Just for mom Archive

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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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 honored to share that Food Allergy Research & Education has included writing from an article I wrote–What My Son Taught Me About Food Allergy Awareness: Think “A-E-I-O-U”–in its latest newsletter! After learning an invaluable lesson at FARE’s walk to “say FAREwell” to food allergies last fall, I started thinking about food allergy awareness in terms of A-E-I-O-U: Awareness, Education, Inclusion, Outreach and Understanding.

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This post was written for inclusion in the World Breastfeeding 2013 Blog Carnival, co-hosted by NursingFreedom.org and the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. The participants wrote and shared their stories about community support and normalizing breastfeeding. *** I often joke that the two things in life I’m really good at are writing and breastfeeding. I should probably rephrase this to say writing and nursing are two things that have been rewarding for me and at which I’ve been successful, at least by my own standards! With my first child, my son, you could say I was quite lucky that we found a breastfeeding-friendly, or a so-called baby-friendly, hospital; that my colostrum and milk came in quickly after my cesarean section; and that baby boy had a […]

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“Failure to treat promptly with epinephrine unifies virtually every death that’s ever happened from a food reaction,” Dr. Robert A. Wood, the chief pediatric allergist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, says when talking to a food allergy group about anaphylaxis management. Speaking at Food Allergy Research & Education’s 20th annual food allergy conference in Arlington, Va., Dr. Wood says he gives the same message to other allergists, pediatricians, and parents: “It’s very hard to find reactions where epinephrine was given promptly where there was a bad outcome.” Driving the point home, the internationally recognized food allergy expert says that of the three recent deaths from food allergies: the college kid in Boston, the 11-year-old child in Utah, and the 8-year-old child in New Jersey; none of them received epinephrine promptly when they started to react.

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Discovering food allergies and obstructive sleep apnea in my son when he was younger gave me a crash course in motherhood. I quickly learned how to manage both and be my child’s best advocate. Here are five key ways you can be your child’s too: 1) Trust your gut; 2) Get help and support; 3) Educate yourself and others; 4) Speak up, don’t be shy; and 5) Breathe. Trusting your instincts is by far the best piece of advice I could offer to any first-time parent. When my oldest child was a baby, he often woke up every 45 minutes–literally. Lots of things would get him back to sleep at night, but he often woke up within the hour.

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