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Things to See and Do While in Las Vegas

No one roundup can do the options Las Vegas has to offer justice but we put out a call online to locals for their tips and suggestions and below are some of their recommendations.  If you have to see one thing while you’re in Las Vegas, it probably would be the Fountains at the Bellagio.  Remember that it will likely still be pretty warm in September so be sure to pack a bathing suit or swim trunks to get some pool time in.

ON “THE STRIP”

“The Strip” refers to the length of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Our conference hotel, the South Point Hotel and Casino, is located at 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89183.  Here are some attractions you may want to check out:

Restaurants at The South Point
The same wonderful attention to food allergy safety that you’ll enjoy as an attendee for dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, and breakfast/lunch Sunday is available on a personalized level at South Point restaurants.  Two in particular come highly recommended in our chats with staff – Silverado Steakhouse and the elegant Michael’s.

The Linq High Roller
The High Roller (catchy name, right?) is the world’s largest observation wheel.  Each cabin holds 40 people so you can buy tickets or rent out an entire cabin for a private party.

Minus5 Ice Bar
A unique experience – enjoy a drink while pretending you’re in an ice palace (for Frozen fans) or fortress of solitude (for Superman fans).  See pictures here.  

Cirque du Soleil
Some of our favorites?  “O” at the Bellagio is a water show and “Ka” at the MGM is great if you enjoy watching martial arts.  (Check here for deals/discounts.)

Bellagio

– Bellagio Fountains (and Conservatory)
Watch water dance and soar to music.  Wander inside the Bellagio to see the floral and blown glass displays as well.  If you are up for a walk, take the tram from the Bellagio to see Crystals, Aria, and other City Center attractions/shopping.  You can also see the world’s biggest chocolate fountain!

OFF “THE STRIP”

Red Rock Canyon
Natural beauty is not too long of a drive away – see the titular red rocks on the scenic loop or park and hike for a while.  If you don’t mind a longer drive, check out Valley of Fire State Park.

– The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas.  Downtown has its own unique vibe (check out the Fremont Street Experience) and this museum gives you a little bit of Las Vegas history to boot.

Springs Preserve

– The Springs Preserve
History, conservation, and native plants and animals are all available to explore.

Near Lake Mead

– Hoover Dam and O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge between NV and AZ
Tour the power plant or walk along the dam.  You’ll get a great view of the recently completed O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge.  If you’re into cycling, there’s the River Mountains Loop Trail – rent a bike and get a 30+ mile ride in over scenic paved trails.

– The Neon Museum
See old school Vegas signs up close in the Neon Boneyard.  Great place for photographs (though they do charge a fee).

The Red Velvet Cafe
Craving gluten free and vegan red velvet cake?  This may be the stop for you – of course inquire about any specific allergies and concerns but this is a popular stop for locals.

SHOPPING

The Fashion Show Mall

Las Vegas Outlet Malls

You can also search the Las Vegas events calendar for more ideas or email homa@fablogcon.com if you are looking for a specific recommendation or suggestion!  If anyone would like to get a group together to check out a specific attraction, do let us know.  You’ll receive information about shuttles from the hotel to the northern parts of “the Strip” or we can assist you with other arrangements.

Special thanks from Homa to her friends that contributed ideas for this list.  

#FABlogCon Review Round-up

We have been reading everyone’s wonderful reviews and posts from the #FABlogCon, and enjoying seeing your photos! If you don’t see yours listed please email us or leave it in the comments and we will get yours added too! This event would not have been possible nor been as wonderful without each and every one of you who came and participated! Once again we are humbled and grateful for all your support. Thank you! ~ Jenny & Homa
 
Joel Warady of Enjoy Life Foods: “You are truly the best community of passionate consumers with which any company could ever hope to align itself.”
 
FARE:  “This remarkable group proved that although our community is spread across the country and diverse in many ways, we are all united by a common cause: to make the world a safer and better place for those living with food allergies.” 
 
Elyse Hahne of Live Learn Everyday Life: “For the first Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, the expectation was set extremely high. Not only is this a must attend event, it supports, encourages, and motivates you to keep at it. It was a wonderful conference that has left me motivated and willing to do more in the food allergy community.”
 
Get Allergy Wise: “The conference was as rich with information as it was with passionate and creative attendees.”
 
Michelle Palin, My Gluten Free Kitchen:  “It was so fun to just get away for the weekend and join other gluten-free or allergy bloggers and companies.”
 
Sunbutter: “The one big thing we learned at FABlogCon? You’re not alone.”
 
Colette Martin, of Learning to Eat Allergen-Free blog, wrote “We are all united by the desire to drive awareness, acceptance, and accommodation of severe food restrictions.”
 
Rachel Hayden, Mom versus Food Allergy [wrote my personal favorite analogy- must read!] : “FABlogcon attendees, as we go back into our communities think of yourselves as part of a quilt that when stitched together across the world can make a difference by educating, informing, and advocating on behalf of food allergic individuals everywhere.”
 
Sarah Norris, of Gluten Free Dairy Free at Walt Disney World :”Perhaps my most favorite part of the conference was meeting other people like me. People who have a special diet because of allergies, intolerances, or other health reasons–each person was so amazing.”
 
Amy Tracy, Adventures of an Allergic Foodie: “How do you feed a conference full of food allergic people?”
 
Kim Pebley, The Cheeky Celiac, said, “these ladies not only united food allergy bloggers of every kind but provided them a chance to learn, socialize and truly appreciate each other.”
 
Henry Ehrlich of Asthma, Allergies, Children writes: “If nothing else, the conference was a reminder that Facebook is no substitute for Face-to-Face.”
 
Jessica Martin, Food Allergy Sleuth, [also wrote a lovely analogy!]: “There is something powerful about meeting others like you and then combining forces toward common goals.”
 
Keeley McGuire, Keeley McGuire blog, detailed the conference and writes: “We all have different stories, different experiences, different allergies… but one thing is constant: We all face challenges with food and advocating our, or our children’s, rights each and every day.”
 
Caroline Moassessi of Grateful Foodie wrote “The only way I can explain the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (FABLOGCON) is to say it was like being in a grown up Disneyland.” “Words to describe this event: inspiring, motivating, somber, intellectual, practical, thrilling and exhausting.”  
She also writes about the SWAG here.
 
Erica Dermer, Celiac and the Beast, “we ALL eat differently, and we all have to be so careful in our lives with food. We all have a very unique relationship with food that others outside the community don’t really understand.”
Do NOT miss her FABulous video clips on YouTube! 🙂 
 
Andy Weissman, wrote on Nov 7, 2013 “Liberate, Animate, Cooperate, Instigate” with a nod to #FABlogCon
 
Elizabeth DiBurro of EBL Food Allergies said: “If I had to pick one thing that was my favorite about attending #FABlogCon (which is how it is known on Twitter), it would be the ability to meet and reunite with so many like-minded individuals who all share the same passion.”
 
Donna DeCosta of Food Allergy Mom Doc said: “From the venue to the overstuffed swag bags ( yes plural), to the exceptional food prepared by Chef Keith Norman (who knew gluten free could be so delish? ), to the exceptional speakers to the author signing reception, to the amazing door prizes…it was a lovely event.”
 
Wendy Lazor, Allergy Free Kitchens said: “my eyes were opened to see the power inherent in that gathering.  Individually, we are a story.  Collectively, we can move mountains.”
 
Jo-Ann Rogan of Punky Mama, said: “I hope the word spreads and people who are home and feeling lost and alone while managing food allergies and reach out to the internet get to attend this conference.”
 
Pam Jordan of I’m a Celiac said:  “These events are so amazing due to the people.  It is such a gift to be in a room filled with 150 other people who get it!”   
Also check out her photo slide show, here.
 
Brynn Hadler Allergy Bytes said “Walking in to the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference was like coming home to a family I had never met, but to whom I clearly belonged.”
 
Elizabeth Goldenberg Onespot Allergy said “I was privileged to “know” these friends before in an online way, and I’m graced to know them now in a real world way. We truly support each other, and I look forward to meeting with my friends again at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference next year.”
 
Selena Bluntzer Amazing & Atopic says: “”This community has been building and growing over the years, and Jenny and Homa “built” a city in which our virtual community was able to live for a few days. Sometimes we might feel like The Sims, interacting online, but we’re obviously real people and this gave us a 3D space to inhabit. These industrious city planners found a location with safe food (no easy task!), entertainment, education, and accommodations.”
 
Kelly Kurzhal of Raising Jack with Celiac said: “Our common bond of raising awareness, sharing recipes and resources for the gluten-free and food allergy community has truly brought us together and we encourage one another, swap recipes and make each other laugh along the way.”
 
Jenny Sprague, Multiple Food Allergy Help said: “The best part has been the connections that were forged. I see relationships on social media now that are there because of this event, friendships that were just formed, or made stronger.  All these links and connections weaving together, creating a stronger, more unified food allergy community.”
 
Cheryl Viirand, Freedible says: “we custom eaters are indeed a tribe.  A tribe defined not by the particulars of our individual eating requirements and restrictions, not by their severity or even by the stakes they put on the table for ourselves and our kids. No, what defines our tribe is that we are problem solvers. We are a tribe of future-creators who are not satisfied to wait in the hopes that a safer, more inclusive future will create itself.”
 
Senator Debbie Smith, Nevada, addressing audience opening night – Part 1; Part 2
 
Dr Eric Edwards, Co-inventor of Auvi-Q addressing audience at opening night – Part 1; Part 2 
 

Brynn Hadler 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?

Headshot from Video

Hello, I’m Brynn Hadler, and I was not a blogger until I heard about the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference. Because one of my children has multiple life threatening food allergies, I had followed and read the blogs of many of the attendees and speakers. Such fantastic people all gathered together? I knew I had to attend! But I couldn’t very well attend a blogger’s conference without being a blogger, right? So just in time for this conference, I published my first blog at www.allergybytes.com. Looking forward to meeting you!Brynn

#4  What is the best thing about food allergies?

The best thing about food allergies is that you can use them to amplify health. It’s such a great way to avoid so much of the junk that is peddled to children these days. Having a food allergy teaches children that being different is okay. Being different can make you even healthier than most people. And maybe, by having to be aware of food and food ingredients, it can be used as a catalyst to turn a child or adult down a path of healthy eating. With obesity, diabetes and other disease rates skyrocketing for both children and adults, having a food allergy may inadvertently help people – especially little people – avoid these other health issues.

#7 What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?

The blogger I’d most like to meet is Jessica Martin, the Food Allergy Sleuth. She is amazing!! When I read her “Getting Schooled” post deconstructing a scientific article on gut bacteria and food allergy, I felt like I’d discovered a kindred soul. I too, comb the scientific literature for clues to the food allergy puzzle, and I was over the moon to find another mother who did this. A unique and wonderful thing about Jessica is that she combines a gift of words with a strong scientific background to help explain complex jargon and concepts in a way that makes them understandable to everyone.

#10 If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

If I didn’t have to deal with food allergies, I would definitely fill my house with whole nuts in Autumn, eat coconuts and coconut-based dishes, and cook lots of Thai and Asian food with fresh prawns – mmmm! It would be so wonderful. But I can live without all that. Most of all, what I really want is for my son to not have to fear food. To be able to go anywhere and eat anything he wants and not have to fear for his precious and beautiful life.

Claudine Phillips MS, RD 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?

ClaudinePhillipsI am Claudine Phillips and am a Registered Dietitian/Exercise Physiologist and creator of www.glutenfreegreenbean.com.  I look forward to meeting you all in the next few days.

 
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
Living with food allergies can create a problem, but I find the challenge exciting. It is an opportunity to exercise my creativity and practice “kitchen chemistry”. Finding substitutions for eggs and dairy has been interesting to say the least. I find that cooking allergy free can be alot of fun!
 
5. What motivated you about blogging about food allergies?
My daughter was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy  when she was 4 then celiac disease at age of 7. As we have adjusted her diet (and our kitchen), I found others wanted to know what we were doing. So, my daughter and I naturally started a blog to discuss products, recipes, and how we travel gluten and peanut (and now dairy) free.
 
10.  If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?
I actually enjoy eating allergy free. There are no foods I miss to the point of missing them. There is a time or two that I will smell something and it brings wonderful memories with it, but I am trying to re-create that trigger with the new foods we eat. I make killer cinnamon rolls and fry up eggplant like nobody’s business! All gluten, peanut, and dairy free!
 
 
See you in a few days!

Tiffany DeSilva 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?

 

Headshot0011Hello, I am Tiffany deSilva of www.FantasticallyFree.com.  I am a Social Worker and Certified Coach for children, families, and individuals with food allergies and related conditions.  I am also the mother of 3 daughters with multiple food allergies. In addition to the blog, Fantastically Free provides educational resources, coaching and hands-on services to help people live safe, healthy and happy lives despite food allergies.

 

 

 

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
I love connecting with people, especially those in the food allergy community. I know there is going to be a fabulous group in attendance, so I am really looking forward to meeting everyone (or at least as many people as possible)!

4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
The best thing about food allergies is that we eat a well-balanced and healthy diet.  Instead of defaulting to the typical american diet of unhealthy processed foods, we focus on eating whole foods.  I also feel that we are more in tune with our bodies and how food affects us, both positively and negatively. We focus on eating well and ejoying life, not mourning foods that make us ill.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
I created the Fantastically Free site because there is a huge gap between being diagnosed with a food allergy, being told to avoid certain foods, and actually living a safe, healthy, and happy life with food allergies.  My goal is to help people bridge that gap.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
The best thing about the online food allergy community is the support.  Dealing with food allergies can feel very isolating sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be that way when you have a community.

10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?
Despite having 3 kids with multiple food allergies and my own dietary restrictions, we don’t really long for any foods.  The 3 greatest things would be: (1) Not worrying about cross-contact (2) Going to baseball games without the peanut-free zone (3) Traveling with greater ease.

Iris Sherman of Kitchology 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?

Kitchology at work

This is a typical work session for Kitchology in our offices in Maryland…
(I am the token female.)

My name is Iris Sherman. I am a food allergy advocate.  I am a busy mom plagued with food allergies. I have other family members with complicated dietary needs, including a rare case of Eosinophilic esophagitis. My desire to find solutions to issues related to food and food allergies led me to join forces with Dr. Alain Briancon to establish Kitchology. Kitchology is an early stage startup headquartered outside Washington DC. Our functional web site https://www.kitchology.com  Kitchology is a mobile/web platform that connects all household food activities for better nutrition, saving money and time.  Our focus is families with special dietary needs. I come from a background of bioscience/immunology. I used my understanding of the mechanism of protein adsorption to shape Kitchology. We have developed a unique “recipe science” technology we believe will make the food planning processes fun and efficient for families dealing with allergies. Now, it has led me to you.

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?  I am most excited to meet as many people as possible at this event to compare and contrast stories, share resources, recipes and the like.  Alain, Jessica (one of our bloggers) and I can’t wait to meet the leaders meeting in Vegas.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? Dealing with food allergies is a nutritional complexity which brings discipline to the food process. It has taught me patience, fortitude and most importantly compassion to make a difference for others.  My passion to helping families with allergies have led me to also to run for and be elected to the Institute of Food and Technology (IFT) governing board in DC.  IFT is a food science community of scientists and policy makers working to shape regulations and providing knowledge to make a difference.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?  I believe/we believe the food blogger community has a unique role to play in educating the broad population and letting them enjoy food activities more.  We have a blog (http://blog.kitchology.com), but our primary focus is providing tools for families to make a difference and amplify the voice of bloggers such as you through our mobile app. We want to also allow the food allergy bloggers to become “mobile”, so to speak through our mobile platforms under development.  We would like to invite any food allergy bloggers during the conference to give us a brief amount of their time on video in a private session to capture their personal journey, experiences and reflections as well as get candid reaction to our Kitchology ideas.  Nothing fancy, just a video camera and a couple of mikes, and tokens of our appreciation.

You can reach us at  iris.sherman@kitchology.com or alain.briancon@kitchology.com to coordinate our schedules. In all cases, we will see you at the Saturday get together. You can find more about us at http://blog.kitchology.com/what-happens-in-vegas-humm-will-be-blogged-in-vegas/  Interested in Beta Testing Apps http://eepurl.com/DOY7z

Can’t wait  so see you all in Vegas!

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?

 

Daniella Knell 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?

daniella knellI am a food allergy advocate, educator and blogger. My site is Smart Allergy Friendly Education  My first passion is in the classroom with children and adults.  I have come to realize our youth are much less fearful of having friends with food allergies than their parents.  Also, the network of support we can create for our children is life lasting.  You can also find me presenting resource awareness classes for parents new to managing food allergies. Having traveled this journey alone for a long time, my goal is to ease the stress for those following behind me.  All of these opportunities led to my passion for product and motivational blogging.  I am ecstatic to be joining so many other inspirational women and men at this Food Allergy Blogger Conference .

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

After 3 1/2 years of blogging, it’s hard to choose just one attendee I’d like to meet, as I feel I already have so many ‘friends’ in the crowd.  I am incredibly excited to meet Jenny and Homa, the organizers of this event.  It is their personal passions which have created this opportunity for so many of us like minded entrepreneurs, mompreneurs and community shakers to meet.

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

I present a lot of ‘product reviews’ and am most proud of the editorials I write which are carried through other food allergy channels.  My goal is to be realistic yet encouraging through my writings.  I get frustrated with those who prey on the fear of living with food allergies.  My motivational spirit is to let others know they truly can live life fully. Two of my favorites are: Vacationing Without Your Food Allergic Kids  carried by Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery and No Nuts Moms Group , & the following article carried with different titles:  Nut-less and Grateful with  AllergyKids, and Keeping Nuts Out of the Classroom with Rudis Gluten Free Bakery

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

I am very much looking forward to ‘Honest Pay-Monetizing Your Passion’.  Blogging has been an incredible outlet for me, but is just a small part of MY passion.  With the right sponsorships, I believe I can take my personal writing and 15 years of motivational public speaking skills to another level.  Along with my SAFE food allergy labels, I have several ideas in mind and need just a little help in focusing on how to move forward.
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?

The best thing about living with food allergies is that my children have enabled me to be a better mom.  I always knew I wanted to make a difference in others lives.. I just didn’t know how.  They focused me.  My children are incredibly compassionate individuals because they understand what it’s like to ‘feel different’. At their young ages of 8 and 10, they have been speaking publicly to their peers about their ood allergies since they were both in pre-school.

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

What motivated me to start blogging was that I was so tired I finding hidden ingredients in products I least expected.  My very first blog was about Crayola Dropz.  I was so surprised to find their was lactic acid in this product.  My son had rubbed it all over his hands while having fun in the tub.  Next thing we knew, he was freaking out because of the itching and hives.  That very week I begun my blog! And here I am three and half years later going to my first blogger conference ever!  My dream is to NOT just attend, but to be one of the ones inspiring those around us!

Final Panel Survey

Final Panel Survey

As part of the closing group discussion about filling in the gaps in disease management for the food allergic community, we had put together a survey to better inform our panelists and structure the discussions we hope to have at the conference next month (how strange to write that!) This survey will help form the course of the final discussion and be helpful in planning future events.  We’d love for members of the online food allergy community to respond to this Survey!  It will run for another week. If you have not taken it- PLEASE DO!

Check it out here and feel free to share:

FABlogCon Final Panel Survey

Laura Kitchings 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? 

 View More: http://dottiefoley.pass.us/profilepicsMy name is Laura Kitchings and I blog at GF-Archivist.com . I am an archivist, a pet owner, and an aunt with three Master’s Degrees (strange, I know) and do not practice perfect grammar. I have a changing relationship with punctuation marks and capitalization.  In October 2011 I self-diagnosed with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, and in January 2012 I stopped consuming milk products on a daily and/or weekly basis. I was briefly vegan, but found it was not the ideal diet for my body. I don’t believe in telling others what to eat, but simply want to share what works for me.

 

 

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
My post about scanning my old photographs led me to examine my journey to the gluten-free life. 

3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
Blogging about my gluten-free life, has led me to experimenting in the kitchen and slowly developing my own recipes.  I am looking forward to The Art of Recipe Development. 
 
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
Being gluten-free has required me to become more assertive. I now feel more comfortable asserting myself on non-food related subjects and having confidence in my opinions. 

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
Once I became more open about living gluten-free, friends and friends of friends began asking me for resources.  The blog began as a way to keep a list of these resources and led to random posts about my life with food intolerance.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
On days when living gluten-free becomes a massive hassle, it is great to read about others dealing with similar issues.

10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

Honestly, I do not have an answer to this question as living gluten-free has actually led to a diversification of my diet.