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I have to say... I really am enjoying the extra time I have in the mornings now! It was so hard to do much of anything when Joey was only in school for 3 hours. But today I took the girls out for a long walk and it felt amazing to be honest. We also made a pit stop at the playground of course! 👭
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The last few months have been all about the kids, then add the worry of Claire’s allergies and it became easy to lose myself. As a mom we always want to put our children first, but it really is important to not always put yourself on the back burner. To realize it’s OK to be a little selfish at times. 💕
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I suffered from postpartum anxiety after delivering both girls and thanks to this food allergy journey we are now on, anxiety has just become a part of my daily life. Today I realized how important it is to fuel that energy into something positive because for nearly two hours my mind felt free, my shoulders less heavy, my headache was gone and my girls were happy! 💕✌🏼

I could learn a lot from this girl of mine. Her entire life we have told her avoid eggs, check the ingredients, you can’t eat that but we’ll make it special without eggs for you at home. Since before I can remember, we’re talking even before 2 years old, she’d ask people to read the ingredients before feeding her anything and in her sweet little squeaky voice say “I can’t have eggs or nuts.” But then today, after that being engrained in her head all these years she sits here with an eager smile on her face and complete and utter trust in her Mama (who was basically putting on an Oscar nominated role in not freaking out) and her doctor, because (something else she has learned) we trust our doctors and they have our best interest in mind. Her outlook is bright and without hesitation (well maybe a little bc #rulefollower habits don’t break that easily) and ate 3 doses of a muffin baked with egg in it. She was so brave, so happy and always smiling. After the 3rd dose she developed hives and a red/hot itchy ear so we stopped. Our answer was loud and clear at that moment that this girls’ egg allergy is the real deal even in baked goods. But we would have never known had we not tried! So now our plan moving forward isn’t an easy one but it’s one that will ultimately be her safeguard throughout her life (and Lola’s too). We will be starting both girls in OIT (Oral immunotherapy) for peanuts and adding eggs to Joie’s as well. For 5-6 months we will make the 1.5 hr drive down to Sarasota for weekly appointments with our allergist for “updoses” and the goal is to reach maintenance for each of the girls’ allergens! This means (depending on how they take to the treatment) they may be cleared for free eating of it but at the very least they’ll be safeguarded if cross contamination ever occurred!! I will take you all on this journey with us and I pray for a smooth ride for my girls! Oh what a day!! Oh, and her shirt was totally for me! I had to talk myself out of several anxiety attacks in the process! #anxietymama #oit #foodallergies #kidallergies

Almost ready for my events Friday at Reesors in Stouffville and Saturday The Mommy Social in Richmond Hill at Richvale Community Centre. So excited to share my yummy allergy friendly baked goods with everyone!!🙏😁😁❤️❤️ .
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Can you imagine a job where you can take your son to a business meeting outside?? My good friend and author for allergy books for kids, @author_michelle.nel is working on her latest book ‘School Rules’. She is so passionate about raising awareness for children that she is now a spokesperson for @medicalertfoundation and teaches the ‘no child without’ program. Stay tuned for her upcoming workshop with our OASG chapter! So proud of her- keep spreading awareness Michelle!! 🌈✨👏 #nochildwithout #epipen #medicalertcanada #allergyawareness #connectprotect #kidswithallergies #foodallergies #education #advocacy 💙

Today's #thursdaythoughts brought to you by CBS News, the amazing Dr. @alissa.hersh and me 😳 So happy to be a part of a national news story on getting back to school for kids with food allergies. See the link in my bio for the full article and story. This is a topic I am so passionate about. After my youngest had an anaphylactic reaction requiring me to use his EpiPen, I've become that much more vigilant in creating a dialogue about food allergies. Education is key for families with food allergies and all other school age children. Some things you can do to help:
✔️ Find out who's allergic in your child's class. Putting together a class WhatsApp group will help to create a dialogue so everyone can stay informed and aware. Don't assume people remember year to year that your kid has allergies. Parents and teachers need to be reminded.
✔️ Check labels and avoid known allergens. Try sending safe snacks and meals even if your child or school don't require it. Don't send food with hidden allergens (ex. cookies made with nut butter). ✔️ Talk to your kids about not sharing/trading snacks. What used to be a common rite of passage should really be avoided and discouraged. What's safe for your child may be deadly for someone else's. ✔️ Know how to give an EpiPen and don't be afraid to use it! **The EpiPen SAVED MY CHILD'S LIFE!** Plain and simple. I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping them in a dedicated spot, making sure they are up to date, that all family members and caregivers can use them, and not being afraid to do so. My 3 year old remembers getting sick. He remembers the EMTs and the hospital. He remembers exactly what he ate. He remembers not breathing. The one thing he doesn't remember? Me shooting him with the EpiPen. He only remembers that he felt better. Here's to a happy and healthy school year for all of our kids 😘

May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.
Xan Oku .
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I have had my fair share of loss and heartache. I have worked jobs that caused lots of unnecessary stress. I have wondered if I would ever find my purpose. I have tried and failed a hundred times. .
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But looking back.... it all made me who I am today. I am stronger. I am tougher. And I have found my purpose. .
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Would I give anything to have my Dad back?? ABSOLUTELY!! But, the pain and utter shock of losing him only made my mission in life stronger. And his love and memory still push me towards my goals today. .
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So if you are struggling with the season of life you are in - keep pushing. Don’t give up. You WILL get through it. And I am always here for you. ❤️ #gracegritgrow

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A yummy little #allergyfriendlytreat from @starbucksuk for this one whilst doing the #backtoschool shop. I was nervous about this as the #Maycontain info said eggs, dairy, peanut, pistachio and cashew but Lois was so desperate to try it so we did the arm, cheek, lip, tiny bit in her mouth test and all was well. It’s so hard to get the balance between being safe and not wanting her to be scared to eat anything but I figured we were at a shopping centre RIGHT in front of a hospital and i was prepped with #antihistamines and her #epi-pen. Some may think it’s reckless and I understand why but growing up with allergies too I’d like to think I’m fairly well educated on these things!
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Come check out the Mommy Social in Richmond Hill at the Richvale Community Centre Saturday August 18th. Bring the family it’s going to be so much fun!! There will be so many great vendors!. Come and try some samples of my delicious organic non-gmo allergy friendly baked goods you will love them! 😁🍪
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Healthy food that kids will actually eat? Most parents would go to the moon and back for the secret! 🍏🍌🥦🥑🥕🍠 I love this picture of young Nancy Noodles munching on my Double Choc Cookie Sandwiches. The cookies are made from a base of healthy oats and sunflower seeds - filled with lush Raspberry Nana Nicecream which is simply made from raspberries and banana! Recipes like this are at the heart of my new cookbook The Good Stuff which you can pre-order from Amazon for only £14. Link in profile to learn more. #thegoodstuffcookbook

Lunch today was chicken salad wraps on the deck. I’d love to say it’s because it’s nice to eat in the serenity of outdoors. But it’s mostly because a 7 month old and 3 year old throw their lunch all over the house. And I don’t enjoy picking chicken tidbits and smushed tomato out of the carpet.
I used our chef Ashton wrap recipe (we eat them fried as roti with our curries 🙌) but whizzed up a handful of greens into the water to make green ones! The best soft bendy gluten free, egg free wraps.

We have grown accustomed to breaking walls and barriers in the food allergy community. With our unique approach, the Tolerance Induction Program challenged the widely accepted concept of food avoidance many years ago. We are proud to provide a treatment plan that is 100% tailored to your child’s unique system. With data and diagnostics at the heart of what we do and the foundation of an increasingly more effective program, a centralized data and diagnostics laboratory will ensure the continued safety and security of the TIP for each of our future centers as well as the promise of even more efficient treatment protocols for graduates and future patients. We continue to grow for you! With that, we decided to break down a few more walls – and windows—but this time, for a special delivery! Here’s a sneak peak of the very first Food Allergy Diagnostics Laboratory in the world, coming to The SoCal Food Allergy Institute in October 2018!

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It's official.
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Bubba tested positive for dairy and eggs! 😭 Both soy and peanuts were negative. 🙏🙏
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This is good for us because many dairy alternatives are soy based. So we might be able to look into soy milk and soy formulas when the time comes. Eggs... Well... We are bummed, but because of what we have learnt through the past 6 weeks we don't feel completely sidelined. I said, "Looks like we're going vegan, bubba!" and Mr That Allergy Life said, "I didn't see a steak allergy there!" 😂😂🥩👅
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I'm feeling calm and positive now I have some concrete information. Looking forward to our allergy specialist getting these results and seeing if working up the dairy or egg ladders will be a thing. In the meantime, does anyone have any favourite dairy and egg free recipes?
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These delivery meals have been something I needed for a while. I've tried a few companies and I really like this one. My daughter has food allergies on top of being a picky eater (most kids are!) So I was excited to give her something new and yummy•


So tonight I tried #homechef #chickenpalliard and it came out delicious! Listen... I'm no where near a chef but if it counts, all my exes miss my cooking 🙄😋•


Meal deets: It took about 40 minutes to prepare and the roasted broccoli was the star of the show. I've never eaten broccoli tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper but I'll never eat it any other way again! Parmesan, parsley, garlic, Roma tomatoes, olive oil, fresh broccoli, shallots, fresh 🍋 and we're done. Swipe for my daughter actually eating and enjoying tonight's meal! •

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Thursday lunchbox >>> Ben has requested a ham sandwich and carrot and apple ‘chips’. Cheetos and pretzels for recess.
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James is starting Preschool! Omgoodness how time has passed by so fast! I just did a practice lunch I packed for him. Since I won’t be there to help him and no one else will because he needs to be independent.. I had him open his lunch box and all the lids to the containers. I didn’t realize how hard some of the packages were for a 3 year old to open! Check out these wonderful food Keepers I bought at The Container Store they have easy to open lids! Not pictures is a drink because we want to make sure our kids stay hydrated!! #keeper #thecontainerstore #lunchideas #preschool #preschoollunch #lunchideasforkids #snacks #lunch #school #schoollunch #vegan #healthy #healthyliving #veggie #vegetarian #dairyfree #eggfree #kidswithallergies

Only 3 days left!! 😁🍪❤️Piece Love Enjoy! Is popping up once again at Reesors in Stouffville August 17th 11-3pm!! Looking forward to seeing you all again. Please come check it out and pick up some allergy friendly school safe delicious healthy treats🙏
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