Sunday, March 11

Exciting News! Party of 5 Coming Soon.

I don't frequently share very personal information on social media. It's just my nature and I like to keep some personal things, well, personal. Yes, I have a blog, but the purpose of it is to share food allergy friendly and healthy  recipes and ideas, and also to connect with the "communities" that I'm interested in and feel like I can contribute to - like the food allergy, healthy living and parenting communities! I mean, this blog is all about a healthy balance of food, family and fun...with a food allergy twist, right?

But it's time to get personal. We have some exciting news!

We're soon going to be a PARTY OF 5! Baby #3 is due in a little over one week! 

We just took this very unplanned photo over the weekend when Grammy was visiting. It's certainly not perfect, but it's us! In all our messy house/just back from soccer/non-brushed hair glory :)

My black shirt makes it hard to see my very large baby bump, but it's definitely there!

party of 5 coming soon!

And since I've been answering pregnancy and baby questions in person for the past few months, I thought I'd answer a few burning questions here with my blogger friends too!

Do you know if it's a boy or girl?
No! We are doing it the old fashioned way this time. We found out gender with both Little Guy and Little Gal. This time we are keeping it a surprise for all, including us!

Do you have names picked out yet?
Yes! But we keep those to ourselves until baby is born! The kiddos don't even know yet!

How are you feeling?
The first trimester is the hardest for me since I feel so sick all the time. The rest of the pregnancy was fine, and mainly just tiring due to restless legs syndrome I tend to have during pregnancy. Otherwise, things have been going well until these last 2 weeks where I've had major right side back pain. I haven't had back pain before with my two previous babes. Hoping it will go away when baby is born!

Are you eating any differently with this pregnancy based on food allergy research?
I definitely try to rotate foods more often during pregnancy (i.e. - I eat peanut butter (at work since we don't keep it in the house), but I don't eat it every day during my whole pregnancy).

Will you give baby peanuts early on as the new research shows?
Yes, I will most likely give baby-to-be food allergens earlier on based on food allergy research. However, I'll first get baby skin tested at the allergist around 3 - 4 months to see "what we're dealing with" as the allergist says. We did it this way with Little Gal, so I'm hoping it works out well with the new baby too.

With Little Guy, I couldn't even give him certain allergens early on since he reacted to my breast milk after I ate peanuts and dairy products around 4 months. He would get full body hives after breastfeeding around this age. His pediatrician told me to change my laundry detergent. When he still kept getting hives I went to an allergist, and the rest is history. That's how we first found out Little Guy had multiple food allergies.

Are the kids excited?
YES! They are going to be a wonderful older siblings. Having a new baby in the house is going to be a learning curve for all of us, but I'm praying that we'll all be able to live peacefully and happily together and thoroughly enjoy each other!

We'd appreciate your prayers as we wait in anticipation for baby-to-be! I will update the blog and social media when baby is here!

Monday, March 5

Fun Easter and Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids with SunButter On the Go Single Cups

Thanks to SunButter for sponsoring this post!

As a parent of a child with food allergies, I've found that it's important to get creative with food. You not only have to get creative with WHAT you make (substituting eggs, dairy, nuts and sesame are not always easy!), but HOW you present it. I've found that even though Little Guy does eat a lot of the same foods over and over again, he's happy to eat them when they're presented in a fun way. Presentation is also important when you're trying to get your kids to eat more HEALTHY foods, right?

Well, with Spring and Easter coming soon (thank goodness), I thought it would be fun to come up with a few ideas of how to creatively use SunButter On the Go Single Cups for healthy after-school or anytime snacks! The snacks are of course nutfree, dairyfree, eggfree and sesamefree for Little Guy!

We truly love these SunButter on the Go Single Cups and use them all the time for school lunches and easy throw-in-a-bag snacks.

But you can also dress them up. And what kid doesn't like to play dress up!? ;)

You can make a healthy snack with lots of fruit, veggies and pretzels and tell your kiddo it's a spring flower!

Healthy nut free snacks for kids

Healthy nut free snacks for kids

SunButter On the Go Single Cups

You could make a fun plate of healthy (and just a few sugary) "dippies" to let your kiddo choose what they want to dip: celery, carrots, apples, pretzels, graham crackers and even a few marshmallows and dairy free chocolate chips!

SunButter On the Go Single Cups

Nut free after school snacks for kids

And what about a bunny? You could present it as an Easter snack if you celebrate Easter, OR a spring bunny would do too!
Fun nut free Easter snacks for kids

Easter snacks for kids

And how about a SMORES inspired sweet snack? Offer some graham crackers, dairy free chocolate and marshmallows. Plus, add a few strawberries in there to make it pretty AND healthy. All you need now is a cozy campfire :)
Healthy smores dip ideas for kids

And when YOU have a chocolate craving? Why not try to swirl a little dairy free chocolate sauce on top and dip in some salty pretzels? I know I'd even enjoy this as an "after the kids bedtime" snack just for mommy to enjoy! 
Nut free chocolate pretzels and SunButter

But don't forget to just keep it simple too. I can't tell you how many times I've given the kiddos apples and SunButter as a healthy snack, but presenting it in this pretty way makes it so much more fun and tempting for kids to eat!
Nut free snacks for kids

Look at this beautiful blank canvas. How would you dress up your SunButter?
Healthy nut free snack ideas

Want more SunButter-iffic ideas? Check out these posts!

SunButter Baked Oatmeal Cups

SunButter Baked Oatmeal
SunButter Caramel Apple Dip
Easy SunButter Breakfast Cookies
Chocolate Cookie SunButter Ice Cream Cupcakes
SunButter Chocolate Cups

I only work with companies that I support and use in our own family. I hope you enjoy hearing about allergy-friendly products and snack/food ideas like this!

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6 Nut Free Snack Ideas for Kids

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