Posts from ‘Minnesota’

Sep
05

This past July, Lisa Chan, a Minnesota mom to a child with food allergies, was planning to approach her local city, Shoreview, to ask if they would help educate people about food allergies and (hopefully) prevent allergic reactions at the parks. As part of the process, Lisa researched if signs like this exist and asked other parents in the Minnesota Food Allergy Support Group Facebook group, which is where I first heard about this initiative. No one in the group had seen signs like this before, but that didn’t stop Lisa.

She shares her story below in this Q&A interview on the new signs she requested and were successfully installed. Thank you Lisa for sharing your story and inspiring so many families.

What do the new signs say?

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Apr
16

Two months ago, a woman was silenced. She was told to stop speaking, and yet she continued. A man recounted the situation, (I won’t say his name, as this is not really about him),

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And in that moment, women around the world felt the lump in their throat rise up and come tumbling out with a loud HELL NO. We repeated the phrase, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

It became an affirmation.

Of course we will persist.

A couple of weeks later, Aimee Blanchette published this story: “More than 100 women pack Mpls. tattoo shop to get inked with ‘Nevertheless, she persisted” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A large group of women, many whom I know, all had the same tattoo inked in the same shop, on the same day. The script was designed by Chelsea Brink and the event was organized by Nora McInerny.

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Oct
01

Food Allergy Resource FairTo all my friends in Minnesota who have food allergies in their family, I want to make sure you know about the upcoming Food Allergy Resource Fair put on by the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota with a special Halloween theme. I’ve attended (and volunteered) at this event for many years and it’s always a great opportunity to see what’s new out there in the world of allergy-friendly products, foods, etc. I always end up learning something new and my daughter has a great time exploring.

Last year the group decided to add a new twist – Halloween trick-or-treating at the vendor tables – with candy free of the top 8 allergens. Kids were invited to come in costume. It was a HUGE hit! You guys, I almost tear up when I think about it. Usually kids with food allergies can’t eat most of the food they collect when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween – but still want to have fun and be a part of the tradition. At this event? Nearly every table has candy they can eat (unless they have more rare allergies than the top 8). My daughter had an absolute blast. Also, getting to wear a Halloween costume more than once is a big perk!

I hope you’ll join us on this special morning. And please share this information with others who might be interested, too! Schools, day care, churches and moms groups. Hope to see you there!

Aug
12

Hello friends, it’s so nice to have warm weather in Minnesota – we’ve been spending as much time as possible soaking up the weather. Of course, the kids have much more opportunity to do that than I do – swimming at the pool and playing outside each day. They’ve had a great summer so far, filled with fun activities and extra time with their Dad.

acting campThere have been swimming lessons and fun days just playing at the pool, which we try to do each summer. This year they tried an acting workshop by Stages Theater for the first time, which was a HUGE hit! They loved it! They were in the “How to Train Your Dragon” play and spent a full week learning all about acting – memorizing lines, making their own costumes, rehearsing and acting! Parents were invited to watch the play at the end of the week. Alex and Avery have already asked if they can go to another acting workshop next summer. I’m sure it helped build their confidence for acting and presenting – after being on a big stage in front of a few hundred parents.

Avery also took an electricity class and Alex was in a Harry Potter “class” (notice “class” in quotes) which they both enjoyed and now they are both taking a computer game programming class this week. They love trying new things and meeting new people and that makes me very happy. They also loosely kept up with karate, trying to hit at least one class a week (instead of two) because they still enjoy it and I don’t want them to fall too far behind.

 

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Jun
16

We visited the Zweber Farm (part of Organic Valley) a couple years ago and had a great time. Experiencing an organic farm first hand had a big impact on me and my children, especially helping us better understand the differences between conventional and organic dairy foods. We became big “Organic Valley” fans (and customers) from that day on!

Organic Valley is hosting its annual Farm Discovery tour this month – a great opportunity for you and your family to tour a local organic farm, learn about where your food comes from, eat organic food and participate in interactive activities like butter making.

The free public event for the MN farm will be held Saturday, June 27, and you can register for a tour near you on their website. Visit this page to find Organic Valley farms across the country to see where they have farms near you.

 

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