30 11, 2015

Eleven Years Old!!!

My gorgeous daughter, the reason, inspiration, and champion of this site, is eleven years old this day! I just want to take a moment to celebrate who she is and what a beautiful, kind, smart, and lovely young lady she is.

This year brings forth a whole new world of independence and a bit of a learning curve. You’ll be along for the ride, I assure you.

We have a host of new things going on that as the semester winds down (which is happening right now) I’ll be sharing with you.

I’m jotting this off right now in the moments before I run out the door to deliver two boys and a birthday girl to school.

I’ve missed you and hope you are well! Stay tuned for a fun surprise later this week!

17 09, 2015

Allergies are Only a Footnote?

"Allergies are a footnote in our biographies, not entire chapters of it" Alexandra Allen

I read a really interesting article today from Allergic Living, The Girl Who’s Allergic to Water. I really recommend checking it out, it’s a great read.

This article is actually written by the source, Miss Alexandra Allen, who has something called aquagenic urticaria. She’s a fantastic young woman and did a wonderful job explaining the ins and out of being someone who cannot tolerate being in water. Her life is quite restricted, as you can imagine, but she doesn’t let this challenging disorder hold her back. Not at all.

I read through, absolutely fascinated, and when I got to the end of the story her last sentence floored me. She eloquently puts what so many of us are trying to achieve for ourselves or the kiddos we take care of into words.

“Allergies are a footnote in our biographies, not entire chapters of it.” ~ Alexandra Allen

How amazing is that?

It kind of knocked me over the head like derp, this is what it’s all about. It’s an odd concept for me as an allergy momma. I work incredibly hard to make sure my girl is safe, included, comfortable and happy. It truly feels like my life revolves around food allergies. Probably because it does….I’m even making a career out of it come to think of it.

The Question

So all this buildup to ask you a question. I really want to know […]

12 08, 2015

Trixie Treats: Dairy-Free Marshmallowy Goodness

We’re almost back to school, August 24th to be exact! I’m so excited and terrified at the same time. Maya will be in intermediate school, which is a whole new experience with a whole different level of people. I’m now a junior in the Dietetics program at Texas Woman’s University. Woo! The past school year was a steep but very pleasant learning curve for us in a new city with new schools and I look forward to sticking in the same place and putting down roots, however shallow they may be.

Speaking of back to school time, I don’t know about you, but every.single.time…. my kiddos come home from school the first thing I hear when we get in the door is my youngest asking me ‘What’s for get home snack?’. Usually it’s something like fruit, carrots, or simply a spoonful of safe nut/seed butters because I’m usually just getting home from school myself.

Trixie Treats Dairy-Free

Sometimes I up the ante a bit when I have a touch of time or inspiration and come up with something a little more interesting.

This recipe certainly fits the bill. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s safe for everybody in our house. It also makes a huge amount, so you’ll have treats on hand for days.

Maya can’t remember having rice krispy treats ever in her life. She has, for the record (second birthday cake after food allergy diagnosis).

Anyway, early this summer, while walking through the store with […]