Fake Allergies

Hello readers

As a child living with an allergy, I face a lot of issues surrounding my safety, my interaction with others, and my food choices. It’s unavoidable, but it is something that I am completely used to. I don’t even mind it that much anymore, it has just become like a fact of life for me; however, I found a recent article in the Boston Globe very concerning.
It was about people pretending to have allergies in order to get “special privileges.”

It reminds me of the book Peanut that I reviewed a short while ago and how the main protagonist pretended to have a peanut allergy just so she could fit in at school. People pretend to have allergies at restaurants to cater to their food preferences.

If a person wants their burger made special, separate from the others, she just has to say she has allergies. If someone doesn’t like peppers in their salad, they can say they have an allergy to peppers and bam, no peppers in the salad.

It’s becoming more and more common now, as people are using this disability to gain special privileges, and it is not something that can be ignored.

An absolutely eye-opening article on the Boston Globe goes into great detail about this issue, as well as how the kitchen in a restaurant responds to allergy orders. If you want to read it, the link is right here.


I even read in an article on www.health.com “Jillian Michael’s: Weight Loss Tips That Work” by Amy Spencer where she quotes,

“Order without looking at the menu. Almost every restaurant has the basics—veggies, grains, and protein. If you go in knowing what you want, I guarantee you’ll be able to make a meal. If you’re too uncomfortable to ask for what you need, tell a white lie: Say you’re allergic. I know it’s controversial to suggest this, but women in particular can really have trouble standing up for their own needs. So if you want the broccoli soup puréed without cream, tell the waiter you’re lactose intolerant.”



Personally, this kind of stuff really bothers me. To think there are people out there that fake allergies for their own benefit, it almost makes me want to give them my allergy so that they don’t need to lie. I’d happily trade with them.

It makes things worse for people with allergies too. If a whole bunch of people claim to have allergies when they don’t, it makes the people who do have allergies seem less and less credible. It puts people with them in danger and that’s why it gets me so upset.

I would like to hear what you guys think too, so feel free to comment on my blog or Facebook to leave your opinion. I’m interested in everyone’s take on this issue, as it has seemed to have received more attention as of late.

That’s all for now folks. Until next time.


Cookie-ing up something good–Skeeter Nut Free Cookies

Hello everyone!

Well, I’m right in the middle of mid-Winter break and so far it’s been a glorious video game and snack-a-thon, so because of that, I have another snack review! Gosh I love eating things!

However, Enjoy Life isn’t the only company that makes safe (and delicious) cookies.

One of my newfound favorites are Skeeter Nut Free cookies, and it isn’t just because of the adorable squirrel mascot (even though that is a big part of it).

Skeeter Nut Free is a company dedicated to making nut free products. Their slogan is “No Nuts. Not ever.” They sell three different flavors of cookies: double chocolate, chocolate chip, and shortbread, as well as chocolate and vanilla grahams.

After trying the cookies, I gotta say, they’re legit. They’re GOOD. I could eat the whole box of them and be very very pleased with myself.

In fact, after just a couple days, I’ve pretty much eaten the entire box of them, along with the MadeGood granola bars I talked about in an earlier post. Gosh, now that I think about it, I’ve just been eating piece of candy after piece of candy lately. I love it!

My favorite flavor is probably double chocolate, which is chocolate chips inside of a chocolate flavored cookie. It’s like mixing Harry Potter with Star Wars! It is a combination that has no other option but to be awesome, and that isn’t just the chocoholic in me saying that!

If you want to buy some cookies, or learn more about the Skeeter Nut Free company, just follow this link.



PS. This is not a sponsored post.  We are always looking for safe snacks and ordered a case for our family from Amazon.

Until next time!


Pnotbox Review

It’s that time again! Pnotbox time!

I had gotten my January box in the mail a couple of weeks ago, but my mom hid it and gave it to me on Valentine’s Day so I could have valentine candy like my sister (she’s in elementary school and gets buckets of candy on pretty much every holiday under the Sun), and this was the best box yet!

It was absolutely PACKED with candy, and it was delicious. There was Coffee Crisp, which is like a coffee flavored wafer candy that my dad and I are obsessed over. There were Smarties, which are basically the Canadian version of M&Ms, Bear Paw cookies, little chocolate hearts, a giant chocolate heart, a huge chocolate lollipop that my sister nabbed, Whippets, which are like chocolate coated strawberry cream candies that are absolutely amazing, Hot Lips, which are cinnamon candies, and even some delicious apple and cinnamon flavored oatmeal!

There are so many things crammed inside these boxes that they almost seem like the briefcase on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s like a never ending supply of candy in a box!

Of course as I’m typing this, I’m chowing down on the giant chocolate heart, and it is absolutely incredible. I’m a chocoholic, but even from someone who’s eaten a lot of chocolate, this is good stuff.

I’m greatly looking forward to the next Pnotbox, because it just seems like they are getting better and better.

Oh, and if you are interested in purchasing a Pnotbox subscription, just follow this link!


Well, that’s it for this post, now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some Whippets.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. I paid for my own Pnotbox subscription, but if you want one of your own, follow the link above.

Until next time!


Grandparent’s Guide

Hi readers!

I love my grandparents. I really do. They are always so nice to me, especially in regards to my allergy. My entire family is incredibly cautious about my allergy, but I always feel safe whenever I’m at the houses of my two sets of grandparents.

My family has come a long way ever since we learned that I had my allergy, and it seems every day still brings with it a new lesson; however, there was a very steep learning curve when we first found out about my allergy.

Not only my parents, but my grandparents too, had a lot of adjusting to do. Ever since the day we found about my allergy, their lives were forced to cater to my special disability, and it wasn’t always smooth sailing.

That’s why when I found out that the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT for short) had recently released a “grandparent’s guide” for people related to newly diagnosed allergy children, I just had to spread the word.

It is a short yet comprehensive seventeen page booklet that goes over the basics of food allergies, and after looking through it, I can honestly say that it was very well made. If I began to read it having known nothing about allergies, I would feel quite confident in my knowledge after looking through it.

This booklet goes through the basics of food allergies, lists common allergens, defines some key allergy terms, gives real stories about people who have suffered from allergic reactions, and more, it’s an incredible tool that I wish my family had.

It isn’t just for grandparents either. Anyone who knows someone with an allergy would greatly benefit from the knowledge distributed in this helpful booklet.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about food allergies, please follow this link to the FAACT grandparent’s guide so you can spread the word about food allergies.


That’s all for today folks! Have a great day.

Until next time!


The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

I love reading, and while I like a nice thick book, sometimes reading a children’s book to my little sister can be a lot of fun too, especially when it has such a good message.

Today I read the book The Princess and the Peanut Allergy by Wendy McClure.

It’s an adorable little book perfect for kids learning to read. It would also be a great addition to an elementary classroom or school library to teach young children about food allergies.  It’s about a little girl who is trying to throw a party, but the cake she wants has peanuts. Unfortunately her friend has a peanut allergy.

Even though its a simple story, I find the premise wonderful. It promotes tolerance and awareness of people with allergies.  I really wish that there had been more story books about children living with food allergies around the time when I was a kid.

If people my age had read things like this when they were very young, maybe they would be more tolerant and nice towards people with allergies.

Even though its a short and sweet book, it carries with it a powerful message that I hope will stick with the kids that read it.

Until next time!



This is not a sponsored post.  We bought our copy of The Princess And The Peanut Allergy from Amazon.