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Early-Bird Tickets Available!

I know some of you are hoping to see a partial agenda soon- it’s coming I promise! In the meantime we thought best to offer an extension on the early bird pricing for FABlogCon! Therefore we are extending the sale for a bit longer!

You can register Here. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference and are very excited about what we are planning!

 

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2016 Open Call for Speakers

We are beginning to plan for the fourth annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. As part of this we must organize the agenda and speakers for #FABlogCon 2016.  The Call for Speakers and Ideas will be open until January 31, 2016.  We look forward to creating another memorable conference, strengthening our friendships, support networks, and making new connections!

Please fill out our Open Call for Speakers Submission Form

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We thank you for your interest in becoming a presenting speaker at the fourth annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, November 4-6, 2016.

*Please note: No prior speaking experience is necessary for consideration. Submission of form does not guarantee acceptance. All entries will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted regarding interest and availability in participating. If you are submitting as a single speaker, please be aware we may add complementary speakers to a panel for a rounded out presentation. We only have select number of open topics available, and will chose those we find with widest appeal, importance of topic, and strong or original content. We will keep submission ideas for future conference planning if unable to use all this year as there are only so many agenda sessions available.  Further, be advised that we do not pay speaker fees though speakers do receive free conference attendance ticket.

We will review all submissions and notify you via email before or by February 13, 2016 if your proposal moves to the next phase of planning.

#FABlogCon Updates:

  • There is a Free Shuttle from the Airport to the Hotel- I will post more details next week!
  • Expo opens Friday at 1:00pm
  • Join Missy Berggren Friday afternoon from 2-5pm for Social Media Boot Camp – How to get the most out of Twitter and Periscope
  • Opening Night Welcome Party starts at 6PM!
  • Expo is open Saturday 9-5PM – and Sunday 9-12 (afternoon hours up to sponsors). Get in there and visit those Sponsors to earn your Raffle tickets!
  • New Research panel with Whitney Block had to be cancelled. We will be moving The Human Factor: Growing Up, Living and Innovating with Life-threatening Food Allergies will be on Saturday 10:15-11:45am.
  • Dr. Julie Brown’s session on Epinephrine and Auto-Injectors will be Sunday, November 15 • 8:30am – 10:00am
  • Blog & Order Session: Speaker Kelly Bagla will no longer be speaking. In preparing for this year’s 2015 FABlog Conference, please consider what questions you would like answers to from our “Blog and Order: Legal Q&A Panel” licensed and practicing attorneys. Our two panelists are Francis Rushford, Esq. and Assly Sayyar, Esq. They will be available to answer questions and provided legal information in the following topic areas:
  1. Forming your own business.
  2. Trademarking and trade name registration.
  3. Copyright
  4. Copyright infringement
  5. Governing and operating your business.
  6. Contract drafting and signing
  7. Raising capital for your business – loans, crowd funding, solicitation of investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  8. Defamation and online harassment.
  9. Patents
  10. Hiring employees and collaborating with other businesses

Please email your questions to assly@vistalawyer.net and label the subject line “FABLOG 2015 QUESTIONS” by no later than October 30, 2015.  Our Panelists will consider the questions submitted and some will be chosen to be answered based on topic, scope, length, popularity, time constraints, and legal ethics.

#FABlogCon Blog Roundup

We truly are still processing the experience but wanted to say a very big thank you to all of you on this day after the first Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!  We’d love to gather posts about the conference in one space so please comment here with links to your blog posts and we will work on a fun way to maybe share them in our newsletter and/or future posts.

In the meantime, Erica Dermer of Celiac and the Beast blew us away with her video interviews posted in “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference Wrap-Up” (be sure to watch all ten minutes).  Such a surprise this morning to see the post go up and we have to say Erica may have a future on the talk show circuit, she’s a natural.

Joel Warady, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods (one of our fantastic sponsors for the conference and on our advisory team) wrote a touching blog post on the Enjoy Life Foods Blog entitled “An Embracing Community.”

We have an exit survey coming your way shortly so watch for it in the next week or so.

Congratulations to Angie Morris (Conscious Eatery) for raising the most funds on our FARE walk team, she won a free stay at the South Point Hotel and Casino.  Coming in a close second was Jo-Ann Rogan (Punky Mama – she has already posted several posts about the conference!) who won a dinner for two at Don Vito’s at the South Point.  David Lurie of Sun Cups (one of our sponsors – if you are reading this David be sure to check out the video link mentioned above for some rave reviews of your products!) won a free conference ticket thanks to his fundraising effort.  Donations are still open though the contest is over (Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2013 Walk Team).

Again, we are so humbled and privileged to be a part of your lives and to look around the room this weekend and see friendships form.  Thank you all and may your continued journey include a little more support than you knew you had before.  Most of all, thank you for believing in us.

Warmly,

Homa & Jenny

Rachel Hayden 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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Meet Rachel Hayden!

My goal with  Mom Vs. Food Allergy is to share our challenges and victories, educate those with & without food allergies, and pass on recipes & tips that have made our journey a little more bearable.   I’m a food allergy mom, baker, cook, wife, and blogger. Welcome to this part of my food allergy journey where I’ll share what I think, what we eat, and food allergy news.

 

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

I am most proud of three posts:  Rants of a Food Allergy MomDairy Free Goldfish Crackers, and An Allergen Free 4th Birthday Celebration.  .
I am most proud of my “Rants” post because I received an overwhelming response of “thank-you” messages for writing it.  Readers could really relate to it well.  The Dairy Free Goldfish Crackers post was  featured on Daiya’s Facebook page, and that made me very proud.  The Birthday Celebration post made me proud because I was so happy with how the party, pictures, and ultimately the allergen free (delicious!) food turned out.

3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?

It’s hard to narrow down which topics I’m looking forward to the most, but if I had to pick I’d choose “The Art of Recipe Development” and “Nitty-Gritty Make it Pretty: Blog Tips and Tricks”.  I’m eager to learn from all of the panel topics, and wish I could clone myself so I could attend Track 1 and Track 2 at the same time!

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? 

The best thing about food allergies, is that it has forced our family to eat healthy, whole foods the majority of the time, and that’s always a good thing.  It has also helped me to become more confident and outspoken, specifically for my child’s safety and well-being.

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

Friends, my brother, and a husband who kept encouraging me to start blogging motivated me the most.  Also, the need for a therapeutic outlet from the stress of raising a child with life-threatening food allergies motivated me to blog.  Another factor that motivated me was the interest in helping and encouraging other moms that are dealing with the same situations that I am.  Lastly, I wanted to spread awareness of the severity and reality of food allergies

Elyse Hahne 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?

IMG_3495Allow me to introduce myself. I hold a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Education and Special Education. Currently, I substitute in three school districts. My goal is to be hired on full-time in General or Special Education. On the side, I also tutor students who need a little extra instruction or help. I am a Special Education advocate as well as a Food Allergy advocate.  I stay busy with three dogs at home as well as cooking, baking, reading, and photographing life around me.  Every day in a new adventure. Filled with challenges and triumphs, life is worth it. This year, I have the opportunity to travel to a Food Allergy Blogger Conference in November and I can’t wait. Elyse Hahne blogs at Living and Learning through everyday life.

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

The people I have connected on twitter/facebook/email of course. These ladies and gentlemen rock my world on a daily basis and I can’t wait to meet them in real life.

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
I enjoy trying new recipes and experimenting so I love to share my creations with others. I am also proud of my posts about defining a person as a whole person and not just because they have x.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
The people I find who “get it” and the community it brings. There are so many that deal with life threatening allergies and it’s nice to connect with others who understand.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
Food allergies are apart of my everyday life. I remember what it was like when the food allergy world felt secluded and I don’t want anyone to ever feel that way. I also learned to cook allergy friendly and like sharing my secrets and recipes with others. Just because I have food allergies, food allergies don’t define me.

7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
I actually have two who talk with me daily and we’ve connected and joined in a friendship. Homa and Jenny truly rock my world and their friendships mean so much to me. Homa encourages me on a daily basis and she is a wonderful friend to have in my corner. Jenny understands the allergy walk of life and is a great friend who I can connect with outside of allergies as well. I am so looking forward to meeting them both!

I can’t wait for November and to have this wonderful opportunity excites me.

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.