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!
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
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 7: load up #todayistheday #asd #breathe
Step six: get out of bed, fight nausea #countdowntomoveout #ASD #anxiety #todayistheday
Step Five: family dinner filled with “if....” #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety #embraceunique
Step Four: shop for apartment needs #countdowntomoveout #asd #anxiety
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
Step two: label everything #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
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
Gotta share... amazing #glutenfreebread thanks @smartandfinal loving my sandwich! #glutenfree #embraceunique #happytummy #asd
I'm a giver❣️#givethegiftoflife #giveblood #honoringthosewelost #weloveemily
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
Thought of the day