Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Amazon Deal Finds This Week!

Right now is the best time to sign up for the Amazon Prime Free 30-Day Trial.  You can Christmas shop daily bargains from home, get free 2-day shipping on any size orders, and enjoy free video and music streaming!  Amazon Prime is now also offering free photo storage, too...something I need to take a look at soon.

I started the Amazon Prime Trial for Christmas shopping but am now a full-fledged yearly member. We buy most of our vitamins, hygiene, and even some food items through Amazon along with gifts and household items we need.  I save in the long-run because I'm not bumping orders to $35 to get free shipping.  I can send gifts to other addresses for free, too, that are under $35.  :)

I'm pretty good at finding my own "hot" deals and have always loved sharing them.  Since Christmas shopping is in full swing, I thought I would post some of the bargains I have seen this past week.  Amazon prices are always changing, but these are current prices as of posting time. You kind of have to move fast on Amazon if you want to snag the good deals.  

regularly $23.99

regularly $133.57

regularly $24.99

regularly $19.99

regularly $17.99

several different products

regularly $199.99

regularly $35.00

I bought this little bell for our home school group and absolutely love it!  Perfect for the home to call the kids or for someone sickly to have it nearby.  I can't say enough good things about the quality for the price!

These are deals that I have personally found, that weren't "daily deals".  So hopefully you can snag up these low prices if you want to.  :)  Have a great week!

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Product Review & Giveaway ~ True Solution Nutrition Shakes

I have done several dairy-free reviews and giveaways for our readers, but this one is one of my very favorites.  That's because this is a product that is going to make my life easier!  Hallelujah!  

True Solution kindly allowed me and my family to taste test their chocolate and vanilla nutrition shakes recently.  We all really liked the taste of these.  I'm so grateful for this opportunity because my whole family could use something convenient and safe like this.  

Impressive Highlights about True Solution Nutrition Shakes

Our Review

Jeff and I have experimented with several protein powders for making our own shakes.  Jeff always thinks dairy-free powders are chalky and gross.  He was very pleased that both the vanilla and chocolate True Solution drinks were not chalky.  Jeff also commented that the shakes were filling, tasted good, were thick and rich, and were convenient.  His job is so busy that oftentimes he isn't able to eat lunch.  These drinks would be perfect for him to have on hand.

I also enjoyed the taste of the shakes.  Chocolate was my favorite.  As a mom, I love that these are convenient for our outings like errands, kids sports, play dates, school lunch, or even as a meal to set out for the babysitter to feed the kids if I don't make it home soon enough.  I also think the price is not bad, considering they cost less than a Happy Meal but are much more nutritious.

The boys' review didn't entail many words.  Instead, they just happily drank about 5 shakes each!  :)  What more can be said?!  Well, they did say they liked chocolate better than vanilla.  These were definitely kid-friendly.

If there are any downsides, Jeff would say these were a tad sweet.  But what kid would complain about that?!  And I think they are too high in carbs for my taste (32g), but not everyone is on a low-carb kick like I am.  For the kids, these were children need those carbs to burn! For some of our readers, pea protein may be a deal-breaker (peanut allergy).  But I'm hopeful that this product would work for many of you.  :)

Ingredients, Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrition Facts 

How To Purchase 

For those of you wanting to get your hands on these right away, you can order from the True Solution website or use the store locator on their site.  I don't see a store close to us, but I plan to go into two of our local stores to ask them to stock these asap.  

Jeff needs these for work, I need these for home school co-op day where I direct and do not sit to eat lunch, and the boys need these for upcoming basketball season!  :)  

A Give Away!

Now, it's time for the fun part!  True Solution has SO graciously offered to send a CASE of 12 shakes to one of our lucky readers!!!  The winner gets to choose their assortment of chocolate and vanilla.  


Must be 18 or older, have a U.S. address, one entry per adult.  
Enter by Sunday, Nov 30 at 11:59 pm CST.

Email Address:
What flavor do you want to try first? Chocolate

Create a web form here

Dairy-Free Creamy Pumpkin Spinach Smoothie


Original Post:  10-10-12

The boys went crazy for these smoothies today!  

Put into blender, in this order:

1 cup frozen bananas

1 1/2 cup Silk Almond Original (or milk of your choice)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

Then add:

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

handfuls of spinach

1 Tb maple syrup

Blend and enjoy!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dairy-Free Ibotta App Rebates

With my Ibotta app, I'm almost to my $10 rebate...which can go to Paypal or can be received in gift cards.  I'm thinking I will take a $10 Starbucks gift card to use as a Christmas gift!

$1 Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit 
$1 Enjoy Life Cereal
.25 Any Bread
$1 Any Cereal
$1 Enjoy Life Bars
$1 Enjoy Life Soft Cookies
$1 Enjoy Life Bonus (purchase 4 items)
$1 Minute Maid Orange Juice
$1 Quinoa Product
.25 Any Eggs
.25 Any Canned Pumpkin
$1 Kevita Drink

I did this shopping at Target and Hy-Vee.  But many other stores participate.  Make sure your items match the store for the offer.  

Read more about Ibotta and my favorite current offers.  

If you would like to sign up for Ibotta, we would be most grateful if you would kindly use our referral link so we can keep coming back to let you know about new dairy-free Ibotta offers as they pop up!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Milk Allergy Desensitizing Patch Trial

DBV Technologies sent us this press release to share some breaking news in milk allergy research! I have highlighted main points in pink for you.  :)  I'm a little "affected" hearing that the trial is called the MILES Study.  Is it a sign?  ;)

"There will be different centers across the country that will be participating and you can see where they are located by going to the website (when you get to the site, search for Viaskin and the correct trial is the first ranked result). If you go there now, you’ll see that the centers currently recruiting are in Canada, but there will be more as more centers sign on. The contact information for specific doctors will get posted to that page, so anyone interested can contact the doctors directly."

DBV Technologies Initiates Phase I/II Clinical Trial
with ViaskinÒ Milk for the Treatment of Children with 
Cow’s Milk Allergy

BAGNEUX, France, November 20, 2014 - DBV Technologies, (Euronext: DBV – ISIN: FR0010417345 - Nasdaq Stock Market: DBVT), a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced today it has begun enrolling cow’s milk-allergic subjects in a Phase I/II clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Viaskin® Milk, an epicutanous patch for the treatment of children with IgE-mediated cow’s milk allergy (CMA).

Pierre-Henri Benhamou, M.D., Chairman and CEO of DBV Technologies said: “Milk allergy is a life-threatening condition for which there are no approved treatments. As part of our commitment to improve the quality of life of food allergic patients, we have continued to advance our pipeline, and the initiation of this trial marks an important milestone for our patients, their caretakers and our Company. We believe Viaskin has the potential to reshape the future of food allergies immunotherapy.”

The Viaskin MILEfficacy and Safety Phase I/II study, or MILES study, is a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Viaskin® Milk used to treat subjects on a daily basis by Epicutaneous Immunotherapy (EPIT®). Eligible subjects are those with elevated cow’s milk-specific Immunoglobulin E levels and who show clear objective signs or symptoms to an eliciting dose of cow’s milk proteins ≤300 mg (approximately 9.4 mL of cow’s milk.

The MILES study is composed of 2 parts. Part A, or Phase I, will evaluate the safety of three escalating doses of Viaskin® Milk (150 μg, 300 μg and 500 μg cow’s milk protein) versus placebo over three weeks. Part B, or Phase II, will evaluate the efficacy and safety of up to 12 months of EPIT with two selected doses of Viaskin® Milk from Part A. Approximately 150 subjects (18 subjects in Part A and 132 subjects in Part B) from 2 to 17 years of age will be randomized in the study, at selected North American sites, specialized in the management of food allergic subjects.

The primary efficacy endpoint is the percentage of treatment responders after 12 months of EPIT. Responders are subjects who meet one of the following criteria: a ≥ 10-fold increase in the cumulative reactive dose (CRD) of cow’s milk proteins at the Month 12 food challenge as compared to the baseline value and reaching at least 144 mg of cow’s milk proteins (approximately 4.5 mL of milk); or a CRD of cow’s milk proteins ≥ 1444 mg (approximately 45 mL of milk) at the Month 12 food challenge.

Bpifrance will be providing €3 million in the form of an interest free loan (PTZI: Prêt à Taux Zero pour l’innovation) to DBV for the clinical development of Viaskin® Milk. This funding demonstrates Bpifrance’s continued support for DBVs development programs. The interest-free loan provided by Bpifrance has a first date of payment as of June 30, 2017. After this initial payment, 19 linear quarterly payments will follow untilMarch 31, 2022.

About Viaskin® Milk
Viaskin Milk for the treatment of pediatric CMA is DBV’s second most advanced product in development. CMA is the first allergy to appear during early childhood and the most common food allergy in infants and young children, affecting 2% to 3% of the general population. CMA is often missed in the primary care setting and can be a significant cause of infant distress when left undiagnosed. Symptoms can include gastrointestinal problems including vomiting and diarrhea, skin rash, angioedema or rapid swelling of the skin, and anaphylaxis. The only option available for CMA management is the avoidance of cow’s milk, which can lead to issues of dietary imbalance, failure to thrive and poor quality of life.

About DBV Technologies
DBV Technologies is developing Viaskin®, an innovative new approach to the treatment of allergies – a major public health issue that has been increasing in prevalence. DBV Technologies, incorporated in France in 2002, has developed a proprietary, worldwide-patented technology for administering an allergen to intact skin while avoiding transfer to the blood, and thus considerably lowering the risk of a systemic, allergic reaction in the event of accidental exposure. DBV Technologies is focusing on food allergies, including milk and peanut, for which there are currently no effective treatments. DBV Technologies has designed two products candidates: Viaskin® Peanut and Viaskin® Milk. The clinical development program for Viaskin® Peanut has received Fast Track designation from the US Food and Drug Administration.
DBV Technologies shares are traded on segment C of Euronext Paris (Ticker: DBV, ISIN code: FR0010417345) and on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the form of American Depositary Shares (each representing one-half of one ordinary share) (Ticker: DBVT).
For more information on DBV Technologies, please visit our website:   

About Bpifrance
Formed by the law of the 31st December 2012, Bpifrance (a public sector investment bank) is the outcome of the merger between OSEO, the FSI, CDC Entreprises and FSI Régions. Its two shareholders are the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts bank. Bpifrance financesbusinesses from the seed phase to transfer to stock exchange listing, through loans, guarantees and equity. Bpifrance also provides enhanced support and backing for innovation, export, and external growth. With its 42 regional offices, it is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs in each region for all their finance and investment needs. Bpifrance also participates in the management of several European funding - Follow us on Twitter: @bpifrance  

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the safety and efficacy of DBV Technologies’ product, our ability to successfully complete the clinical trial, our ability to obtain regulatory approval for and commercialize Viaskin® Milk, and our ability to obtain funding from Bpifrance.  These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include uncertainties associated generally with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals, the risk that historical clinical trial results may not be predictive of future trial results, whether Viaskin® Milk will be successfully marketed if approved, and subsequent changes in the agreement with Bpifrance.  A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in the Company’s regulatory filings with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers, the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including in the Company’s prospectus filed with the SEC on October 22, 2014 and future filings and reports by the Company.  Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. DBV Technologies undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this Press Release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Current Dairy-Free Ibotta Deals

      Ore-Ida® Hash Browns and Ore-Ida® Tater Tots® Combo    KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink     _hmgkmcuqn4bjkmlvbmt_q-normal 


I just got 25 cents back for buying bread, 25 cents back on eggs, $1 back on Ore Ida potatoes, and another $1 back for buying a vegan KeVita drink.  Now I'm headed to the store again to stock up on some more dairy-free products with Ibotta rebates, and when I hit $10 in refunds...I get to cash out with a Paypal payment or even a Starbucks card!  :)  I think Jeff needs a Starbucks card for Christmas...shhhhh, don't tell!  

If you haven't already signed up for the Ibotta app, now is a great time because there are some dairy-free and allergy-friendly products on which you can get money back!  Whoever said you can't save money on food allergy groceries obviously didn't know about Ibotta!  ;)  

Ibotta is not a coupon app, so you can use coupons on top of and in conjunction with the Ibotta app. Ibotta is a MONEY BACK app.  So you make your purchase, and then you go home to redeem your refunds at your convenience.

The offers are ever-changing, but here are some of the cash back items that I will be buying this weekend:

Don't forget to check out "Bonuses".  You can get an extra $1 back if you do 4 of the Enjoy Life rebates.  :)  

Make sure you shop at the stores that match the items.  There are many to choose from like Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Walgreens, CVS and tons of other stores.  The products overlap to various stores so you can often shop where it's most convenient for you.  

If you would like to sign up for Ibotta, we would be most grateful if you would kindly use our referral link so we can keep coming back to let you know about new dairy-free Ibotta offers as they pop up!  

Dairy Allergy FAQ ~ Does Your Milk Allergy Child Take Probiotics?

This is another one of our very popular questions on our Milk Allergy Mom Facebook page so we are going to make this blog post for our FAQ section.  

READER QUESTION: I'm really wanting to look into probiotics for our family. Being that we are pretty much dairy free completely, it's been brought to light that having a probiotic around during tummy problem days, yeast infections, or even for when taking antibiotics might really help. Does anyone use these and if so, what are some brands that are dairy, egg, peanut, tree-nut, etc free? Do y'all use them daily or just during times of need? Any info you might have to share on the subject would be helpful thanks!

We are using Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Kids from our local health food store.  You can also get it from Vitacost.  I hear they ship it with a cold pack unlike Amazon.  If you shop through this link at Vitacost as a first-time customer, you will get $10 off a $30 purchase!  :)

Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Kids has no filler ingredients, artificial colors, or preservatives.  It is marked free of dairy and gluten.  It contains 5 billion CFU.  Be sure to check ingredients before contains several fruits and vegetables.

Please comment here about if you use probiotics for your dairy-allergy child. How often?  What brand?  Thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dairy-Free Apple Tortilla Roll-Up's

Original Post:  08/27/10

Oh my goodness gracious, I LOVE these! With our super terrific apple tree at the new house, I am on the look-out for new apple concoctions. I've made pie, crisp, cobbler, cookies...but these roll-up's beat them all in my opinion. And they are the easiest to make! These kind of remind me of McDonald's apple pies...if my memory serves me's been a long time since I've had one!

For not seasoning the apples, I can't believe how flavorful this turns out from just pouring the liquid over top. The bottom of the tortillas are soft and juicy. The tops of the tortillas are crunchy. Jeff says these would be especially good with ice cream or whip cream on top. I HIGHLY recommend you give these a try! 

I think I will start putting the boys in charge of making these for us, they are that easy.


4 small flour tortillas (I use wheat)
2 small apples sliced
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cups water
4 Tbs. dairy-free butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Place apples on tortillas, roll, and place in a baking dish. Boil sugar, water, butter and cinnamon on stove. Pour mixture over tortillas and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, basting once. After pulling from oven, baste one more time and serve hot.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dairy-Free, Lower-Sugar Hot Cocoa

Original Post:  12/06/13

I tell ya, milk allergies are a true blessing when it comes to hot cocoa.  If we didn't have to avoid milk, I very well could be using Swiss Miss to this day.  But homemade hot cocoa is so much better and the way to go!

There's nothing fancy about our hot chocolate.  But it's homemade, tasty, and my boys think I'm the best mom ever when I make it.  Serve it with marshmallows or dairy-free whip and even sprinkles...and you are golden!  

In fact, I may try making hot cocoa with the liquid from the canned coconut milk (see whip cream recipe) sometime.  I bet that would be thick and tasty!  

Feel free to add more sugar, some recipes double the sugar from the cocoa amount.  I'm trying to train my kids' taste buds to accept less sugar.  ;)  Plus, once I add the marshmallows or whip...there's plenty of sweetness overall!  Another handy trick I like to use for lowering sugar is to do a mixture of sugar and stevia.  :)  

Here is our easy yet magical hot cocoa recipe.

2 cups dairy-free milk (we use almond original unsweetened)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar or sweetener of choice (agave, stevia, maple syrup)
Splash of vanilla

Whisk all ingredients except vanilla together in a sauce pan.  Heat on stove at medium heat. Pull off heat just before boiling.  Add vanilla and serve with toppings of your choice. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Ice Cream


Original Post:  10/06/12

Every time I break out my gel ice cream maker and remember how easy and fast it is to make ice cream, I want to go on an ice cream making marathon.  Why didn't I get this out all summer?!

I was inspired over at Speedbump Kitchen  to try a pumpkin ice cream, and I learned that SILK creamer is a good way to get creamy dairy-free ice cream.  I love that tip!  She also used marshmallows in a lot of her ice creams, but I will be leaving those out of my concoctions as we try to cut sugar where we can here...orders from my dentist sister.  ;)

Here was our version of pumpkin ice cream:

Mix Together:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup Silk creamer
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Makes 4 servings.  Approximately 145 calories per serving or 3 scoops.

Pour mixture into your ice cream machine according to the machine directions. 

We have a simple gel machine that I got on Target summer clearance one year for probably $15!  I just keep the bowl in the freezer and when I'm ready to make ice cream, I can pull it out, whip up the ingredients, turn it on, pour the mixture in, and have ice cream in 30 minutes or less.  No salt or manual churning required.  However, it does make smaller batches. 

This recipe has a real subtle pumpkin flavor.  It could probably double up on the spices, but I like to use my spices sparingly.  So we got more flavor by adding chocolate chips.  :)  The boys are asking for more, and I have another cup left of the creamer so why not?!

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