Oriental Trading Company $50 Gift Card Giveaway

You guys…I am SO excited about this $50 gift card giveaway from Oriental Trading Company.

Here is a sample of Oriental Trading goodies from Halloween. So cute! The kids loved them!

Oriental Trading company is one of my favorite places to get non-food gifts and trinkets for holidays and celebrations.  And with Food Allergy Awareness Week coming up in May, it’s the perfect time to do some shopping so you can celebrate and create awareness all month long!

Here’s how you can be entered to win a $50 Oriental Trading Company gift card:

Visit the entry page here and use at least one of the seven ways listed to be entered into the giveaway.  For every additional way you enter, your chances of winning increase. 

But hurry…the contest concludes on May 6th.  Oriental Trading Company will then select the winner and contact you directly to share the exciting news!

Are you still here?  What are you waiting for?  Enter now!!!!

Best of luck to you,



Ceela Naturals Skin Care Line (Top 8 Allergen & Corn Free) Review and Giveaway

A couple of months ago I was messaging with a friend asking for advice on an efficient but safe acne face wash for my teenager.  As luck would have it, she recently tried a product from Ceela Naturals and was absolutely in love with the results and suggested I check out their acne line.

So, I contacted the folks at Ceela Naturals Skin Care about their products.  Their response was almost immediate and very thorough.  Here are some points the company shared with me about Ceela Naturals:

  • they are top 8 allergen and corn free
  • they promise no artificial compounds, common allergens, surfactants, preservatives, parabens, fragrance, or animal testing
  • they offer products in the following categories:  eczema relief, restoring cleansers, skin nourishing creams & oils, and wash-off exfoliants

After our conversation, I felt like these products would indeed be allergy-safe safe for my son to use.   But I was still slightly concerned about using them for myself as I have extremely sensitive skin and so am somewhat limited in face cleansers, moisturizers, and make up that I’m able to use without issue.

The company was kind enough to send a few samples so that I could try them as well as share my findings with fellow bloggers.  So…here goes…

I’ve already mentioned that I give Ceela an A+ for customer service.  And when I received this thoughtfully made up package, I gave them another A+ for attention to detail and beautifully simple packaging.

Below are the four products my family received.

Side Note:  I love the crisp clear packaging of most of the bottles.  It leaves no question as to how close you are getting to the end of your product so you will know when it is time to reorder.

I used both the organic make up remover and facial cleanser on a daily basis for a couple of months.  I will admit the texture of both is quite a change compared to other over-the-counter or department store purchases I have used.  The make up remover is slick rather than creamy, but did a really good job removing my makeup…even the waterproof mascara.  The cleanser took more getting used to than anything because it does not soap or foam in any way.

My results?  At the end of a couple of months of an extremely stressful season for me (which usually equals acne breakouts), my skin was remarkably clear.  In the months of using this product, I had possibly one acne flare up…and again, this was during a high-stress season that usually equals many new acne breakouts for me.  This is also high praise from someone with such sensitive skin that even the most “gentle” cleansers can be a problem.

My son tried the acne gel wash.  As most teenagers do, he’s just recently started experiencing typical adolescent acne.  He used the face wash faithfully for a couple of months and noticed a huge difference.  While it did not vanish completely, I would estimate there was a 75% reduction in the outward appearance of acne.  And, I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it here because I don’t generally post pictures of my kiddos on my blog.  He was thrilled with the results.  It is worth noting that he became lax with daily use of the acne gel over the holidays and noticed a resurgence.  He is already back to using the product daily so he can enjoy clearer skin again.

The last product I was provided with to try was MagiCalm which is supposed to soothe challenged skin.  To be frank, while using the other Ceela products, my skin was in such great shape I didn’t yet try the MagiCalm.  However, a blast of drying, arctic air came through recently and has been a challenge for my skin (I live in normally very humid Houston, Texas) and I plan to give the MagiCalm a test drive tonight!

Overall, my son and I have both been thrilled with these products.  My only wish for this line is that it is could be readily available at chain grocery stores and drug stores.  Maybe if enough of us try Ceela Naturals Skin Care and like it, we could find a way to make that happen!

For two of you, this will be easier than ever!  Ceela Naturals was kind enough to donate TWO giveaways to my readers!  Here is some information about the product bundle to be given away and details on how to enter.:

Eczema Starter Bundle (Wash + Hydrating Cream)

Our Eczema Starter Bundle (Wash + Hydrating Cream) contains no parabens, sulfates, or dubious ingredients.  The Body Wash gently cleans ski without overdrying.  In addition, lab testing has shown the cleanser is effective against bacteria associated with eczema and atopic dermatitis.  The Body Cream offers pure natural skin hydration.  This rich formula delivers important oils, vitamins and an abundance of the collagen building block, Glycine, to promote skin health and restore balance.

To be entered for this giveaway, simply subscribe by email (the sign up button is in the column on the right) to The Food Allergy Mom blog.  If you are already subscribed to my email list, please send me an email to let me know you would like to be entered into this giveaway.  The deadline for entering is by 12:01a.m. (central time) on Friday, January 26th.

Of course, I sure would be grateful if you’d share this post with friends via email and social media too.  I was lucky enough to have a dear friend guide me when I called her looking for information.  I hope that you will be a dear friend to someone who might be looking for information on safe skin care too.

Happy New Year!



Thank you to all who participated in my giveaway.  My two random winners have been chosen.  Winners, congratulations and be expecting to hear from me soon with more details!

Izzi B’s Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread House Kits A MUST For The Holidays

Friends, I’m not sure if I’m in denial or if time has just gotten away from me, but I can scarcely believe it is already December.  Between the slow start due to Hurricane Harvey in August, fall has seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye!

But I have been working on a couple of my favorite Christmas activities this week to get me in a more holly jolly mood and I want to share them with you!

One of our favorite family traditions is to create a family advent calendar.  This is an easy-peasy calendar I make for under $10.  It’s filled with Christmas activities that help us slow down and focus on the really important things for the season.  It’s not too late to make your own!  Find directions here.

One of the activities that goes on our advent calendar every year is making a gingerbread house.  Some of my fondest memories of Christmases past are of making gingerbread houses with three generations of the women in my family.  We always made quite a masterpiece and enjoyed plenty of laughter and sugar along the way!

This is a tradition I dearly wanted to continue with my own children.  But with the introduction of food allergies to my family, I felt like this would no longer be possible.  It broke my heart.

Then I found Izzi B’s!!!!!!  Y’all…these folks are AWESOME! They made my gingerbread house dreams possible again and now it’s a tradition I am blessed to share again each year with new generations of family.

Izzi B’s is kind enough to provide me with a gingerbread house each year (you can read about my past experiences here).  And I can tell you, I don’t blog about this company because of their kindness (although they absolutely ARE the kindest folks)…I blog about it because I want to let as many people as I can know that they made it possible for me to take back gingerbread house building in a more allergy aware way!

So, who is Izzi B’s?  They are a self-proclaimed allergen-free wholesale bakery in Connecticut.  While the do not have a storefront, they do fill individual pre-orders with pick up and some items are available for shipping (like gingerbread house kits).  Izzi B’s proudly states their products are free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, all nuts, and casein.  They have no preservatives, no trans-fats, no refined sugar and are cholesterol free.  Their products are also vegan & kosher certified as well as celiac friendly.  All ingredients are either all-natural, organic or Fair Trade and all food colorings are made of natural derivatives of plants.

Back to the gingerbread house kit!  Here is what this little box of joy looks like!  Happy dance!

Here is a picture of most of the pieces you receive to create your house with although they may vary slightly from year to year.

Here is a picture of our 2017 gingerbread creation.

Note that I said creation because we decided to shake things up a bit this year and try to create something unique instead of our usual house.  So, we made a gingerbread church this year.  Oh, and the landing strip made of chocolate chips and gummy lane dividers were my son’s creation…a landing strip for Santa’s sleigh!  And we thought the gummies made fantastic stained glass windows!

One of the very best things about Izzi B’s gingerbread kits are that they allow you to truly use your imagination to create your very own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  What might you create?

Thinking this sounds like the perfect addition to your family holiday traditions?  Be sure to order soon to allow sufficient time for delivery before the holidays.

Thank you, Izzi B’s, for all that you do to spread delicious allergy-friendly happiness and smiles!

Merry Christmas, sweet friends!

P.S.  I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t mention Izzi B’s ginger sammies cookies.  Do yourself a major favor and be sure to order a couple of these to put a fantastic smile on your face.  Then hide them when they come in…or they have a way of disappearing the same day they arrive!

Schar Debuts New GF Bread Featuring 10 Grains & Seeds

I had a red-letter day Wednesday when I opened my mailbox to find Schar had mailed me a two-piece bread sampler of their new gluten-free bread featuring 10 grains and seeds!  What can I say?  It’s the little things that bring me happiness!

Disclaimer:  Schar is already one of my favorites as far as bread for everyday sandwiches and such goes.  The bread is gluten, wheat, dairy, and preservative free and is also non-GMO.  The individual pieces of their loaves are as close to the real size of a regular piece of bread as I’ve seen.  But even better than that, the bread still has a bit of that spongy texture that makes you feel like you’re indulging in bread that isn’t gluten-free.  It’s light, delicious, and very sandwich friendly.

The new 10 grain and seed bread features the following:

  • Rice flour
  • Quinoa seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Millet flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Quinoa flour
  • Amaranth flour
  • Chia seeds

To be honest, I didn’t tell a huge difference from the taste of their regular gluten-free bread.  They are both delicious.  And while I would imagine the grains and seeds in this new loaf only add to the nutrition of the bread, as one who tries to watch her waistline I am a little dismayed at the total amount of carbs.  That is my only reservation and it’s one that seems to apply to gluten-free bread in general.

Bottom Line:  I liked this new gluten-free bread from Schar and will hopefully be buying it soon at a H-E-B (our local H-E-B was affected by Hurricane Harvey and won’t reopen until January).

Thank you Schar for your dedication to making a quality product that is gluten-free and tastes delicious!