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My name is Kandi and I am a mother of 2 wonderful kids. Bubba (real name not used) is a very energetic almost 9 year old. While Miss Sassy Pants (Jen) is a quiet and reserved (at times) 7 year old. The Popo (hubby) and I have been together for almost 12 years and married for almost 11. We met doing a hobby we both love, Civil War reenacting. We try to get out to a reenactment with our kids once in awhile, but The Popo’s job limits our time. We have 3 horses so we also enjoy horse back riding. The last member of our family is our dog, a Siberian husky, with lots of energy to keep the kids busy!
I am a Special Education Para Educator at my kids school. A job like that is so rewarding in more then one way. I am off when my kids are off but I am given the opportunity to work with some wonderful kids and help them learn anything from Math to Social Studies. I am also taking photography lessons in hopes of opening up my own portrait studio one day. Photograph has been a love of mine since I was a little kid. The Popo hasn’t been a brother in blue for long, prior he was an electrician. So between adjusting to the LE life, cub scouts, piano lessons, and soon horse lessons and horse shows our life tends to be organized chaos. Add having to cook special foods for Miss Sassy Pants and I, life never is dull in our little corner of the world!
My Gluten Free story-
Ever since I was about 8 years old I have been taking allergy medicine every day. If I missed to many days I would break out in hives, get really congested and just over all be miserable. At that time blood work came back as being allergic to environmental things. Laundry detergents, soaps and lotions would make me break out. I was over all miserable. Fast forward to present day- I went to allergist because my current allergy medicine was not working- everything came back negative. I was told that I was just going to randomly break out in hives for no reason and just have a super sensitive membranes leaving me constantly congested and miserable. To make it better- I was noticing my daughter going through the same issue. She had really bad eczema, constant congestion and barely ate (was always under weight but not enough for her doctor to be concerned). I was taking her into the doctor once a week and she would be on an antibiotic and strong allergy medicine every day from Oct/Nov- February. One day my daughter looked at me- and said that she was tired of feeling icky… So was I and the search began.
In May 2011 I went into my doctor. Told her my frustrations and my concerns asked for a referral to a specialist. She looked at me and told me to let her save me money (odd hearing that come from a doc). That is when she told me to go GF and Dairy free. As soon as I mentioned my sister with Celiac she told me just do the gluten free. I asked her about my daughter- she said since I was trying the diet to try on her. Since then we have been healthy and happy. I have a lot more energy and have lost weight (due to not eating as many carbs and fast foods!). My daughter has not been in and out of doctors and is actually eating (not over eating!). The best part- we both are allergy medicine free! My daughter will tell you no she doesn’t want to feel icky again if you offer her something that is not gluten free. I am proud of my little girl for having such an understanding on it.
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