How to be Nutfree, Mom Things

Moroccan Oil Hairspray – Update

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Happy Holidays!

Each day I review nutfreemomblog statistics, and 9 times out of 10, someone has clicked or google searched my “Moroccan Oil” article about my daughter and her reaction to the Moroccan Oil hairspray last year. Today, I decided to do some investigating because I felt like my last write up was just a rant and did not prove to be useful.

This morning at 9am CST, I called Moroccan Oil corporate and talked with customer service. I asked the woman why Moroccan oil did not contain an allergy statement on their hair spray products, specifically stating “this product is derived from a tree nut.”

She said, “People with nut allergies should not be allergic to Moroccan oil products since it’s derived from a seed, not a nut.”

I continued to point out that their very own website states that:

Argan trees grow and tenaciously survive in semi-desert areas of the Mediterranean. The deep roots and small leaves of the argan tree allow it to resist arid winds and water loss, resulting in a nut with a unique oil profile.

Pure argan oil is a rare and precious oil that is harvested and extracted from the nut of the argan tree. For centuries, women across the Mediterranean have used argan oil in their beauty regimen for vibrant, healthy-looking skin and hair.

I asked again why there is no warning since most people do not know that an Argan Tree is a nut producing tree in the Mediterranean. With 35% of consumers having a nut allergy, I think it’s fair to say that people should at least be warned what is inside the products they are using and the reaction that could happen.  Aveda does this for consumers, why can’t Moroccan Oil?

The customer service person also told me that all allergy information is listed on the back of the bottles of their products. I disagreed. Unknown (non-layman) names of ingredients and chemicals are listed, but does not specifically list out Almond, Argon Nut, etc.

What I do know is that my nut allergic daughter had a specific reaction to this product. Our home is allergy free for her, and when I sprayed her hair for her 6th birthday with perfect ringlets last January, she broke out in a rash around her mouth, neck and cheeks. After washing her hair, he rash and redness went away. Direct correlation.

This product caused her to have a reaction and I wonder if others are having the same reaction or wondering if they are allergic to this product, thus the number of hits my specific blog post has been receiving. There is no other information available for this product.

These types of cosmetics are not FDA Approved, either.

FDA Authority Over Cosmetics: How Cosmetics Are Not FDA-Approved, but Are FDA-Regulated

The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market, but there are laws and regulations that apply to cosmetics on the market in interstate commerce.

The two most important laws pertaining to cosmetics marketed in the United States are the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). FDA regulates cosmetics under the authority of these laws.

In the United States, federal laws are enacted by Congress. In order to make the laws work on a day-to-day level, Congress authorizes certain government agencies. such as FDA, to create regulations. A change in FDA’s legal authority over cosmetics would require Congress to change the law.

The FDA does not approve labeling either. Click the link below to see what the FDA does NOT do for the cosmetic industry.

Does FDA pre-approve cosmetic product labeling?

No. FDA does not have the resources or authority under the law for pre-market approval of cosmetic product labeling. It is the manufacturer’s and/or distributor’s responsibility to ensure that products are labeled properly. Failure to comply with labeling requirements may result in a misbranded product.

I’m working on sending an email to show how many hits my blog has received from readers looking for more information on the allergies in the Moroccan Oil hair products. Once I receive a response, I will post it here, with a link from the home page.

Thanks for stopping by. And for the record, I really do like Moroccan Oil hair products. I think they do great things and the smell is incredible. We just cant use them, and I want them to add an allergy statement to their products so people with allergies can make informed decisions.

Mom Things

Nut Allergies and Kissing

A kiss seems so innocent. I give the kid’s kisses every morning before they are off to school, and rarely I think about it.

Today I messed up.

Big time.

Luckily, I just got back from FaBlogCon where we talked about kissing and food allergies. And with the holiday season approaching, this is the perfect time to talk about your SMOOCHES!

Please, if you can, just give hugs, they are always safe.

This morning, I was making lunches and the kids asked for Oatmeal for breakfast (ok, winning on that one, patting myself on the back). Oatmeal takes a little longer than cereal or toast, so I was short on time for my own breakfast. We can’t leave the house unless EVERYONE has something to eat, that’s just how we are. Morning time = hungry time.

I quickly made a piece of toast and topped it with Peanut Butter, and stood in my usual peanut butter corner zone, away from my daughter and a place that’s super easy to clean up when I’m done. No cross contact happening here. I did all the right things. Normally I don’t even eat it around her, but today I was in time crunch and needed some quick toast.

Then a few minutes later we are in the drop off circle at school and my daughter zooms in for her morning smooch. At the moment, I did not think anything of it, but I felt off.

About half way to my son’s school I retraced my morning steps and quickly found my mistake, the peanut butter toast + smooch = possibly deadly kiss.

The old me would have lost it. The new me said, “Don’t freak out, I will call the school and talk to the admin, they can help.”

Our very lovely school, and front office personnel handled it like a boss, even telling my daughter that they just needed to wipe her mouth, “there is some breakfast still on there,” so that she wouldn’t freak out. I love our school because it’s tight-knit and EVERYONE knows my kiddo and her food allergies. Everyone here has her back, and I LOVE that.

Lessons learned: from now on, no morning peanut butter toast. I can have a granola bar!!!! I have a tremendous amount of guilt about this and it’s really put a dark cloud over my morning. As parents, we hold ourselves to such insanely high standards. I need to shake this, but felt that I also needed to share. Maybe this has happened to you. Maybe it will happen to you. As our littles grow, kissing will be in their future with boyfriends and girlfriends. Whether we like it or not, they will be adults someday, and kissing conversations need to happen to protect them.

But for now.

Coffee.

Happy Humpday!

Mom Things, Weeknight Dinners

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How is it Sunday night already?

This weekend was so nice –  had some girl time with my Mom and we saw Guys and Dolls at the theater and it was amazing – if you have a chance to see this performance, I highly recommend it. The singing was incredible, as was the acting and dancing. It made for a really fun night out.

As a family today, we closed up our garden, and turned the soil over/played in mud, put outside toys away, raked leaves/rolled in them, got laundry going, packed nap mat bags, lunches for the week, showers, and lastly, menu planning + groceries. We’ve got a full week, so I’ve already ordered our groceries online from Metcalfes Sentry and they’ll be delivered tomorrow between 4 and 5 since most of tomorrow is full of meetings and drop offs. I’ve also placed my Target order for pick-up in two hours for the bulk items that I don’t want to get from the regular grocery store!  Maybe some of these recipes will save you some time this week – or not. I’ve got some quick stand-by items in here since this week is super busy.

Sunday Night: Pot Roast Pioneer Woman’s Recipe

Monday: Left over pot roast with roasted broccoli 

Tuesday: Mushroom Ravioli with white sauce + green onion

Wednesday: Burrito Bowls with brown rice

Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs (freezer section meatballs + barilla pasta + prego sauce)

Friday: California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza

Saturday: Hamburger Helper mix for Gigi

Sunday: Panera

 

I’ve also ordered the following items for breakfast // lunch // snack time, too!

Breakfast:

  • Cold cereal – Red Berries and Frosted Flakes
  • Toast (Angelic Bakery) with sun butter
  • banana oatmeal – quaker is safe

Lunch:

  • Organic Girl mixed green salads with strawberries, parmesan, carrots, cucumbers, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Sun butter and Jelly sandwiches
  • Kraft macaroni and cheese
  • Dino nuggets from Target

Snacks:

  • Sunbutter and honeycrisp apples
  • boom chicka pop popcorn
  • hummus (Athenos) and raw veggie sticks
  • yogurt + banana
  • smoothies
  • toast with avocado
  • Strawberries + cream cheese + graham crackers

I hope you have a great week! Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

How to be Nutfree, Mom Things, Travel

FABlogCon 2017

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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

 

Mom Things, Weeknight Dinners

BRAT Meals for Kids

No, my kids aren’t being brats. We’ve got a tummy bug in our house so we’re sticking to the BRAT diet; banana, rice, applesauce and toast. I had an awesome spaghetti squash meal ready to go for tonight, but at 4:30 this morning, my little guy woke up not feeling well. It’s been a tough morning for him so far, and we’re currently snuggled on the couch watching Looney Tunes and I’ve rescheduled my entire day to be with him.

Luckily, squash has a long shelf life, so I don’t feel bad about not making it tonight.  Being flexible during the week is super important, which is why I typically choose things that can be re-arranged and thrown back onto the shelf for later if need be.

My meatballs from Conscious Carnivore went back into the freezer for next week.  The meatballs are also nut-free (this is the first time I’m trying their meatballs…why not, everything else from Conscious Carnivore is AMAZING.) as is everything else at Conscious Carnivore. For tonight, I’m going to make a batch of this Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup from a few posts ago, and whatever my little guy would like from his BRAT diet choices 🙂

If you have nut-allergies, BRAT meals can be tricky. Bananas and applesauce are easy, but be sure to check the labels on your rice and bread; especially lentils if you use those, too. We use Country Hearth bread or Angelic which is made in a dedicated nut-free facility.

I’ll post an update when the Spaghetti Squash is live from my IG. Have a great rest of your week and enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend 🙂 Fall is a tad early, so make sure you get some solid leaf peeping in at Devil’s Lake State Park soon!

 

Mom Things, Travel, Uncategorized

Vacation Preparation Tips

Did you know that using hand sanitizer does NOT remove allergens from your hands or any other surface? It basically moves the allergen around. The only way to remove an allergen is by washing it away with soap and water or by using a sanitizing wipe.

I’ve started to think about what we’re going to be doing on our vacation and the types of bags I’ll be carrying around with my kids. For day-time I’m going to be doing a lot of walking with them, so I usually pick a light-weight cross body bag so that my hands are free to hold theirs (awwwwwwwe).

If we’re going to be out all day without any stops, I may use a backpack or light weight tote/catch-all to carry some emergency snacks, books, and a change of clothes for them.

Today, we stocked up on safe snacks that are purse friendly. Here’s a classic stand-by for us that I’ll be using on vacation.

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  1. Epi-Pen twin pack
  2. Chewable Benadryl
  3. Individually wrapped anti-bac hand WIPES (I carry a lot of these)
  4. Luna Bar LemonZest flavor is made on a dedicated nut-free line. It also has a lot of good vitamins in it, so I don’d mind if we sub this for a meal/snack.
  5. Mom essentials, lip gloss, cards, keys + phone. This purse has a separate built-in space for credit cards, etc. It’s one of the reasons I chose this bag, it fits all of my Mom Essentials + Allergy Meds and a snack.

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Our trip starts off with a short car ride, no snacks needed. Then we take a train, which will be super fun for my little guy. For the train, we’ll eat some pre-packed snacks before checking into our hotel. Our hotel is aware of our allergies and is quite accommodating. Since we’ll be in a bigger city, our food options should be OK with allergies, although I never take any chances, and will have a full array of stand-by snacks and alternate restaurants to choose from.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something!

Mom Things, Uncategorized, Weeknight Dinners

Quick Meals

Hey there – it’s been a Monday! Today was full of crazy, but I’ve found the silver lining. I was able to talk to not one, but two of my cousins today. It’s been a while since I’ve talked to them and it was nice to catch up, connect. It’s nice to know family always has your back. Even if it’s been a while since the last time you talked, it’s family, and family is #1.

This week I’m behind.

Of course.

My usual weekend planning didn’t happen since we were out of town so here’s what I’ve come up with for quick meals in the past 15 minutes while I ordered my groceries online. Hy-Vee allows me to do aisles online and pick up the next day for no fee! It’s amazing. I use this service a lot in winter when it’s super cold. But this week is just nuts busy, so I’m using it so that my kids and I are at home having more fun, rather than stomping thru a grocery store wandering aimlessly. Plus, I’m sick of the car cart already! Can school start yet?!

Monday – Today we had Benvenutos. I love this place because THEY DELIVER! and they are cautious about being nut-free for my daughter. Plus, they use all organic, non-hormone based chicken, and we eat a lot of chicken.

Tuesday – Fajitas. We had some chicken thawed and found a Lawry’s Fajita season packet in our spice cabinet + we had some tortillas left over.

Wednesday – One Pot Pasta. I’ll be blogging about this one. It’s a first-time recipe for me, and it uses gobs of fresh basil, which I have on my porch, and Italian sausage, onion and spaghetti. These are those pretty pictures you see on Pinterest where the pasta, and all the ingredients look so nice all in one Le Creuset!

Thursday – Cilantro Lime Chicken Nachos. This is a make ahead, slow-cooker meal. I’m so happy I found it on my favorite blog, Damn Delicious. I’ll post this recipe and pic too.

Friday – Doug’s Birthday! WOOT. I think we’re going out to dinner. Family fun night.

Saturday – Date night, pizza for the kiddies + Gigi.

Sunday – My little guys birthday – dinner will be Mushroom Ravioli (pre-made, store bought) with Classico Alfredo (totally nut-free) sauce and roasted broccoli.

Here is the food bloggers conference I was talking about a few weeks ago: fablogcon

Thinking about checking out the forum for new food allergy information and samples of non nut-based butters. Some great speakers on the panel this year for sure. We shall see!

Have a great week – and enjoy the sunshine!