Monday, March 16, 2015

Books and More Books

From the Gecko's Foot "Milk is a foodstuff but the protein it contains, casein can be processed to make a useful plastic. Before the advent of synthetic plastics, milk plastic was used to make small objects such as buttons.

Before reading The Gecko's Foot I posted on my Chemurgy and Allergens Blog about Casein Buttons.

Buttons Made From Milk Protein Casein

I was delighted to see some allergy books for tweens and teens on Food Allergy (as well as asthma) at the library. Most libraries have kid allergy books but few have books for young people. They may be more interested in learning some of the science behind their allergy, and reading about the social issues, like collage and work with allergies, as well as dating and taking responsibility for their food allergy. I believe that young people should read and learn about their age appropriate allergy issues not just from parents. (as important as this is)

Another book I recomend for anyone with a food allergy, but mostly for young adults with food allergy(s) is Don't Kill The Birthday Girl.

Full Disclosure: All these books I found or borrowed at my city library.

For Books for Children See: Kid Allergy Books

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fresh The Movie

I recently watched Fresh The Movie not directly allergy related but an interesting watch as far as GMOs and Organic foods learning goes. It Celebrates and interviews the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing our food system. It clearly shows how organic farming can work, economically as well as many of the health benefits to both people and our planet. I enjoyed the conversation on Mono-cropping, but felt the effects of pesticides and possible connections to food allergies could have been explored.

Full disclosure: I borrowed this DVD from my local library, another movie I enjoyed from my local library is The Movie Dirt.

What Are You Watching? Reading?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Allergy Sales

Cyber Monday Olivers Labels 25% off site wide, including gift cards

Vermont Nut Free Cyber Week-end Sale!! There are still 2 days left. Shop now through Monday, December 1st Shop now and save 10% off your entire order by typing in the code CYBER10 while in the shopping cart before proceeding to checkout. Offer applies to product only - not applicable on shipping charges.

From Peanut Free Planet Every order placed before cyber Monday Midnight PST will automatically receive a free gift pack.

Premium Chocolatiers 20% off across the board on everything - today only! Use promo code cybermonday

Gimbals Candy 5% Off Red Scottie Dogs Sale Ends December 3rd! Plus, Order Over $39 and get Free Shipping* Soft and tender to the bite, these adorable little Red Scotties are bursting with delicious red licorice flavor. Now through December 3rd, take 15% off Red Scottie Dogs! Simply fill your cart, and enter the offer code BCSCOT15 at checkout to receive your discount on Red Scottie Dogs. Enjoy!

Sweat Alexis Cyber Monday is here! Order your cookies now and stock up and save. All orders are now 20% off! Thank you for all of your continued support from the Sweet Alexis Bakery. Use promo code: SweetCyber14

No Biggie Bunch 40% off Book Bundles 33% Single Books Interview With Heather and Mehra

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teal Pumpkin Project

We have ALWAYS offered non food items for Trick or Treaters. Even as a child my Father bought a 100 pack of Halloween Pencils, that lasted us years of visitors. Party Packagers offers a large section of non food items, Skeleton sun glasses, sheets of stickers and more many more items. I'll also offer candy in a seperate bowl.

My local dollar store was out of teal paint so I'll mix my blue, green and a little white paint together, to get teal paint.

Allergy Safe Candy

Allergy Concerns:

Paint Made From Nuts
Paint Made From Milk
Paint Made From Eggs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shaking Hands, and Washing Hands

Years ago I was at service, before the end of the service the Minister said that she just got over a cold and would not be shaking hands after the service. After service she kept her hands tucked away as she greeted people, sometimes greating people with a nod of the head. I was impressed with this act, and it stuck with me, as an act of kindness.

I usually avoid being out and about at the peek of an illness, I have however copied the act, expressing that I'm getting over a cold and don't wish to share my germs, then gave a small nod, of respect to my greater.

I have also declined a hand shake, to someone I meet almong my sidewalk expressing that I have been gardening, and my hands are dirty. I always wash my hands after eatting especially in public. Expressing that a person just finished eating, and have not washed should be socially acceptable, reason to decline a hand shake.

Recently I was talking to a school administrator, he offered his hand as he greeted me, I politely explained I was getting over a messy cold and did not want to share it, he paused for a moment then thanked me. As we discussed a small issue, it quickly became apparent his cold was as bad as mine if not worse, and he was willing to share with me, via hand shake. In his defence he took a steep back when he coughed, and coughed in his arm not his sleeve, or hand.

What does this have to do with allergies? Being aware of what might be on your hands (allergens or germs) is important. Not shaking hands while sick, or have eatten and not yet washed is just basic hygiene. Image Credit For Handwashing Sign More Free Allergy Posters here.