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!
Perfect start to 2018. Slippers and a parade!  #family #everyoneshome #asd #roseparade #feelinggrateful

Perfect start to 2018. Slippers and a parade! #family #everyoneshome #asd #roseparade #feelinggrateful

Made marinara with #notomatoes, the critic’s review was, “it’s okay”, #betterthaniexpected #asd #embraceunique #triedsomethingnew #alwayslooking #tomatofree

Made marinara with #notomatoes, the critic’s review was, “it’s okay”, #betterthaniexpected #asd #embraceunique #triedsomethingnew #alwayslooking #tomatofree

Teaching my son to play #qwirkle and he’s kinda beating me!#embraceunique #asd #gametime #unplugged #happyloser

Teaching my son to play #qwirkle and he’s kinda beating me!#embraceunique #asd #gametime #unplugged #happyloser

And just like that another quarter is done. How do we celebrate? Disneyland of course. Thanks @disneyland for #glutenfree pizza with #diayacheese #disneyland #winterwonderland #embraceunique

And just like that another quarter is done. How do we celebrate? Disneyland of course. Thanks @disneyland for #glutenfree pizza with #diayacheese #disneyland #winterwonderland #embraceunique

Sending packages to be opened without me there to see his face #sadmom Getting a thank you text #happymom  #movedout #asd #newnormal

Sending packages to be opened without me there to see his face #sadmom Getting a thank you text #happymom #movedout #asd #newnormal

The smell of turkey in the kitchen and the sound of laughter in the family room. It is a blessed thanksgiving indeed!#wiisports #joyoflaughter #happymama #family #blessed #thanksgiving #embraceunique #asd

The smell of turkey in the kitchen and the sound of laughter in the family room. It is a blessed thanksgiving indeed!#wiisports #joyoflaughter #happymama #family #blessed #thanksgiving #embraceunique #asd

I love texting! Just helped find the right spot to put the detergent in the dishwasher. Happy to be at the other end of the phone. #movedout #asd #textlessons #thanksmom #embraceunique

I love texting! Just helped find the right spot to put the detergent in the dishwasher. Happy to be at the other end of the phone. #movedout #asd #textlessons #thanksmom #embraceunique

Step 12: drink #todaywastheday #ASD #bittersweet #darkbedroom

Step 12: drink #todaywastheday #ASD #bittersweet #darkbedroom

Step eight, nine,ten and eleven;
Unload, organize, hang shower curtain and buy groceries #todayistheday #asd #dontforgettobteathe

Step eight, nine,ten and eleven; Unload, organize, hang shower curtain and buy groceries #todayistheday #asd #dontforgettobteathe

Step 7: load up #todayistheday #asd #breathe

Step 7: load up #todayistheday #asd #breathe

Step six: get out of bed, fight nausea #countdowntomoveout #ASD #anxiety #todayistheday

Step six: get out of bed, fight nausea #countdowntomoveout #ASD #anxiety #todayistheday

Step Five: family dinner filled with “if....” #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique

Step Five: family dinner filled with “if....” #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique

Step Four: shop for apartment needs #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety

Step Four: shop for apartment needs #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety

Step 3: start packing and piling stuff in the living room #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique

Step 3: start packing and piling stuff in the living room #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique

Thanks @jerseymikes for get #glutenfree #udisbread we can have heros again #yummy

Thanks @jerseymikes for get #glutenfree #udisbread we can have heros again #yummy

Step two: label everything #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety

Step two: label everything #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety

Winston senses a shift in the universe, he’s staying close by #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety

Winston senses a shift in the universe, he’s staying close by #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety

Step one: Clean up bedroom  includes removal of dust rhinos (way bigger than bunnies) #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique

Step one: Clean up bedroom includes removal of dust rhinos (way bigger than bunnies) #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique

I watched, I liked..read my latest blog post on the new show #ATYPICAL #NETFLIX #bingewatch #ASD #embraceunique 
http://embraceunique.com/blog.php?id=6130292424263133929

I watched, I liked..read my latest blog post on the new show #ATYPICAL #NETFLIX #bingewatch #ASD #embraceunique http://embraceunique.com/blog.php?id=6130292424263133929

Amazing #glutenfree crepes @ocfairfood #happytummy #asd #livingglutenfree

Amazing #glutenfree crepes @ocfairfood #happytummy #asd #livingglutenfree

Thought of the day!

Worry less, smile more. Don’t regret, just learn and grow.
Three things you cannot recover in life: the word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone.
I’m stronger because of the hard times, wiser because of my mistakes, and happier because I have known sadness.
Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.
Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.


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