad came out of the OR and went to follow the babies into the NICU. A few moments later he came back with "there is some bad news." Our hearts stopped, not knowing what he was going to say. He proceeded with "it looks like the little boy has Down syndrome." My sister & I were both relieved and I thought "oh, that's not bad."

After the babies were born and we knew this information, we went into the waiting room where the rest of the kids were and some of our friends. Being exhausted from practically no sleep in over 24 hours, my sister & I both started bawling as soon as we told everybody the news that the babies were born. We probably looked like a bunch of geeks in the waiting room that was full of other people! At that point, we were so excited to have two new babies! Praise the Lord!

From that day, our lives have changed for the better. The first few months after the twins were born, there were some challenges. With the two week NICU stay, then having to go to the pediatrician's office every 2 weeks to a month for Osiyyah. Looking back, those office visits could've been avoided had we known more. But, we live & learn.

Praise God he has given us Osiyyah. Life would be so dull & sad without him. He makes us laugh all the time.

The last 5 years have been a learning experience and I'm sure we have lots more to learn. Osiyyah is incredibly blessed to be born into our family & in this country. Into a family who loves him, even though God made him with a little something extra.

Osiyyah is thriving beyond what we ever thought and what we were ever told. I am so thankful God has given us the knowledge & understanding to help Osiyyah be where he is at today. Had we not found out about Nutrivene and the so many other things that we do with Osiyyah, I'm convinced he would not be thriving like he is today. Praise the Lord for his kindness towards Osiyyah.

To put things in perspective, if Osiyyah were born into a family in another country, especially Eastern Europe, it would be very likely that he would be in an orphanage right now. Because he is 5 years old, he would now be on his way to a mental institution. He would not be thriving. His life would consist of laying in a crib, getting hardly any attention. I can't imagine someone doing that to a child, simply because they have Down syndrome. I can hardly think about this without crying. But, this is the reality of so many children with Down syndrome in other countriesIt's incredibly sad.

So, today we will sing "Ha day" (Happy birthday), as Osiyyah says, to him & his sister. And, today, as every other day, we are very thankful God has put Osiyyah in our lives.

I love you O & Yo!"


Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 for 21: The Book - Down Syndrome: What You CAN Do by Qadoshyah Fish

The Book called - Down Syndrome: What You CAN Do by Qadoshyah Fish (my oldest sister) is available on Amazon! -

Friday, October 12, 2012

31 for 21: "Panic" to stop the Down Syndrome - By my sister

Here is another post that my oldest sister did last year.

"When a family finds out their child has Down syndrome, they want to be able to find out what they can do for their child. Some of those families look into supplements and drugs to help their baby, which I think is great. 

But, there are some who feel that families who start their baby on supplements so quickly (at a young age - just weeks to months old), are in a "panic" about the Down Syndrome and feel the need to "do something" to stop it. 

For some families this might be the case, but more often then not, the families I have talked to are not in a panic about what they can do. They simply want to do what is best for their baby and give their baby what they feel is the best chance to do well. For some families, this means starting their baby on a variety of supplements and possibly drugs as early as possible. 

We did not find out about any sort of supplemental/nutritional intervention for O until he was 8 months old. Had we found out about it when he was younger, we could've looked like we were in a "panic," because we would have started Nutrivene-D when he was just days old.

But, it's not because we want to stop the Down syndrome. It's because we want to do what we feel is best for O. And I believe that's where most families are coming from.

The earlier you can start supplementation to combat the negative effects of the extra chromosome, the better. The more time that goes on without intervention to combat the harmful aspects of Trisomy 21, the more damage that is done. You cannot fully stop the oxidative stress, mental retardation, or neurological concerns with just supplementation, but you can slow them down a lot.

I fully support and encourage parents who want to start supplementation as early as they feel is safe. For some parents that may be from day 1 and for others, that may be at a year old. For some, it may be a long list of supplements, and for others it may be a more conservative list, which slowly gets longer as the child gets older.

The biggest concern here is to make sure you, as parents or caregivers, are fully researched and convinced, in your own mind, regarding any supplement or drug you give your child.

There are things to be cautious of, especially for a young baby. You don't want to overload their system, particularly their gut, especially if they have GI concerns. But that's where researching what you are going to supplement with comes in. If you are well researched, have talked to others who are knowledgeable, you are on the right track.

I would not want to discourage someone by saying they are in a "panic" about the Down syndrome. In a sense, there is a race against time which is very real and this is why I think it's very important for supplementation to be started at an early age."


Thursday, October 11, 2012

31 for 21: What is Down Syndrome?

Here is a post that my oldest sister did last year called: What is Down Syndrome?

"I haven't ever really posted anything about this on the blog before, so I thought it would be good to post. It seems so basic to those us involved with Down Syndrome, but a lot of people are totally clueless when it comes to what Down Syndrome is caused by.

Here's some basic information shared from the National Association for Down Syndrome:

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It occurs in one in every 691 live births. Individuals with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different.

Down syndrome is usually identified at birth or shortly thereafter. Initially the diagnosis is based on physical characteristics that are commonly seen in babies with Down syndrome. These include low muscle tone, a single crease across the palm of the hand, a slightly flattened facial profile and an upward slant to the eyes. The diagnosis must be confirmed by a chromosome study (karyotype). A karyotype provides a visual display of the chromosomes grouped by their size, number and shape. Chromosomes may be studied by examining blood or tissue cells.

Down syndrome is usually caused by an error in cell division called nondisjunction. It is not known why this occurs. However, it is known that the error occurs at conception and is not related to anything the mother did during pregnancy. It has been known for some time that the incidence of Down syndrome increases with advancing maternal age. However, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age." 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 for 21: Liberty Singers at the American Spirit Rally

Us and another family (that we are best friends with) have a singing/dancing group called Liberty Singers. So we were the entertainment at the American Spirit Rally on Tuesday, October 2nd.

O, my brother with Down Syndrome really enjoys to sing and dance.

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Here are some pictures from the event -

The two Liberty Singer mommas.

One of the Liberty Singers singing - Grace Young.

The Liberty Singer group.

 One of the Liberty Singers playing the Guitar - Brian Young.

Some of the Liberty Singers talking to Hugh Smith.

My oldest sister, Qadoshyah, giving a speech.