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!

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I’m thrilled to share with you all my latest foodie find: Oreo Candies! As a food allergy mama who avoids dairy, egg and nut, there really isn’t much candy in our household. But don’t get me wrong; we DO love incorporating Enjoy Life chocolate chips and chunks into most of our baking recipes! I recently reviewed a cool, super cute cookbook for Fancy Shanty entitled Kids’ Treats by fellow mama Katie Wyllie. To my delight, many of her 50 cute snack recipes revolved around…wait for it…OREOS! So of course, I made my own dairy-, egg- and nut-free version of her Oreo bon-bon for our enjoyment!

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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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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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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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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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Do you need help at mealtime with a picky eater? Do you give in to junk food if it’s all your child wants? Are you managing food allergies? Do you need fun ideas for how to eat healthy? Brynn Hadler’s new e-book, 7 Ways to Your Get Children to Eat Healthy, offers creative and practical ways to change mealtime so you and your kids will want to eat healthier and will have fun while doing it.

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