Monthly Archives: July 2013

Kate H. of Diary of AnaPhylaxis Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?

3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

Slide1_2My real name is Kate. I’m a 39-year old singleton who is successful and deliriously happy. In October 2012, I learned that I’m allergic to: lentils (anaphylactic), tree nuts, apples, peanuts, sesame, sunflower and artichokes. I’m working to accept my “new relationship” with the epi-pen and want to share what I’ve learned, my experiences and my thoughts with all of you. My hope is that you’ll learn something, share something, and maybe share a laugh or giggle – after all, who says we need to be serious about serious topics all the time? I’m a relatively new blogger and I do have FA so I am really excited about this conference! I can’t wait to meet you and everyone else in November!
– Kate

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
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1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?

I’m really looking forward to meeting others with FA and other bloggers. I have so much to learn from them — whether it’s “hey, have you tried this food from this company?” to “did you know if you follow these tips you’ll increase your audience/readership?”.

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?

I am deliberate with my blog posts and spend a lot of time carefully selecting words to ensure my personality and the intended tone come through. The blog posts I am most proud of are the ones that generate conversation. Every one of us is a different person with different perspectives so I love the posts that are provocative enough that cause others to comment on them.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies?

I am learning so much about what is – and isn’t – in our foods. It sounds silly but until I *had* to pay attention to what I was eating, I was pretty much oblivious to all the ingredients in the foods I ate daily. Knowing has been very eye-opening. And now when I go to a restaurant and they can’t explain what is in their food, I am delighted to leave! 🙂

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

I had my first anaphylactic episode in October of last year. As a grown adult, I didn’t know anyone else who had gone through that themselves and I didn’t even know anyone who had a child who had gone through it. So I felt very alone. I initially created my blog to update my family & friends on what I was going through in the immediate days/weeks of that incident. It has grown and evolved from there.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

The support!!! It really is amazing! It’s such a great feeling knowing that you are not alone.

Ways to Save and Win at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Hi Everyone!  We’ve got our official speaker list finalized and will be posting it and the hour by hour agenda for the conference before the month is over.  There will be a “blogging” track that covers things like monetizing, self-publishing, and working with brands and a track related to disease management and new research so even if you don’t have a blog you will find topics to engage and inspire you.  Jenny remarked to me the other day that she cannot wait to see everyone in the same room – it is going to be great!

Looking for a Hotel Roommate?

Speaking of same rooms, we have been working with Cheryl, the founder of Freedible (a great new online community designed to allow those of us that deal with food restrictions to connect and share), to offer attendees to potentially share hotel room expenses.  As you know, we are being hosted at the South Point Hotel and Casino so we’ve secured a fantastic group room rate (here’s a custom link, or reference the code FOO1102) so that if there are one or two people in a room you’ll be able to stay for $80* per night for November 1st and 2nd but only $50* per night for November 3rd and 4th.  If you add a third person to a room the rate increases by $20 per night which is still a great deal!  Since the rate stays the same whether there is just one person in a room or two, we needed a way to allow attendees to connect and make plans and Cheryl (thank you so much!) was able to help us set up a private Freedible group you can post to.

Just join Freedible (if you haven’t already, it is free), be sure you’re logged in, and put in a request to be added to the group.  We’ll check requests against our list of registered attendees and approve you.  Only other members that are logged in will be able to see posts to the group and you can private message on the site to work out all the details!  You don’t have to stay on the hotel property to take advantage of this private group, we don’t have a group rate anywhere else in town but please contact us if you are looking for a local hotel with, say, in room cooking options.  We will mention we’ve been working with Chef Keith Norman (be sure to send us an email about any restrictions/requests you have so we can keep you in mind!) and the plan right now is that in addition to the food we’ll provide at the conference, the hotel restaurants will have some options that may suit many of you!

*There is an additional $14 per night resort fee plus taxes that are not included in the group room rate.  The resort fee has benefits that include: Complimentary in-room WIFI/internet, Complimentary Fitness Center access, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Free local/toll free phone calls, Complimentary printing of Boarding Passes (great idea!), Complimentary WIFI in Business Center, and Complimentary parking and valet.

Two Ways to WIN Tickets to the Conference!

We have a FARE walk team that will be gathering on the morning of November 2, 2013 to participate in the Nevada FARE Walk (FABlogCon will have their own booth and rumor has it that we’ll be handing out an exclusive postcard to walkers!) and the highest fundraiser at the end of June 2013 was Selena of Amazing and Atopic.  Selena had already purchased her conference ticket and asked if she could give away the one she won on her blog so if you haven’t already purchased a ticket you can head over there and enter!

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Also, this month we are giving away a conference ticket to the highest fundraiser on our walk team at the end of July 2013!  For this giveaway, if you’ve already purchased a ticket you can give your winning ticket away or we can refund you the price you paid for your ticket.  Also, even if you can’t make it on the morning of the walk, virtual walkers are welcome and encouraged.  So you can still raise funds and awareness for FARE (a Gold Presenting sponsor of FABlogCon).  We are hoping to raise $1,000 as a team before the deadline to qualify to have our logo appear on the walk t-shirts.  Be sure to register any children walking with you as they will get a free shirt without logos just for participating.  For every $100 our team raises, an adult team member will earn a free shirt as well, it will be the perfect souvenir!

After the July 2013 ticket giveaway, you can still win great prizes for fundraising with our team, we are so excited to be able to offer these options.  At the conference itself we’re going to be giving away, among other things, a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and a Vitamix blender (stay tuned to learn how).

105 days to go!

Homa Woodrum – Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

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Homa Woodrum and her husband are both Nevada attorneys and parents of a girl (5 in August) and a boy (3 in August). Their daughter has multiple food allergies, a list that has been changing with a number of successful food challenges and currently includes peanuts, tree nuts, oats, and sesame.  Homa blogs about allergy friendly vegetarian and vegan cooking and family activities in and around Las Vegas at Oh Mah Deehness!  Originally from the U.K., Homa lived in Utah, California, and Alaska before settling in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2000.  She contributes to projects involving @lvfoodallergy (the 2013 Las Vegas FARE walk, on the Walk Committee), @FABlogCon (Co-Founder), & @vegbooks (as a volunteer reviewer).

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why? 

Would it be a cop out answer to say I’m excited to meet everyone and hear what everyone has to offer?  If I had to pick one person, I’d say I am most excited about meeting Jenny Sprague, my co-manager of the conference.  We talk on the phone, email, tweet, text, even video chat on Google + with our kids running in and out of the frame and are business partners but we have not met in person yet!  I don’t know if we’ll have time for all the stuff we’ve joked about doing, like watching the movie Elf, but I think we can probably squeeze in a cup of tea and it will be such a treat.  
 
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
 
A friend had asked for a recipe for Vegetable and Bean Soup that I’d served while she was visiting with her daughter for a playdate (with our food restrictions I always tell people I’ll serve snacks and/or lunch while they’re over just to make it easier for them) and I thought I should keep a record of our “safe” foods and recipes so that I could someday make a photo recipe book for my daughter.  A blog seemed like the best way to share recipes as needed and motivate me to take pictures and measure out ingredients.  I never imagined it would connect me with the online food allergy community the way it has.  I had no idea what to call the blog so I named it “Oh Mah Deehness!” which was how I spelled out the way my daughter tried to exclaim “Oh My Goodness!”  It was one of my favorite things she was saying at the time and I didn’t want to forget it.
 
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
 
Hard to choose just one!  Cybele Pascal is one of my favorite bloggers, she actively engages her audience even though she has so many balls in the air, from cookbooks to cookies to advocacy.  I know link ups on blogs are fairly common place now but with her Allergy Friendly Fridays she invites everyone to submit recipes and considers all the submissions before featuring a few each week.  Her cookbooks were getting us through our meal planning and baking after my daughter’s diagnosis and she was (and is) such a rock star for our family that I was beside myself to receive a comment on my little blog from her regarding a recipe submission.  Blogging is about sharing and she really gets that.  Also, I trust her recipes so much that if she suggests a hard to find product I will go out of my way to get it because I know the results will be wonderful.      
 
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
Missy at Marketing Mama is such a thoughtful and open writer, the post that came to mind with this question was her post “reflection: what it’s like to be a food allergy mom.”  Fair warning, it might make you tear up but it is so meaningful to see someone put their thoughts out there and to realize that you’re not alone because you have the same thoughts about loving someone with food allergies.  It stuck with me especially because her little girl is only a bit older than my daughter.  She has gone through so much but is a fantastic advocate even with all her other projects.  She inspired me to be more open about our own journey. 
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Conference News and Updates – July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers and a belated Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers!  Have you subscribed to our Newsletter for updates about the conference?  Below you’ll find a reprint of our third newsletter, it is full of great updates as word about FABlogCon spreads!  

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Early Bird Pricing ended June 30, 2013 but from July 1 – July 31 you can buy tickets at a $50 discount ($200 for full access to the conference, this includes the November 2nd reception, sessions on the 3rd and 4th featuring speakers like Dr. Mike Pistiner and Lynda Mitchell, and the Wine and Sign cocktail party on November 3rd where you can meet your favorite authors like Colette Martin, Susan Weissman, and more)!

We wanted to share some of the excitement that is building for the conference with some links from around the web.  If you’ve blogged about the conference please e-mail us at fablogcon@gmail.com!  If you’ve already registered, be sure to fill out a Q&A so we can feature you on our site!

Amy from KidCultivation posted at the food allergy community site Freedible: “Beyond Comfy Shoes: 10 Things I Learned From BlogHer Food ’13” and her tips are fantastic!  She also gave us a shout-out!

Susan Weissman, author of Feeding Eden, posted “Food Allergy Blogger Conference Part I: The Moment of Obligation” which features Jenny Sprague’s thoughts about why she started planning FABlogCon!

Caroline at Grateful Foodie wrote about the conference in her aptly titled post “Craving More Food Allergy Info?  Friends?” As always, her enthusiasm shines through!

Jenny Sprague from Multiple Food Allergy Help wrote in “The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference” that, “I want everyone to have an awesome time connecting, making friends, and learning!”

Selena at Amazing & Atopic has a fantastic post with some ideas for how to make attending the conference work for you, check out: “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference – Agenda Announced” for more!

Cheryl posted to the community forum on her new site, Freedible, about “Why we need a conference specifically for restricted eating bloggers (fablogcon)!

Devin of Nom Yum & Free writes in “Did You Miss Food Allergy Awareness Week?” about registering for the conference!

The newly redesigned Fancy Shanty has a post about the conference, the walk, and more in “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2013” – thank you Stacy!

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Also check out these blog buttons for the conference created by Tiffany Glass Ferreira (of Food Allergy Fun fame), which one best suits you?  We think this one is our favorite…

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In other news, we have some great Q&As up on our site for you to check out from a sampling of the wonderful people that have already registered to attend:

Kim Rice
Kim Pebley
Erica Dermer
Rebecca Sherrow
Keeley McGuire
Pam Jordan
Colette Martin
Selena Bluntzer
Cindy Gordon
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Thank you to everyone for their support!  Also, a special thank you to the FARE Walk team here in Las Vegas for making our Walk team their Team of the Month!  Please be sure to register even as a virtual walker!  If we raise $1,000 before July 31, 2013 our team name will appear on the Walk T-Shirt!  Join our team at: foodallergywalk.org/lasvegas/fablogcon

Cindy Gordon Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

 Cindy headshotMeet Cindy Gordon, Owner/author of VegetairanMamma, dealing with life threatening allergies and gluten free living. She blogs about Peanut allergies, Gluten free, and dairy allergies. She is a Mamma of TWO boys, who loves to dish on life as an allergy mama, veggie recipes and gluten free/allergy free living! You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog-vegetarianmamma.com.
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
Since there is a positive in everything…I would say that living with food allergies in our house has made us healthier eaters and I have met so many fantastic people!
5.  What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
I started blogging in general because everyone questioned what we ate as vegetarians.  When you throw food allergies into the mix your food groups are restricted even more.  The blog shows our family, friends and others the fun things you CAN eat and not miss out on.  Its really about creating a community to help each other! We are all in this together!
 6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
Everyone is SO supportive and understanding!  If we encounter a problem, we can throw it out to social media and instantly get support and/or an answer!