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I know food allergies can be overwhelming. But after eleven years in the trenches, I also know you can find happiness in this journey. 

Here at Milk Allergy Mom, we love sharing simple ideas for less stress and more confidence. 

Our food allergy community is one of the most supportive, encouraging, and helpful you will find on the web.

If you'd like to get to know us more, you can read our story here.  

If you'd like to walk this journey together, join us here!

And if you'd like to stay and hang out awhile longer, here's what you'll 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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Reader Testimonies

"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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20 Reasons We Home School {With Food Allergies}


Original Post 6-23-15


As a mom of a son with life-threatening food allergies, I know one of the most weighing concerns for allergy families is what to do about school.

We pray that our children will outgrow their allergies by kindergarten, and when they don't...panic ensues. How will they be safe so many hours away from us?

The question of home schooling food allergy children often comes up on our Facebook Page, and most of the time the majority of comments suggest jumping into public school with a good 504 plan. 

While that suggestion is fine and certainly the opinion of many, I want to write this post for those mamas who have a tug in their gut to dig deeper for other solutions. 

Because...I was one of those moms not content with the 504 route. Not everyone is going to be, and other options are out there. 

So I'm here to share the idea that other mom friends passed onto me eight years ago.  

And that's home school. 

I know, I laughed at my friends, too. I actually laughed at them for about two years. Home school was definitely not on my radar, but thankfully good friends pointed me to it anyways!

And that's what I want to do for you. Point you to it...just in case!

To my surprise, home school turned out to be a wonderful, feasible, alternative option for our boys' education. They are thriving in the most important ways, and our whole family is content and satisfied with this road we have chosen. 

Yes, we started home school because of food allergies. I won't pretend it wasn't. But eight years in and with a wonderful program that suits us well...our family of four is in unanimous decision that home school is for us. Food allergies or not. 






And maybe home school is for you! Maybe you won't know until you hear a little more about it. 

Maybe you will read this post and say no way! But then a year or two down the road, you will be Googling "Milk Allergy Mom 20 Reasons We Home School" because you just can't shake the idea. 

That's why I'm writing this post. I know at least one of you will find and fall in love with home schooling as a result, and that's worth it. 

Auvi-Q Relaunch Coming February 2017!



Ready for some exciting news on the upcoming return of Auvi-Q?

It's coming back on Valentine's Day 2017, according to Kids with Food Allergies.

Heart, heart, heart!

This pocket-sized, talking epinephrine injector was recalled in 2015, and many allergy patients have been anxiously awaiting its return.

I know my eleven-year-old son was less intimidated by this device, and we look forward to its convenient size and helpful talking instructions.

Read more about the February 14, 2017 release.

And hear from the original company and inventors on this important development at Allergic Living. 

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Food Allergy Labeling Laws



Thank the Lord for food allergy labeling laws that were created just 6 months before my son's first anaphylactic reaction to milk. Even though labeling is far from perfect eleven years later, having Top 8 allergens required on the label in plain English was a huge help to this new food allergy mom. This includes colors, flavors, and spice blends.

The allergens in plain English must appear in the ingredient list OR in the "contains statement". But it doesn't have to be in both places so be sure to check both before buying or consuming products if you have a severe food allergy. 

"Plain English" for milk, as an example, must say MILK somewhere on the label...not just whey or casein or cream or butter, etc. 

It is also important to note that advisory statements are voluntary and not required. So if a label does not have this statement, that doesn't mean there are no processing concerns. You would need to contact the company to get more information on any "may contain", "processed in a plant with", and "processed on a line with" allergens. 



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Dairy-Free Black Bean Soup


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So I may be going out on a limb with this title, "Black Bean Soup for Picky Kids". But I'm basing this on the fact that my own very picky boy ate this soup tonight and proclaimed it wasn't "too bad". 

Soup is one of my favorite meals, but I know it's not real kid-friendly sometimes. Not like chicken nuggets and hamburgers, right?

The key might have been to blend half the beans into the soup, hence...HIDE them. Besides, I use half the beans called for in similar black bean recipes and make the broth more prominent. And the sweet corn is definitely kid-approved. 

I gave my son a big hug when he finished his bowl of black bean soup. He made my night. So I'm definitely standing by this title. I hope even your pickiest eaters will like it, too.

Serve with homemade bread, and your kids will love this even more.


Dairy-Free Black Bean Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tsp of taco seasoning or chili powder
4 cups chicken broth
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn

1 can black beans
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste


Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes.

Add seasoning and cook for another minute.

Add broth, 1 can black beans, and corn. Bring to a boil.

In a blender, blend the other can of black beans and the can of crushed tomatoes. Add mixture to the pot of soup.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Bring soup back to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer until ready to serve. 


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Dairy-Free Find ~ YumEarth Licorice


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Our favorite licorice is made by YumEarth and is milk-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free, and gluten-free. I love that it's naturally flavored with no synthetic dyes, and is manufactured in a dairy-free and peanut-free facility. 

It comes in a variety of flavors including strawberry, pomegranate, and peach. 

And conveniently, it can be purchased on Amazon for a decent price.

Watch out, though. This is addicting! :)


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Chicken Quesadillas {Dairy-Free}





Here is yet another another great dish to make with leftover roasted chicken, and our kids really like it. Dairy-free quesadillas are made possible with dairy-free cheese shreds like Daiya and GO Veggie VEGAN variety. We use both.  

Just place a tortilla in your skillet or on a griddle, top with cooked diced or shredded chicken, sauteed spinach, and dairy-free cheese shreds.  Place another tortilla on top and cook on both sides until tortillas are golden brown crispy and the inside is heated through.

Serve with salsa and perhaps a side of rice or corn.  

It doesn't get any easier than this, folks!




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Foods Packaged and Sprayed with Milk Protein Casein?





Thanks to our helpful readers, it was brought to our attention that the USDA and American Chemical Society (ACS) have been working on a plastic replacement that may cause concern for milk allergy families. And according to an ACS article, it could hit markets within three years.

This alternative plastic prototype is being made from casein, a milk protein. 

Even more alarming is that this product would be used specifically for food packaging and food preservation. 

Add to this, an August 2016 press conference with the developers revealed that they are testing casein as a preservative spray for foods like cereal.

According to Food Allergy & Research Education, milk is the most common food allergy in infants and young children so I know many families will want to know more about this product made with casein. 


Pressing Questions From Our Readers

1. Has this product been proven safe for milk allergies?

2. Will the casein be used on products that are otherwise dairy-free?

3. Would the foods wrapped or sprayed in casein be labeled as containing milk allergen?



I Have Made Some Inquiries

1. I called my Congressman and am in the process of having his office make an inquiry for more information from the USDA.  

2. I also left a message at the American Chemical Society for more information, and am waiting for a call back. 



We Will Keep Our Readers Posted

As soon as we have further information from these sources, we will let you know. The best way to get our updates is through our email list

Feel free to share your thoughts and concerns in a comment below. We would love to include you in this important discussion.


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3 Free Knife Lesson Videos for Kids



Hey friends, today I've got something that I know is important to you all. Whether you're a home school family, a food allergy family, or simply have children in your home...getting your kids in the kitchen is something that's probably been in the back of your mind for awhile now. I know it's been in mine.

Children helping in the kitchen has too many benefits to not pause, consider, and take action...so read on. 


4 Reasons For Children to Help in the Kitchen

One, getting kids in the kitchen at an early age benefits the health of the children. I didn't even know how to boil a pot of noodles when I graduated from college. And guess who quickly gained that freshman 15, had to get on acid blockers by her senior year, and who's gallbladder shut down after two pregnancies? I blame most of this on not knowing how to prepare healthy foods for myself when I left home. I don't want this for my kids.

Two, food allergy children especially need to know how to prepare safe foods for themselves...the sooner, the better. If you're a food allergy parent, you know how debilitating it can be to imagine your food allergy child leaving home and trying to fend for themselves. Nothing is more important than teaching them to advocate AND cook at a young age. I'm certain these classes are going to pay incredible dividends for our food allergy journey.

Three, home school families can use the extra time they spend in the kitchen as more learning time together. You're going to be in the kitchen making three meals PLUS snacks on most days, so why not count it as home ec?! The life-skills learning I did with my boys during our monetessori preschool time at home was so fun. No need to stop this important skill-building at elementary age, I'm ready to bring things up a notch. 

Four, having kids take responsibility in the kitchen frees up a lot of time for us moms in the long run. And free time for mom equates to time for so many other special things: Bible study, caring for neighbors, sending notes to friends, keeping an organized planner, an old hobby we want to pick back up, more time with our husbands, and yes...quality time with our kids! So many of these are my goals for 2017, I just didn't know a kid cooking curriculum would help me meet them. Sweet!




Kitchen Stewardship is Offering Kid Cooking Lessons

I met Katie, founder of Kitchen Stewardship, at a blogging conference this past fall. She's a former teacher who has incredible attention to detail, and knows how to teach! That's how she's put together a very successful cooking curriculum for kids, complete with video and printables. Her full curriculum has different paid levels to included as many families as possible. But she kindly offers a test-drive for free with no obligation. And the free part is one of the most important elements from the curriculum. Using knives!

3 Free Knife Lessons for Kids Ends January 18th

Before our second semester begins full force, I have started the free knife skills course with my boys. When they saw me watching the parent video and asked if they could take the class, how could I say no?! 

Funny story, I freaked Katie out with my apple cutting technique when we were staying together this past fall. Apparently, I need this free course, too!

Katie's free Knife Skills Course ends January 18, 2017. So you will want to sign up today like I did. 


Optional Full Kids Cooking Curriculum for Purchase

The free Knife Course is just one of the cooking courses Katie has to offer. The rest are paid lessons, but there is no obligation when you sign up for her free knife course.

The full, paid curriculum is being offered through January 18, 2017 so we will need to decide by then if we are going to dive in!

I am certain we will be taking the rest of the courses offered by Katie at Kitchen Stewardship. My husband would love to join us for these life-skills, allergy-important, curriculum-counting, more-time-for-mom lessons. And having dad involved will be such a treat!

Once purchased by January 18, there's no time crunch to get the lessons done. We will have indefinite access to the videos and printables. Thank goodness!

If my family can't get it done this semester, there's always summer, right?!  




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Milk-Free Find ~ Pascha Chocolate Bars




Well friends, my gig is up. Now you know what I spend my time doing at soccer games while cheering on my son. Eating chocolate, of course! It's good for stressful situations, I'm pretty sure.

I've been needing to share this amazing brand with you for quite some time. It's my 11-year-old son's favorite chocolate bar. I'm not sure if that's because it's twice the size of Enjoy Life or actually based on taste. 

But who cares. We've got dairy-free chocolate bar options for my anaphylactic milk allergy son, and that makes this mama very happy. Obviously, I indulge, too. 

I love that this brand is allergy-free, including no soy. 


We find these Pascha bars at Hy-Vee, County Market, our local health food store, and on Amazon. This is my son's favorite flavor and wow, the price really is good online! Guess I'm stocking up! You can never have enough chocolate. 


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Our Favorite Natural Foods at Aldi




I know many are often intrigued by the low prices at Aldi, and now the organic and natural offerings are icing on the cake!

Many of the natural foods have been safe for our milk and nut allergies, and I thought I'd point them out since we often get asked.

Prices on these products are amazing, too. From 79 cents for organic canned beans to just $4.99 for 14 ounces of organic coconut oil, we save a ton of money shopping at Aldi. 

Here's a disclaimer, though. My son did have a milk reaction to Aldi brand pretzels, and we since have learned that not all the companies producing foods for Aldi label shared facility or shared production line information. For that reason, we are very careful about what processed foods we buy there. Make sure you check labels and contact Aldi with any questions you need answered.  

Aldi produce and these natural products are becoming staples in our home, though. Check labels yourself, and I hope this helps!

Free Planner Course for Erin Condren Planners


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Christmas is over. You took care of everyone on your list. And now it's time to think about YOU.

What are your goals for 2017? What are you hoping to accomplish better than ever this year?

Did you know that the best success comes when goals and progress are tracked...on paper?

Paper planners are an amazing tool for getting you to where you want to go, and I absolutely love my Erin Condren planner for this very reason. 

What's great about this planner compared to others is that there are so many extra places to track whatever you want, to customize, and to write in your own headings, titles, and dreams. This is what makes it worth the extra cost in my mind. 

You can read more about exactly what's in the new 2017 planner at this blog post or check out my video tour on YouTube!

Anyways, I have learned to customize my planner to track everything from schedules to calendars to health to budgets to journaling. And I get asked so often how I do this and what my favorite tools are. So I decided to offer a free course on Facebook! 

The Facebook group is so convenient and easy. You can jump in at your leisure, anytime in January, to follow my 30 days to setting up your planner and setting up good planner habits. 

To join the class, all you have to do is order your Erin Condren Planner at this referral link, and I will invited you to the class! Plus, you get $10 off your planner when you order through this link, as well. It's a win/win for you! 

$10 off and a free course to make sure you set up and use your planner to its maximum potential. And to YOUR maximum potential. What are you waiting for!

To join class, order your Erin Condren through my referral link anytime in January. The class lessons are posted, numbered, and saved through February so latecomers can catch up. The free FB class will be removed on March 1st. So don't delay!

I look forward to seeing you in class!


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Allergy-Friendly Granola Bites



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When your neighbor asks for a recipe that her daughter came home raving about, you know you have a winner. 

One day I dished these granola bites out to all the neighbor kids, and they were completely devoured. I'm so glad they wanted more at home!

The kids certainly didn't realize how nutritious these are or that they are actually allergy-friendly.

Easy, delicious, and no-bake. And kids can help make them!

These work wonderfully for a quick breakfast or a snack during the day. 

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DAIRY-FREE GRANOLA BITES


1 cup quick oats (gluten-free if needed)
1/2 cup peanut butter (nut or seed butter if needed)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup rice crispie cereal (gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls. I use my melon baller to just scoop out little balls. If the scoop starts sticking, wet it under water and keep scooping. 

If the bites aren't sticking together well enough, add more honey one teaspoon at a time until they do.

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.


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