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FABlogCon 2017

If you love Denver as much as I do, and you have food allergies, or know someone with food allergies, this conference is for you!! Just check out this three day agenda: FABlogcon 2017 This year’s food allergy bloggers conference has quite the line up – and it’s located in beautiful Stapleton, CO, easy to get to from the airport via rail. Don’t forget to put out your teal pumpkin this year!   xoxo  
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The Garlic Smash

Hello friends, if you’re making the pork recipe that I posted yesterday, I’ve added a video below to show how to add that fresh garic, quick and easy. And a good stress reliever! [wpvideo 6sfKhz4Y]
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School Safe Treat Box

It’s back-to-school time! If your child has food allergies, now is the time to be pro-active and get your plans and snacks in place. Here’s how we prepare: Contact the school nurse/office and keep an EPI-PEN on file at the front desk. Make sure all medical forms are filled out and complete with the front office. Know your school’s allergy policy. Make sure there is an allergy policy. Make contact with the child’s teacher (s) and make sure they all know about your child’s allergy, and what the steps are to keep him/her safe. Keep it simple here. Talk to your child about saying “no” to all classroom treats. This…
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Menu Board Inspiration

Every night before we begin bedtime routine, I cram as much chocolate into my mouth as possible. Why? So that I begin bedtime routine with a smile on my face. Emotional eating happens. Acknowledge and move on. And this is one of those times where it just works. After a fun and busy weekend with the kiddos, it’s time to get back at it. This summer, we have tried so so so so hard to keep us on some type of schedule so we don’t get too crazy, but that went out the window about 2 weeks into summer break. If you can’t beat em, join em. This weeks menu…
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Cross-Contact vs. Cross-Contamination

Uggg. I wish I could turn this side of my brain off, but I can’t. These two terms have been spinning in my head for the better part of this week now. I have wanted so badly to define them and talk about them, and it seems like this is the best place for that. So, cozy up. Here’s what’s on my mind. What a sexy Saturday night this is! Atleast HBO is on. And I have ice cream. mmmmmm. What is cross-contact? Cross-contact happens when one food comes into contact with another food and their proteins mix. As a result, each food then contains small amounts of the other…
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7 Day Menu Plan…Recipes Included…Print + Shop!

Unsure of what to make this week? It’s my Sunday night struggle, every week. This week, I googled a bunch of stuff to make quick since we have another busy week + meals are important. Hope this helps you out too, these are some of my favorites! They should all take 30 minutes or less to prepare, some have a longer cooking time, those would be the slow cooker recipes. Monday: Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice and Peppers Ingredients: 1 lb chicken breast meat Bell pepper chopped, green and red 4 tsp corn starch mixed with 4 tsp water 1 cup canned chunk pineapple ½ cup pineapple juice 3…
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Nut-free Vacation Planning

Pre-kids, my husband and I had grand expectations of worldly travels with kids in tow eating baby crêpes in Paris and schnitzel in Stuttgart, and Bangers and Mash with a few pints in the UK. Then, reality set in. Colicy baby, an entire vacation cancelled last minute due to whooping cough. Eventually a nut allergy diagnosis. Bad colds, never ending sick kids. Ear infections on top of ear infections and exhausted parents. We quickly learned that our dreams of extravagant travel were pretty far off in the distance. If we wanted to actually enjoy it, anyway. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, or something. We have adapted over the…
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Non-safe Snack Update

Hostess recently made a change to their HoHo’s. They have added Peanut Flour. Peanut Flour has been in the news lately, many processed food manufacturers have decided to go this route for whatever reason. It’s a huge deal for us in the allergy world because we get used to buying certain snack items. This is just another reason to always check the labels, don’t get too comfortable with your favorite snack items! Rold Gold Pretzels, Zingers and DingDongs are also in this same manufacturing facility. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re no longer including these snack items on our safe list. So summarize we’re removing these items from our…
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First Independent Play Date

When you have a child with life-threatening food allergies, leaving your child alone, for any amount of time, is anxiety provoking. Luckily for us, Chloe’s friends and their families have all been amazing and over the top careful about her food allergies. Here’s what we did to prepare for this HUGE step of independence for her:  We decided to invite her new friend over to our home first. This allowed us to talk as a family with her friend and her family about our serious food allergies. This conversation was a great ice breaker and allowed us to talk openly about many things parents have concerns about. After the first play…
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Safe Buns at Metro Market

Good Morning! Bakery items are almost always a no-go in our house. Unless we can get a 100% confirmation from the manufacturer on cross contamination, we do not buy it. How do we find out about these details? Emails and phone calls, and keeping in touch with our nut community of friends which we share lots of information! We average about 3 calls/emails a month in our house, so not too bad. Holiday time , it will be about 3 calls per day!!!🎄⛄🎁 Here is a sample email that my husband wrote this morning while he was at the grocery store picking up supplies: Hello,My daughter has allergy to nuts. …
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My New Louboutins, OH I MEAN EPI PENS!

The EPI PEN that we kept at my daughter’s school last May SAVED HER LIFE. Wait. Let me say that again. SAVED HER LIFE! Yes. Our 5 year-old daughter suffers from life- threatening nut allergies where she has an anaphylactic response to any nut that she happens to eat. This allergy is not a choice. She was born with this very severe allergy.  Because it’s so severe, we keep epi pens: at home at school/backpack in mom’s purse at Grandmas house That is a total of 4 epi pens at the current rate of $608.61 = $2,434.44 yearly. Epi pens expire every single year. This isn’t a one time purchase.…
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Comfort Foods during a Cold/Flu

The other day I was just thinking, “Boy, have we been lucky this summer. We haven’t been sick in so long. I actually can’t remember the last time we were not feeling well.” And just like that, Chloe was down for the count.  We usually get a little something after visiting the zoo or children’s museum, never fails. Sure enough, we were at the museum last Friday, it was PACKED full of kids and Chloe got sick Sunday morning. Just thought I would share what some of her favorite things are: Gatorade – it has some calories, which is nice if youre worried about dehydration. Mini Saltine Crackers Mini Nilla…
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BTS Nut-Free Check List

Now that it’s August 1, our back to school countdown has officially begun. We have 24 days to get ready. Going back to school is exciting, even more so with food allergies. This school year we are promoting a more positive and proactive nut-free lifestyle. We have done this by empowering Chloe to make smart, independent decisions for meals and activities. This will help her when she is faced with different choices at school. Is it OK for me to share a lunch with my friend? Is it OK to just sample this cookie? Is it OK for me not to wash my hands this ONE time before lunch? Is…
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