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What Scares Allergy Moms on Hallowe’en

Karma Bryan-Ingle is the Brand/Communications Manager for Mabel’s Labels. When she’s not extolling the virtues of all things labels, she can be found trying to cuddle her 6 year old like crazy! Thanks for this guest blog post, Karma!

As an allergy mama, I occasionally have the pleasure of forgetting that my child could die at any time if we are not vigilant. Hallowe’en is not one of those times. Two months before my son had his third birthday, my sweet baby almost (*gulp*) died.

We were out for dinner one night and had to wait a few minutes for a table. To keep him occupied, my hubs took Evan into the bar – you know, one of those sports bars with peanuts all over the place. We knew that Evan had some sensitivities but he had never had a peanut before – until that night. He popped one in his mouth, spat it out immediately but still got a rash and became irritable within minutes. My hubs dashed home for some Benadryl, but during that time my friend and I made the executive decision that a hospital visit was in order. Evan spent his time in the car either completely freaking out or being lethargic and dazed.

The folks in the ER took us immediately and within minutes there were five doctors and nurses working on my son. They explained that Evan had 20 more minutes of life in him. I was a mere 20 minutes away from losing my baby. We now carry an EpiPen everywhere we go – knowing that it will buy us the 20 minutes we need to get to the hospital.

What does being an allergy mama mean to me? It means that everyday events can be horrifying. Simple celebrations like birthday parties can be a source of stress. Parents always mean well but they don’t know what can trigger a reaction – they do not live with this daily. And the scariest day is around the corner.

While everyone else is trembling over Hallowe’en ghosts, ghouls and zombies, I’m freaking out about the neighbours who hand out chocolate bars with peanuts in them. I love those chocolates as much as the next mama, but hasn’t the awareness of allergies raised to a level that everyone is handing out nut free treats? Serving my child peanut treats is like putting pins in his apples or poison in his candy.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Hallowe’en – and I think we can accomplish that without anyone having to use EpiPens or visit the hospital.


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Top 3 Ways to Pitch Mabel’s Labels Fundraising

Calling all innovative moms & dads! Mabel’s Labels is your child’s school’s next best fundraising idea (and you know it, too!)

Here are the top 3 ways to spread your fabulous knowledge:

  1. Add value to the school’s current fundraising efforts
    Think about complimentary fundraisers. Selling Tupperware? Our Sticky Labels were made for them! Selling gift wrap? Labels are a unique gift idea.
  2. Offer to take the reins
    How could they say no if you offer to plan and manage the whole campaign? Here’s our little secret: the Mabel’s Labels fundraiser is the easiest! No order forms, money handling or distributing of product.
  3. Most importantly, this is something different to offer
    Give people something to get excited about. The cookie dough and chocolate bars are becoming too predictable. This year it’s in with the new! Oh, and don’t forget to mention this can solve their enormous lost and found problem.

Please request a Mabel’s Labels Fundraising Guide here. Pass it along to the school Secretary, Principal, Parent Council or Director. Hard copies are also available upon request.

What My Kids Are Into (And How I Feel About It)

DD7 being a mermaid in our backyard pool

People often ask what my kids are into and how I manage all the activities. Managing it all is a constant work in progress, but as far as current interests go, this is how it’s looking:


Number One Son: 12 years old

At the moment, his greatest love of all is Minecraft. His dream would be to either play Minecraft or watch Minecraft YouTube videos at all times. I think he’d even sneak on a pair of “Depends” to avoid bathroom breaks. As such, we have some screen restrictions in our family. During the school week there is no iPod, iPad, Wii or Xbox use. Kids are allowed up to one hour on the computer if homework is done. Considering there is one computer between the six of them, no one ever really gets an hour.

Books – I spent a lot of time fretting in his younger years about reading. It frustrated me that all he would read were graphic novels. Finally, a teacher told me to relax and just be glad he’s reading – regardless of what it was. As soon as I did, he began to enjoy what I consider “proper” books. This summer he read the Hunger Games series and just finished “I Am Number Four” by Pitticus Lore.

Extracurricular –Scouts, hockey, taekwondo and hip hop keep this boy’s mind off Minecraft!


The Multitasker: 11 year-old daughter

This kid functions best with a very full plate. She runs from activity to activity, sport to sport and doesn’t like to miss out on any action. I think of her as a Julie 2.0 of sorts. She’s friendly, fun and delightfully resilient.

Books – She’s covered all the usual tween books: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson. She devours books but won’t touch anything she considers “girlie”. Her latest favourites have been “Divergent” and “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth.

Extracurricular – hockey, ballet, jazz, tap, Irish dance, violin, school sports


The Sass Girl: 9 years old

This child can be found climbing trees and leaping treetop to treetop – in rollerblades while carrying her fishing rod. She loves anything to do with nature and animals and spends most of her waking hours begging me for a dog. She’s bright as a button, sweet as pie but crazy as hell.

Books – Afraid the Hunger Games will scare her, she’s avoiding them at all costs despite the pressure from siblings and cousins. She knocked off the Harry Potter series in the spring and is now on the fifth book in the Percy Jackson series.

Extracurricular – Cub Scouts, jazz, hip hop, tap, singing, hockey.


Little Lady #3: 7 years old

Currently obsessed with mermaids, she can be found swimming in our pool in the new mermaid tail our neighbour made her. Her favourite TV show, “H20: Just Add Water”, is about three Australian teenagers who are secretly mermaids. When out of the pool, she is obsessing over her “American Girl”. She spends time poring over the catalogue, fantasizing about what outfit she wants her AG to have. When I took her to NYC recently, we spent an obscene amount of time (not to mention money) at the American Girl Place. This AG stuff rubs me entirely the wrong way, but, she loves it and it truly keeps her busy and engaged in imaginative play.

Books – she’s not interested in the books my other girls were reading at this age, which were the Magic Tree House series and Cabin Creek Mysteries. She likes to read the Geronimo Stilton books, which are a step up from Junie B. Jones, who drives me crazy.

Extracurricular – hockey, tap, jazz, hip hop, piano


Little Man: 5 years old

This kid spends a fair bit of time remembering irrelevant numbers and dates. His favourite activity is math quizzes and he gets much pleasure from beating older kids at getting to the correct answer. When he’s taking a break from his math fun, he’s angling a way to play Plants vs. Zombies™.

Books – all that early-reader stuff.

Extracurricular – hockey, taekwondo, tap dancing and piano


The Pint-Sized Dictator: 3-year-old son

This wee man spends most of his time ordering people around and generally being a bossy boots. He likes to tell the biggies that it’s time for them to go to bed. At other times he can be found wandering around the house pretending to be a zombie.

Books –I hold the world record for number of times having read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Extracurricular – going to pre-school, attending the sports and activities of the biggies, running around arenas, causing trouble.


What are your kids into at the moment? Do you have any kids age-matching my guys? Do they share similar interests?


DD11 dressed up as Katniss from The Hunger Games



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