Monday, November 28, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Cheer Giveaway

Are you excited?!
Are you ready to have 12 daily chances to win?

So, Here's the Deal I reached out to some fabulous companies to see how we could all give back to you! Why? Because we all know that the journey of food allergies (and life, in general) means good and bad. I wanted to be able to show my gratitude for having all of you be a part of what I have done since 2011.... wow! Now that I typed that, I can't believe it's been 5 years since I began blogging (I am giggling at my first blog entry compared to now, it's all good).  I began this for ALL of you and I know the companies that are a part of this giveaway also want to make sure that you know we all appreciate your time, your trust and your continued support. Extra thank you's to all of the companies that are a part of this (hugging, kissing) - I know you are all busy this time of year but you still made it a priority to offer this to your consumers and followers and I love that.

12 Chances to Win?! Yup. 
  • Just submit your entries via the Rafflecopter doodad and every day from December 1st - December 12th I will announce one winner for one of the prizes
  • Sharing is always appreciated- please include #12DayCheerGiveaway
  • There is no purchase necessary
  • Contest is open to US residents only (sorry Canadians...I need to do something for you soon!)
  • One daily winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. If the winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen for that day's prize
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged or returned. Please note that a prize may or may not be suitable for your specific allergy needs.
  • If you win an item and cannot use it, regifting to an in-law, friend or co-worker is always an option. 
  • Please allow 10-12 business days for your items to arrive as shipping can be hectic this time of year. 
  • As always, none of your information will be shared or sold (come on, it's the holidays...who would do that? Not me). 

Check Out the Prizes

2 Cans of Popcorn Butter, a T-Shirt & popcorn kernals
100% pure oil- NO gluten, soy, chemical propellants or GMO's
Read why do I love Winona Pure Oils &
use code nutrimom15 to save 15% thru 12/31/16
Congrats to our winner

2 Boxes of their products (winner's choice)
FREE of gluten/preservatives/nut/dairy/soy/MSG/egg/artificial & synthetic colors
We tried it
Congrats to our winner

No peanuts, no gluten, no dairy
Awesome products, funny story
Congrats to our winner

Sweet Note Bagels (becoming The Greater Knead)
3 Packages of their bagels
NO gluten/wheat/egg/dairy/soy/tree nuts/peanuts/fish or shellfish
These bagel are definitely fit for royalty
Congrats to our winner
2 Bags of her gluten free oat coating
Gluten Free oat-based products for coating & breading
When being crummy is good

$50 Gift Card to purchase Blue Bear Aware items
We almost lost this company

2 Year (8 isssues) Subscription
The magazine for allergies, asthma & gluten free guidance

1 OSKA Pulse
Wearable pain-relief remedy that's drug-free

4 Packs (1 EACH BBQ, Chili, Curry & Lamb)
Paleo meat & veggie bars that are FREE of grain/gluten/soy/nut/MSG
No added hormones, antibiotics or nitrates

FREE Products!
A little dairy free (So Delicious), a little gluten free (Canyon Bakehouse
& an allergy-friendly treat (Free2B Foods)  

$25 To use on any Talk For Me Tees purchases
Food allergy alert apparel

ME! (and SeaSnax)
1 Case (12) SeaSnax Big Grab Snax & MORE surprise goodies
I have a cool recipe idea for SeaSnax

Ready, Set, ENTER! (Remember, the MORE entries you complete, the better your chances are)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SunButter Giving Back Giveaway

Is the fact that SunButter is top 8 free the only reason we love them? No way! I am amazed at how much SunButter also makes it a point to give back to the community. This is one of my passions as well so for them to continue to also understand that need and to meet those needs is an incredible part of why I want to scream from the rooftops to let everyone know about their products. Some of it may be common knowledge however some of it is also more low-key (but equally as awesome).

SunButter Pays it Forward
In 2015, I approached SunButter with an idea. I wanted to donate allergy-friendly foods to the families in my daughter's school who needed some help. This was part of the Pay It Forward movement. The Pay It Forward movement takes place one day each year and inspires people all over the world to do something for someone as a kindness and without expecting anything in return. Without even batting an eye, SunButter responded by donating a jar of SunButter for each family's bag. That week, ten families received extra food that included SunButter as a healthy protein in addition to being allergy-friendly (read). Random acts of kindness should be shared every day but being a part of this was simply amazing. My heart smiles at the constant compassion that SunButter shows.

Spread the Love What better way to share SunButter and give back at the same time! In 2016, SunButter teamed up with FEI (Food Equality Initiative) and launched their Spread the Love campaign. This campaign asked those who donated SunButter items to their local Feeding America food bank to register what they had donated. In return, SunButter matched each donation jar for jar. The end result- over 150 pounds of SunButter was donated to the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo, ND! In a time of such need, SunButter was able to bring people together to help as well as offer their donation and time too.

Send Love Locally Back in March, I saw a box at a local Starbucks requesting donations of peanut butter and jelly for the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission. I immediately contacted the person asking for donations and asked if I could donate SunButter instead of peanut butter for those who may have food allergies. With an excited answer of yes and six jars of SunButter later (I donated the jelly) we had given back locally again (look!). I want to extend additional thanks to SunButter as well as the employee that were a part of this kind gesture.

SunButter is Always Aware I am proud to share that SunButter is always donating whenever and wherever they are needed. Whether it be at a food allergy walk, an allergy event, product donations (such as for Hurricane Matthew) or as a constant resource in so many of our food allergy resources, the crew at SunButter is always pulling their sleeves up and asking what has to be done. I have personally watched this company grow from a line of peanut-free products to so much more. They even made sure NutriDaughter and I had samples and coupons for the newest Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event location this year (read it!). It's been an amazing journey to watch and I know that SunButter will only continue to make us all proud. SunButter also donates products to many other charitable organizations and events throughout the year BUT now....

Are you feeling a bit left out of the loop? Do you feel as if, somewhere in the push and pull of everyday life, that getting a gift for yourself may be asking too much? Have you found yourself feeling guilty for just plain wanting something and not having to keep it a secret? No need to do this! Because now....

It's Time to Give back TO YOU!

The secret is out- the holiday season is here and so are those feelings of giving and receiving. SunButter and I are grateful for each and every one of you and we want to thank you with a chance to win an entire SunButter sack of goodies. What is inside this wondrous prize you ask?
Get ready for details to get you on your way to giveaway entries:
  • 1 SunButter cinch sack (your choice of blue or red)
  • 1 SunButter flower pot pen
  • 1 SunButter luggage spotter
  • 1 SunButter solar-powered flower pot 
  • 1 Jar of Creamy SunButter
  • 1 SunButter On the Go Canister
  • 1 Large stack of $1 off SunButter coupons 
  • 1 SunButter product coupon for a FREE jar
  • 1 SunButter Recipes booklet
  • A bunch of SunButter 1.1 oz. cups
  • 2 SunButter chip clips
  • 2 SunButter letter openers
  • 1 SunButter tablet/phone stand
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

The SB Giveaway Details Enter for a chance to win using the above Rafflecopter giveaway entries. Share and tag @SunButter and @TracyBNutrimom and be sure to include #SunButter4Me.

This contest will be open to US residents only. The contest will run from Wednesday November 23rd - Tuesday November 29, 2016. No purchase necessary. Sharing is encouraged but not mandatory.
One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Should the winner not claim their prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. No personal or entry information shall be shared. Please allow 10-12 business days for the prize to arrive.

Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Are You Getting True Allergy Support?

Thanks Jen!
Food allergy support; this is a vast, never-ending place where people from all over the world meet. This is a family that you never knew existed and that you didn't think would ever be a part of your daily life. And just like any other family, there may be some family members that you don't get along with; some that thrive on the latest food allergy gossip and those who are just downright angry about everything that actually solves very little. How do you learn to navigate through the allergy support network without getting caught up in places that may not be the best for your needs? There are no rules except one- stay with those that support you, no matter what. Stay with the people that you know you can talk to and trust without feeling as if you will be spoken down too. Stay away from the people who prey on all of the negativity because the only thing that anybody really needs is to stay positive. Luckily, there is a place where you can go every year to experience what true allergy support is all about- the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.

Aterica Health, Kaleo, EpiShell, DineSafeApp
Each year, my recaps about the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference get a bit more tricky to write. Not because I don't know what to write or what to include but because there is just so much that I want to share with everyone. I'm always afraid I won't share enough and the event will be downplayed (see my previous articles here). Within the whirlwind of hugs, kisses, photos, safe food, products and classes there is something for everyone. In fact, I challenge even one person to tell me that they went to the conference and claim it wasn't everything I promised it to be. This is a place where everyone can meet someone from every aspect of the food allergy support that they need. A place where meeting with the founders of Auvi-Q or shaking hands with your favorite blogger is the norm. The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is a safe haven for anyone that is yearning for answers that they haven't found yet.

Beginnings This year, I wanted to share how the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference began. "The idea for a FAB Conference is something that Jenny Sprague had been pondering for about two years before it became a reality. It stems from the longing to connect, share, learn and meet all these amazing people she had come to know virtually through Twitter, Facebook, reading their blogs or books. They had helped guide her on the food allergy journey and, in turn, she has tried to help others. As Jenny verbalized this idea and shared it among her inner circle of friends, they too saw the value and were equally excited at the idea of having a conference for all of us. This conference is a great opportunity for us to come together to share, learn and connect with each other!"

Food & Stuff As I mentioned before, there's so very much to do, see and eat when you go to this conference! This year, in my quest in (trying) to show everyone all of the details, I have posted all of my photos in an album (just go here)- I wanted to make sure I didn't leave anyone out. And just to tease everyone and make your mouth water, I am sharing a small glimpse of what goes on at dinner as part of the Conference.

Time For Me to Give Back If all of this is not an awesome reason to begin something to give back, I don't know what else is....UNLESS I host a giveaway! I have teamed up with the wonderful people at Barney Butter to give some of the food allergy love. Since Barney Butter was my official sponsor for this year's Food Allergy Bloggers Conference I felt that sharing should be virtual as well as literal. For those with peanut allergies who can safely enjoy almonds, Barney Butter is a must-try. Their almond- only facility allows consumers with peanut allergies to enjoy multiple varieties of Barney Butter without the worry of cross-contamination*.  A little known fact- Barney Butter got it's name from the person that originally started the company. When it was sold to the current owners in 2010, they felt the name was catchy and they wanted to continue the loyal following. Thus, Barney Butter was born (yes, not the other Barney!).

Bring Me Barney Butter 
Ready to win some Barney Butter & an ebook?!
Giveaway details as follows:
  • Contest will run from Sunday, November 20- Wednesday, November 23rd 12PM EST
  • 1 Winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter
  • The winner will receive 2 jars of Barney Butter of their choice
  • The winner also gets 1 copy of my ebook The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies
  • Should the winner not claim their prize within 48 hours, a runner up winner will be chosen
  • Contest is open to US citizens only
  • No purchase necessary
  • Extra tagging & sharing including #BringMeBarneyButter is always appreciated
  • None of your information will be shared as that is just plain rude & I respect everyone

Additional thanks to Barney Butter for sponsoring me for this empowering event (endless hugs!) as well as offering a product that holds true to it's purpose. For more information, visit them on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram~

*Barney Butter does offer a variety of products, some of which contain coconut and other ingredients. As always, please check the website and ingredients to decide what is suitable for your specific allergy needs.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

This Really Happened

I got these Know Allergies bars from the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. I absolutely love the fact that they are peanut free, gluten free, dairy free and the fact that they have chocolate chips in them is an absolute plus. The taste- amazing! But there's one teeny, tiny thing that happened while I was eating one. It may be a tad oversharing but why do what I do if I cannot be honest, blunt and make people laugh at what really happens?
So, let's begin. Hey Know Allergies Dude that I spoke to for two days, can see your face in my memory but honestly can't remember your name now (no hard feelings)- I love your product! But the chocolate chips...they are like ninja chocolate chips! Here's the scenario: I grabbed your wonderful bar as I was running out the door. I, like many others, tried to rip it open while stopped at a light. First big mistake. That's when the first chocolate chip escaped and now lives permanently under my dashboard in between my steering wheel. Do you see it? Do you see the bump? I can't get it! It's wedged in there and I wonder what lovely, gross, creepy crawly bugs will find it, begin to eat it and then, of course, fall on me or touch me while I am driving. Plus, at some point, it will melt.

But that was just the beginning. I accepted the lost chocolate chip. After all, I have kids and a van that hasn't been vacuumed since.....well, whatever, it's dirty. What happened next was a blur of chocolate, extreme wiping, horror, embarrassment and then giggling followed my daughter being embarrassed. I finished the bar and parked to pick up NutriDaughter from school. I park in a parking lot surrounded by kids and other parents. So I can just imagine what other people were thinking when they saw me in my car, unable to fully explain my situation. I parked, put the wrapper on the floor and reached down to wipe away the excess chocolate.....well, guess what. There was A LOT of excess chocolate. And the only reason I realized it was because it was running down the length of my hand which only meant one thing- the chocolate had, indeed, fallen in between my legs but had also MELTED ONTO MY PANTS! NOOOOOOOO!!! Oh no, no, no,no NOOOOOOO!

I had to go to an appointment right after that and what- look like I had poop on my pants?!! Mortified, I grabbed the wipes (also from the conference, thanks FAB and Nice N'Clean) and I began to (try) to wipe my inner thighs and, well, frontal area. Then, I realized how this must look- a woman inside of her car, furiously wiping in between her legs (if anyone even saw it as wiping)...OH MY GAWH!!!!!! So I decided to open the door, get out of the car and clean it up while standing outside of my car so minimize what ugly, incorrect thoughts people might have while watching me. That's when NutriDaughter showed up and asked "What are you doing?!" This while snapping photos the entire time because I knew this was something that had to be shared :)

The morale of the story-

  • ALWAYS have a ton of wipes inside of your car because...
  • If you're going to eat inside of the car, cover all areas that may be effected
  • Park and eat- it's so much easier to clean up a spill when there's minimal people around
AND, if you are anything like me, you will immediately call someone that you know to tell them the entire story :)

Please know that I absolutely LOVE these bars (and that says a a lot!). I have spoken with the company and he has assured me that they are working to improve their bars as we speak. Would this stop me from buying them or recommending them? Absolutely not! It was a funny story that happens in every day life. At the end of the day, I was still happy I had eaten it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Are You REALLY Breathing?

Even NutriMeow was excited!
Let me go back in time for a minute. At the end of many long days, after staying up with my son who has a hacking cough that almost causes him to vomit and a stuffy, runny nose- a mom needs help. I have seen my son be so tired from those tough nights and still go to school; dark circles and bags under his eyes. Meanwhile, I feel as if I am failing as a mom inside. I'm literally watching my child feel unwell and I cannot seem to find anything that will prevent these flare-ups. This kills me. I have one job for this child and it's to keep him safe and well. Finally, we get an actual diagnosis of asthma after a trip to the emergency room and 30+ albuterol puffs later as well as some tips on how to not only manage his asthma but how to try to prevent the symptoms before they get out of hand. One of these tips is to invest in an air purifier (NOT a humidifier; a humidifier can actually grow mold and create an icky mixture of other allergy no-no's. Yes, we made this mistake). When I found out about the Intellipure Ultrafine 468, I was eager to put it to the test.

Safe For the Entire Family What I secretly loved about getting this air purifier was the fact that it was in one piece, ready to plug in and get to work tackling our air. I admit, I am one of those wives who immediately hands over new items for my husband to put together. I'm willing to bet my husband was also happy that he didn't have to read any assembly instructions or spend hours trying to figure out what pieces go where. In fact, he was impressed that I moved it upstairs by myself considering the size of the unit. Although the Ultrafine 468 is tall, the wheels and easy to move lightweight construction of the unit makes it super easy to move to just about anywhere in the house.

I even shared my excitement here

What's That Smell?! Well, truthfully, most moms have teenagers and there's just a funky smell that begins to take over their room at some point. For me, the first thought that crossed my mind was how well the air quality would improve in my son's room so we decided to start the Intellipure air purifier there. Unlike HEPA filters that have a 99% density (making it much more difficult and noisier to push out clean air) the technology with the Ultrafine 468 is not only better than HEPA, it's quieter and improves more air in less time and with less energy (thank you Intellipure for helping to keep out electric bill down). Plus, with a picky son who is thrives on video game interaction, lower noise levels are a must. On the flip side of loving anything electronic, NutriSon loves that the Ultrafine 468 can be controlled with just a simple swipe of one finger. It's actually really cool- watch

You CAN have one too! Go to Intellipure now 
Our Results So Far As I mentioned, NutriSon is a teenager and he has environmental allergies- specifically pollen-induced asthma. When he was younger, he was always a heavy breather and coughed a lot certain times of the year. Through trial and error and many, many doctors, we finally found out what triggered these symptoms and how to help him breathe easier. As a parent, food allergies are tough but watching your child not being able to breath is a double whammy. And as a child with food allergies and asthma, I'm sure my son would say that this was not the easiest thing for him to go through either. We went through a lot of tissues in those years but I am glad to report that the pure, clean air that has been in his room for the past few weeks is just amazing! I am actually jealous and can't wait to switch it into our room next. I am especially jealous that the kid that hates to sleep because he may miss something is falling asleep so soundly, he doesn't even here me sneak in to take a picture.....totally jealous of that one!

NutriSon turned 15 this year. It's been an amazing journey with his allergies (both food and environmental) but during this journey, I have learned so much that sometimes, I feel as if my brain cannot possibly allow anything else new to enter. And just like that, on the days that I feel slightly overwhelmed, I find something that does some of the work for me. Something that soothes my worries of I can't do this today! I just can't research this, verify this- I have soooo much to do! This is why I do what I do though. I know that by finding new products that truly work for our allergy lifestyle and put a band aid on my bruised brain, it is something worth sharing to (hopefully) do the same for all of your families.

*I received materials and information for providing my thoughts and ideas to Intellipure. All comments made by me about  are the Ultrafine 468 or Intellipure at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. #Sponsored

Thursday, November 10, 2016

What Kind of Donut?!

It's November people...NOVEMBER! This means there are weeks before us that will include meals, get togethers, more meals and (oh yeah) stress from all of that. There are easy ways to cope with meal planning without stressing out and you can even have a bit of fun in the process. Are you thinking it's not possible? Or are you assuming that whatever I am sharing may be fun but a lot of work? Nope, neither. I (just like all of you) love taking the easy and simple way to a recipe of food fest so that I can enjoy the time that I have outside of the kitchen.

I also like to come up with recipes that I can make ahead of time, freeze and then defrost and go as needed. This can be challenging sometimes since my children eat non-stop. But occasionally, I manage to hide some of the extras and stow them away for those last minute invites. The result? My allergic son arrives with a very special, fun and safe platter of food for him that he often shares with the other kids who desperately want to know what all of his cool foods are. That's how it should be- food allergies should never limit what you do or where you go as long as you think ahead and go prepared.

NutriSon tends to like pick foods. Admittedly, who doesn't? Especially at parties. So when we got an invitation and I only had a few items on hand, I just winged it and wound up coming up with an easy recipe that can be used as a snack, appetizer, side item or alone. Best of all, I was able to use up some leftover chili hanging out in the fridge. Curious? It's round, it's dipable and ripable and it's anything except an actual donut.

Corn Taco Donuts 
Get the recipe here
Winona Pure Popcorn Butter Spray
1 package cornbread mix (such as Glutino)
Leftover prepared taco meat
Cheese of your choice (add as little or as much as you’d like)
*Optional- 2-3 tablespoons pureed veggies for those picky eaters

Prep Time:   7 Minutes
Bake Time:   23 Minutes

1.       Preheat the oven to 375°
2.       Drizzle a doughnut pan with oil
3.       Using your finger, rub the oil to ensure thorough coverage of the pan indents
4.       Prepare the cornbread mix as directed
5.       Mix in your taco meat
6.       Add cheese
7.       Bake for 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
8.       Cool on a wire rack
9.       Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator or frozen

Serving sizes will vary

Need an easy taco seasoning recipe? Click here J

What secret ingredient will you put into your Corn Taco Donut? 

Monday, November 7, 2016

You're a Mom, Know a Mom- Read This!

Let's just start by saying that Moms work hard- ALL MOMS (hey, all you dads- you do too but you know, let's just give the moms their well-earned space for now). When I say ALL moms it's because it's true but I also think food allergy moms (sometimes) have an even harder time with the added stress of finding safe foods. And being that's it's already November, the stress of the holidays is just creeping up and adding to our everyday lives! How do we fix this? How do we get a break? What will make us feel like someone understands and appreciates what we do?


I have teamed up with Deep River Snacks to share their contest with all of you! Why? All of their chips are Kosher, many of their products are Vegan, they are gluten free and they do not use artificial colors.* One of the most important dilemmas that a MOMCHO has is trying to figure out how to feed her family but also finding REAL foods that fit within her busy life and schedule. (Are you reading this like ....what's a MOMCHO?! According to the official HONCHOS term, it is a noun and it's an awesome mom who deals with a TON of mom stuff every mom day, and overcomes it with super mom powers) Now how many of you are reading this screaming, THAT'S ME!

So How Does This Work?
VERY easy (which also fits into our busy-day mom lives)

  • Go to the Honchos video (here)
  • Nominate your mom who deserves to win (YES, you can nominate yourself!)
  • Tag them in the video comments and you must include #HONCHOMAMA (VERY important, don't forget!)
  •  Nominate no later than November 13th
But What Are the Prizes?
Oh my GAWH!!! Are you ready for this? Cuz even I want to win! There will be 1 Grand Prize Winner and 12 Finalist prizes too (yes, other people will win stuff too!!). The Grand Prize winner will receive: $250 in Visa Gift Cards, 3 months of HONCHOS chips (6 cases of 12-1.5 oz chips of the winners choice), a tiara (YES!!! I WANT A TIARA!!), MOMCHO slippers and other goodies adding up to a $500 value.  The Finalists will get: 3 complimentary bags of HONCHOS chips, a t-shirt and other HONCHOS swag (for those of you that don't know what swag is- it's fun stuff!).

Other Important Stuff 
Remember to nominate your mom no later than November 13th 2016. If you don't they can't be entered for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on Friday December 2, 2016 via Facebook. For complete details on the contest rules, eligibility and prize information please click here. So what are you waiting for? Go nominate the person that you think should win NOW!!!!

Thanks to Deep River Snacks for understanding that moms need extra recognition, prizes, fun and super sweet swag! Visit them on their website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

*As always, everyone's allergies are different so please be sure and check the ingredients page to see what is safest for your need.