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By Rosalinda Boronat 26 May, 2017

I would be the first person to admit that when I have to deal with a complicated situation or I am moving through unchartered territory in my life, that my go-to move is to search the internet for answers. That’s why this week I decided to share something personal that my family and I are currently experiencing, in the hopes that it might be of help to someone going through a similar situation. As my brother Danny, who has autism, grew up and reached adulthood there has been a looming uncertainty about what the next step in his life would be, and who would take care of him when my parents were no longer able to. My family has been an active advocate for adults with disabilities for decades, enough to land my brother and my Mom on the cover of Newsweek Magazine in 2006, but that didn’t mean that my brother’s future was anywhere near set in stone. Even for the most active parents and caretakers, the task of finding services for our loved ones with special needs is an incredibly daunting task. Fast Forward to 2017 and it just so happens that about a month ago we were notified of a vacancy in a supervised apartment in the neighbouring town, and from there everything has moved incredibly quickly, and in the blink of an eye my brother will be moving into his new home in just a few days.

At first, simply making the decision to commit to such a significant change in my brother’s and my family’s lives was difficult. Of course what we ultimately were trying to determine was whether moving to this supervised apartment was the best move for my brother’s happiness, well-being, and quality of life. Even for a person with exceptional communication skills, expressing what they truly want in a moment of transition or a major life event is difficult. So, when it comes to a person with autism the difficulty level raises to somewhere around impossible. How can you make such an impactful decision about someone else’s life without being able to ask them if they are feeling happy, sad, scared, excited, uncertain, angry, disappointed, overjoyed, liberated, trapped, or a combination of all the emotions under the sun? Our reaction to moving to a new place is not always a clear cut  “yes definitely, I’m ecstatic” or a “no way, I’d rather die.” Actually, in the majority of cases, our emotions lay in the grey area between these two extremes, and expressing this grey area in words is something that is immensely challenging to my brother.  

Considering the uncertainty, complexity, and importance of a transition like this in my brother’s life, we are all pretty much an emotional mess, however temporarily. If you’re reading this and you’re also a mess, you’re not alone and you’re not crazy. I find that it is best to recognize that the reason this is so difficult to deal with is because of all the “unknowns” about the near and distant future that we are facing.  The hard truth is that only time can tell me if this move was the best choice or not.. Unfortunately, I am a person with about zero patience, so my own advice won’t exactly be an easy pill to swallow, but I know that for right now all we can do is try our best to do the right thing by keeping Danny’s needs in focus, and rely on our faith to carry us through the rest of the way.  


By Rosalinda Boronat 19 May, 2017

The hottest trend in the toy industry right now is, without a doubt, the fidget spinner. At first glance, well, at first glance you have no idea what it is, how to hold it, or what to do. Then once you crawl out from under your rock and get on social media, you might think it’s just another adolescent fad that is likely to die down as the novelty wears off and today’s youth discovers the next big thing. However, when considering why the spinner has become so popular supported by scientific research, it’s easy to think that the fidget spinner might be here to stay. Elementary school and middle school age kids can’t keep their hands off these simple little toys, and their fascination is even causing some teachers to ban spinners from classrooms. Even though most kids probably don’t realize it, there is actually a reason behind why they are so taken by fidgeting with their fidget spinners, and why even adults are catching on and purchasing the devices for themselves.

According to an article published by PBS , fidget toys such as spinners can act as a relaxation tool or a concentration aid for kids and adults. It is already common for people of all ages to fidget in situations that are particularly stressful, socially awkward, boring, or that require intense concentration. Furthermore, for children and adults that experience these types of situations in a more intense way, such as people with ADHD, Autism, or an anxiety disorder can find much needed comfort and relaxation in using a fidget spinner. There is still a lot of research to be done to prove that specifically fidget spinners can serve this type of purpose. However, evidence from similar studies that have been done suggests that fidgeting is something we all crave from time to time as humans, and doing so can really help us stay calm, focused, and be productive. Thanks to the kids and adults that are loving their fidgets, the spinner trend is now evolving into a whole range of fidget toys, and it seems as though an entire new subcategory of the toy industry is taking shape. These hand-held satisfying gadgets can be found in corporate offices during meetings or in elementary schools, and they continue to be manufactured and sold by the millions. Despite their immense popularity and speedy rise to the top of the toy industry, time will only tell us if they are here to stay or truly just another trend.


By Rosalinda Boronat 12 May, 2017
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and since LorettaRose, LLC was founded by a mom it's one of our favorite holidays to talk about. Thanks to the internet, this video has given us a hilarious way to honor mothers around the world this Mother's Day. Since the video has gone viral, it seems that countless mothers have been able to relate to this lady's need for a few minutes of peace and a sugary snack. I am not a mother myself, but I am sure that I would revert to this type of behavior even if I had one child to take care of, let alone two-year-old quadruplets. If you haven't realized it already, this video actually shows rare footage of a mother, also known as a superhero, in a moment of weakness. One of the things that is so extraordinary about mothers is their ability to handle stress and juggle endless tasks while making it look all so easy...this mother has given us all an exclusive look into what happens when a mother's super powers are running low. 

When I really think about it, everything we have in life is thanks to our mothers, because without them we wouldn't even have a life to begin with. Then, as if the gift of our existence wasn't enough, our mothers also throw in unconditional love for no extra charge. That's a pretty great deal if you ask me. Not to mention that they take care of you and protect you with their super-human powers. But wait there's more: each one has unique powers above and beyond the fact that they are solely responsible for the existence and survival of the human species. For example, my superhero mom brought four lives into this world, raised all four of them into functioning adults, runs her own business , cooks like a Michelin Star chef, maintains a beautiful household, deals with all of the things my brothers and I annoy her with on a daily basis, and has not once exploded. Truly amazing. We love you!
By Rosalinda Boronat 05 May, 2017

He’s back and ready for action. Who’s back, you ask? It’s My Pal for Tennis! This My Pal character has always been one that is particularly special to us here at LorettaRose, LLC because it was inspired by yours truly, moi . Before I wrote this blog for a living and lived in Spain like a princess, I was quite the tennis player. When my mother started creating My Pal characters , she decided to make a My Pal for Tennis character in my honor of being a slightly above average tennis player in high school. To be honest, this character was discontinued a few years ago because finding or making a decent tennis racquet and ball for an 18 inch doll turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated. I know it’s a lame excuse but trust me, you’ll be glad that we took the time to take My Pal for Tennis down from our store until we could find him a suitable racquet that wasn’t made out of pipe cleaners. No disrespect to our old pipe cleaner racquet, it was innovative and cute, but we knew we could do better than that.

After lots of research into doll accessories suppliers, and visits to two Toy Fairs, in Nuremberg and New York, we are super excited to show our customers our 18 inch boy doll for tennis enthusiasts, now that he's had a major make over. We finally were able to find the perfect racquet and ball for our little court warrior that makes him the perfect buddy for any child who loves tennis. We have also re-designed his outfit with some inspiration from my childhood crush and tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal. Now, instead of looking like your grandpa playing doubles at the club on Saturday morning, My Pal for Tennis is sporting a modern and fun tennis look. Check back with us soon or make sure to keep up with our Instagram and Facebook accounts because My Pal for Tennis is only days away from being available for purchase!

By Rosalinda Boronat 28 Apr, 2017

Autism Awareness Month will draw to a close this weekend, but it is so important for everyone to  remember that autism awareness should be something that we continue to advocate for throughout all twelve months of the year. People with autism and their families and friends need support, acceptance, respect and services all year long and for many years. Now that we are arriving at the end of autism awareness month, it is the perfect time to reflect on how we can best continue to make a positive impact that will last in the long term. For us at LorettaRose,LLC we are particularly passionate about the availability of services and job opportunities for adults with autism. It is essential for their wellbeing and quality of life that individuals with autism are given opportunities to integrate into society when they graduate from school, and have a chance to use their many unique talents and characteristics to be productive members of society.

In my opinion, one of the most important possible outcomes of an increase in autism awareness is for employers to realize that there are many reasons why hiring people with autism is not just a nice thing to do, but rather a very smart thing to do. People with autism are extremely consistent and detail oriented, they have the ability to see things in ways that people without autism can not see. The way the autistic mind works is fascinating and can open up doors for incredible accomplishments, but only if employers were willing to learn about autism and accept people with autism into their companies. I hope that at the end of autism awareness month 2017, there are now more people in the world who believe that, apart from the hardships and frustrations it may cause from time to time, autism is something that can be celebrated, not turned down. If people were less inclined to be frustrated with how people with autism are different, and instead they were inclined to be aware and learn about why people with autism are the way they are, then maybe there could be some amazing strides made towards a more inclusive world. There is an incredible amount of untapped potential that I am hoping will continue to be discovered as autism awareness continues throughout the year.


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By Rosalinda Boronat 26 May, 2017

I would be the first person to admit that when I have to deal with a complicated situation or I am moving through unchartered territory in my life, that my go-to move is to search the internet for answers. That’s why this week I decided to share something personal that my family and I are currently experiencing, in the hopes that it might be of help to someone going through a similar situation. As my brother Danny, who has autism, grew up and reached adulthood there has been a looming uncertainty about what the next step in his life would be, and who would take care of him when my parents were no longer able to. My family has been an active advocate for adults with disabilities for decades, enough to land my brother and my Mom on the cover of Newsweek Magazine in 2006, but that didn’t mean that my brother’s future was anywhere near set in stone. Even for the most active parents and caretakers, the task of finding services for our loved ones with special needs is an incredibly daunting task. Fast Forward to 2017 and it just so happens that about a month ago we were notified of a vacancy in a supervised apartment in the neighbouring town, and from there everything has moved incredibly quickly, and in the blink of an eye my brother will be moving into his new home in just a few days.

At first, simply making the decision to commit to such a significant change in my brother’s and my family’s lives was difficult. Of course what we ultimately were trying to determine was whether moving to this supervised apartment was the best move for my brother’s happiness, well-being, and quality of life. Even for a person with exceptional communication skills, expressing what they truly want in a moment of transition or a major life event is difficult. So, when it comes to a person with autism the difficulty level raises to somewhere around impossible. How can you make such an impactful decision about someone else’s life without being able to ask them if they are feeling happy, sad, scared, excited, uncertain, angry, disappointed, overjoyed, liberated, trapped, or a combination of all the emotions under the sun? Our reaction to moving to a new place is not always a clear cut  “yes definitely, I’m ecstatic” or a “no way, I’d rather die.” Actually, in the majority of cases, our emotions lay in the grey area between these two extremes, and expressing this grey area in words is something that is immensely challenging to my brother.  

Considering the uncertainty, complexity, and importance of a transition like this in my brother’s life, we are all pretty much an emotional mess, however temporarily. If you’re reading this and you’re also a mess, you’re not alone and you’re not crazy. I find that it is best to recognize that the reason this is so difficult to deal with is because of all the “unknowns” about the near and distant future that we are facing.  The hard truth is that only time can tell me if this move was the best choice or not.. Unfortunately, I am a person with about zero patience, so my own advice won’t exactly be an easy pill to swallow, but I know that for right now all we can do is try our best to do the right thing by keeping Danny’s needs in focus, and rely on our faith to carry us through the rest of the way.  


By Rosalinda Boronat 19 May, 2017

The hottest trend in the toy industry right now is, without a doubt, the fidget spinner. At first glance, well, at first glance you have no idea what it is, how to hold it, or what to do. Then once you crawl out from under your rock and get on social media, you might think it’s just another adolescent fad that is likely to die down as the novelty wears off and today’s youth discovers the next big thing. However, when considering why the spinner has become so popular supported by scientific research, it’s easy to think that the fidget spinner might be here to stay. Elementary school and middle school age kids can’t keep their hands off these simple little toys, and their fascination is even causing some teachers to ban spinners from classrooms. Even though most kids probably don’t realize it, there is actually a reason behind why they are so taken by fidgeting with their fidget spinners, and why even adults are catching on and purchasing the devices for themselves.

According to an article published by PBS , fidget toys such as spinners can act as a relaxation tool or a concentration aid for kids and adults. It is already common for people of all ages to fidget in situations that are particularly stressful, socially awkward, boring, or that require intense concentration. Furthermore, for children and adults that experience these types of situations in a more intense way, such as people with ADHD, Autism, or an anxiety disorder can find much needed comfort and relaxation in using a fidget spinner. There is still a lot of research to be done to prove that specifically fidget spinners can serve this type of purpose. However, evidence from similar studies that have been done suggests that fidgeting is something we all crave from time to time as humans, and doing so can really help us stay calm, focused, and be productive. Thanks to the kids and adults that are loving their fidgets, the spinner trend is now evolving into a whole range of fidget toys, and it seems as though an entire new subcategory of the toy industry is taking shape. These hand-held satisfying gadgets can be found in corporate offices during meetings or in elementary schools, and they continue to be manufactured and sold by the millions. Despite their immense popularity and speedy rise to the top of the toy industry, time will only tell us if they are here to stay or truly just another trend.


By Rosalinda Boronat 12 May, 2017
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and since LorettaRose, LLC was founded by a mom it's one of our favorite holidays to talk about. Thanks to the internet, this video has given us a hilarious way to honor mothers around the world this Mother's Day. Since the video has gone viral, it seems that countless mothers have been able to relate to this lady's need for a few minutes of peace and a sugary snack. I am not a mother myself, but I am sure that I would revert to this type of behavior even if I had one child to take care of, let alone two-year-old quadruplets. If you haven't realized it already, this video actually shows rare footage of a mother, also known as a superhero, in a moment of weakness. One of the things that is so extraordinary about mothers is their ability to handle stress and juggle endless tasks while making it look all so easy...this mother has given us all an exclusive look into what happens when a mother's super powers are running low. 

When I really think about it, everything we have in life is thanks to our mothers, because without them we wouldn't even have a life to begin with. Then, as if the gift of our existence wasn't enough, our mothers also throw in unconditional love for no extra charge. That's a pretty great deal if you ask me. Not to mention that they take care of you and protect you with their super-human powers. But wait there's more: each one has unique powers above and beyond the fact that they are solely responsible for the existence and survival of the human species. For example, my superhero mom brought four lives into this world, raised all four of them into functioning adults, runs her own business , cooks like a Michelin Star chef, maintains a beautiful household, deals with all of the things my brothers and I annoy her with on a daily basis, and has not once exploded. Truly amazing. We love you!
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