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All About Those Allergies

Just a mom blog on how we navigate this thing called life (with severe allergies)

Review of Amanda’s Own Chocolates

For people with multiple allergies like my son, there are some things that are almost impossible to eat or find alternatives to. 

My son has had a severe allergy to milk and eggs (but just recently outgrew egg…yes!) for several years now. With both of those allergies, or even if he was just allergic to milk, something that is hard to find for him is chocolate. 

I’d found some baking chocolate that is safe for him, so I can cookies and such, but holidays were the worst. Everyone else gets to eat the novelty chocolates and chocolate lollipops and my sweet boy couldn’t have any. 

That is until we discovered Amanda’s Own Confections. We were recently given the opportunity to sample and review some chocolate from Amanda’s Own Confections Easter line. 


We received a box of bunnies, a small bunny, a large bunny and two chocolate lollipops. He got to the box of chocolate bunnies first. He didn’t want to share with his sisters, but I convinced him to let Mom have some 🙂 

As someone who doesn’t have any dairy or egg allergies and also as someone who is a HUGE lover of chocolate, I was a little apprehensive. I was unsure of how it would taste and if it would be good. 

I was more than pleasantly surprised. A lot of times, non dairy or dark chocolate can taste a little bitter. Not this chocolate!! It wasn’t bitter at all. It just sweet enough, without being overly sweet. My son loved it, and said it was the best chocolate he ever had. He took one of the lollipops to school to show his friends that he could now have chocolate lollipops too! 


We kept it in the refrigerator so it wouldn’t melt easily, as it’s been rather warm here lately. He is saving his two bunnies for Easter. He and I were both impressed with the chocolate. 

Amanda’s Own chocolates are dairy free, tree nut free, peanut free, egg free, and gluten free. They offer novelty chocolates for almost any occasion, as well as no occasion at all. Because do you really need an occasion to eat chocolate?? They also sell chocolate chips, bark and clusters, and chocolate bars. Additionally they have added allergen free chocolate chip cookie dough to their inventory. (I managed to get my hands on some of that too and will review at a later date). Their prices are also very affordable for what they offering. Plus, everything comes packaged so nicely. 


I will definitely be using Amanda’s Own Confections to buy chocolate for special occasions from now on.

Allergy Test Results 2017

So, I’ve been super duper busy lately and haven’t written a post. Well I did mentally, but not physically. Trying to get H’s ADHD meds straightened out, and get his grades up, and work and coaching the little one’s softball team. I’ll get those caught up but, this post had to take top priority. 

We went earlier in the week for yearly allergy tests. In case you haven’t read my introduction post, my oldest child was diagnosed when he was almost 2 with severe food allergies to eggs, milk and beef and a milder allergy to peanuts and shellfish, which he outgrew. The egg, milk and beef allergies have remained. He is 11 now. Every year it has been the same story. We get ready, we’re hopeful and then let down again when we find out he hasn’t outgrown anything. This year was a little different. 


He had NO skin reaction to egg!!! Milk and beef are still there, but no reaction to one out of three is HUGE for us, after being allergic for so long. Since his allergies have been so severe and he has had anaphylaxis, the doctor wanted him to come back to the office to do an oral food challenge. 


SO today, we are going to do a food challenge!! For the first time in ten years my boy will get to try eggs. I’m nervous, but I know they wouldn’t even recommend we try if they thought he was at high risk. And we’ll be there in the office with several doctors if anything happens. He’s a little nervous, but mostly worried they he won’t like how they taste. 

I will do a follow up post with our results! 

WELCOME to All About Those Allergies

First of all, thanks so much for visiting my blog. It’s been an idea for a long time and I’m so happy its finally becoming a reality.

I’ve blogged (about books mostly) for a few years now. I’ve done some freelance writing and also worked for a food allergy website. As far as allergies go………….let’s just say I know a thing or two about allergies.

I’ve had seasonal and environmental allergy problems for several years but had no experience with food allergies until my oldest child was born. He wasn’t officially diagnosed with food allergies until he was almost two, but we had to change his formula three times when he was an infant and he had eczema and asthma as early as three and six months of age, respectively

My other two children have mild food and environmental allergies (although my youngest child has outgrown hers). I have also developed food allergies to foods that never bothered me before.

You can read more on our About page

Despite our multiple allergies, we still live (relatively) normal lives.

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We play sports.

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We go on field trips! 

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We go to VBS, and other church and summer camps and activities!

 

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We LOVE to bake and discover new allergy friendly recipes!

I will be posting my thoughts and experiences, general posts about allergies, and recipes. Sometimes there may just be regular posts about daily life…..who knows? I also plan to review different things, and I will share products that I love.

I created this blog as a way to write, and continue to reach out and be a part of the food allergy community. And to spread awareness, because I think that is the most important thing. A lot of severe reactions could be prevented if more people were aware of the severity of allergies and how to not only treat reactions, but measures to take to prevent them.

Thanks for stopping by!!

This blog is intended for entertainment purposes only. It is NOT intended to give medical advice in any way. 

 

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