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)

Follow me at http://www.milwaukeeallergymom.com/

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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How do moms "make it work"?

 Last month, fellow blogger Raina Johnson wrote a great post about stay-at-home moms who work their creative sides by running businesses in the midst of their busy lives.  In her post, she said, "No matter how you spin it, being a parent isn't easy.  And I always love reading or hearing stories about people who make it work and look relatively easy."

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Mother-Daughter Snacking

 Last week I posted some ideas for adjusting Halloween recipes to make them allergy-friendly.  

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Giving thanks to those who make our lives easier

I went to an allergy conference over the summer and learned what people throughout the country are doing in their kids' schools to make their allergic children's lives easier. I learned great tips for adjusting recipes to make them allergy-friendly.

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Allergy Adjustments to Recipes -- Bat Wing Soup and Eerie Eyeball Cookies

 On Tuesday, I posted about the adjustment I made to apple bites to make them more allergy-friendly (I substituted corn tortilla chips for the slivered almonds that were used to make "teeth".).

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