I stumbled across this blog giveaway this morning and I immediately thought of my friend Mandy’s son Andy, who has a whole lot of allergies that make it hard for him to get to eat the same things other kids eat.
One of the things that sticks in my mind is Mandy once telling me that he was being separated from the rest of the class during snack time or mealtime, because of his allergies, so he didn’t see the other kids’ treats that he couldn’t eat. How terribly sad and isolating that must be for a young child, don’t you think? It makes me a little choked up to think about it, actually.***
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that Brianna has dairy allergies. I find that challenging enough. This winter, we’ve been struggling with her having eczema and I’m sure some of that is because more dairy has been slipping into her diet as her allergies get less severe (we were told she’d probably grow out of them and she has, but they’re still there and we’ve had to learn not to ignore that). But while I find dairy allergies challenging, I can’t imagine having a child who has dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, peanut, egg protein and other combinations of allergies. Being a kid is hard enough without getting to enjoy the same foods your friends are, the same treats they’re getting.
So when I saw Mod Mom’s giveaway for Divvies cupcakes, which I had never heard of before, I immediately entered–Andy so needs those! and then shared the link to the Divvies with Mandy. But now I want to share it with you all in case any of you have kids who are in the same situation as Andy.
What are Divvies?
Enjoy all of Divvies tasty treats for people who have food allergies and those who don’t. Try our gourmet popcorn, bakery cookies, candy, and cupcakes all made using egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free recipes. Especially great for children and adults with food allergies and those on a special allergy diet. Also perfect for those on a vegan diet.
Don’t stop at one. Try all our delicious products. Cookies: chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and molasses cookies. Gourmet Popcorn: caramel corn, kettle corn, and chocolate caramel corn. Candy: chocolate chips, rock candy, gumballs, jawbreakers and jelly beans. Cupcakes: mix and match chocolate and vanilla cake and icing, sold by the dozen.
***Since this is my blog I’m going to step on my soapbox and gripe about something for a minute–Those moms who complain about not being able to pack peanut butter and/or dairy items for their kids’ lunches or when it’s their turn to bring snacks, because it’s inconvenient for them and makes it harder to find something. Yes, it does happen and people do complain about something so freakin’ minor, amazingly enough. When it comes down to a child’s life, five more dollars or five extra minutes of your day (and not even, just buy soy butter for crap’s sake. You can get it at Walmart), you’re going to look like a total asshole for complaining. And you should feel like one too. Shame on you.