HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy is my children’s book about hope and inclusion. HumFree is like all of our kids who want to be safe and happy.
Valentine’s Day can be particularly challenging for food allergy parents. Here are my favorite ideas for fun crafts and safe treats in the classroom and at home!
Food allergy mamas like me are always at the ready for a food allergy emergency. But what happens when the “unexpected” emergency hits? Here are five tips.
We all have made at least one New Year’s resolution. My most important New Year’s resolution for 2017 is following my truths and being true to myself.
With back-to-school season upon us, food allergy mamas like me are in full swing getting supplies but also safe snacks for our kiddos. Many schools are now nut-free, which means the snacks we send in must be nut-free too. So when Snyder’s of Hanover reached out to me to review their pretzels, their MADE IN A PEANUT-FREE FACILITY absolutely caught my eye! I just love when companies recognize a call being made by their patrons and follow through with flying colors.
Over the past month I’ve been thinking a lot about Inspiration and Hope. Amid the daily details of parenting, it’s easy to lose sight of our dreams and goals. Summer can be the perfect time to recharge and refocus. This inspiration and hope is what brought HumFree the Bee to life, and I’m so glad I listened. What inspires you? What is your hope for the future?
Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 8 to May 14, is just around the corner. I believe one of the most effective ways to bring food allergy awareness to children–to help our kids really “get” it–is through books. In this spirit, for today and tomorrow only, I’m offering a “Buy One Get One” giveaway of my children’s picture book, HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy, to anyone who orders a copy from me on my website today or tomorrow! As a food allergy mama, I always look forward to Food Allergy Awareness Week. In past years it has meant having access to new resources, cool posters, fun stickers and spreading awareness about food allergies. It’s also a wonderful time to reconnect with my supportive food allergy friends, to thank my friends and family who help keep us […]
The end of 2015 saw a lot of action on the food allergy news front with regard to advocating for better disclosure of food allergens on the part of manufacturers. One issue for food allergy parents is keeping track of FDA food recalls due to the presence of undeclared allergens, because the FDA is finding food allergens “where they shouldn’t be,” according to a SnackSafely.com report. Just weeks before Congress introduced a bill designed to improve food labels, a father from Chambersburg, Pa., whose family has been managing life-threatening food allergies for several years, released with the help of Cross & Crown an app they created entitled “AllertMe” — to notify food allergy parents like me about undeclared allergens and other safety issues that may exist in our products.
Motherhood is never challenging, said no mama ever! Being a mom continues to be one of the most challenging and rewarding life experiences for me. How can we keep ourselves positive, happy and the best we can be? How can positivity and motherhood live hand in hand? Fellow food allergy mama Kristin Beltaos and I talk about five keys for embracing the positive.
Children today face so many different pressures that can cause anxiety. Juggling everything from learning how to cope with inner emotional tensions to handling outside stressors like academics and cyberbullying, our kids are processing a lot. As a mama managing food allergies, I’m used to navigating many different levels of anxiety in my family’s life. So when I received Sherianna Boyle’s book, The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety, I dove right in. The cover describes Boyle’s book as “a mindful approach for helping your child become calm, resilient, and secure” and it definitely hits the mark.
Do you like doing budget-friendly craft projects with the kids that are easy and fun? If so, do I have a cool book for you…. Just before our first major snow storm of the new year, I received crafting guru Jamie Dorobek’s awesome book, “Creating Really Awesome Free Things,” to review. While other mamas and papas were going stir crazy with a week off from school, my kids and I were having fun making everything from toilet paper reindeer to cereal box puzzles. This crafty mama totally saved us during Virginia’s big dig out!