Cell Shades

Cell Shades are both functional and decorative.  The construction of a cell shade, by nature, creates a chamber which will insulate against cold or warm temperatures around your window’s glass area, as well as heat transfer from the sun.  So the greatest use of a cell shade is certainly functional, right?

Maybe your motivation is privacy, light control or aesthetics  in interior design.  Cell shades have really come a long way.  They are built in all kinds of ways now.  Let’s take a look at the Norman Portrait Honeycomb Shades, and see the many choices available today.

cell shades With rich materials, and an even richer history, our Portrait™ Honeycomb Shades feature award-winning designs, exclusive options, and industry leading construction – for no matter what the elements have in store.

    • More cordless: Look to SmartFit™, cordless Day & Night Shades, cordless vertical shades, SmartRise™, and our iconic cordless top-down bottom-up
    • 300 fabric options: 3/8″ single cell, 3/8″ double cell, and 3/4″ single cell for a fresh streamlined look: from sheer to light-filtering, semi-opaque to room darkening
    • Energy efficient: High R-value material and construction promotes energy efficiency, and provides a luxurious touch, with low maintenance
    • A dozen lift systems: Offers smooth, dependable adjustment for whatever the need and decor, with or without cords, from the top, bottom, or both
    • Special fabric options: Atmospheric sheer fabrics, NFPA 701 compliant flame resistant fabrics, and designer prints for nature-inspired to contemporary looks
    • Safer solutions including 100% cord-free systems to reduce child/pet entanglement risk
    • Made for every window: For windows up to 12 ft wide. Plus skylights, French doors, sidelights and vertical solutions for patio doors
  • Heavy duty hardware: Portrait™ features a sleeker and stronger headrail that’s light yet extremely sturdy and won’t bend or twist
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The award-winning system adjusts from the top or from the bottom without dangling cords in the middle that can get in the way. The ultimate in streamlined looks, it sits closer to the window edge for less light leakage and a cleaner profile

Great for French Doors and Sloped Windows

SmartFit™ is also great for special applications. SmartFit™ for sloped windows is a streamlined solution for skylights that won’t droop in the middle or have dangling cords


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What I want you to know about being a working mom

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Amy Townsend.

My name is Amy and I am a working mom. I have three kids aged 3, 2, and 7 weeks. I desperately love my kids and my husband. I love Jesus and am working daily on loving Him more. I want you to know that there are a lot of reasons for moms to work. Some work because they need to and some work because they want to. A lot of us are somewhere in between. I work because we like the lifestyle we live and can provide for our children. I work so that my husband can follow his dreams and take a job that pays a lot less but that he likes a lot more. To be really honest, I work because I think I can be a better mom if I miss my kids a little bit. And I do miss them. I want you to know that working moms feel a lot of guilt. This guilt is both self inflicted and inflicted by others. Especially in the “Christian” community. I read a blog recently that spoke of the judgment that is placed on working moms by stay at home moms. I feel this judgment. I am the only one in my group of friends that works full time. I get it. I want you to know that stay at home moms don’t have the market cornered on being good moms. I want you to know that I do my best to arrange my work schedule to spend as much time with my kids as possible. I went back to school to obtain my Master’s degree so I can have a more flexible job in my field. When I’m at work I think of what I can do to leave early to be with my kids. I often bring work home to do after they are in bed. I want you to know that it’s okay to feel guilty for leaving your kids with a nanny. But it’s okay to bring other people into those little babies world. It might even make them better people to be exposed to different people. I want you to know that I have cried hours over leaving my babies with those different, amazing people. But what I know is that they will be okay. I want you to know that I couldn’t do this without an amazing husband. I know there are a lot of women who can do this alone, and do, but I’m not one of them. My house is often messy. There is always laundry to be done. But between the two of us and a great nanny, it all eventually gets done and that is okay. I want you to know that my kids have no shortage of hugs and kisses and love and discipline. They are a joy to be around. They know that we love them and that Jesus loves them. I want you to know that this is all that matters to me. I want you to know that it’s not ok to judge me for my choice. You have to do what works for your family and I will do what works for mine. I don’t judge you for your choice. I’m joyful for you that you are able to make it. Just please let me make mine.

Source Link: What I want you to know about being a working mom

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Racism isn’t just about racists: on the curious empathy for white lady tears

Last month I became the subject of a targeted online attack from a group of white supremacists who were angry with me for adopting black children and promoting diversity on my blog. It was vicious. They trolled me for days on twitter and youtube, calling my children the N word, altering and making derogatory memes out of their photos, and making blatant sexual comments about my young children. They also posted photos of my home, my husband’s cell phone number, and any other information they could find. It was scary and alarming.

I wrote about the experience and received an outpouring of support. Friends and strangers alike helped report the really disturbing tweets. People emailed and left messages of support, and shared my post on their facebook accounts. It was even written up in the parenting section of the New York Times’s website.

But all of this attention had some unintended consequences for some of my friends.

I am blessed to be in relationship with a tribe of strong and smart black women . . . women who are doing the work of anti-racism every day, and who are very vocal in telling both their own stories and the stories of others who have encountered systemic racism. They’ve been fighting this fight for years, both publicly and privately (because when you navigate life as a person of color, you don’t get to just take a break from racism by closing the computer screen.) These women have strong voices and have sounded the battle cry to fight racism over and over again. And much of that has been met with complacency, silence, or even outright denial. They’ve been ignored. They’ve been questioned.

They’ve been asked to produce proof.

And then here is a white woman, having what is really her first major encounter with direct racism, who is immediately believed, championed, and supported.

It was hurtful. It wasn’t my intention, and it wasn’t the intention of my supporters. But the contrast of our community’s reaction to my own story of racism vs. their own? Was painfully clear. I was immediately believed. There was swift outrage and action. And that has not been the case for them.

This whole incidence was started by white supremacists, but what it revealed was the more insidious nature of racism. Sure, blatant racists are a problem. But these people are outliers. White supremacists are a dying breed of ignorance, and are disdained by the general population. The more pervasive form of racism in this decade is not idiots on twitter shouting the N word. It’s the subtle but ever present elevation of the white experience over the black experience. It is the sympathy and support afforded to me, as a white woman, that is not always offered to people of color.

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I want to be clear: I’m not scolding anyone for supporting me in the midst of this harrassment. It meant more than I can ever say. The support I received was hugely encouraging and really kept me sane in the midst of an insane ordeal. However, I do want to encourage everyone to take inventory. If mine was the first blog post about racism you ever shared on facebook, why is that? If you supported me, I am so grateful. But I will also ask that you make sure that you are supporting people of color, whose stories are plentiful and who have dealt with far more of this, both online and off. When you hear their lived experiences, offer them the same lack of skepticism that was offered to me. Believe them. Hear their pain. And be outraged with them.

Several months ago, I came across a photo of a painting that my friend A’driane Nieves did. It was shortly after the Sandra Bland incident, and I felt that the painting so strongly embodied the silencing of black bodies, and in particular black women, and the pain inherent in that. I wanted to have in in my home, both because I think it’s a beautiful work of art, but because I wanted a daily reminder of the solidarity I want to extend to my black sisters, so I reached out to A’driane to see if I could buy it. Ironically, this painting arrived at my house in the midst of this whole ordeal, and just as I was processing the pain that this had inadvertently caused to some of my friends, including A’driane, who were kind and brave enough to be vulnerable with me about their perspective and experience.

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This painting means even more to me now.

I realize that blatant racists are an easy target in the fight against racism, but they aren’t the main target. The main target is much more subtle and insidious . . . it’s racism without the racists. It’s the system of privilege that makes my tears more synpathetic to white people because of the color of my skin.  It’s the pervasive and subtle everyday racism that people of color live with every day. Let’s push back against that.

To learn more ways to engage in anti-racism work, check out Black Lives Matter, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Color of Change, Public Allies, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Black Youth Project, and Dream Defenders.

Source Link: Racism isn’t just about racists: on the curious empathy for white lady tears

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

A Little Piece of Paris at the Venetian in Vegas

Bouchon Bistro
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV, 89109

Breakfast in Vegas can be a little tricky. For one thing, you really have to want it. After late nights of shows, gambling, and drinking, you might want to forgo the first meal of the day to get some extra hours of sleep. Then if you really make up your mind to experience a Vegas breakfast, you have to decide where to go. For me, I want something I can’t get at home. something special. a breakfast that will be talked about long after I’ve returned home. I was hoping that Bouchon Bistro would be that place on this trip.

Bouchon is a Thomas Keller restaurant. His restaurants are some of the worlds most dreamed about by foodies, such as myself. A dinner at French Laundry in Yountville would not just be a meal, it would be an experience, and I have it on my bucket list of places to eat someday. Keller’s other restaurants are Ad Hoc, also in Yountville, Per Se in New York City, and his line of Bouchon restaurants, which have now spawned Bouchon Bakery and Bar Bouchon. He’s written cookbooks, publishes a magazine, been on numerous TV shows, won almost all major restaurant awards, his restaurants have been on more best of lists than anyone else, and his places win Michelin stars like they are going out of style. I’d sum him up by saying that Thomas Keller is like the Oprah Winfrey of the food world. With all of this buildup, I was hoping this was going to be a great breakfast.

Bouchon is located at the Venetian, in the Venezia Tower, which you access from an elevator right next to the hotel’s front desk. Take it up 10 floors, turn left, and walk down an impressive hallway, and it’ll be on your right. We arrived at close to 11 on a recent Wednesday morning. We did not have any trouble getting a table, and were sat right away. I’m not so sure that this is the norm though, but they do take reservations, but only for dinner.

Opened since 2004, the space overlooks the pool area of the Venetian. With its natural light, white linens, and tiled floor, I’d describe the vibe here as relaxed elegance. I felt comfortable eating here in shorts and a collared shirt, while business people wearing suits were trying to broker a deal at the next table. The brunch menu is decidedly French influenced. Entrees are listed in French, but explained perfectly in English underneath. I already knew what I was going to have, thanks to my habit of looking at menus before we reach a place, and even Katie had made her decision rather quickly. Let’s check out the grub at Bouchon.

Katie started things off with the Baguette with Nutella ($5). I had thought that they would make their own Nutella here, but according to our server, it’s just out of the jar. The bread was delicious with the jarred Nutella, or the provided butter and strawberry jam. Good crust to the bead, with a soft inside. Everything you would want from bread, and a wonderful start to Katie’s meal.

I’ve been on a real Chocolate Croissant ($4.25) kick lately, so of course I had to try this one from Bouchon. I can definitely add this to one of the better ones that I have had. Very flaky on the outside, with a good chocolate inside. It seemed to have a chocolate ganache inside, with some more solid pieces of chocolate also wrapped up in there. Based on these two bread items, even if you are not planning on eating here, you might want to stop by the Bouchon Bakery located in the Grand Canal Shoppes to experience some of their pastries.

Yes, Katie went pretty basic with her selection here. This Les Oeufs ($14) breakfast included two scrambled eggs, two potato croquettes, toasted brioche, and choice of breakfast meat. Even though this was a pretty basic start to her day, she exclaimed that this was one of the best breakfasts that she has had. The eggs were done lightly, the potatoes were tender and delicious, and they were very generous with the amount of bacon included here, I counted six slices.

My Instagram feed has been inundated with images of Croque Madame’s ($18.95) lately, so I had to get in on the fun. This would be my first time having this good looking French sandwich. It’s made up of ham and cheese on toasted brioche, then topped with a fried egg and Mornay sauce. This thing was pretty rich, and real stick to your ribs kind of food. The kind of brunch item that you want to consume, and then take a nap afterwards. I could imagine that this is where the basic premise of the Egg McMuffin came from. Even though I was pretty stuffed after eating the sandwich, I could not resist the fries here. They were fried crisp, with a tender inside. A very good meal.

We left Bouchon full and very satisfied. Yes, the prices here are a little on the high side for breakfast, but you get what you pay for at Bouchon. The food is of the highest quality, and this brunch really just whetted our appetite to come back here for dinner on our next visit to Vegas. Service was exemplary during this visit. Our waitress was on top of all of our needs, without being too into our business. Yes, this is the only time I have had a croque madame, but they have set the bar pretty high for my next one. Definitely a breakfast spot in Las Vegas to make an effort to get out of bed for.

Out of five corks, (because I learned that bouchon is the French word for cork, and I’d definitely pop one for this brunch), five being best to zero being worst, Bouchon Bistro gets 4 corks.

For more information about Bouchon Bistro, head to their website here: http://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchon-bistro-venetian

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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

That’s what SHE said: Bernie Sanders on his spiritual beliefs, the problem with having it all, stop teaching girls to be scared, the importance of belonging, the power of grit, why we need to study the arts, inviting the class to your kid’s birthday party and more…


Amy Westervelt paints an exhausting portrait of what it really looks like to be a working mother in the United States, popped postpartum stitches and all…“It’s like we all said hey, let’s change the narrative for women, but not change anything else. And then expected women to be so grateful that we’re allowed to have casual sex and work now that we wouldn’t notice that we’re being pushed toward an ever less attainable and less desirable goal.”

A female firefighter asks why fear is expected of women and tracks where the fear conditioning begins…“When a girl learns that the chance of skinning her knee is an acceptable reason not to attempt the fire pole, she learns to avoid activities outside her comfort zone. Soon many situations are considered too scary, when in fact they are simply exhilarating and unknown. Fear becomes a go-to feminine trait, something girls are expected to feel and express at will. By the time a girl reaches her tweens no one bats an eye when she screams at the sight of an insect. When girls become women, this fear manifests as deference and timid decision making. We try to counter this conditioning by urging ourselves to “lean in.” Books on female empowerment proliferate on our shelves. I admire what these writers are trying to do — but they come far too late.” 

A thought provoking essay on the importance of students feeling as though they belong and how the dangers of being viewed through the lens of a stereotype can negatively impact academic achievement…”When we find ourselves in situations where we are the “out- group” or in an environment in which we feel like an outsider, we use our mental energy to monitor for threats, leaving fewer resources for higher cognitive processes. When students feel as if they don’t belong in a school setting, the cognitive energy that should be used on social engagement and learning is being used to scan for group barriers, discrimination and stereotypes….For a person facing a stereotype threat, the process of thinking through the possibility of confirming a stereotype by performing badly on a test causes a great deal of anxiety. In turn, this anxiety places a drain on a student’s energy and cognitive resources. As a result, the capacity of working memory is diminished, and performance is impaired.”

THE POWER OF GRIT | themotherco.com

A talk with parenting expert and author Vicki Hoefle discusses the importance of and how to instill the invaluable trait of grit in our children…“There is a tendency to think that good parents have happy kids. My experience is just the opposite. Kids who are really engaged in life have emotions that run the gambit from joyful exuberance to miserable temper tantrums and that is a sign  that they are really throwing themselves into everything that they do. I think over time what happens is that they find that balance of highs and lows and that balance will get you through life. For parents, the challenge is to allow the normal frustrations, rejections, judgments and embarrassments to play an equally important role in the development of the child.”

In a culture where studying STEM fields is replacing the enthusiasm for studying the humanities, this author challenges the notion that we have our priorities backwards. While studying the arts may see like a luxury, he argues the arts is what helps us “first-personalize” the world…“At a time when the price of a degree from elite institutions is well over six figures, fields such as literature and the arts may seem like a luxury item. But we may have it backwards. They are, to cite Hemingway’s title for his Paris memoir, “a moveable feast,” and they offer us a kind of reach into time and space that we can find nowhere else.We enter the bookstore, see the many volumes arrayed there, and think: so much to read, so little time. But books do not take time; they give time, they expand our resources of both heart and mind. It may sound paradoxical, but they are, in the last analysis, scientific, for they trace the far-flung route by which we come to understand our world and ourselves. They take our measure. And we are never through discovering who we are.”


Two parents debate about the importance of inclusion versus the importance of not shielding our children from disappointment…“Our children spend the bulk of their time at school, interacting with their classmates for at least eight hours a day. When one of them chooses to exclude a few children from a birthday celebration, the message being conveyed is “you are not good enough to come to my party.” [VERSUS] “I don’t believe in shielding kids indefinitely from reality. Disappointments and frustrations are a part of that reality. We need to help our children learn how to deal with it.”

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Twins in LA, be sure to check out “Twin Night” at the Odyssey Theatre March 4 for the play My Sister, performed by identical twin sisters. LA theatre-seekers be sure to also check out Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 on March 10 at the Antaeus Theatre Company and Irvine Barclay Theatre has two of Europe’s most “sought after dancers,” Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, March 15th. For an outdoor activity, check out the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens March 12 – 13. 

New York families should check out The Secret Inside You at the American Museum of Natural History and also  New York Theatre Ballet’s Cinderella in April! New York parents looking forward to springtime theatre in New York, be sure to get your tickets now for  David Harrower’s new play Blackbird starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. Also, check out The Humans on Broadway. 

Source Link: That’s what SHE said: Bernie Sanders on his spiritual beliefs, the problem with having it all, stop teaching girls to be scared, the importance of belonging, the power of grit, why we need to study the arts, inviting the class to your kid’s birthday party and more…

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Friday Finds: Your Tidy Home

1. Wire Wall Grid | Urban Outfitters 
2. Wall Hooks by loopdesignstudio | Etsy 
3. Nile Floor Basket | Land of Nod  
4. Cement Desk Accessories | CB2 
5. Smith & Hawken® Wood Wall Organizer with Chalkboard | Target 
6. Rustic Symmetry Shelf | Dot & Bo 
7. Wire Weave Magazine Basket | Dot & Bo 
8. Hanging Desk Organizer | Anthropologie 
9. Dark Gray CarryAll™ Cargo Tote | Zulily 

Source Link: Friday Finds: Your Tidy Home

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Up for Debate: Talking Politics with Paul Martin (Ep. 5)

He’s conservative. I’m liberal. And we are trying to have a civil discussion about the election. It’s 2/26/16 and my friend Paul Martin and I are talking about Trump being audited for being a Christian, Hillary’s run-in with ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬, Rubio’s glee in the debate last night and what moderate Republicans will do if Trump wins.

Source Link: Up for Debate: Talking Politics with Paul Martin (Ep. 5)

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

On Ben Carson and black kids being “raised white”

As a white mom raising two black children, one of the concerns I have is making sure that they both feel a solid sense of identity as black people. Some of this concern is due to stories I have heard adult adoptees share about criticism they received from peers of their own race . . .  being told they aren’t black enough, being told they are an Oreo (black on the outside, white on the inside), being told they “act white”, etc. In an effort to mitigate this, I am constantly reminding them that they are black, and that no one gets to define that for them. There are many expressions of being black.  I want my children to understand African-American culture, but I also want them to understand that the black community is not a monolith, and that there is no one right way to be black.

The idea of an individual losing their “black card” because they have white parents is damaging to kids being raised by white parents, because it leaves them isolated from their own racial community. So it was extremely frustrating to hear a presidential nominee parrot this narrative. In a recent interview, Ben Carson suggested that Ben Obama is not really black, because he was “raised white.” He then went on to suggest that he had a greater understanding of the black experience because he was raised in poverty, and in a volatile neighborhood . . . which is problematic because it suggests that our poverty and crime are hallmarks of the black experience. As if we don’t have enough white people perpetuating that stereotype. 

Here is the thing, though, about blackness and being “raised white.” No matter what environment a black person is raised in, if they live in the United States, they will eventually experience racial bias and systemic racism for the color of their skin. White parents do not inoculate them from this. Barack Obama has been a black adult for much longer than he was a child with white parents, and no doubt in that time he has experienced the same oppresion, suspicion, and general racism that any other black man has encountered, parental heritage notwithstanding. Black children can only sit under the privilege of white parents for so long. And I can tell you that at 9 and 11, both of my boys have outgrown that, and are well into the understanding of what it means to walk around in black skin.

Someone wants to suggest they aren’t really black? Jesus hold my earrings.

Source Link: On Ben Carson and black kids being “raised white”

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

What I want you to know about nut allergies

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Sarah De La Cruz.

Today my one year old Jonathan and I spent part of the morning doing further testing for his nut allergies—this is the fourth round of testing in 4 months. This time I brought in actual samples of cashews, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, and chick peas and they pricked his back with a needle that had first scraped the allergen. The good news is that he might not be allergic to sesame as previously thought (tested positive via blood test), and we’re going back to try a food eating challenge with sesame in a few weeks. The bad news is that his reaction to cashews, peanuts, and almonds were all fairly high. No nuts for now. Let me back up a little bit. Prior to Jonathan’s first diagnosis of food allergies (tree nuts, peanuts, sesame, wheat, soy, chickpeas, lentils, and eggs) I wasn’t the most understanding or sympathetic. I honestly had no clue what the deal with food allergies was. While I was still pregnant with Jonathan I was on a flight to visit my in laws in Puerto Rico. The flight attendants announced that a passenger with severe allergies was on our flight and asked if we would all refrain from eating nuts. I threw a tiny bit of a hissy fit to my husband, saying that I was pregnant and that if they didn’t have something else for me to eat I was going to eat my nut snack bar and they could deal with it. Classy, right? I had a similar reaction when I first heard about nut free classrooms. If kids are so sick and sensitive that they can’t be around nuts should they really be in school? I should be able to send PB&J and homemade treats for class parties. Hmmmph. Needless to say, I’ve done a complete 180. I’m embarrassed at how insensitive I was. I now know that kids with allergies are not weak or sickly at all. They are exactly like other kids, with one tiny difference. They need to be extremely careful about what they eat. As we get further along in our allergy road I want to share some tips and tricks that we are learning to help us be prepared when we are out and about. Today though, I want to share 5 things I’d like you to know about living with a child with food allergies. 1. Reading Labels: I am an expert label reader. The first thing I do when I pick up ANY food is scan the ingredients, look for the tell tale “MAY CONTAIN NUTS” label, and then read the list one more time. And maybe one more after that. Grocery shopping takes longer than it used to, but slowly but surely I’m finding brands that I know are safe. If I am visiting a friend or family and food is offered to us I will hunt down that package and read it before I share anything with Jonathan. 2. Fear and Safety: Right now, while we are getting our allergy bearings, we are living under a cloud of fear and worry. Some days are less gloomy than others, but it never goes away completely. I try to only give Jonathan new foods when Irving and I are both home in case he has a reaction. I worry that when I put him in the grocery cart, restaurant high chair, or swing at the park, that the child before him may have been eating a PB&J and left some peanut butter behind. I worry when I leave him with a babysitter or in the childcare center at our church. I worry because the stakes are high—my baby’s life is on the line. 3. Advice from Others: Upon hearing that Jonathan has allergies, it seems that everyone has a piece of advice to share. While I appreciate people’s good intentions, it can be overwhelming. It’s been suggested to me that I do the following to cure Jonathan’s food allergies: eat red meat, eat chicken, eat allergens every third day, and to remove all of the carpet in my house, and also that he’ll grow out of all of his 6+ allergies soon so not to worry. All given with good intentions, but if the cure was really so simple I’m sure my doctors (and we have a whole team of them) would have mentioned these by now. The best advice I’ve been given, other than from my doctors, comes from other moms with kids that have food allergies. We’re in this boat together and it is oddly comforting to know that there are other families going through the same challenges. 4. Allergies are real. They are not made up. Kids with allergies are not just picky eaters. Just this past weekend a man at the grocery store who saw me buying my nut samples for today’s allergy tests told me all about how it wasn’t possible for Jonathan to be allergic to nuts because he’s never actually eaten them before. That’s a nice sentiment, and I really wish it were true, but after seeing Jonathan’s face nearly explode from eating chickpeas, I’m not going to push it with nuts! 5. The Cause is Unknown. As much as it would be nice to pinpoint where allergies come from, doctors just don’t know yet. I have two beautiful, smart and strong boys—one has allergies and the other doesn’t. They have the exact same environment, DNA, have been fed the same foods, and yet Jonathan has severe allergies and David has none. They are researching, but definitive answers have not yet been found. Allergies are still a very new medical field. Unfortunately we don’t have all of the answers yet. Jonathan’s case is particularly challenging as his blood tests and skin tests aren’t really lining up with each other. We know he has food allergies, but we don’t have the answers we’d like yet. I am hopeful that in Jonathan’s lifetime doctors will find a cause and a cure for food allergies! In the meantime we are working carefully with our team of doctors to learn what we can about allergies, and I am taking my role of Mama Bear seriously while I work to protect my sweet baby.

Source Link: What I want you to know about nut allergies

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Odds and Ends


1. Having it all pretty much sucks. Truth.

2. Heyyyyyyy, Michelle. (I am really going to miss Obama’s charm and humor.)

3. Speaking of Obama, OH MY HEART.

4. Did you go to college in the 90s? You will definitely remember some of these.

5. This dude makes the coolest shapes with his bike and GPS.

6. If Trump becomes president, Canada has my back.

7. Well, this is super true. I think we all have felt this way to some degree.


9. “I don’t know, we made brownies, and I think we are dead. Time is moving very very very slowly.” HAHAHAAAA.

10. I just bought these shoes. Thought you should know.

11. How to cure self-consciousness. God, I love Martha Beck.

12. Do you believe in the Law of Attraction? I totally do, and I love this article.

Happy Friday to you all!

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