Enjoy Life Plentils

Sometimes you just want an easy snack.  I don’t know about you, but to me, “snack” typically means something savory, and usually salty.  I like candy, but that’s not a snack.  Something like popcorn or chips is a little more my speed.  I recently discovered Plentils from Enjoy Life, and it totally fits that bill.

If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I love Enjoy Life.  Their chocolate chips are outstanding, and I love some of their Chewy Bar flavors. The Plentils chips did not disappoint.


Three of the six available flavors: Thai Chili Lime, Garlic & Parmesan, and Sea Salt.


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Blogger Recognition Award

Heartfelt thanks to Roda at GrowingSelf.blog for the Blogger Recognition Award!  If you haven’t seen her blog yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.  She has beautiful photography and a passion for her farm/gardening life that is very engaging.

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.


My blog story…

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Teal Pumpkin Project

It’s October, the time when the minds of little ones (and not-so-little ones) turn to the fun and festivities of Halloween.  Whether Halloween parties at school, trick-or-treating with friends, or doing Trunk-n-Treat/Harvest Festival at a local church, it’s a time of costumes, fun, games, and most importantly… CANDY!

I loved Halloween as a kid.  I loved dressing up, carving pumpkins, getting candy, rummaging through it with my sister to find our favorites… it was the best.  As I got older, I fell out with Halloween for a while, due in large part to seeing the way some of the teenagers in our area would use it as a chance to snatch candy bags from kids and do other heinous pranks.  As a parent, though, as I see the excitement on my kids’ faces, I have a renewed fondness for the holiday.  I still love carving pumpkins, and taking the kids trick-or-treating is always so much fun.

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Our littles on Halloween last year (2016)


For Reese, though, and for many like him, Halloween has a darker, much more dangerous side lurking around every cobweb-covered bush, behind every overplayed witch-smashed-into-the-front-door decoration, next to every jack-o-lantern.  Continue reading

Doctor’s Orders

Do you ever get on Pinterest?  I love Pinterest.  It’s a wealth of information on all sorts of things.  I have found countless recipes, my wife has found several useful crochet patterns… my coworkers and I even have a shared Pinterest board to find great ideas for our classrooms (I’m a high school Spanish teacher by day, in case you didn’t know). But there is a darker side to Pinterest. Continue reading

The Bubble

Allergy parents/allergy sufferers, have you ever notice the bubble we tend to be in?  It’s a weird bubble.  We are part of support groups, we read the message boards, we do the research… with all of that, it’s easy to feel like the rest of the world gets it, like they are all going through it, too.  It feels like this rare thing you are dealing with really isn’t rare at all.  But then you talk to real people in the real world and realize that just isn’t the case. People don’t always understand food allergies.  They don’t know what eosinophilic disorders are.  And often what they do know about allergies is “information” they have gotten from watching tv or movies.  So as allergy parents and/or allergy sufferers, it’s our job to help them understand.


Unfortunately, when we break out of the safety bubble we are in, it’s easy to come out with guns blazing, demanding that the world change.  Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying.  I get the importance of defending yourself or your kid.  It’s our job as parents. We have to protect our kids, and we cannot back down from that.  But the negative image people have of us is due in large part… well, to us.  We have to understand that no one changes quickly.  We need to educate, not scream and spit.  We need to help people see that the changes we are asking for are not unreasonable, they are for the health and safety of our children. We also need to understand that the world is not out to get us, but there are in fact people out there that want to learn and accommodate.  While screaming and shouting might cause people to accommodate, it will not change attitudes.  If we can change attitudes, we can effect real change – the kind of change that brings people to want to support because they care. Attitude changes do not happen overnight.  If we want a safer world for our kids, though, we have to pop our bubble with diplomacy.

You’ve got this!

You know how when you are told you can’t eat something, that’s all you want?  The doctor says to watch your fat intake, and the only thing you want to eat is a bacon sandwich with bacon bread topped with bacon spread and followed with a side of bacon fries (minus the potato).

Or maybe you are the opposite: rather than dreaming of bacon wrapped bacon, you change everything and live off of celery, despite the vast array of things you can have that are perfectly in your dietary needs.

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Back to School: Approaching the 504

It’s that time of year again… the air is far from turning crisp and cool, but the school buses are running and classes are starting.  It is back to school time! To this day, I love buying school supplies.  Something about fresh, new pencils and notebooks… it’s hard to explain, but there’s nothing quite like it.

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Unfortunately, for kids with chronic illnesses and severe allergies, school brings a whole host of challenges that the majority of people don’t even think about.  A student with sickle-cell anemia who can’t be exposed to extreme temperatures (eg. fire drills during the winter), a diabetic student who needs to check her blood sugar multiple times a day, a student with a feeding tube who goes to the nurse for lunch and can’t be around food…. Fortunately, there is a way to put a plan in place.   Continue reading