Food Allergy Love with Lauren: Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Just a few months ago, cumin recalls swept the nation.  Each day my inbox was filled with the news of more products being recalled due to cumin that had been accidentally cross-contaminated with peanut flour.  EEK!  To make matters worse, the contaminated cumin wasn’t caught until it had been used in other mixes and foods.  The long list of recalls brought about a growing concern for the food allergy community.  I stopped purchasing anything that listed cumin in the ingredients. {Read More}

{Giveaway} Enjoy Life Foods – A Pantry Essential

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I can’t think of a better way to kick-off Food Allergy Awareness Week than by sharing with you one of our favorite, go-to, allergy-friendly brands: Enjoy Life Foods! I don’t know where we’d be if it weren’t for Enjoy Life Foods.  Following my little men’s food allergy diagnosis, my biggest struggle was finding “safe” foods that we could all eat.  I was nursing my youngest at the time and had removed all of his allergens from my diet (dairy, soy, {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 5/11/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY AND… HAPPY FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK!!! What better way to kick off the start to this {Read More}

Hidden Allergens In Your Sunscreen?

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One thing that never fails to surprise me is where I find my little men’s allergens lurking.  Food is the obvious place to look, but I also find allergens like nuts, egg, dairy, and wheat in soaps and lotions.  I know, right!?!?  It just goes to show that I must be diligent in reading EVERYTHING! Over the years I’ve managed to find “safe” soap and lotion, but sunscreen has been the biggest challenge because many sunscreens contain nut oils.  Most of the {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 5/3/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for May 3rd, 2015: On Chattanoogan.com, “Kyle Dine Concert Raises Food Allergy Awareness.”  Super excited {Read More}

Peanut Allergy Awareness Night At Victory Field

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game Take Me Out With The Crowd Buy Me Some Plentils And Nana Creme I Don’t Care If I Never Get Back… Now those SHOULD be the lyrics to the infamous, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” song!  Right?!?!? I am seriously beyond excited to announce that the Indianapolis Indians baseball team has been working very hard to create a safe environment for those living with peanut allergies.  If you love baseball and {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 4/19/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for April 19th, 2015: On BenZinga.com, “SnackSafely.com Welcomes Popchips and Winona Foods To Its Manufacturer Partnership.” {Read More}

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Shooters

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Shooters

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like cookie dough.  I can still remember as a teenager buying a roll of Toll House® Cookie Dough just to sit on the couch with my girlfriends eating it with a spoon, while watching the latest episode of Dawson’s Creek.  It’s amazing that I never got sick from either too much sugar or Salmonella. Well, if you’re like me and want a safe way to eat cookie dough or if you’re on a restricted diet {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 4/12/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for April 12th, 2015: On HuffingtonPost.com, “A Terrifying Day In The Life Of An Allergy {Read More}

Product Review & {Giveaway} Taste Guru

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I love receiving packages and fun snail mail.  Who doesn’t?  Well, what if I told you that you could receive a fun package each month that is guaranteed to be 100% gluten-free?  Fun, right?!?!? Taste Guru is a monthly subscription service that provides a fun box filled with 7-10 gluten-free items each month.  It also includes a gluten-free recipe card.  It’s a great way to guarantee the arrival of some fun mail while getting the chance to try some new {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News – 4/5/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for April 5th, 2015: On ChicagoNow.com, “Outgrowing A Peanut Allergy: Giving My Son The Best {Read More}

Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker Giveaway

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Have you ever been to a Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop?  Every location that I’ve been to has a neon sign in the window that says, “Free Smells.”  Do you know why??  It’s because they bake their bread on site.  I can’t help but walk in a take in a big whiff!  It’s glorious! I think freshly baked bread is one of the best smells in the whole world!  Everyone should get to have fresh baked bread, even those on {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 3/8/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for March 8th, 2015: On BusinessWire.com, “Enjoy Life Foods Debuts New Line Of Functional Free-From {Read More}

Content Checked: My New Food Allergy BFF

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How many times do you read a food label before you deem it “safe” for your littles?  I always read it at least twice, once at the grocery store before I drop the item into my shopping cart and once before I serve it at home.  However, now that I have two children, both whom zapped a good portion of my brain cells when they came into this world, I probably read the label more like five times.  Partly because {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 3/1/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for March 1st, 2015: On Time.com, “Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead To Fewer {Read More}

Our Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Kitchen

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Welcome to our kitchen!!  I often get questions about our set-up and how we go about keeping our little men safe while living in a blended household.  Blended, you ask?  I always describe our kitchen as blended because although my youngest can’t have peanuts and dairy (amongst other things), his big brother can.  So we don’t have a completely allergy-free kitchen, just allergy-friendly.  This is only manageable due to organization and a well-respected system. So come on in and take {Read More}

{Giveaway} I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Nana Creme!!

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I seriously can’t get enough Nana Creme!!  I first shared about Nana Creme back in October after stumbling across an article about their allergy-friendly ice cream.  After reaching out to Gina, founder  and creator of Nana Creme, she sent me a pint of each flavor (vanilla, cookie dough, strawberry, and chocolate covered banana).  Each flavor was incredible.  I couldn’t believe that they were not only top-8 free (dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut free, egg-free, fish-free, shellfish-free), but were also {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 2/15/2015

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for February 15th, 2015: On ScienceWorldReport.com, “Whole Foods’ Recall: Company Takes Back Dozen Of Items {Read More}