Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dairy-Free Digestive Aid





I have a lot of supplements in my cabinet, but there's only one that I religiously take daily. And it's my all-natural digestive aid.  No tums for me.

My chiropractor told me about these fantastic little tablets, and I swear by them for digestive relief and acid reflux issues.  And trust me, I know these problems well.  I was a Nexium user for a decade, and these papaya tablets helped me wean myself off that stupid purple pill for life.  Along with changing my diet, of course.  

These are vegetarian and gluten-free.  And they contain calcium that I think has been good for me, as well.  I take three pills a day at meal times.  

The price is fantastic, under $15 for a big bottle of 600 tablets!  Give these a try.  You will love them.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Comparing Norwex & E-Cloth

          
Original Post 02-10-13

Since we began selling e-cloth here at Milk Allergy Mom, many of you have asked how it compares to Norwex.  That's a great question.  I wondered the same thing as a Norwex customer and did a lot of research that eventually led me to purchase e-cloth.  Hope this helps!

Norwex is out of Norway.  e-cloth is out of the U.K.  Both have been around since 1995.  And both are just recently creeping into the United States.  We Americans are slow to give up our chemicals!  

DISTRIBUTION METHOD
e-cloth:  Direct to customers
Norwex:  Home parties

MICROFIBER QUALITY
e-cloth:  1/200 the diameter of human hair
Norwex:  1/200 the diameter of human hair (2013 catalog) ~ 1/100th (2012 catalog)

MICROFIBER BLEND
e-cloth:  80% Polyester/20% Polyamide
Norwex:  70% Polyester/30% Polyamide

MANUFACTURER LOCATION
e-cloth:  Korea (fair trade)
Norwex:  China (fair trade)

BACTERIA RESEARCH
e-cloth:  Removes over 99% of common household bacteria (world-renowned Silliker lab)
Norwex:  I could find no published scientific research.

PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE
e-cloth:  300 Washings 
Norwex:  2 Years

SILVER
e-cloth:  No longer using silver because bacteria is removed with rinsing and drying.
Norwex:  Using embedded silver "solely designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth" (quoted from Norwex catalog).

PRICES

General Purpose Coths:
e-cloth General Purpose:  $7.99 with free shipping 
Norwex Enviro Cloth:  $16.49 plus shipping and tax
e-cloth General Purpose was chosen as "Best Microfiber" by Real Simple Magazine 

Mops:
e-cloth Mop:  $39.99 with free shipping
Norwex Mop:  $94.97 (purchased in 3 separate parts) plus shipping and tax
The e-cloth mop heads will fit on the Norwex handle. 
e-cloth Mop was chosen as "Best Washable Mop" by Real Simple Magazine

e-cloth Mop Bundle:  
e-cloth Mop With 3 Pads:  $59.99 with free shipping
Norwex Equivalent:  $151.95 plus shipping and tax

Polishing Cloths
e-cloth Glass & Polishing Cloth:  $7.99 with free shipping 
Norwex Window Cloth:  $18.49 plus shipping and tax

Cleaning Paste
e-cloth Universal Stone:  $39.99 for 500g with free shipping
Norwex Cleaning Paste:  $28.99 for 200g plus shipping and tax 


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Milk-Free Find ~ Earth Balance Peanut Butter Pouch



Here's another game-changing find for our family.  Earth Balance Natural Peanut Butter Pouches.  Not only are these from a vegan company and dairy-free, but it also appears we have no worries of nut contamination.  

If you can have peanuts, this is a fantastic find for on-the-go with food allergies.  A protein that doesn't have to be refrigerated, WIN!

I absolutely love this product.  I don't like the sugar content in Jif cups.  And we can't do the potential nut contamination in Justin's pouches.  The safe processing and natural ingredients in Earth Balance Peanut Butter Pouches is just what this mom ordered. Sugar is not the first ingredient.  YES!

You can read more about the ingredients over at the Earth Balance website.  

And the price on these isn't bad, either.  About 77 cents each in bulk on Amazon.  I'm stocking up!  

We will be hauling these to soccer games and park days all summer long.  Enjoy on crackers, apples, bananas, etc for a filling, balanced snack.  Enjoy!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

7 Days of Dairy-Free, Natural Snacks for Kids ~ Popcorn {Day 7}



It's a miracle!  This 7-Day series is finally finished.  Somehow this was even harder than the tooth series, and that was a lot of work!

Life has had a lot of major disruptions since I started the series so I'm going to cut myself some slack, I guess.  

It's about time to institute another 7-day sugar fast at my house, actually.




And our healthy, stove top popcorn recipe satisfies greatly during the afternoon munchies.  I love to use organic popcorn and coconut oil from Aldi.  Absolutely delicious and filling...with no sugar!

Be sure to check out our other "Natural Snacks for Kids" ideas.  



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Inexpensive Personalized Dog Tags



We made it!  Another year of Classical Conversations in the book, and my boy accomplished first-time Memory Master!  His dad and I are so very proud of the hard work Miles put into memorizing all the information for this year in the subjects of math, history, English, Latin, science, and geography.  

As the director, I was honored to recognize four Memory Masters on our campus at our Year End Ceremony last night.  The kiddos all received a certificate, a t-shirt, and an engraved dog tag necklace.  

The dog tag necklace is a tradition on our campus that started last year, and the kids love trying to collect them each year.  And I'm often asked how much they cost and where to get them.  

These fantastic little dog tags only cost THREE DOLLARS each.  No lie.  AND shipping is free. Not to mention, the online company ships these out lightning fast.  

TAG-Z.COM is where you want to head to personalize some cute little dog tags for your kiddos.  
You pick your silencer color, the metal color, and you get 2 dog tags for $6.  Each set comes with one ball chain necklace and one ball chain key chain.  

You can customize up to 4 lines.  

And here's the thing.  These aren't just for Memory Masters.  

Mamas may want to consider these for reading incentives over the summer!  Get a variety of colors to collect, etc, etc.  

And you allergy moms may like to make allergy ID necklaces!  We made Miles one for milk and nut allergy with a teal silencer last year.  We put his name on the first line, allergies on second line, "carries epi" on third line, and "call 9-11" on fourth line.  

Because these are so inexpensive, there are many things you may like to use these little gems for.  Boys and girls alike love them.  I hope you get a chance to try them out.  We aren't affiliated, just fans!

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My Favorite Fine Tip Marker Pens




Hello paper-crafting friends!  I felt like I left you hanging in my post about brush markers by Stampin' Up and Tombow so I wanted to elaborate a little more today about a good fine-tip marker option.  

While I absolutely love my SU markers for their brush tips, the fine tips seem to dry out sooner and the pastel colors are hard to see.

So here is my fine tip marker choice, the Staedtler pens.  I use them for fine writing and practicing my own handwriting style.  They are fantastic for hand lettering, Project Life cards, writing out greeting cards, journaling in my scrapbooks, and doodling in my planner.  They are not 100% bleed-proof in my Erin Condren Planner but are not bad, either.  I definitely use them in there when I want to, especially the lighter colors.  

The Staedtler plastic marker case is super fun and unique as it props the markers up at a 45 degree angle when opened.  And the markers are triangle barrel so they won't roll off the table!  How cute is that?  These are acid-free and water based.  

You can get 20 colors on Amazon with 6 bonus neon colors.  I think the colors are wonderful and deep, and I use them alongside my SU brush markers.   

Hope this information is helpful!  Happy marker-ing.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato Skillet (Dairy-Free)



When I saw this beautiful one-skillet dish posted on Instagram by one of my food allergy friends, I begged for permission to share it.  I've been keeping my eyes peeled for one-pot dishes that my kids will like.  And this one looked pretty straight forward and simple with ingredients my children will eat.

Michelle was so kind to send over the recipe for us.  So here it is if you would like to try this soon, like me!

Michelle added, "The original recipe also called for brussel sprouts which I would have loved BUT my husband is stretching himself eating the sweet potato in this so I cut them out. You would add them in the same time as the onion and potato."

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

E-Cloth's Universal Stone Cleaner ~ Compare to Norwex Cleaning Paste

Original Post 8-14

Hands down, one of my favorite e-cloth products is the Universal Stone Cleaner.  We sell just one cleaner and it covers most all my cleaning needs.  Except toilet bowl cleaner.

Universal Stone Highlights
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Free of Toxins and Acids
  • Biodegradable
  • Safe for Kids!
  • Does Not "Go Bad"
  • Lasts A Very Long Time
  • A Little Goes a LONG WAY
  • Made In Europe Under Strict Controls

Friday, April 15, 2016

$4 Compasses for a Fun Compass Walk



It's hard to believe that we just finished week 24 of Classical Conversations this week.  That completes my family's third year.  Wow!

Our last week of science included a Compass Walk that all the children immensely enjoyed. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't JUST because of the treasure box at the end.  ;)

I gave the children a starting point at an orange cone in the church.  And then each class, one at a time, followed my compass directions written out on the white board above.  We measured out yards by laying string end-to-end on the floor with the students' help.  

The compasses were the shining stars in this activity, even more so than the treasure.  All the parents wanted to know where I got them, the kiddos were asking to try them, and my son came home wanting to buy one with his own money.  Fortunately for him, these are less than $4 on Amazon right now, and I let my little guy indeed buy his very own compass.  

Ibotta App ~ Rebates on Allergy-Free & Natural Products + $10 Free!



APRIL 2016:  For a "limited time", new Ibotta users receive a $10 bonus when they redeem their first rebate!  This is the time to sign up.  Right now there are $1+ rebates on brands like Zyrtec, 7th Generation, Zico, Mott's, Clif, Just Mayo, Lindsay Olives, Burt's Bees, and more.

As many of you know, I am a fan of saving money where I can (food allergies are costly), and the Ibotta app for smart phones is one of my very favorite money-saving methods.  I use it more than my Target app have completely stopped using printable coupons.  Ibotta is where it's at, folks, when it comes to convenience and saving big.

This is not a coupon app, it's a "money-back" app.  You check in after you purchase qualifying products and Ibotta will send money-back once you have acquired $10 for redemption.  You don't have to mess with the app at the cash register, which my husband likes.  You do everything at home.  

If you are super coupon savvy, you can use store and manufacturer coupons in conjunction and on top of Ibotta redemption.

Milk-Free Find ~ Nature's Bakery Fig Bars



Fantastic folks at our Facebook page tipped us off to these dairy-free Fig Bars by Nature's Bakery recently, and we couldn't resist picking up several flavors to try.

Our gluten-free friends will be happy to know that some varieties are safe for them, specially marked, "gluten-free".  

I'm relieved to find these just in time for spring outings like soccer and park days because they are easy to pack and are quite filling for my boys.  

We thought these tasted a lot like Kashi cereal bars, but they are marked GMO-free and there are many more flavors by Nature's Bakery so that's a big win.  

Not to mention that Nature's Bakery is now making dairy-free Brownie Bars and you KNOW we are trying these next.  Ordered them today.

We hope you can give these a try!


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Save 20% on E-Cloth This Week!



Get set, folks!  It's time for an incredible e-cloth sale here at Milk Allergy Mom.  Get 20% off regular priced items for the next eight days!  

Sale items and most value packs are not included, but some sets are on sale.  

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Brush Tip Dual Markers for Lettering



You know what's the best?  It's when you find a new hobby, but figure out that you already have plenty of supplies on hand to get started.  I know, "the best", right?!  

That's what happened when I decided to get into hand lettering.  The brush calligraphy on Instagram especially caught my eye.  And after doing a little research, I figured out that I actually had the perfect stash of brush markers already!  

While many brush calligraphers rave about Tombow dual tip markers, my Stampin' Up! markers are very similar.  And obviously there are many colors!  When I was a demonstrator, I always thought I heard that our markers were actually made by Tombow.  But I can't seem to verify that now.  

I have always loved the brush tip of the Stampin' Up! markers, but I've never really loved the writing tip.  The writing tips are SUPER fine, seem to dry out quickly, and the light colors are hard to see.  But the brush tip has always been great for inking up rubber stamps, and now is incredible for my brush lettering.  I'm guessing the other tip on Tombow dual tip markers might be superior to Stampin' Up!'s writing tip.  But that's ok.  I simply found another marker for fine tip writing and will share that another day with you.  :)  

Those who already have SU markers on hand will be able to start brush lettering without investing more money and that's always a good thing!  I did have to watch a few tutorials to learn how to use these markers in a new way.  It's definitely different than using them to ink stamps.  I used to coddle my markers when stamping.  But for lettering, I'm braver about applying hard pressure when needed for broad strokes.  And then I use light pressure for thin strokes, with the marker actually upright.  That was always a no-no in stamping.  New tricks for this old dog!

For those who don't have Stampin' Up markers but want to purchase some brush markers, this 96 Marker Set by Tombow is $140 on Amazon right now.  That's under $1.50 a marker which is fantastic.  I paid $3.50 for each SU marker PLUS shipping and handling.  And again, I think you will find the other tip better than SU's...good for adult coloring books and other lettering styles.  

I know 96 seems like a lot of colors, but I love having so many coordinating shades of one color. There are many things to do with that.  For example, here is a piece I did with three shades of pink.   



Whether you use Stampin' Up! markers or Tombow markers, I think you will like their brush tips similarly. I will post more later on some techniques with brush lettering as I'm learning. But for today, I just wanted to let you know that brush tips on these two brands seem alike, and that the Tombow markers are a better deal if you don't already have SU markers on hand.  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Classical Conversations English Grammar Printable {Cycle 1}



Hello, friends.  We have been blown away by the tremendous response to our simple home school helps. I love writing these fun review sheets for my kids, and sharing them with you is an honor.  Thank you!

Hopefully many of you are enjoying our recent free printables.  Math Grammar Set 1, CC Cycle 1 Latin, and our "Set the Timer" Schedule have all recently been sent out to anyone who has registered with us.  We plan to send out more freebies so stay on our list and keep your eyes open for those.  And anyone can still register for our school helps at this link.

Today, I have a Classical Conversations Cycle 1 English Grammar Review Sheet.  It is colorful, includes all 24 weeks of grammar divided by the weeks, and is printable for YOU!
How to use this printable?

Year-end review.  Memory Master review.  Poster for your school room.  Include in your Cycle 1 folders. Laminate into place mats or wet erase check-off sheets.  Use any way you want for personal use at home.

My kids love to reference this printable while listening to the wonderful Preposition Song put out by Classical Conversations.

Obviously, you can see this printable and write it out yourself. Feel free to do so.  But if you'd like to save yourself some time (I literally wrote mine out more than a dozen times before I was happy with it), and/or if you would like to support our work at this blog...
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Milk-Free Find ~ Daiya Cheese Cake



Yes folks, you read that right.  Dairy-free CHEESE CAKE.  How can it be?!  

Well, Daiya, the makers of all kinds of dairy-free cheese and other products, has certainly hooked us up with this one.  It was a thrill to see my boy enjoy this delicious treat.  And he wants more, pronto!

The size was smaller than normal cheese cake, about the size of a dinner plate.  But it tasted remarkable.  We topped ours with fresh strawberries, and it honestly didn't taste too different.  I don't like many dairy-free cheeses, but I truly loved this cheese cake along with the rest of my family.  The graham crust was perfect.  We will certainly be buying this again, and soon.  

Other flavors I see at the store are Key Lime, Chocolate, and Strawberry.  We have our eye on the chocolate for next time.  Has anyone tried these yet?  


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Allergy-Free Breakfast Cookies


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One grey, winter afternoon I decided we needed to whip up a new, filling treat because my kiddos could not stop asking for food.  

So the boys helped me throw together some healthy ingredients , we put them into the oven in the name of "cookies", and the results were actually quite stellar.  Our recipe was deemed a winner by the whole family.  

These little cookies are so healthy that they can be eaten anytime, even at breakfast.  And two growing boys think that's completely awesome!  


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Milk-Free Find ~ So Delicious Coco Whip



Well, if there's one milk-free find that is a huge game-changer at my house, it's So Delicious Coco Whip!  While eating right from the tub is definitely delicious, there are also so many other ways we have found to use it.  It's fantastic on Strawberry Short Cake, great in hot cocoa and lattes, perfect with pumpkin pie, and just recently we layered into a pudding dessert.  We hope you can find this in your supermarket, and how would you use it?!  

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Strawberry Romaine Salad {Dairy-Free}



I got this recipe years ago from a friend, and we enjoy it most every Easter and all throughout strawberry season.  

The salad dressing does call for mayonnaise that contains egg.  But with all the vegan products on the market now, you can now find an egg-free mayonnaise alternative.


This poppy seed dressing goes great on other salads like turkey and dried apple over romaine.  Yum!  

If you are worried about poppy seeds and food allergies, it's fine to omit the seeds.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

Chocolate Easter Suckers {Dairy-Free}


Original Post April 3, 2010

Perhaps Easter is sneaking up on you and you've run out of time to buy specialty chocolates and such.  Don't despair.  You can make your own last-minute, dairy-free candy chocolates at home!


I have made these solid chocolate suckers using a candy mold for many years.  And I think I'm going to upgrade to a 5" bunny soon!


Here is how to easily mold your own chocolate candy:


Sunday, March 20, 2016

13 Tips for a Safe Holiday With Food Allergies

Original Post:  12/22/14

When a holiday approaches, we all want our children to have a fun-filled day. Although planning a holiday around food allergies can be stressful, it can still be a special celebration if we plan ahead. Here are some things we do to keep our holidays as safe as possible:


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Free Printable List for Health Supplements


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If you are like me, you may be purchasing many vitamins, supplements, and essentials oils these days.  There are so many products that are working for my family, and I'm grateful.  

And while I used to just buy whatever I wanted when we needed it, these items were quickly becoming a budget buster in our family.  I soon realized that I needed to track what I was spending in this area and to work these purchases into our monthly budget.  And now supplements can be made a top priority in our family with no guilt. 

This sheet that I created is helping me stay on track with our spending, and I thought others my find it beneficial.  Simply click the image, and you should be able to download the document.  Hope this helps you budget these items for your family, as well.  

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Friday, March 18, 2016

My Craft Space in the Basement



Hello Crafty Friends.  Today I thought I would share where some of my creative happenings take place.  It's definitely true that crafty peeps love to see organized spaces as much as they love to see creative projects.  So this is it.  I have a 6 foot table set up in our basement next to some great window light.  Flanked with a couple organizers, this is a great little spot for me.  

For those who have spent some time crafting in my basement, the "old craft room" is set up more as a computer room now, and it's a storage area for crafty stuff I don't need close.  And this table in the big room is now "craft central" with everything I need close by, including my kiddos playing Legos.  ;)

The drawers on the left are labeled and hold things like:  punches, accessories, card stock, planner supplies, ink pads, journals, sticky notes, etc.  

On top of the clear drawers is a 31 Organizer with some of my planner supplies ready to go.  

I keep on the table:  my OTT light, vintage typewriter, Project Life cards, Brother sewing machine, & paper cutters.  Plus a few cute containers to catch my mess of scraps.

Under the table is:  trash, my rolling cart, and a card stock organizer (not seen).  

In the locker is mostly photo organizing including my Selphy photo printer.  Love that thing!

On top of the locker is designer papers from Stampin' Up!.  

And that's about it.  Simple and not too fancy.  But organized.  I hope you enjoyed the little tour. Where do you craft?  Do you have a designated room, or have you simply carved out a space in your living area?  We'd love to hear!


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