The name of the blog is how our now 6 year old daughter, E, used to say “oh my goodness!” We also have a 4 year old son, R. We have yet to test him (he had issues early on as well as colic but he is doing much better) but my daughter has food and environmental allergies (currently oats,
soy, wheat, eggs, milk, corn, sesame seeds, grapes, peanuts, tree nuts, dogs, cats, and some melons) plus we are vegetarians to begin with. Surreal to be able to cross out some of the allergens from that list but we have reintroduced a number of foods with the guidance of our allergist and supervised food challenges!
My husband and I met in law school so we’re both lawyers in Nevada. We ate top 8 allergen free for the most part for several years but have been able to add foods back after successful food challenges at our allergist’s office. Aside from being an attorney (I am the owner of the Las Vegas firm Woodrum Law LLC) and writing here I am also a volunteer reviewer at Veg Books and was a co-founder of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. I stepped down from the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference after the 2014 event (I was the on the ground organizer in 2013 and 2014 for the event) to focus on my family and my practice. I am a contributor to the Allergy Law Project and the site webmaster.
I love fancy pens and pencils, comic books (my all time favorite series is The Fantastic Four), reading, sketching (I especially am fascinated by figure drawing), design & typography, and those perfect spring days where the sun is out, the sky is clear, and it would be just about too warm if it were not for a hint of a cool breeze. My favorite music (great songs in parentheses) is by Morrissey (“Seasick, Yet Still Docked”) & The Smiths (“There Is A Light…”), Keane (“Somewhere Only We Know”), Imogen Heap (“The Walk”) & Frou Frou (“Let Go”), Vienna Teng (“Gravity”), and Eiffel 65 (“Blue”) to name a few.
I’ve organized recipes and food finds on the page What We Eat and park and museum reviews in and around Las Vegas, etc. on the page Family Friendly Activities for easy browsing. I also have a full Disclosures page regarding review copies and other benefits I’ve received through the blog.
Some posts about food allergies in general include:
- The Allergy Law Project
- When a School Tries to Split Up Epinephrine Auto Injectors
- Food Allergies and Travel in the Recent News
- Amtrak’s Unaccompanied Minor Policy Explicitly Excludes Food Allergic Youth
- EpiPen and Auvi-Q Expiration Dates (Part I and Part II)
- A Brief in (Semi) Brief – Understanding the Amicus Brief of FARE and COPAA in T.F. vs. Fox Chapel Area School District
- My Fox 5 Vegas Interview About Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats
- My Prepared Statement About Stock Epinephrine Presented to the Nevada Legislative Committee on Health Care Today
- Using Books to Talk About Food Allergies With Your Child
- On the Bright Side… (this is an external site link)
Some posts about my life as an “adult onset runner” (I’ve since been sidelined on that front and switched to biking, which I prefer) include:
- Terminal 3 Fun Run, 5k, 10k, to Benefit At Risk Children in Clark County
- Couch to 5k Review and What I’m Doing Next
- One Hour Runner Review and What I’m Doing Next
- Calico Racing’s Recycled 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon
- Calico Racing’s Running from an Angel 50 Miler, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K
- Hoover Dam Half Marathon (the run I injured myself on)
- Goldilocks Las Vegas 50K Ride
A word about my Amazon affiliate links. The way the program works is that if you buy something within 24 hours of clicking the link to Amazon, a percentage is given to my account as a commission of sorts. This is achieved with a cookie on your computer. I love to shop on Amazon and their prices are usually good but I certainly think you should always shop around a little. If you added a specific linked item to your cart and bought it within 89 days, I’d also get a commission but just from that item’s sale. I have no expectations from any of this, I just liked the idea of using the option since I use amazon to keep track of books I’d like to check out from the library when I read about them on other blogs. I want to be as transparent as possible about these links so I mark them when they appear.
A disclaimer I found via a favorite of mine, The Allergist Mom, applies to many of the recipes and food finds I share: “SAFETY NOTE: Although this recipe is meant to be top eight (cow’s milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) allergen-free, I cannot guarantee that all of the products that I have used will remain top eight allergen-free. I encourage you to always read food labels thoroughly each and every time you use a product as ingredients and manufacturing practices may change without warning. Please omit and/or substitute any ingredients that are unsafe for you or your family members for ingredients that are safe. If you need help finding substitutions, please let me know and I will do my best to help. If you have questions about whether a particular food is safe for you or your family members, please contact your physician.” (Source)
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(updated last January 12, 2015)