About

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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:

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:

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)

My photos and words are mine and copyrighted. Please do not use or repost them without attribution and/or permission.

Best,

Homa (hsw), homa@woodrumlaw.com

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(updated last January 12, 2015)

21 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you Homa for your wonderful blog. I look forward to getting to know you more this year. Thanks for all you do to raise awareness about food allergies.

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  2. I just found your blog and am interested to keep reading. Like your daughter, I have a sesame allergy (among others), which seems to be more and more common lately. I love that you call yourself an adult-onset runner. I am one of those, too 🙂

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    1. Hello and thank you for your kind words! I appreciate that you took the time to say hello with your comment, I love getting to know who comes by the site. Sesame is tricky, I found sesame oil in tomato paste the other day, for example. The running is still so surreal to me, even a year after I started – I am glad I discovered it because I have never been active or understood those who were. I see you have a blog, looking forward to checking it out!

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      1. Yes! I’ve seen that sesame oil in tomato paste! My boyfriend used it in something and we couldn’t figure out why I was having trouble breathing later that night, and then discovered it in the tomato paste. So unnecessary! And since it’s not a top 8, it doesn’t have to be clearly labeled. I totally understand what you mean about it being surreal. Sometimes I’m still shocked when I run long distances (or at least … long distances to me!) It feels very exhilarating!

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      2. Disclosure is certainly an issue we run into with non-top 8 foods. Also, “spices” listed generally make me nervous because I always wonder if sesame could be lurking in a spice blend. We do our best, though. I’m glad you recovered from your run in with the tomato paste, that is so nerve wracking!

        I was running an old route the other day and remembered struggling to get to the next lamp post when I was first starting out and there I was just another mile into a multi-mile run. 🙂

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  3. We also deal with a sesame allergy here, among others. Of all the allergies our child has, sesame is the most difficult to avoid because it doesn’t have to be labeled. Sesame has the super potency of peanuts so very trace amounts of cross contamination can cause a reaction in people as sensitive as our child. It is frustrating to deal with companies that can’t or won’t give us information about sesame so we can know if their products are safe or not. I wish the FDA would require it to be labeled the way Canada and Europe do.

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    1. Thank you for the input, Hannah! It is certainly difficult to avoid and without disclosure especially in spice mixes and the like we are taking a risk often in using certain new products. Considering Canada labels for it I don’t think food companies should have too much trouble adapting!

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