Thanksgiving with Food Allergies

Thanksgiving with Food Allergies

Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful and overwhelming for anyone but add in food allergies and sensitivies, kids and vegetarians and it can seem impossible.  It sounds crazy to most, but us allergy moms deal with this craziness every day at every meal.  Planning ahead and creative substitutions can go a long way to making your Thanksgiving a memorable and delicious meal for everyone. The first...

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Celebrating Kindergarten

Celebrating Kindergarten

Is anyone else wondering where Summer went? I’ve spent the last week in denial, but now it’s time to get back to reality. School starts in just 2 days!  This year, my son will be in kindergarten and my daughter will be in third grade. Below is a story of some challenges we’ve recently gone through with my son Ben.  I feel nothing but love and gratitude for this journey he has...

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EpiPen Assistance

EpiPen Assistance

EpiPens (for those who don’t know) are the emergency epinephrine auto-injectors that those with life-threatening allergies carry with them in case of  a reaction. They can save lives– if they are available when needed and used properly. We carry an EpiPen with us and have two in place on my daughter’s school campus. Having them does provide us some comfort.  It’s our...

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Walk for Food Allergies

Walk for Food Allergies

Yesterday was the Bay Area’s FAAN Walk for Food Allergies.  The whole family had a great time.  Autumn was really proud to have raised money for a great cause and see so many other kids like her. After registering we picked up our T-shirts and strolled through the vendor area collecting a load of allergy friendly cookies, chocolate milk and jelly beans.  There were jugglers, bouncy...

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Food Rewards Follow-up

Food Rewards Follow-up

Back in July I wrote a post titled No More Food Rewards.  I wrote this because I was concerned about the candy rewards and junk food parties in Autumn’s school. I sent a copy of the post to the Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent of our school district and the Principal of our school. I wasn’t sure what I would hear back in return, but I was pleasantly surprised when they...

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FREE EpiPens for Schools

FREE EpiPens for Schools

Mylan Specialty LP, the distributors of the EpiPen have created a new program that will help schools get free EpiPens.   Directly from their website: The EpiPen4Schools program was created to allow qualified schools to obtain EpiPen Auto-Injectors at no-cost. This access is important because epinephrine is the only first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions...

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No More Food Rewards!

No More Food Rewards!

My daughter will be entering second grade at the end of the summer. She is just starting her journey through school. As a child with food allergies, it hasn’t been easy for her so far.  During first grade she was excluded from activities several times a week and the constant stress of possible allergen exposure wore us all down.  Despite all that, she loves school, she’s made some...

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Food Revolution Day

Food Revolution Day

Today, May 19th is Food Revolution Day.  This day is the dream child of Jamie Oliver, beloved chef, food activist and parent. On this global day of food education there will be dinner parties and events taking place all over the globe to teach, eat, learn, celebrate and share healthy food. Revolution literally means “a turnaround”, a fundamental change.  Why do we need this...

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Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements

Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 13 – 19.  The Food Allergy Education Network posted a list of morning announcements that could be read or included at your child’s elementary or middle school.  I loved this idea, so I had to share it.  Find this and other great ideas for Food Allergy Awareness Week at http://foodallergyednetwork.org     Morning Announcements-Elementary...

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More Health Troubles

More Health Troubles

In case you’ve been wondering where we’ve been… Recently our daughter Autumn had an asthma attack.  This took us by surprise as we were not aware she had asthma.  And we’re still not sure she does… Here’s the short version of what happened. It was a hot day, out of the ordinary for our beachside town. She rode horses in the morning, followed by a family trip...

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