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October 31, 2019

​Happy Halloween, everybody. I have something really special to share with you today!

​​Thanks to a mutual friend, I recently had the incredible opportunity to connect with and interview one of the most inspirational people I've ever met - Becky Basalone. For those of you who aren't familiar with her name or her story, Becky is the heart and brains behind the Teal Pumpkin Project®.

This campaign, which has spread across the globe and made Halloween safer and more inclusive for all children, has impacted millions. But, what many people don't realize is that this concept was not born at corporate boardroom table. It was simply an idea that this one very special food allergy mom had to make Halloween special for kids lik...

May 15, 2019

It's Food Allergy Awareness Week, friends! I  love the opportunity that this week gives those of us who love people with food allergies. It provides us with a platform to share our stories and educate others in a way we might normally have.  

But, this is a time when I always find myself getting reflective, too. What's difficult about our experience? What do I wish people better understood about my family? What can I do better to advocate?

What have I learned?

This last question is one that I've really been thinking about, and come to find out - the answer is  a lot. While I would never wish food allergies upon anyone - especially my two boys - I have to admit that I wouldn't take back the ways...

April 19, 2019

Listening to the radio this week, I heard a couple of morning hosts talking about a survey that got my attention. The question: What is the most beloved Easter candy in America? Peeps? Nope. Cadbury Eggs? Close second. The favorite... undeniably the Reese's Peanut Butter Egg. Of course.

With that said, it is unfathomable that my children not understand the beauty of America's favorite Easter candy! No, we may not be eating the peanut butter version, nor will we be consuming chocolate made with dairy milk. BUT, my kids will be enjoying the most amazing allergy-friendly version of the traditional Reese's treat! This right here is a dark chocolate Sunbutter cup that will knock your socks off... and could easily become...

September 27, 2018

I LOVE Disney... I always have, from the as early as I can remember. And, even as a forty-something adult today, I still get excited about heading over to Mickey Mouse's neck of the woods. But, now as a mom of two kids with food allergies, my love for all things Disney has taken on a entirely different spin. There is truly no one better at inclusivity, or more serious about the safety and well-being of children with special needs of all kinds, than these guys. 

While we love visiting Disney parks throughout the year, our favorite time is during our fall break at the very end of September. The weather is cooler and the crowds are thinner... but, that's not all. It's also time for Walt Disney World's Not So Scary Hallo...

September 25, 2018

It's birthday time in my house again, and my eight year-old requested our family's favorite chocolate cake for his birthday dessert this week. Listen, this cake is AMAZING (if you haven't tried it, please click here for the gluten, egg, dairy and nut-free recipe), but I was itching to add a little something special to switch things up a bit. And, boy am I glad I did!

Enter... Sunbutter Cup Chocolate Cake! All I did was cut up two packages of Free2Be Sunbutter cups and sprinkle them on top of our chocolate cake! Goodness was it a hit. And, here's the thing: there's so many allergy-safe alterations we can make to jazz up any of our favorite cakes or cupcakes!

How about trying something a little different with your desse...

July 27, 2018

There is no time of year that I feel more anxious about my kids' food allergies than I do right now. I wish I could say that my back-to-school fears have subsided over the last nine years that we've been walking this road, but they haven't. It's hard every, single year. And, I think it's so important to be honest about that. To all of the amazing teachers out there, this post is straight from my heart... My hope is that my words will provide you with insight and shed some light into the hearts of moms like me. Thank you for all that you do for our kids every day, and please know that even in our anxiousness, we allergy moms could not be more GRATEFUL for you. ​ 

Dear Teacher,

The first thing I want you...

July 23, 2018

It's hard to believe, but it's been one year since we jumped into the blogosphere and Allergy Dish was born! 

And, what a year it has been.

Pushing the "publish" button for the first time last summer was truly one of the scariest things I've ever done. Being vulnerable is just hard. It doesn't matter if your gut is screaming at you and you know deep in your heart that it's the right thing to do. But, here's the thing: when we share pieces of ourselves, we inevitably build community. When we talk about our struggles, what scares us, what encourages us and what we've learned along the way, we connect ourselves to others. And, that has meant everything to me this past year. YOU have been the most rewarding part....

June 21, 2018

Yesterday was one of those days that made me sit back and just take in a big, huge breath. It was a day that made my boys feel so special and me feel so grateful... for so many things.

Let me explain.

Last month, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a Proclamation recognizing Food Allergy Awareness Week in our state. And, yesterday we had the incredible opportunity to visit the Georgia State Capitol and meet with Governor Deal to commemorate that signing. What was so special about this? Well, my goodness, it's not every day that my family gets to meet the Governor! But, there was so much more to it than that.

An incredible organization called Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta has worked with the Governor's Of...

May 24, 2018

Yesterday I sat in the chapel of my kids' preschool - the place where all four of them have grown from being in diapers to ready for kindergarten - and watched my baby graduate. To say that there are a million emotions tied into this day would be a gross understatement. It's the end of an era for our family and a the true milestone for me as a mom. But, for the "allergy mom" part of me, this moment meant so much more.

You see, when my daughter Avery started preschool, she was the only kid in the house... and we didn't know life with food allergies then. When I started preschool with her, I was laser focused on all of the traditional "first kid doing xyz" types of things: will she cry when I drop her off, w...

May 14, 2018

Happy Food Allergy Awareness Week!

I'm so excited to be kicking off this special week by sharing "What Every Mama Needs To Know" on Atlanta Mom's Blog! Why is this week so important? One in every 13 kids has a food allergy in this country, and every three minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. When we are aware and we make decisions based on that knowledge, we SAVE LIVES. My hope for this week is that everyone finds little way to share and help educate others. You have no idea how impactful your words may be... 

Whether you are a food allergy parent yourself - or simply a friend, family member, or teacher who loves a food allergy kid - I also hope you'll find information, guidance an...

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