Stefanie Settlemire

Stefanie is a wife and SAHM to 4 children, living in Mars. Stefanie and her husband refer to their children as Phase One (Dylan-Age 13 and Alexandria-Age 10) and Phase Two (Liliana-Age 6 and Liam-Age 4). Phase Three is out of the question! Stefanie’s family became a family blessed with Down syndrome when her youngest child had a surprise diagnosis after his birth. Although the family’s initial reaction was shock and fear, they quickly learned to embrace this beautiful journey and they now realize what the term “The Lucky Few” really means. Stefanie spends her days wrangling chaos. In addition to four kids, her family has 4 large pet rabbits...the more the merrier! In her spare time she loves to embarrass her children by singing show tunes from her musical theater days, come up with messy projects to keep her children busy, chase her children around with her camera, read, volunteer for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network, blog at and post daily on Instagram ( Sleep is just a distant memory!
4th of July craft

4th of July Craft and Experiment: Shaving Cream Fireworks Prints

I don't know about you, but I'm in complete denial that the 4th of July is next week! It feels like Summer Break just began. My kids are busy making patriotic crafts, and we...

The Ultimate List of 100 Fun Summer Activities To Do With Your Kids

As the school year nears an end, the excitement is building! The year was long, the responsibilities were overwhelming and the schedule was exhausting. Kids and their parents are looking forward to the Summer Activities ahead...

Rabbits 101: What You Need To Know About This Indoor Pet

When it comes to pet ownership, the majority of families have dogs and cats. My family, however, is a bit unconventional. We have indoor pet rabbits! Four of them to be exact!  During my childhood,...
World Down Syndrome Day

21 Things To Know About Raising a Child with Down Syndrome

Happy World Down Syndrome Day! Four years ago, this day meant nothing to me and I didn’t even understand what Down syndrome really was, but today, I celebrate!   Life with Down syndrome is nothing like...

Crafts For Kids: Sensory Puffy Paint Cupcake Tutorial

My beautiful daughter, Alexandria, is celebrating her 10th birthday today! It's so hard to believe that she is already in the double digits. In honor of her double digit birthday, I am sharing one...

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

  This is a quick and easy slow cooker soup recipe that your whole family will love! #WeArePMB #PittsburghMomsBlog #RecipeBox

It’s not about luck, it’s about hard work.

A few days ago, I read a post written by a person who 'did not feel lucky' to have a sibling who had special needs. Being a special needs mama, that headline was like...

Give the Incredible Gift of a Strider Bike this Holiday Season

  Each year, as the holiday season draws near, parents begin their search for the perfect gift for their child. This year, I have a winner! I was able to give my three year old...

Ways For Your Family To Give Back This Holiday Season

One of my main goals as a mother is to raise children who are kind, loving, compassionate and generous. I want my children to know that even though we may not have as much...

A Day in the Life with Down Syndrome: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Once upon a time October was just like any other month. Our family participated in fun Fall activities and celebrated Halloween. Three years ago, however, October had new meaning. That was when we started...