To 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!
Just before we left for school this morning, we paused to take a family selfie with pictures of the two young ladies we support through Unbound. I love seeing the big smiles on the kids faces as they show off these photos of the students we sponsor.
Meet Mary from Kenya and Reena from India. As you likely know, it is very difficult for poor women in these countries to get a college education. We write letters and send pictures and they do the same in return. I encourage Mary and Reena to study hard and get their degrees.
You can also sponsor young men, children and aging people through Unbound. I can’t say enough good things about this organization. I’ve been a sponsor since 2001 and plan to continue supporting them for a very long time. Learn more about sponsoring and all the ways it makes a difference: unbound.org
You have probably heard of the Elf on the Shelf, but do you know about the Switch Witch? I’ve heard of this tradition in the food allergy community – an idea to help soothe little kids who want to trick-or-treat but can’t eat much of their loot. Parents tell them that the “Switch Witch” will appear at night when they are sleeping and leave a toy in place of the candy.
Another food allergy mom, like me, was so inspired to help her little kiddo that she turned the Switch Witch into an actual character – a new doll & book called The Switch Witch. The doll can be set out in your home during the month of October watches over the children to make sure they are behaving, and if they are good she will swap out their candy with a toy Halloween night!
One of the biggest challenges for parents of children with food allergies is figuring out how to keep your child safe when you send them off to school.
There are many things to consider, such as who to partner with at school, where should the EpiPens be stored and how to manage snacks in the classroom. And then there’s lunch and holiday parties to consider. Below is a (quite long and extensive) video I created where I share how we manage food allergies at school and answer some viewers questions (via Periscope).
If cost is restricting how many EpiPens you have on your child or at school, check out the $0 copay offer from Mylan to save up to $100 off your copay. You may also find this post helpful that I wrote after Kindergarten: Recap: Kindergarten with Food Allergies.
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.
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.
There 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.