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I know food allergies can be stressful and overwhelming. But after eleven years in the trenches, I also know you can find confidence and happiness in this journey. We would love to walk alongside you and help. We're in this together! You can read more of our story here.  

And here is what you will find on our blog:

Everyday Life with Food Allergies 
I share our food allergy life so you know you are not alone in the up's and down's of keeping a child safe from anaphylaxis and food allergies.

Dairy-Free Recipes 

I am not a gourmet cook, foodie, or professional photographer. I'm just a mom in the kitchen, adapting recipes to make them easy, delicious, and allergy-friendly

Dairy-Free Processed Food Finds 

Because sometimes watching our food allergy kids enjoy a Poptart or Oreo just feels good, we let you know what mainstream treats we are enjoying

Dairy-Free Specialty Foods 

I'm frugal, but not frugal enough not to splurge on the higher priced, dairy-free cheeses, yogurts, chocolate, candy, and packaged cookies that my son can safely eat. I do like to scour for deals, though, and I share those!

Baby Steps to More Healthy Living 

Somehow food allergies causes one to naturally take baby steps toward more healthy eating and living. For instance, we have cut most chemicals from our home for allergies, asthma, and eczema, and we sometimes share about safe products like e-cloth for cleaning.

Creativity, Organizing, Schooling 
These are some other areas that I sometimes blog about because I pour my heart into them and they help keep my life balanced. Hopefully you will be inspired in some way.



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"I appreciate all the help you offer on your site. We had our first bout of anaphylaxis almost a year ago, and I was kind of a mess as we tried to figure out our new life balance. Then one night as I was up late researching food allergies, I came across your website. What an answer to prayer! I read and read, and felt so much peace. Your site is such a safe landing place for moms and families who are dealing with food allergies. Thank you for empowering us with knowledge and for the amazing support you offer." Angie

"When my son was first diagnosed with his food allergies, I was so overwhelmed. Your blog was the starting point of my sanity and gave me the strength to face his allergies in the beginning. I used many, many of your recipes." Misty S.

"All I can say is THANK YOU! We found out my son was allergic to milk and eggs when he was 12 months old. The first year of his life was honestly horrible. Not exaggerating! Suffice to say he did not have a birthday cake for his first birthday. I then spent the second year of his life trying to do all I could to feed my picky eater while avoiding milk and eggs and trying to get over the guilt that I may have done something to cause this in my boy. He is now 2 years old. I am so grateful to you for everything you post. I am not alone!!!! I made your chocolate wacky cake for his 2nd birthday...which he ate and loved. All I can say is thank you! NOT ALONE." Anonymous

"Wanted to thank you for your help and support. I am finding this new journey is not as scary with your support. I also am finding some of the suggested products in local stores. Thanks again." Judith H.


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Milk-Free Find ~ Ranch & Blue Cheese Dressing by Daiya



Dairy-free RANCH and BLUE CHEESE dressing?! This seemed to be too good to be true when I walked into the health food store recently. We have been eleven years in waiting for this miracle at my house so of course I had to grab both. 

Turns out Daiya also makes dairy-free Caesar dressing, as well.

We have made so many delicious dishes with these dressings, and my ranch-loving husband thinks they are right on par with the real thing. 

Miles recently enjoyed bacon cheese fries with ranch dressing (sharing soon!), and my heart about melted into a puddle as he savored and raved over that new dish. He's also had the blue cheese on his favorite black bean burger and both dressings on salad. These are the perfect dip for fresh veggies, too

The ranch dressing will make an amazing cold veggie pizza. I can't wait to make this next.  

Seriously, I almost forgot we had food allergies. 

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Gift Ideas for Food Allergy Moms




Dear Allergy Mom, 

It's Christmas time. I know you are thinking about a hundred things to make the holiday as safe and normal for your family as possible. Perhaps you are even pouring over our Holiday Guide for Food Allergy Families as we speak.

But have you sat down to think about what you might want or need this holiday season? I bet not!

My son asked me recently, "Mom, what do you want besides a trip to Disney and a housekeeper?" Are those the best ideas I've given him so far? Yikes! I'm in big trouble...because I'm pretty sure I'm not getting either.

My kiddo needs some practical ideas for what to get Mom. And I bet your family still needs some suggestions for you, too!

As I started coming up with a list of ideas for myself, I thought it would be fun to share them with you...just in case you're stumped. 

I've also added some things received in years past because they are much loved, make my life easier and less stressful, and make me happy!

And hey, I think you should send this onto your family. Tell them I told you to. :) 

Some of these include affiliate links at no extra cost to the buyer. 

Gift Ideas for Food Allergy Moms

1. Amazon Prime Membership 
Moms want the convenience of reading labels and purchasing allergy-safe food online, getting free shipping, and having food delivered right to her door. Not to mention, she can relax and unwind to free shows streamed through Amazon Prime! 

2. Lavender Oil
Put a drop of lavender oil in hand and rub on pillows and sheets. Reduces stress and facilitates good sleep.

3. Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential oils can be used without a diffuser, but I love mine so much that I have two! Great for putting by beds when kids are sick or by my bed when I need some extra lavender in my life. 

4. Le Creuset Mug
Tea and coffee taste best when sipped from colorful, French stoneware! I may own six different colors. Start and end each day with cheerful colors and happy thoughts...and your favorite drink, of course.

5. Dairy-Free Truffles
I know these are pricey, but imagine an allergy kiddo asking for a piece and being able to say "yes"! All moms deserve a chance to share chocolate with their child. So glad these are an option.

6. Life Planner
Any mom would love getting more organized with a beautiful paper planner. It can even be customized with her name! Great for schedules, meal plans, journaling, and so much more. With all the blank space, she's sure to be able to make it what she wants.

7. Kitchen Tools
I know we are getting practical here, but honestly my best presents each year are items that make my life in the kitchen easier and faster. Here are the tools I can't live without: Enameled Cast Iron Dutch OvenGlass French Coffee PressKitchen Aid MixerRefurbished Vitamix, Toaster Oven, and Electric Tea Kettle.

8. Schwinn Elliptical Machine 
Since allergy moms need to work off extra stress and can barely get time alone to hit the gym, this economical and affordable exercise machine may be just what she needs. For the cost of a few gym memberships, this is the route to go! I've had mine 7 years and love it.

9. Allergic Living Magazine
Help mom stay up on the latest allergy news with this magazine made just for her. She can read it while on her elliptical machine! 

10. Luxury Bath Towel
Mom might also like reading her new magazine in a warm, relaxing bath. These luxury towels are so plush and non-drying to the skin. Great for dry winter months and kiddos with eczema...she may be sharing it!

What would you add to this list? Leave a comment and let us know! 


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Lessons From Food Allergy Tragedy



Food allergy parents can't miss this important article at Allergic Living. Food allergy deaths are rare and talking about them is hard, but Allergic Living shares life saving information in this interview with two allergists. Please take a moment to read this. We need to learn from the world's loss of sweet children like Natalie and Oakley.


Auvi-Q Relaunch Coming!



Some exciting news was recently released about the upcoming return of Auvi-Q, the pocket-sized, talking epinephrine injector that was recalled last year. Hear from the original company and inventors on their big plans for 2017! Catch the article over at Allergic Living


Cranberry Bread & Muffins {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}

Original Post:  12/04/11

Oh, I love me a good quick bread recipe. Great for breakfast, snacks, and even midnight snacks. ;)

This recipe was inspired by the classic children's book, Cranberry ThanksgivingIt is out of print and sells for only $100+ online, used. I think I'll go buy one now! 

FREE Addition Table to Sum 15 + Math Flash Cards

Original Post 5-16


When I determined that my youngest needed to start drilling and memorizing his addition math facts, I was hoping some online program would be the answer. But we tried a handful of them to no avail. And I even paid for some reputable memberships. 

Why didn't online math drilling work for us? One, I wasn't techy enough to read the stats well. Two, my son wasn't into it. He didn't like the game programs OR the straight facts drilling. Poor kid couldn't find numbers on the keyboard fast enough either way. And three, I just felt a disconnect from knowing how he was doing when plugging him into a device for this portion of his learning.

So on one quiet weekend last summer, I spent days creating my own drilling and learning system for the addition math facts up to the sum of 15. Maybe if we got back to the basics there would be hope. Stick in the sand, anyone? ;)

First, I created an Addition Table to Sum 15 and some extra facts were added at the bottom to accommodate our Saxon and Classical Conversations curriculum.  

Second, I wrote out flash cards to facilitate a step-by-step process for learning the facts in the chart. I numbered sets of cards from 1-11 so we could work through the steps in order.

Milk Allergy Question ~ What Dairy-Free Milk For A One-Year-Old?


Original Post 7-23-13


Reader Question

What kind of milk do I give my one-year-old?


My Experience

I had this same pressing question when Miles turned one. Our pediatrician told us that milk is not as important as our culture makes it out to be and that dairy milk is really fattening. He suggested we get our calcium from leafy vegetables and our fats from oils, avocados, and beans. And shockingly, this was a mainstream pediatrician, not a holistic doctor.

However, seven years in hindsight, I do think that Miles probably needed more calcium because he now has somewhat weak teeth.  

The good news is that there are calcium fortified "milks" out there like soy, almond, and coconut. If I had it to do again, I WOULD make sure that Miles got 2-3 glasses of these alternative milks each day for the calcium. I am now trying to implement those habits. Better late than never, I hope.  


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post:  10/28/11

If you are wanting to up your fiber game on chocolate chip cookies, this might be your answer. Still yummy enough for the kids to gobble them up and well..."special" enough to keep you regular. ;)  

Great way to use up some of the organic pumpkin I stock up on at Aldi!

I used flax egg instead of egg, and the cookies did not flatten at all. They came out as sort of cookie balls, and my family gobbled them right up.  

Dairy-Free Find ~ Califia Farms Cold Brew Coffee



As a milk allergy mom, I've experimented with a lot of milk alternatives. And I always come back to almond milk being my favorite. I was begging for it at Starbucks long before they ventured beyond soy.

Now I'm thrilled to be able to stop into Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and even local coffee shops and find almond milk options for my milk-free lattes. 

But there's something special about the new convenience of being able to grab an almond milk coffee, in various flavors even, made by Califia Farms. Not only are these in local health markets but also in mainstream stores like Target. You all know that's my second home.

When I can grab a latte in a grocery store, my kids can join in the fun and grab their favorite bottled drinks, too. Everyone leaves content and happy, and I have no mommy-guilt about going through a drive-through and leaving them out (because I can't trust coffee shops with anaphylactic allergies!).  

This mocha flavor that I bought one day was labeled free of soy, dairy, gluten, carrageenan, GMO, and BPA. It's vegan and kosher.

The price and taste are comparable and even better than Starbucks in my opinion. When I pour this over ice at home, it's about the same volume as the coffee shop at half the cost. Score.

Leave a comment and let us know your favorite Califia product!


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Improve Allergies & Asthma with Natural Cleaning





Have you tried cleaning with just microfiber and water before? Maybe you've been hesitant because you think it's impossible to remove germs and bacteria without using chemicals. But it's actually not. High quality microfiber, with just water, has been scientifically proven to pick up and remove dirt and bacteria at a 99.9% rate, better than bleach! Cutting bleach and harmful chemicals from your home helps improve allergies, asthma, and overall health. Your home, kids, pets, family, and planet all benefit when you clean toxin-free. 

Christmas Treats at Natural Candy Store {Dairy-Free}


Original Post 12-14


Natural Candy Store is our favorite place to shop for safe specialty candies for Christmas. The kids have come to expect these rare treats in their stockings and thankfully Santa always delivers.

And hey, I may just pick the free sample candies to enjoy for myself, like maple syrup candy!

The online store prides themselves on no artificial dyes, colors, or preservatives. And they have a whole allergy-free line. You can even narrow your search by specific allergies or dietary needs.

Pictured are some of my favorite dairy-free, allergy-free items for Christmas that we are ordering. 


Safe chocolate candy bars are one thing, but chocolate in the shape of Santa on a stick?! Now that's festive. Same with chocolate trees wrapped in beautiful colored foils, just like the local candy stores. 

All natural candy canes are to die for! I simply can't eat normal candy canes, now. Even the red dye is natural and the minty flavor is subtle and perfect. You will have to try these. 

New to us this year are the Glee "blow pops" great for big kids. These have to be bought in bulk on Amazon so I appreciate Natural Candy store allowing us to buy them in smaller quantities. My son won't even believe there's such thing as gum in a sucker!

Always check labels for yourself.

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Nice 'n CLEAN Wipes for Holiday Shopping



Hey allergy moms, I dedicate this post sponsored by Nice 'n CLEAN to all my fellow germophobes out there. You know who you are.

I've been anxious to write this ever since our last post in October. Because while Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes have been wonderful for fall celebrations, I almost think they are more amazing for holiday shopping! Because well...I shop more than I celebrate, I guess. 

I'm a self-proclaimed germaphobe, and there's almost nothing worse than grabbing a bacteria-laden shopping cart as you enter a store. Kudos to places that provide wipes at the door, but during the holidays I find that many times they have run out. Or how about stores that don't offer free wipes? What's a girl to do then?


A girl is to have these hand wipes in her stash, in her purse, on her body at all times while out in public. That's what.

These packs of Nice ' CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes are seriously the size of travel tissues, and will absolutely be stocked in my purse all winter long. Bring on the shopping carts! 

The last thing I need is a cold or flu in the middle of this busy season. Not to mention, don't people like pick their noses and stuff? So happy to have these convenient wipes in my arsenal because Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes actually kill 99.9% of germs. 



As a bonus, Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes are proven to remove 99% of peanut proteins on hard surfaces, too!

Nice 'n CLEAN is actually an exclusive wet wipe sponsor and proud supporter of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Together, Nice 'n CLEAN and FARE are working to raise awareness around ways families can help protect their loved ones from food allergens no matter where they are.

One percent of all purchases of Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes are also donated to FARE to help advance their education and advocacy work in communities across the country.

You can purchase these wet wipes at CVS, HEB Supermarkets, Harmon, Family Dollar, and other major food, drug, and discount stores. To learn more about Nice 'n CLEAN's full range of high quality wet wipe products for your whole family, visit their website

This is a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. 


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Convenient Shopping For Food Allergies ~ Amazon!





Dairy-free M&M's. Safe candy bars. Dairy-free cheesy products. Organic vanilla. Affordable canned coconut milk. Vegan supplements and kitchen tools galore!

And this is why we are fanatical Amazon Prime members. 

Bonus reasons? With free 2-day shipping on any size order (no bumping to $35), free music, free shows, free photo storage, and access to lots of allergy-friendly products, this service has paid for itself over and over. 

It's also wonderful to be able to send gifts to friends and family long-distance with free shipping. I just opt for Amazon gift-wrapping and mailing gifts couldn't be simpler. 

One year I got free Jillian Michaels workout videos on Amazon Prime. That was awesome...and I would love for that to happen again! Oh, and I watched through all the Downton Abbey seasons. Not once but twice! Why not, it was free. ;)

We started with a free 30-day trial and you can, too. This is our affiliate link, click here to start your trial. Then you can order up a bunch of the allergy-awesome goodies listed below, shipped right to your door for free. 


Pumpkin Bread {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post:  12/22/14


All hail the Milk Allergy Mom Banana Bread recipe! We are not worthy of all the amazing creations that may be spawned from your greatness. 

Like apple bread (updated post coming soon). And zucchini bread. And yes, even pumpkin bread. Perfect in every way. 

And hey, it's one of our top 5 blog posts for over 8 years running. So the proof is in the pudding. Or in the bread, I guess. 

4-Ingredient Dutch Oven Bread {Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free}


Original Post  1-10-14

Are you having a hard time finding a bread that is free of dairy, eggs, AND soy?


Or how about just wanting a super easy, no-knead recipe that can be made without a bread machine?

Look no further than this incredibly basic and not-hard-to-make Dutch Oven Bread. When my friend shared this with me on Pinterest, I promptly ordered my now favorite 3 quart dutch oven, and whipped up this bread perfectly on my first try.

Spice Cake {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post 11-12 


Since our chocolate cake and vanilla cake recipes are such big hits here at Milk Allergy Mom, I thought it would be fun to make some new variations. You can catch the confetti cake here and now it's time for pumpkin spice. Because really, pumpkin spice is so in, right? I even saw pumpkin spice chapstick the other day. For real?

I digress. Our cake recipes are loved by many because they are simple AND free of dairy and egg. Great for food allergy families, vegans, and anyone who finds they've ran out of milk or eggs, really. Thank goodness for Google! 

If you are a food allergy family like us and looking for more encouragement and support on your journey, we just released a new 5-page, downloadable, re-usable, worksheet guide for planning and navigating the holidays with food allergies! It also includes a thank-you video with more of my personal tips. If planning the holidays is stressing you out, feel free to click on the icon below to purchase this handy guide for just the cost of a dairy-free latte. You will be 5 easy steps away from food allergy confidence and holiday bliss. You've got this!



Now onto the cake!

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes or uses a square cake pan. 

Double the ingredients for 24 cupcakes, a double layer round cake, or 9x13" cake.


Grease pan with allergy safe grease. We have luck with Earth Balance butter or coconut oil.


And you're in for a treat because we have dairy-free and egg-free cream cheese frosting options for you, too! Read on...


How to Organize and Manage your E-Cloth Stash



This is a guest post from Anastasia. She blogs at anawins.com and is an e-cloth fan. We appreciate her write-up!

Are you interested in using e-Cloth to clean your home but afraid of it being too much hassle? 

You might be asking yourself: How do you store them between uses? How can they be easier than using store bought cleaners? How do you store them once they're ready to be washed but you don't have a full load? Is e-cloth really all the practical? 

I had the same thoughts and questions when I was considering e-cloth. I am a busy homeschool mama with a lot on my plate. Did I really have time for e-cloth? I wanted a healthier cleaning option, but was it worth all the extra work? 

Yes, yes and yes! 


Pumpkin Pie {Dairy-Free & Low-Sugar}


Original Post:  12/02/13

When my son was nine, I asked him what new food he would love to try on Thanksgiving. And he didn't hesitate before declaring, "pumpkin pie!". 

Even though I had safely made him apple pie for years, it was definitely time to take it up a notch. And am I sure glad I did because this is one of our holiday favorites, now.

And I think it's easier to make than apple pie. BAM!

Holiday Planning Guide for Food Allergy Families


Original Post:  12/22/14

If you're a food allergy parent, you may be overwhelmed about how to manage food allergies during the holidays.

That's why I want to offer some practical tips for a safe AND fun holiday season.

I'm an 11-year food allergy veteran who has successfully navigated over 50 holiday celebrations, mostly outside our own home. And I know you can do this, too, friend!

Here are my Top 5 suggestions.

NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

1. Intentionally decide who to celebrate with

2. Come up with a safe meal plan

3. Take all necessary safety measures 

4. Plan some non-food activities

5. Pack well for excursions away from home



Now do you wish you had an allergy friend who could hold your hand and walk you through the specifics? I'm that friend, and I want to support and encourage you on this journey. I've got just what you need...

Our Food Allergy Holiday Planning Guide



 

In a handy 5-page printable guide, available for a limited time, I have laid out over 50 action points with questions to answer, clickable links, and quick checklists. We also include a quick video with a personal tip that has completely transformed our holiday attitude.

Both new and seasoned food allergy families are sure to find this guide useful and empowering.

New allergy families will learn tips for the first time and experienced allergy families will like the reminders in one convenient place. All allergy families will benefit having this tool to educate loved ones and even their own allergy child!

For the price of one dairy-free latte, you will be on your way to safe and celebratory holidays. 

This incredible resource is just $4.99, and we are sure it will save you much more in time, money, and worry. 

The printable guide can be used over and over again for any winter holiday, year after year, with this one-time purchase. Now that's value!

Just click the "Buy Now" button to purchase and you will immediately receive further instructions. 




My Background as the Writer of This Guide
  • 11 years of anaphylactic food allergy experience in our own home
  • A lifetime with my own 60+ food sensitivities and allergies
  • Degree in high school education ~ love of teaching
  • 6 years of US Senate casework ~ love of helping others
  • 30 masters course hours in the field of counseling ~ love of counseling
  • 12 years teaching married couples ~ love of life enrichment
  • 3 years leading a food allergy aware home school group ~ love of educating
  • 8 years of blogging about food allergy life ~ love of sharing
  • Facebook food allergy support group for 6K+ families ~ love of facilitating
  • Work with media on food allergy education ~ love of advocating
  • Work with allergy-safe food companies in the U.S. and Canada ~ love of partnering



Reviews by Food Allergy Moms

"As a newer allergy mama, Milk Allergy Mom has been my go-to for all things allergy related. In this guide, readers will learn new and useful tips on how to navigate through the most stressful of situations, including: how to manage family and friends who both understand and do not understand, as well as crucial safety tips that every allergy parent must be aware of, and so many tasty recipes and treats that even non-allergy folks will enjoy. I'm going into the holidays with confidence! Ashley

"I'm a seasoned allergy mom like Jamie but the check lists alone on this guide are worth it to me. The holidays get so busy, and I just don't take the time to cross all our t's and dot all our i's before we head out for the holidays. This is a convenient way to make sure we have everything covered." Sherie

"This holiday guide has such practical and valuable advice, both for seasoned allergy veterans and rookies. Even easy-peasy menu plans with recipes! Navigating the holidays with food allergies is such a complex venture, but this guide streamlines it with the most important things to remember and consider all in one place!" Allison



 



Save Your Allergy Guide in a Life Planner 

I am storing important, reusable guides for food allergy life in my favorite planner. Guides and check sheets can easily be tucked away in pockets or clipped into planners like these for safe keeping and future reference. Right now you can get a Life Planner for $10 off.  This is my referral link

Happy planning and happy holidays!


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