How to be Nutfree, School Safe List

Thank You, Sun Butter!

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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!

Holiday Favorites, School Safe List

A Very Target Valentine’s Day

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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!

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This is the back, seasonal section of your local Target Boutique. Not all of these items shown are nut-free, but these are the school safe items shown:

  1. Tootsie Pops
  2. Fun Dip
  3. Starbursts
  4. Skittles
  5. Trolli
  6. Air Heads
  7. Sweedish Fish
  8. Nerds
  9. Sweet Tarts
  10. Spider Man Gummy Bracelets
  11. **Jelly Belly is ONLY PEANUT FREE, NOT TREE NUT FREE***
  12. Hard Candy + Gummy Candy Life Savers
  13. Dum Dum Pops
  14. Valentine Theme Junior Mint Hearts
  15. Andes Candes
  16. Twizzlers
  17. Sour Patch Kids
  18. Push Pop
  19. Rolo
  20. Red Vines
  21. Whoppers

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And a few more options for sharing at school!

  1. Pirates Booty
  2. Veggie Sticks
  3. Goldfish
  4. Utz
  5. Fruit Roll ups
  6. Annies Fruit snacks
  7. Welchs Fruit Snacks
  8. Gogo Applesauce Pouches
  9. Pez

This year, Target is carrying Dylan’s Candy Bar products. They are NOT nut-free, but if you’re looking for an extra special treat for someone like a teacher or friend, Dylan’s is sure to put a smile on their face. Plus they have these adorable Dylan’s Candy gift bags to hold their special snacks.

And of course, I topped off my Target run with a treat for me, a bottle of Kim Crawford. Of course it’s nut-free, but it’s all for me. Keep Calm and Kim On.

Birthday Parties, School Safe List, Snacking

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 of Dunkin’ for my nut allergic kiddo. She said that she had tried a Dunkin’ location with her nut allergic son, talked allergies, and gave it the OK. So I thought what the heck, it’s Friyay, it’s been a week, and we could ALL use a donut from Dunkin’. There are two on our way home, so why not?

We went in to Dunkin’ talk to someone about our food allergies. It was our lucky day. The nice young man behind the counter also had peanut and tree nut allergies. He informed us all about the strict guidelines Dunkin’ follows, including the special carts the donuts are wheeled over to the pretty case on, labeled, and carefully transported around the kitchen with the “allergy donuts” always in the same place, clearly marked. Dunkin’ is clearly passionate about protecting its guests and we felt that today. We talked for about 20 minutes, then chose our donuts.

Dunkin Donuts staff also showed us how safe the donuts actually are (nut free) by eating a donut himself that was located next to a donut with peanut topping. He was fine and we talked about anaphylaxis for a while before heading out.

His confidence gave us confidence and my daughter demolished her donut once we got home. Of course, I had my Epi ready, but I knew she’d be fine.

This was her FIRST DONUT! Chocolate with sprinkles!

She was over the moon happy. Around 200ish calories, this is something that I don’t mind as an occasional treat!

Thank you, Dunkin’ for making allergies a priority. We are grateful for small treats like this that are close to home, and special.

Holiday Favorites, School Safe List

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 Halloween


Nut-Free Snacks

  1. Walgreens
    • Rice Krispie Treats
    • Kathy Kaye Foods popcorn balls and mini caramel corn bags (shown above, approved by my daughter)
    • Hostess Cupcakes
    • Hostess Donettes
    • Twizzlers
    • Sweedish Fish
    • Nerds
    • Starbursts
    • Sweet Tarts
    • Red Vines
    • Tootsie Roll
    • Dots
    • Brother’s All Natural Freeze Dried Disney Fruit Crisps
  2. HyVee
    • CocoLoco Bars in the Health Market
    • Enjoy Life Brand Cookies, assorted flavors
    • Ritz Crackers
    • Goldfish Crackers
    • Sun Chips
    • Cheese-Its
    • Wheat Thins
    • Oreos
    • Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Honey Maid Graham Crackers
    • Fruit By the Food
    • Pretzel Crisps (not the chocolate flavor)
    • Sabra Brand Hummus
    • Skinny Pop
    • Boom Chicka Pop
    • Pirates Booty
    • Curious George Fruit Snacks
    • Annie’s Fruit Snacks
    • Annies cheddar bunnies
    • Nutri Grain Bars
    • Kraft Marshmallows
    • Pop Rocks
    • Now and Laters
    • Dum dum lollipops
    • Sour Patch Kids
    • Gummy Life Savers
    • Bottle Caps
    • York Peppermint Patties
    • Enjoy life Brand mini chocolates – health market
  3. Costco
  4. Pick n Save / Metro Market
  5. Target

Please check back, there’s lots more to come!

Birthday Parties, How to be Nutfree, School Safe List, Snacking, Uncategorized

School Safe Treat Box

20170818_150058.jpgIt’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:

  1. Contact the school nurse/office and keep an EPI-PEN on file at the front desk.
  2. Make sure all medical forms are filled out and complete with the front office.
  3. Know your school’s allergy policy. Make sure there is an allergy policy.
  4. 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.
  5. Talk to your child about saying “no” to all classroom treats. This is tough, but it’s the ONLY way to stay safe at school.
  6. Use an allergy bracelet for your child.
  7. Keep an EPI-PEN inside your child’s backpack at all times so it is easily accessible. I like to keep ours in an AllerMates case – it has our phone number and contact information inside.
  8. Build the treat box and have fun with it. We decorated ours with stickers, and I made a special trip to the grocery store with just my daughter so she could take her time choosing treats. They better be good, after all, they are replacing classroom birthday treats! That’s a big deal!

Our treat box is filled with:

  1. Simply Balanced fruit leathers from Target
  2. Hostess Ding-Dongs
  3. Little Bites Brownies
  4. Little Bites Party Cakes
  5. Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy-Bars

Our treat box will be kept inside the classroom for the entire school year. These snacks will replace Birthday treats, holiday treats, party treats and any other time a treat or snack is brought into the class. We used the same size last year and only had to fill it one time. At the end of the year, we had about 6 treats left over.

I also like to reference this website to help prepare for the school year. It can be especially helpful if your school doesn’t have a comprehensive allergy policy.

Food Allergy Resource Center  – I thought this article below was a good reminder, too.

Food Allergy Tips for Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs).
Today, one in 13 children has food allergies, and nearly 40 percent of these children have experienced a severe or lifethreatening reaction. Many of these reactions happen at school. Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) are a vital part of the school community, providing an organized family and community component.

As a PTO or PTA leader, you can be a powerful voice for your children and other children, advocating for their health, safety, education and overall well-being.
Children with food allergies need your support to ensure their safety and inclusion. From classroom parties, to school family nights, to after-school fundraisers, keep in mind that all students in the community should be able to participate safely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published National Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools, available at www.foodallergy.org/CDC. The recommendations below are a few examples of recommended
practices to help ensure students with food allergies are safely included. We encourage you to review the complete list of the CDC’s Recommended Practices, on pages 41–43 of the guidelines available at www.foodallergy.org/CDC.
• Avoid the use of identified allergens in class parties, holidays, celebrations, crafts, snacks or rewards.
• Use non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, awards, and fundraisers.
• When possible, avoid ordering foods from restaurants because food allergens may be present, but unrecognized.
Have ingredient information readily available for all pre-packaged and/or catered food items.
• Do not exclude children with food allergies from events or extra-curricular activities.
• Make sure that food allergy policies and practices address foods available during fundraisers, class parties, at
athletic events and during after-school programs.
• Have rapid access to epinephrine auto-injectors in cases of emergency and train staff to use them.

Did you know?

Food allergies may constitute a disability under the law. Children with food allergies are entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in all school programs and events including extra-curricular activities. This usually applies to activities held by groups such as PTOs and PTAs. (See Section 5 of the CDC guidelines for more information on federal laws that pertain to food allergies.)

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Sun flowers are so important to us nut allergic families. Sun butter is our alternative to peanut butter.

Have a great first day back to school. I hope your preparations put your mind at ease a little.