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!
No alarm clock needed #happysaturday #itstheweekend #findinggratitude365

No alarm clock needed #happysaturday #itstheweekend #findinggratitude365

Just a couple of hour play date with a dear friend is best #happiestplaceonearth #findinggratitude365 #noadulting

Just a couple of hour play date with a dear friend is best #happiestplaceonearth #findinggratitude365 #noadulting

A simple thank you can be so meaningful #findinggratitude365 #unexpected #appreciated #flowers

A simple thank you can be so meaningful #findinggratitude365 #unexpected #appreciated #flowers

5 Birthdays in 5 days. #findinggratitude365 #morebirthdays #celebratelife

5 Birthdays in 5 days. #findinggratitude365 #morebirthdays #celebratelife

Carmel apples what could possibly be bad #findinggratitude365 #glutenfree

Carmel apples what could possibly be bad #findinggratitude365 #glutenfree

Thank you for your service #findinggratitude365

Thank you for your service #findinggratitude365

Exhaling this weekend #findinggratitude365

Exhaling this weekend #findinggratitude365

And kisses too... #findinggratitude365 #furbabies

And kisses too... #findinggratitude365 #furbabies

Only 3 ingredients... hot from the oven #glutenfree #findinggratitute365

Only 3 ingredients... hot from the oven #glutenfree #findinggratitute365

This time of year we give thanks to all we have. It seemed to me time to commit to a year of daily gratitude posts. Join me #findinggratitude365

This time of year we give thanks to all we have. It seemed to me time to commit to a year of daily gratitude posts. Join me #findinggratitude365

Most amazing donuts ever and they are gluten free! They come with a friendly smile from Dave (the D in JD) #jdflannel #glutenfree #omg #donuts

Most amazing donuts ever and they are gluten free! They come with a friendly smile from Dave (the D in JD) #jdflannel #glutenfree #omg #donuts

Fabulous day for making folks aware of mental illness. With great friends who understand every life is extraordinary! @el.foundation #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #losangelesangelsofanaheim #takemeouttotheballgame #glutenfreehotdog

Fabulous day for making folks aware of mental illness. With great friends who understand every life is extraordinary! @el.foundation #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #losangelesangelsofanaheim #takemeouttotheballgame #glutenfreehotdog

A PB&J on soft yummy GF bread, amazing! Thanks Franz Bread #glutenfree #yummy #pb&j #lunchlove #franzglutenfreebread

A PB&J on soft yummy GF bread, amazing! Thanks Franz Bread #glutenfree #yummy #pb&j #lunchlove #franzglutenfreebread

My son not only voting, but wanting to make an informed decision #proudmommy #vote #rightovote #asd #embraceunique

My son not only voting, but wanting to make an informed decision #proudmommy #vote #rightovote #asd #embraceunique

Thanks Mara for a great event in support of mental health awareness @el.foundation @chocfoundation #healthishealth #mentalheathawareness #highfive

Thanks Mara for a great event in support of mental health awareness @el.foundation @chocfoundation #healthishealth #mentalheathawareness #highfive

Cheering on the Angles at the @el.foundation and @chocfoundation mental health awareness event!! #healthishealth #mentalhealthawareness #highfive #extrodinarylives

Cheering on the Angles at the @el.foundation and @chocfoundation mental health awareness event!! #healthishealth #mentalhealthawareness #highfive #extrodinarylives

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

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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