Sunday, February 23, 2014

Food Allergy Bullying Research Study- Can You Help?


How many times have you said "What can I do as a food allergic parent to help others?" I have a very simple and easy answer for you that can be done right now- just give your opinion. 

I was asked by Dr. Gene Cash Ph.D, NCSP of Nova Southeastern University to seek out participants for a research study to learn more about bullying and its impact on children - particularly those with health concerns.

How Can My Child & I Participate? To participate in the research study, parents will need to email Dr. Cash. Then they will receive a special code and a link to the online survey. The survey must be completed by both parent and child.

How Long Will it Take? Approximately 15 - 20 minutes for each person.

I'd Love to Help, Do We get Anything in Return? Yes, not only do participants get the ultimate gift of giving the power of knowledge to help others, they are also entered into a drawing for one of six Amazon gift cards.

I'm Unsure & I Have Questions. You are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Cash via telephone or email if you have any questions or need more information.


Ready To Help? Please click HERE for complete details and information on how to participate in this research study. If you know of other families that would like to help out as well, please share this information with them too. After all,one voice can be heard but multiple voices are even stronger.

"Helping other people can be a cure. Not just for those who are in need but for your soul as well." ~ Marinela Reka.




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Friday, February 21, 2014

Crispy Green and Nutrimom Tackling Food Allergies Together!

For those who are oh so familiar with trying to find healthy snacks that are also allergy-friendly, I have been been a long time customer of Crispy Green. In case they are not in your home town, Crispy Green is a company that makes dehydrated fruit crisps. The best part? They are fruit and that's it- no sugar added, no preservatives and that's something that gives parents a peace of mind.

I am excited and pleased to share the official announcement that Crispy Green and I are teaming up to tackle food allergies!

"Crispy Green, the maker of Crispy Fruit, single-ingredient freeze-dried fruit snacks, has teamed up with noted food allergy advisor, blogger and author Tracy Bush, also known as “Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liaison” to offer suggestions to families who may be new to the issue of food allergies.

Food allergies among American children are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of allergies among U.S. children younger than 18 years old has increased from 3.4 percent in 1997 to 5.1 percent in 2011. In fact, the CDC estimates one of every 13 children has a food allergy, with nuts, soy, milk, egg, wheat and shellfish being the most common culprits. For a child with a food allergy, there are no shortcuts to safety.

“Identifying a list of ‘safe’ foods and snacks is imperative,” explains Bush. "Products like Crispy Green are easy for me to recommend to those I consult with because of the things it doesn’t include – it is peanut- and tree-nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. It’s also very portable and good to have on hand in a ‘pinch’ when fresh fruit or other options may not be available.” Tracy has also recently published an e-book called "The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies."

“Our single-ingredient products are safe for many kids with food allergies,” says Angela Liu, President and Founder of Crispy Green. “Because we care greatly about this growing, very serious health issue for both kids and their parents, we are working with Nutrimom to help those with food allergies navigate a little easier.” 

To read the complete press release, please click HERE

Sincerest thanks to Crispy Green for allowing me the honor of helping to educate and empower more people by collaborating on this project. With their commitment to showing consumers that they are dedicated to healthy foods and my expertise, I know that many will begin an easier journey into the world of food allergies. As always, I am here to help.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Well, Where is Winona Going?

Sad to say but this is the final round of my "Where's Winona?" giveaway...sniff, sniff. It seems just like yesterday that I was hiding my first can of Winona Pure Oil Baking Spray. Ahhh, how they all tend to leave you eventually. You know how it goes- there's a great sale at the store, you pick up a few extra bottles to have on hand and boom- suddenly, you are left with yet another empty can going into your recycling bin.

So where did Winona hide this time? Well, I thought since March is just around the corner and March typically reminds many of St. Patrick's Day, I would decorate the scene in green. Especially since this last round will give everyone a chance to win a three pack of Winona Pure Canola Spray, I thought it was an omen to show that same spirit.

You Know the Rules Like I mentioned, this is the fourth and final round of "Where's Winona?" so many of you know the rules. But for those of you who are new to my sites or got caught up in one of those many snow storms, here are the basics for you-
Imagine this x's 3!!!

  • Below, there is a beautiful picture and somewhere within that picture, there is a bottle of Winona Pure Oil Canola Baking Spra
  • Seek out the can of Winona and don't tell anyone (it's for your benefit!) 
  • Secretly slink into a quiet room after making sure that nobody followed you to email me your guess and shipping information to info@allergyphoods.com  
  • Please click "Like" on my page when I mention the giveaway and share because (and I cannot stress this enough) sharing is caring... unless there is a family member that you just don't like, then be selfish and only enter for yourself.  
  • Please make sure you also go to Winona Pure's website and/or Facebook page and give them a "Like" too. They appreciate all of you enough to have this giveaway and I know that they would also appreciate it if you told them you were there to support them.

When Is the Winner Announced? Saturday, March 1, 2014 I will announce the winner here on my blog and Facebook page but make sure you check daily for updates. Please allow 7 - 10 business days for shipment. Apologies- no substitutions allowed. Ready?


WHERE'S WINONA?


Good luck to all of you and a very special thank you to Winona Pure Oils for allowing me to do this for them. Why are they so wonderful? Because their oils have no additives, propellants or chemicals and you can recycle the bottle when it's empty. They care about our health and our environment, so what's not to like? For more information and interesting facts, please visit their website at www.winonapure.com 



Is Your Child a Happy Camper? They Could Be!

The expression "I am not a happy camper" has just been given a whole new meaning. As a food allergy parent, nothing is more difficult than finding safe options for your children. This includes activities and camps. After all, most people have fond memories of how they spent their summer at camp, right? For many, there are no options of a safe summer camp or the chance to be able to go to a camp...until now.

I am pleased to share the news that from February 19 - March 18, 2014 Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery is giving your child a chance to attend a gluten-free camp.

How Does My Child Enter? Fans are encouraged to submit a 100-word essay from their child explaining "what makes them special" for a chance to win a one-week scholarship to attend a gluten-free overnight camp from the camps that are included in the list (see below). Simply complete the online form, click submit and begin thinking positive thoughts.
Click HERE to be directed to Rudi's Facebook entry form.

Who Can Enter? The Happy Camper contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada between the ages of 8 and 17 who have a gluten intolerance and/or Celiac Disease. The offer is void in Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Puerto Rico and where restricted or prohibited by law.

What Camps are Part of the Scholarships? Great question, here are the camps-
Camp Kanata - Wake Forest, North Carolina
Camp Sealth - Vashon Island, Washington
Camp Wekaneatit - Georgia
Gluten-Free Fun Camp - Minnesota
Camp Celiac - Rhode Island

And Canada, What About Canada? No worries, there are some for you too!

Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp - Alberta
Camp Silly Yak - Nova Scotia

When Will We Know if My Child Has Won? Winners will be notified by March 21, 2014

Want to know more? Please view the official rules by clicking on the links below

United States    Canada 

Time is of the essence- go get writing and good luck!

Please remember to share and tell others about this great opportunity- how awesome would it be for your child and a friend to get to go to a camp together?! I also encourage you to stop by Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery website and check out all of the other helpful information such as coupons, recipes, events and more.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nutrimom Has a Dirty Mouth Or..is it Clean?

Recently, I was browsing through some of my favorite sites and I noticed an item called Earthpaste. Earthpaste is a natural toothpaste made from (you guessed it) clay from the earth as well as a few other natural ingredients. After reading so many facts on how fluoride and added coloring is not what should a part of our lifestyle, I was intrigued. Now, part of me was a bit hesitant because let's face it- I am literally brushing my teeth with dirt, so to speak. But I decided to request a product review from Earthpaste and what I received was a pleasant surprise indeed.

I got a response from a Kimberly at Redmond Trading who said she would be happy to send me some samples. But wow, what a surprise when I got a box full of great products!


Not only did I get Lemon Twist and Wintergreen Earthpaste with a Mud Mouth squeezer but I also got Facial Mud, Bath Salt Plus, Clay Powder, Sea Salt, Onion Salt, Garlic Salt and Season Salt. Imagine my delight upon opening up a box, expecting just Earthpaste and receiving such a plethora of items.


So, where to start? How do I choose? It started simply- I had stared at the Earthpaste for a few days, a bit hesitant but then I took the plunge. I imagined the worst- feeling gritty, horrible taste, dry heaving but guess what- none of this happened! There is no gritty texture to it at all. Earthpaste is actually just as smooth as regular toothpaste. It is almost, well, creamy dare I say? The visual does throw you off a bit but my teeth feel like I am going to the dentist daily. And it could just be me but I swear they are shinier as well. The wintergreen is nice but the lemon is also pleasing (I was thinking it would taste like Lemon Pledge- wrong!) My only dilemma using Earthpaste is the the few times that I squirted it onto my toothbrush only to watch it slump onto the floor. What a waste. (frowny face)

Next was the Facial Mud. I honestly cannot remember when I have had a facial or used a face mask and especially my age (eh-hem, 40), I really should have a beauty routine. So my husband was lucky enough to come home after a hard day's work just in time to see me with my hair treatment on and my Facial Mud. Tell me that every man doesn't want some of this?

Egad!!! I know I am not and never will be "naturally pretty" but I am always honest so I decided to bite the bullet and just share. Some day, when I am truly famous, you will see this photo in an issue of The Inquirer under Celebrities Without Makeup. As I digress, back to the results. You can see that this mud mask stayed a lighter, almost ashy color. While I was applying it, I thought for sure that it would be a dark, well mud color. Nope- just a little light coating. And unlike most facial items, it did not get so tight that I felt as if I just had my jaw wired. My skin tightened comfortably but not to an extreme. The result- baby-smooth skin that I tried not to keep touching the rest of the night. Fabulous! Definitely on my beauty routine list from now on.

And still, there were more items to try! Is it sad that I love doing product reviews? I may be slightly obsessed but keep that a secret between you and I. While cooking, I grabbed the Garlic Salt. I eyed the container, noticing the crystals and colors- not your normal garlic salt that you see from your local food store. In fact, I decided to show you a side-by-side comparison:


Can you guess? The left side is your typical local food store-bought garlic salt while the right is Redmond's Garlic Salt. Do you see how Redmond's has crystals of colors and doesn't look like it's been sitting a shelf for ten years?
Exactly! Just two ingredients- salt and garlic, that's it. Nothing to "prevent caking", no MSG, no chemicals- just pure. This makes me happy. (unseen happy dance)

The Onion Salt was the same- crystals of flavor and simply onion and salt. The Onion Salt was good- not a strong flavor but just as flavorful as any other onion product. Can we say yay for all natural? Yes, we can!

Now, I've had these products for a few weeks but I got to try out the Season Salt for my romantic Valentine's Day dinner on the steaks that we cooked. Talk about the perfect combination of the right flavors...I am drooling again just thinking about it. For those of you who don't follow my Facebook page, this was what my dinner looked like ~


Due to the snow and ice, we were home bound but I can say now that it was a blessing in disguise. Tasty food seasoned perfectly in front of a fire - I am a hopeless romantic, forever. I can't even describe how great the steaks were just that I have no need for any other spices from now on.

Another kind of pet-peevey" thing that I liked about the spices- the tops. They are similar to other spice tops in that they need to be turned to open the jar. However, what I liked the most (being a food allergy mom) is that you turn it on the side of the top, not the top portion that could touch your foods. So even though I am a bit OCD about hand washing now, I know that nothing will be rubbing against the top of the spice containers and causing a possible cross-contamination issue. Silly but very important. Thanks Redmond, you get extra kuddos!

And last but definitely the most needed, especially after much unexpected snow, ice and extra days home with the kids was the Bath Salt Plus. Did I have to clean out the tub myself? Well, married ladies...do I even need to answer this for you? Was it worth it? Ahhhhhhh! Nice, hot, long, uninterrupted tubby! Just me, some candles, bath salts and a nice book.

Just a fast and most-likely a bit of "over-sharing" but make sure you use the bathroom before you slide into that tub. Not only does it waste a good tub when you have to get out and get back in (not to mention the sliding on the seat and the toilet paper sticking to your wet butt!) but also because the bath is releasing toxins from your body and if you don't empty, you will feel it come over you. Just sayin'. As far as the Bath Salt - it almost made my bath water feel soft, if that's possible. And scooping it out, you will be worried about the red grains sitting on the bottom of your tub but they very easily slide right down the drain with a little extra swishing of water so no worries. I also want to say thank you to Redmond Trading Company for sending these bath salts to me because it reminded me that it's just as important to take some "me time" to stay relaxed and on track. And relaxed I was- I was gloriously mushy, if that makes sense.

There was just one thing missing and it's more of a request than a complaint. After my wonderful tub, I sleepily crawled out and slumped down the stairs to join my family. Then, I saw the kitchen....


Redmond, I ask you, can you send something along to help me out with this? Ugh! It reminds my of one of my past blogposts.

There was one item that I was sent but have not tried. At least, not yet - the Redmond Clay which is a dietary supplement. Why have I not tried it? It's certainly not because I think it will hurt me but because I am using a specific digestive and supplement protocol recommended by my physician and I am successful with it. As with anything, just because something is natural does not mean that there may not be side effects or interactions with other supplements that you are using. So for safety sake, at least for now, I need to hold off and wait until after I discuss this one with my doctor. Apologies Redmond Trading Company- I truly do appreciate all of the items so I hope this is not offensive to you.

My overall opinion of what I did try? I absolutely loved all of the products. I like the fact that all of the spices are natural and don't contain any other added or harmful ingredients and they are organic (another plus!).

Wondering about allergens and cross-contamination? No worries- as per their company representative "No allergens - Just pure salt and clay. We produce on dedicated lines, and even have our seasons produced in an organic seasoning facility in Nevada so that we don't cross contaminate our pure salt lines. All of our products are gluten free and as far as corn is concerned, the xylitol used in Earthpaste can be corn or birch derived, but all is certified non-GMO. We have the Spearmint Xylitol free version of Earthpaste for those concerned about Xylitol."

 I am definitely not going to use any other toothpaste from this day forward either, why would I? I am officially a "Mud Mouth" and proud of it. Besides, what better way to earn the reputation of having a dirty mouth?

For more information on their full line of products, please visit www.Earthpaste.com and www.RedmondTrading.com. Make sure you also stop by their Facebook pages  (Earthpaste click HERE and Redmond Trading click HERE) and give them a like as well. Let them know that Nutrimom sent you. Who knows, maybe you will have a dirty mouth too.

*The opinions contained in this review are my own personal opinions based on what I found during my product review. I was not compensated in any way by Earthpaste or Redmond Trading Company for these comments.






Friday, February 14, 2014

Final Winner of the 14 Days of Love Giveaway

The final day of my 14 Days of Love Giveaway. In the words of Adele ~


"This is the end


Hold your breath and count to ten

Feel the earth move and then
Feel my heart burst again.

For this is the end
I've drowned and dremt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I'm stolen.

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
And face it all together."
photo courtesy 123rf.com




The final winner is........ (imaginary drum roll, people holding there breath and crossing their fingers, cars stopping in the street)

DANIELLA KNELL!
photo courtesy 123rf.com

Daniella will receive a sampler packet of Sun Cups, a bag of Gaslamp Popcorn and the box of goodies from Annie's HomeGrown which includes 1 box of Organic Cheddar Bunnies, 1 box of Bunny Berry Patch Snacks, 1 Box of Organic Cheddar Snack Mix, 1 box of Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars and 3 boxes of White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. Daniella, do you think you can handle all of that? Of course you can!


I want to thank all of the people that participated and shared this giveaway with others. I was happily bombarded with TONS of entries daily and it was my goal to not only give back to everyone for being a part of what I do but to introduce other allergy-friendly items to everyone as well. I also want to send out a heartfelt thank you (again) to the wonderful companies that agreed to be a part of this giveaway. I urge everyone to stop by their sites as well and let them know that you appreciate what they do. Let's give a huge, loving shout-out to Amanda's Own Confections, Andean Dream, Annie's Homegrown, Caja Popcorn, Crispy Green, Explore Asian, FAACT - Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team, Gaslamp PopcornGratefulfoodie, Home Free, Peanut Free Planet, RW Garcia, SAFE - Smart Allergy-Friendly Education, Sue Schmitt (Author of The Princess and the Peanut) and Surf Sweets.


BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!!!

There are more giveaways to come very soon so stay tuned! 

As always, thank you to everyone for being a part of what I do

~ Tracy


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Day 13 Winner - 14 Days of Love Giveaway

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When was the last time that you were told thirteen is a lucky number? Today is the exception because it is day 13 of my 14 Days of Love Giveaway! Can you believe it? Just one more day for a chance to win the last of the abundance of goodies donated by so many great, allergy-friendly companies! But first, let's consider why many people have been told that thirteen is unlucky. I happened to find this article that could explain posted by History.com.  Science, mathematicians, religions....all have different reasons as to why this number can influence your life in a bad way. Today, we break the cycle and prove them all wrong!

So who is our "unlucky" lucky winner for today???

ANDREA ROBINSON!

In just about 13 days (snicker), Andrea will receive a sampler packet of Sun Cups, a bag of Gaslamp Popcorn, a variety box of fruit crisps from Crispy Green and two bags of Fruity Hearts from Surf Sweets (2, not 13!).


Don't forget to enter!! There is still one more chance for you to win. Please make sure that you email your shipping information to info@allergyphoods.com, "Like" my daily giveaway reminder on my Facebook page and share (I know, it's hard to do that but I have faith in all of you). Do it, do it now! Time is of the essence!

I'll be back tomorrow with the final winner ~

photo courtesy 123rf.com
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 12 Winner - 14 Days of Love Giveaway

We are up to the twelfth day!!! I can honestly say that my 14 Days of Love Giveaway has been a blast and I hope all of you are enjoying it too.

Wondering what's so interesting about the number 12? Probably not but I'm gonna throw in some fun facts just to make you read on (snickering) .

According to dictionary.com,

Twelve

  [twelv]  Show IPA
noun
1.
a cardinal number, 10 plus 2.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 12 or XII.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
the Twelve, the 12 apostles chosen by Christ.
adjective
5.
amounting to 12 in number.  

Shall I announce today's winner? Everyone please congratulate

BRIDGETTE OLARIU!

What will the lovely and talented Bridgette be getting soon? She will receive a sampler packet of Sun Cups with a coupon, a bag of Gaslamp Popcorn and a $50 gift certificate for Peanut Free Planet. Woo hoo! Please allow 7 -10 business days for these items to arrive.

photo courtesy 123rf.com

But I feel so left out! Have no fear, the end is not near (yet). There are still two more days to win and there will always be more giveaways. Just a reminder- please make sure that you are entered correctly to win. Send an email with your shipping information to info@allergyphoods.com, click "Like" on the daily giveaway reminder that I post on my Facebook page and please share. Please make sure you also stop by the companies that are a part of this giveaway and let them know that you appreciate them as well. I know I do!

Until tomorrow- UNLESS the storm hits and I have no power than I will announce as soon as I am up and running.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Day 11 Winner - 14 Days of Love Giveaway

Tuesday, February 11th, day eleven of my 14 Days of Love Giveaway. The chances are getting slimmer and slimmer for a chance to win. As of today, we are down to three last chance to win. I assure you that if you are not one of my winners for this giveaway, I will have another one soon and you can try again. I'm good like that. Cross my heart.

And who is our lucky winner today?

MARY JO DE VERA!


Mary Jo will be getting a sampler packet of Sun Cups, a bag of Gaslamp Popcorn and some goodies from Home Free that include 1 box of Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies and 1 10-bag Grab & Go. Please allow 7 -10 business days for these to arrive to your home.

As I said, don't give up just yet! There are still three more days. To ensure that you are entered, please send an email with your shipping information to info@allergyphoods.com and click "Like" on my daily giveaway reminder that I post each evening on my Facebook page.  What, you haven't done that yet? Your chances are even slimmer to win! I have faith that you will take care of that right now. Go ahead- I'll wait......


Until tomorrow ~

Tracy

Monday, February 10, 2014

Food Allergies - Who Ya' Gonna Call? SnackSafely.com!

As a food allergy mother, consultant, blogger and author, I have been a follower of SnackSafely.com for a long time. I am so grateful to have their Safe Snack Guide as an extra resource to keep my family that much safer in this time of labeling conflicts. As we all know too well, labeling laws do not currently require manufacturers to disclose the potential sources of cross-contamination of allergens during their manufacturing process. This is a terrifying thought since the very thing that nourishes our families could very easily turn into a horrible, life-changing event. So you can imagine my excitement and hope when Dave Bloom, CEO of SnackSafely.com contacted me and asked to spread the news about their new Manufacturer Partnership Program. I could continue but I think this awesome news is best given by the company itself - I invite all of you to read the official press release:

Manufacturers Join SnackSafely.com in Drive for Greater Transparency in Food Allergen Disclosures

Tootsie Roll Industries, Enjoy Life Foods among 20 manufacturers to join program’s launch

The publisher of the Safe Snack Guide, a snack list used by thousands of schools, camps, youth sports leagues, and scouting groups nationwide to help implement nut-free policies, is now working directly with food manufacturers to provide greater transparency regarding the potential for allergens in their products.

Manufacturers participating in the SnackSafely.com program access a proprietary portal to submit information about their products, including processing information for 11 allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish (the “top 8”) as well as sesame, mustard, and gluten.

Products that qualify earn a listing in the Safe Snack Guide, and their manufacturers are authorized to display
the SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Badge on their websites. The data collected will also be made available to consumers via SnackSafely.com’s forthcoming apps and publications.

For an estimated 13 million Americans with food allergies, today's detailed labeling helps them avoid common allergens included as ingredients in food products. However, labeling laws do not require manufacturers to disclose the potential sources of cross-contamination with these allergens during the manufacturing process.

Warnings such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts” are entirely voluntary, and there are
no standards for when they should be used or how they should be worded. This gap in labeling and disclosure often leaves allergy-conscious consumers confused and exposed to potentially dangerous traces of allergens.

“A growing number of schools are implementing nut-free classroom policies, placing the onus on parents to
find suitable snacks,” said SnackSafely.com Founder, Debra Bloom. “The Guide eliminates the guesswork for consumers while extending positive exposure for participating manufacturers’ products.”


“Our brands have been trusted by consumers since 1896 and we always seek opportunities to build that trust”, remarked Ellen R. Gordon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tootsie Roll Industries. “We participate in the SnackSafely.com program because all of our products are free of peanuts and tree nuts. The program provides an effective way to engage the allergic community.”

Joel Warady, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods said, “Our mission to create great tasting, allergy-friendly snacks is complemented by SnackSafely.com’s mission to provide greater disclosure to our potential customers. Our listings in the Safe Snack Guide help introduce Enjoy Life’s products and our strict allergen-controls to an ever growing audience of consumers that take their allergy concerns seriously.”

“We’re pleased leading manufacturers of the food industry are joining us in our efforts to promote greater
transparency for consumers with severe food allergies,” said Dave Bloom, CEO of SnackSafely.com.
“Partnering with trusted and recognized leaders in the Free From sector like Enjoy Life Foods is crucial to the success of this effort, as is the participation of traditional manufacturers of iconic brands such as Tootsie Roll Industries. Together, we’re working to arm consumers with the information they need to make better decisions for the safety of their families.”

Participation in the program is absolutely free, and all manufacturers that place an emphasis on responsible
practices are encouraged to inquire at mfg@snacksafely.com. A listing of the program's participating
manufacturers can be found at: snacksafely.com/mfg.


About SnackSafely.com
SnackSafely.com provides straightforward, actionable information to improve the lives of the 5.9 million
children in the US suffering with food allergies. Their primary publication, the Safe Snack Guide, is
downloaded over 30,000 times each month and is relied on by tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and school nurses nationwide to help keep peanuts, tree nuts and eggs out of the classroom and the home.

About Enjoy Life Foods
Enjoy Life Foods is the leading brand in the Free From category. All products are gluten-free and free from the top 8 allergens (NO: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish) making them safe for the millions of individuals who live with food intolerances.

About Tootsie Roll Industries
Tootsie Roll Industries manufactures and sells some of the world's most popular confectionery brands. The
Chicago-based firm is one of the country's largest candy companies, with operations throughout North America and distribution channels in more than 75 countries.

I would personally like to extend not only a heartfelt thank you but also a virtual hug and kiss to SnackSafely as well as the companies that are a part of this program. It is companies like you that allow food allergic parents to sleep better at night, to know that they have products that are safe and reliable and give us reassurance that there is power in joining together. Food allergies touch our lives in so many different ways but this is like a ray of sunshine beaming through our door.

Thank you, all of you ~
Tracy

Day 10 Winner - 14 Days of Love Giveaway

The final countdown has begun... there are only four more days to win some allergy-friendly goodies in my 14 Days of Love Giveaway. The final countdown! Do you hear it, do you hear the music? No? (Click HERE to listen to what is running through my head.)

Yes, apparently this is what coffee does to me in the morning. And without further adieu, I would like to announce today's winner is

STACEY STEELY!   

Stacey will be getting a sampler packet of Sun Cups with a coupon, a bag of Gaslamp Popcorn and a set of Trust Your Journey bracelets lovingly donated by Gratefulfoodie. Please allow 7 - 10 business days for shipping.



STILL haven't won yet? Don't give up- there is always hope (well, at least four more days of hope for February). I am excited that I have had so many people entering and being a part of this giveaway and I promise, there will always be more giveaways.

Wait, my brain froze, how do I enter? If you have not done so already, email your shipping information to info@allergyphoods.com. Then, please click "Like" and share my daily giveaway reminder that I post each evening on my Facebook page. Easy, right?


Good luck to everyone and keep your fingers crossed for tomorrow.





*photo courtesy 123rf.com except the prize photos which were contributed by each company

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Day 9 Winner - 14 Days of Love Giveaway

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Nine! It's the ninth day in of my 14 Days of Love Giveaway and here goes my mind off on a strange little journey for just a moment. What popped into my head with the number nine? The Count! (The Count? What are you talking about, you crazy allergy lady?!) Come on, all you moms know- The Count...Sesame Street...it hasn't been that long. And unbeknown to me, his full name is actually Count Von Count..never knew. So in honor of The Count, we have NINE (thunder in the background) NINE for today's number, mwah, ha, ha! And today's lucky #9 winner is 

AMANDA SURRATT

Amanda will receive a sampler packet of Sun Cups, a bag of Gaslamp Popcorn, a 1-year membership to FAACT ( Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Team) and a copy of my book "The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies". Please allow 7 - 10 business days for these items to get to your cozy little home.


Still Counting Down the Days to Win? (get it, count?) You are in luck- there are still five more days to win and there are still many great goodies to give away! Remember- simply email me your shipping information to info@allergyphoods.com, "like" the daily giveaway reminder on my Facebook page and share (it's just a nice thing to do).

As always, many thanks for everyone who has been participating and for the companies that have been a part of this as well-

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You