Top 2 Tips for Food Allergy Travel

by Becky Elmuccio on June 19, 2015

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Stonyfield and Tommee Tippee. All opinions are my own. Also, I am not a physician, so please consult your allergist for all suggestions for your particular allergy.

We are planning a lot of day trips this summer and as a food allergy family, we have to plan our meals and snacks carefully in order to keep Tomato safe. Whether we are running out to tour a new spot in the Philadelphia area or heading to the shore for the week, there are some things that we think of for taking food with us as we travel.

Top Tips for Food Allergy Travel

Tip #1: Pack what you know!

I always pack items that we have tried before and with which we have had success. With Tomato’s food allergy, we have a running list of companies that we know are safe for her particular peanut allergy. I always consult the list before I head to the supermarket and before I pack snacks and lunches or dinners for the day. One of the companies that works for us and is safe for us is Stonyfield, so I always have their YoToddler yogurts on hand. They are small, portable and for Tomato, they hit the spot. She loves the flavors and I know it’s something that she will eat and be full and ready for the next part of the trip.

Tip #2: Pack utensils and plates and bowls that you have from home.

The easiest way for me to know that the food we have is safe is to make sure Tomato is eating off of plates and bowls that we bring from home. When we got the new Tommee Tippee Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls, I was thrilled because it gives us two bowls to travel with and they fit into each other with ease. This helps to limit the bulkiness and makes packing things in our backpack simple. Plus, it lets us have a bowl for two meals or a snack and a meal. This is super important for food allergy travel for us! Tomato is in love with these bowls too. She likes that the spoon has a hiding place. She loves that there is pink. Plus, I love that the spoon is clean and coming from our house instead of grabbing a disposable one from a food spot while we are out. I never know what those have touched before, so this set gives me peace of mind.

Tomato is so used to taking her own food when we go places now. We know that it’s what is best for her allergy and she really goes with it. It helps when we have found foods that she likes and are easy to take on the road. Having portable plates, bowls and utensils add to it. These new ones in our collection are BPA free, so I am not worried about that either. They are also dishwasher safe, so when we land at home, clean up is easy too. That’s always good!

If you are a food allergy parent, how do you pack safe foods for your child?

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LikeThat Garden App: Planting the Right Garden for You

by Becky Elmuccio on May 21, 2015

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for LikeThat. All opinions are my own.

As I am sure other parents can identify with, “I need an app for that” seems to apply to every search for efficiency and time management around the home. As I said the other week, we are in a transition into me working more outside of the home. I am slowly coming to reality of what that means for the garden here. Recently, I started using the LikeThat Garden app in order to capture ideas as I go for walks around town.

LikeThat Garden App Planting the Right Garden for You

I am in search of perennial flowers that are low maintenance. These are ideal for me to continue to have a garden that I love to look at, cut flowers from and can maintain with our busy schedules. Annuals are of no interest as of now and I’m looking for plants that bloom at different times of year and are of various heights. This helps me to add depth and continual blooms to the garden as we keep it low maintenance and on budget.

So, I took my new app out for a test drive over to one of my favorite gardens in our area. They have a great easy to care for garden on a hill similar to our front yard hill. It is filled with sedums and other flowers, but I wasn’t sure what the flowers were. It’s a cascade of pinks, whites and purples and I love when it blooms each spring. I love it and would like to replicate the effect at our home. In their strip of land between the road and the sidewalk, they have stunning Irises. So, I used the app to capture a picture, choose which flower it is and save it to my favorites. I can access the picture and my search history whenever I activate the app.

LikeThat Garden App Photo Grab

LikeThat Garden App Ideas

LikeThat Garden App Info Page

 

In addition to getting suggestions as to which flower you photographed, you can click on each option and be taken to a Wikipedia page where you can figure out if the plant is a perennial or annual and if it fits your zone. You can also make it a favorite to save the info for later. To say that I am going to be using this app on every walk to amass a master list for the front hill transformation would be an understatement. I can’t promise that I won’t pull the car over on errands and hop out to use it too. It speaks to the research happy history major that I was. No longer will I wonder what a flower is and with the visual and text components, I’ll start adding the information to my own memory for when Tomato asks. Of course, once I show her the app, I may also not get the phone back and we’ll be off on a great homeschool style science tangent.

So, if you know someone who is always asking “What flower is that?” or a would be gardener who doesn’t know if certain flowers can work in his/her garden, I highly recommend the LikeThat Garden app. Get outdoors, walk, do a color walk with the kids to collect info about flowers of different colors and enjoy building your fantasy garden. Grab the app for FREE for iOs or Android and explore!

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