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Friends, I’m so thrilled to share with you that Jason and I are getting married! Many of you know we’ve been together nearly three years (our anniversary is in January). We (and our kids) spend as much time together as we can and love our {blended} family. Oh yes, and the puppy Ruby loves Jason, too.

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You are amazing. Yes, you, the parent of a child with food allergies. It’s not easy. Actually, it’s damn hard. And I want to take just a moment to celebrate how strong and inspirational you are to me and countless others.

I know being thrown into this alternate reality must have felt like the world’s cruelest joke – your child actually getting sick from eating food. And I know you have done everything you can to figure out what was going on and painstakingly research the best doctors in town, labs who work the best with kids for countless blood draws and hunted up and down for coupons and cheapest pharmacies for the very expensive medications you must now buy for your child.

I see you tracking down safety information for food and very cautiously trying out restaurants. I know you drive all over town, to multiple stores, for safe and “normal” food options for your child. I’ve watched you doing your best to make birthday cakes from scratch when you’d much rather order from a bakery. And being worried about who your child is sitting next to in school and if they had peanut butter on their toast for breakfast.

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halloweenI hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween! It was a busy time around here, trying my best to give my kiddos a fun holiday for themselves and their friends. I’ll admit, there have been years where I’ve been consumed with fear on how to manage Halloween with a little one with severe food allergies. But the good news is, each year it gets easier and easier. And this year was the best yet!

I do my best to keep the emphasis on FUN and costumes and less on food. We had three different times to celebrate – the Halloween party at school, the Food Allergy Resource Fair with trick-or-treating and, of course, Halloween night. That makes three times to dress up in Halloween costumes, three times to have fun with friends and, well, three times to navigate safe vs. unsafe candy.

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We’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Holy smokes, I’m getting a lot of questions this week about food allergies and Halloween – which makes me super happy!

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project? Are you doing it?

Do kids with severe food allergies even go trick or treating? How is that safe?

Do you have tips for families with food allergies on how to take some of the focus off of candy?

What are some allergy-friendly candies I could give out this year? Where can I buy it?

What else can I do to make my house an allergy-friendly stop for children with food allergies? 

I’ve covered some of these topics in previous posts over the years, but I’m going to take a crack at answering all of these questions in one post. Hold onto your pumpkins, ladies and gentlemen!

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Oh, you guys, do you remember how much my children have wanted a dog forever? Like when they were this little and dressed up as puppies for Halloween? Or when they made dog houses for their stuffed animal puppies, who have real dog clothes and toys and food bowls?

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Just looking at these pictures of them wanting a dog from the depth of their little souls makes me all misty. They waited years for this day to happen. While their mama waited for them to grow up a little bit, and for her own confidence to grow, that this was something our family could really manage. Because of course, adding a dog to an already busy life, is a very big decision. Especially in a family with allergies. I chuckle as I look back at the posts I wrote: Mychildrenwantadog and My children want a dog – part 2 as I warmed up to the idea.

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