About

headshotpiI’m a food allergy mom to a homeschooling, traveling, Disneyland loving, foodie family. Caring for a son with anaphylactic food allergies to peanut and shellfish, as well as helping my husband manage fibromyalgia related gluten intolerance.

Reading labels and asking questions to uncover food allergy friendly finds is my mission. Don’t hesitate. Investigate! Swing by to see the food allergy finds, reviews, recipes, tips & tricks, I’ve got to share.

I’ve got 5 children ages 10 and under. Living a full life with food allergies doesn’t end with the food we eat. I cover all aspects of food allergy management and lifestyle for my child with food allergies, and as a family unit living day to day. Whether covering the food we eat, or the video games we play, I’ve got the low down on the food allergy situation.

You can read a piece that Allergic Living did on me back in 2015, here.

I wasn’t always a homeschooling food allergy momma. Who was I prior to having a basketball team starting lineup’s worth of children? I earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing, and worked as an On-Air Radio Personality (AKA a D.J.), Traffic Reporter, News Anchor and Reporter. I’ve also worked as a freelance writer for several local publications.

I began my broadcasting career in promotions for KOOL 94.5, 95.5 KYOT and 101.5 The Zone (Metro Phoenix). I then moved to 98KUPD, before making the switch to Mix 96.9. It was at Mix that I began on-air as a DJ, and then later was on-air at 104.7 KISSFM as well. Radio people tend to do a lot of station hopping. Because there were a cluster of 8 stations owned by the company I worked for at the time (Clear Channel), I was also able to dabble part-time for Total Traffic which was a hub for traffic reports on 8 different stations in Phoenix (KFYI, KISSFM, KZON, KNIX, KYOT, etc.), as well as 5 in Tucson and 3 in Yuma. That was a ton of fun, although I’m sure it would have been even more fun had I been able to fly in a helicopter old school style for my reports! It was while I was in traffic that I learned about an opening at AM 550 KFYI as a news reporter and anchor. I made the move and enjoyed that position best of all! I love being a mother and staying home with my children, but if I ever went back to work it would be in news. I love news!

Below are pictures from when I covered Election Night at McCain Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2008, and when I met Robin Thicke when he swung by the studios at KISSFM in Phoenix (I’m on the far right and super tan haha!).

My family lives in Arizona and we share our time between the Valley (Gilbert), and the White Mountains (Show Low & Pinetop-Lakeside). While I myself am a transplant to Arizona, my husband’s family goes back about 7 generations and helped to settle much of the area. Horne Road in Mesa, Arizona is named after his family and used to run out to his Great Grandfather’s dairy farm. My children’s Great Great Grandfather founded a well-known accounting firm here in the Valley known as Henry & Horne, he finally retired in 2018 at the age of 96! My children’s grandfather is quite the pioneer in our family when it comes to building a chain of family owned car dealerships. We own car dealerships all across Arizona in Nogales, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Safford, Apache Junction, Globe, and Show Low. We love Arizona and our own family having suffered various medical issues we recently donated to Phoenix Childrens Hospital where my niece was treated for T1D and my own middle child was in the NICU for a congenital heart defect, and later had corrective heart surgery.

Below is a picture of my husband and my brother-in-law presenting the check. My husband is on the right, and his brother in the middle.

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My hope is to bring education and awareness emphasizing label reading and communication with manufacturers, distributors, and establishments. Sharing what I find to help others confidently navigate food allergies, as well as encourage proactive food allergy safety.

My history in the food allergy world goes back to 2009 when my first and oldest child had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut, by way of a popular brand frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was traumatic for him, but it was also extremely traumatic for myself and my husband. I searched out a support group of like-minded people, and not finding what I was looking for, I created a local non-profit that became Nationally known and recognized. Unfortunately, after several years of trying to keep the organization running it became financially and logistically unfeasible to continue to keep our doors open. My most notable achievement in that adventure is passing into law our local statewide “stock epinephrine” bill, to help save the lives of children in Arizona schools. While it was sad to see that door close, it is with happiness I look back on all our wonderful achievements and strides made in the food allergy community.

Pictured below left to right: FARE Walk that I chaired before founding AFAA – myself (Lisa Horne), Kyle Dine, Andrea Garza; Allergic Living article – my husband, my son and myself; Stock Epinephrine Law being signed Anna Blue Aguirre, Anna’s mother Karen, myself, my son, Senator Linda Lopez, Raquel Scharf-Anderson and children; FARE Walk with myself, my husband and City of Mesa Councilmember Dave Richins.

Two years later I was able to find a way to share my love, for and to, the food allergy community again, by way of Food Allergy P.I.

Food Allergy P.I. is made available for information purposes only, and not for use as medical related advice. By using Food Allergy P.I. you understand that there is no relationship between you and Food Allergy P.I. Additionally, Food Allergy P.I. should not be a substitute for medical advice from a licensed certified professional.

The information shared through Food Allergy P.I. has been found to be safe for our family and our individual situation. Every individual and their related food allergies or intolerances are unique, including what they are allergic to, how sensitive they are, the severity of their allergic reactions, and how they’ve been advised to care for their allergy as well as treat any related reactions. What is safe for us, may not be safe for someone else, always consult a medical professional for your own guidelines.

Never rely upon Food Allergy P.I. as a sole resource for protecting someone with food allergies. Always read the label before purchasing a product because manufacturers may change their ingredients and processes at any time. What was safe one time, may not be the next time. Additionally, always communicate with any manufacturers, kitchen staff or establishments for your own benefit as processes change and individual experiences may differ.