Category Archives: Allergy Info/Research/Articles

“All I Want for Christmas”

Just like the mother in the following article, I am usually a “glass half-full kind of girl.”  However, there are definitely times when this is challenged and I feel the urge to scream.   Reading this article, definitely gives an interesting perspective on the world of food allergies especially with the holiday season in full gear.   Check it out and smile on to the weekend…

All I Want for Christmas


Peanuts & Chickpeas

While my son has a peanut allergy, he passed a food challenge to peas about 6 months ago and continues to do well with them.   In addition to that, he has been eating chickpeas (at times) since then too.  However, I know that this is not always the case.   The following article discusses this topic.   Check it out and smile on with us this Friday…


Will a Peanut-Allergic Child Also React to Chickpeas


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Makeup & Allergies

When my son’s multiple allergies were first discovered, I also realized that much of my makeup contained these allergens.   One of the common components in some of my products was oat.  Therefore, I looked for alternatives and was extra careful that it did not touch my son’s skin with them.  If I am home with my son, I do not use any makeup as I find it is best for both of us.

The following article by Allergic Living discusses this topic.   Check it out and smile on with us…

Safe Makeup Tips for Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)


Makeup & Allergies

A Cold or Allergies?

Since playing “detective” with food allergies and eczema is common in our lives, I found this article resourceful and wanted to share.   Wishing everyone a great Sunday, we smile on…


Allergic Rhinitis or The Common Cold





Food Allergies – In It Together

At the start of our journey with my son’s food allergies, I reached out to a bunch of other allergy moms throughout the world for support, advice, and guidance.    It is what gave me strength and direction during a time when I feared everything.   Because of this, I love, love, LOVE this following article as it definitely makes us smile…

Food Allergies – Let Us Be the Scaffolding for Each Other


Food Allergy Study

The following is an interesting research study  at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Smiling on to more answers and a cure…


Hope on the Horizon for Those with Peanut Allergy

Even though the statistics tell us that my son is less likely to outgrow his peanut and tree nut allergies, the following article gives us hope that anything is possible.   Check it out and smile on with us this weekend…

Hope on the Horizon for Those with Peanut Allergy


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Smiling on peanut free for now…

A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

The following article discusses the settlement between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in December 2012.   This decision served as a foundation for the ensuring the rights of those living with celiac disease and food allergies. It also discussed recognizing food allergies as a disability and the necessity to see beyond the label that many let the word “disabled” put on them.  As a Special Education teacher, I know the importance of accepting the needs of the individual so that everyone has the ability to live the life that they deserve.  Since we are ALL different, we ALL have different needs.  With that being said, this article gives me hope for the future of food allergies so we smile on…


Lesley University Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access


Restaurant Goes Gluten & Dairy Free & No One Notices

As someone who went gluten-free, dairy-free, and several other “frees” for six months to continue breastfeeding my son, I honestly enjoyed the meals that I ate during that time.   Sure, at first I remember thinking and being asked, “What the heck will you (or do you) eat?”  However, there are soooooo many options and I did not even begin to explore the extent of them.  If indeed my son does not outgrow his allergies as soon as we would like, I am excited to get creative and try new recipes.

With that being said, I absolutely love this article as shows how gluten-free and dairy-free does not mean one can’t enjoy amazing food. Instead, it is quite the opposite! This restaurant and chef have definitely added more smiles to our days…

Top London Restaurant Go Gluten and Dairy Free… And No One Notices



Smiling on gluten-free & dairy-free…

Food Allergies are Real

Food allergies are real.   Just look at the facts.

According to,

“Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.”

Those are the facts.   They are not exaggerated.  Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t understand unless they experience or witness it themselves.   With the holidays coming up, it should be a safe and special time with family and friends.   Therefore, it is important for everyone to put aside any ignorance they may have, learn the facts, and follow restrictions with an open mind and heart.

Here is an article that touches upon this common issue and occurrence. Check it out and help us put an end to the ignorance that often surrounds allergies.   Smiling on to a safe and special holiday season…

Family Food Feud


Making The Holidays Happy AND Allergy-Friendly