The Book Club Salad

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I host a book club every month for women from my church and always provide food.  It’s generally a mixture of sweet and salty food with a sprinkle of healthy.  We laugh, we cry, we eat, and we chat for hours on end.  It is one of my most favorite days each month. The food selection varies from month to month.  I often choose a pinterest recipe that I’ve been dying to try knowing that if it totally flops, i {Read More}

Planning A Disney Trip? Erin Is Here To Help!

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One of the greatest challenges for food allergy families is vacation.  Vacation planning is met with great anxiety as you attempt to answer the basic, uppermost questions:  Where will we go?  Where can we stay? Where will we eat?  How will we get there? Over the years, we’ve taken a handful of trips with our little men.  Hands down, Walt Disney World is the best place to go.  Why?  Well, they truly GET food allergies.  There isn’t a restaurant on {Read More}

SunButter Popcorn

SunButter Popcorn

We LOVE SunButter at our house!  Although my oldest can have peanut butter, we rarely eat it since my youngest has a peanut allergy.  I’m so grateful to have a peanut butter substitute that tastes, smells and looks similar.  SunButter is that, and so much more, for us! You know what I love almost as much as I love SunButter??  Popcorn!  I recently purchased a Hot Air Popcorn Maker and love it!  My little men love to watch the kernels {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 6/14/2015

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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 June 14th, 2015: On TimesLive.Co.Za, “Allergy Fears Hurt Rich Kids.” This story hit my {Read More}

Homemade Fruit Rollups

Homemade Fruit Rollups

My little men love fruit snacks and fruit rollups.  Only problem is that most products that I find on store shelves contain lots of chemicals and dyes.  YUCK!  So I set out to make my own – I mean, how hard could it be?? Turns out it is SUPER easy and the flavor is incredible!!  Who Knew???  I started with a strawberry fruit rollup (aka fruit leather) because we had just returned from the strawberry patch and I had WAY {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 6/7/2015

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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 June 7th, 2015: On StrokeSentinel.co.uk, “Mum to Skydive For Daughter With Allergies.” I love {Read More}

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

Breville Bread Maker Giveaway

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}