Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

EpiPen Warning

Pfizer Canada, distributor of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr  autoinjectors, has issued a warning about the correct way to remove the blue safety cap on the devices.

"It has recently come to our attention that removal of the blue safety cap the wrong way by pulling it sideways or bending and twisting it off may prevent the device from working properly and potentially result in failure to deliver the drug," the company said in a release Thursday.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Candy Cane Cocoa

If you're looking for a quick last minute homemade gift for someone on your list, how about making a jar of allergy-friendly Candy Cane Cocoa?  You can never go wrong with chocolate and mint in my opinion!

Candy Cane Cocoa
1 cup Dari-Free powder
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
1/2 cup mini marshmallows (optional)

Layer each ingredient in an airtight jar.  Makes 1 quart of mix = 12 servings.  Create a tag to attach to the jar with these instructions: Mix contents in large bowl.  For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water.  Store remaining mix in the airtight jar.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chef Cards

A Chef Card can be a very helpful tool in communicating with restaurant staff about your food allergies. Depending on how you customize your personal card, it can list the foods you are allergic to, alternative names for your allergens, and/or how to safely prepare your food to avoid cross-contamination. Of course you should always ask to speak directly to the manager or chef to ensure their full understanding.

Here is a list of websites where you can either make your own Chef Card to print out or order premade cards. One site listed below even has translation cards available to use when traveling.  (Translation cards)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wisconsin Epi-Pen Law

School children in Wisconsin are now allowed to carry their Epi-Pens on their bodies! Luckily our school has always allowed my son to self-carry his life-saving medication, but this new law should help many families whose schools haven't been nearly as understanding!

Monday, November 21, 2011

"A" is for Allergic!

A Sesame Street segment on allergies!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Carnival Photos

Costume Contest - 1st place!

Costume Contest -  Runner-Up!

Craft Table

Snow Cones


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monster Mouth Apples

With Halloween almost here, why not surprise your little pumpkin with a spooky treat for an after school snack today! 

Monster Mouth Apple Bites
Cut an apple into quarters.  Cut a wedge on the skin side to resemble an open mouth.  Cut mini marshmallows into little triangle teeth and attach to the apple with Sunbutter or soybutter.  Use a fruit roll-up to make the tongue. 

*The teeth can also be made with slivered almonds (if your child isn't allergic) or small slices of carrot stuck into the apple.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Carnival



DATE: OCTOBER 28, 2011

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.



If you are interested in donating prizes or volunteering to run a game please email

Petition to Update FALCPA

Sign this petition to update the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004 to include sesame and mustard seeds!  FALCPA petition

More information:

We would like to request that the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Title II of Public Law 108-282), also known as FALCPA, be extended to include labeling of items containing sesame seeds and mustard seeds.

Sesame seed, for example, is sometimes hidden in ingredients, under the name "tahini", "spices", or "natural flavoring". Individuals with food allergies need to know exactly what is contained within a food product, for the sake of their health and safety. Approximately 3 million Americans are affected by sesame allergies and accidental exposures can be fatal, for some.

Food allergies are on the rise, now affecting 1 in 13 children, in the U.S., according to the latest study sponsored by the Food Allergy Initiative.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

EpiPen Study

A study done by Air Force doctors has found that at least 95% of the medicine from an EpiPen is injected regardless of whether you hold the needle in for 1 or 10 seconds.  This is very reassuring news for anyone who might panic and pull the needle out sooner then the recommended 10 seconds.

Study shows most get right dose from EpiPen

Monday, October 3, 2011

FAI - College Survey

The Food Allergy Initiative is looking for undergrads to take a survey about living with food allergies at college.  The survey will help gain insight on what issues are important to them, how they handle their food allergies, and what others can do to help.  If you know any young college students, please send this link to them!

Deputy helps 4-year-old

The parents of this 4-year-old were unaware that their child had a tree nut allergy, but luckily a deputy knew the signs of anaphylaxis and called for medical help immediately. A happy ending to what could have been a tragic story!

"Within 15 minutes of having taking the first bite of a brownie, that she didn't even like, we were in the back of an ambulance," said Marianne Glaser, Katie Ann's mother. "That's when her lips started swelling, and she broke out in the body hives, and (her nose) just started running and her eyes got red and (there was) facial swelling."

Upstate Deputy Credited For Helping 4-Year-Old

Monday, September 26, 2011


Epi-Inject is a new concept for epinephrine autoinjectors which are not yet available on the market.  I like that these not only are equipped with audio instructions but also include a count down timer to help you through the very stressfull situation of giving yourself or someone else an injection during an anaphylactic reaction.

Epi-Inject Article

"The Epi-Inject is a series of both personal and public emergency adrenaline injectors that provide an easy, non-jabbing method of treatment for even the most inexperienced to administer. The personal injector is a small 3-inch by 2-inch device that can be attached to any bag or backpack using the integrated carabiner. Users simply have to press the spring-loaded button and the adrenaline is administered immediately through the injector. The public injector is a larger device designed to be installed at restaurants, schools, parks or any other place where an allergic reaction may occur."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Something to Think About

A couple of days ago I was browsing through a food allergy message board and read a story from a mom whose child had recently had an allergic reaction while at school. While the mom was happy with how the school staff responded and followed the child’s Action Plan (gave EpiPen, called 911, then called the mom) she realized that she had no contingency plan set up for what would then happen regarding her other children.

While we mostly focus our time, energy, and thought into setting up the plan of action for the school to take, do we tend to forget the other factors involved when one of our children has an allergic reaction?

For example…

· Who will pick up your other children at the school, bus stop, or home? Perhaps a neighbor, close friend, or family member? Make a list of people you can rely on to pick up your other children and go over the emergency plan with them.

· Do any of your other children have food allergies? Be sure these friends or neighbors also know what to do in case of an allergic reaction!

· Have all contact phone numbers entered into your cell phone so you aren’t frantically looking through a phone book or trying to remember someone’s number while riding in the ambulance or at the hospital when all you really want to be doing is giving all of your attention to your frightened child having the allergic reaction.

· Give a list of these contacts (with their permission) to the school in case they need to call someone to pick up your other children for you.

· Who will pick you up and drive you home from the ER if you rode in the ambulance with your child? Unfortunately sometimes we are not able to reach our spouses while they are at work.

Can you think of anything else we should be thinking about for an emergency plan? Please feel free to leave a comment!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Food Allergy Printables

Head over to and check out the FREE food allergy labels and posters you can print out. You can print them on sticker paper or laminate them to use as stickers, classroom door posters, or school and lunch bag tags!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

First Kiss PSA from Anaphylaxis Canada

A Public Service Announcement from Anaphylaxis Canada about the "first kiss" when you have food allergies. Definitely a must have conversation we should all be having with the pre-teen group!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Is Your School Allergy Ready?

FAAN recently sent out to its members this wonderful online training course geared towards managing food allergies and anaphylaxis in the school setting. Check it out and then send the link on to your child's principal and teachers!

Back to School Interactive Game

Play this Back to School game from the AAAAI and help prepare your child with asthma and/or allergies for the school year!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Intelliject (previously called EpiCard) is getting closer to being available on the market. Hopefully this will mean that teenagers will be more willing to carry their life-saving medication with them at all times if it will easily fit into their pocket!

2011 Food Allergy Awareness Walk

Join us for the 6th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Walk! The paved 1.5 mile walk raises funds for Food Allergy Awareness and Education Programs in Wisconsin. FAAW is a group of adults, teens, and parents of children living with Food Allergies. Allergen Friendly vendors will be there to showcase products. Also, a Silent Auction and kid's activities. Registration is free and walkers will receive goodie bags.

Information about pre-registration for individuals or teams can be found at . Free event and donations are encouraged. You may also register the day of the event.

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011
FREE Registration: 9:00am
Walk Start: 10:30am
Location: Warner Park, Madison, WI

Honorary Chair is John Stofflet, News Anchor of NBC-15

Friday, July 29, 2011

Medications at School

Make sure your child's school knows the medication laws!

What is Breathe: It’s The Law?
A campaign to make sure students in EVERY state can carry and self-administer their life-saving asthma and anaphylaxis medications. AANMA spearheaded this campaign with support from volunteers and legislators in every state.

Why is it important?
Every school year students die because they were unable to get to their asthma or anaphylaxis medications on time. The medications were locked in a nurse’s cabinet or stowed away in a place too far to get to when the student needed them. Minutes count when asthma or anaphylaxis strikes. Students need to carry these medications on them, know when and how to use them — and then do it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

EpiPen poster

This photo and description kind of says it all in terms of how many parents feel when their children receive an invite to a birthday party.

What "birthday party" invitations look like in the minds of parents managing children with food allergies. Educate yourself on what 'trace amounts' mean so you can understand instead of thinking parents are being overly-protective.

July Meeting

Please Join Us for Our July Meeting!!

When: July 19, 2011
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Holy Cross Lutheran School - 2670 Milwaukee Street Madison
Speaker: Tess O'Brien-Heinzen
Topic: Covered topics will include 504 plans, Individual Health Plans (IHP), and preparing your child and school for upcoming year.

If you have any questions you would like answered at the meeting please forward them to

Article about Food Allergies and the Law written by Tess.

RSVP: Sheree' Godwin at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Go Mallards!

Join FAAW at the "New Duck Pond"
for an Allergen Friendly Night of Fun!

Allergen Friendly Baseball Game
Madison Mallards at Warner Park, Madison, WI
with Post-game Fireworks

Saturday, June 18th
Time: 6:05

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to come along!

Use code "Allergy"

Order Mallards Tickets

Children 5 and younger will gain admission to the ballpark for free -

See flyer for ticket information and details.
Mallards Allergen Friendly Baseball Game

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cake Decorating Class Pictures and Video

Last night I taught a cake decorating class for anyone interested in our group in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week. The techniques I demonstrated ranged from how to get a smoothly frosted cake, how to correctly hold a decorating bag, how to use many different types of decorating tips, how to decorate a shaped cake with the star tip, and how to create a frozen buttercream transfer. I had lots more tips, tricks, and techniques that I would have liked to share, but just didn't have enough time to do it all. Be on the lookout for possibly several more cake decorating classes to be held over this summer with each class focusing on a different decorating style!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FAAW Coloring Contest

Calling all Wisconsin Kids! Are you one of the 3 million U.S. children living with food allergies? Do you have a friend, classmate, or sibling who is? Whether you have a food allergy or not, this contest is for you! It's not too late to help the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (FAAW) promote education and awareness during national Food Allergy Awareness Week taking place May 8 to May 14. Join the millions of people all across the country who are participating in activities inspired by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and other organizations that share the same mission.

FAAW’s coloring contest is easy and fun. Simply draw a picture on the form provided of yourself and/or someone you know who is impacted by food allergies. It can be your best friend, your baseball team, your grandparents or anyone special! Knowing how to safely manage food allergies is always important, but remember, there are many other (more exciting) things to know and learn about too! Your artwork should show what other things are important in your life that help make you and your pals unique! Do you like horseback riding, swimming, or going to the park? Whatever it is, show us how you and your friends and family stay safe and have fun in spite of food allergies.

Win great prizes including movie passes, gift cards and more! All contest participants will be entered to win a random drawing of fun and exciting giveaway items.

Send your entries marked FAAW Color Contest to the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin, 2722 Union Street, Madison, WI 53704 by MAY 15, 2011. Color scans can also be emailed to Don’t forget to write your name, address and phone number on the back of your entry! We’ll call you if you are one of our lucky winners. (All winners will be posted on FAAW’s Facebook Fan page.)

Monday, May 9, 2011

EpiPen and Inhaler Carriers

Here is an updated list of EpiPen and/or inhaler carriers I have found on the web. My son's favorite EpiPen carrier at the moment is the Spibelt. He is very active and we have found that this belt not only stays in place while he is running without bouncing around much, but it is also made of extremely stretchy material and can expand to hold 2 EpiPens or an EpiPen and inhaler plus a few Benadryl FastMelts. You can also order an extra "pocket" to attach to the Spibelt to hold an inhaler, cell phone, or other items.

EpiPen Carriers


Adorn handbag and messenger bag

Allergy Haven





Epinephrine Mate


FRIO wallets (keep medications cool)

KozyEpi EpiPen and Puffer Pouches


Omaxcare Leg Buddy & Asthma Pal

Safety Sack

Peace of Mind Allergy Solutions (Custom made EpiPen carriers)

Take In Case


Concealed EpiPen (Waist Pal, Waist Buddy, Leg Buddy)


Allergy Essentials


Allergy Apparel (epipen & inhaler carriers)

Felted EpiPen Carrier/Case

Autoinjector Duo Pouch w/ badge

Epi-Access Teacher Case

Icy Diamond Totes


One Spot Allergy

Protectube (waterproof case)

Waterproof bags

Inhaler Carriers




Inhaler Wallet

Inhaler Mate

The Doser



Med-Ready Puffer Tote

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cake Decorating Class

In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week we will be offering a free cake decorating class for our members!

What: Cake Decorating Class

Where: Holy Cross Lutheran School
2670 Milwaukee st

When: May 12th at 6:30 PM

Are you interested in learning how to decorate amazing cakes for your loved ones with food allergies? Come join us for a fun hands-on class where you will learn tips and techniques to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and cookies just like the pros! Bring your own cake (made specifically for your allergen set) to decorate and take home to share with your family or just practice some frosting techniques on the sugar cookies we will provide.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions you may contact Vicki Horton at Please RSVP!

*provided sugar cookies and frosting will be dairy, egg, peanut, and tree nut free.*

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Motherhood

On April 5, 2011, parents came to TheMotherhood to talk about their anxieties and fears in dealing with their children’s food allergies, and – most importantly – to give each other support and recognize they weren’t alone.

On hand to lead the Talk were Lori Sandler, founder of Divvies Bakery and author of The Divvies Bakery Cookbook, and clinical psychologist Dr. Jules Spotts, Ph.D.

As participant Gina Rau said, “It's never easy, but there are so many ways to make it easier.” By sharing ideas and offering support, our conversation in TheMotherhood brought that sentiment to life!

Managing the Anxiety Often Associated with Food Allergies

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Potting Soil May Contain Nuts

Spring is finally here and many green-thumbs are looking forward to starting their gardens soon! If this sounds like you, beware that some potting soils contain peanuts and/or tree nuts, and in most cases the full list of ingredients are not included on the label. Check out this blog post abut an allergy mom who contacted a couple of companies that make potting soil to find out what they had to say... Food Allergy Families Blog

Saturday, March 19, 2011

AAAAI News Release

This article looks at a study which suggests that children who started out with moderate to severe eczema are less likely to outgrow their milk or egg allergy.

Children with More Severe Eczema Less Likely to Outgrow Milk, Egg Allergy

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Milk Desensitization Article

Here is an interesting article following the journey of a family whose son went through milk desensitization. On one hand, I'd love nothing more than for my own son to overcome his own very severe milk allergy, but at the same time I think I would be very hesitant to put him (and myself!) through such an emotional roller coaster with no guarantee of a happy ending. What are your thoughts?

34 Weeks to a Milk Miracle

Friday, February 25, 2011

Chipotle coupon

Chipotle Mexican Grill happens to be one of our favorite restaurants (out of a select few!)that we feel we can eat safely at with our food allergic son. There are no eggs, peanuts, or tree nuts used in any of their food and the only items containing milk are the cheese and sour cream...which is easy enough to avoid.

For a limited time on Facebook, if you Like "America's Next Great Restaurant" (an upcoming TV show) and watch a 90 second preview of the show, you will be able to print a coupon for a FREE Burrito, Bowl, Taco, or Salad with the purchase of another!

New variety of Sunbutter

Fargo, ND (Febr uary 9, 2011) – Red River Commodities introduces a new SunButter® product to their current line of peanut-free, tree-nut free, gluten-free sunflower butter spreads. SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy is planned to be introduced nationally in February.

SunButter spreads are a delicious, healthy alternative to peanut butter and proven to be an excellent choice for people with peanut allergies. The distinctive robust sunflower flavor and creamy texture also makes SunButter ideal as a delicious change of pace for snacking and baking. It can be used in a wide range of recipes that call for peanut butter.

SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy offers the same great flavor and superb nutritional
value as SunButter Natural but with the added convenience of No-Stir. Like other
natural nut or seed butters, current SunButter products separate, with the natural
sunflower oil rising to the top. This requires consumers to stir the product before use, making it less convenient and potentially messy for kids. SunButter has developed a new proprietary formulation and manufacturing process that delivers a rich, creamy texture without having to stir. "The New No-Stir product has the same great taste as Natural Creamy, but is much easier to use. My kids can use it without my help and baking with SunButter is simpler than ever," states Donna Ranner, a devoted SunButter consumer for the past 5 years.

Health conscious consumers have also been tapping into the benefits of this protein packed sunflower seed spread. One serving offers seven grams of protein, and SunButter has 1/3 less saturated fat, twice the fiber and more iron than the typical peanut butter. Sunflower seeds are also packed with vitamin E and more nutrients than any other nuts or seeds.

With the prevalence of peanut allergies and healthy eating initiatives on the rise,
SunButter expects sales and distribution to continue to increase in 2011. When asked to comment on peanut allergies and the new No-Stir product, Vice President of Marketing, Dan Hofland states, “We are not only seeing a rise in the incidence of peanut allergies, but also in the awareness of both parents and schools about the need to find effective solutions. I have long encouraged parents of children with peanut allergies to substitute SunButter for peanut butter. This allows their kids enjoy the same types of sandwiches, snacks and treats as other kids with a taste they love and nutrition thats superior to peanut butter. I’m particularly excited about the new No-Stir product, because it eliminates the barrier that some parents and kids have had using SunButter.”

In addition to simply replacing peanut butter in snacks and sandwiches, SunButter has a wide range of recipes and other uses. To get delicious and easy recipes and learn more about SunButter, go to

Red River Commodities is a Fargo, ND based company that provides peanut-free,
gluten-free and tree-nut free products to consumers. In 2003, Red River Commodities
developed a peanut-free and tree-nut free substitute for peanut butter, which became
known as SunButter. To learn more about SunButter, visit or call

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day with Food Allergies

Many people think Valentine's day and automatically think chocolate, candy, cards, oh yea and LOVE.
Well for the food allergic person you think is there a safe candy or chocolate I can give my child, or some may think I need to find a safe treat for my child's class, or friend with food allergies.

Well there are some great companies that offer allergen free treats:

  • Peanut Free Planet , is a online retailer with a wide variety of treats perfect for Valentine's Day.
  • Divvies makes cupcakes, and other goodies that are allergen free

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Food Allergy Initiative

Food Allergy Initiative Click on link to see video

Awareness starts with you.

For many sports fans, watching a sporting event and eating peanuts
go hand in hand. But for children with food allergies, watching a
game in close proximity to nuts can turn a fun event into a
difficult and even life threatening experience.

To help create a safe and fun environment for those dealing with
food allergies, the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (FAAW)
has partnered with the UW Athletic Department to create two
“Allergy Friendly” Badger games at the Kohl Center this winter.

The events mark the second year of the partnership. Madison.
Modeled after similar events held by the Minnesota Twins and other
professional sports franchises, UW Athletics will make a number of
special accommodations, including restricting the sales of peanuts
and concessions items containing nuts, and taking special cleaning

Both the women's basketball game That was in December, and the
women's hockey game vs. North Dakota at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February, 13
have both been designated as "Allergy Friendly”.

During the two events, all concession stands at the Kohl Center
will remove food items that could induce an allergic reaction
including: shelled and un-shelled peanuts, candy with nuts, caramel
corn with nuts and ice cream with nut products.

Patrons with food allergy concerns can also view an ingredient list
for the concession stands' most popular food items. In addition,
certain sections will receive an elevated level of cleaning to
ensure a safer environment for affected patrons to sit in.

FAAW advocates on behalf of Madison and Dane County families with
food allergies, holding events and coordinating educational
efforts. Those affected by food allergies can suffer life-
threatening reactions if they accidentally ingest, or come in
contact with, certain foods.

The group is especially grateful to UW Athletics for this fan-
friendly stance, says Sheree' Godwin, president of the group.

“Nut allergies are a serious and life-threatening concern,” says
Sheree’ Godwin. “The hundreds of families in our organization
continue to be thankful to UW Athletics for their understanding and

Despite these accommodations, fans with food allergies are still
encouraged to use normal precautions, as these designated games
cannot be guaranteed to be 100 percent allergy free.

Families with food allergies are being offered a special ticket
offer for each game. For this special event, adult ticket prices
will be priced at [$1 and $1 for both youth/senior tickets.] This
offer is only available online by visiting, clicking
on the Badger Ticket Center and entering promotional code ALLERGY.
This offer is not available on game day.

For More information about FAAW Visit:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Managing Food Allergies in the School Setting

Managing Food Allergies in the School Setting is a 20-minute educational video created by FAAN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health, the National Association of School Nurses, and the National School Boards Association. In the video, children, parents, school nurses, school principals, and others offer guidance to help schools better manage this emerging school health issue.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Day In The Life - Video

This video was created by a group of New Zealand mothers for Allergy Awareness Week last year.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rudi's coupon

Go to to print a $1.oo off coupon for any Rudi's gluten-free bread! (Also happens to be dairy-free!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Allergen Friendly UW Hockey Game

Let's show the UW we appreciate the effort they are going to for us living with food allergies. This is a great way to raise awareness. Let's fill the stands with families from our group. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to come with you and celebrate food allergies!

Allergy Friendly Game at the Kohl Center, Madison, WI

Sun. Feb. 13, 2011 - Women's Hockey vs. North Dakota

Start Time - 2:00pm

Fans that take advantage of this promotion may sit in the designated allergen friendly general admission section and enjoy an allergen friendly concession stand on game day.

Click on the link for $1.00 tickets.

Use promotion code "Allergy"

Go to for more details.