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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
Food is still allowed in our classrooms, creating an educational opportunity for my kids because they can share their favorite treats - made from scratch and NOT some pre-packaged, preservative laden mix.  I love hearing the joy in their voices as they tell me how much their friends enjoyed their egg-free, dairy-free, totally peanut/nut-free treats.

Easter Jellybean Cupcakes and Apples

I can't thank my mom enough for sharing her 'wacky cake' recipe with me years ago, otherwise known as my Zebra Cupcakes.  This egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free recipe is an easy to make, tasty recipe which I whipped up twice this week.  I omitted the cocoa, added some extra flour and used lemon instead of vanilla! Delish!  Of course, I topped with my new favorite Lemon-Lime Icing

Next time I'll use one of my favorite gluten-free mixes so the newly diagnosed gluten-free cutie pie in the class can join in too!  Fortunately, I always bring fruit for those who don't like sweets... yes, there are a few of them out there!  

Thanks MOM! You've made having food allergies and festivities fun for all!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Options For Sponsoring the Boise FARE Food Allergy Walk~

Looking for Sponsors for the  2014 FARE Boise Food Allergy Walk

Start Your Own Team or Donate to Another 
to help raise food allergy awareness

JOIN US on Sunday, May 18th at Veterans Memorial Park

Boise FARE Food Allergy Walk 2013

for the Treasure Valley FARE Walk
Registration begins at 11; Walk begins at NOON

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Peanut and Tree Nut-Free Lemon-Lime Icing - Delicious!

I am not always the biggest fan of using confectioners sugar for icings.  Mainly, because I don't like the final taste.  Here's a dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, recipe I will use over and over again because, in my opinion, it's delicious!  

S.A.F.E. Recipe

Lemon-Lime Icing
**dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free

1 lb box of Pure Cane Powdered Sugar
1/4 C of lemon
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 C of dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance, Nucoa)
1 lime rind

Beat with your electric mixer for 2 minutes.  Scrape the bowl to ensure all being well mixed.  Add a tsp of extra water at a time, to adjust to your preferred consistency.  Add in a tsp of finely grated lime rind.

Top off your cinnamon rolls, cupcakes or cake with this tasty icing!  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Enjoy Life Chewy Bars - What WAS Delicious Has Been Made Better

If you have allergies, especially multiple ones, and haven't heard of  Enjoy Life, you must be living under a rock!  The absolute BEST part of their products is that they are dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, AND gluten-free.
S.A.F.E. Product Review

That's RIGHT!  FREE OF THE TOP 8 and a few more!  Also, gluten-free, pareve, NON-GMO project verified, made in a dedicated facility and NO artificial anything!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds - Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan and SO MUCH MORE~

I was recently contacted by a company asking if I'd be interested in sampling their 'Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds'.  Realizing they met my family's allergy~friendly criteria - egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, fish-free and shellfish-free, I jumped at the chance to try a new snack product we ALL would enjoy.  It doesn't hurt that they are also gluten-free, soy-free, Certified GMO-free and MSG-free... satisfying the desires of many of my fans.

When they arrived on my doorstep, I didn't know which of these all-natural, dry roasted pumpkin seeds I wanted to try first!  So, I let my kids decide.  Now, we're ALL addicted!  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vanilla Bean Chia Pod- Gluten-free, Vegan and FUN

Eliminating gluten, dairy, soy, corn, caffeine, wine AND sugar for 28 days.  Why? Because two of my dearest friends convinced me it would be cleansing and FUN.  It's been 3 days now, and I realized I have an addiction.  NO, it's NOT wine!  It's SUGAR.  Now I understand why people say it's more addicting than crack.  

So there I was, browsing through Huckleberry's today trying to find SOMETHING to satisfy my sweet-tooth and I came across a gluten-free, vegan, NON-GMO Certified, refrigerated treat.  

Even better, is that it included 3g of Omega 3 and 5g of fiber (20%DV).  Okay.. decided to give it a try.

S.A.F.E. Product Review

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SunButter For ALL! FOR REAL!!

Would you enjoy a FREE jar of SunButter?  
How about the chance to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card? 

SunButter Giveaway thru April 21, 2014

Must Have APP for Teens and Young Adults with Food Allergies

Do you have a food allergy teen/young adult in your life?  Are any of them PHONELESS?  I doubt it!  Here's an immediate way for them to have information at their fingertips in case of ANY allergy emergency. 

S.A.F.E. Resource Review


Friday, March 28, 2014

Gluten-free All Natural Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn

I recently was the FINAL WINNER of Nutrimom's 14 Days of Love Giveaway.  I rarely win anything, so this was an absolute treat!  We were lucky enough to receive 3 bags of this brand of popcorn, but there was one in particular that my nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free kids LOVED!  

Gluten-Free Kettle Korn S.A.F.E. Product Review

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SunButter Protein Bars

Having trouble finding egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free protein bars?  With the help of Arbonne Essentials Nutrition line and SunButter, my family has an option they can't get enough of these days. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

The No Biggie Bunch - An Invaluable Food Allergy Series for Your Food Allergy Library

Are you looking for some food allergy books to help raise allergy awareness at home or school?  The No Biggie Bunch is an invaluable series that I have used while presenting in early elementary aged classrooms for the past five years.  These beautifully illustrated, easy to comprehend and creatively written storylines show how one's attitude toward food allergies makes ALL the difference in the world! 

S.A.F.E. Book Review

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nut-free, Gluten-free Sunflower SUN CUPS - Ending the Peanut Butter Drought for Peanut-Free Lovers!

A few months ago at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of trying out a nut-free, gluten-free product NEW to me.  Little could I believe, that this Milk Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cup wasn't a more well known peanut butter cup!  I would have liked to have seen the look on my face as I tried their Dark Chocolate Mint Cupsand I suddenly felt the sensation of standing on the top of cool mountain!  Truly.. I was delighted!

Monday, March 10, 2014

5 Rudi's Gluten-free Coupons & a Canon Powershot Digital Camera Giveaway Extended Thru Sunday!

Are your kids living a ‘gluten-free’ life?  Does it make you sad to feel as though they will NEVER be able to enjoy a week-long camp like you did, for fear of them getting sick?

Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery is sponsoring THEIR FACEBOOK Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery Scholarship Contest and MY Canon Powershot A2500 MP Digital Camera Giveaway!

Rudi's Gluten-Free Camp Scholarship Contest - Spring 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Epi-Essentials - Who Thought Carrying Epis Could Be So Stylish?!

Food Allergies, epi-pens and benadryl can be such a drag, especially for young women trying to fit in.  Imagine how nice it would be to have a stylish handbag or accessory case to discretely carry your life-saving medications and epinephrine.  Epi-Essentials has exactly what you need.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Peanut Butter Alternatives - SO Many Choices!

If you're new to peanut allergies, and worried about how you are going to live peanut-free or tree-nut free, DON'T BE!  When making lunches this morning, I had to laugh out loud at all the choices my kids have.

The ONLY one missing from this line-up is WowButter, another soybutter alternative from our friends in Canada.

Below you will find links to each product and reviews I have shared.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Allergy~Friendly Fun for Valentines Day

Here's to another fabulous year of allergy~friendly Valentines Day celebrations! 

Enjoying the holiday parties with food allergies can seem impossible, but it doesn't have to be!  I do my best to ensure my kids can partake in all the fun 
WITH their egg, dairy and nut allergies.  

4th grade Chocolate Covered Pretzels

It certainly takes a little extra planning and participation on my end, but it's worth every second of the inclusion they experience.  
FUN was had by ALL!!

2nd grade SAFE Spread!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jake's Gluten Free Market - Much More Than JUST Gluten-Free!

Are you living with dietary restrictions of ANY kind?  Then I suggest you visit Jake's Gluten Free Market .  For such a small, independently owned store, it's got an amazing array of gluten-free products.  AND, as I have been saying for months, it's got SO much more! 

Have you tried one of their gluten-freenut-free, egg-free, dairy-free treats from their Bakery? You want to talk about incredible tasting delights!! Muffins, cakes and Peasant Bread..ohhh, the Peasant Bread.  Want to talk about living gluten-free?  Be sure to ask for Clint, one of the owners.  He can attest to how living gluten-free has changed his life!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

'10 Things Every Mom Should Know' - Love and Laughter from Kid President

As Valentines Day is right around the corner and words of LOVE are all around us, Kid President reminds us of 'the 10 Things Every Mom Should Know'.  Relax for a few minutes and enjoy An Open Letter to Moms. To some of my favorite food allergy advocates, Caroline Moassessi, author of Grateful Foodie, and Ritesh Patel, 'media guru extraordinaire', THANKS for sharing this uplifting and inspiring video.  Living with food allergies or not, being a parent is challenging, and sometimes we all need to laugh and dance a bit more!

Share this with any moms and dads you know, and remember Kid President's personal motto... 'whoever you are today, give the world a reason to dance!' 

Monday, February 3, 2014

"More Than An Inconvenience" - The Fear of Flying With Life-Threatening Peanut Allergies

I consider myself to be one of the LUCKY peanut allergy moms.  My son is anaphylactic to nuts by ingestion only.  So far.  And my family travels regularly, as I have been a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines for over 20+ years.  However, we don't leave home without benadryl or epipens for that 'just in case' time. 

For anyone living with airborne allergies, their day to day living stress can be understandably multiplied. FORGET about flying.  As an allergy mom and advocate, Amy Wicker, author of the Allergy Safe Travel website, has stepped up her focus on educating airlines in hopes of gaining increased clarity on their allergy policies.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Hearts - Gluten-free, Allergy~Friendly Treats for Valentines Day!

I am already a huge fan of Surf Sweets and looking forward to seeing what treats they will have available for my nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free kids when the next celebrated holiday rolls around.  Here's one we have tried and enjoy.  They just recently changed their packaging, but everything I appreciate about them has stayed the same! 

Surf Sweets, manufactured by TruSweets, LLC.