Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW E-Cloth Dish Cloths & Scrubber Pads




Hey e-cloth fans!  You are gonna love this!  We have some new great e-cloth products.  Are you ready?!

DISH CLOTHS!  SCRUBBER PADS!  Great new additions for all that hard kitchen work we do. 

When I first came on with e-cloth, I highly recommended that they bring the UK Kitchen Towels to the U.S.  They did.  And they have been hot sellers.  So much so that the success of the Kitchen Towels has lead to these two new product offerings.  I'm tickled!  

The price point on these is amazing.  Just $7.99 for a TWO pack!  And free shipping.  Thank you, e-cloth!  

If you can't wait to try these new items along with me, click below to order!  We appreciate your business and support.  :)




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Milk-Free Find ~ Richardson Brands Company Rock Candy




We are on our way to a baseball tournament 1.5 hours out of town this weekend.  And are staying overnight for a hotel baseball party.  This is a first for us.  Wish us luck!  

One of the players has a birthday and is handing out treat bags.  The parent was kind enough to let me know and to check treats with me.  They ended up getting rock candy and Big League Chew.  Miles has never had either.  And while the ingredients look ok, our policy is to try nothing new out of town.  

So I went out to get the same brand rock candy and gum to try this week before the weekend.  

First up, Big League Chew Original flavor.  Success.  

Next, rock candy by Richardson Brands Company.  Purchased at Party City.  I called the company, and the rep answered my manufacturing questions with confidence.  The factory does have milk, but the rock candy line is dedicated equipment with no milk.  Miles ate the cherry flavor, that will be handed out at the game, just fine.  

He was very excited to have rock candy.  And the gum.  Two new things thanks to a friend birthday. We are willing to try new things when it involves inclusion.  But we do our homework, first.  Would you do the same?






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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Allergy-Free Enjoy Life Fruit & Seed Packs ~ Under $1


We are gearing up for a very busy baseball season with both of our boys.  And peanuts and sunflower seeds will be running rampant.  Fortunately, we aren't allergic to either.  However, Miles can't eat them because I have yet to find a brand that doesn't process in a plant with milk and/or tree nuts.  His cashew allergy is so high now that we can't chance it.  

That's why we love the allergy-safe Fruit and Seed packs made by Enjoy Life.  Allergy-free.  Safe manufacturing.  

And the best part is that they sell individual packs!  Miles is going to love having these on hand while his friends munch on other trail mix, peanuts, and seeds.  

My favorite is the Mountain Mambo variety because it has chocolate.  But Miles likes the Beach Bash variety.  

I'm able to get these on Amazon in bulk, 24 packs, for under $1 a piece.  That's a good price for ball park food.  :)  

With these and our favorite water bottles, we will be set for the hustle and bustle of baseball season!

Are you gearing up for a crazy sport season this spring and summer?  What are your survival tips?


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Dairy-Free Ibotta Rebates



Thought I'd show you some more dairy-free groceries we purchased using Ibotta app rebates.  We got back $5.25 on these items.  :)  Ibotta is offering more "any brand" items than ever before.  We used those on the produce.  These purchases were made at Hy-Vee but several other stores have these same rebates.  I also LOVE when there's a surge of Enjoy Life rebates.  :)  

And thanks to Ibotta, we are now addicted to dairy-free Naked Juice Smoothies!  

Remember, you can do the same item at multiple stores sometimes.  So if there's something you really like a rebate on, go to a couple stores.  The rebates add up to Paypal cash back, Starbucks cards, Amazon cards, and more.  I find it's really worth it to me.  Especially when dairy-free, fresh food coupons are so hard to come by.   

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If you sign up through our referral link, thank you for your support as we keep you informed on good dairy-free, allergy-friendly, and healthy Ibotta offers!







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Friday, May 8, 2015

Food Allergies, Autoimmunity, Genetics, OH MY!




Yesterday was my yearly medical check-up.  I was dreading it.  I had more symptoms to report, and I'm tired of feeling crappy and sounding like a complainer.  But my hubby told me to jot everything down, to tell them everything, and that it would be fine.  

After going through my history of complaints and specialists and tests and negative results, my doctor said the words.  "Autoimmune disorder".  Ding, ding, ding.  My son has life-threatening food allergies. I know this word.  But I never really dreamed I had it, too.  

Of course, it makes sense.  The apple probably didn't fall far from the tree. 

Last summer, after my check-up, I spent months doing urology testing.  Everything checked out.  I live with the symptom.  

This summer, my doc is sending me for colon work-up's.  She thinks it will all check out fine, too.  And then I will "live with the symptoms."  

Twenty years ago, I spent high school with severe stomach pains.  In college, it was severe acid reflux that we ended up suppressing for a decade with Nexium.  Then came the thinning bones at age 35 because of the Nexium.  After two babies and two c-sections, my gallbladder shut down, 11% function and attacks for 10 months before I found the answer myself.  Gallbladder removed.  Scar tissue seen by surgeon.  Lower ab, pelvic pain since baby #2.  Aching for nearly 8 years.  Torn discs in lower back. Sciatic nerve issues, numb leg and foot occasionally.  

When I was trying to figure out the pains of the gallbladder attacks for 10 months, food allergy tests revealed some interesting info.  I was allergic to over 60 foods tested.  Some of which were my favorites:  almonds, peanut, garlic, coffee, chocolate, yeast, apple, banana, melon.  I will list them at the end of this post for my own quick reference.  

Even though so many foods came up with positive reactions, the plan was to eat them unless I experienced problems.  Well, since my throat wasn't swelling and hives weren't an issue, I figured I was good to go.  

But now it makes sense that all my medical problems and complaints may be caused by allergy foods slowly beating me down. 

When I wrote on my medical papers yesterday that my shoulder and hip have started hurting, I really thought my doctor would say it was arthritis or exercise injury.  But she attributed joint pain as another part of autoimmune symptoms.  I never would have thought of that.  It paid to write down every single symptom, even if I didn't think it was relevant.  

I should have known better, I really should have.  I know friends dealing with this.  It's a common topic I have discussed.  My own child is suffering his own version of autoimmunity.  But life is busy, and I just go on not knowing why I feel so crappy.  

Rest?  Sleep?  Low Stress?  Apparently those will help me, too.  And I'm so guilty of not taking care of those needs.  

The plan now is to have the colon check-up, meet with a dietitian, and then I will start embracing an autoimmunity protocol via diet, slowing down, and moderate exercise.  I'm excited to have a possible answer.  I think I can handle this.  I can't cure autoimmunity, but I can manage it and put it into remission.  I'm ready to feel better!  

Fortunately, I have already cut a lot of the autoimmunity culprits in recent years.  Gluten.  Too much sugar.  Most dairy.  But I need to take it further.  And I need to get out my allergens!  

Have any of you food allergy parents been on a similar journey?  Did your little apples not fall from the tree, either?  Are any of you suffering from multiple symptoms with no answers yourself, and maybe a light bulb just went off while reading this post?  I would love to hear your stories.  

My Food Allergy Results
Milk 2-3
Egg Yolk 2
Egg White 2
Corn 2-3
Peanut 2
Soybean 2-3
Shellfish 2
Almond 2-3
Brazil Nut 2
Hazelnut 2
Walnut 2-3
Pecan 2
Sesame Seed 2
Cottonseed 2-3
Coffee 2
Cocoa, Chocolate 2
Cinnamon 2
Garlic 2
Ginger 2-3
Pepper 2
Rice 2
Oat 3
Buckwheat 2
Rye 2
Barley 2
Malt 2-3
Hops 2
Yeast 2-3
Tuna 2
Bass 2
Lobster 2-3
Crab 4
Clam 2
Scallop 2
Beef 2
Pork 2
Lamp 2-3
Chicken 2
Turkey 2
Peas 3
Lima Bean 3
String Beans 3
Navy Bean 2
Mustard 2
Cabbage 2
Cauliflower 2-3
Green Pepper 2
Tomato 2
Squash 2-3
Apple 2
Pear 2
Banana 3
Apricot 2
Grape 2
Raspberry 2-3
Pineapple 3
Lemon 3
Grapefruit 2-3
Cantaloupe 2-3
Watermelon 2-3





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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

6-Pack Zevia $3.99 Deal


Here's another great Amazon food/drink deal for ya.  6-packs of Zevia for $3.99.  I pay $6 in local stores.  

Flavors at this price, right now, include:

Black Cherry
Caffeine-Free Cola
Cream Soda
Grape
Grapefruit Citrus

You can read about why we love this sugar-free soda around here.  Even the kids!  

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Food Allergies & Prescription Medication




Has your food allergy child been prescribed a medication that you aren't sure is safe?  Antibiotics? Allergy meds?  Eczema cream?  Etc.  

If you are wondering if your prescription medication contains any food allergens, head over to rxlist.com to start your research.  But also be sure to discuss this with your doctor and pharmacist.  We are grateful to our Facebook reader, Kellie, for sharing this very helpful resource!


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Dairy-Free & Peanut-Free No Bake Cookies

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Re-posted from 6-29-11

Since Graham is eating oats a little more, and I am minimizing my wheat intake, I made our first batch of no bake cookies the other day.  I found the recipe on Food.com.


DAIRY-FREE NO BAKE COOKIES




  • 1/2 cup dairy-free margarine 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup creamy Sunbutter (peanut butter is an option for those not allergic)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 -3 1/2 cups dry quick-cooking oats (gluten-free is an option)  


  • Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
    Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
    Remove from heat.
    Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.
    Add in vanilla.
    Mix in the oats and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.
    Let cool until set.

    These were a hit in our house!  And beware, they are completely addicting!

    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:
    EARTHDAY20


    Includes Popular Items Like:

    Universal Stone Cleaner
    Deep Clean Mop
    Kitchen Towels
    8-Piece Home Set
    5-Piece Starter Set
    e-auto, e-spa, e-pet

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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, Egg-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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