@Smarties for an allergy-friendly Valentine’s Day: Love Hearts, Extreme Sour, & some for you …oh my!

4 years down the Gluten Free path and there is so much more for me to learn…

Sending the boys to school was definitely one of the hardest decision I ever made.  Hunter has had pneumonia a few times thanks to gluten breaking down his immune system.  Before me, I had never really meant anyone dealing with food allergies or food restrictions at this level.  I find it funny how people talk about me like I am some SuperMom.  How do you do it? they say.  Like anyone else, I just do what needs to be done while trying to stay balanced between over-reacting & under-reacting.

Friday afterschool, our oldest son walks to the car with this around his neck in celebration of 100th day of school, so what do I do?

Fruit Loops are scary!

He gets in the car. His younger brothers (both Celieacs) are mesmerized by the colorful necklace.  I take a deep breathe (while panicing in my mind).  Me: Dylan zip up your jacket, do not touch anything else, and do not give your brothers anything.  We get home.  I have him walk straight to the bathroom, strip down, and take a tub…all over a fruit loop necklace!?!  I know Dylan does not have to be gluten free so I can’t necessarily blame the teacher.  However, I don’t understand why they can’t eliminate food or only provide allergy friendly options.

As I am planning the Pre-K Valentine’s Day party, I just keep in my mind how to not make the kids with food allergies/restrictions feel left out.  I was shopping on Oriental Trading when I stumbled upon Smarties Love Hearts. To be honest, I thought there were only the standard Smarties rolls since that was all I had ever seen.  Upon this discovery, I went to the Smarties Website. I was amazed at all the options that I had never even heard of and it was just that much more wondering knowing that

Smarties® and our entire line of products are free from most of the known allergens. All products are free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Smarties® products aresafe to eat for kids with peanut allergies.

Sometimes it is easier to not think about what the kids feel like they are missing out on, but Hunter notices more what he can have than not



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  1. says

    I LOVE the classic ones. I did not know they made so many varieties the heart ones would be great to give to my loved ones. I hope your post helps other families to be able to have sweet treats for their little ones with allergies.

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