Welcome to Mothernova, a parenting website created by a journalist-mama with two energetic kiddos, a constantly curious mind, and a long list of questions about food allergies, vaccines, breastfeeding, creative play, and several other hot-button parenting issues. When my first child was born over four years ago, I came face-to-face with food allergies and sleep apnea. I truly got a crash course in motherhood and quickly learned how to be my child’s best advocate. I love interviewing, researching, and really getting to the bottom of things. In this spirit, Mothernova will deliver practical tips, special interviews, feature reports, and short blasts of information from those “in the know” straight to you!

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Halloween. All Hallows’ Eve. All Saints’ Eve. It has many names and many meanings. But what about Halloween with food allergies? For some families, with all of the candy, traditions and celebrations inherent in the holiday, Halloween is the hardest to manage. Last year, I started crafting a plan months before Halloween’s arrival. And it was one of our best holiday celebrations ever!

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Is my parenting preparing my son for school? As my son navigates his first year in school, it will be so important for him to feel confident on his own in this new environment. Am I instilling the values and skills he will need for his new independence? Will he be happy, comfortable and confident as he embarks on this new and important stage in his life? Am I providing the tools to feel capable and ready for this big transition? I believe my answers reside in what I think of as the “Three C’s of Parenting”…

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Are you looking for vegan, sugar-free, allergen-free treats that are delicious in both name and taste? Look no further. Debbie Adler has a new cookbook that has your name on it. To start, I would categorize Debbie Adler as a food-allergy baking powerhouse. Not only does she run a bakery that serves safe treats for those with the top food allergies, celiac disease and diabetes, but her writing is wildly humorous, fun and more eloquent than any other cookbook I have met.

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As we get ready for school to begin, the anxieties inevitably surface–especially if you have food allergies or other health concerns. I can’t help but share two great back-to-school books that we’re already putting to good use: Kari Dunn Buron’s When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live With Anxiety and School Made Easier: A Kid’s Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools, by Wendy L. Moss and Robin A. Deluca-Acconi.

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Do you find yourself weeding through your inbox to find that important e-mail you were saving? Or perhaps it takes you forever to find something to wear with the clothes piled high in your closet? With the days of summer dwindling down and back-to-school organization a must, I’m getting myself and my things in order and ready for a busy and exciting fall schedule. To put it simply, we need to clear out the clutter. Here are my top five tips for clearing out the clutter.

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So there’s a charming historic home that dates back to the 1800s and is for sale down the road. Oh, how I’d love to turn it into my family’s dream home and potentially a B&B. As the parent of a child with food allergies, staying at home and freelancing has been the best option for my family. In addition to writing, I also love historic homes and can’t help but think about the one just around the corner. But would running a B&B be realistic? Could we stay afloat? Would it really be the dream home and lifestyle for my family? The reality is that running a B&B takes a lot of elbow grease, sweat and smarts.
For those of us who have what I call “the Four P’s”–the personality, patience, place and price, inn-keeping could be the answer to having the home and job of our dreams. I’ve also discovered another “P” that could be the secret ingredient to success.

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A team of researchers have made a huge discovery in their search for the cause of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), which has become a more prevalent and pervasive food allergic condition. Nature Genetics published online the study team’s findings for what it describes as “a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with allergic hypersensitivity to food.” The cause for EoE up until this point has been a complex and gray area. These findings are a wonderful first step toward answers for the many families who are suffering from this debilitating and confusing condition.

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While celebrating the 237th anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence, I have been thinking a lot about its meaning. The power and courage it took our forefathers to declare our independence is nothing short of amazing and inspiring. The word “independence” has so many wonderful meanings. It got me thinking about what independence means for us. Is there anything I want or need independence from? Yes. Our food allergy fears…

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I’m thrilled to share with you a book I just reviewed for Children’s Literature, written by Jessica Jacobs and illustrated by Jacquelyn Roslyn. With two children in every classroom having a food allergy, The Peanut Pickle is a must-read for kids with food allergies, their friends, and those that care for them. Jacobs does a wonderful job explaining what having a peanut allergy means on a daily basis.

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