Have you heard about the new butterfly exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota? We couldn’t wait to check it out and are grateful we were invited as guests on a media pass. We love the Science Museum of Minnesota and we are big butterfly lovers in this house (see how we raised a butterfly a couple of years ago)!
It did not disappoint! Jason and I brought all four kids to the museum – the butterfly exhibit includes both a butterfly house where you can interact with live butterflies and an Omnitheater film: “Flight of the Butterflies.” We had the opportunity to experience both and had a wonderful time!
Allergies to common foods such as peanuts, eggs and shellfish are on the rise, leaving families and schools more confused than ever on what is safe to eat. And, Halloween is one of the trickiest holidays for kids with food allergies to navigate.
Twin Cities parents, children, teachers and medical professionals are invited to attend a special Halloween-themed Food Allergy Resource Fair event Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center at 1001 Highway 7 in Hopkins.
For the first time at the event, children can trick-or-treat, stopping at approximately 40 vendor tables that will hand out allergy-friendly candy (free of the top 8 allergens which are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat). Children are encouraged to wear costumes for the event. Tips for safe Trick-or-Treating with food allergies will also be shared with families.
Today is #unboundselfie day, a special awareness campaign for Unbound, the organization I’ve been involved with for more than 12 years now. Here Alex and Avery are holding pictures of the two finish line students we are sponsoring to help them through college.
On the left is Reena, who we started sponsoring about 4 months ago. She is from India and is 22 years old. She lives at home with her parents and is studying Information Technology. On the right is Mary from Kenya. She is 24 years old and in college. We’ve been sponsoring her for nearly 5 years.
We write letters and draw pictures to them and keep their photos on our refrigerator and talk about them often.
Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that makes EpiPen, confirmed to me today by email that they are no longer working with Adrian Peterson as a paid spokesperson for their anaphylaxis awareness campaign. “Mylan has ended all activities with Adrian Peterson. We remain committed to supporting those managing potentially life-threatening allergies and will continue our educational efforts to increase anaphylaxis awareness,” said Julie Knell of Mylan, director of specialty communications.
These actions by Mylan to stop working with Peterson come directly after news broke last week that Peterson was accused of child abuse. The food allergy community felt a big loss as Peterson’s role model status is now seriously in question.
In July 2012, Adrian Peterson had a severe reaction to shellfish, which was then diagnosed as a food allergy. Since that time, Adrian has spoken publicly about his shellfish allergy and helped raise awareness of anaphylaxis and the need to carry epinephrine (such as the EpiPen). He has become a role model for many youth living with food allergies, including my 6 year old daughter, who also has a shellfish allergy and felt she could relate to Adrian Peterson.
Organic Valley family farms across the Midwest are hosting public tours of their Midwest farms this weekend on Saturday, September 20 and all are welcome. We visited the Zweber Farm a couple of years ago and I’m so excited to head back this weekend, as so are my kids!
Each farm is a bit different so I expect the tours will be a bit different from farm to farm. Organic Valley calls the tours interactive and says visitors will “engage with their food source through hands-on activities, butter making and hayrides, enjoy delicious Organic Valley food samples, and experience cows, calves, hens and other farm animals at pasture.”