Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free 1-Minute Ramekin Cake




It was 9:00 this morning.  Skate birthday party at 10.  Wrapping gift.  Making card.  Getting breakfast done. Packing lunches for the predictable pizza party that would ensue in the next couple hours.  

Then it hit me.  "Jeff, did you make cupcakes?"  HA!  Ooooops, we forgot to make safe cake.

Now it's 9:15.  Thirty minutes before departure.

Quick, THINK!  Ok, it was time to revisit the microwave mug cake idea.  Let me say, I don't love using the microwave.  We have one.  But I've almost cut it out of our lives entirely.  I only use it for "emergencies".  And this indeed was an emergency!  ;)  

I pulled our dairy-free and egg-free cake recipe up on the computer.  Yes, I still have to look it up after all these years.  ;)  Was also grateful I had an open tub of frosting in the frig.  SCORE!

Then I started cutting down the measurements bit by bit.  Tweaked a little here and there for easy measurements.  And kept tasting the batter until it was good to go.  Remember, no egg.  Eat the batter!  :)  

First, I made the microwave cake in a larger ramekin like these.  And this recipe will make two of those.    



Later, I experimented with smaller ramekins I have by Le Creuset.  And the recipe made 4 of those.  




I absolutely love both my small and large ramekins.  Now I love them more!  They are safe for the microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher.  Have you seen our Chicken Pot Pies?  :)  

Why a ramekin you ask?  When mug cakes are all the rage?  Well, at a birthday party with a dozen nine-year-old boys, I know my son would be horrified to be eating cake out of his mother's coffee cup.  The ramekin is super discrete and no big deal.  Miles actually thought it was awesome to have his own cake.  {Don't forget the sprinkles}  We threw the ramekin cake in a rubber maid container with his own IKEA plastic fork...great for travel.  

I will love having this recipe on hand, now.  The kids can make cake whenever they want!  :)  If you don't have frosting on hand, just sprinkle powdered sugar on top.  

And hopefully next time YOU forget to make safe cake an hour before a birthday party, this will help you out, too!

PS ~ This is a lower sugar variation of our regular cake recipe.  But once the icing is on...who cares?!  ;)  

DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE 1-MINUTE MICROWAVE CAKE
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 Tbs cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup water
1 Tb oil
pinch of salt

Mix ingredients together.  Grease 2 large ramekins or 4 small ramekins with dairy-free butter.  Fill ramekins half full with batter.  Microwave large ramekin cakes for 1 minute or small ramekins for 30 seconds.  Let cool and top with frosting or powdered sugar.  

If you decide to do the oven instead of microwave, the cakes will take 15-20 minutes.  Done when toothpick comes out clean.  

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Effects of Anaphylaxis on the Body by Healthline

The Effects of Anaphylaxis on the Body

This infographic by Healthline is very informative about how anaphylaxis affects the body.  Head over to their site for this helpful resource.  You may learn a few new points you didn't know.


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Current Dairy-Free Ibotta Rebates




Hey food allergy, Ibotta fans!  There are some fantastic offerings right now.  How do you like the dairy-free collage I made for you?  :)

When you answer some of the rebate questions, you will notice they are really honing in on natural, organic options.  I think they are onto us.  YES!  We want coupons and rebates for real food, allergy-safe food, natural foods.  Thank you very much.  That's why we love you, Ibotta!

If you don't know what ibotta is, you can read more about Ibotta here!  It's a super easy, cash-back app. No coupons required.  Redeem rebates into Paypal accounts or for gift cards to Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart, and more.  

Here are some of my favorite rebates right now:
$1 on Naked Juice
.25 on peppers
.25 on avocados
.25 on bananas
.30 on cereal
.30 on bread
.25 on chips
.25 on soda (12)
$1 on Kashi (includes dairy-free granola bars)
.50 on Silk Milk
.50 on Enjoy Life Coco Loco Bars
$1 on Enjoy Life Decadent Bars
$1 on Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax
.50 on Enjoy Life Soft Cookies
$1 on Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies
$1 on Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix
$1 on Enjoy Life Plentils
$1 on So Delicious Almond Milk Minis Ice Cream
.75 All You Magazine
$1.50 Ian's Turkey Corn Dogs
$2.50 Ian's Fish Sticks


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day E-Cloth Sale ~ Save 20%


Use Coupon Code:
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Universal Stone Cleaner
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Kitchen Towels
8-Piece Home Set
5-Piece Starter Set
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Ends April 22 at 11:59 PST

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Food Allergy e-book by Anaphylaxis 101



Anaphylaxis 101 has put out a free children's interactive e-book about food allergies and anaphylaxis.  

The children in the book are in 4th grade, trying to figure out how to have an allergy-safe school carnival.

Miles says this is one of his favorite food allergy books so far.  He likes that they were trying to figure out how to do something together.  

And Graham's favorite part is about a food allergy bully.  I won't give away the ending.  ;)  

As a mom, I like how they remind the kids to always tell an adult and to always carry their epinephrine meds.  

I definitely think we will listen to this book a few times!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dairy-Free Brown Sugar, Oatmeal Muffins



While at the end of a strict food budget month and with limited supplies in the pantry, Jeff Googled a muffin that required minimal ingredients.  And this is what he came up with.  The Brown Sugar, Oatmeal Muffin.  Guess what?  Delicious!

He used almond milk, flax egg, and no nuts.  And it didn't take any of my yummy chocolate chips!


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Stainless Steel Water Bottles for Food Allergy Kids



Spring has sprung!  I'm so looking forward to our park days and bike rides.  Spending time outdoors with the kiddos.  Even just spending more time running errands around town.  The sunshine gets this homebody to leave the house.  

To save money on buying drinks when we are out, we invested in these awesome Thermos water bottles for the boys YEARS ago.  I can't believe we still have them, honestly.  These have been everywhere with us over the years!  Errands, park days, bike rides, school group, field trips, vacation. You name it.  

The awesome thing with this brand is that the water stays cold, with ice, for 24 hours.  Literally.  I've tested it!  

I also prefer the safety of stainless steel over plastic any day.  No plastic water bottles sweltering in the heat of the car.  Leaching chemicals into hot water.  Ew.  

I also love that these are easy to clean.  No straws.  Thank you, Lord!  I hate water bottle straws. HATE THEM.  The only reusable straws I like are the silicone ones, that's another blog post.  

You can see we keep the Thermos and the lid marked with each boy's name.  And these are great size for the bigger kids.  Mine started with these at age 4 and 5?  18oz will keep them pretty hydrated for quite awhile.  A full ball game.  A long vacation drive.  I love this size. 

Right now these are a GREAT price on Amazon.  I DID pay $25 for each of ours, and it was worth the several years we've gotten out of them.  I'm thinking of getting a couple more for $16!  

Food allergy life is all about working around inconveniences.  And this is just another one of our awesome tools that allows us to always have a safe, cold drink on hand.  

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Miles Tests Results ~ Age 9



What a bummer to have another year of bad news.  We actually waited two years to test this time as we are just learning to be patient.  Strict avoidance is the name of our game.  Content to be home schooling, limiting vacations, and not eating out.  So we thought we'd give it more time this time.  Miles is starting to not love testing so we waited until he was ready to go, as well. 

Skin testing was done for cashew, milk, and environmental allergens.  That's because Miles had a mouth reaction to bing cherries, and our allergist suspected a cross-reaction from pollen allergy.  She was right.  Very high. So we have to be careful with fruits that can have pollen on or in them.  The cherry skin prick was actually a 0.

Yes, the pollen can get IN the fruit.  That's why washing isn't always helpful.  Sometimes only cooking them will help cut down reactions.  Crazy.  

Tree Pollen Cross-Reactive Fruits:
Apple
Apricot
Cherry
Kiwi
Peach
Pear
Plum

Miles tested negative for outdoor allergies before.  Now they are HIGH!

His cashew allergy was concerning, too.  It's gone up to 4+ on skin.  We have to be super diligent with this now.  

His milk was an unsurprising 3.

SKIN TEST RESULTS
Milk 3
Cashew 4+
Cherry 0
Dustmite 4
Cockroach 2
Tree 4
Ragweed 3
Weed 3
Standard Grass 2
Bermuda Grass 4
Johnson Grass 4
Corn Pollen 4
Alfafa 2
Mold 2-3
Cat, Dog, Feather, Horse, Rabbit 0

Our allergist was ready to move onto blood testing and told us they can now break the milk blood test down.  We were glad about this, but the results were a bummer.  

BLOOD TEST RESULTS
Milk:  4.60, Class 3 (High)
Whey:  5.55, Class 3
Casein:  2.12 Class 2
Beta 3.22, Class 2
Alpha 1.79, Class 2

I don't know what Alpha and Beta mean.  The casein was lower, but all of Miles's reactions have been to cheese (casein).  So that's disheartening.  

BAKED-IN CHALLEGE
Dr. Siri was willing to do another baked-in challenge.  He made it to 1/4 a muffin a few years ago, we did baked in daily via Nilla Wafers, and his allergy numbers went up.  So we backed off the baked-in and our allergist agreed since it wasn't helping.  She thought we might want to give it another "go" but we haven't gone back.  


WHAT NEXT?

We tried strict avoidance.  It didn't work.  We tried baked-in.  That didn't work.  

Jeff and I feel like the next route to try is gut-healing.  So for now, we started doing probiotics daily.  I would like to see what happens to his numbers after a year of this.  

A recent study showed that desensitizing ALONG with probiotics was promising with peanut allergies. This makes total sense to me.  I would love to try this next!  

And the desensitizing patch in trials right now brings me some hope for down the road, too.  

Wish I had a better report.  Wish I could tell you we know what we are doing.  But like many others, we are just doing the best we can and praying for a miracle.  


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Food Allergies And Cross-Reactions


This article about allergy cross-reactions is a good read.  It's put out by Kids with Food Allergies.

I can relate in that Miles reacted to cherries because of pollen allergy and to sesame in a lotion because of his high cashew allergy.  It's good to know other foods that your allergens are related to so you can stay as safe as possible.  


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Probiotics Plus Oral Immunotherapy for Food Allergies



Head over to the FARE website for this excellent information about combining probiotics and oral immunotherapy.  This makes total sense to me, and we have already begun a probiotic regiment with Miles in hopes of adding immunotherapy next.  :)  


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

When to Switch from Junior to Adult Epinephrine



I was reading an article by Dr. Robert Wood, Check Your Epinephrine Auto Injectors.  I particularly like what he said about when to move up from junior to adult dosing.  

"Make sure you’re getting the right dose. Autoinjectors come in 2 doses–a junior for young children and a regular strength for everyone else. Officially, the full strength devices are approved for use for anyone over 66 pounds. The junior strength is a perfect dose for someone who weighs 33 pounds, but for every pound above that it under-doses more and more. For this reason most experts, including me, recommend switching from junior to regular strength somewhere between 45 and 55 pounds."

You should definitely click over and give the whole article a read!


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Peanut Allergy Patch Trials Showing Success


CBS New York did a news story on a boy with peanut allergies experiencing some success with a peanut patch.  Here is a recent article on the status of the peanut patch trials over at the FARE website and another at Medical Daily.  

UPDATE:  The FDA has expedited peanut patch trials to hopefully have it on the market by 2018!  

This is great news as a milk allergy patch has now gone to trials as well and is right behind the peanut patch.  

Does this give you some hope?  

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Food Allergies Changed Our Life Plans and We Are Glad!



This article over at Money Saving Mom, Why I Like My Smaller House, encouraged me as a food allergy mom.  It reminded me of the "sacrifices" we have made as a food allergy family, and renewed my determination to embrace the simple lifestyle that we have chosen.  


This is Why I Like My Modest, City Home

1.  The city is cheaper than the suburbs and allows me to stay home

2.  We are very close to the fire station and hospital

3.  We don't pay a lot in property taxes so I can justify homeschooling costs

4.  We were able to set up a 10-year mortgage so maybe we can afford college someday

5.  It's been a joy to minister to our neighbors and community


Don't get me wrong.  Being a work-at-home, home schooling mom, living in the city with food allergies was not our original plan.  

Our original plan was more like this.  Stay home until the kids go to kindergarten.  Go back to work and use my college degree. Live on a cushy double income, move out to the burbs, enroll in the best schools, and eat. out. a. lot!  

When Miles had his first anaphylacic reaction at 8 months, our world was rocked.  We quickly learned about what this meant for our family, and started preparing for a new life path.  

Staying home.  Home schooling.  Living in the city.  These options all quickly came onto our radar. 

We had hope that he would outgrow his life threatening allergies by kindergarten.  After all, that was the statistic at the time.  Then we could proceed on with Plan A for our lives.  

But we knew that may not happen.  We started living like we may need a Plan B.  We didn't move from our starter home but instead started saving up.  I started practicing home school in the preschool years. And I decided to give this "work-from-home" thing a go.  I tried lots and lots of jobs.  And I'm still experimenting and tweaking.

It started to become obvious that our original life plan was not going to pan out anytime soon.  Food allergy testing kept going horribly.  Food allergy reactions were happening and discouraging us.  So here we are nine years later.  Living Plan B.  

And you know what?  Overall, we surprisingly love Plan B!  City life is fun.  Living modestly is empowering. Being home with my children is rewarding.  And home schooling?  Wow.  It's totally perfect for us!  Food allergies?  They still suck.  But hey...there's silver lining to that, too.  We have made so many health changes in our lives for which I am completely thankful.  

I still pray that Miles will outgrow his food allergies sooner than later.  But if he did, I think I would STILL want my modest house in the city and to stay home and home school my boys.  Life is short.  I know we will have no regrets living life this way.  

I know not everyone chooses this kind of path.  Even families with food allergies.  And that's ok.  No judging here.  

I know many food allergy families who do perfectly well with public school, full-time jobs, and country living.   

But to those struggling with how to move forward after a food allergy diagnosis or those who feel stuck not being able to manage a food allergy life well, I want to encourage you.  It's ok to think outside the box.  It's ok to live differently than others.  It's ok not to be mainstream.  If you'd feel better changing your life focus and path, it's never too late.  Do what's best for your family, whatever it takes.  

How do you know when you're on the right path?  You will have daily peace.  Daily comfort that you are in the right place.  Jeff and I have this.  Our kids have this.  And we wouldn't trade it for the world.  

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Friday, April 10, 2015

25 Things Only a Food Allergy Parent Would Understand



This is a cute but accurate portrayal of what it's like to be a food allergy parent.  Head over to Healthline.com to see the list.  Which one is your favorite?


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Cleaning is Good For Allergy Sufferers



Spring Clean for both emotional and physical health benefits, from U-T San Diego.  

Use these strategies to allergy-proof your home, room by room this spring, from Everyday Health.


Our e-cloth store has amazing cleaning products for allergy sufferers.  

With a husband who suffers severe dust allergies and a son who suffers severe food allergies, we have seen big improvements in their health and health management by using e-cloth in our home.  

Here are some of the best e-cloth, allergy-friendly products.  




Clean windows with just water.  No chemicals.

"It may also help to use natural, unscented cleaning products — some scented commercial cleaners can be irritating to people with allergies."



 


 "Roaches can trigger allergies, so be diligent about keeping your kitchen clean and crumb-free. Keep the sink empty, wipe down countertops often, and mop the floors weekly."

Ewwwwwww.  Roaches.




Perfect for dust allergies.  For hard-to-reach places.



Super amazing for dust allergies.  It's a dust magnet.



  



"Scour the sink and tub at least monthly, since mold thrives on soap and other films that coat tiles and grout, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America."




"Minimize your pets' presence in the living room too by letting them out to roam in the yard as much as possible, and be sure to clean them before bringing them back in."


This is why we have always felt that e-cloth fits so well here at Milk Allergy Mom.  Yes, cleaning naturally has a huge part in improving our allergies and sensitivities.  The two articles nailed it. 

Guess it's time to get Spring Cleaning!  


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E-CLOTH PACKS $7.99 & UNDER ~ Compare to Norwex & Save


Just wanted to update you on the latest and greatest e-cloth sales right now!  Items are flying off the shelves right now.  :)

Our popular Buy 1, Get 1 is back for the General Purpose Cloths and Glass Polishing Cloths.  That means you get two for $7.99 with free shipping.  Great spring colors.  Green and Yellow.  

Also, we have Kitchen Packs and Window Packs for just $6.99.  This is really unheard of.  The clincher is that we got the UK shipments, oooops!  So we have to clear them out.  Snag them while you can.  

These are all fantastic for Spring Cleaning.  And all of these would make great gifts!  

And did you know e-cloth is celebrating it's 20th year this month!  Not 20 years in the U.S.  That's only about 7.  But 20 years in Europe...where chemical-free is must more advanced and accepted than here in the U.S.  Let's change that!  :)  




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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dairy-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting



For Easter, Jeff made Miles his first carrot cake.  Ever!  I was down with the flu so I was ever so thankful for his taking the initiative to be so thoughtful.  He even shredded all the carrots by hand.  Now that's quite a guy!

If it had been me, I would have used a vegan recipe that would be useful to our friends with egg allergies.  

But Jeff chose a Betty Crocker recipe that calls for 3 eggs.  

I think this vegan recipe looks promising.  It uses applesauce instead of egg.  I would not use her frosting though with our nut allergy.

Here was our major cheat.  While we could have made our own cream cheese frosting with dairy-free cream cheese, we opted for Pillsbury Cream Cheese frosting in a tub.  Not quite the same as homemade, but it was fine for a crazy weekend of flu and holiday combined.  


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12 Reasons We Don't Eat Out with Food Allergies




There's a Red Robin in town, and we know the general manager.  McDonald's and Starbucks are right across the street from our house.  We have a vegan bakery in the city.

But we still have made the decision to never let anyone cook for Miles except for us his parents, and his grandma.

I know, it's an extreme decision.  Not everyone chooses this route.  And that's ok.  We all have different comfort levels.

Disney?  Well, we are too chicken to travel that far.  Would we let Miles eat there someday?  Maybe. We've intentionally avoided it for now.  We aren't the types who get into the mainstream princess hype around here.  I would only really want to go for safe food and a beach somewhere.  We have not ruled this out.  But for now, it's not a big goal for us.

For now, this is why we haven't not let Miles eat restaurant food...ever.  For nine whole years.

Reasons We Don't Eat Out with Food Allergies:

1.  Eating out is expensive, anyways.  
We are on a tight budget, and would rarely eat out even without food allergies.

2.  Eating out is not healthy, anyways.  
Even though Jeff and I can eat out without the kids, we rarely do by choice.  It's part of our mission to be healthier and eating out is just not as healthy as making your own food.  Almost every time we do eat out, it's a big disappointment.  Usually not worth the money we spent!

3.  We don't expect anyone to keep our food allergy son safe.  
Miles has had two major milk reactions.  Both were my fault.  If I, a food allergy "expert", can make a mistake, how can I expect a stranger in a restaurant kitchen not to make a mistake?  I can't.

I read about an allergist, Dr. Robert Wood, who has severe peanut allergy and never lets anyone bake for him.  He made an exception one time, had a reaction, and needed five epi-pens! His golden rule is to not let anyone bake for him because of his peanut allergy.  For milk or multiple food allergies, I think not letting anyone bake OR cook for you is just as reasonable.

Also, my father-in-law is a doctor.  He once told me, regarding another medical matter..."taking that risk is like running into a busy street of moving cars.  You might not get hit, but why take the chance?". Jeff and I have carried this medical advice into our food allergy life, as well.

4.  100% avoidance had been our goal for outgrowing.
Our allergist always told us that less reactions will help Miles in the long-run.  She told us if we didn't mind an extreme lifestyle to keep him extra-safe, then we should keep doing what we are doing.

5.  Our son is severely allergic.
I could spout off all our test numbers, but the real indication of severity is what happens when an allergen is ingested.  Miles has proven to be severely allergic to milk.  Two bites of very processed cheese sent him into anaphylaxis.  Just touching his mouth to my water bottle on accident swelled his throat.  We aren't just talking hives or a tummy ache with this one.

6.  I can make almost any food at home from scratch.  
Anytime Miles really wants to try some kind of food that he's heard about, I google ways to make it at home.  This has included donuts, chili mac, etc.  If I can't find an equivalent, we offer to go buy a pre-packaged treat that he really loves as a substitute.  Yes, I will pay $10 for a dairy-free pizza to make him happy.

7.  We stress that food is not the means to happiness.  
As a Christian family, we stress that our joy is in Jesus.  As long as we have him, what else do we need?  ;)  Family, friends, time together, doing activities, playing sports, being creative, going places, hanging out at home, playing games...these are fun things that also bring us happiness.  Just as much as sitting in a restaurant.  Probably more.

8.  People around the world don't eat in restaurants.  Eating out is not pivotal to human existence.  ;)  
Miles doesn't get the, "there are kids starving in China" talk at the dinner table.  He actually eats everything on his plate.  Instead, he gets the, "kids in Africa don't eat in restaurants" talk.  We Americans tend to forget that we live in the most privileged and wealthy country in the world.  Paying people to make us food is a luxury.  Not a basic necessity.

9.  We realize plenty of other people have limitations, too.
Maybe Miles can't eat in restaurants for now.  But some children can't walk.  Some children can't hear. Some children can't see.  We do have to be careful not to dismiss Miles's feelings of missing out. Those are real and need verified with some understanding and consoling.  But really, if not eating in a restaurant is one of our biggest limitations, I thank God for that.

10.  We are naturally homebodies and enjoy being close to home.  
Cooking at home is the real way to avoid restaurants.  That obviously means we have to stick close to home!  :)  And we are ok with that.  We have said no to some excursions because they took us too far from a safe kitchen.  Someday I have hopes that we can wonder further from home.  But if not, we are ok with that.  We take it one day at a time.  And we quite enjoy being homebodies.  Truly!

11.  We are willing to buy safe "processed food" to make up for no restaurants.  
We make it part of our budget to purchase safe frozen pizza, corn dogs, pockets, ice cream, etc.  I know I'm all about "homemade" and "healthy" but with a nine-year-old boy, we are willing to make accommodations.

12.  We have found other ways to experience "restaurant" with safe food.  
This is my very favorite point.  With a little creativity, it is possible to find ways for food allergy children to experience "eating out".  Miles absolutely loves hitting cafes at Goodwill and Target.  And having found a couple safe ice cream spots has been amazing, too!  Target and a local concession.  We also do "carry-out" safely!  Notice, we only do these with 1. food from home and/or 2. prepackaged food with labels.

I realize we are extremely conservative when it comes to food allergies and eating out.  Not every food allergy family adheres to this strict policy.  But some do.  Just know there are many different comfort levels, and you are free to pick the one that suits your family the best.  :)

For info on how TO eat out with food allergies, visit the FARE website.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.  We would love to hear your "take" on this hot topic issue.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Planner Fun ~ Organizing Life with Food Allergies



I'm loving my new little planner hobby.  I look forward to new weeks even more, now.  :)  I started this week by recording receipts.  

If you are wanting to get more organized, here is a great planner deal on the popular Erin Condren planners.  I'm getting one!  

Have a great week!



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Current Ibotta Deals, Some Dairy-Free!



I'm killin' it with the Ibotta app rebates this month so far!

Remember, some rebates can be used multiple times at different stores or even the same store on multiple trips!  

I've almost earned $10 for Starbucks already in April!  

My favorite rebates right now are:
$1.50 Eight O'Clock coffee
$1.00 Almond Milk So Delicious Frozen Dessert (for me)
.75 All You magazine
.75 Juicy Juice
.50 Blue Diamond almond can
$1.50 Ian's Gluten Free Turkey Corn Dogs
$1.50 Ian's Gluten Free Fish Sticks
$1.00 Monk Fruit in the Raw
$1.00 Stevia in the Raw
$1.00 Naked Juice
$1.00 Tom's Tooth Paste
.50 Any Eggs
.50 Almond Milk Creamer Silk 

Bonuses
Extra $1.00 when you redeem 3 Naked Juice 15.2oz rebates 3 times on 3 separate trips
Extra $1.00 when you redeem two Ian's products rebates at Target
Extra $1.00 when you redeem 2 In The Raw rebates



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Reading Labels for Milk Allergy



Head over to Kids with Food Allergies for specific information on how to read food and non-food labels for milk ingredients.  

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10 Things Your Non-Allergic Child Is Thinking by Gina Clowes


Fellow food allergy mom, Gina Clowes, gives us insight into what food allergy siblings might be feeling and thinking as we strive hard to keep their food allergy brother or sister safe.  Head over to Health Central to give it a read.  

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Epinephrine Used Correctly at Only a 16% Rate!



Good article about the misuse of Epinephrine over at Medscape.

And a study showing only 16% of food allergy sufferers use epinephrine correctly.  The biggest mistake?  Not holding long enough.

Even medical personnel don't always use ephinephrine correctly so educate yourself and self-treat before calling 911.  My own allergist told me this.  Don't count on the ER to make the best decision about using epinephrine.  Just use it, and then go in.

Nationwide Children's offers good reminders about when and how to use epi-pens.  This would be good to print off for caregivers.    


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