Manual Mode: Day 4; No Clouds on a Cloudy Day

I thought my DSLR camera would be all roses and dandelions and perfect pictures. While I can get a lot more than I could with my little point-and-shoot – I’m not doing everything I can. That’s why I’m challenging myself to use manual mode and become someone who knows how to use the camera I’m holding. As I explained … More Manual Mode: Day 4; No Clouds on a Cloudy Day

A Lesson in Losing

“Mom, try really hard to get the Emmy.” Those were the words of encouragement from my sweet 4-year-old, J.C. before I headed off to the Emmy award ceremony for my region over the weekend. I didn’t tell him I already tried hard to get the nomination – and a winner had already been chosen. I … More A Lesson in Losing

Defeating Nut Allergies with SunButter & Jelly Popcorn Balls

When my son J.C. was first diagnosed with a peanut allergy, we started talking about it as if it were Voldemort. The food-that-should-not-be-named. In books, when the characters were eating “peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” I bleeped out the “peanut butter” part to to just read “sandwiches.” When Disney Jr. promoted its “Peanut Butter and Jelly … More Defeating Nut Allergies with SunButter & Jelly Popcorn Balls

How to Teach Cross Contamination to a Food Allergic Child

Cross contamination has been a HUGE learning experience for us. When J.C. was first diagnosed with peanut allergies, we had no idea what it would mean for our reality. When you hear peanut allergy, you can pretty easily figure out we shouldn’t have peanuts in our home. Easy enough.  We threw out the peanut butter and … More How to Teach Cross Contamination to a Food Allergic Child