dairy free muffins

A few months ago we spotted these dairy free muffins in the bakery area of our local Byerly’s. They have a chocolate chip and blueberry that Bo seems to like. Always a nice treat to find new treats that are safe for Bo. He’s a picky breakfast eater, too, so these come in handy some mornings!


ECFE and Snack Time

Here’s the latest issue I am feeling nervous about. I have us signed up for a weekly ECFE class this fall. I am super excited for it but also extremely nervous like to the point where I wonder on a daily basis if I should just call and cancel. I know canceling isn’t what I should do. I can’t keep avoiding these situations. Here’s the deal. There is SNACK TIME involved. Each week one of the families in the class will bring the snack. I have emailed the head of our ECFE and told her about Bo’s food allergies and how he can’t even TOUCH dairy, egg or nut and that means he can’t be around kids that are eating those foods. She sent me a very kind response and asked me to provide a list of “safe” snack ideas and she would have that list distributed to teachers and parents of all of the classes. Woofta. Huge relief, right! Well, I can’t help but think this “list” isn’t going to be well received by everyone. I am worried some parents are going to say something like “well, johnny only likes goldfish and he won’t eat ritz crackers,” and it feels so uncomfortable to have to tell other parents, that I don’t know, that they CAN’T bring in their childs favorite snack.

I might be over thinking this but I am wondering if anyone has any great advice on how to kindly tell other parents in our class about Bo’s allergies and about what can or can’t come in the classroom. It’s such an awkward situation when I don’t even know these people.

Here’s to hoping I am way over analyzing the situation and it will all be just fine!


just getting started.

I’m going to start blogging about our life with an almost two year old who has severe food allergies. Keeping bo safe and feeding him is a constant challenge and something that has really changed our lives. I feel like there are not enough stories/blogs about families dealing with this similar situation so I have decided that I will try to document what is working for us in our lives, what is not, and hopefully this can be a place where anyone dealing with the same thing (or even not) can share their thoughts or suggestions because we are ALWAYS looking for ideas on how best to cope.

My son, Bo, is allergic to DAIRY, EGG and NUTS. We found out about his allergies when he was about 3/4 months old. We have had the most experience with Bo reacting to dairy and have found that allergy to be the most difficult to work around. If you would like to know more about our story, Bo’s allergies, or past experiences – please feel free to contact me at abby@skinnerjones.com.

On this blog I will also keep a tab that lists some of the “safe” foods that we use. I am hoping that this will be a good resource for any other families with allergies looking for ideas and also a place for our families and friends to get ideas of what bo CAN actually eat! If you are a family dealing with similar allergies and have other food/snack ideas I would LOVE to hear them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you so much to those of you who accomodate and support us! We know it’s not easy.