Allergy Safe Memorial Day Weekend

by Amy

Pre-Zoe, Memorial Day weekend was an annual trip to Cape May, NJ where we would celebrate my husband’s birthday, hang out with friends and family and gorge ourselves. I’m lucky I married into a family of great cooks and good eaters. There would be sweets for breakfast, ¬†snacks at the beach, sandy sandwiches, afternoons of snacks, cocktails and fried flounder for dinner. I’d diet for weeks and splurge all of my calories over Memorial Day.
With Zoe, the thought of a group of people sharing a condo and eating all over the place is enough to make me break out in hives. Get it, allergy, hives? Oh, the allergy humor–HA!

Anyway, in preparation for this weekend, I borrowed an idea from my new fav site Pinterest. A very crafty woman turned diaper boxes into pretty storage containers. I’ve got diaper boxes galore! Pulled out my modge podge and got to work.

The result is a cute box filled with food that is safe to eat around Zoe. There are potato chips, corn tortilla chips, salsa, sausage, swedish fish, gummy bears and rice Chex cereal. There might be a few more items added after a shopping trip later this week. I’m also going to add wacky cupcakes in honor of Kevin’s birthday. Kevin talked to his family and they have agreed to only eat Zoe-safe food in their living room which is where Zoe will be spending most of her time when we’re in the house. Everyone knows not to actually give the food to Zoe (she could choke on a lot of it), but if she stumbles across crumbs or sticks her hand in the middle of it (hello oral phase), we don’t have to worry.

If you are traveling this weekend and spending it with friends and family, I highly recommend creating your own allergy-safe box and setting up boundaries in the house. ¬†It’s all fun and games until somebody needs an epi-pen. Speaking of which, I’m open to suggestions on how to store epis at the beach w/out them getting too warm or too cold. Have suggestions? Email me at or post them in the comments below.

Have a great, safe weekend!

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