My guest for Happy Hour #105 is the beautiful Christina Smallwood. Christina is the mother to Finley, an adorable 3-year-old with mild cerebral palsy. She is pursuing her passion as an advocate for open adoption and cerebral palsy, while using fashion to spread awareness through her mommy and me Instagram account and her blog.

In today's show, Christina shares about adopting Finley from the hospital with an early arrival of 31 weeks, and their journey to a cerebral palsy diagnosis. She talks about the challenges surrounding parenting a child with special needs – everything from birthday party invitations to making difficult medical decisions. You'll also hear how you can join Christina in Steptember as she works to raise vital funds for children and adults living with cerebral palsy.

Also, Christina shares about the sudden and tragic loss of her father, and how her loss has affected her daily life and impacted her faith. And it probably wouldn't be a true happy hour, if I didn't find a way to bring our conversation back around to our current TV indulgences.

Y'all enjoy our conversation, and make sure to check out how you can join Christina this Steptember!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Honeycomb BabyGoods


Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander + Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

The Sopranos

Top Chef

Big Brother

Desperate Housewives

Stranger Things

The Night Of

Privé Beauty Group

Dare to Dance Challenge

What Christina is loving: probiotics, Katy Perry Mascara and LuLaRoe's Carly

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Christina

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram


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