food allergies Archive

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 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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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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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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With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, food allergies and other auto-immune conditions on the rise, so many parents and their children find themselves struggling to manage emotions that can be intense, challenging and confusing. Clinical psychologists Judith M. Glasser, PhD, and Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, offer us Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids With AD/HD.

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My mother-in-law has one recipe that is jealously guarded by granddad and coveted by her kids: her famous orange blossoms. After enjoying them over the holidays with us, she has finally agreed to share her secrets! The recipe, changed to account for our allergies to dairy and egg, was given to her 35 years ago by a colleague. She said she has been making them for the Christmas holidays ever since.

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Our Thanksgiving celebration this year was amazing not only because of our wonderful family members seated at the table, but also for our delicious meal that was free of dairy, egg, nuts, corn and apple–our combined food allergens. My favorite was her stuffing. Made with our dairy- and egg-free homemade bread and her chicken stock from scratch, it was mouth-watering to say the least. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

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Ever since we visited our local farmers’ market at the start of the summer, I’ve been working on my own recipe for dairy, egg, and nut-free peach cobbler. I must say it has been a fun and tasty endeavor! Not only were this summer’s peaches divine, but I found a great cobbler recipe on one of my favorite blogs that got me thinking about making my own peach cobbler recipe just the way I like it: simple and delicious.

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