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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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Top 5 Nut Free Snacks

We are almost done with the school year, BUT our safe snacking box has run out of treats. This week we stocked up on our favorites.  Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Bars Skinny Pop Pop Corn Hostess Ding Dongs Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy Bars Birthday Cake Blondie Bars This Birthday cake mix is perfect for take-along treats for birthday parties. I like to make these in advance, put them in a zip top back, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Our classroom is pretty small at school, and I usually just send one of these along during the birthday week. We have birthday MONTH coming up and…
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The Week of Love

Happy Valentine’s Week! Many people think you should show love all the time, not just on a Hallmark Holiday, so they decide NOT to celebrate 2/14.  I have to agree 100% about showing love all the time; but expressing love & gratitiude on Valentine’s Day is equally as important. This goes for friends, co-workers, family, teachers; really anyone that makes your life lovelier! And this does NOT have to be a grand gesture. It could be as simple as an extra hug to say “happy valentine’s day,” a note on a car door/lunch box, free lunch, a free latte, anything to let that person know you have love/gratitude for them.…
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School Safe with Allergies

The beginning of the school year is always so exciting and I wanted to just take a second and repost this great article published by Allergic Living Magazine, “Food Allergies at School.” The article is a great tool for preparing for back to school and understanding laws that support food allergy. This was interesting to me since I did not realize food allergies were considered a disability. 2. Understand the Supporting Laws There are laws that can support your child with food allergies to have a safe and inclusive school year. Below are the primary laws to review. • Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Amendment Act of 2008: The ADA is a federal civil…
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Safe Snacking Box

Can you believe it?! In just 24 hours the kids will begin their FIRST DAY of the 2018-19 school year. This year we will have a 2nd grader and Kindergartener. They are both so excited. Backpacks are packed, lunch boxes are out – and with all of the excitement comes the hyper organization mode that I go into! It’s meal prep, list making, planner highlighting time! But first, yesterday we took to our nutfreemomblog insta for some quick pics that that I will share here of us building out the annual nut-free box for Chloe’s classroom. This box ensures that she ALWAYS has a safe snack at school. Our #1…
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Back to School Allergy Check List

It’s hard to believe that it is August and school is starting in just 26 days! As a food allergy family, we have a lot to get ready: Epi Pen renewals; keeping one on Chloe + in the nurses office at all times. New rescue inhaler for asthma Packing a new allergy friendly snack box for treats in the classroom (our policy is always no sharing, unless we have discussed it prior to the event and have approved the snack.) Talking with the teachers about classroom snacks and food allergies. Confirming lunch time routine And new for this year, talking with our new lunch program coordinator After stopping by the…
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Nutphrees Cupcakes

We had an awesome 4th of July – and I really hope you did, too. We had a big discovery while on vacation; NUTPHREES CUPCAKES are now being distributed to the lovely state of Wisconsin. This is a huge. A real game changer. Safe nut-free baked items will now be available for pick up at your local grocery store for birthdays + parties. I’m so thankful for this brand, Nutphrees, from the Chicagoland area. I’ve talked about them before on nutfreemomblog and this is my other favorite feature of this evolving company, delivery. In Madison, WI, they are at Whole Foods. In the Milwaukee area, they are at a few…
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Nut Free Mom Box

The wait is OVER! Nut Free Mom Box is available now. This is personal. From me to you. Let me help you reduce the stress for your next family vacation, trip to Disney, Grandma + Grandpa’s house. Wherever you are going, let me help take that “extra snack packing” element off your shoulders. There is already so much to do before traveling, the allergy kit doesn’t have to be something you worry about. The Nut Free Mom Box is 100% customizable. The pre-packaged box includes the items shown on my etsy shop, but we can make it fit you and your family perfectly. My daughter has severe nut allergies, and…
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National Donut Day & Nut Allergies

It’s tricky to take part in some of these made up holidays our nation throws at us. Today is national donut day, I had no idea until I saw the news today. So, to help my nut allergic kiddo feel part of the crowd, we use Entenmanns Cake Donuts as our go-to safe donut. I also have a piece about how we do Dunkin Donuts. And like all other food related items, check the labels first. Enjoy your day full of donuts!
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Thank You, Sun Butter!

Today we received our Sun Butter box with lots of samples for our upcoming school event, the Spring Fling. We’re so excited to be able to share our favorite snack with all of our friends while also playing some fun Olympic style games! Tomorrow we’re practicing our Olympic games and I’ll post a YouTube video link here so you can see the fun stuff we are up to! Thank you, Sun Butter, for supporting our school!
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A Very Target Valentine's Day

Both of my kids have the flu, but yesterday we were totally fine, doing our Target stock up, and I’m so glad we did. We are using everything we bought yesterday to help alleviate these symptoms. water with electrolytes zinc OJ tissue Honest juice boxes bleach wipes chicken noodle soup detergent for all those blankets!!! While we were stocking up for the “off chance we get sick with the flu” we saw this amazing display of nut-free items and had to snap a pic. Valentine’s Day is approaching and Target is rocking the nut-free options this year, which hasn’t always been the case! This is the back, seasonal section of…
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School Snack – Smore Bags

We have a classroom party coming up Wednesday at our nut-free school. This smore bag is a great and easy snack to share with everyone.  I don’t have real measurements, just use a giant bowl, combine and add to small school safe kiddo bags for snacking.  Approx: for 30 small bags 3 family size boxes chex plain cereal 18oz 4 bags enjoy life mini chocolate chips 4 bags mini marshmallows Mix together in a bowl Chocolate sinks, so fluff often Three handfulls, or about 1.5 cups of mix per bag.
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Dunkin' Donuts and Nut Allergies

Please click the link below & read my updated blog post about Dunkin Donuts allergy policy. Updated on 1/23/2018 All Dunkin Donuts locations are different when it comes to allergies, please check yours before ordering. Dunkin’ Donuts is a relatively new treat for our family. We started treating Carter to Dunkin’ after his hemoglobin levels improved in September following his HUS infection, and it just became our thing. After the doctor, we’d head over to Dunkin’ to celebrate good health. Kind of ironic since Donuts are in no way healthy for you. Fast forward, I was talking to my best nut free mom friend, and she threw out the idea…
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Halloween Treats

This list may come in handy if your kids go to a nut-free school, or have allergy recommendations in place for snack time / holidays. Also, this might be helpful if you have a co-worker who is allergic to nuts. Or maybe you’ve decided to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year for having allergy friendly / non-candy treats to pass out at your door! Please note that the Teal Pumpkin Project is 100% allergy free snacks. For these snacks, please use the Snack Safe Guide to ensure your treats are free of the Top 8 allergens. OR, 1-click shop Amazon Prime for easy Halloween treats; I purchased this: Bulk…
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