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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
American Girl & Food Allergies
I just had to share my newest find. I love when companies put the positive spotlight on food allergies. Don't get me wrong, there are not many positives to having a food allergy, but with so much negative press, having it pop up with a positive or even just an every-day-reality-type spin on it is a breath of fresh air. I get excited to see even the smallest company or article giving food allergies some positive attention. So it's even better when larger and well established companies jump in.

Recently, Kayla discovered American Girl. Since then she has created a wishlist of wants from their catalog. The other night I received an e-mail from a close friend who's daughter is also into American Girl. American Girl has come out with a new lunch box set for the dolls. As with all their stuff, it's an adorable set, but what makes it so special to me is not the cute sandwich on the croissant or the box of raisins or apple sauce cup. It's not even the adorable lunchbox cooler. But it's the "littlest" thing - this set of 4 stickers...


Kayla gives all her dolls and stuffed animals allergies. The cat is allergic to mice, the dog is allergic to bones. And since she knows I am allergic to cats, she feeds her cat stuffed animals special food so "Mommy will be safe", and so on and so forth. So this will absolutely make her day! A friend of mine is getting this for her and I can't wait!

I don't even have this yet and I left a review for the product praising American Girl for their thought and attention to kids who live with food allergies. Even their product description is heart warming.

"A sheet of allergy stickers your girl can use to help her doll stay safe while she snacks"

It is through products like these that our jobs as food allergy parents do and will get easier. For us it's a fact of life and I for one am thrilled to be able to give Kayla something that will help her to feel, as Gina put it, like "One of the Gang".

Thank you American Girl!

posted at 8:00 AM  

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Donna said...

That is so great! I love American Girl for so many reasons and will add this thoughtful product to my list.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Jane Anne said...

What a wonderful find! I love it because it makes allergies seem so normal. (I can't wait until my little girl starts with American Girl dolls. I used to get the catalog so I could buy things for my nieces. My boys always asked why we were getting THAT catalog!)

At 9:33 PM, OpenID pinkexplosion said...

We love American Girl here as well. I think it is great that they are sensitive as well.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Rhonda Lewis said...

What a great thing. Its amazing to see a company like that with such great awareness. With allergies (unfortunately) becoming more and more prevalent, I really appreciate that companies are responding in their own ways.


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