Monday, March 7, 2016

Safeguard Your Kids with AllerMates (& a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I received AllerMates products to facilitate this review; all opinions expressed are my own. 

I grew up allergy-free, but having much younger siblings who had allergies, I was sensitive to how serious they could be. Once I had children I kept this in mind and thankfully with Nia she was also allergy-free, but before his 1st birthday, I'll never forget when Grayson broke out after I gave him eggs:

He was too young for allergy testing via blood work, but from the prick test the allergist could tell he was allergic to peanuts, eggs and dairy. His reaction to eggs was the strongest and once he turned 1 and had his blood work it was confirmed that it was still a significant allergy - serious enough that we do not give him eggs until we revisit his blood work when he turns 2. 

Nearly everyday I see friends share stories of their children's struggles with allergies and other sensitivities and I know it's one more layer of parenting that can be stress-inducing. For me, it's not knowing if Grayson might accidentally be given a snack with eggs or mistakenly eat another child's snack which has eggs when he's in our local Y's daycare where he goes a few times each week or even at our church's nursery. Once I panicked when he was given a piece of doughnut that I couldn't get out of his mouth in time, and he ended up with another itchy rash. 

I like how the adjustable bracelet snaps in place!
When AllerMates, an innovative product line created by moms for families with kids who have allergies, reached out to me, I was thrilled to learn how they're reducing the stress of living with allergies. From adorable ID bracelets indicating specific allergies to medicine cases, charms and activity books, AllerMates has products suitable for all ages and levels of allergies. They also have a new subscription box service that helps families discover new and safe brands of food! 

An example of an AllerMates subscription box {Image via AllerMates}
The best part is that AllerMates products are widely available nationwide in over 5,000 stores including CVS Health. Currently there's a promotion running at CVS where if you spend $15 and send in your receipt to AllerMates here, you'll receive a FREE subscription box - usually a $29.99 box containing products valued at $35-$50. 

Do you know a child with allergies who would benefit from AllerMates? I'm giving away this prize-pack (totaling almost $50!) to one reader so you can help your special little one!:

1. Allergy Alert Stickers  - 24 stickers ($3.99 value)

2. Allergy Medicine Case ($16.99 value)

3. Meet the AllerMates Activity Booklet ($.99 value)

4. Peanut Allergy Alert Bracelet ($5.99)

5. Food Package Allergy Alert Labels - 24 stickers ($3.99 value)

6. Asthma Small Medicine Case ($14.99 value) 

The giveaway starts today, March 7 and ends on Thursday, March 10 with the winner announced on Friday, March 11. Enter via Rafflecopter below (open to U.S. residents, ages 18+ only):

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Good luck! 

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