Puffers for $80

As real fall sets in, my heart is so happy.  Tall boots, warm tights, sweaters?  YES!

But, the best part is the return of coats.  I *may* have a bit of a thing for coats.  So, imagine my excitement to discover that puffers are $80 today at Abercrombie!!!  Many of them are normal $220 so this is a deal going into winter.  Check it out!  

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FASHIONABLE

I am huge on voting with my dollars – I shop and dine at places whose values align with mine whenever I can.  That’s why I was so excited to hear about FASHIONABLE.   This from their website: 

“FASHIONABLE creates beautiful products made by women who often have overcome extraordinary circumstances, ranging from prostitution to addiction to living in highly impoverished areas. It is widely known that if we are to end generational poverty, two things must happen: we must create jobs for those lacking opportunity, and we must do so for women. This is the mission of FASHIONABLE.”

Yes yes yessssssss!

I was in the market for a few new bags, and not only is this company ethical, but their products are beautiful. 

FASHIONABLE Tadesse

FASHIONABLE Mamuye
They also make lovely jewelry:

FASHIONABLE Bridge
If you are interested in shopping, here’s a referral link.  Remember to support causes and businesses who make a difference!  

Life Interrupted

In case you haven’t noticed, I have been absent from blogging for a while.  Like, for a year.

One year ago, my baby girl was diagnosed with a food allergy.  I was already driving a pretty full apple cart, what with the law practice and parenting and life, but the allergy really threw me for a loop.  My full apple cart tipped over.  Blogging was the easiest thing to drop, and it would wait, so it did.

I’m back, with a new blog address and a new take on blogging overall.  I am really looking forward to honest posts about things that work, things that don’t, and sharing ideas with you all.

Food Allergies

My daughter, who is seven, developed a chronic sniffle and cough back in October that defied all remedies.  I tried natural remedies first, then called the pediatrician.  Because of the time of year, he thought maybe seasonal allergies were to blame, so we tried allergy medicine.  No results.  Fast forward through a series of doctor’s appointments and treatments and tests and chronic sinusitis, and here we are, six months later, with a cow’s milk allergy diagnosis.

*hit the floor*  A food allergy?!?!?

I have been feeding this girl milk, yogurt, sour cream, and all kinds of cheesy goodness since she was a toddler.  For six years.  With this diagnosis came a good deal of clarity and a hefty dose of mom guilt.  Ever since she was tiny, my daughter would opt to drink water instead of milk.  She rarely finished a container of yogurt, if she opened it at all.  She also rarely finished a bowl of ice cream.  She never really explained why, just said she didn’t want those things.  Maybe, all this time, her body was telling her that something was wrong.  How did I not see it sooner?

Mom guilt aside, we cut all cow’s milk and milk products from her diet and . . . the sinus infection is gone.  No more sniffle, no more cough.  The best part is, she says she feels amazing.  I am guessing that she didn’t even realize how badly she felt, because she probably had cow’s milk in her food every single day and didn’t have a frame of reference for how good she could be feeling!

We are in phase one of an elimination diet, meaning that we will try to introduce foods back into her diet to see how she tolerates them.  Reading labels is tough.  I make mistakes.  If any other parents have advice, blogs, recipes or ideas I could use, I would be so grateful.

I am thankful that we were able to figure out why my girl was feeling badly (yay science!) but curious about what to expect and where we go from here.