Am I an AUTISM Expert? No.

I remember watching a CBC Documentary “The Trouble With Experts” back in 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2651996758 

It essentially outlined how anybody can call themselves an expert. You didn’t need any kind of accreditation to utilize this title– You just COULD. Now, that got me thinking about self-proclaimed Autism Experts, yeah, you may know the ones. They are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and able to create a profit off of this. I’m certainly not talking about Amythest Schaber who I have the UTMOST respect for. (so please, don’t think that for a moment!) I’m talking about the ones who actually attend talks and tell people how to profit off of their different abilities and have acquired a mass amount of social media followers. I want to make one thing inherently clear: I AM NOT AN AUTISM EXPERT. I will begin to preface my videos by giving a little schpiel about this. My views, my opinions, yada-yada-yada. I’ve been asked for advice and I try to make sure they know that I, in no way, have any kind of training or expertise. I just live by experience. I want to share my story in the hopes that people relate with me but don’t go thinking I’m some kind of shrink. I do this blog because I love writing, taking photos, making videos and trying out things in my very own way.

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS. It’s more than OK to be a skeptic.

-Margaux

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Fluorescent lighting, go away.

Fluorescent lighting is, perhaps, one of the things I hate most. It causes so much interference with my life and makes me feel miserable. There’s humming and flickering. I have felt faint, I have felt wobbly and I have lost some opportunities as well.

I understand that businesses use this lighting because it’s cheap but it’s always telling me to hurry up and get out. Studies confirm that fluorescent lighting definitely affects mood and health. 

Yes, i’m Autistic. Most workplaces have this kind of lighting. I’m lucky enough that the place i’m working now does NOT have it. I have to basically determine workplaces that would be suitable based on lighting, amongst other factors. Could you imagine how many workplaces this would eliminate?.

I have light sensitivity and other sensory sensitivities and it’s so hard to deal with. I am usually in a room with no lighting on and the windows opened. I can deal with soft sunlight but even if i’m outside, I will, most likely, need my sunglasses.

I wish there was a cheap alternative that wasn’t so harsh and horrible.

 

Vegexpo Vancouver!

I am so excited that I will FINALLY be going to Vegexpo this year.

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There will be featured speakers, lots of exhibitors, samples and much more.

If you’re interested, more information can be found here: https://www.vegexpo.ca

Sewing!

With the help of my Mother and youtube, I have been taking up sewing. I’m a complete amateur with a whole lot to learn but my ideas are, quite literally, BURSTING-AT-THE-SEAMS! I purchased a Brother sewing machine a while back from Costco and dug up some thrifted zippers out of storage. I got some placemats and fabric from thrift stores and thread from Walmart! I also got some raw canvas from DeSerres and here’s what i’ve made so far.

I’ve been told that inserting zippers is the hardest part, but honestly – it’s been the easiest! I definitely need to get some Fray-stop, some D rings, more zippers, some wonder clips and a rotary cutter. I’m trying to keep it all organized and put together. It’s really fun being able to combine my art with sewing. IMG_0248.jpeg

I also happen to have a pretty cute audience too!

-Margaux

Travel with Me: Vernon, BC 

We concluded our trip in Vernon, BC. One of our favourite towns. The weather kept up with the sun shining non stop.

Our first stop was our accommodations, located in the country, we stayed in a tiny house on a farm. Surrounded by horses, nature and some more incredibly sweet animals.

After we got settled, we went to our very favourite restaurant ever: The Curry Pot. The owners are of nepalese descent. We both ordered dinner specials, I got the Paneer Lababdar and Justin got the Butter Chicken.

We went the next morning to the Vernon Farmers Market. There is a great variety of different things being offered, such as: crafts, food and even a prayer tent.

My favourite is the Crepe Bistro. I got a Nutella Crepe, made fresh right in front of you!

Our next stop was Eatology! Justin found it on Google based on their 4.6 rating. He ordered the Mexican Skillet, completely vegetarian. “oh man it was good!” is his very personable review. I ordered buttermilk pancakes. The coffee is from Oso Negro in Nelson. This restaurant seems like it belongs in Vancouver. It’s hip, the menu is vast and it’s hard to not find something to eat. The water is self-serve and also is really nice – no chlorinated taste (which I am so sensitive to).

We had a really incredible vacation and can’t wait to go on our next one. I hope you enjoyed all my instalments. Travel is fabulous for the soul and makes us feel connected with the world around us.

Travel with Me! Nelson, BC: Part 2

Nelson is a beautiful town nestled in the southern interior of British Columbia. The houses are quaint, the town is rich in history and there is so much to do and so much to eat.

Here’s some places we went and what we ate:

  1. The Kootenay Bakery Cafe

The cafe is known for their delicious offerings, such as baked goods and a delightful array of hot foods. They are friendly and the Cheesy Cheese pizza, made with Jerseyland Gouda (and other cheeses) was perfectly seasoned and delightful. We also tried the chocolate donut and the salted chocolate cookie. All very satisfying. Justin had the Shepard’s Pie, made with grass fed beef and high quality ingredients. You can easily find a quick bite for under 10 bucks. There’s also a lot of day old goods that are perfect for snacking on too.

2. Yum Son Viet-Modern

With an urban-rustic interior and diverse menu, Yum Son was a big step out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed the Ginger-Lemon Soda and I was able to order off the kids menu. I had a modified version of the Pint Size Noodle bowl and I substituted rice, chilli sauce and opted for tofu.  Justin had the Yum Son Noodle bowl which he found to be incredibly delicious. This was a first for both of us, never having any kind of Vietnamese cuisine.

3. Thor’s Pizza

Thor’s is a great standby. They always have a different daily pizza variety. Slices and calzones are always prepared. I ordered a cheese pizza and Justin ordered by the slice. They are dedicated to quality ingredients and providing a unique pie.

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4. Dairy Queen (Walk up)

Okay, I know – This is a CHAIN. I’ve honestly never seen a Dairy Queen walk up restaurant before so if you’re all about retro kind of places that are rare, this is a great photo opportunity. The weather was also incredibly hot so we really enjoyed having an Oreo Royal Blizzard to share.

 

5. Frog Peak Cafe

This Cafe isn’t technically in Nelson, It’s located in Crescent Valley which is about a 19 minute drive west. Eclectic, Delicious, full of local art with so much to look at. Order first, get a cute “animal” as your table number and sit down. My mouth was watering looking at everyone else dishes. It’s so hard to wait but so worth it.

My meal consisted of toasted sourdough with butter, scrambled eggs, two vegetarian sausages and hash browns. Justin had eggs benedict on an english muffin with lox, capers, dill and hash browns. We were so full.

 

Travel with Me! Nelson, BC: Part 1

I hope you have had a chance to see my previous chapters of “Travel with Me” with my focus being Victoria, BC.

This time, in BEAUTIFUL Nelson, we were privileged enough to stay at the Prestige Lakefront Hotel which overlooks the pristine Kootenay Lake!

 

The hotel is filled to the brim with amenities! There’s a gym, pool, hot tub, cafe, hairdresser and a lakeside restaurant. There’s also a waterfront path that’s easily accessible and very scenic.

 

Our room was huge. There was even a television IN THE BATHROOM. I’ve never seen that before.

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Guest services left me this lovely note and gift bag. I truly felt spoiled and the customer service was top notch.

We loved sitting out on the deck and looking out at the great views.

 

 

I want to thank the kind folks at Prestige for giving me the opportunity to have a complimentary stay in exchange for my review.

For more information, please check out: http://www.prestigehotelsandresorts.com/locations/nelson-lakeside-resort/overview/

 

 

Travel with Me! Victoria BC: Part 3

If you’re looking for some places to eat while in Victoria, here’s a brief rundown of the places where I noshed!

  1. Shanzee’s Biscuit Cafe

This cafe is no joke if you’re looking for a real deal buttermilk biscuit. Perfectly executed with the right amount of tart and saltiness. I had the “Trailer Jam” with Nutella – not badly priced at 4.15! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. So good.

2.Chocolats Favouris

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This Quebec based chain does not fool around! This is the large, vanilla soft serve ice cream with a thick, delicious milk chocolate coating that i’m holding in the picture above and – don’t worry – I SHARED!  They have endless flavour combinations and a bunch of different goodies to choose from. I even spied some Soy Ice Cream (or maybe gelato flavours?) so there’s something for everybody. Highly recommend.

3. Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant 

For the finicky Vegetarian, like myself, finding a restaurant where I can actually eat is not easy at all. I LOVE Lotus Pond. I ended up pawning the hot and sour soup as well as one spring roll on to Justin just so I could eat the sweet and sour soya balls. They are my absolute favourite and I haven’t found anything quite like it on the mainland. I got my plate too early and missed out on the ginger broccoli. So good. The lunch special is buffet style by weight. All the food in the picture above cost me about 12 dollars.

4. Pizza Al Forno

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We went in with no expectations. It was hard to tell by the reviews if they were legitimate or not. The pizza was incredibly delicious, perfectly done with a great tangy sauce. The walk in specials are priced well. A lot of people were coming in looking for slices but they were not offered after 2PM. The quality of the pizza honestly speaks for itself. We ended up getting it two nights in a row. (Also pairs very nicely with a Phillips Sparkmouth Gingerale which we purchased directly from their brewery.)

This concludes my 3 part Travel with Me! Victoria BC feature. I hope you enjoyed all the fun tidbits of information and pictures. I want to showcase the adventures I have with all of you and will be moving on to my next destination.

All opinions are my very own and I was not compensated by any of the above eateries.