Monday, August 29, 2016

When Do Kids Outgrow Milk Allergies?



I found this article interesting over at Allergic Living.  "At What Age are You Less Likely to Outgrow Milk Allergy?".  

Ugh.  Miles's first reaction was anaphylactic at 8 months old, and we were told age 2-3 would be the magic age.  When age 3 passed, they told us by kindergarten he should be in the clear. As he turned 6, I finally gave up on wishful thinking.  And here we are 11 years into anaphylactic dairy allergy.  

Strict avoidance has been our action plan, but we are starting to explore new options.  You may want to join our email list below for all the updates.  The journey is coming soon!

In the meantime, hop on over to this article and see what you think.  They mention asthma, allergic rhinitis, and severe eczema and suggest regular testing.  At this point I'm pulling for the "late adolescence" benchmark and praying  for a cure, too.   


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Erin Condren Life Planner Tour {2017}

Original Post 6/30/16


Hello Planner Pals!  I'm thrilled to be sharing the new 2017 Erin Condren Planner with you today.  WOOHOO!  If you'd like to see it up close and personal as I compare it to the 2016 planner, here is my latest video tour.  

NEW FEATURES I LOVE
There are many new features this year that I quickly loved.  The watercolor theme is beautiful, and I really like that the monthly sections are monochromatic with different shades of one color. It's also really nice that the clear pouch is loose from the planner but can still be added into the planner if you use the free adhesive coil that came with it.  This way when 2017 is over, you can take the pouch out and use it for something else.  The two new wet erase sections on the inside of the covers are also fantastic.  I think I will need the wet/dry erase markers for this.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Free Daily Schedule Printable for Home School ~ Set the Timer

Original Post 3/16
 Includes Essentials

If you home school, do you struggle with your daily schedule?  I know I do.  

But as often happens, I was inspired by a Classical Conversations article that has become a game-changer in our house.

If you have access to CC articles in the catalog, your guides, Leigh Bortins' books...you'll want to read them!  And read them more than once.  These resources are chock full of so many helpful ideas and encouragement for your schooling.  I've read this article, "A Real Schedule for Real Homeschooling Parents" each of my three years in CC.  And this is the year where the light bulb finally went off.  The concept made so much sense and is so simple.  I can handle this! The majority of information that CC puts out for parents is just plain real life practical, and I appreciate that.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Round-Up of Mylan News This Week





If you are an allergy family or even if you're not, you've probably heard a lot of talk about Mylan and EpiPen in the past week.  Our helpful readers have been sending us news links for days, and I thought it was time to start compiling the highlights after reading through a ton of articles today.  

Despite EpiPen being a life-saving tool for allergy families everywhere, the news isn't so positive this week.  

The initial story started with discontentment over the 500% price increase this back-to-school season, but additional concerns are now surfacing.

For your convenience, below I am linking a recap of the information as it unfolds.  Be sure to check back as we will more than likely be adding to this list as the days go on.  

As for my own personal opinion on this matter, this is my favorite article so far.  It truly is the allergy parents we have to thank for bringing this issue to light and creating a voice loud enough to initiate change.  So thank you, parents!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Homemade Meatballs {Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free}

Original Post Feb 2010 


While I tend to be a lazy cook in the kitchen, sometimes my mom guilt kicks in and I take the extra time to make my family these meatballs.  They think it's a real novelty, and I immediately become a rock star when I make them.  

It's pretty incredible that these can taste SO good despite being free of dairy, egg, AND wheat. But they are.  In fact, this recipe disappeared from our website for awhile, and readers contacted me looking for it.  We are so grateful they let us know.  

You can serve these with marinara and pasta in a classic dutch oven Italian dish or simmer them in barbecue sauce for a delicious appetizer.  And leftover meatballs make great sub sandwiches on dairy-free hot dog buns. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Food Allergies & School ~ Allergic Living Article



Sending your food allergy child off to school this fall?  Here is a helpful checklist from Allergic Living about knowing your food allergy rights in the U.S.  There is a link for Canadian residents, as well.  

What's your biggest concern about food allergies and school?  


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Homemade Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce with Go Veggie! Parmesan {Dairy-Free}


Original Post January 2015

Spaghetti with meat sauce is one of our go-to dinners.  We have it at least twice a month as it's quick and easy for busy nights like ball practice or Bible study.  

We have used Target brand or Aldi Organic spaghetti sauces because they don't contain corn syrup.  But now I'm dabbling in making our own in the crock pot with garden tomatoes or canned tomatoes.  See recipe below.


The real star here, though, is our dairy-free GO Veggie! Parmesan.  Our whole family likes it as Jeff and I think it's pretty darn close to the real thing taste-wise.

With most every spaghetti dinner now, the boys remind us to get out the Parmesan, and it's almost like we aren't allergic to dairy on those nights!  ;)

HOMEMADE CROCK POT SPAGHETTI SAUCE 
1 pound ground beef 
1 medium onion chopped
2 cans of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz) or 6 peeled roma tomatoes diced
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
1 Tbs. brown sugar
4 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried thyme
Cooked noodles

To peel tomatoes, cut a small X on the top and drop into boiling water for 10 seconds followed by an ice bath.  The skin will come right off.  

Cook meat and onions in a skillet.  Then transfer meat and onions to a crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients.  Let simmer on low heat for 6-8 hours.  


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pesto & Tomato Bagel Bites {Dairy-Free & Nut-Free}



The other day our family devoured this delicious garden-inspired snack, pesto and tomato on crunchy bagel chips.  Refreshing and nutritious, we filled our bellies to the brim.  

Here's the deal, though.  With food allergies, this simple treat can actually be tricky to pull off.  First, you must find safe bagel chips.  Stacy's bagel chips are what we used.  And given that pesto is usually made with pine nuts, I had to find a go-around for our nut allergies as well.  What we did here was use sunflower seeds.  If your nut allergy is very severe, please watch for sunflower seed cross contamination with tree nuts.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

20 Reasons We Home School {With Food Allergies}


Original Post 6-23-15

Hello Friends!  Today's blog post is something near and dear to my heart.  I've been asked on our Facebook Page to write about our home school decision many times so here we go...

Before you read on, you should know that I am passionate about home schooling.  We have educated both our boys at home from the start and have really enjoyed it even though that wasn't the original plan. And yes, we did it because of food allergies.  I sense it's really bad to admit that, but I don't know why. I think it's a pretty good reason to home school, actually. 

Rest assured, now that we are six years into home school, we LOVE it and and will continue as long as we can.  Hopefully through high school.  Food allergies or not.  That's how much we genuinely enjoy it now.  




If you ask about special needs, food allergies, and school anywhere online, you will get plenty of talk about 504 Plans.  That's perfectly suffice for many people, and I'm glad that layer of accommodation is available.  But there are other options that I'm afraid are not as often represented, and home school is one of those.  

I was fortunate to have fellow home school friends who encouraged me to home school early on.  Or I'm afraid I would have been too chicken to try.  So this post is for parents like me...who need a friend to spur them on to explore their options.  We are so blessed in this country to have educational choices, aren't we?  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

So Delicious Frozen Dessert with Vegan Peach Pie




When Evite® asked us to post this delicious peach pie recipe featuring So Delicious® Dairy Free (sponsored post), I had to say yes.  As it happens, a friend dropped off a big bag of fresh picked peaches just this week, and I was looking for something to do with them. 

This was the perfect recipe for us because not only do we often look for ways to cook fresh fruit, but it's also a vegan recipe that's free of milk and egg.  And grandpa is going to like that it's gluten-free for him, as well.  

Top this pie off with some creamy cashew milk or coconut frozen dessert by So Delicious® Dairy Free, one of our very favorite frozen desserts.  The thought of coupling together sweet, juicy peaches with smooth vanilla frozen dessert literally makes my mouth water.  

What a fantastic treat that will help extend summer happiness a little longer, don't you agree?



Visit Evite for this peach pie recipe and have a very "peachy" rest of your summer!    

Photo Credits: Evite®




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bible Journaling on Project Life Cards



It's been a year and a half since I started making "my faith cards", and I can attest that God used this project to prepare and get me through probably the biggest tragedy of my life so far.  

In 2015, I went through the Jesus Calling devotion.  Most every day, I would jot down scripture and encouragement on Project Life Cards, and store them away in a little tin.  You can find photos of the cards on Instagram under #myfaithcards, and I really enjoyed this daily routine. As I went through the days, the theme of "peace through Jesus" really spoke to me.  I didn't know what this encouragement was specifically for, but I was very mindful of the lesson I was being taught.

Then in September 2015, my life changed forever.  We tragically lost my little sister, and despite months of turmoil...I had peace.  Peace I could not manufacture.  It was real and it held me together in some of the hardest moments any person could imagine facing.  Jesus truly does offer peace, "peace I bring you."  

Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Supply Shopping


Hello Fellow CC Directors, 

I know most of you can relate, I have spent the entire day shopping for art and science supplies. A little from Light House, a little from Cornerstone, and 25 items in my Amazon cart.  I'm ordering late and really need items as soon as possible...hence most coming from Amazon in 2 days.  

Last year I know many of you found our CC supply post helpful so I have taken the time to post our purchases and links here again.  A disclosure, I am an Amazon affiliate for our work here at Milk Allergy Mom.  We get a small percentage when you purchase through our links to help with the costs of this blog.  It's no extra cost to you when you use our links...or you can go around the links if you choose.  

If you have any helpful tips about supplies for Cycle 2, we would love to hear in the comments! Thanks for stopping in.  


Saturday, August 13, 2016

E-Cloth 8-Piece Home Set ~ Cleaning Without Chemicals



In 2014, Real Simple chose our 8-Piece Home Set as a "Power Player" in their home cleaning guide.  

In 2015, e-cloth was featured in the magazine's 15th Anniversary Hall of Fame!  They touted our 8-Piece Home Set for the quality, different textures, and color coding.  

And again in 2015, Women's Day shot this video touting the 8-Piece Home Set as well.  

Obviously, these are great products, and we just want to let others know they have options in home care.  We do not have to use chemicals to clean and sanitize daily messes.  There's a safer way.


  


8-Piece Home Set




(1) 12.5"x12.5" Kitchen Cloth with Scrubbing Pocket (use wet)
(1) Stainless Steel Cloth (use wet)
(1) Range and Stovetop Cloth (use wet)
(1) Bathroom Cloth (use wet)
(1) Window Cloth (use wet)
(2) 16" x 20" Glass & Polishing Cloth (use dry)
(1) Dusting Cloth (use dry)

"Thank you!!! I've loved these cleaning products - all of them - that I've purchased from you! Amazing! I keep giving mine away and needing to order more!" ~ Bari Jo



If you are tired of cleaning with chemicals, need a product that's allergy or asthma safe, or are just curious about the cleaning power of e-cloth, you can purchase this highly rated 8-Pack Home Set right here at Milk Allergy Mom.  And we offer free shipping within the U.S.  If you have any questions, just let us know!



Friday, August 12, 2016

Pregnancy Diet & Food Allergy Study by X-Tend Life

Xtend-Life Love life, live longer

X-tend Life, in New Zealand, recently released some information on pregnancy and food allergies.   

We are certainly interested in research and studies, both medical and educational, conducted in order to find cause(s) and potential cure(s) for the rising food allergy epidemic around the world. Nothing would make us happier than to kick food allergies to the curb for good! 

You can see an enlarged version of this infograph and more information about pregnancy and food allergy published by X-tend Life at the X-tend Life website.   



allergies and maternal diet



Thank you to X-tend Life for sponsoring this post.  

  

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cherry Pie {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}




I know, I know...I won't win any state fair ribbon for the looks of this pie.  But hey, I'm going to post it anyway because my point here is that if I can make a pie, anybody probably can.  ;)

And it's the taste that matters, right?

Perhaps you have some fresh or frozen cherries on hand and are looking for a safe pie recipe for your food allergies.  

We used this cherry pie recipe with our pie crust recipe.  And although it looks like a hot mess, it tasted fantastic.  I mean, the lattice work is impressive, I know. But there is not crust around the edge, what happened there?!  I say drop the lattice if you want.  Pie crust is not my forte.  

If you would like some simpler cherry recipes, try this Cherry Crisp or these Chocolate Cherry Muffins.  

Or if you really want to take the easy way out, these pre-made pies may be the ticket.  


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Food Allergies & Vacation Bible School



Vacation Bible School.  It's a summer tradition for many families.  I remember volunteering as a high school and college student, and looking forward to the day when I would have my own children in attendance. 

When I had my first baby, we were just eight months in before we learned that our child had severe anaphylactic food allergies and that many childhood traditions were not going to be as easy as we had hoped.  

When my son was finally old enough to enter the doors of that high energy, week-long intense and fun-packed VBS at age 3...there I was right beside him.  Snacks packed. Ready to go...food allergy style.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Snickerdoodle Cookies {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post 12/21/15

My fantastic hubby made these snickerdoodle cookies over the weekend, and they were delicious! And that's saying a lot considering there was no chocolate involved.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Can't Afford a Norwex Mop? Try E-Cloth!


Original Post 02/12/13

"I had never heard of e-cloth, but a friend, seeing that my steam mop was causing me grief, recently invited me to host a Norwex party. I was enamored with the products, and desperately wanted the mop system, but could not bring myself to spend $100+ on the system. That's when I took to the internet to research other options. Lo and behold, I found e-cloth and Milk Allergy Mom! The countless positive reviews and comparisons to Norwex were enough to convince me to spend the $60 on the e-cloth mop system. When the mop arrived, I wasted no time in trying it out. I was thrilled with not only the results, but the ease of use. I have MS, and I tire quickly, so finding a product that works well and doesn't tire me out was such a blessing! I have been so impressed with the product and the service from Jamie at Milk Allergy Mom, I have placed another order and plan to steadily build my e-cloth collection as my budget allows. Thank you!!" ~ Mindy

What a sweet note.  Thank you, Mindy, for such a helpful review.  

Have you been wanting a Norwex mop as well but aren't sure if you can pay $100 for one?  

People are loving the benefits of microfiber, washable mops, and the good news is that there are options.  Here is some information you might find helpful.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Montreal Steak Rub {Dairy-Free}



Grilling season is the best because my hubby enjoys helping with dinner and cooking on weekends.  While he works on his creative outdoor recipes, I get to sit on the patio and catch up with him after a long day.  The kiddos set the table, and then I quickly throw together some garden sides.  It's a summer routine that I hope never goes away.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Adding Simple Doodles to Lettering or Cards


So friends, if you are starting to jump on the hand-lettering, brush marker bandwagon...I wanted to show you a simple little element that I've been adding.  That's doodling.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back-To-School Sales This Week


It's that time of the week again, time to highlight my favorite back-to-school deals on school supplies.  

A Simple Cupcake Bar (Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}




This evening was a special night with neighborhood friends.  We planned on dinner and a movie together, out in the back yard.  And in the spur of the moment, I decided to make cupcakes.  I keep finding reasons to use my new muffin pan, and had no other desserts to offer up.  

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post:  Aug 10, 2009


Zucchini season means Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins!  These make a great treat or breakfast, and I am freezing some for the busy back-to-school season coming up.  

For this recipe, I just used my Zucchini Bread Recipe.  Sometimes it's just more fun in a muffin, with chocolate chips and sugar sprinkles of course.  

And even though muffin wrappers can be adorable, sometimes I just want to whip up some quick muffins for the family.  Nobody to impress.  I have fallen in love with the USA Muffin Pans recommended by Humorous Homemaking.  No liners, no sticking, easy clean, and safe for your family.  You may want to check those out.  I've turned into a muffin-making fanatic.

Here's the recipe: