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World Asthma Day 2018

World Asthma Awareness  Oh my! So here is it May 1 and somehow it completely slipped my attention that today was World Asthma Day. And how crazy is that given how much my experiences with Asthma influenced my life?!? Honestly. I have had several scares throughout my life as a result of my asthma. In honor of today's awareness to something so common and yet underestimated condition, I'd like to share the story of one event with you. Maybe it will help explain how scary asthma can be for some people.

It was Easter break. I could be wrong but I believe it was 1986 or 1987. I only remember that it was around that time because I was already very fond of my stepfather. We had a bit of a rocky start complete with me trying to bite him and him biting me back which was a first for me and it got my attention. But I digress. So by the time of this particular easter break, we were close, so I must have been about 10 years old. I was off school at the time and I remember being super frust…
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One field trip down. Dozens more to go.

The greatest gifts you can give your children are  the roots of responsibility  and the wings of independence. 

This past Tuesday, my Aiden went on his first school field trip.... without me. Without his dad. Not even his caregiver or a grandparent. Yep. Just him and his 1st grade classmates. Eeeeeeek!!! Okay. Let me explain a little about Aiden and why this was such a huge event and experience for him and for me. 

Aiden is my 6 year old multiple life threatening food allergic son. I won't recap and describe his full history and multiple anaphylaxis reactions complete with epinephrine, 911 and the trips and stays in the emergency department. Maybe some day I'll share that history with folks in full detail but for now, just know that at 6 he's pretty familiar with the process and how severe his allergies are. He has even learned that sometimes, previously safe foods are now on the bad list. I guess the bright side is that I don't have to worry about him living the Nug Life.…

Blogging about The Blue Bear Aware bloggy Blog

Shortly after acquiring Blue Bear Aware, it quickly hit me how much I had taken on myself. I realized that I didn't necessarily want to give any of it up as a whole, but the easiest way for me to continue writing, food allergy support, advocacy, running BlueBearAware.com, working Full Time outside the home, raising two children, keeping house and try (I do try) to be a good wife, yada yada yada... was to simplify areas of my life. If you know me, then you know how incredibly difficult that is for me to do but I knew I needed to do that and it would require some hard decisions.

One of the first decisions that I made to start simplifying was to significantly reduce the number of support groups I lead or played admin for. I began by turning over the Ann Arbor No Nuts Moms Support Group Leadership to three awesome ladies. I'm so glad they stepped up to take the group on because these three have proven to be an incredible team dedicated to connecting with and helping the food alle…

New Owner. New Site. Still Blue Bear Aware.

BlueBearAware.com. This food allergy focused resource has changed owners a few times now but in spite of its many lives, it has remained a popular site for clothing and accessories to help protect food allergic children. There are now several similar resources available but Blue Bear has been around for quite a while now. As a mother of a child with multiple, life threatening food allergies, I came to know and love Blue Bear several years ago. I've loved it every since.

For the past 5 years, I met and befriended many of the familiar names in the food allergy community. I am proud and grateful to consider many of them friends. Passionate and intelligent people who have dedicated much of their lives to helping those of us dealing with or caring for someone with life threatening food allergies. These people are incredible. They aren't out there for the money. They aren't out there for prestige and fame. They do what they do to save lives. They are out there to help us. My wor…

Teal Pumpkin Inspiration

We've been really inspired by the fabulous teal pumpkins out there this year. My three girls (8, 7 and 3) and I decided to get creative ourselves and decorate with a little flair . The main goal was to keep it low-cost and use things from around the house. First stop was Michael's for some inexpensive paper mache and craft pumpkins. If you procrastinate long enough, it sometimes can work in your favour! We found these goodies at 50% off.

Next, we hit the kid's craft supply box at home and dug through for the teal colored accessories. Since we have all girls in our house, there were plenty of feathers, sparkles and beads. I was shocked at the amount of teal I found just by searching through what we already had.

And since we already had plenty of primary colored craft paint around the house, I followed this recipe to make our own teal paint. The bonus is that you can mix it to any shade desired.

My favorite pumpkin turned out to be this sparkling beauty and bonus was that i…