Allergy Mom

Name: Amy Schwabe
Kids: Two girls, Alex (10) and Wendy (6)
Works: stay-at-home mom, blogger, freelance writer
Favorite part about being a mom: watching my girls develop personalities and habits that are a lot like those of my husband's and mine, but also uniquely their own
Least favorite part about being a mom: trying to find balance -- in everything -- the line between being too overprotective vs. too free-range; the line between overscheduling so we don't miss anything we want to do and being more spontaneous so we can enjoy just a few of the things we want to do; the line between sheltering the kids so they don't make any mistakes and being so hands-off that they make too many mistakes
Famous for: having so many books that guests are free to use my home as a lending library (although my younger daughter says I'm famous for cleaning the house)

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Pumpkin Season!

 Does it seem like pumpkin as an ingredient has really taken off?  I see pumpkin spice everything in the grocery stores and cafes lately.

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Food Allergies and Emotions -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

 Last week, I wrote here about my experience writing about some of the rarely discussed silver linings of the cloud of living with food allergies.

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Believe it or not, living with food allergies isn't all bad!

 I'm not going to deny that living with a child with food allergies can be really hard.  I hate that Alex feels left out of activities sometimes because she can't eat the food that everyone else enjoys, it's often scary trusting others to make safe food for her, and teaching her how to advocate for herself and nurturing her independence in this area can be nerve-wracking.

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Allergy Problem-Solving -- We can't find a safe version of our very favorite Halloween treat anywhere!

 A lot of times, we are able to find safe versions of favorite treats.  M&Ms are cross contaminated with peanuts, but at Christmastime, Hershey's has a version that we stock up on.  Cookies made in bakeries almost always have eggs, but there are lots of store-bought versions that are egg-free.  Our peanut butter craving can even be reasonably satisfied with nut butter alternatives made from soy or sunflower seeds.

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An Allergy-Friendly Halloween

 People often ask me how we manage to do every-day things with Alex's food allergies.  One of those normal, every-day things is Halloween, particularly trick or treating.  How does a child with food allergies go trick or treating when most of the candy she will receive won't be safe for her to enjoy?

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