Friday, October 31, 2014

Milk-Free Halloween Candy

These are the treats we are handing out this year.  The candy necklaces are my favorite because they specifically state that they are allergen-free.  :)  And the glow sticks are great for kids avoiding sugar and food coloring.  It's a cold and windy day today, but we are gearing up for some allergy-friendly trick-or-treating tonight!  I hope we find a few teal pumpkin houses.  But at any rate, the boys will trade in their candy at 5 cents each.  That should make for some fun counting excitement.  

Have a safe evening!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dairy-Free, Corn-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Vitamin D Supplement for Babies & Kids

We get asked a lot about supplements for milk allergy.  Not only do parents wonder if they need to supplement, but they wonder what brands are allergy-safe!  What a conundrum.  

My boys drink unsweetened almond milk with 50% more calcium than milk.  So I've been adding a Vitamin D drop to it.  My chiro friend tells me that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption.  

Carlson is the brand we use, and they have Vitamin D for both babies and kids.  The drops are tasteless and easy to use.  Here are the links to Amazon, where I get ours.  

Carlson Super Daily D3 400 IU for Kids

Carlson Super Daily D3 for Baby 400 IU Supplement

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e-cloth Kitchen Pack Sale ~ Compare to Norwex Scrubby Corner Cloth

More great e-cloth news this week!  We have some of the UK Kitchen Packs priced at half off!  (Did you know e-cloth has been the #1 microfiber in the UK for nearly 20 years?!)

We also announced this week that we have microfiber mops on clearance for $29.99 while supplies last.

In this Kitchen Pack, you get the scrubby corner cloth and the polishing cloth together for $7.49.  And remember, it's free shipping on any size order within the U.S.  :)  

The scrubby corner is great for crusty messes on your counters and stove top.  It's non-scratch and safe for surfaces.    

And the most flattering thing?  Norwex came out with their scrubby corner cloth after e-cloth.  That goes to show that e-cloth is indeed a leader in the high-end microfiber market.  :)  

The Norwex Scrubby Corner Cloth is $18.99 plus shipping and tax.  Or you can get the e-cloth Kitchen Set with a scrubby corner cloth AND polishing cloth for $7.49 with free shipping, direct to customer.  

How are e-cloth prices so low?  E-cloth has no middle-man costs or hostess benefits to support, and we don't use unnecessary, costly silver.  You can read more about that HERE.  e-cloth HAS been tested in a renowned lab and results are published for public view.

You may also like to read some of our e-cloth reviews.  

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven 43% Off on Amazon!

Food allergy moms, you deserve this beauty.  We spend too much time in the kitchen to not have heavy duty tools.  And pretty doesn't hurt, either!  Can I get an "amen"?!

This is the Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven 3-Quart.  On Amazon right now, in Caribbean Blue, you can get it for just over $40 with free's 43% off!

I did a lot of research a couple years back and got rid of all of my metal pots and pans.  I went to enameled cast iron and raw cast iron.  We absolutely love cooking with these, and I don't know how I lived without them before!  Cast iron goes from stove top to oven and are safe for your family.

These raw pieces are about $15 on Amazon right now!

I own some Le Creuset, the French enameled cast iron, but for large pot sizes I just could not afford Le Creuset.  So for the dutch ovens, I own Lodge in the 3 quart and the 6 quart.  I honestly use my 3 quart the most for a family of 4.

While Lodge raw cast iron is made in Tennessee, they do source out their enameled cast iron to China. And I made calls to Lodge about that to ask for quality control reassurance.  They assured me that their China factories are regularly visited and that the products are regularly tested for lead.  I felt assured.
We use our Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Ovens for artisan bread, soups, reheating leftover meat, baked oatmeal, and much more.

I'm not sure how long this good Amazon price will last.  This is about how much I paid, too, and I was tickled!  :)

And keep your enameled cast iron scratch-free with our e-cloth Cleaning Paste!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Popcorn "Nachos"


The boys and I are loving our Chocolate Popcorn so well, that we are advancing it into even more "complex" creations.

Here we made individual plates of "Popcorn Nachos"...not sure why we called it this.  But let's go with it.

We added safe candy corn and peanuts to our latest concoction, but that may not be allergy-friendly for some of you.  Feel free to add whatever works for you...perhaps coconut shreds, chocolate chunks, almonds, raisins, etc.

I used to love eating peanuts and candy corn together as a "faux Payday" candy bar.  But with adding the popcorn, it feels a little healthier with the fiber and all.  ;)

Let us know what chocolate popcorn nachos YOU come up with!

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free Protein Powder ~ Sunwarrior


When doing P90X with Jeff, I was struggling with the protein shake part of the diet.  Whey powders gave me stomach cramps, and I especially didn't like the milk powders flying all over our kitchen with Miles's allergy.

We ended up finding Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein, Chocolate 2.2 lbs, and I really like it!

Proprietary Protein Blend (Raw Organic Pea Protein, Raw Cranberry Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Seed Protein), Organic Dutch Cacoa, Organic Chocolate Extract , Organic Vanilla Extract, Stevia, Natural Cherry Extract, Medium Chain Triglycerides from Coconut, Ancient Sea Salt, Herbal (Tea Leaf) Extract, Natural Fibers (Fenugreek, Konjac), Natural Citrus Extract

You may also like trying the classic rice protein powder, Sunwarrior Classic Rice Protein, Chocolate 2.2 lbs.

We had the great idea to put Sunwarrior in our boys' smoothies.  What?  An allergy-safe protein powder?  That seemed crazy.  But we tried it, and there were no complaints.  What a great way to bulk up our Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Spinach Smoothies!  

I can't wait to try the vanilla and plain versions.  Plain will be nice to just throw into foods, salads, and soups.

You can get a 2.2 pound bag at Amazon for $41.61.  It has 45 servings and 16 grams of protein per serving.  That's under $1 per serving....pretty good stats compared to the many other expensive brands that are out there.

Sometimes I add a shot of 2 oz of hot water mixed with 1 tsp of instant coffee (cheater espresso) to make a coffee flavored chocolate protein shake.  MOCHA!

To minimize the graininess, just let it sit 5 minutes before drinking.

Have you found a good allergy-free protein powder?  Or have you tried Sunwarrior?  :)

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein, Chocolate 2.2 lbs (FFP)

Sunwarrior Classic Rice Protein, Chocolate 2.2 lbs (FFP)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

e-cloth Mop Clearance $29.99!

I just posted about our e-cloth mop a couple days ago so sorry for this repetitive post.  But I just got word from HQ that we are clearancing out our non-telescoping mop, and you can get it for just $29.99!  They only gave me 46 pieces to sell...this clearance is only while supplies last.

This clearance set comes with one wet pad.  You may want to grab a dry pad to go with it, our Dust Mop Head.  I use mine everyday on crumbs, hair, dust, dirt...and it's also great for pet hair!

e-cloth Mop Features

It's Slim ~ Look at it fitting underneath my stove.  

It Dries Fast ~ When using the wet mop, the floors dry quickly behind you.

It's Light ~ I have a bad back and this mop is much better for me than my heavy steam mop.

It Swivels 360 Degrees ~ The handle bends sideways, front and back, and all around!

It's Washable ~ I have washed up both the dry head and the wet head, and was super pleased with how they turned out.  No wonder Real Simple magazine picked e-cloth as the Best Washable Mop!  

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dairy-Free FAQ ~ Calcium Supplements for Kids


Thanks to all the wonderful interaction that we have with other milk allergy families on Facebook, we are finding that some questions are very common among milk allergy families.  That's why we have started a FAQ section here at our blog.  We want this section to be a good resource that we can link families to when the reoccurring questions arise.  

Today's FAQ is:

Do you give your milk allergy child supplements, especially calcium?  What brands are safe?  

When Miles got his milk allergy diagnosis 8 years ago, I asked the pediatrician the same question.  He answered by saying that since our diet was mainly whole foods and pretty healthy, that supplements and calcium supplements were not needed.  

Then a couple years ago both of my boys starting having really bad dental check-up's.  They both have weak teeth, and have had too many cavities filled.  It really disgusts me, actually.  

So as part of my pursuits to figure out how to handle the tooth battle, I decided to start supplementing calcium.  I am not opposed to multi-vitamins, either.  But I do think that our diet is pretty healthy and well-rounded.  If I'm going to spend money on supplements, the calcium and vitamin D is most important to me right now for my kids.  Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium.

As you see pictured above, we found that Yummi Bears has a vegetarian calcium for kids, with D3, that is allergen, gluten, gelatin, and dairy-free.  The only downside is that it calls for 3 bears for one day.  

In addition to supplements, I try to make sure my kids drink calcium-fortified, unsweetened almond milk daily.  We don't do calcium-fortified orange juice because of the sugar and our teeth problems even though our dietitian recommended that to us in the beginning. 

We also make sure our kids get leafy greens like spinach and kale.  Our favorite way to "eat" these is through green smoothies.  Broccoli is another green vegetable that we try to eat often.

Yummi Bears Calcium + Vitamin D3, Vegetarian, 90 Sour Gummy Bears

Please comment here about if you use supplements for your dairy-allergy child.  What kind?  What brand?  

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Norwex Mop or e-Cloth Mop


Have you been wanting a Norwex mop, but aren't sure if you can pay $100 for one?  

Today I thought we would talk about the e-cloth mop that was chosen in spring 2012 as the "Best Washable Mop" by Real Simple Magazine.  People who know Norwex really love these microfiber mops.  But you will certainly love the price tag on the e-cloth microfiber mop...much better!   

Comparing e-cloth and Norwex Mop Prices
The e-cloth mop comes with the handle, the base, and a wet mop head (Mop Head) for $39.99 with free shipping to the lower 48.  Even if you have to pay the shipping fees for Canada, Alaska, and further.  You will come out ahead!

Norwex sells the handle for $29.99, the mop base for $31.99, and the wet mop pad for $32.99.  That's $94.97 for all the parts that e-cloth gives you for $39.99.  After Norwex charges shipping and tax, you have paid over $100 for a mop. 

And I'm comparing the e-cloth mop to the Norwex LARGE mop, which are similar sizes.  

Floor Cleaning Set (4-Piece) ~ USA ONLY

UPDATE:  Right now you can purchase three different e-cloth mop bundles starting at just $59.99 for a limited time.  A 4-Piece Mop Bundle from e-cloth, that includes both dry and wet pads, is just $59.99 for a limited time.  The same pieces from Norwex would cost over $150 BEFORE shipping and tax.  !!!  

Microfiber Mops Are Used in Hospitals
If you are an information junkie, check out this EPA article about hospitals using microfiber mops.  I thought this was interesting.

e-cloth & Norwex Mops are Interchangeable
Let's say you HAVE a Norwex mop handle and need a new mop head for it.  e-cloth has you covered there.  Actually, this post was spawned by a Facebook reader asking me about this.  

e-cloth sells extra wet Mop Heads for $13.99, free shipping.  Again, the Norwex version runs $31 plus SH and tax.

e-cloth also sells a Dust Mop Head for $13.99 with free shipping.  The Norwex equivalent is $23.99 plus SH and tax.

UPDATE:  Now you can purchase a value pack of mop heads from e-cloth.  You get one wet pad and one dry pad for just $21.99!  Or buy them separately from Norwex for $48 plus SH and tax.  

Telescoping Handle is Great for Kids!
When my boys were smaller, we used Montessori homeschool methods.  It was a lot of hands-on and practical life.  I always loved finding kid-sized, real life items for them to use like drinking glasses, silverware, shovels, brooms, etc. 

So what does this have to do with microfiber mops?  Well, both the Norwex and e-cloth mops come with telescoping handles.  The e-cloth handle telescopes from 36 inches to 63 inches.  I absolutely LOVE putting it down to "kid size" so the boys can sweep up crumbs for me.  They actually still think this is a "treat" so shhhhh, please don't tell them it's actually a chore!  ;)

Norwex does sell a Kids Mop for $69.99 plus SH and tax if you are interested.  But I think the e-cloth grown up mop telescoped down works just as great for kids at $39.99.

And let's not forget, the Dry Mop easily attracts dust, dirt, and crumbs so the kids will actually succeed when helping with the e-cloth mop.  

Other e-cloth Mop Features

The last things I want to feature about the e-cloth mop are: 

It's Slim ~ Look at it fitting underneath my stove.  

It Dries Fast ~ When using the wet mop, the floors dry quickly behind you unlike with traditional mops.  

It's Light ~ I have a bad back and this mop is much better for me than my heavy steam mop.

It Swivels 360 Degrees ~ The handle bends sideways, front and back, and all around!

It's Washable ~ I have washed up both the dry head and the wet head, and was super pleased with how they turned out.  No wonder Real Simple magazine picked e-cloth as the Best Washable Mop!  

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chunks (Enjoy Life) For $3.66 Today!

These are our very favorite dairy-free and allergy-friendly chocolate chunks!  I bake with them, we melt them for dipping, use them in trail mix, and we eat them plain!  

One of our favorite recipes is Pan Smores using Enjoy Life chunks.

Today on Amazon you can get Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Mega Chunks, 10-Ounce (Pack of 6) for $21.96.  That's $3.66 a bag, which is my target price as it's hard to find them for under $5.  

The price may change at any time.  I got an email saying this is today's deal.  

  • Certified gluten free
  • No wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites
  • No trans fat or cholesterol, certified kosher, vegan - no preservatives, all natural
  • Made in a dedicated nut- and gluten-free bakery
  • Contains evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, and non-dairy cocoa butter
  • Soy free, semi sweet chocolate chips

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Dairy-Free Candy Corn

Original Post:  10/16/12

Jelly Belly Gourmet Candy Corn is dairy-free!  Most all other candy corn that I look at is at least processed in a plant with milk.  And these are TASTY!

It's really hard to find Jelly Belly Candy Corn locally.  So I'm turning to my trusty Amazon this year. We are Amazon Prime members which means we can place any size orders and get free 2-day shipping.  It pays off in the end for us because I'm not bumping every order to $35 when I need something little.

You can read the ingredients on Amazon.  The packaging says they contain soy and corn, but are made in a peanut-free facility.  Miles eats these successfully.

I love to get this Candy Corn to make fall trail mixes for the boys:  candy corn, chex cereal, chocolate chunks, raisins...

Purchase Jelly Belly Gift Bag, Gourmet Candy Corn, 7.5 Ounce.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Teal Pumpkin Project Trunk or Treat!

Easy DIY Apple Cider

Original Post: 10/27/11

Are you hosting some Halloween, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas gatherings and want to serve hot apple cider on the cheap? One gallon of apple cider can run about $5 and the spices to pour in are about another $5 per gallon.

I learned from looking up the Starbuck's Caramel Apple Cider recipe that Starbuck's uses this little trick:

Apple JUICE + Cinnamon Syrup = Good Apple Cider

And purchasing Cinnamon Syrup would have blown my frugal mission as well so I made my own.

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
Stir together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir in vanilla extract and water. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring often. Continue to boil and stir until mixture thickens to syrup consistency. Remove from heat. Use about 1/4 cup of cinnamon syrup to 64 ounces of apple juice to get an apple cider flavor.

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