We love going to the Water Park of America for the Big Quack event each year!

You can go to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event May 4, 2014 – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price!

The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies.

This year the Big Quack event (cute name, right?!) will be Sunday, May 4 from 4 – 8 pm at the Water Park of America. The entire water park is open reserved for this event and everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets must be pre-purchased through the Food Allergy Support Group ticket sales.


Fine print: We are members of the Food Allergy Support Group of MN and I’m on the Board of the Directors. I’m helping plan and promote the event as a volunteer. I paid for our tickets and received no compensation for this post.

Yesterday I posted this picture of pickle roll ups on my Instagram account and people went crazy! Tons of likes and comments from people who love them – and a couple people who (gasp) had never heard of them before!

So I thought I better crossover to my blog and make sure to document the magic and deliciousness of pickle roll ups for those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to try them yet.

You might ask yourself what type of event are pickle roll ups most suited for? And the answer is EVERY event. :) They are a crowd favorite at Minnesota events – such as summer BBQs, Easter, Thanksgiving and even Christmas. They are a bit labor intensive to make, so you don’t see them all the time. When they are around though, people usually become giddy with excitement and gobble them up as quickly as possible!

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A few days ago, my son was in the ER, transferred to a second hospital by ambulance and admitted overnight. To respect his privacy, I’m not sharing details about my son’s illness. Thankfully, he was discharged from the hospital and is back at school, in good spirits and doing well. Like most parents, my focus was 100% on my son and making sure he was well taken care of while everything was happening. But after everything had settled, I needed to take time to process what had happened. That’s what this poem is about. Thanks everyone for your support, we really appreciate it.


everything stops

when children are sick.

not just cough, cold, sneeze, vomit sick,

but life-threatening, rush to the ER sick.

luckily I’ve only had to face this horror

a couple of times in my life – ambulances,

too many doctors and nurses and

repeating myself and questioning everything,

advocating and watching like a mother (bear)

to make sure nothing (else) bad happens.

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Has a stranger ever done something nice for you? Better yet, have you ever done something nice for a stranger?

Of course, I live in a State where people rattle off “Minnesota Nice” as an attribute, so maybe it’s just a matter of geography.

But in the last six months I’ve noticed an uptick in people talking about, and doing, random acts of kindness and emphasizing “pay it forward.”

And surprisingly, in the last few months, a random stranger bought me lunch anonymously at a restaurant… and a handful of people have bought me coffee in the drive thru at the coffee shop near my office. It’s pretty amazing to be on the receiving end of random acts of kindness. It lifts my spirits and I feel immediately grateful.

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We paint wooden Easter eggs each year – they are safe for egg allergies and beautiful keepsakes.

Easter can be tricky with dietary limitations, especially for kids who want to experience Easter traditions, such as eating chocolate bunnies, going on egg hunts and dying Easter eggs!

I’ve searched for alternatives for the past 5 years for my daughter (who has severe food allergies to eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish) and have come up with a number of great options for treats and traditions to share with you. Have other tips and fave products I’ve missed? Leave them in the comments!

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