Profile of an Allergy Parent: Zahra Bhanji (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Zahra Bhanji was a food allergy aunt before she was a food allergy mom. As a food allergy aunt, she always went the extra mile to ensure her nephew was safe and that her sister and brother-in-law trusted her with their child. Now, as a food allergy mom, she has a 'zero tolerance' protocol in … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Zahra Bhanji (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Paul Crowley (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Paul Crowley is the father of two boys: a 10-year-old with food allergies and an 8-year-old with none. While he does his best to maintain a relatively normal life for his family, they inevitably had to make changes after the diagnosis -- things like asking a lot of questions before outings, birthday parties and sleepovers. Still, … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Paul Crowley (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Travelling with Food Allergies: 14 Lessons Learned During Our Portugal Trip

Travelling with kids is easy, said no parent ever. Add allergies to the mix, and well, you might just need a vacation from your vacation. As much as the hubby and I had a blast during our recent trip to Portugal, it certainly wasn't the relaxing, stress-free trip we used to enjoy pre-kiddo. If you're … Continue reading Travelling with Food Allergies: 14 Lessons Learned During Our Portugal Trip

Top 10 Allergy-Friendly Activities for Allergy Moms & Kids

This article was originally published in Media Planet's Fighting Allergies campaign. Find it here. *Please note that events listed are not necessarily allergy free, but allergy aware and/or accommodating. Life as an allergy mom can be pretty lonely. After our precious child is diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to an everyday food, it can take a while … Continue reading Top 10 Allergy-Friendly Activities for Allergy Moms & Kids

May is for Food Allergy Awareness & Mental Health Awareness

Since Food Allergy Awareness Month also happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month, I decided to compile a list of allergy-friendly resources for anyone who's finding this stage of the allergy journey particularly tough. When it comes to food allergies, I can attest to the fact that there are definitely ups and downs. You go … Continue reading May is for Food Allergy Awareness & Mental Health Awareness

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Fortino (Not So Nutty Mom)

Jennifer Fortino is a high school English teacher and the mom of two little ones. While her four-year-old-daughter has an anaphylactic allergy to tree nuts, her two-year-old son has no known allergies to date. It took her awhile to accept the emotional hardship and everyday challenges that accompanied her daughter's diagnosis -- she has witnessed … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Fortino (Not So Nutty Mom)