What is a School Allergy Plan & Do You Need One?

School Allergy Plans are not the norm in most of Canada, yet.  But this post gives you an idea of what they are and how they can help keep your child safe at school.

Seven Things I Wish I Knew When My Daughters Were First Diagnosed With Food Allergies

Dear Younger Me,

I see you and I know you.  You feel alone and unprepared right now.  Your helpless, precious child has been diagnosed with a severe food allergy.  You’ve already seen the power this disease has when your sweet babe became swollen beyond recognition with hives, redness and itchiness. 

Allergy-Friendly Penne Pasta Bake

Its a cold and dreary January day here in Calgary.  This is the perfect day for a comforting, warm, healthy and delicious pasta bake.  It's this kind of recipe I go-to this time of year.  This is our first year with a gluten intolerance in the family so I haven't been making as many pasta dishes lately.  But the kids have been begging for pasta so I thought I better get to it.  And I have to say, this recipe doesn't disappoint.  The kids LOVED it! 

Holiday Traditions That Don't Involve Food

Many Christmas traditions involve food.  You know, building and decorating gingerbread houses, opening chocolate candy from the advent calendar, putting milk and cookies out for Santa.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but the food focus can be REALLY hard when you’ve got a child with food allergies.  So what happens if we don’t want to focus on food-based traditions?  Or maybe we just want something a little less intensive than Elf On A Shelf?  Well, I’ve got you covered!  I’ve scoured the internet for some fun, meaningful food allergy friendly holiday traditions & activity ideas and included a few of our own traditions as well.

Packing for Our Weekend Trip With Food Allergies

Our extended family isn’t going to be able to spend Christmas together so we decided to spend a weekend together AWAY in a hotel.  We’re going to Kananaskis Lodge which is about an hour and a half away from where we live.  It’s been YEARS since we’ve been there and they’ve recently done a reno, so our whole family is really excited.  But before we get too crazy, we need to pack.  And as we all know, packing for a food allergy is a lot more daunting than just throwing in a swimsuit and change of clothes.  So to get me going I thought I’d write everything down and share it with you!