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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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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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Lately I’ve been watching episodes of Long Island Medium on Netflix. If you’ve never seen the show, a psychic medium named Theresa Caputo performs readings for people to help deliver messages from loved ones who have passed. Theresa has a big personality, big hair and a thick New York accent (at least compared to the folks here in Minnesota!). I love watching her give readings and I’m always, without fail, in tears by the end of the show as she helps people find peace about the death of their loved one.

My Grandma Joanie, mom and me as a small child. Mid 1970s.

And it’s made me think more about my grandparents who have died. Three people I loved dearly – my great grandmother, my grandma and my grandfather. If what we see on Long Island Medium (and what many others believe) is true, then these relatives of mine could still be hanging around, watching over us, celebrating special occasions with us and sometimes even intervening to protect us.



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My daughter Avery was born on Christmas. Yes, Christmas. This is what she looked like 6 years ago when she was born on Christmas Day. :)

We celebrated a bit on her birthday, and a lot at her party this weekend. I do my best to make sure she enjoys some special attention on her birthday. Such as trying to find an extra special birthday gift she’ll love.

She had pointed out this white tiger from Melissa & Doug Toys many times when we’ve shopped at Whole Foods over the past month or so. I was exceptionally lucky to find it 30% off the day I went to purchase it for her. It was fun carrying it through the store (above). I just knew she would love it. :)

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Last year I worked to raise awareness about food allergies and Halloween, encouraging people to be mindful that not all kids can eat Snickers. I published¬†“Three Tips to Make Your House a Food Allergy-Friendly Stop” which was shared quite a bit. It’s still relevant and I encourage you to check it out.

This year I’m working on helping my 5 year old navigate school and after-school parties, as well as trick or treating. How can she be an advocate for herself when she can’t read? Although I work hard to make sure all the adults who help care for her are educated and I try to personally read every food label whenever I can… it’s just not always possible. So I need to teach this kiddo what candy is safe and what isn’t… and hope she doesn’t ever try to sneak a piece of unsafe candy when no one is looking (this hasn’t happened with us, but I’ve heard of it with other families…).

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