The Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. February 2019

Safe and Sweet

Allergy-Friendly Valentines for Your Child’s Classmates

For a parent of a child with allergies, every day can feel like a battle with food labels and ingredients lists — and Valentine’s Day only exacerbates this fear. Avoid the danger of an allergic reaction on Valentine’s Day by creating alternative, candy-free valentines that the whole class will enjoy!

GET CREATIVE This valentine idea taps into your kids’ desire to create by using commonly found household items. Have your children draw pictures, create cards, mold tiny sculptures, or braid together friendship bracelets to create one-of-a- kind gifts that will be safe for their classmates to enjoy. Kids can put their own effort into gift-giving, and their valentines will have a personal touch candy cannot replicate. THINK LIKE A KID If you’re looking for a creative valentine that will be safe for all your child’s friends to play with, check no further than the toy aisle of your local dollar store. While being mindful of latex allergies, you can purchase little toys that kids will love that won’t break your bank. Think bouncy balls, mini skateboards, Army men, yo-yos, puzzles, rubber ducks, hand-held games, markers, or bubbles. Adorn these little gifts with yarn, ribbons, or personalized tags, and slap on cute sayings to make them fit for the holiday. Finish off the masterpiece by having your kiddo sign their name on each valentine, and you’ve got a kid-approved Valentine’s Day favorite.

FANCY UP SOME FRUIT If you’re worried about food allergies but still want to make a yummy treat, ask your child’s teacher for a list of students’ allergies, then just work around them. Fruits are usually a safe bet, but it’s best to double check. You could skewer strawberries and heart-shaped pieces of watermelon onto kabob sticks for a sweet and fun snack, or pass out goody bags with apples, bananas, and clementines. Offering a group snack that is allergy-friendly will keep your children and their friends safe and healthy, and it can also help children with allergies feel included in the festivities. As with all Valentine’s Day gifts, keep in mind that it’s not the item or money spent that means the most. It’s the thought behind each gift that makes receiving valentines the sweetest part.

We’ve all heard the term “one-percenter.” It refers to the people who are the richest 1 percent of the population. These folks live lives radically different from our own. They spend more on a car than we do on a house, and their lifestyle overflows with excess. Record producer Michael Blakey offers a glimpse into this world via his YouTube channel, ProducerMichael. Before he became the internet’s version of Robin Leach (host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”), Michael Blakey was a music producer who worked with everyone from Waylon Jennings to Mary J. Blige. His time in the entertainment industry allowed him to hobnob with jewelers, exotic car dealers, and other high-society types. In 2017, he began documenting his lifestyle on YouTube, where he now has over 400,000 followers. His videos regularly attract millions of views. Despite his glamorous life, Michael never comes off as condescending or arrogant. Instead, he offers matter-of-fact analyses

of massive homes, outrageous watches, clothes that cost more than the average person’s mortgage payment, and more. Refreshingly, he’s also willing to poke fun at both himself and the absurdity of the world he inhabits. Most of us will never experience what it’s like to drive a Lamborghini or try on a five-figure watch. What we can do is get the vicarious thrill of watching somebody else do these things. That’s exactly what ProducerMichael offers its viewers. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a shopping spree, you’ll enjoy the up-close-and-personal look into the world of the excessively rich. to reviewing inexpensive fast-food items. ProducerMichael couldn’t be more different than ReviewBrah, but that’s exactly the magic of YouTube. No matter your interest, you can bet there’s somebody on the platform exploring it in great detail. Last month, we featured ReportOfTheWeek, a channel dedicated

YouTube Channel of the Month Producer Michael and His Opulent Lifestyle

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