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Birthday Season: Let’s Eat Cake!

(Birthday cake for celebration #1) Arizona doesn’t officially turn 13 until tomorrow (June 18) but we’ve already had a few birthday celebrations for her. Because cake is obviously an important aspect of birthday FUN, I am so grateful for companies like Cherrybrook Kitchen who make my life so much easier during times like this! I […]

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Spotlight: Enjoy Life Foods

(Gluten free, vegan, nut free brownies? Yes, please!) My journey with food allergies began as soon as Arizona was born. I remembered thinking that a lot of children had allergies but also that a lot of children grew out of them. I was convinced this would also be the case with my daughter. 12 years […]

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Travel Tips

(Taking Off!) Arizona has been all over the world by plane, trains, boats and automobiles since she was 2 months old. It was important for me and her dad to introduce her to travel at an early age, as it was both a passion of ours. But as we discovered Arizona’s food allergies, sensory dysfunction […]

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My Top 5 Tips : Food Allergies

(Throwback photo to my 5 year old cutie, just because) I was gutted to tears when I read a recent New York Times article  about a 3 year old boy who died after being (irresponsibly) given a grilled cheese sandwich at preschool. He was severely allergic to dairy and died from anaphylactic shock. Aside from […]

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A Trip to Disneyland

(Cotton Candy deliciousness) Last weekend, we took Arizona to Disneyland for the first time. We figured that now, at age 10, she would be able to handle the sensory stimuli from the park. We purchased tickets online and started prepping for the visit. Whenever doing something new, it’s important to plan ahead as much as […]

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What’s Wrong With Her?

(Shine bright, baby girl!) In the very early days of Arizona’s journey with doctor visits and assessments, it was  hard to explain to outsiders (family and close friends included) what exactly was going on with her. I was confused by the wide range of diagnostic terminology used to describe Arizona : auditory processing disorder, sensory […]

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Chef Courtney Brown

(Arizona and “Cheffie Court”) One of the first challenges I faced in raising Arizona was trying to figure out all of her allergies to what seemed like an endless list of foods. After a year of trial and error (with foods I was eating, due to breastfeeding) and myriad visits to allergists, dermatologists, pediatric gastroenterologists, […]

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Peaceful : Restful : Rejuvenating

(Sweet Dreams) Years ago, as I was entering into the deep dark depths of postpartum PURGATORY, I suddenly lost my ability to sleep. It’s like, as soon as Arizona started sleeping through the night, I stopped. I remember how it all began, distinctly. Brian (my husband), was starting to feel less wary about leaving me […]

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Food Allergies : Holiday Baking

(Arizona loves baked goods!) Because Arizona is allergic to wheat, eggs, nuts, soy and dairy and especially since a lot of our kiddos have food sensitivities these days, I thought it would be helpful to share some practical tips in getting through the holidays with fun, baked goods that everyone can enjoy. In the past, […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is Arizona’s favorite holiday, hands down. She loves anything scary – and revels in spiders and skeletons and ghoulish zombies. Aside from the Halloween parade at school today, we will trick or treat in our neighborhood with a few friends this evening. My favorite part of the evening is watching Arizona practice her social […]

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