Saturday, July 12, 2014

Milk-Free Find ~ Tofutti Cuties Ice Cream Sandwiches


This is not a recent find, but I just recently realized we don't have it pinned on our Pinterest page.  Tofutti ice cream sandwiches are one of our tried and true summer treats to have on stock.  They are soy-based. There are a few different flavors.  Grandma keeps these stocked, too...and that means a lot to Miles.  :)


e-cloth Bundle Sales & a Giveaway ~ Compare to Norwex and SAVE!


We are sponsoring a Classical Conversations home school event next week, and we put together this flyer for it.  These are our most popular sales going on right now.  Love bundles!  

To celebrate 2K+ followers at our Milk Allergy Mom FB page, we are doing a giveaway! Comment ON THIS BLOG POST to tell us what bundle you would love to have. We will choose a winner from the comments...to win the Bathroom Bundle!

One entry per person. Must be 18 years or older. Must live in the U.S. Must leave contact email in blog comment.  Contest ends Friday, July 25th at 11:59pm PST. 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Milk Smoothie


When we make whipped cream from canned coconut milk, we are always left with the runny part of the coconut milk.  I used to throw it out (gasp!), but now we have found a way to make good use of it!

The coconut tastes great in a strawberry smoothie.

I don't have an actual recipe for this, per se.  But it's more about just throwing in ingredients to taste.  We use the rest of the canned coconut milk (the watery stuff left after we skim the thick fat for whipped cream), strawberries, maybe some dairy-free milk added if we need to stretch the batch further, and some honey or maple syrup for sweetening.  And that's it.

As you can tell from the look on Graham's face, Strawberry Coconut Smoothies are a hit around here.  :)

Is there anything else you make with your leftover canned coconut milk?  :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Spa Value Set by e-cloth ~ Save 22%!



e-cloth has announced several new Value Sets that will save you even more money on chemical-free cleaning!  Today I am going to highlight the Spa Value Set because what's more important to keep free from chemicals than our own skin?!  

These products remove dirt, make-up, and dead skin so well and are washable and reusable unlike so many other beauty products.  That's green cleaning!  I use a little of my favorite organic cleanser with these products.  Although, I can definitely swipe away mascara residue with just water when using the Eye Cleaning Pad.  It's amazing!  No more oily make-up removers for me.  

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(1) 8.25" x 5.25" Face Cleansing Mitt (remove make-up with water or your favorite cleanser)



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Saturday, June 14, 2014

E-Cloth & Food Allergen Clean-Up ~ Sharing My Thoughts & Experience

General Purpose Cloths (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)

Original Post:  9-4-13

I just read this quick blip about how anti-bacterial gels do NOT clean up food proteins (food allergy residue).  However, this article does say that wet wipes do help remove food residue.  


FOOD PROTEIN CLEAN-UP NEEDS FRICTION & REMOVAL
These statements make sense to me.  I talked to my doctor father-in-law recently about how food proteins cannot be "killed" like bacteria.  They need removed.  Wipes would help with friction and removal while gels would just smear proteins.  

With this information, I am more encouraged to share how we are led to believe that the friction and "pick-up" features of quality microfiber can help clean protein residue on hands and surfaces.  


E-CLOTHS ARE PROVEN TO PICK UP AND REMOVE BACTERIA
I have no scientific proof at this point that our e-cloths do clean up food proteins, although there are scientific studies that prove they DO breakdown and pick up common house bacteria with over 99% success.  

Unlike some other sellers of microfiber, I am cautious to make scientific claims that have not been proven in a reputable lab.  At this point, I cannot not tell you yes, with 100% certainty, that quality microfiber will pick up and remove food proteins.  But I have a hunch that it does clean-up food proteins very well based on my experience as a food allergy mom.


BACTERIA AND FOOD PROTEIN ARE DIFFERENT THINGS
If you Google Norwex and raw chicken, you will find plenty of videos of Norwex sellers cleaning raw chicken juice off counters with quality microfiber, and showing the effectiveness with protein swabs. Yes, they are showing that the PROTEINS have been removed...something important to us food allergy families.  The swab tests are not truly scientific but they are indicative of effectiveness.  

To prove that e-cloths remove FOOD PROTEIN, we would need to prove that in a reputable lab with controls and repetition, and we would need to prove it with all of the 8 top allergens separately.  That's because all the food proteins are made up differently.  


SKIN AND SURFACES ARE DIFFERENT THINGS, TOO
I also get a little annoyed when microfiber sellers claim that their cloths clean food proteins from hands because the chicken protein was cleaned from a counter.  Human skin is porous on a microscopic level and is not the same thing as a kitchen counter.  In our experience, e-cloth and hand-cleaning is working well.  But I don't make sure-fire claims while comparing apples to oranges.  ;)


MY ONLY FOOD PROTEIN CLEAN-UP PROOF IS MOM-EXPERIENCE FOR NOW
With all of that said, I have been using e-cloths for nearly a year for food allergy clean-up.  Even though my son is anaphylactic to dairy, we have dairy in our kitchen.  And I have cleaned all our kitchen surfaces with just water and e-cloths without incident.  We also swear by taking a damp e-cloth out with us for washing surfaces and hands with just water.  

I do wash dishes with dish soap...not just water.  

I haven't wanted to make any untrue claims about e-cloth and food allergy clean-up, but that Allergic Living Q&A makes me feel better about sharing our experience.  It's suggesting what I have believed, that friction and removal are required to clean up food proteins.  

And I personally believe the e-cloths are accomplishing that.


HOW I PERSONALLY CLEAN AWAY ALLERGENS
To clean hands and surfaces, I use e-cloth's General Purpose cloths.  Right now you can get two for the price of one, $7.99.  And it's free shipping, right to your door.  After you have wiped the allergen, rinse the cloth in hot water to release the allergens.  You may use a little soap for good measure if you'd like.  Then hang your cloth to dry and re-use.  If you feel better putting it through the wash after cleaning high allergen areas, that is fine, too.  Go with your comfort level on this.  

When wiping hands, be gentle.  The fibers do pull and grab super well, and that means they can dry out little hands.  Just use some caution and be gentle.  Miles got obsessed with wiping his hands with the General Purpose at one point and really scrubbed them hard.  He ended up with some pretty raw hands...as proof that our microfiber is heavy-duty.  ;)  


LEARN MORE ABOUT E-CLOTH
If you aren't quite sure what all this talk about "e-cloth" is about, just click HERE for more info.  :) The premise is that you can clean dirt, bacteria, and probably even food proteins from surfaces using just water...no chemicals.  


PURCHASE E-CLOTH
And if you would like to try out e-cloths for yourself, CLICK HERE TO SHOP.  While food allergen clean-up, using microfiber, is not scientifically proven at this point, bacterial clean-up effectiveness IS.  E-cloths do clean household bacteria with water better than bleach and cotton rags.  For that reason alone, I am a fan!  

I do hope that someday soon there will be scientific testing done on how well e-cloths remove food proteins, and I hope to be the first to share that with you!    




Milk-Free Find ~ Tofurky Pockets

Tofurky Pockets


Miles's new favorite specialty food is Tofurky Pockets...especially the BBQ Chick'n.  Although we are not vegan or vegetarian, these products do not contain milk and that's what matters to us.  I don't think Miles even realizes there isn't real meat in these...that's how good they are to him!

This is info from the Tofurky website:

We are located in Hood River, Oregon, one hour east of Portland. We make our vegetarian products in small batches using only the finest organic and natural ingredients. No preservatives, MSG or other artificial ingredients are added to our products. All of our products are kosher, vegan, and made with organic soybeans and/or organic tofu. We are a family owned and operated company.

When Miles gets his Tofurky pockets for dinner, the rest of the family has carry-out pizza.  And he considers that a fair match-up.  :)  It's so fun to find special treats for my food allergy kid, and I'm so grateful that companies like Tofurky make our life with food allergies a little easier.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kashi Crunchy Granola & Seed Bars Deal (Ends Tomorrow), Save $2 on Zevia, Save $1.55 on So Delicious



My boys love these dairy-free Kashi Granola Bars so I'm excited to stock up with this deal at Target!  There are three ways to save, and you can take advantage of all three together!

15% off with Target Cartwheel (expires tomorrow)
$2 off 3 printable coupon at coupons.com
$1 rebate from Ibotta


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 continue letting you know about dairy-free offers as they pop up!  


And here are more current Ibotta deals for us dairy-free folks!  LOVE all the Enjoy Life rebates.  :) Plus, you can enjoy DOUBLE savings on Zevia, So Delicious, and Enjoy Life!  

These items can be purchased at a variety of stores partnering with Ibotta...just make sure your items match the store from where you plan to purchase.

Use this Zevia $1 coupon together with your Ibotta refund!  
Use this So Delicious 55 cent coupon together with your Ibotta refund!
Get Enjoy Life coupons, too!  












Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day ~ e-cloth Car Cleaning Kit


If you are still looking for a last-minute gift idea for Dad, consider e-cloth's e-auto line!  We have affordable products for cleaning cars, boats, and more.  Jeff loves all of his e-auto products and cleans our cars with just a water bottle...no hose!

Shipping is fast and FREE!  Click here to see all of our e-auto products.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dairy-Free FAQ ~ Finger Food for Toddlers



READER QUESTION:  What dairy-free finger foods do you recommend for toddlers?  

This is one of the number one questions asked at our Milk Allergy Mom Facebook page, and I think it deserves it's own reference page here in our FAQ section of the blog.  

I am so beyond the finger food stage with my boys.  We are into the "fist-full of food" stage with two growing school-aged boys.  So I definitely need your help answering this question!  Plus, a lot of things have changed since my boys were toddlers.  So let's hear all of your wonderful suggestions.  I can't wait to send new food allergy moms back to this page when they need help.



Please comment with your dairy-free 

finger food suggestions below.



Summer Reading Program ~ Can Not Read for Food


Each summer, I look for a good reading program to do with the boys.  One of our first summers of preschool we signed up for a local library program.  I was stoked to drive the boys 20 minutes out of town to the best library in the area, four times that month, for a really fun program.  The boys and I filled out our book logs, and everything was going great...until they won the prize.  

The boys anxiously opened their prize bags for having read all month, and inside were about three certificates to local fast food restaurants for specific treats...an ice cream cone, a sub sandwich...  Obviously, this was a real let-down for Miles because he can't eat those things!  I don't mean to be ungrateful, I know most kids and parents are excited to get free food.  But it just drove home, once again..."why do rewards always have to be FOOD?"  Sensitive food allergy parent here...that just stinks.  So I had to find a new use for the certificates, and replace them with my own rewards for Miles.  Even then as a preschooler, Miles knew this was not cool...getting "mom prizes" instead of the goody bag prizes.  

Needless to say, I've learned a lot since then.  I'm looking up another local library's program today and am going to call to see what the prize choices are ahead of time, before I decide to do it.  

A friend also just told me about the Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Program.  It's so simple, and the prize is a BOOK.  Perfect!  You just print the reading log from the website, fill it out as your child reads books, and take it into the store to redeem for a new book when you're done.  It runs from May 20-Sep 2nd.  And it entails reading 8 books.  I love simplicity.  :)

Do you know of any other national reading programs running this summer?  

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