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Top 5 Back to School Snacks

Can you believe it’s that time of year again? School for us begins next week Wednesday. The kids are so excited, and so am I. However, this time of year can be hard when you have a food allergy. There are extra medical forms to fill out at school, epi pens to hand over to school, epi pens for backpacks, and a slu of questions from classroom parents about safe snacking. Here are our top 5 for sharing this fall: Enjoy Life Coco Loco Bars – Metcalfes Market Blakes Snack Bars – Amazon Karens Dried Fruit Bags – Metcalfes Market Made Good Granola Bites – Costco + Amazon Wow Butter…
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M Word Banana Bread (MWBB)

Hey guys! If you’ve been following our Instagram stories, you saw that amazing M Word Banana Bread we made last night. We’re calling it the MWBB. If you dont know what M word stands for, I’ll give you a clue (MOI$T). Just can’t handle that word, or saying it, so M Word it is. The recipe turned out AMAZING. We’ve made about 15 different kinds of banana bread recipes over the past year and this one is BY FAR the best. Let me share it with you. Ingredients 2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon Penzey’s ground cinnamon 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp.…
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Travel Tips

Happy Thursday everyone! We just sent off a Nut Free Mom Box for a 5 day vacation and we are getting ready to pack up another Nut Free Mom Box for a 7 day vacation. Both boxes contain different things, so if you’re interested, hop on over to our Insta, @nutfreemomblog and check out our stories. We take you shopping along with us and then pack up the box before we ship. You can customize a box too – just for your families needs and vacation destination by clicking here to contact me. Packing these boxes really got me thinking….What are some tips that I could share to make travel…
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EMS and EPI PENS

Happy Friday everyone! We recently had a conversation on Twitter about Emergency Medical Services (EMS) / ambulance carriers and their ability to help people with food allergies and anaphylaxis. The concern was that due to pricing, EMS might not able to properly carry epi-pens in all emergency vehicles. Today, we dug a little deeper into our own community, Madison, WI (Dane County). Before we dig in, did you know that there are 4 levels of Emergency Medical Service Responder training? The National EMS Scope of Practice Model defines and describes four levels of EMS licensure: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Advanced EMT (AEMT) Paramedic. Each level represents a unique role, set of skills,…
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Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party

Our magic bands are active, the fast passes have been seleced, our mail hold is complete and our countdown to Mickey + friends is officially ON! We couldn’t be more excited! We have Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party (MNSSHP) to look forward to! We LOVE Halloween, especially my littlest dude, Carter. He loves all things scary – he read Goosebumbs books at the age of 5 and was thrilled with the movie! MNSSHP is going to be perfect blend of fun, and allergy friendly loveliness. “Sorry, I have food allergies,” is typically what Chloe has to say each October 31 when we are trick-or-treating. Thank goodness for FARE’s Teal Pumpking Project…
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Nut Allergies at Disney World

We are going to the most magical place on Earth, DISNEY WORLD! We won’t be staying on Disney grounds this time. We opted to save a bit, and relax outside the hustle and bustle of all that magic. This resort, however, seems just as amazing as some of the resorts we have been so lucky to stay at in the past. It is home to 10 restaurants, an award winning golf course and spa, and has a spectacular view of the nighty fireworks at Disney from the pool. Oh, the pool has a lazy river and water slides for the kids. The reviews are amazing and we even had a…
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Korean Beef Bowls

Korean Beef Bowls are actually from a meal prep website we found – so this recipe makes about 6 servings. To make it set up a little quicker, we have been using these 1-minute microwave rice cups. Thanks to this amazing blogger for sharing this delish recipe! Ingredients 1 pound lean ground beef 90% lean, organic grass-fed 3 garlic cloves minced 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame oil (we left this out since I could not find a safe one) 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (I added 1 tsp since we lOVE ginger) 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes – left this out for the kids 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups hot cooked white or brown rice sliced green onions and sesame seeds…
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Trisha Yearwood’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Hello friends! What a week! I hope you’re enjoying some of this amazing weather we’re having, now that summer has finally arrived in the Midwest! If you followed our IG stories, you saw some pretty tasty soup we made where the kids smashed the garlic and helped mix in some easy ingredients. The soup is great since there is basically no heat – you can add some easily to your own bowl with paprika, extra salsa or any type of pepper seasoning to spice it up. Here is the recipe we followed from the Food Network. Ingredients 3 tbsp butter, unsalted 3 tsp garlic – about 3 cloves minced if…
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Well Nourished

Have you ever gone to a store, ahem Costco, just for the samples and called it a meal? Well, that’s what heppened for us at #NourishedFestival this past weekend in Schaumburg, IL. We loved that it had a wide variety of information that was all color coded – we knew where all of the nut free friend were located. Nourished Festival, formerly GFAF (Gluten Free Allergy Friendly) was such a great way for us to learn about new allergy friendly companies and products. Chloe and I made it a girls weekend since the conference was about 2 hours from our home. A new company that we met at Nourished Fest…
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Nourished Festival Treats!

Helllllloooooo!!!! You guys! Nourished Festival is coming! Have you been following @nourishedfestival on Instagram?! The swag bags and snacks have been overwhelming! I can’t wait to get my sample on and learn about new nut-free products to help our busy little family. If you need tickets – send me a DM. We have a few left to help you get to Nourished Festival! It’s good times, I promise.
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Nourished Festival is Coming!

If you or a friend or family member have food allergies, consider attending the upcoming Nourished Festival. Nourished Festival, formerly GFAF (Gluten Free Allergy Friendly), is coming to the (Chicagoland area) Schaumburg Convention Center on June 1 and 2, 2019. Their name change is a reflection of the focus on multiple specialty diets; Gluten Free, Nut Free, Keto, Paleo, and Plant Based. We are primarily focused on the nut free information and we have already picked out a few classes we will be attending. Learning about other specialty diets will be fun too – the more we know the better we can be. Understanding other specialty diets helps us plan better…
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1st Communion Nut Free Menu

Our little lady has her 1st Communion coming up, and it’s the same weekend as Cinco de Mayo!  she already loves mexican food since most of it is safe! This will be fun filled family weekend as she connects to church a little more 🙂 Here is what we are thinking: Our Menu Tostitos chips and bean + cotija cheese dip Tamales from El Rey in Milwaukee, WI – confirmed nut-free (also our favorite at Christmas time) Mexican Rice Street Corn Corn Bread – we use the Betty Crocker brand since it’s safe, the Jiff brand is NOT. 1st Communion Cake – I’ll be baking it, and it might look…
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Oh, Nuts!

Have you ever had that feeling in your stomach that something isn’t quite right? Something feels off? The facts do not add up? There is a missing link. That’s instinct. Usually our gut instincts are pretty accurate and trusting our gut is one of our greatest assets. There have been countless times that I quietly say “thank you” for helping me trust my gut in passing on a snack, meal, whatever, that ended up keeping our little lady safe. This doesn’t apply to just food allergies either. Sometimes we know the truth, and acting on it is one of the hardest things we will ever have to do. But once…
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