life

One thing that I value with this blog is always being honest and authentic. I don’t want to paint the picture of a perfectly organized life in which we eat healthy, organic, painstakingly made meals every night. Organization helps me stay sane, so you may see more of that than some have, but it is still so far from perfect. If you’ve read any recipes, you know I’m all about efficiency when it comes to meal prep. What I’m telling you now is that the $100 grocery challenge just isn’t working for us. It was a really nice idea. One of those that you’d surely

epipens are used to stop an anaphylaxis

Today I’m here to talk to you about what a reaction looks like. This is a post I’ve debated writing for a long time. It’s really personal and it’s really hard to relive. I’ve also feared being judged for writing about it. What ultimately has me here is that I know that so many other stories and messages helped us make the right decision and ultimately saved Ollie’s life. Messaging about epinephrine use and reaction response from organizations like FARE, Red Sneakers for Oakley, End Allergies Together, and Elijah’s Echo (just to name a few) are forever engrained in my mind and surely helped us. If

toddler standing in front of the starts of his thankful tree

Halloween is behind us and just like that we are thrown into the next round of holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas can be hard when it comes to food allergies. For us, Christmas Eve is the most stressful as it involves a huge family gathering with a lot of unsafe food. Ollie has always been totally fine, but it’s just the one where I feel a little more on edge. None the less, it’s a favorite memory of mine as a child and we will make sure it can safely be the same for Ollie. During a sometimes crazy and stressful holiday season, I love this

parents who need a break spend a night in this room at the Stoweflake

Disclaimer: I worked with The Stoweflake to bring you this post, however, all opinions are my own! I’m finally sitting down to write this post, coming off one of the craziest weeks in our life. Erik recently had an emergency surgery and hospital stay. He is home now and recovering well, but the craziness of the last few days was not lost on any of us, Ollie especially. He had an understandably hard time with everything. Like the rest of us, he needed a break. you need a break Food allergy parents for sure need a break from time to time. They probably need a

We created a food allergy binder to keep Ollie safe at school

I’ve created a food allergy binder for Ollie’s school. We have an amazing team behind us. After a rough start to the preschool journey, I’m thankful we are where we are. It certainly hasn’t been an easy process but I feel as confident as I can with things starting next week. I’m hoping this food allergy binder makes it easier for everyone involved. Also, when I get stressed, I organize. This might be the most organized binder you’ve ever seen. We also have our own copy of the food allergy binder at home. It is really nice to have one place to go for all