I’m thrilled to share that my children’s book about food allergies, HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy, is going to be released very soon! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment I could introduce you to this special little someone who has been a source of hope, comfort and inspiration for me and my family for quite a while now. HumFree the bee is like all of our kids. He just wants to feel good and have fun doing what he loves. For HumFree, this means buzzing around super fast with his friends! After discovering he has food allergies that are making him sick, he learns how to do just that. I hope you find his story as inspirational as we have!

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I came up with the story HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy one lunch break when I was feeling emotional about our journey managing food allergies. I always had a vision of what HumFree would look like. My husband and I literally looked through a few hundred portfolios to find Brian. Once I saw his other adorable illustrations, I knew we had found the one. Many of you have asked about the artist behind these beautiful illustrations, so I put together an interview with Brian to share more about him!

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HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy is a story about hope, empowerment, awareness, inclusion and being able to do what we love while staying safe. It’s a tale about a cute little bee with a very big message. As we continue HumFree’s launch countdown, I’d like to share additional elements of the book that I hope will kick-start our important conversations about food allergy awareness and education. In particular, I’ve included an illustrated Q&A at the end of the story so the connection, dialogue and learning continues.

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What a fun and rewarding few weeks I’ve had as friends, fellow food allergy mamas and bloggers have reached out to talk about my new children’s book, HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy! One mama in particular asked some questions that really got me thinking about how the inspiration for HumFree began and what his message of inclusion means to my family–and hopefully will mean to you. What will HumFree’s message mean to you? You can find out now, because HumFree is available for preorder on my website!

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As we celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I continue to think about what it means for us. Declaring our freedom takes courage. It takes strength. Guts. Conviction. Inspiration. Persistence. Hope. Faith. The word “independence” is powerful, isn’t it? It has so many important meanings for us–especially for those of us managing food allergies. Let’s Declare Our Freedom From Food Allergy Fears Last year, in the spirit of freedible.com’s independence movement, I wrote one of my favorite posts about how my family declared its independence from food allergy fears. It was a powerful post for me. It had so many levels of meaning. What my family and I did was start a tradition of writing down our fears on a piece of paper, reading them out loud, […]

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Parenting can be hard enough. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just reach out to each other and our kids and have a redo whenever we want? Well, why not? During this past week of Easter, I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings and what they really mean. Starting over. Forgiveness. Isn’t it a relief when we can truly start over without bad feelings and lingering resentment? Forgiveness and letting go of deep resentments and hurts are big emotional hurdles. But what about smaller stumbling blocks? What about simpler issues? With two strong-willed kiddos who inevitably want different things–or the same thing like the same toy, tensions inevitably can rise. Words are said. Behaviors occur. Feelings are hurt. Frustration mounts. The Beauty of the “Redo” What can […]

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Do you like to doodle? Have you ever had a doodle workbook? Are school, after-school and weekend activities pulling your kids in all different directions and leaving them with some very big feelings? If so, Elise Gravel’s new workbook, How Do You Doodle?, may be just what your family needs. She provides over 40 fun, thought-provoking and creative “doodle games” in a 96-page workbook that inspire doodling, writing and working through what can feel like very big thoughts and feelings.

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Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, can be a cringe-worthy event for food allergy mamas like me. With boxes of allergen-laden candy taking center stage in our commercially-inspired celebrations, we must plan ahead to ensure our kiddos are safe and included, ideally with some food-free fun. This year, I found a cool, fun, allergen-friendly Valentine idea that is sure to be a hit with the kids: the tie-dyed Valentine’s Day card!

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While cooking and making new recipes doesn’t exactly come naturally to me, managing food allergies and coming up with allergen-free recipe substitutions has slowly transformed me into a better cook and baker. Now, on any given weekend, you can probably find me in the kitchen transforming a cookie, cake or bread recipe into something that is yummy and safe for my family. (I love coming up with my own desserts now!) My husband, on the other hand, is a natural in the kitchen. He often whips up soups, chili and pretty much every homemade dinner we eat. They are simple, safe and delicious. For Christmas, we enjoyed a big old ham for dinner and saved the bone with some of the meat. On New Year’s Day, […]

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My top five most popular posts of 2014 shared helpful parenting tips as well as my vulnerabilities and thoughts about being a mama managing food allergies. My second year in the blogging arena has been educational and rewarding. From forming supportive relationships with members of the parenting and food allergy communities to staying up-to-date on the latest studies and legal issues, it has been an exciting year! My focus on the blog continues to be one of sharing my journey as a mama managing food allergies while engaging in mindful parenting. I invite you to take another look at the posts and share your thoughts!

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