Nicholas’ Nut-Free Christmas: A Book Review

Recently, new author Danielle Lynn reached out to see if she could send me a copy of her first book, Nicholas’ Nut-Free Christmas. I was thrilled for the opportunity to read it. I love to read and have read to my children as they’ve grown up so I’m almost always up for a good read.

The bonus about this children’s book is that it also addresses food allergies, and in an incredibly positive manner. Lynn’s book focuses on a third-grade boy named Nicholas who has food allergies and is facing some significant challenges as Christmas quickly approaches including a class party and a visit to grandma’s.

In my opinion, what makes Nicholas’ story special is his attitude. We all, those with and without food allergies, face challenges in life. It is simply a part of life. The secret to handling those difficulties is our attitude toward them. This is something Nicholas has a remarkable handle on and it is a lesson I think many children with food allergies can benefit from hearing. His actions can empower readers to take control of a food allergy situation in a positive manner without letting it become a hindrance in how they live their lives.

In each challenge the young boy faces, he actively problem solves to find a way past the trial. He does not focus on the unfairness of the situation or let it dictate how he lives his best life. I stinkin’ love that. This kid just sees a bump in the road and sets out to fix it without ever looking back. Even as an adult, this is a lesson I need to be reminded of from time to time.

As a side note, although the book is geared toward Christmas, I do think it would be a good read year round as the situations Nicholas faces are indicative of many different holidays and even everyday situations.

If you are looking for a positive read to share with a child with food allergies, friends of a child with food allergies, a school classroom, or a library, I highly recommend Danielle Lynn’s Nicholas’ Nut-Free Christmas. The book is a breath of fresh air in tackling a serious problem with a healthy measure of positivity and a double dose of a can-do attitude.

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this review and the thoughts within this post reflect my honest thoughts and opinions.

New Look for The Food Allergy Mom Blog

The Food Allergy Mom blog has brand new look!!!

Although the blog has been updated and reformatted, our mission remains the same: offering a positive, common-sense approach for daily life for those with food allergies and asthma.

Be sure to click around to see some of our new features.

As always, we know your time is valuable, so thank you for choosing to spend it with us.

Kimberly

Stephanie Sorkin’s Am I A Unicorn?: A Book Review

For almost a decade, I have been a fan of author Stephanie Sorkin. She is an award-winning author of multiple adorable children’s books and my own family has enjoyed reading them all (although I must say Nutley, the Nut-Free Squirrel is a favorite). So, you can imagine my delight when Stephanie debuted her new book, Am I A Unicorn?

This newest book features a young unicorn who is comfortable in her own skin until her outer appearance changes in a very prominent way. What is a unicorn to do when the thing that she associates so much of her identity with is suddenly not the same? Is she still a unicorn?

I think all of us suffered a bit of an identity crisis of our own in 2020. Our occupations, extra-curricular activities, clubs, and organizations that are huge pieces of our identities pretty much ceased to exist in the ways we’d grown accustomed to. From this we were challenged to examine if those things are what truly make us who we are, kind of like the lead character in Sorkin’s newest book. Talk about impeccable timing.

Stephanie does a beautiful job of walking the reader through the unicorn’s thought process as she tries to rediscover what makes her the best her she can be. The plot line and words are brilliant at engaging young children and the colorful and whimsical illustrations only add to the overall feel of this precious book.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that young readers will be thrilled to find a recipe for “YOUnique Rainbow Cupcakes” at the end of the book. Any book that can combine story and activity time is a winner in my book, especially when many of us are still cooped up inside. Add to that a portion of the book’s proceeds are donated to charities that benefit children, and what’s not to love?

As we emerge from the year of isolation that was 2020, there has never been a more perfect time to get to know and celebrate the person you are inside. Yes, our children have been transformed by the pandemic in dozens of different ways, but to be different is okay because as Sorkin says on the opening page of Am I A Unicorn?, “Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we were all the same?”

Make your next storytime with the kids extra special with this sweet book. Happy reading and stay safe, my friends.

Taking Back Your OWYN Health

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays make the fall and winter my favorite seasons of the year, and judging by the scale, I’d say they are my stomach’s favorites too…especially in 2020.

Although we aren’t going to any Christmas parties or fun peopley holiday gatherings this year, the food part of the celebration remains at my house via building DIY gingerbread houses, munching on candy canes, making traditional cookie recipes, and enjoying a cup (or two) of hot cocoa.

This has been a hard year for my family just as I’m sure it has been for many of you and your loved ones, so I am just a little adamant about celebrating the good things in life and if some of that comes with a side of extra calories for the holiday season, so be it.

In between all those delicious holiday treats, it can be difficult to still make sure I am getting the nutrients and vitamins that my body needs for energy to build gingerbread houses and have snowball fights (in Texas it’s more like leaf pile jumping…we seldom get snow).

Fortunately, I found a simple way to balance out dessert calories with a smarter choice in the form of OWYN (Only What You Need) Meal Replacement Shakes. Stay with me here, according to OWYN’s website, this meal replacement shake has approximately:

  • 20 grams of protein
  • 23 vitamins and minerals
  • 300 calories
  • Half of most people’s daily omega 3 needs
  • Cleaner ingredients
  • Zero major food allergens

As if these weren’t reason enough to like OWYN’s meal replacement drinks, they are also certified gluten-free and Non GMO Project Verified. FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is even listed as a National Strategic Partner. In my opinion, this drink has some serious skills.

I have been a fan of the company OWYN for awhile now (you can read my review here of their basic protein drink), but I was curious about the meal replacement drink so I asked them if they’d be willing to send me a free sample to review for my blog and they happily obliged.

What you are about to read is my honest, truthful opinion on the OWYN Meal Replacement Shake (chai flavor). I was not compensated to write this review. So, here goes…

I will say this about OWYN’s drinks in general, they are more the consistency of water than a shake. At first, that kind of caught me off guard. I think this is mainly because I was wondering how a liquid shake would keep me satisfied and nourished without all the bulk of a heavier shake. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that an OWYN Meal Replacement Shake can be quite filling.

Chai tea is one of my favorite hot drinks, so I was excited to sample the chai flavor although OWYN also has a chocolate meal replacement shake that I have not yet tried. In my opinion, this drink had all the warm spice of a cup of chai tea, so it was a bonus to be sipping on a shake in one of my favorite flavors.

On the mornings where I was racing around the house in a hurry to get some things done or on the days where I knew I’d be indulging later, this meal replacement shake was such a blessing. I felt like I had started my day off right with a step towards taking care of myself and my own health and that put a little bit of a spring in my step.

So whether you’re trying to add a dash of self-care during this holiday season or you are looking for ways to start fresh with the arrival of a new year (Dear God, please let it be better than 2020), I encourage you to check out OWYN’s meal replacement drinks and other products for yourself.

And as an added bonus for my readers, the amazing crew at OWYN was kind enough to offer you all an online coupon when ordering from OWYN. At checkout simply type in the code ALLERGYMOM20 for a whopping 20% off your order. This offer is only good until January 31, 2021 so don’t let this deadline sneak up on you!

Dear friends, I am wishing you much health and happiness now and always. Take care!