I’m Heading to the 1st Annual Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference
I’m excited beyond words. I will be attending the first annual Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference, otherwise known as FAB (which I think is very appropriate because this event is going to be just fabulous!). Thanks to Jenny of Multiple Food Allergy Help for the original idea and the tireless planning she and Homa of Oh Mah Deehness have collaborated on along with many others (you can see the entire list here). Technically this is a conference for bloggers who write about guess what? That’s right, food allergies!! But the conference is open to anyone managing their own or their child’s food allergies. In order to make everyone feel welcome there will be two seminar/workshop tracks – one for blogging and one for advocacy and disease management. I plan to learn as much as I possibly can by alternating between the tracks.
1) I hope to learn more about food allergies, especially some of the more technical/medical aspects. This blog tends to focus more on the emotional side of food allergies, as well as eczema and asthma and I’d like to branch out more. But you see, that just may not be possible as I’ve come to realize that my brain was not calibrated for excellence in science at birth, so I’ve always been impressed with the food allergy bloggers who really thrive on the numbers and lingo tossed around in clinical studies and medical journals. In fact, my friend and roommate for the event, Selena from Amazing & Atopic, just happens to be one of those people. I’m hoping some of her medical smarts will pass on to me through osmosis (impressed?!) or something like that during our time at the conference. If not, I’ll talk her into giving me a crash course on Interpreting Physician Speak for Dummies.
2) I am in desperate need for help with blog photography. There is no skirting around this one. I mean seriously, take a look at this pathetic attempt at capturing a photo for this Leek Shepard Pie recipe. There. Are. No Words. Except. HELP! I will be attending the photo class they’re offering, without a doubt.
3) It will be a pleasure to finally meet all these wonderful food allergy bloggers in person who I’ve been “working” with for the past two years. These amazing individuals all understand what it’s like to manage food allergies – the stress, the fears, the constant cooking. I am ecstatic to be able to spend 2+ days getting to know them all, exchanging stories and ideas, and sharing our successes and frustrations with one another. It is going to be a very memorable couple of days.
4) You are a reason. I want to share what I learn with you. Is that cheesy? Maybe a little, but it’s true. This blog is for you, so anyway I can bring you better information or improved quality of posts, then I’m all for it.
Lastly…..this is selfish so it doesn’t deserve a number…this morning it was 30F. Cold. I’m ready for some warm Nevada weather. Bring on the sun and the warmth! Vegas, here I come!
How am I going? One word. SPONSORS!
I am very grateful to Allergic Solution, Achoo Allergy, and The Eczema Company for sponsoring my trip to this conference. Without them I probably would have had to resort to hitch hiking down to Vegas and that would have been a tad bit out of my comfort zone, so yay for sponsors!
You’ve heard me sing the praises of Allergic Solution in the past. I reviewed some of their healthy AND allergen free baking mixes a while back and have since been hooked. Plus, the owner Tammie and I really hit it off – she’s very knowledgeable about all things nutrition, health, and wellness. Here you can see her guest post about Allergen-Free Labeling & Manufacturing.
Air purifiers, allergy bedding, vacuums, dehumidifiers, and on…if it’s related to allergy proofing your home or office, Achoo Allergy has it. In fact, Kevin at Achoo Allergy helped me choose the air purifier for Tristan’s room, which really helped his asthma and eczema. Take a look at my review of our Austin Air from Achoo Allergy here. Kevin wrote a really helpful guest post for us as well, check out Hide ‘N Seek – Hidden Allergens In The Home.
Of course I would never ask for sponsorship if my own company, The Eczema Company wasn’t a sponsor. I’m just happy to be in great company with Achoo Allergy and Allergic Solution. In case you’re unfamiliar with my company, The Eczema Company provides natural and non-toxic products from skin care to clothing for children and adults suffering from eczema.