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!
A season of joy and light, we can all enjoy that #findinggratitude365 #holidaymashup #sharingiscaring

A season of joy and light, we can all enjoy that #findinggratitude365 #holidaymashup #sharingiscaring

Breakfast together #findinggratitude365 #storiesoverbreakfast #mommyandme

Breakfast together #findinggratitude365 #storiesoverbreakfast #mommyandme

My feet are warm and dry #findinggratitude365 #letitrain #happyfeet

My feet are warm and dry #findinggratitude365 #letitrain #happyfeet

The foods of fall are so warm and delicious #findinggratitude365 #homemade #gatherforfood

The foods of fall are so warm and delicious #findinggratitude365 #homemade #gatherforfood

I can see extraordinary things #mothernaturesbeauty #findinggratitude365 #thruthewinshield

I can see extraordinary things #mothernaturesbeauty #findinggratitude365 #thruthewinshield

Thankful for their hard work. #noplacelikehome #findinggratitude365 #thestormhaspassed

Thankful for their hard work. #noplacelikehome #findinggratitude365 #thestormhaspassed

I have the clothing I need. #ihaveenough #findinggratitude365

I have the clothing I need. #ihaveenough #findinggratitude365

Baby it’s cold outside #givemechocolate #simplepleasures #findinggratitude365

Baby it’s cold outside #givemechocolate #simplepleasures #findinggratitude365

My table is a bounty of fall flavors #thanksgivingfeast  #iamabundant #findinggratitude365

My table is a bounty of fall flavors #thanksgivingfeast #iamabundant #findinggratitude365

Thanksgiving brings family together #homefromcollege #findinggratitude365

Thanksgiving brings family together #homefromcollege #findinggratitude365

I participated in our Interfaith thanksgiving food drive #iamabundant #bettertogivethanreceive #findinggratitude365

I participated in our Interfaith thanksgiving food drive #iamabundant #bettertogivethanreceive #findinggratitude365

It’s the most peppermint time of the year. #findinggratitude365 #peppermint #makeminepeppermint

It’s the most peppermint time of the year. #findinggratitude365 #peppermint #makeminepeppermint

A warm smile to greet me when I get home #birdofparadise #imustliveinparadise #findinggratitude365

A warm smile to greet me when I get home #birdofparadise #imustliveinparadise #findinggratitude365

I just pop in a card and it stops when it’s done #findinggratitude365  #justchargeit #noserachingforchange

I just pop in a card and it stops when it’s done #findinggratitude365 #justchargeit #noserachingforchange

Thanks @traderjoes for the breakfast party help this morning! #findinggratitude365 #freshbaked #justfollowedinstructions  #thearomaisglutenfree

Thanks @traderjoes for the breakfast party help this morning! #findinggratitude365 #freshbaked #justfollowedinstructions #thearomaisglutenfree

So happy for the first rain #findinggratitude365 #socalovesrain #happyplants #puddlejumping

So happy for the first rain #findinggratitude365 #socalovesrain #happyplants #puddlejumping

A new day filled with new possibilities #findinggratitude365 #breakofdawn #goingplaces #readysetgo

A new day filled with new possibilities #findinggratitude365 #breakofdawn #goingplaces #readysetgo

Just what I need to start the day.  #findinggratitude365  #thanksalatte #soygrande

Just what I need to start the day. #findinggratitude365 #thanksalatte #soygrande

They are an exhale at the end of the day #findinggratitude365 #socalsunset #naturesbeauty

They are an exhale at the end of the day #findinggratitude365 #socalsunset #naturesbeauty

Never underestimate the power of a bath #findinggratitude365 #manipedi #nomoreknots #cleanbum #kissableoncemore

Never underestimate the power of a bath #findinggratitude365 #manipedi #nomoreknots #cleanbum #kissableoncemore

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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