Food Allergy Chronicles Thanks ‘Seize The Veggies’ For The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I am honoured to have received ‘The Inspiring Blogger Award’awarded to me by Julie @ ‘Seize The Veggies’. Julie is a vegetarian blogging about delicious tips for healthy eating. Julie also has a son with a tree nut allergy.

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Here are the rules:

  • Copy and paste the Award graphic in a post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, and tell them by posting a comment on their blog.

7 Things About Me:

1.  My hair is naturally curly and I have yet to colour it.
2.  I love dogs…especially big cuddly ones…unfortuately, our dog allergies have prevented us from adopting another into our family.  If we were to adopt another, I would love to own a Portuguese Water Dog.  It was our second choice…our first dog was a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Click here to read all about our experience having a dog with our boys.
3. I love peanut butter…not just any peanut butter but all-natural crunchy peanut butter...President’s Choice Organic Crunchy. I know it seems sacrilige to be even mentioning and providing a link to this contraband in our house…but it is my ‘girls getaway’ indulgence when I visit my mother. It is one of the many sacrifices our family with multiple food allergies has made in order to provide a safe environment for both our boys with peanut/tree nut allergies.
4.  Green Tea is my favourite tea to enjoy throughout the day.
5. A Soy Latte at Starbucks is a special treat…best enjoyed in cold hockey arenas.
6.  I am thrilled to be running again…physio therapists, a chiropractor/acupunturist and physiotrist have all been a big help in my recovery.
7.  I really enjoy writing my blog, The Food Allergy Chroniclesa big thank you to all that follow me!

I urge you to please take the time to acquaint yourselves with the following bloggers living with food allergies. Living with food allergies can be very isolating…it should not be a lonely experience…we need to support each other.

Read through and be prepared to be inspired!

My list of 15 ‘Very Inspiring Bloggers’ Living With Allergy/Eczema/Asthma:

1.  A Tale of Anaphylaxis Tips & Tricks On Living With Anaphylaxis! by the Epipen Princess: Sydney, a student, with food allergiesstrawberry, pineapple, cashew and coconut…with tips and tricks to surviving day to day life tasks with anaphylaxis. Sydney is inspiring as she tackles anaphylaxis through the eyes of a student….giving students with food allergies a voice and mentor. I love her ending sentence on a post she wrote on ‘How To Emotionaly Heal After Anaphylaxis’…”Don’t cry because it happened, SMILE because you are alive!” Click here for that post.

2. The Allergista How to Manage Your Skin & Food Allergies Without Losing Sanity OR Style Points: The Allergista has a skin condition called Allergic Contact Dermatitis ( a form of eczema) is lactose intolerant, deficient in Vitamin D, wears only cotton and must avoid touching anything with nickel. She also has multiple allergies…chocolate, cashews, green, brown and white beans, spinach, canned food wheat, shellfish, ground meat, vitamins, figs, pineapple, prunes, raspberries, mussels, hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds and licorice. There is more…click here for more about The Allergista. The Allergista inspires me with her enthusiasm for life…she will be an Official Expo Blogger at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo in Chicago 2013. Click here to read more about it from The Allergista.

3. Celiac And Allergy Adventures Living a Full And Fun Life With Food Allergies And Celiac Disease:  A 30 year old who has lived with food allergies, asthma and eczema all her life and is now living gluten free. Celiac and Allergy Adventures inspires me because as she states,  ” I’m viewing this all as a positive learning experience and refuse to let these conditions take control over my  life.” It is a blog filled with personal experiences.

4.  lucys friendly foods:  A Cordon Bleu trained mom of two children with food allergies…dairy, egg, nut and sesame seed. She inspires me with all her delicious recipes…Rosemary Foccacia, Welsh Cakes and Ginger Flapjacks…I especially like all the British specialties.

5. Dairy Egg Nut: Dining out…with allergies:  as titled, the blogger writes about dining out with allergies…where they go and what they order. Dairy Egg Nut’s restaurant experiences inspires me to start ‘stepping out of our box’ and try some of their tips at our local restaurants.

6.  Intrepid Allergy Mum adventures with allergies: a mum living in Western Australia with her 5 year old son with food allergies…dairy, egg, fish, nuts, lentils and sesame. She inspires me with all her allergen friendly recipes that she creates for her son.

7.  My Eczema SkinCare Blog My Trials and Tribulations for Clearer Skin!:  The blogger hopes her experiences with her eczema, from the past 5 years, helps others find a solution to their eczema. This blogger is inspiring with her passion and candid exposure of her experiences with eczema.

8.  It’s An Itchy Little World / Eczema, allergies and asthma…oh my!: Jennifer is a mompreneur and founder of The Eczema Company. Jennifer shares her stories with her family’s battles with eczema, allergies and asthma using natural methods. Jennifer inspires me with her indepth approach to researching the best products for those suffering from eczema and inspires me with her stories of strength related to her son’s food allergies.

9.  Frugal Food Allergies:  Lindsey is a mother who believes it should not cost a fortune to cook with food allergies. Lindsey’s blog focuses on her daughter’s EoE (Eosiniphilic Esophagitus) as well as her daughter’s limited diet due to her mulitple food allergies. Click here to read about her lengthy journey. Lindsey inspires me with her positive energy, strength and determination to be there for her family.

10.  Dairy Free Diner: A blog about living with a dairy allergy in your family:  Jennifer’s son has a dairy allergy and febrile seizures and a daughter with alopecia areata…with both inheriting their father’s amblyopia. Click here to read all about the details of her journey. Jennifer blogs about her family’s trials and tribulations. Jennifer is another mother who inspires me with her strength and determination living with all the medical conditions her family faces on a daily basis.

11. Young Allergies: Magdalena has a son with eczema and food allergies…milk, soy, egg, peanuts/tree nuts. Magdalena blogs about her life with her two young boys and posts allergy friendly recipes. Magdalena inspires me as a mother of a child with food allergies that goes above and beyond to create a safe environment for her son to thrive within. Her candid honesty with her daily struggles with two young boys tugs at your ‘heart strings’. Click here for her post on ‘Struggles’.

12. Allergy Foodie-thrive with top 8 food allergens: Anu blogs about her son with food allergies…eggs, wheat , soy , dairy, nuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.  Anu’s ‘passion for the field of nutrition’ and improving the quality of life of her son…leads her to researching issues such as ingredient lists, new recipes, new products and substitute foods. Anu inspires me with her creative allergy friendly dishes and her determination to educate others on food allergies in general.

13. My 1/2 Dozen Daily: As Carla simply states, ‘Join me through the ups & downs of motherhood as I try to balance a husband, 4 kids, a cat, a handful of hobbies, my faith, homeschooling, living green & frugally in Canada all while keeping a smile on my face!’ She forgot to add…while living with eczema and food allergies (OAS)…most raw fruits, some raw vegetables, sugar, dairy, soy, cocount, peanuts/tree nuts, corn, oats and quinoa, gluten/wheat, hormones/antibiotics/pesticides, chemicals and preservatives, fish, sulphites and processed foods of any kind. Carla inspires me with all that she does for her family…her management of money, care for her children and her sewing and photography on the side to help ends meet…all the while living with the ‘puzzle’ of excema and her OAS and food allergies.

14. The Allergy Mom Life With A Child With Allergies: Melissa is the mother to two children with eczema and allergies…environmental, dairy, eggs peanuts/tree nuts. Melissa’s site is host to allergy related articles, allergy friendly recipes, an allergy forum, an allergy directory and her blog. Melissa is inspiring in all that she does to raise the awareness of food allergies with the public, as well as, navigating the world of food allergies in her daily life.

15. Jazzy Allergy Recipes Simple and delicious egg free, dairy free, and nut free recipes that everyone will love: Lori creates recipes especially for her daughter, Jazzy, with food allergies…dairy, egg and nuts. Lori inspires me with her dedication to her daughter to keep her promise…‘That I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try.’ …A theme I have noticed that resonates between all the mother’s on my list of ‘Inspiring Bloggers’.

Thank you all for inspiring me…our experiences in life give us meaning…thank you all for sharing yours!

My Sunshine Award

I am honoured to receive the Sunshine Award from Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily.

You can learn a little more about me as I answer a few questions and pass on a ‘little sunshine’ to some fellow Food Allergy Bloggers.

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Spreading a little sunshine and smiles along the way makes me happy!

1. What is your favourite colour?

Red! I have loved red since childhood. Not really sure why…but I have been drawn to red for as long as I can remember. As a result…I believe everything should have a ‘touch of red’!

2. What is your favourite animal?

This is easy…dogs! Again, I have loved dogs since childhood. My first dog was a black poodle…he was a birthday present. He lived until I finished university. My second dog was a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier…again a birthday gift. My husband and I purchased him in the spring, the year after we moved into our first house. I am allergic to dogs as our my two boys. Therefore, sadly, for health reasons, we will now live vicariously through other people’s dogs.

3. What is your favourite number?

Once again, another childhood favourite carried over into adulthood…the number 8! The number 8 is a very significant number in our family. My husband and I were both born on the 8th, we were married on the 18th, our house number is 18, my eldest son was born in the 8th month and my youngest was born in 1998.

4. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Funny how all these questions so far can be related to my childhood…lemonade! I  love to make my own lemon syrup and add sparkling water to it…yummy! It’s now my boys favourite summertime drink. I am currently enjoying a glass of sparkling water (made from our SodaStream) with lemon juice…so refreshing!

A glass of sparkling water and fresh lemon juice

5. Which do you prefer- Facebook or Twitter?

I would have to say Facebook as I do not have a Twitter account. I can barely keep up to all that goes on with Facebook…my apologies for my inability to link my blog to Facebook…I have yet to figure that out!

6. What is your passion?

Gosh…this is a hard question to limit to just one! So I will give a list of things I am passionate about: my husband, boys, family, friends, maintaining a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family, being ‘present’ for my boys, proving that although living with multiple food allergies, eczema and asthma can be a challenge they can also have many positive life changing benefits, a good book for my down time (including cookbooks and magazines!), staying positive, active and enjoying life along the way. As I tell my boys…’you have only one life to live…take care of yourself and live it well!’

Update: My brother was ‘floored’ that I did not include ‘cooking’ as one of my passions. In his words, “That was a hard question? Seriously, you did NOT say cooking!???? OMG, that is all you ever do or talk about!” He is right…so cooking has now officially been added as my number one passion!

7. Do you prefer giving or receiving presents?

I take great pleasure in the act of ‘giving’. My favourite gift to give is the gift that one is not expectiing…the ‘just because gift’. I can be spontaneous that way. It usually comes in the form of a baked good, a simple card or something that catches my eye. Knowing that you are being thought of is the real gift.

8. What is your favourite pattern?

As I sit and look around me I would have to say…floral! I am surrounded in floral tablecloths and cloth napkins. Even the purse I am now carrying around is covered in a floral pattern!

Floral table cloths and napkins

9. What is your favourite day of the week?

Friday! For many reasons…Homemade Pizza and Movie Night, my husband and I enjoy our pizza together with some wine, there is a relaxed feeling about the evening and the whole weekend lies ahead!

10. What is your favourite flower?

I love all flowers! But if I were to narrow it down to one flower…I love the beauty and simplicity of a tulip! They are one of the first flowers I see pop open in the spring and can be enjoyed indoors all season long at a reasonable price. Although, at this moment in time, I am enjoying this lovely bouquet of flowers still in bloom from Easter!

Bouquet of flowers on my dining room table

Apparantly, Matthew’s favourite flower is the For-Get-Me-Not…I did not know this. They are just starting to bloom in my garden.

Here are 5 Food Allergy Bloggers that help to ‘spread a little sunshine’ and make me smile.

1. Jennifer @ It’s An Itchy Little World is a mother of two children with eczema and food allergies. She recently made a YouTube video titled “Stuff Eczema Mamas Say” click here to view. This truly added sunshine to my day, made me smile and had me in hysterics!

2. Anu @ Allergy Foodie is a mother of a son with food allergies. She recently hit her 100th post and dedicated it to her 16-year-old niece. It was so touching to read her account of her niece’s support over the years. Click here to view. It always brings a smile to my face and a tear to my eye when I hear stories like this one!

3. Jennifer @ Dairy Free Diner has a daughter and a son. Her son has a dairy allergy. Her stories generally centre around her children…one stands out in particular for me. It is the one where her daughter writes her first story, “My Green Leprechaun In A Jar”…it is about a leprechaun granting her 4 wishes, one of which she chooses to cure her brother of his allergies. Click here to view. I found it very heartwarming. Jennifer’s interpretation of her daughter’s story definitely brought a smile to my face!

4. Lindsey @ Frugal Food Allergies has a daughter with Eosinophilic Esophagitus. Click here for a description from The Allergy Asthma Information Association (AAIA). It has been quite the journey for her daughter. It brought tears to my eyes to read Lindsey’s account of her daughter’s recent food trial and 34 skin tests! Click here to view. Lindsey’s excitement for her daughter’s growing food repertoire is contagious and brings a smile to my face!

5. Nutrimom has a son with food allergies. I first discovered Nutrimom as a guest blogger at It’s An Itchy Little World. Click here for her guest post. Nutrimom describes  herself as a mother who “cooks A LOT” …definition, “to a very great degree or extent”. She takes this definition one step further to add, “When you are the mother of a food allergic child, it’s not a trend, not a passing fad or new diet – it’s an entirely new lifestyle.” If this brought a huge smile to your face like it did to mine…then check out all these fabulous women.

All five of these Food Allergy Bloggers work hard in their kitchens, changing lifestyles, creating allergy friendly recipes and bringing ‘sunshine and smiles’ to all those lucky enough to be touched by their presence and/or stories.

We all need a little sunshine to brighten our days…have a great weekend!

My Leibster Award Recipitants

I would like to thank Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily, for nominating me for the Leibster Award.

I am truly thankful and flattered for the recognition.

Liebster is a german word & translates to “good friend” in english, so it’s a pretty special award! :)

Here are the rules!!  There are rules to receiving and accepting this award.

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.  3. Cop and Paste the Award to your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the word and love to other bloggers.
5. Have fun.

My top 5 bloggers, that I have chosen are all blogs that I follow. They are all hardworking moms documenting their journeys’ living with food allergies, eczema and/or asthma.

And the winners are…

1. Anu @ Allergy Foodie recently won 2nd place in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blogs 2011. She writes about her journey with her 6.5-year-old son with multiple food allergies. Her wonderful recipes are sure to add some extra ‘spice’ into your cooking. Food allergies include: eggs, wheat, soy, dairy, nuts, tree nut, fish and shellfish.

2. Jennifer @ It’s An Itchy Little World was also recently listed in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blogs 2011. For a complete list click here. Jennifer’s blog is a wealth of information for anyone needing to learn more about living with food allergies and eczema. She blogs about her son’s journey and adds recipes that her family enjoys.

3.  Lindsay @ Frugal Food Allergies writes about learning to live and thrive with food allergies on a budget. She writes about her daughter’s journey with Eosinophilic Esophagitus (EO), includes menu planning and delicious recipes.

4.  Magdalena @ Aiden’s Allergies writes about her journey with her son’s food allergies, her journey as a vegan and recipes her family enjoys. At 7 months, she removed her son’s food allergens from her diet (milk, soy, eggs, sesame and peanuts) and his skin cleared up. Baby number 2 is on the way! Food allergies to date include: milk, soy, eggs and peanuts.

5. Jennifer @ Dairy Free Diner writes about her journey with food allergies. Her son has a dairy allergy and has outgrown a few on the way. She writes about the many experiences she has had navigating the challenges her family have faced and also posts recipes her family enjoys.

Living with multiple food allergies, eczema and/or asthma are challenges that these moms have taken under their wing…they are living testaments that one can survive and thrive.

I am thankful to have found their sites!

I am inspired and admire these dedicated moms.

I gain strength, wisdom, hope and friendship from their blogs…I encourage anyone looking for answers in the maze of food allergies, eczema and/or asthma to check out their sites. 

The thread that weaves between us all is the thread of hope. Passion keeps this hope alive…it is what fuels me everyday. 

These moms are all worthy of the Liebster Award…congradulations to you all!