Posts from ‘Health’


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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Going back to work with a new baby at home means breastfeeding moms start thinking about pumping. And many moms ask themselves or friends, “How can I pump more breastmilk?” After nursing two babies, I learned some tricks and found my groove, and I know you can, too!

Here are some tips I have after pumping at work for two babies – my favorite is #3, most people don’t know about this one!

1. Focus – Focus on pumping, not work. Don’t work or talk on the phone when pumping, especially in the beginning. Every time I tried to think about anything important during my pumping sessions I pumped noticeably less milk. So use the time to relax.

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I’ve been playing around with Periscope, the new live streaming app you can get on iphone and droid smartphones. I encourage everyone to download it and check it out (and follow me there!). Recently, while grocery shopping, I thought I’d try live streaming to see if anyone was interested in hearing and seeing the types of foods I buy. Interestingly, there were people who joined throughout the entire 20 minutes or so and a few folks who asked questions.

I saved a copy of my “scope” here and uploaded to YouTube. Feel free to watch it here to see what types of products we buy.

You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.


Disclosure: This blog post outlines details from a Mylan Blogger Summit I attended in May 2015. Mylan (the pharma company that makes EpiPens) paid for my travel expenses and for my Disneyland Resort park ticket in exchange for my evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting. All comments made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector, Mylan, and/or the Mylan Blogger Summit are at my own discretion and based on my own opinions.

My love and drive to keep my daughter safe from her multiple, severe food allergies motivates me to learn as much as I can about anaphylaxis.

As a food allergy parent and advocate (see food allergy posts here), I occasionally have the opportunity to partner with various companies to help increase awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those of you who know me understand that I’m very cautious about these types of relationships and am very careful to make sure that the relationships are mutually beneficial. By this, I mean that I’m not willing to simply be a “mouthpiece” for a company in exchange for a free meal or, in this case, a free trip. There needs to be something compelling that will either help me to be a better parent/manage my daughter’s food allergies and/or allows me to help other families as an advocate.

I’ve been invited to attend multiple blogger events hosted by Mylan over the past few years. I’ve been able to attend one a few years ago in New York and, most recently, one in California last month. They definitely make these events worth my while because they give me the ability to:

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These goofballs visited me in the hospital a couple of times while I was waiting for surgery.

It was last Monday night, Memorial Day actually, and I had just laid down on the couch with a sigh after putting away the last of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, wiping down counters and getting the kids ready for bed. A typical weeknight scene around here. But then something weird happened.

The upper part of my stomach, right up near my chest started cramping up.

I was dizzy.

Nausea hit me so hard I ran for the bathroom.

And then cold sweats, so hot and cold at the same time that I started stripping off all my clothes because I couldn’t decide what temperature I was. I found my way to bed and lay down, breathing rapidly and was slightly disoriented. Something was wrong. I knew it wasn’t normal. I was worried.

My mind raced, thinking about what could possibly be happening. And then it hit me… I grabbed my phone and looked up “heart attack symptoms for women” because I remembered learning they are “different for women than they are for men” and that many women don’t recognize the signs in themselves. Here’s what I found from American Heart Association:

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