Embrace Unique

Welcome to Embrace Unique. My name is Merritt Phillips. I am an advocate for young people with ASD, an author, a speaker and a great Mom.

I am so glad you found us! Our philosophy here at Embrace Unique is Hope, Laugh, Love repeat! Here you will find all kinds of fun, positive, helpful things to make your day a little better. On each page you will find our thought of the week. This is meant to help keep you hopeful about the future. You will also find my blog. These blogs are honest writings about raising a child with special needs. I am sure you might find a laugh, because some things in life are just to funny to make up. At this site you will find recipes that are gluten and dairy free, because that is how we roll in our house, and a good cookie can just be what you need to bring a little love into your home. You can also shop our store for cozy sweatshirts or my latest book. Lastly you can check out the calendar and see where I'll be speaking. Just below you can check out my latest Instagram posts, if you missed them the first time.

Check back often, things are always changing in my world!
Last week my son graduated college, sittings next to him (and in most of my pictures) were two friends. In conversation I learned that one young women is active in her Christian church. My son pointed out the other young women "Mom she's the one with the hijab, next to me". I stopped, let it sink in...the Jew, the Christian and the Muslim all friends... I did something right! I don't think I could be any prouder. Here's to future generations that don't see differences. #onerace #proudmom #embraceunique
Walk confidently in the direction of your dreams & never let anyone say you can't! #believeinyourself #graduation #asd #embraceunique #proudmom
"Strive for progress not perfection". I know this... but sometimes I need a solid reminder #asd #babysteps #progressnotperfection #embraceunique #reminder
May is mental health awareness month. At Padres stadium with Mara and 150 friends and the #elfoundation #sdinhd
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy #grateful #iliveinparadise #socal #sunsenergy #embraceunique
Dressing in the dark has it's challenges. #nickoftime #backwards  #laughatyourself #grateful #embraceunique
M-F work, Saturday errands and projects, Sunday we play #grateful #playday  #welldeserved #friends #embraceunique
This might be the prettiest parking lot around #lookaround #beautyeverwhere #gratitude #embraceunique
Walking outside has such healing qualities #reset #freshair #freshperspective #gratitude #embraceunique
When life feels a little out of control, I find comfort in gratitude. So here I go...#deepbreath #gratitude #health #embraceunique #reset
While having lunch with my mom, my son says "Granny Z  would you like me to cut that for you?" #proudmommymoment #ASD #embraceunique #sweet
#valentines #embraceunique  #love #laughter #light
Looking for some places to visit this summer in the south. This however is not going to be one of them #morning laughter #helpfulreviews #smellslikefart
I saw a woman power walking in the rain with her umbrella  #imnotthatdedicated #morninglaughter #newyearsresolution #embraceunique
Watched Hairspray last night. The best line of the night goes to Motormouth Maybelle "well love is a gift, a lot of people forget that, So, you two better brace yourself for a whole lotta ugly comin at you from a never ending parade of stupid" #embraceunique
My son sharing his statistics exam grade #proudmomma #babystepsinthedirectionofyourgoal #embraceunique
Safe with me #safetypin #embraceunique
When a hunk of snow relocates from your roof to your front windshield, forcing you pull over...start a snowball fight #morninglaughter #snowballsmakeyouwet #embraceunique
Thanks for doing the laundry honey #morninglaughter #usedkleenex #emptypocketsfirst #embraceunique
It's 1am & we have been driving for over 2 hours. As we near our destination, my husband says to me "I should have asked earlier but you have the key right?" I reply "yup and the turkey" #thanksgivingadventures #morninglaughter #embraceunique
Thought of the day