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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Enjoy Life NOT NUTS! SEED AND FRUIT MIX - An awesome option for NUT-FREE Friends and Classrooms!

NUT-FREE Classrooms and NUT-FREE Schools can make those looking for alternatives a bit cranky, especially if they DON'T live in the life-threatening allergy world!

Here is a SOLUTION many will thank you for offering!  Think SAFE trail mix, SAFE cookies and/or SAFE holiday treats.  Low calorie, low sodium options with good fats from seeds AND antioxidants from fruit.  Even better, is that during October 2014, you may find these mixes ON SALE at your local markets.



S.A.F.E. NOT NUTS! Seed and Fruit Review

enjoy life not nuts! seed and fruit mix FREE of  the TOP 8 ALLERGENS, as well as casein-free, pototo-free, sesame-free and sulfite-free!  They are also manufactured in a designated gluten-free and nut-free facility. 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Living with Food Allergies - Doing my part to help my kids take the 'NO BIGGIE' Approach

Preschool.. Back to school.. parties.. holidays... SOO  many reasons to be afraid of living with food allergies.  SOO many opportunities to raise awareness.


Kindergarteners - October 2014

Last week I was back in the classroom offering allergy awareness classes to two groups of kindergarteners.  I LOVE working with these age groups because we have SO much to learn from them.  They were open, caring and wanting to take care of their peers.  They are not yet afraid.  They speak back to the video as if Alexander the Elephant is truly speaking to them.  


Alexander the Elephant and his Mom

It's refreshing.  Encouraging.  And, Enlightening.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

O.M. Goodness - Divvies Nut-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free Kettle Korn is Awesome!

It is my very first night at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2014 and I have eaten the entire bag of egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free Divvies Kettle Popcorn.  My gift bags are overflowing, but I'm quite content devouring this awesome popcorn! Can't wait to take some home to my allergy kids and see what they think~ I'm pretty sure they will be delighted!

S.A.F.E. Review - Divvies Kettle Korn

Divvies Kettle Korn, all natural, nut, egg and dairy free.  Made in our dedicated peanut, tree nut, egg and dairy-free bakery.  Manufactured at Divvies, LLC, Salem, NY  10590.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Allermates - Bracelets and Carrying Cases to Help with Your Allergy and Asthma Needs

The ritual of sending your kids 'Back to School' is in full swing!  Wanting them to be SAFE while out of your hands is at the forefront of every parents' mind.  Add in the challenges of managing allergies, asthma or autism and your worries just multiply.   

Allermates is a company which has resources available to help ease your stress.  Wristbands, carrying cases, lunchboxes, medical bags and ready to purchase labels may be just what YOU need to help make your food allergy journey easier.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nana's Nola Gluten Free Granola Bites - An Organic, Soy-free, Wheat-free Option Many Will Enjoy

I was pleased some time ago when Nana's Nola contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to try out their newly marketed granola and offer a review.  One look at the ingredients and I knew this organic, soy-free, wheat-free and gluten-free product could be a great find for many of my fans.   


S.A.F.E. Review - Nana Nola's Gluten-Free Granola Bites 


Some granolas are very crunchy, almost too hard to chew.  Not this one.  The easy to chew crunchiness in this blend comes from gluten-free rolled oats, organic crisp rice, organic quinoa puffed and sunflower seeds.  I am already a huge fan of agave and like the sweetness it adds to this mix.  It is delicious with yogurt, blended in shakes or just on its own - as I can attest to as I happily munch on it as I write up this review.

Grandmother, Marie Lusin's original granola was served to customers at her 'Flying Changes Bed-and-Breakfast', in Oneonta, New York.  It was so popular she was encouraged to serve it to a larger population.  Being primarily focused on providing a granola to consumers with celiac conditions, she took up the challenge and perfected her organic, gluten-free whole grains granola mix.

Click on the following link, Nana's Nola On-Line Store, to purchase Nana Nola's Gluten Free Granola Bites.  If you live in the Oneonta area, you can find them at Daddy Al's, The Green Earth, Damaschke Field, Cooperstown All Star Village and at area Mirabito's convenience stores.

The only concern for some will be the following statement on the packaging:  Manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy and dairy.  

Be sure to give them a call if you have questions about their manufacturing/cleaning practices.  It will be worth the time to know you can add this to your allergy~friendly cabinet~


Friday, August 1, 2014

Julia's Special Cupcakes - A New Food Allergy Book Available in E-book Format

Monica Martinez, author of Julia's Special Cupcakes, recently reached out to me to see if I would review her newly published e-book.  Always looking to expand my food allergy children's book library, I was pleased I could download it on my kindle and read it as we headed out on our camping getaway~

S.A.F.E. Book Review

I think this food allergy story would be a fun addition for anyone having pre-school and early elementary aged children.  It's simply written, easy to understand and has colorful artwork.  What I appreciate the most is how it is pointed out that children with food allergies can still enjoy the same treats as every other kid AND have FUN doing it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

New U.S. Gluten-Free Standards as of August 5th - Is this Good Enough for Those Living with Wheat Allergies and Celiacs?

No-one in my family NOR am I gluten-free or wheat allergic.  But I have many friends who live gluten-free lives.  Those who live this lifestyle by choice are thrilled that there is going to be a more specific regulation in place to ensure more accurate labeling of gluten-free products.  I have heard from friends who live this lifestyle for medical reasons, ie., wheat allergies and Celiac's disease, that there may now be more confusion.


Gluten-Free Labeling - S.A.F.E. Review

As of August 5th, the FDA is requiring that pre-packaged foods with a gluten-free claim MUST contain less than 20 parts per millions (ppm) of gluten.  This standard covers ALL foods and dietary supplements regulated by the FDA, it does NOT apply to most alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, prescription and non-prescription drugs, pet food, and foods regulated by the USDA (such as meat and poultry).


Monday, July 14, 2014

New Mom Managing Food Allergies? Join Me at the 'Baby and Me Support Group' August 12th!

Are you sensing it's something a BIT more than colic with your newborn?   Is he/she crying for hours on end at certain times of the day?  Especially after nursing?  Scratching their scalp till it's raw? Tired of hearing everyone's ideas and suggestions, especially since they ARE NOT working?  Maybe it is simply that your newborn has food allergies.  


Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 'Baby and Me' Class - Resources for Food Allergies

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Camp Tag - SAFE, Great FUN for those with Food Allergies and EoE - Don't Miss the July 18th DEADLINE

As I kid, I loved going off to camp!  Then again, I didn't have a food allergy or MULTIPLE like my own kids.  Sending them off to a camp and trusting others to ensure they would stay SAFE hasn't even been a consideration.  But it could be!  Peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish are prohibited at the camps.

Camp Tag, Williamstown, New Jersey - July 28th - August 1, 2014.  " A safe place for kids with food allergies and eosinophilic disorders and their siblings to have fun - with no worries about allergic reactions - and meet other children who have similar experiences".  95% FUN and 5% educational!

Camp TAG - July 28 -Aug 1, 2014 - S.A.F.E. Review

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Linda Coss' Cookbooks are FINALLY in e-book format!

If you have been living in the food allergy world with milk, egg, peanut AND tree nut allergies, you probably have AT LEAST one cookbook by Linda Coss.  Our standby for years has been "What's To Eat? The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook" . A friend gave it to me years ago, and it's worn well from use.


Cookbooks from Linda Coss in e-book format 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Join Me at the 'Healthy and Delicious Cooking Class' at Natural Grocers, July 9th!

One week from today, July 9th, I hope you will join me at the Idaho Women's Journal monthly 'Healthy and Delicious Cooking Classes' at Natural Grocers.  This month's topic is 'Meet the Parents/New Parents/Parenting Issues'.  I am thrilled to be joining Emily and Diane from another local business, Hello Dinner , as one of the featured, local, small business speakers.
  • Natural Grocers, 1195 N. Milwaukee Street (near Barnes and Noble)
  • Wednesday, July 9th, from 11:30 - 1pm


FARE Boise Food Allergy Walk - 2014

These ladies will sure to be discussing some of their gluten-free, healthy and delicious alternatives for those new to managing dietary restrictions or just wanting to eat healthier.  As a mom managing 6 of the top 8 allergens in my home, my goal is to focus on easy resources, from S.A.F.E. food allergy labels to nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free products, you may NOT have known were even available to help make your life easier!

Bring your friends and come join us next week!  Mention you saw this blog, and receive a FREE PACKET of S.A.F.E. food allergies, designed and trademarked by me~

Monday, June 23, 2014

$0 ZERO Co-Pay Offers from both Epi-Pen and Auvi-Q through 2014

Do you have all of the auto-injectors you need?  Those for at home?  At school?  Summer and school programs?  Or does the cost seem to daunting, and you're just TAKING a chance something won't happen?  Now, you have NO EXCUSES.  Through 2014, both Mylan and Sanofi are offering $0 co-pay offers on Auvi-Q and EpiPen antihistamine auto-injectors. 


S.A.F.E. Review of Zero Co-Pay Offers thru 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rice Dream - Caution! When 'NON-DAIRY' doesn't mean DAIRY-FREE

Why does a company BOLDLY label their product as 'NON-DAIRY' then have in small print in the back "Due to shared equipment, carob contains traces of milk."  DUH! Obviously, then, it's NOT NON-DAIRY.  Now you really expect me to believe the Mint Carob Chip is 'ALL NATURAL' too??


When NON-DAIRY DOESN'T MEAN Dairy-Free

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dairy-Free Lasagna - Another First for Our Home

Would you believe that I had, for the very first time in 10 years, LASAGNA, for dinner tonight at my dinner table?!  A staple in my home growing up.. NOT so easy to pull off when your meals need to be dairy-free.  I bake a lot from scratch, but haven't pulled off making this meal for my egg-free, nut-free, and peanut-free home.


S.A.F.E. Product Review

It is a simple durum semolina pasta layered with a tasty red sauce and primacotta soy ricotta.  My kids LOVED it.  The excitement in my son's voice when he heard we were going to have lasagna for the first-time was bittersweet... heartwarming, yet a bit sad because I've never taken the time to figure it out.


Rising Moon Organics makes one of my childhood favorites a possibility once again in our home.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

FARE Walk Boise was a GREAT Success! - Thank you everyone!!

May 18th, 2014 was the date of very successful FARE Walk Boise!  Our goal is to raise $12,000 in support of FARE - Food Allergy Research and Education.  Although the walk itself is over, donations continue to come in in support of this national organization's efforts to help find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included.

FARE Spokeswoman - MacKay Gunn

The past few months have been exciting for those of us helping to raise allergy awareness within our Treasure Valley community.  I have been involved for several years with this event.  This year's support was outstanding,  and I can't thank everyone enough for your involvement.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Totally Nut-Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

NOT being a gluten-free Mama with many gluten-free friends, I am always looking for quality mixes to ease my gluten-free baking challenges.  These mixes are ALSO free of top 8 allergens.


S.A.F.E. Blueberry Banana Muffin Recipe
Blueberry Banana Muffins
gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and tree nut-free

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Welcoming Walgreen's BLISTERS! Their NEW, EASY TO CARRY, antihistamine SINGLES!

Looks as though Walgreens has figured out their packaging issues.  I knew it would happen, I just didn't know when! Their new version of antihistamine singles that MANY of us has been patiently waiting for have arrived.  And just in time.. my old stash is running dangerously LOW!!

S.A.F.E. Product Review

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1-2-3 Gluten Free.. AND FREE of Many OTHER Allergens!

The last few weeks I've had the opportunity to try some mixes from a company which is certified gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, casein-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, corn-free, egg-free, soy-free, GMO-free AND pareve.  I wondered whether their tag line 'Easy to Make, Can't Beat the Taste!' would hold true.


S.A.F.E. Product Review

Of course, I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome.

Micah's Mouthwatering Corn Bread Mix, manufactured by 1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc., Orange, OH  44022.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Fun with Food Allergies and Food in the Classroom

Easter parties... food in the classroom.. and food allergies.  A stressful combination for many. Having food allergies stinks.  Often one is ostracized and left out.  Made to feel as though there's something wrong with them because they can't eat what everyone else does.  But it doesn't have to be that way.



S.A.F.E. Easter Treats