This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week – and you all know this is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart, so of course I’m going to write something about it, right? Right! Below is a great infographic from FARE which illustrates some of the top stats on food allergies. Please take a moment to read it. Consider sharing it with your network!




Traveling with kids isn’t the easiest. This was my first time taking my kids on an airplane and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of them. But they did much better than I had even hoped, especially compared to all the other, younger, LOUDER kids headed to Orlando… I think all the crying kids were next to me.

Vacation was awesome. Even if some of the days were cold and rainy when we were hoping for 80 and sunny. And even if I still occasionally had to do dishes and brush little teeth and make sure everyone had clean underwear… it was so worth it. We had a blast and created a ton of memories.

Showing my kids Walt Disney World and Universal Studios for the first time was a thrill and very meaningful being able to provide them with these experiences. Especially since this was my first time doing each of these things, too! There was something very powerful about seeing the castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and taking a picture of my kids standing in front of  it. I can’t really describe it, but it was both heavy and sweet, even emotional.

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We’ve been traveling this past week – the kids first airplane ride and first trip to Florida. We visited theme parks and spent not-quite-enough time at the pool.

Looking forward to blogging about our trip when we get home. Many of you have been curious how we managed air travel with food allergies, so I’ll be sure to share all the details soon!

Sending this post from the plane before we take off from home. :)

Here’s a couple fun pics from the trip.





We love going to the Water Park of America for the Big Quack event each year!

You can go to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event May 4, 2014 – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price!

The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies.

This year the Big Quack event (cute name, right?!) will be Sunday, May 4 from 4 – 8 pm at the Water Park of America. The entire water park is open reserved for this event and everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets must be pre-purchased through the Food Allergy Support Group ticket sales.


Fine print: We are members of the Food Allergy Support Group of MN and I’m on the Board of the Directors. I’m helping plan and promote the event as a volunteer. I paid for our tickets and received no compensation for this post.

Yesterday I posted this picture of pickle roll ups on my Instagram account and people went crazy! Tons of likes and comments from people who love them – and a couple people who (gasp) had never heard of them before!

So I thought I better crossover to my blog and make sure to document the magic and deliciousness of pickle roll ups for those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to try them yet.

You might ask yourself what type of event are pickle roll ups most suited for? And the answer is EVERY event. :) They are a crowd favorite at Minnesota events – such as summer BBQs, Easter, Thanksgiving and even Christmas. They are a bit labor intensive to make, so you don’t see them all the time. When they are around though, people usually become giddy with excitement and gobble them up as quickly as possible!

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