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Friday, May 18, 2018

High Five for Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

This has been a super busy week but a great week. Here are my favorites...

1) On Saturday, we went to the race track as usual. Raylan had several kids to play with which made things a lot easier for this momma. He is just like his daddy, he loves to watch the cars go fast. I'm sure Justin will have him racing before I know it. 

2) I had a great Mother's Day. Justin let me sleep in while he got up with Raylan. I even woke up to a good hot cup of coffee and two homemade cards that they had made me. I also received some beautiful flowers and we ordered Pizza. This momma got to relax all day which was much needed and appreciated. 

3) Our local extension office hosts a Happy Healthy Playdate once a month. We attended it for the first time on Monday and it was so much fun. Raylan got to plant me some beautiful Marigolds all on his own. He also got to read books and play games with other children and have a healthy snack. It's such a great program! I wish I would have been taking him all along.

4) Tuesday, Raylan graduated from Story Time at our local library. We have had so much fun these last two years. We're going to miss it so much since Raylan will be starting preschool in the fall. It has been such a great program. Raylan has learned so much and made so many friends.  I recommend that every child get to attend a story time program. 

5) This week has been Food Allergy Awareness Week. I have done my best to raise as much awareness as I can. Please take the time to read my most recent blog post of A Day in the Life of a Food Allergy Mom. 

Instead of continuing with a featured blogger each week, we have decided to switch things up a bit and pick out our 3 favorites posts that we have read from our bloggers each week. Mine are below.. Don't forget to check them out!

1) 10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me by Shelly from The Queen in Between.

2) 8 Summer Recipes I Couldn't Live Without by Whitney from Polka Dotty Place.

3) Washington DC Part 1  and Part 2 by Nicole from the Diary of Nicole Alicia

* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Day in the Life of a Food Allergy Mom

We've all heard of Food Allergies, but probably haven't given the term much thought and consideration. I was the same exact way. I never actually took the term seriously until my son was diagnosed with Severe Life-Threatening Food Allergies. When Raylan was only 15 months old, a simple bite of chinese food landed him in the Emergency Room with rashes from head to toe. He also had another incident that brought on a full blown Asthma Attack which also resulted in another trip to the ER. It was then that his pediatrician decided to order blood work to find the cause of such reactions. The blood work revealed a Peanut Allergy. We were then referred to an allergist who also did blood work and Allergy Skin testing. It was in fact a Peanut Allergy but also Tree Nuts too. On a scale from 0-5, with 5 being the worst; Raylan's severity is a 4 which is really severe and potentially life threatening. When Raylan turned 3, we  learned of another food allergy that he has developed. He is also allergic to several types of Fish so we try to stay away from all types of Fish for the risk of cross-contamination.

Being a Food Allergy Mom has not been an easy task at all, but as hard as it has been for me I cannot imagine how hard it is for Raylan.  We carry two Epi-Pen's everywhere we go and Benadryl as well. You never know when he can react to something. He is also skin contact allergic and has had outbreaks from people simply not washing their hands well enough. I feel like I am constantly having to stress good hand washing measures to people explaining that they have to wash with soap and water. Hand sanitizers do not do the trick when it comes to food allergies. There are so many things that he cannot eat. People assume that just because a food doesn't have nuts in it that he can have it, this is not true. So many food are made on the same assembly lines and have been processed in the same facility where peanuts and tree nuts have been. He must stay away from all of these types of food because the risk of cross-contamination is so great. Let me just say that the list of foods that he can't have is much longer than the ones he can have.  This momma has the list of foods memorized by heart.

Parties are hard for us to attend. I always make his birthday cakes, because a lot of cakes from bakeries and deli's  have been made on shared equipment where nuts have been.  If he attends a friend's birthday party, he usually can't have the cake. I always try to bring him a snack  to a party, so that he doesn't feel left out. There have been times that I have forgotten to bring him a snack and he could only eat one or two things at the party. Foods that you would never dream of contain nuts or have cross-contamination from nuts and it's not just desserts.  He's been to Story Time at our local library and other events that have snacks and it has absolutely broke my heart to see other kids being able to eat something while he can't. He has asked me over and over again why he has food allergies and why can't he have a certain type of food when others can. That hurts my heart so bad! However, most people have been so mindful and understanding of his allergies and always try to make him feel included. I can't even begin to tell you how happy that makes me! I wish everyone were like this! There is a lady in our county at our local dairy drive in that is so awesome! She has alerted her staff of his allergies and they always take such careful precautions when fixing his ice cream. She has even fixed him up his own nut-free trick or treat bag. Story Time parents have also fixed him nut-free things for holidays and that has meant the world to us.

We carry snacks everywhere we go because most places and events have things that he can't eat. It's hard for people to understand that something so harmless as a bite of food could attack someone's body. I feel like I am constantly having to explain  and repeat his allergies to everyone. I also have to research restaurants and their menus before going, so mostly we stick to the restaurants that we know and feel comfortable with.

As a food allergy mom, I have a lot of anxiety and it is crippling. I'm sure that all food allergy mom's can relate.  I really dread when he starts pre-school in the fall. There are so many precautions that I have to inform the staff of as well as leaving an Epi-Pen and Benadryl on site for Raylan. School is going to be a long journey for us, but I do feel comfortable with the school that we have chosen to send him to. I've heard such  great things about their school being nut-free and the precautions that they take for other food allergies as well such as his fish allergies. The school is a longer drive for us, but I'm willing to take the drive to ensure Raylan's safety.

Being a food allergy mom is scary and lonely. It's hard being the only mom who has to bring extra snacks to a party. It's also hard when you're at an event where children's plates are being made and you have to speak up and say that you have to fix your son's plate yourself because of his food allergies. When we want to swing through a drive thru instead of cooking, we usually have to make another stop for Raylan's food because he can't eat at the restaurant where my husband and I want to get our food from.

Like I said, being a food allergy mom is super hard, lonely and scary. I always worry that Raylan will be bullied or excluded and I pray for his safety daily. The allergist said that with the severity of his allergies, it is not likely that he will outgrow his. I pray that God intervenes and takes his food allergies away. I love my son with all of my heart and soul and I would never change anything about him, except for his food allergies.  His food allergies are not a disease, but it is just as life threatening. My hope is to spread more awareness and shed light on food allergies. People need to be more informed and take food allergies seriously.  Some people have gotten upset because they couldn't eat their Reese Cup around Raylan, but my child's life is far more precious and important than the snack that person wants to eat. My child should not have to feel excluded and he deserves to have fun and enjoy life the same as everyone else does.

This is my son Raylan...Age 4

Please take the time to gain some knowledge and understanding on Food Allergies.  Food Allergy Mom's aren't trying to be difficult, we are only trying to protect our children. We want them to be happy, healthy and feel included!

Please visit the following websites for more information on Food Allergies 

Friday, May 11, 2018

High Five for Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

1) I had a wonderful weekend! We decided to celebrate Mother's Day early for me because I usually go to church on Mother's Day and then we celebrate with my mother in law that evening. So I was treated to some delicious food and some beautiful flowers from Raylan and Justin. They got me some hydrangeas to plant and some zinnias. 

2) This has been such a busy but beautiful week. I have enjoyed being outdoors and planting my beautiful flowers that my little family got me. My dad also got me some tulips and some hanging baskets.  Raylan also got to enjoy the inflatables outside before speech therapy.

3) My friend Melissa and I was able to meet for lunch this week. It had been way too long since we got to have some girl time. A girl always needs to make time for their friends even if it is just once a month or so.

4)) Raylan  and I met  his little friend Eliza Jane and her mom Candice at the Park for a play date. We all had so much fun! I can't wait for us all to get together again!

5) Raylan got signed up for Preschool this week. I seriously can't believe he is even old enough for school. It breaks this momma's heart, but I know he's going to love it. He's excited to go!

* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Easy Maxi Style for Spring

When I think of Spring, I automatically think of pastels including beautiful pinks and mints. When I ran across this gorgeous Maxi Skirt last season, it had to be mine!  I don't know about you, but I love anything in the Maxi Style. They are just so comfortable and can be styled so easily.  Warm days of Spring are finally here in Kentucky, so I like to keep my style easy, cool and comfortable.  With this Pink and Mint Maxi, a basic white tank is the best way to style this look. I find that if you mix other colored shirts with this type of skirt, it takes away from the look. So a white tank is basic and easy, yet it allows you to still look classy.  A long necklace to match the shades of Mint as well as a pink bracelet and sandals completes the look. Sometimes the easiest looks makes for the most stylish of outfits.  I think pops of colors in the accessories and shoes are what makes an outfit. Do you agree? What easy styles are you sporting this Spring?

Shop this look:

Tank// Target
Skirt// Rue 21 (Similar)
Sandals// Rue 21 (Similar)
Necklace// Premier Designs
Bracelet// Thrifted

Monday, May 7, 2018

Entertainment: TBB Asks

Happy Monday Everyone! It's also the first Monday in May, so I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog for this month's edition of TBB Asks. This month we are talking about Entertainment. Please feel free to join in on the fun!

1) Comedy or Drama? I'm a comedy type of girl. I'm always ready for a good laugh.

2) Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction

3)Movies in Theater or At Home? I love a good Popcorn and Movie Night at home with my crew. Movie Nights are my favorite.

4) Musical or Play? Plays...I've always loved to watch them.

5) Which Meal of the day is your favorite to eat out? Dinner! I enjoy having dinner with my family and hearing all about their day.

6) Favorite Book Ever Read? The Bible and my second favorite is The Notebook

7) Game Night: Yes or No? Yes! My little family loves having game nights, especially my son.

8) Favorite Outside Game to Play? Cornhole 

9) Favorite TV Series Ever? Justified

10) Sitcoms growing up or Sitcoms today?  Sitcoms growing up most definitely!

11) Miniature Golf or Bowling? I like them both, but probably bowling.

12) Favorite Movie Theater Candy? Reese Cups

13) How do you like your popcorn? Plenty of Butter and a little salt.

14)  3D Movie with the glasses; Yes or No? I prefer no glasses since I already wear glasses. Those 3D glasses annoy me anyway.

15) Favorite Genre of Books to Read? Romance

Friday, May 4, 2018

High Five For Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

“We would like to announce that the H54F linkup is evolving. Since before we were co-hosts, H54F has been a place for posts about your top 5 moments for the week. Beginning next week, however, the H54F linkup is expanding to where you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week. Of course, you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post, but we want to make this a platform for our followers to discover a variety of fun new content each week.” *

1) Last weekend was such a great weekend. My little family went on a long ATV ride and we also had a picnic out amongst all of the beautiful scenery. Days spent with my family are my favorite kind of days.

2) I made my second ever wedding cake for Justin's cousin. It was a beautiful Spring themed wedding with all pastel colors. Making cakes is a lot of work, but it's worth it when you see the end result and the smiles on their faces. 

3) We celebrated Justin's birthday this week. We had a low-key celebration at home with Pizza and cake, but sometimes those are the best kind of Birthdays. Justin never wants a big celebration for his birthday. Women, on the other hand want to go all out for theirs lol.

4) It's been a beautiful week and it actually feels like Spring. Raylan and I have made sure to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I've managed to get some work done to my flowers beds and that makes me oh so happy. 

5) We used the fire pit for the first time last night. I love sitting around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and having a good conversation. It's just so peaceful and relaxing. 

This week's featured blogger is Kayla from Sweet Southern Charm. Kayla is a wife, mom, and paralegal. She has a love for entertaining, party planning, fashion and baking. She has a great blog that you would enjoy.  Please stop by and say hello to Kayla.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

10 Bible Verses for when you're Discouraged

Lately, I have had a lot of very discouraging days. I know I am not alone in this, we all have days that we just want to give up and throw in the towel. We get disappointed with ourselves or certain circumstances and discouragement begins to set in. It seems like this valley that we are going through is lasting longer than it should and we wonder if things will ever start looking up. During these times that nothing seems to go right, this is when we need to look to God the most.  God wants us to succeed! He also wants us to keep the faith and trust in his perfect timing. He knows exactly the reason for our discouragement and he has a greater plan for us. In fact, God is working out things in our favor. He sees the bigger picture. We just have to trust in him. So when you are discouraged and overwhelmed, here are 10 Bible Verses to read and remember. 

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."  Matthew 11:28-29

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  Phillipians 4:13

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."  Joshua 1:9

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." Mark 10:27

"The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."   Psalm 34:17-19

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3

 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."    John 16:33