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I’m a born and bred Midwesterner, a former social worker, a wife and a mom. Traveling with my family of five is one of my greatest pleasures, be it a road trip to an off-beat site, a visit to a national park by rail or a flight afar for a complete change of pace. It’s not easy: my middle son has type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and a life-threatening peanut allergy. Family vacations and the planning involved take on a new dimension with these medical struggles.


As a social worker, I honed the skills necessary to find resources and connect people with what they need. This was my favorite part of the job! As a curious person, I’m always in pursuit of information, usually related to nutrition, health and travel. And as a traveling mom, all of these aspects of me journey together, ensuring many safe, enjoyable (and affordable) trips for my family. 

Gluten-free Chicago: Adventures in the Windy City

Gluten-free Chicago: Adventures in the Windy City
Guest contributor, Kris, shared her helpful and amusing gluten-free dining tips from her family vacation to Chicago. Read on and comment. We'd love to hear from...

Touring New York City with Celiac Disease and a Peanut Allergy

Touring New York City with Celiac Disease and a Peanut Allergy
New York City has a culinary reputation that’s unsurpassed so my expectations were high when planning our family trip there last spring. Finding celiac-safe, peanut-free food...

Visiting Kauai with Celiac Disease and a Life-Threatening Peanut Allergy

Visiting Kauai with Celiac Disease and a Life-Threatening Peanut Allergy
If you plan to visit Kauai, I've created this guide to assist you with your search for gluten-free or peanut-free food with a focus on the...

Navigating the Big Island of Hawaii with Celiac and a Peanut Allergy

Navigating the Big Island of Hawaii with Celiac and a Peanut Allergy
Are you heading to the Big Island of Hawaii? I've compiled a list to aid fellow gluten intolerant, peanut allergic travelers based on our experiences and...

Home Exchange: A Solution to Affordable Travel with Food Allergy, Celiac and Diabetes

Home Exchange: A Solution to Affordable Travel with Food Allergy, Celiac and Diabetes
If you took a look at our bags when we travel, you might think we've packed everything but the kitchen sink. The reality is that the...

The Day My Son's Diabetes Device Went Swimming

The Day My Son's Diabetes Device Went Swimming
Preparing for vacation with diabetes is a lot of work. You plan. You make lists. You pack your plethora of supplies. Then it’s time for the...

Seven Reasons to Add a Farmers' Market Visit to Your Itinerary

Seven Reasons to Add a Farmers' Market Visit to Your Itinerary
I'm passionate about feeding my family high quality food. At its very essence, we are what we eat. Our health is directly affected! Organic produce, non-CAFO...

Taking Diabetes Devices Through Airport Security Can Be Stressful! Have You Tried TSA Cares?

Taking Diabetes Devices Through Airport Security Can Be Stressful! Have You Tried TSA Cares?
Airport security. Those two words conjure up lots of images... Waiting. Watching the clock. Scrambling.Scrambling to get carry-ons onto the conveyor belt. Scurrying to remove...

From Trick-or-Treating to Bribery: Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac, Food Allergy and a Nutritionista Mom

From Trick-or-Treating to Bribery: Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac, Food Allergy and a Nutritionista Mom
My boys and my husband have always loved Halloween. It’s their favorite holiday. Ghoulish creatures are placed strategically around our front yard, candelabras adorned with spider...

Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids -- More Notes From an Anxious Mom

Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids -- More Notes From an Anxious Mom
It's been a worrisome month in the food allergy community. In two separate incidents, a little girl experienced anaphylaxis aboard an airplane as a result of a...

Is the Food Safe on Vacation? Seven Lessons Learned.

Is the Food Safe on Vacation? Seven Lessons Learned.
If you've researched all your allergen specific and/or gluten-free dining options in advance of your vacation, you're awesome! You've cut stress and hours of research time out of...

Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids -- and, Yes -- Anxiety

Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids -- and, Yes -- Anxiety
Preparations are underway for a wonderful family vacation this summer. But I’ve had an unwelcome visitor in the process this year. Flight anxiety. This isn’t...

Being a Houseguest with Food Allergy and Celiac; What Do You Say to Your Host?

Being a Houseguest with Food Allergy and Celiac; What Do You Say to Your Host?
    Invitations to stay with friends and family aren’t extended to us very often. Or dinner invitations for that matter. We’re likable people and our...