Having grown up in Vermont, Abbie recently made the big jump from Essex to Jericho with her husband, Erik, and son, Oliver. She’s a Secondary Market Analyst (mortgage rates lady) at New England Federal Credit Union by day and a food allergy mom and advocate always. Ollie (born 2015), is anaphylactic to peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower, sesame, milk, egg, and legumes (except soy and kidney bean). Abbie details her family’s experiences in hopes of raising awareness and helping other food allergy families on her blog, ollergy. When not working, you can find her playing outside with her family, organizing, making money-saving grocery lists, shopping/dreaming of shopping, wishing she worked out more, and eating anything maple/Mexican/mashed potatoes (they are each their own food group in her family).
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Toddler Mom Goals for Healthy Eating in the New Year

I’m not really a New Year’s resolution kind of person. I do always try to reflect on what went well in the past year and what I’d like to change in the coming one....
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Five Favorite Muffin Recipes to Bake with Your Child

Every weekend, meal planning, preparation, and baking are a part of my family’s routine. With a son who is severely allergic to many foods, eating out and eating pre-prepared foods just aren’t options in...

Guide to Fantastic Vermont Toy Stores to Help You Shop Local

For Christmas this year, I want to shop local as much as possible.  I find that locally owned toy stores have a much better selection of high-quality and educational toys. I also find that the...

Five Days of School Lunches to Help You Combat a Lunch Rut

We are about one month into the school year. Are you in a dreaded lunch rut yet? For our family, we will likely be packing lunches for our son forever. My son has a...
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Timeless Toys: Gifts that Will Last Through Stages and Ages

I’m not even going to pretend we are a minimalist family. I love cleaning things out and surely feel best in a non-cluttered home, but we still have stuff. Even so, I’m all about...
EpiPens and Auvi-Qs to administer epinephrine and stop anaphylaxis

Food Allergy Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask

I recently put out a request for friends to ask me, “Food allergy questions you’ve always been afraid to ask.” I wanted to know what others were curious about with regard to food allergies....
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Mom Guilt: The Rabbit Hole, Balance, and Attempts to Combat It

Mom guilt is the worst guilt in the world! Reading a post about how moms should all stop feeling mom guilt makes me feel even more guilty that I still have it. Anyone else on...
Local Activities to Celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Week

Local Activities Celebrating Food Allergy Awareness Week

According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), one in every thirteen children has a food allergy. They say that’s an average of two kids per classroom. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction...
10 ways to use maple syrup

10 Way to Use Maple Syrup that Don’t Include Pancakes

Now that print is dead, maple syrup is the best thing to come from trees. With Maple Open House Weekend and the Vermont Maple Festival behind us, my family is on an extreme maple kick....
food allergy-friendly play date

Food Allergy Mom’s Tips to Host a Food Allergy-Friendly Play Date

Someday, summer will actually be here. Kids will finish school and summer play dates will be in full swing. Does your child have any friends with food allergies? Do you feel nervous about hosting children...
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March Madness Memories

March Madness may not have ended how we wanted it to this year, but it’s still one of my family’s favorite times. “Rock Chalk” is a well-known phrase in our house if that gives...