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Favorite Finds Friday – Sippy Cup/Soy

The following post was my very first “Favorite Finds Friday” about a product that we still love. Check it out and smile on with us this Friday…

“From now on, I plan to post a “Favorite Find” on some Fridays.  Like this week, it may not always directly relate to food allergies and eczema.   However, it will always be something that has helped us a lot with TJ’s restricted diet.

To start, after TJ passed his soy food challenge, I started to wean from breastfeeding after a lot of debating about it.   However, for us, at that time, it was the right decision.   This new soy tolerance gave us two new options: soy milk or a soy-based toddler formula.   Because TJ’s iron levels were slightly low and we were looking for ways to bring them up without using a supplement, we, with the guidance of our pediatrician and a nutritionist, decided that the toddler soy formula would be the best option for TJ.   Therefore, around 13.5 months, TJ started to solely drink Similac Go & Grow Toddler Soy Formula as his “milk” source.

I worried that the transition from nursing/breast milk would be difficult; however, the most difficult challenge proved to be getting TJ to stop drinking from a bottle.  He would drink water from a sippy cup since he was like 8 months old.  However, he would not drink milk/formula from one.  I think I bought close to 20 different sippy cups and nothing worked until a friend from my breastfeeding support group suggested the NUK Blue Turtle Silicone Spout Active Cup below. Check it out:


Not only does TJ loves this product, it has also helped him use several other different kinds of sippy cups.  Therefore, we continue to smile on…”



Favorite Finds Friday: Pouches

Since eating actual vegetables was very short-lived with my son, we are currently so thankful for pouches! While there are many great companies out there, our two favorites right now are Earth’s Best and Gerber.

Some of our favorites include:




See more here:

Earth’s Best Puree Pouches

Gerber – Organic Baby Food Options

While we still try to give actual vegetables, I find comfort in knowing that my son is getting these nutrients through other products like these.   Therefore, we smile on with veggies and fruits in our bellies…

Favorite Finds Friday: Baby & Toddler Food Containers

Since even before we learned of TJ’s multiple food allergies, we made most of his baby food while also using some trusted brands of baby food jars.  Then after learning about his allergies, for several months we made ALL of his baby food.  This was a decision made by us and recommended by his doctors after he was having reactions at times to some of the jars.   Even though we later learned that these reactions were due to his oat, wheat, and barley allergies, we continued to make all of his food for about three months.  During this time, we spent Saturday mornings preparing all of his food for the entire week for both home and day care.   It was time-consuming but definitely what we felt was the right decision for him at the time.


During those months, freezer/refrigerator space and storage were often a problem.   However, the following product truly worked magic!


Source: http://www.oxo.com/

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Not only did these containers save our refrigerator because of their ability to be stacked so perfectly, they are easily transferred to and from day care.   While we started to use this product last October 2014, they continue to be a trusted product we still use daily 13 months later. Because of that, we wanted to share as we smile on to the weekend…

Favorite Finds Friday – Honest Wipes

Happy Friday! Our favorite find this week may not be food; however, it has helped us drastically with my son’s eczema and skin sensitivities.

Honest wipes have been and continue to be our “go-to wipes” throughout each day.

According to their website, these natural wipes can be used “cheek to cheek” as they are, “made without: alcohol, chlorine, phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens, phenols, quaternary ammonium compounds, SLS, or SLES, lanolin, or unnecessary additives.”

Read more about the Honest company here.

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Whether we in our house or “on the go,” we have multiple uses for these wipes. Some examples include they:

  • Assist in hand washing
  • Wipe down hands and faces after touching random, possibly contaminated surfaces or objects
  • Clean and calm the area where my son may start to develop a hive after his skin is irritated (If it is a skin irritation due to his dermographism, it helps it to fade away.)
  • Wipe off  hands and mouth during and after mealtimes
  • Travel with my son to daycare
  • Help my son blow his nose without irritating it more.  (He actually loves using them to do this.)
  • And the list goes on…

Due to these Honest Wipes’ many everyday uses, they make our lives a little bit cleaner and safer.  Therefore, we needed to share and smile on to a great weekend…

Favorite Finds Friday – Buddy

While my favorite find of the week is not directly related to food allergies and eczema, it has definitely helped with everything in many ways.   Over the past couple of months, TJ has grown to looooove his stuffed animals.  He not only carries them around with him but also loves to pile them up and roll around with them. (At first, while I thought it was beyond adorable, I worried the rubbing against his skin would cause hives or an eczema flare up. However, to date, it has never done that!)
Out of all of these stuffed buddies, Buddy  is his favorite.
Buddy comes on walks, grocery shops,  plays with us, and has brought TJ additional comfort.
In addition, Buddy comes on most car rides and has helped with keeping TJ from scratching at his eczema during most of these drives. During last school year, car rides were stressful for both of us. No matter my antics, many times TJ would throw his toys, take off his sneakers and scratch away at his eczema, sometimes causing it to bleed. Thank God for protecting us during those times as I am not sure how I didn’t get into an accident. Driving with screaming babies on traffic-packed highways is not an enjoyable experience. So far this year, we have only had a couple difficult rides. Thank you Buddy and your pals for that.
Also, with the start of day care again, Buddy helps bring TJ comfort when I drop him off. I no longer drop off just my son but also this awesome stuffed guy or one of his other pals. Mostly Buddy though…
This Friday, I thank Taggies for their excellent and adorable product and products.  Mornings are brighter and less stressful because of this stuffed pup. Last but not least, thank you Buddy for watching out for my little guy and bringing even more smiles to our days …


What is your child’s favorite toy? What was your favorite toy growing up? How did or does it bring comfort to your days? 

Favorite Finds Friday

My favorite find for this week is TJ’s first real cereal, Original Kix cereal. Like I posted earlier this week, because of TJ’s multiple food allergies, finding breakfast foods that he will and can eat has been the most challenging. It has been a full week since we were first able to safely and successfully introduce the first real cereal to his diet. He continues to enjoy it and his body is still doing wonderfully with it. Although this may not seem like much, it is such an amazing thing to see TJ snacking on and eating something that other kids his age are enjoying as well.  It is even a greater feeling when he sees the Kix box and starts reaching for it, excited to eat something!  There have not been very many foods that he has done that for.

However, before introducing every new food or product, there are steps that we take to try to ensure TJ’s utmost safety. So once again we play detective …


Step 1) We did our own initial research about the ingredients. After reading the label, it appeared that it did not contain anything TJ was allergic to. Kix contained mostly corn ingredients.


Step 2) Emailed and check with both our pediatrician and allergist asking if it was a safe food for him. Both approved!


Step 3) While we waited for their email responses, we researched more on our own especially since the box was not labeled gluten-free. We read gluten-free websites/blogs including the following one and asked other moms/parents.


*It is important to note once again that everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and products. For example, one mom who I spoke with had a son with almost the exact same allergies as TJ. However, her son’s mouth would get itchy from Kix. What works for one person as a safe food does not mean it will work for the next.

Step 4) Introduce slowly and with caution. Be optimistically cautious. The first day I gave TJ four Kix puffs.  Then, watched him.   With a few minutes, he had a red spot on his forehead so I did not give any more that day.   Since he had been playing, his skin may have been irritated by an environmental factor due to his dermographism. Then, we tried it again another day with success and continued this introduction for a full week.  It was a success!


To conclude, thank you General Mills for your creating Kix, a cereal that TJ can eat despite his allergies. Because I know God is working within TJ and guiding our steps, we are beyond thankful for this product and continue to smile on…

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