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Disney Vacation Day 1

No vacation is complete unless someone is either puking, screaming or crapping their pants. This time, puke was how we started our day. We woke up at 5:30 with my little man saying his tummy hurt. We thought he was just hungry. A box of travel cereal later, he seemed fine. Pack up the condo and out the door – our Uber was right on time and drove us to the airport. That’s when up-chuck number 1 happened. In the car. Lovely. Change the wardrobe and bag up the stink. Then we checked into the flight and number 2 occurs. At this point, we decided to delay our flight by…
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Disney Prep

The holidays are over and we’re full-on running into 2017. So far, so good. Knock on wood. It’s my daughter’s birthday next week, so we’ve got a countdown going on for the big “6” – and her fun little party we have planned.  The following weekend, my husband and I are going on our annual “fancy” fundraiser winter date with friends. Planning date nights with two kids is WAY more challenging than we ever thought. We have been planning this date since November, and just secured a babysitter in late December. We are crossing our fingers that the virus we have now is the last one we get before our…
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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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Trolls Movie

If you’re feeling a little bummed out and could use a pick-me-up, Trolls is where it’s at, for any age.  It’s dark, cold, gloomy, and a whole bunch of little things add up during the week that can put a frown on our face. This movie puts things in perspective. It reminded me that music and spontaneous dance parties are essential parenting skills to brush off the small stuff and keep smiling. Don’t quit. Dont give up. Give kids hope for peace and friendship. And even though everyday isn’t rainbows and cupcakes, there is nothing wrong with seeing the glass half full, all the time! Oh! Our movie theater is…
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Nut-free at Kalahari

***Update as of 5/25/2019 we no longer consider Kalahari allergy friendly. The large assortment of allergy free snacks available last time are no longer stocked at Kalahari. There is a restaurant inside the game area that will acommodate allergies, however. But the snacks by the pool and waterpark are gone. The #1 Allergy Friendly hotel for families would be across the street at THe Great Wolf Lodge where the entire hotel and facility is nut free. All restaurants, snacks and treat are safe to those with nut allergies. They take ALL allergies seriously and work to ensure each guest is having a great time. *** This week, my husband had…
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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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Southwest Bento Lunchbox

Eating the least amount of processed foods is always our goal at meal time. It doesnt always happen, but we try. Here is what the kiddos have in their bento tomorrow. Usually we try to use leftovers. Remember last week’s chalkboard, I had black bean burriotos for dinner Tuesday night? We made a double batch to put some of the leftovers to good use: LUNCH. Toasted pita bread cut into triangles Boars Head hummus, plain (safe, no pine nuts) Black beans mixed with corn, onion and garlic Carrots Raspberries Dessert: that new snack I just blogged about Milk from school HAve a great night! I’m so tired after today, 8pm…
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Trail Mix

I’m watching Flipping Summer on HGTV right now. Have you seen this show with Tarek and Christina? They create some seriously sweet spaces. Anyway, that has nothing to do with what I am about to tell you. We finally found a safe, Nut-free trail mix! It’s been 3 years since we have had trail mix!!!!! Last weekend, I decided to try Jet.com to order a few “target” items. Everytime I go to TARGET, I drop atleast $100. This makes me sad. I have lists, then Target has these amazing displays, cute tops, amazing $1 bins, and then I somehow justify every purchase, even if it means calling my MOM for…
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'twas the night before school

Tomorrow’s the first day for Chloe and we are so excited. Her outfit is picked out, lunch box packed, and her backpack already in the car. Just wanted to share a quick pic of tomorrow’s (boring) bento box. Mini bags of cereal incase we are running late, and tooth brushes into the lower level bathroom for a last minute brush. Hopefully our 5:50am alarm will give us enough time! Sweet dreams! 😍
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Wisconsin State Fair – Updated 8/5/16

Are you done hearing about our nutty life? Lol. I am. So this post will be more about how fun State Fair is, sprinkled in with “how to” with allergies. Growing up on the south side of Milwaukee, the state Fair was ALWAYS part of our summer. We used to make an entire day of it, meeting many family members at the fair for our annual cream puff fight. We enjoyed seeing the animals, going on rides and eating as much food as we could shove into our tummies. Most importantly, we would celebrate my brothers Birthday, which is August 5. Love you, brother! Fast forward a few years (ok,…
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Road Trip Diary – 6

Here we are, all packed up, ready to start our 10 hour drive home tomorrow. I debated for a while about blogging or not tonight because I’m a little bummed. But here I am. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly. Life isn’t perfect. Yesterday the hub’s came down with a bug, so Ive been solo the past twoish days. Yesterday afternoon I took the kids to see an Italian Car exhibition at the local art museum. It was cool. A bit hair raising becuase these cars are VERY rare and in MINT condition. These are cars I’ve never seen on the street. Each car had their own security…
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Road Trip Diary – 5

Well, hello again. You know that point on vacation where you just need some alone time and are are just DONE with non-stop stuff. I’m there. But we only have two days left here, so I’m sucking it up (maybe a good coffee and chocolate are in order? Two things I forgot to pack for myself….ugggg what was I thinking?😠). Hoping to have a little down time when we drive into Milwaukee. Last night’s plans changed a bit. Carter ended up taking a super long nap until 4pm. We walked what seemed like forever in the heat, but was only 15 minutes. It’s hot. Science project hot, 92* hot. Too…
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