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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Working From Home

Technology is great… especially when it works AND works in your favor.  That was the case for me yesterday.

When I’m not actually on the radio I can do a lot of what I do for work anywhere I have a computer and internet access. So, yesterday, with one sick kid already home and another being sent home 3 hours early from school because of pending blizzard conditions, I took the opportunity to leave the office and finish my day working from home.

It was great.  I was able to be there for my kids yet, still keep up with work and not have to burn time off or have the next day be extra hectic. Most importantly for me, was that I didn’t have to add more stress to a coworker’s day by needing them to pick up the slack from my absence.

I have tried to set some rules on working from home.  If possible I only do it when it will benefit me and not the company I work for.  That way I don’t let myself feel I’m being taken advantage of.

When I work from home I consider it as being at work.  I wear my work clothes and avoid any distractions that aren’t always at my job. If I tried to work in sweat pants with Dr. Phil blabbering away in the background I could very easily get distracted and end up not working from home.

What about you?  Do you work from home?  How do you keep yourself focused on work so you get something done?  What guidelines do you have to make sure it’s a job benefit and not a job expectation?

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Dealing with Children’s Food Allergies, Part 3

This is the final installment in a 3 part series discussing children’s food allergies.

In part one I shared the back story on how we came to find out our youngest was allergic to peanuts

In part two I talked about how frustrating it can be when people don’t realize just how serious food allergies can be.

In this part I’d like to share just a few of the things we do as a family to keep our daughter safe.

As mentioned before, we follow a “no package, no thank you” rule. We want to be able to read the ingredient list and allergy statement (if there is one) on every package.  That can be hard to do sometimes so we try to avoid those situations.  On the rare instance we do go to something like a church potluck we make sure to bring a lunch for our daughter.

The Food Allergen Labeling and consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) has made reading labels a lot easier.  It makes it so a product containing any or all of the 8 most common food allergens must clearly indicate it on the package.

Here are two different packages for soup crackers.  The first is safe for someone with a peanut allergy.  The second one is not.

Peanut Free Soup CrackersSoup Crackers Manufactured with Peanuts

It’s important to always be checking labels.  Just because something is safe one time doesn’t mean it will be safe the next time you buy it. Recipes or manufacturing facilities could change.

One alternative to peanut butter is a butter made from sunflower seeds.

Sun ButterSun Butter Ingredient list

My daughter with the peanut allergy doesn’t like it because it resembles peanut butter in taste and texture.  She prefers cream cheese and jam.  That’s her PB&J substitute.  The rest of our family has grown to like Sun Butter.  My wife has even used it to bake cookies with excellent results.

Having an EpiPen available at all times is a must.  My daughter keeps one in a pouch she can wear around her waist.

EpiPen Jr Waist Carrier

She also wears an allergy bracelet.  Her American Girl doll also has a peanut allergy and wears one too!

American Girl Doll With Food Allergy BraceletAmerican Girl Peanut Allergy Bracelet

If you’d like to know more about food allergies there are some great resources online like Food Allergy Research and Education.

Do you have some food allergy tips?  I’d love to hear them.




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Week 8 Verses – Olympic Edition

Like much of the world we’ve been watching the Winter Olympics from Sochi. There’s been so many great events, athletes, and stories. I’m no top athlete but I have been involved in several sports.  Mostly because I wanted to be part of a team and I had time to kill.

I got to thinking about if I were an Olympian.  I’d want a Bible verse I could recite in my head moments before I was about to compete.  It would have to be something short, motivational, and memorable. The Bible is filled with many that would work but perhaps the two I like best are these:

Philippians 4:13 

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Luke 1:37 

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

These are definitely short, motivational, and memorable.  As I reflect on them I see how they could relate to any part of life, not just sports.

Have a big test, an important work presentation, anything that will challenge you… recite either or both of these verses in your head a few times moments before you begin.  They just might calm you down and give you a drive and determination to succeed.

If you were an Olympic athlete what would your Bible verse be?

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