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Welcome Bronze Presenting Sponsor Schär to FABlogCon!

This year, we welcome Bronze Presenting Sponsor Schär to FABlogCon!

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At Schär, we want you to live in each happy moment without restriction. That’s why, for decades, we’ve been dedicated to helping people think less about gluten, so they can savor more of life’s best things.

We’re all about the best things in life – enjoying them, celebrating them, and making them. We care about what we put into our products, and guaranteeing exceptional quality and safety. Schär uses the ELISA R5 Test, even on the packaging that enters our dedicated gluten free facilities! More than 95% of Schär products have a gluten content below the limit of determination which means below 5ppm gluten. The remaining are between 5ppm and 10ppm.

We are able to achieve these high standards through effective quality management and quality control, which means we take complete control over the cultivation and harvesting of our grains by working closely with expert farmers who grow certified gluten free grains especially for us.

But it’s not just about what goes into our delicious products, it’s about what doesn’t, too – we choose not to use any preservatives and absolutely no GMOs in any of our products from ourbreads to our cookiescrackerspasta and more.

Schär has been building its gluten free expertise for decades, with connections to the world’s best gluten free experts and our own team of specialists in research and development and nutrition services.

Thank you Schär for your support of the Blogger & Consumer Advocacy Conference!

Welcome to Our Gold Sponsor: Enjoy Life Foods

This year, we welcome back Gold Presenting Sponsor Enjoy Life Foods to FABlogCon!

elf_logo_registeredAt Enjoy Life Foods, our whole business is making allergy-friendly foods that put a smile on your face & keep your insides happy too. That’s why all of our foods are specially made to be gluten-free and free-from the 8 most common allergens, which account for 90% of all food allergies. Our mission is to make delicious products that you can enjoy to the fullest. We promise they’ll make you smile inside out!

  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Verified Non-GMO
  • Free-From the top 14 common allergens
  • Over 60+ products that span a wide variety of baking and snack categories
  • We want our products to give people “Permission to Eat Freely” – the permission to say YES to a special treat because you know it’s allergy-friendly and fits your dietary needs!

To learn more about Enjoy Life Foods, check out your conference gift bag and stop by their booth on the expo floor.

Thank you Enjoy Life Foods for your support of the Blogger & Consumer Advocacy Conference!

New This Year: Pure Encapsulations Joins FABlogCon as Silver Sponsor

Pure logo_NBP_2015_4colFor the first time, Pure Encapsulations nutritional supplements will join the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Pure Encapsulations manufactures hypoallergenic, research-based dietary supplements that are designed for the benefit of all people, especially the most sensitive. They are committed to sourcing pure, premium ingredients and working with experienced health care professionals to create safe and effective dietary supplements to help consumers achieve optimal health.

Pure Encapsulations believes supplements should be free from unwanted and unnecessary ingredients. That is why all products are free from wheat and gluten; eggs; peanuts; coatings and shellacs; GMOs; magnesium stearate; trans fats and hydrogenated oils; artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners; and unnecessary binders, fillers and preservatives.

Most importantly, Pure Encapsulations understands the need for ingredient and label transparency, particularly for those dealing with food allergies and sensitivities. To ensure ingredient and label transparency, at Pure Encapsulations:

  • Each ingredient and final product is independently tested for potency and purity.
  • Every supplement includes a transparent supplement-facts label that clearly lists each ingredient by true elemental weight, as well as noting any potential allergens.
  • Supplement facts include the standardization of herbal extracts to indicate primary active ingredients.
  • All two-piece capsules are hypoallergenic and vegetarian.

Pure Encapsulations takes their commitment to quality seriously, and we are very excited to welcome them to this year’s conference.

Pure Encapsulations has its gluten-free certification from The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) and products are manufactured here in the USA!

To learn more about Pure Encapsulations, check out your conference gift bag, and stop by their booth on the expo floor.

Thank you to Pure Encapsulations for your support of this year’s conference.

#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 
 

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. 

 

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!

 

Kim Rice 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?”

Kim Rice

Meet Kim Rice, her blog is  thrivinggf.com,  Kim is a Wellness Coach and “warrior mom” of three children. She has been following a gluten and dairy-free diet since 2007. Kim experienced amazing results losing over 60 pounds and a whole host of health issues along the way. Her son on the autism spectrum has been on the diet since 2009 and it has changed the course of his life. He is now considered “recovered.” As a Wellness Coach, Kim is passionate about helping others transition to a gluten and dairy-free lifestyle. You can follow Kim on Facebook:  Thriving GF; and Twitter: @ThrivingGF

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

All the topics are awesome but I think The Art of Recipe Development and Self-Publishing topics intrigue me the most since 1) I did not plan on doing recipe development but it seems to be expected of me and 2) because my original intent before becoming a blogger was to publish a book which I would really like to focus on now.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? 

Most people with food allergies are very sensitive people. Our bodies force us to pay attention to how foods affect us so as a result we are more in tune with our body and generally have to eat healthier than the average person.

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

After healing my body and recovering my son from autism through diet intervention, I wanted to share our healing journey and motivate people to pay attention to what their body is revealing to them about the foods they are consuming. I want to give hope to people that they can transform their health and life through dietary choices.

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

Hanging out with all these awesome bloggers who share many of the same obstacles and challenges.

8. What other blogger has inspired you?

So many have inspired me but the Gluten Free Goddess stands out for me because well, she’s a goddess…plus I love her photography. I’m very visual.

Kim Pebley 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?”

Kim Pebley blogs at Gluten Free in Arizona and can be found on Twitter @GFKimAZ.

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1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why? Everyone!  Can’t wait to see some of my long time gluten free friends who are advocates, authors and bloggers.  I’m also pretty stoked to see some of my new bloggy friends from BlogHer ’13.  Of course, I’m ecstatic to make new friends at FABC in Las Vegas.  Many of us know each other through electronic media and will recognize each other immediately so we feel like friends already.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? There are so many positive things about being diagnosed with celiac disease that I could make you a list from A to Z and then some.  I’ve learned so much about food in the last 5 years. Among the plethora of information is a better understanding of where my food comes from and what it’s truly made of.  One of my other favorite things that being diagnosed is to confirmation of what I’ve known all along, food can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  Blogging about food sensitivities is both an outlet to vent and a motivator to keep trying until we find the best results.  Regardless of your issues, whether they be celiac disease, anaphylactic allergies or a plethora of food intolerances – there is someone out there that needs your help and/or guidance.  No one should ever find that they are isolated due to allergies or autoimmune disorders.

8. What other blogger has inspired you? My inspiration to begin a blog began with one of my first Twitter encounters with a blogger called The Spicy RD.  She is a phenomenal writer, an incredible food photographer and also an RD.  EA was patient, kind and always there for me when I was trying to figure out whether to start a blog.  Her energy and love of healthy food is contagious.  EA’s blog can be found at http://www.eastewart.com/

9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why? One of the best blog posts I’ve ever read came from Alysa at www.inspiredrd.com.  At a time she published this post, much was going awry during Celiac Awareness Month.  Those with celiac disease and NCGS were being called things like “glutards” by people who have no concept of what we deal with on a daily basis.  We were all growing weary and I was quite saddened by the level of food bullying that exists among adults.  If you know me, you know that I am not a crier but this post made me ball like a baby. http://inspiredrd.com/2013/05/what-i-want-you-to-know-celiac-disease.html

Erica Dermer 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?”

Introducing Erica Dermer, founder of Celiac and the Beast,  and Sales and Marketing, Celebrate Celiac Events, at Gluten Free Calendar.

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3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why? The Company You Keep: How to form a lasting relationship between bloggers and brands. Both have much to gain from a strong alliance! *Why? Because I’d love to know how to better utilize my relationships with brands.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? Actually paying attention to what you eat! With food allergies and/or celiac disease, you can’t mindlessly eat ANYTHING. You have the read the labels and actually know what you’re putting in your body. I think it’s made me healthier because of it.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community? That you can get to know someone who you would NEVER meet before if it wasn’t for these food allergies and intolerances. I’ve made so many friends because of this!

 8. What other blogger has inspired you? The Celiac Diva was really one of the first people I followed and she’s a huge inspiration on building a business from a blog. Gluten Dude is another huge inspiration – he’s so good at talking about the “real” side of the disease. I’m also inspired by every person that I meet that has a blog and has put the time, energy, and dedication into making it magic for their readers.

Keeley McGuire 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?”

Thanks Jenny for allowing me to share with everyone today. I cannot thank you, and the amazing team that has been planning feverishly for this, enough for making the conference happen.

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Hi everyone! I’m Keeley of KeeleyMcGuire.com. Our website features Allergy Friendly Fun Lunch Boxes – we focus on making food fun for kids with food allergies or intolerances.

I say “our website” because it really belongs to my daughter, Little Miss, as well. She is anaphylactic to peanuts, avoids tree nuts, and cannot eat gluten due to intolerance.  I myself am now dairy free to help with side effects of a medication I take for an autoimmune neuromuscular disease (it’s been helping immensely). I’m also a contributor to MOMables.com where I share gluten free & allergy friendly recipes.

Enough about that let’s get onto the questions!!

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

Do I have to choose just one? As a foodie, I am excited for “The Art of Recipe Development” with Colette and Kelly. I have had the opportunity to meet Colette twice in person now and I feel like every time I should bow down to her greatness! I love her realistic approach to baking and family friendly recipes. I have not had the chance to meet Kelly, yet, but I often find myself drooling over the photos in her book on my kindle. Do you think there will be food samples during the session? Yum! Lol, hands on session!

I’m also looking forward to “The Company You Keep”,  “Picture This” (since everything now is so visual thanks to Pinterest), and “Getting Heard”. Particularly “Getting Heard”  since it will focus on becoming an effective advocate within your community. Something I am hungry to learn more about! Hungry… see, I can’t get food off the brain. 😉

What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

My daughter began schooling full time just before the age of two. She was already diagnosed with her peanut allergy and began a special needs school for ASD. I remember feeling completely lost when I had to start packing her lunches. She was only a toddler, had sensory issues and was super picky. Not to mention it had to be easy for her to eat on her own and safe for her allergy.

My sister was such a strong support! I was a single mom and struggling. She would send me information on products she found, ideas from friends with kids with allergies, and introduced me to kyaraban bento making. I was hooked! By making foods more fun using shapes, different colors, and tools I could help expand my daughter’s food palette. Not to mention it was also a waste free eco-friendly approach to lunch packing.

Again, it was my sister who urged me to start a blog of my own. It was really a creative outlet but I soon realized I was not alone in my lunch packing struggles. I quickly had a nice following of other food allergy parents, or parents of kids in nut-free classrooms, looking for fresh ideas.

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

That it’s just that – A Community. There is no competition… cattiness… just love and support. I’ve found nothing but friendship from my fellow gluten free and food allergy peers. We all face similar struggles. It thanks to the sharing, the support, the words, and the truth that gets us through those tough days.

I’ve learned so much thanks to other bloggers, to my No Nuts Moms Group, to FARE, KFA, news articles that have been shared, etc. And I continue learning more each day!