PracMedic Bag – Sammie Medicine Case

Food Allergies, Our Latest Adventures

When Olivia was first diagnosed with food allergies, I didn’t even know where to start. First thing we did – get our Epi pen! I put the Epi pens in a small zip pouch and moved on with my day. Unfortunately, I would soon find out that this zip pouch was not a great place to store Olivia’s life saving medication. Our first trip to the beach with her Epi pens, the pouch got wet, hot and squished all in one day. Not good!

Little did I know, Epi pens need to stay cool and dry in order to stay viable. This became our #1 priority. So I started to do some research on the best Epi pen holder! I looked into several different brands but landed on the one that checked all my boxes and more.

PracMedic bags.

We ordered the Sammie Medicine Case in pink. Not only did this case have the best reviews but it was by far the cutest of them all! The entire case was pink with a little girl and outside, sunny day scene on the front. The first day we got the case in the mail, Olivia opened the box and ran! She wore the bag as a purse all night and kept saying she looked so “fashion”.

When I opened the bag up, I was even more impressed. Not only are there two pockets that fit two Auvi-Q perfectly, but there are more pockets to fit other medications you might need. In our case, we filled that side with Benadryl, a contact cup and contact solution. This allowed us to have all of Olivia’s medications in one spot, at all times! The bag zipped with ease and just like that, my anxiety went from 60 to 0 in a matter of minutes. All of Olivia’s supplies in one place – I couldn’t have asked for more.

We spent the summer going to sunny beaches and sweaty play gym classes and I never worried about her Epi pens. The case is insulated and padded to help keep the medicine inside at the right temperature. It’s even water resistant with an optional ice pack pocket for those days you know the temperatures are going to be really off the charts. When we would go to the beach for the entire day, I would throw the case in with an ice pack near by. Since the bag is water resistant, the medicine stayed dry and the ice pack helped it stay even cooler when the temperatures were over 90 outside! (I only use the ice pack on days of extreme heat. Most days we throw the case in my diaper bag and forget about it!)

My husband’s favorite feature to this bag? He can take it out of the diaper bag and attach it to his belt! He HATES carrying my giant diaper bag. As a food allergy mom, I am no stranger to a big bag! Of course I need a bag full of snacks and treats, extra clothes in case of emergency, hand wipes and seat covers! Rather than Dan having to take my giant bag when he has Olivia, he can just take the Sammie case out of the diaper bag and go on his way. This way he has her medications no matter where they go, without having to take the giant bag.

I have to mention the quality of these cases as well! Olivia has run around, thrown it everywhere, brought it out fishing, on hikes and even to Disney World. No matter the adventure, the case has stayed clean, in tacked and looking like new. The material is so durable that no matter what she’s thrown at it, it’s held up. We could not be more impressed.

Dealing with medications that could save your child’s life in an emergency require a lot of responsibility and sometimes it can feel very over whelming. Making sure you have all the medications, making sure they stay safe and temperature controlled – can be so stressful!The PracMedic cases and brand know how hard this can be and this is why they created this amazing product – to set our minds at ease. I have felt my anxiety melt away as I’ve watched Olivia carry this case with confidence. She’s proud to have her medication on her and feels so cute with the bag on her arm.

We cannot wait to try even more of PracMedic products – especially as Olivia is growing and getting older! Next we will be trying out the COMPACT Epi pen case! Stayed tuned to hear how we like the new bag!

Favorite safe foods for our baby with food allergies

Food Allergies, Our Latest Adventures

**Disclaimer: I am not a health care provider or allergist. These recommendations are what work well for my family with a child allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs and dairy. But what works and is safe for her, may not be safe for another. As always read labels and triple check that what you are eating is safe for you. I am not sponsored or affiliated with any of these products and have linked them for your convenience. Thanks for reading!**

When Olivia was diagnosed with so many life threatening food allergies, my first thought was what can we feed her?? What can I feed her that is free from nuts, wheat, eggs and dairy? And that means free from containing them AND free from cross contamination?? Doesn’t breakfast consist of eggs and toast?!! My husband and I went to the grocery store only to be completely overwhelmed. It felt like everything either contained, may contain or was made in the same facility as at least one of her food allergies. The vision I had in my head of my daughter enjoying pizza, bread, Mac and cheese, cookies – all the foods kids can freely enjoy – was crushed. Or so I thought.

Over the next few weeks I did so much research on how to feed my little girl. We took some wonderful advice from a family friend – thank you Elizabeth! – and searched for some good options. I did not want her food allergies to define Olivia and I knew there had to be a way through our fear to the other side! And there certainly was :). So many companies make really delicious and safe foods for Olivia. And when I took a step back and thought about what we eat, I realized most of what we eat can be modified so its safe for Olivia. This diagnosis is SO over whelming if you have never had to deal with food allergies. I hope that some of what we have tried may help you feel a little less over whelmed. Here are some of Olivia’s favorite safe meals! 🙂




    turkey or chicken breast
    Ham steak



As we continue on this food allergy adventure, I know our pantry will continue to grow. How I feel about dealing with food allergies since Olivia’s diagnosis has changed so much. I have gone from being constantly anxiety ridden and terrified to being a lot more confident and sure of myself in the kitchen. Remember we must be prepared, not paranoid because not everyone is perfect.

So just keep cooking, trying, eating and as always advocating for even more delicious and safe options!!

Our First Allergy Food Challenge

Food Allergies, Our Latest Adventures

When we first found out Olivia was born with life threatening food allergies, she was only tested for peanuts and tree nuts. At the next appointment, following some negative reactions to certain foods, we added an allergy to eggs and dairy and at the third and final test, we added wheat. At each appointment we got more bad news piled on us. And despite the fact that these diagnoses were all unfavorable, it was nice to have answers. Our experience giving Olivia her first foods was unpleasant – she didn’t “like” anything we gave her – spaghetti, bread, and of course peanut butter – all did not go over well! So to find out that the reason she didn’t “like” the food was that they made her sick was a double edge sword – well, at least we had answers.

At our last appointment, Olivia had to get yet another skin test. The skin test involves a prick that is dipped in the allergen, and that prick is then pushed into her skin. We then wait 15 minutes to see if her skin reacts to the allergen. This time around, wheat and egg came back as being smaller than they were before which prompted the allergist to suggest we do a food challenge. A food challenge is when you are in the office surrounded by doctors and nurses and you give the allergic person the allergy to see what they can tolerate. Our hope was that because the skin test came back smaller than before (which means she is still technically allergic) she may be able to tolerate some wheat and egg! This would calm some of the anxiety we have on going out to eat or in public places in regards to cross contamination and touch reactions. We chose to do the wheat food challenge because if she passed this test, our world would open up! Bread? Toast? Crackers? YAY!

When you do a food challenge, the person being tested must not have any allergy medicine 5 days prior to test day. I also wish we would have known – don’t fill that kid up on lunch! They have to eat a lot of their allergen to pass the challenge – for Olivia, she would have to eat an entire roll and a half! If you know Olivia, that will make you laugh – which we totally did – at the nurse. She barely eats that much food in a day! Let alone in one sitting of a food she’s never had! But we were optimistic. At the beginning of the appointment they confirmed that Olivia wasn’t sick with any runny nose, cough or congestion. Then, she was skin pricked again to be sure wheat was still st the same levels as before. She was then cleared to be challenged!

The nurse prepared 5 doses of the allergen for the child to digest. We were armed with benedryl, 2 Epipens and water just in case we needed it! In the worst case scenario, Olivia could have gone into anaphylactic shock right there in front of us from us deliberately giving her what she’s allergic to – needless to say, my husband and I were nauseous and white faced the entire time. The first does went amazing! Olivia ate it in under 30 seconds! She seemed to love the flavor – of course she would – she is my daughter and bread is a carb. She got down on the floor and played wirh her books and puppies between every dose. The second dose was as easy as the first. The third dose is where we saw Olivia really slow down. She barely got through this dose which was a quarter roll. We thought maybe she was just getting full, until we started seeing more ominous symptoms…

After her third dose, Olivia started to sneeze every couple minutes. I remember looking into Dan’s eyes and its like we spoke to each other with no words. We knew sneezing was a symptom of anaphylaxis. Her sneezing seemed to subside so we moved forward. Her fourth dose was a giant one. We sat together and I held the first bite up to Olivia and she refused. We tried to hard to get her to eat more bread – we were so close to the end! She only needed to finish five doses to pass – but it wasn’t happening. So we knew she was all done. All of a sudden she started to sneeze again but this time, it was paired with coughing and a runny nose. We knew her body was fighting the wheat and it was time to call it. The doctor came in to check her out and assess if we needed to give her the Epi Pen. Her symptoms were mild and only required Benadryl for the time being. We waited in the office for an additional 60 minutes to be sure she was safe and would not go into anaphalixis. After we were cleared to leave, the doctor confirmed what we already knew – Olivia had failed her wheat challenge. Failing a food challenge meant she would need to continue to avoid foods containing wheat, that may contain wheat or foods that are made on shared lines with wheat. This was something we were already doing so we were used to this scenario but we were very disappointed the results did not turn out better. On a positive note, since Olivia was able to tolerate some wheat, the doctor was optimistic that she may not be contact reactive to wheat, rather is only allergic if she ingests wheat.

We left the office feeling defeated and uneasy. Olivia was irritable and exhausted – her nose continued to run but her other symptoms subsided with the Benedryl. That night we watched her closely, fearing a biphasic reaction to the wheat – this is a secondary anaphylactic reaction that can occur hours after the initial exposure to the allergen. We held her close all night and luckily, she was back to her old self in the morning.

In the days that followed, Dan and I thought about whether we felt that challenging wheat was worth it. Despite being terrified in the office and the failed results, we ultimately think it was 100% worth doing. We learned that if Olivia were to touch a loaf of bread and put her hands in her mouth on accident – she would probably be okay! Her body was able to tolerate a small dose meaning if she comes into contact with wheat, she should be able to handle the allergen. And we learned that she is indeed allergic to ingesting wheat – something Dan and I weren’t totally sure of before the challenge. We are hopeful she will outgrow her wheat allergy – being that nearly 80% of kids outgrow their allergy to wheat by age 5! So, even though food challenges are completely terrifying, they gave us a lot of information and we feel it’s a necessary part of Olivias food allergy adventure.

In the months to come, we will have a baked egg challenge! This challenge requires us to bake a delicious egg muffin for her to eat! If she passes this challenge, we can start baking her items with egg in them which will have added calories and protein! I will keep you all updated when that challenge is! In the meantime, just keep advocating!