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2016 Blogger Help Desk

This year’s help desk will be on Friday from 1-6pm in the Expo. Please fill out our Appointments sign up to reserve your evaluation and meeting time with Mary Fran Wiley, who will be offering her experience and advice to help take your blog to the next level. Mary Fran can’t provide tech support for Blogger or WordPress.com blogs, but she can answer general questions. She’ll probably spend an hour or two on each registrants blog evaluation to make sure that everyone who has an appointment gets something actionable.

We will have a set number of technical appointments that you can sign up for in advance. Every pre-scheduled appointment will receive an evaluation and suggestions based on:

  • Page Speed
  • Social media setup (rich pins/recipe markup, images set up for social sharing)
  • 508 compliance (contrast, alt text, keyboard navigation, images not replacing text)
  • UX personas*
  • Userflow/call to action evaluations.

Please sign up for a time before 10/15 so Mary Fran can have time to prepare your personalized results and data.  There will be hours from 1-6 on Friday afternoon for open questions.  APPOINTMENT SIGN UP SHEET

Session Spotlight: What’s New In Social Media

Session Spotlight:

What’s New In Social – Get Up to Date on the Latest Social Media Trends 

Missy Berggren Headshot      

For your planning purposes: Our Expo opens Friday at 1pm-6pm. and will be open Saturday 9-5pm. It will not be run on Sunday- so if you want to get in to meet those sponsors and get your raffle prize tickets- you will have to get in there Friday and Saturday!

Special Social Media Workshop will run FRIDAY November 4th 2016 from 2pm-5pm. It will include two (2) 45-60 minute sessions, then Q & A and hands on workshop/help group.

Are you feeling left behind by all the changes in social media? Want to keep your blog relevant and growing? Social media experts Missy Voronak and Rivka Kawano are here to save the day with a special social media workshop. Missy will be sharing the wonders of Snapchat, how you can use it to share more of your personality and behind-the-scenes blog content. Rivka will be making sure you don’t get lost on Facebook and show you how Facebook live can bring you more loyal followers, and how Facebook Instant Articles will change how you blog – for the better! You’ll have a chance to instantly apply what you’ve learned in this workshop setting, while having Missy and Rivka there to hold your hand every step of the way!

Bring your smartphone to this session with Snapchat already installed and follow along as Missy walks us through how to use Snapchat. You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the app,
  • Add friends by username, snapcode or nearby,
  • Use stickers,
  • Draw,
  • Use filters, overlays and lenses,
  • Protect your privacy or open up to all,
  • Explore Discover and Live, Stories,
  • Use chat and video chat features with friends,
  • Use Snapchat to connect with your blog readers,

For those of you who have had the pleasure of attending either Missy or Rivka’s previous year’s presentations, you will know that these ladies are a wealth of information and are not to be missed! Looking forward to seeing you in November!

Blog and Order: Legal Q & A Panel

Blog and Order: Legal Q & A Panel

Dear Attendees,

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 three panelists are Francis Rushford, Esq., Kelly Bagla, 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.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, do NOT pose questions in which you disclose personal or fact specific details of an actual legal dispute as disclosure of such information or discussion during the panel event will NOT be confidential or privileged. The panelist CANNOT and WILL NOT give legal advice of any kind nor does submitting a question or attending the panel create any attorney client relationship. The panel and its contents are informational only and the panel does NOT substitute or take the place of the advice of legal counsel or representation. In participating in this panel and answering questions, the panelists do NOT promise, guarantee, or otherwise agree to take any case or client nor do they promise or guarantee any outcome or result from any legal dispute or transaction.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your questions!

Your 2015 Blog and Order Panel

2014 Review Round-up

Did you miss #FABlogCon 2014? Are you wondering what the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is all about? Or perhaps like me, you simply miss all the amazing people you met there and want to reminisce about all the fun that we had!

Our Sponsored Celebrity Photo Booth was so much fun! Celebrity Photo Booth

Huge “Thank You!” to our friend and supporter, Ritesh Patel for creating these:

Instagram photo collections on Iconsquare

Storehouse video/story clip

Ritesh’s AWESOME Vimeo video interviews! (These are fantastic! ~ Anyone else homesick for our next visit after seeing these?)

Heidi Bayer, of Brooklyn Allergy Mom blog said  “I have told my child that it’s great to meet people online, but it’s even better to meet them in person. This year’s FABlogcon was just that – I got to meet my favorite food allergy bloggers in person” :

Colette Martin, author and blogger at Learning to Eat Allergy-Free said  “Suffice it to say that there is no event quite like this one, where the entire food allergy community can come together and feel safe, loved, and understood. “  in her recap of #FABlogCon2014.

Kelly Kurzhal, from Raising Jack with Celiac raves “The 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sept. 26-28), was a HIT! Packed with lots of great speakers, break-out sessions, networking and brainstorming, it was fun, informative and inspiring.”

Maya Trimner of Maya’s Happy Place, wrote “I have to say I have never been more honored to be among such an amazing group of people and am so grateful to be able to have a platform for my voice about a topic that needs to be talked about much more often in the food allergy community.”  

Kathryn of Mamacado (her blog name makes me giggle! So clever!) said “…this conference was different. All the attendees had a common bond that was very personal. Everyone was there to learn, share and connect about food allergies and sensitivities, or “custom eaters” as I’ve heard it called lately.”

Erica Dermer, blogger, and author of Celiac and the Beast said “FABlogCon is one of the best events for me personally, because I get to connect with everyone in the food allergic/GF community from across the country. I also get one-on-one time with amazing gluten-free/food-allergy-friendly sponsors like Enjoy Life Foods, Pascha Chocolate, Nature’s Path, Sunbutter, and more” The “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is always full of superstars. FABlogCon is truly where you can meet the movers & shakers in the food allergic/gluten-free community. If you are a blogger in the food allergic world, you need to be at this event.”

Brynn Hadler of Allergy Bytes came all the way from Australia! ~ Here is what she wrote : “Like last year’s inaugural event, the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was a resounding success as participants were educated, entertained, and well fed. So what was different about this year?   Heroes. That’s what.”

If you have a Blog Post review, Please email us the link at Fablogcon@gmail.com, Tweet us @fablogcon or post in the comments!~ And we will get yours added here too! As always, Thank you ALL for your ongoing support and contributions, You are what make this whole event possible, wonderful, and worthy!

I will close with a sneak peek at our 2014 Montage Promotional video! 🙂

GUEST POST: Danya Glabau

GUEST POST: Danya Glabau
This fall, Danya will be attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas, NV, September 26-28. She is thrilled to attend this conference, where she’ll get to meet some of the biggest stars in the food allergy blogging community! Some of you may know her from her blog, Allergy and the City, and from Twitter (@allergyPhD) as that PhD student who is studying the “culture” of food allergies in the United States. For those who don’t (or for those who are wondering why she chose this topic), she wanted to provide a brief introduction to who she is and what she’ll be doing at the conference.

FABC: Please tell us a bit about who you are and your research.

Danya: I’ll wear many hats at the conference: I am a PhD student in an interdisciplinary social science field called Science and Technology Studies (STS) where I am training to be an anthropologist specializing in medical and scientific cultures; I am a writer of scholarly papers, an unfinished dissertation, and a blog about my ongoing research on allergies; and I am an allergy sufferer whose unfinished allergy diagnosis journey began in adulthood. For my dissertation research, I am talking to the people who live with allergies and the allergists who treat them to collect personal and professional stories about how allergy management works in the real world. I’m also attending conferences, visiting medical offices, and following scientific research on allergies to get an idea of popular strategies and medical best practices. Ultimately I want to know the how – what are the techniques people use, and how do they learn about them? – and the why – what societal values shape the options and choices available for allergy management? – behind these everyday strategies.

FABC: You also are a blogger, and allergy sufferer, so I expect this will be personal for you as well.

Danya: Blogs are, as you all know, a very important source of information about food allergy. Reading food allergy blogs has taught me a lot about how people manage their allergies. I’m psyched to get to know many of the bloggers that I read on a regular basis. At the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, I’ll be attending lectures and panels to learn more about the people behind the words. I’ll also be striking up conversations with those of you who might be interested in sharing more details about your allergy journey with me. I’m excited to learn more about how personal experience with food allergies has inspired the wide variety of writing and advocacy work that I’m already familiar with – as well as the projects that I will find out about for the first time in Las Vegas!

So please, look for me at the conference! I would love to get to know you better. You can learn more about my project on my blog, Allergy and the City. Follow me on Twitter (@allergyPhD) for blog updates and cutting-edge research from social scientists about allergy and health care. And you can always DM me via Twitter or email me if you have any questions or want to chat before September!

Danya Glabau

#FABlogCon Break-Out Session Details

The following Breakout Sessions are meant to be fun, ice-breakers, where attendees can meet in small groups and make like-minded friends.  All of the following session descriptions will be taking place on Saturday, between 9am-10:15 AM. These have LIMITED OPENINGS ~ (10 people per session).  There are some 60 minute sessions you could choose, or you may choose (2)  30-minute sessions. You MUST have purchased your ticket (or be a speaker/sponsor), and claim your free  SCHED.org Account, and your (Attendee Info 2014 form) filled out. For EVERYONE attending- (Including ALL our wonderful Speakers & Sponsors-) Please fill out this form ASAP! This will be used to create your name badge and conference registrations! One form for each attendee coming!  After which, you may pre-register for any of the Sessions listed here (click on Break-out Sessions for more information). REGISTRATION for these sessions will be available beginning on June 29th, at 4:00 PM EST. 

 

60 Minute Break-Out Sessions 9:15 – 10:15 AM:


Make the Most of Your Conferences & Expos

Do you feel unprepared or intimidated by being a blogger or member of the press at expos or conferences? Do you look at other bloggers and wonder how they “do it all” in such a short amount of time on the expo floor? Erica Dermer, founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast, shares how to prepare ahead of time for large expos and conferences, including BlogHer, Natural Products Expo West, or other trade shows and conferences. Learn how to best schedule your time, work with brand PR and marketing teams ahead of time, utilize social media to make it work for you, and follow-up to get the most out of your time.


A Safe Place to Land

When it comes to our feelings about how food allergies affect ourselves, and those we care about, it’s nice to simply be in the company of others in “our world”. Join Lori Sandler, Founder of Divvies, as she brings one of her warm, inclusive gatherings to FABlogcon. The tremendous respect shown for each other’s personal style in handling all that comes along with food allergies in Lori’s special forums is inspiring. “I am always in awe of the positive spirit, ideas, feelings, and information shared during our conversations. They and YOU have inspired me to host these wonderful, in-person gatherings.”


Flavor and Flair

How to add flavor and flair to your recipes when you feel like you’re allergic to everything. Join Amie Valpone, Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com for a session on how to create delicious and healthy recipes without the allergies, but with a whole lot of flavor. Amie is a Manhattan-based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes.

 


Food Can Be Fun for Kids with Food Allergies! Hands-On Bento Class

Did you know that only 2% of children eat their daily recommended amounts of fruits & vegetables? Or that it may take ten or more times introducing a food to a child before they’re willing to try it? In this 60 minute hands-on session, Keeley McGuire will give tips and tricks on making food fun for kids, packing healthy lunches, and practicing a waste-free bento lifestyle, all while still keeping your sanity! Just because our children have allergies or dietary restrictions doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy lunch. Food should be fun for kids with food allergies! It’s time to think outside the brown bag and have fun with your food!


Fun with Cupcake Decorating

Baking for people with food allergies or intolerances can be challenging enough! Take the stress out of decorating with tips and tricks by gluten-free bakery owners Charissa Luke and Cynthia Fleischer of Zest Bakery. They’ll show you fun ways to trick out your cupcakes with some fall-themed decor! Charissa Luke is co-owner of Zest Bakery, a gluten-free bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 


Feeding the Soul

A family of four invites you to listen and share experiences of the perils and promises of living joyfully free with a life threatening food allergy.  How do we transform a tough road into a path with heart?  How do we begin again and trust? How do we awaken to generosity, healthy codependence and fearless compassion? Jane, Doug, Lily and Gray Pinto,

 


How to Make a Good Living Doing What You Love

 Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, will share her insight on the different avenues for monetizing your passion and how to pursue them. Alisa has several years of experience in working with brands, publishing books, freelance writing, recipe creation, advertising sales, and many other niche jobs that more than pay the bills. Be prepared to take notes and ask questions!


Kitchen Tours with Chef Keith Norman

Join Chef Keith for a tour behind the scenes to see how they manage food allergy preparation and food safety. As a Veteran Marine and with 20 years in the culinary arts field, Keith Norman brings a sense of discipline and order to everything he does, both in business and in the culinary world. Chef Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager for the South Point Hotel & Casino and as a culinary arts instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. In both roles, Chef Norman is responsible for training and educating students and culinary professionals in one of the most important facets of the foodservice industry. Read More Here.

 


30 Minute Breakout Sessions 9:15 – 9:45 AM  &  9:45 – 10:15 AM

 

 

Make Your Site More “Pinteresting”

Let’s face it, nothing is more fun than Pinterest. Most of your readers will agree with that statement. So as a Pinterest addict and someone who has found great success in using this social media platform, let me help you find ways to use Pinterest to gain followers, site visitors and take your pins from interesting to viral! Chandice Probst is the Founder of www.glutenfreefrenzy.com She is Co-Founder and CEO of Gluten Free Calendar, which hosts Celebrate Celiac™ events and Celiac Awareness Nights with professional athletic teams nationwide to promote celiac awareness, raise proceeds for non-profit research facilities and achieve the company’s slogan of Unity in the Gluten Free Community™. Chandice Founded the Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona East Valley Chapter four years ago. Recently she joined the Delight Gluten Free Magazine team as a regular contributing writer. Chandice has been featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, Channel 12 Arizona Midday and in print publications, Women’s World, The Arcadian Journal and Total Kid Magazine. She is now a regular contributor on Channel 3 Your Life A to Z in Arizona where she resides.


Advocate First, Blogger Second: Making Strides the Old Fashion Way

Life can be hard enough avoiding foods that cause our bodies harm, but living in a community that knows very little or most likely nothing about celiac disease or food allergies can make social gatherings even more difficult. Being an advocate in your community, can make living with food allergies or celiac disease a little easier for you and your family. A website about celiac disease or allergy-free living means actively raising awareness online, but are you really doing everything you can to raise awareness in your community? We need to go beyond the computer screen… Kelly Kurzhal, a momma of three, created Raising Jack with Celiac soon after her middle child, Jack was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009. Kelly’s blog, has been featured on SheKnows.com’s “The Best Celiac Blogs for Moms”, as well as Udi’s “Fan-favorite Gluten Free Blogs”. Kelly is also a Contributor for Living Without’s “My Life with Food Allergies”.  Join Kelly, as she shares ideas on advocating beyond your computer screen to make strides raising awareness the old-fashioned way.


Put Your Best Food Photo Forward

If you’re tired of shooting in “auto” mode and letting your camera make decisions for you, this hands-on session is designed to help. If you’re not sure what ISO, f-stop, or white balance is, or you want to understand depth of field and aperture settings, camera experts Colette Martin and Selena Bluntzer will help you figure it out. Bring your questions and your camera. If possible, bring your camera manual.


The Key to Youth Can Be Found in Your Baking Tins.

Look no further than your cupboards to find the ingredients you can add to your homemade baked goods that will lead to a more youthful appearance, give you more energy and help you live a healthier life. Some of these ingredients include herbs, spices, whole foods, superfoods and oils such as turmeric, hemp seed, berries, coconut oil, mesquite powder, acai, and buckwheat, just to name a few. Join Debbie Adler from Sweet Debbie’s Organic Bakery as she explains the health benefits of each and how to incorporate them into your cupcakes, brownies, cookies and muffins.

We can’t wait to see you! 

FAB Friends

Open Breakout Sessions:

This year we are having a series of mini-breakout sessions for our attendees, as an ice-breaker & for special interests. We have 15 breakout sessions that will be going on from 9-10 AM on Saturday morning September 27.  Many of these sessions will require participants to pre-register as space will be limited. We will be posting about these in upcoming posts. Today I want to share the 3 sessions that are open to anyone to attend without requiring pre-registration.

Blog to Book: Meet an Editor and Learn About Publishing, from Concept to Completion:

For many bloggers who have spent months or years creating recipes, writing about food and restricted diets, learning food photography, and promoting their work, a book is the natural next step. Whether you choose to self publish or work with a publishing house, you want your book to be the best it can be—and I’d love to help. I’m an Associate Editor at The Experiment, an independent publishing company with a strong track record publishing health- and food-focused books (including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry). There, I work with authors (many of whom are also bloggers) during all stages of the editorial process, from brainstorming a concept to developing a table of contents to fine-tuning sentences and checking facts to “packaging” the book with the perfect title and cover. Depending on what questions the group has, I would be happy to provide general editorial advice, discuss the publishing process and expand upon the relative merits of independent or “Big Six” publishers versus self-publishing.

Breakout Session LeaderMolly Cavanaugh is Associate Editor at The Experiment (Twitter @experimentbooks), an independent nonfiction publishing company in New York City, where she edits a variety of special diet books, including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry, Kelli and Peter Bronskis’ gluten-free cookbooks, and books on the low-FODMAP diet written by leading experts Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson. Molly herself has celiac disease—diagnosed in 2013, after she saw her own symptoms described in the books she worked on—and blogs about it at Based on a Sprue Story (Twitter @spruestory). She grew up in Massachusetts, attended college in Chicago, and now happily cooks and eats gluten-free in Manhattan.

 

Evidence-Based Blogging:  

 Like a good pair of jeans, reliable online information about health can be hard to find. With information and misinformation about food allergies abounding online, how can readers know what’s fact and what’s fiction? Before you hit the “publish” button on your next post, join our conversation about how to ensure that your blog is providing recommendations and facts supported by scientific research and health data. FARE staff members Veronica LaFemina and Anna Luke, along with Food Allergy Sleuth blogger Jessica Martin and Asthma Allergies Children Co-Author, Henry Ehrlich, will give you advice on how to identify reliable research you can use to make your blog a reputable source for your readers.

Breakout Session Leaders: 

Henry Ehrlich
Henry Ehrlich is co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide with Dr. Lawrence Chairamonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich, board-certified pediatric allergists, and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, which they founded in tandem with publication of the book because “medicine moves faster than print.”  A former corporate speechwriter, Henry has also published books on speechwriting, adoption, sleep medicine (co-author), business quotations, and edited Children’s Allergies and Asthma: one of nature’s dirty tricks, an anthology of 89 original pieces from the website.  He is currently writing a book on the work of Dr. Xiu-Min Li to cure food allergies and asthma by integrating traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and cutting-edge medical science.

Jessica Martin, PhD
Jessica Martin earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University in 2011. She is currently a faculty member in biology at Portland Community College, where she enjoys teaching undergraduate students enrolled in general biology, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology.  True to her passion for teaching, Jessica also educates on the science behind food allergies on her blog, the Food Allergy Sleuth.  She takes pride in breaking down complex scientific findings to make them understandable for all whose lives are affected by allergies.  Outside of her blog, Jessica’s writing has appeared at Asthma Allergies Children and Slate.  Jessica is also involved with the Oregon Food Allergy Network, supporting advocacy efforts to adopt statewide policies for food allergies in schools. Jessica is the mother of two young boys, one of whom has multiple life-threatening food allergies.

Anna Luke
Anna Luke is the manager of online community at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she runs the organization’s blog and social media platforms, contributes to the development of new programs and website content, issues allergy alerts and ingredient notices, and manages FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Week initiatives. Anna came to FARE from an education reform nonprofit so she could work on an issue close to her heart: helping families and individuals living with life-threatening food allergies, just like her mother and sister. On the personal side, Anna was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and blogs about all things gluten free in her blog, Gluten Free? Gimme Three! She also is a contributing blogger for The DC Ladies, focusing on gluten free restaurants and news for women in the DC metro area. You can find Anna on Twitter and Facebook and get connected with FARE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the FARE website and blog.

Veronica LaFemina
Veronica LaFemina is the vice president of communications at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she leads the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of food allergy as a serious and growing public health issue. For the past decade, she has directed national strategic communications initiatives designed to garner attention for important health issues, including food allergy, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the health of veterans and their caregivers. Veronica launched her first health-related blog in 2005 and has been passionate about making health research and information easier to understand, access and share by leveraging social media and other online platforms ever since. Having grown up in a food allergy family, she is also committed to helping all those who are managing the disease have the information and resources they need to stay safe and live well with food allergies. You can find Veronica on Twitterand get connected with FARE on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the FARE website and blog.

 

Thinking Outside the Blog:

 You’ve developed your platform, found your voice, and honed your writing skills.  What’s next?  Join a lively discussion about ways to reposition your ideas, voice and material and GET PAID, too. We’ll talk about pitching a story and about approaching the right outlets for your work.  Beth Hillson is food editor at Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without magazine) and a freelance writer who has been pitching her ideas to the media (and getting published) for several decades.  A professional journalist who just lately started blogging, she’ll share her advice and help you sort through a wide range of food and food allergy topics and media outlets where your talents can shine.

Breakout Session Leader:  Beth Hillson is a food writer, author and blogger.  She is the food editor for Gluten Free & More and writes and lectures frequently on the gluten-free diet and lifestyle as well as other special diet needs.  Beth was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976 and attended culinary school where she learned to adapt classic recipes to fit her own diet.  In 1993 she founded one of the first gluten-free food companies, Gluten-Free Pantry.  She is the author of Gluten-Free Makeovers (Da Capo, 2011) and a newly-released gluten-free lifestyle book, Living Well Gluten-Free. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Huffington Post, Gothamist, GoDairyFree.com, The Daily Meal, Yoga International, Yankee Magazine, FamilyFun, and Connecticut Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Hartford Courant.  Her regular blogs about the gluten-free diet, lifestyle and recipes appear on Glutino.com and on her own blog www.glutenfreemakeovers.com .   You can follow Beth on Facebook and Twitter.

Breakout Session Details for #FABlogCon

If you have previewed this year’s #FABlogCon agenda- you will have noticed that Saturday Morning (September 27) there is a scheduled slot for Break-Out Sessions. There are actually 15 different sessions that will be available!  We thought these would be a fun ice-breaker to start off our informative presentations and for making friends with similar interests, or getting to know a presenter you admire.  Many of these sessions require pre-registration to participate. However,  you MUST have your ticket purchased, and your (Attendee Info 2014 form) filled out.  For  EVERYONE attending- (Including ALL our wonderful Speakers & Sponsors-) Please fill out this form ASAP! This will be used to create your name badge and conference registrations! One form for each attendee coming!

We will be opening up all break-out session that requires pre-registration on June 29th at 4:00 PM EST. These breakout sessions are a first come- first serve basis. Spaces ARE limited!!! We will begin releasing details over the next few weeks about each session so you can start thinking about which one you will want to attend!

#FABlogCon 2013 session

SPONSORS ONLY: There will be one session strictly for Sponsors- and informative “Business – to – Business” presentation about how to use and maximize social media to your advantage. Attendees must have a Sponsors lanyard to participate in this session. Details to come on “Maximizing Your Social ROI”

There are 3 sessions that will be open for anyone to attend- No pre-registration will be required.

There will be a  one-on-one blog audit with Annelies Zijderveld.  This will be a 10 minute conversation- with limited openings- pre-registration will be required- for a time slot between  8:00 am- 10:00 am  SIGN-UP FOR THESE 10-MINUTE SLOTS WILL BE DONE OUTSIDE OF SCHED. More details to come.

There are (6) one-hour sessions- from 9:15-10:15 that have LIMITED openings!  These sessions will require pre-registration to participate. 

There are (4) 30 minute sessions available- (4/4). These also have LIMITED openings! These will run from 9:15 – 9:45; and 9:45 – 10:15am.

We hope you are as excited about these sessions and the rest of the scheduled presentations for this years event! You may see registration information including the link to buy your ticket here.

From Left to Right, Susan Weissman, Tiffany Glass Ferreira, Jenny Sprague

Facing Adversity with a Smile – A Gift from #FABlogCon

We know that Mother’s Day, whatever day it falls on, can result in mixed emotions.  For mothers that have lost those they love, for those whose mothers have passed away, and even for those that struggle with fertility or the adoption process in their journey of motherhood… the list goes on.  Even so, ever since we got the video of the session “Facing Adversity with a Smile” from the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference we wanted to find a special day and way to share it with you.  Mother’s Day in the United States is the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week and the opportunity was one we didn’t want to miss.

Speaking on the panel were Jenny Sprague, Tiffany Glass Ferreira, and Susan Weissman.  Though there are a lot of tears during this presentation, we hope it is uplifting to know you are not alone in your struggles when you love someone with food allergies.  For many of us, this is why we write on our blogs, to reach out and connect with others as we struggle to process what it means to figure out how to feed our children, to interact with people that “don’t get it,” or to find our own smile.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Jenny & Homa

Wendy Lazor 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?

about_Allergy_Free_KitchensMy name is Wendy Lazor.  I’m a six year veteran of managing multiple food allergies and a writer at heart.  My blog,allergyfreekitchens.com, was born out of a desire to be an encourager and a help to others learning to live the free life.

What is the best thing about food allergies?  We eat more whole foods and most of our treats are healthier than their allergen-laden counterparts.  Seriously, before I ditched dairy I never would have thought a serving of ice cream could satisfy 24% of my daily fiber intake. 😉

What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  Compassion.  Some handle their child’s food-allergy diagnosis with poise and confidence.  I did not.  I worried.  I was anxious.  I tried to put on a good front, but inside I was a mess.  Over time, that took its toll and I had no choice but to learn how to live free from fear.  I’m on the other side of it now, but those experiences stirred a compassion in me to encourage others who may find themselves where I once was – afraid.  Yes, it is possible to enjoythe free life!

What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?  Variety.  I am grateful for the various personalities and approaches people have to living with food allergies.  You can’t help but find someone who relates to what you’re experiencing.  There’s great comfort in that.  

What other blogger has inspired you?  Lauren Kossack of epifamily.com.  How can you not be encouraged after taking a stroll through her blog?