Blogger Review: Lauren Kossack Allergy Free Blogger www.epifamily.com

LaurenKossack

“Injecting Hope Into The World of Food Allergies & Beyond   I want to give other families hope that they to can live a normal, fun life with food allergies.  Once you accept it and learn how to manage the allergies, then you can live a fun, normal {well a new normal} life and enjoy all the foods that you thought you’d never have again {just done a bit differently}.”  

 

 

Lauren Kossack of “Our Life as an Epi-Familiy”

Although she can find amazingly cute shoes in the kids department of Target on sale for $7.99, there is nothing little about this lady! Lauren’s heart and her drive to educate others about living and cooking allergy free is huge, and contagious! I love her new YouTube channel and have earned so much about the new allergies my Greenbean has been diagnosed with and how to substitute safer options. I am grateful for her Internet and social media presence. I hope you get to know this terrific blogger, mama, and one of my very own “gfbff’s.

Name: Lauren Kossack of “Our Life as an Epi-Familiy”
Web address: www.epifamily.com                    
Twitter: @epifamily
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EpiFamily
Instagram: lolokossack
Where are you based out of? Indianapolis, Indiana

Are you personally gluten free? Celiac? Any other Allergies?

I have a gluten sensitivity so I try to stay gluten-free on a daily basis.  My boys have severe food allergies. Oldest – anaphylactic to eggs & youngest – dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut & sesame {anaphylactic to all but soy}  We also avoid fish and shellfish as we haven’t had the youngest tested for them and that’s what we were advised to do by our doctor.  So most of my cooking is free of the top 8 allergens.

What drew you to the internet and inspired you to blogging world? 

For me it was a couple things, first and foremost it was an outlet for me.  To write about our daily struggles and the challenges that we face as parents of food allergic children was a good way for me to unwind and “get it all out.”  It was my own form of self-therapy {or perhaps we should call it selfapy}!  It was also a way to keep our family up-to-date with all of our happenings and updates on the boys.

Secondly, following the anaphylactic reactions and food allergy diagnosis for both of my boys I felt helpless, scared and alone. There wasn’t anyone to hold my hand and teach me how to read labels and grocery shop.  When you are watching your child turn blue and gasp for air all because of something that they ate, you become fearful to feed them anything.  After learning everything on my own I knew that God was calling me to help other food allergy families. I didn’t want anyone to ever go through what I went through.  So if I could help just one person by sharing all of the knowledge that I came to through months of research and trials and errors then I would be grateful. No one should have to walk this path alone.  I’m here to virtually hold the hands of other moms and dads as they begin this challenging walk to keep their kids safe and alive.  Hopefully we can have some fun along the way!

What is your favorite thing to blog about?

Anything and everything food allergy related.  It’s hard to say.  As far as recipes go – I love to bake and surprise my boys with yummy treats since I can rarely find baked goods free of the top 8 allergens.  My boys love to bake with me so it’s something that we do together.  When a new recipe finally works exactly like I wanted it to, I get really excited to share that with my readers!

What is your “message”?

I like this question – I’ve never really thought about what my “message” is.  I guess that it’s twofold.  First I think my tag line really helps direct all that I want my blog to embody.  “Injecting Hope Into The World of Food Allergies & Beyond” – I want to give other families hope that they to can live a normal, fun life with food allergies.  Yes life as you know it has to change and change quite drastically. But once you accept it and learn how to manage the allergies, then you can live a fun, normal {well a new normal} life and enjoy all the foods that you thought you’d never have again {just done a bit differently}.  I think my video series says just that “Food Allergy Love with Lauren.”  Once you learn to “love” your food allergies and your life with the food allergies then you and your family will thrive!

Do you have any cookbooks, other blogs, video links, apparel sales, etc that you would like to mention?  

Cookbook in the making.  Stay tuned…  I do have a video series on YouTube about food allergies called, “Food Allergy Love with Lauren.”  Follow me!

What is your favorite gluten free indulgence? (Greenbean wanted to know)

Well for me it would have to be a salty item and a sweet item.  For the salt – I love potato chips – so any and all potato chips. For my sweet:  I will make gluten free chocolate chip cookies (actually free of top 8) and then just eat the dough!!!  Since I substitute the eggs with flax seed – there is no risk of getting sick!!!  :)   Now why didn’t I know about an egg substitute when I was pregnant?  I could have eaten all the cookie dough that I wanted!

Would you like to contribute a recipe?

It’s my most famous recipe thus far: Mint Chip Chocolate Cake.  Seriously delish!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well for starters, hopefully still in Indianapolis.  I don’t plan to move but you just never know where God takes you.  But all of our family is here an they are such a huge support system for us, especially with our boys and their allergies.  However, I don’t think that’s what you’re asking.  HA!  I guess I’d still be blogging and supporting food allergy families in any way that I can.  My boys will be elementary aged at that point and so I see myself actively involved in all that they do so I’ll probably be the proud owner of a mini van and have acquired the title “room mom,” “soccer mom,” and a variety of other “mom” names.  Perhaps a 3rd child???  We’ll see what God has in store for me and my family!

Would you like to add anything else?

hmmmm…You seriously rock and I think you should move to Indiana so we can be bff’s in person on a daily basis rather than via social media! -Awe, gee, thanks Lauren! Back atcha!

What is something interesting about you that may or may not be related to blogging?

I’m deaf in my left ear due to a blind forceps delivery that was performed when I was born.  They cut and severed the auditory processing nerve that runs along the left side of my face.  I was taught to read lips at a young age and I can watch tv shows while on mute by lip reading.  Many times I don’t know that I’m doing it until someone asks why I’m watching the TV on with no sound.

Thank you Lauren for sharing yourself with me and my readers! I know they will start following you and will not be able to get enough of you, like me!

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