Boost Your Buzz $1000 giveaway

Enter the Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Giveaway! One lucky person is going to win $1000 USD paid via Paypal! Gain entries in this giveaway by following Great Contradictions on gfc, twitter, facebook, rss subscriber, & email subscriber! The giveaway starts April 1st 12 am EST until April 15th 11:59 pm EST and is open worldwide. $1,000 CASH prize will be delivered via paypal as soon as the winner’s entry has been verified. Boost Your Buzz can be entered on Survey Junkie,  Simply Stacie or Little Yaya’s (you only have to enter on one of the sites as the forms will be the same on each).  … [Read more...]

Ignorance is not bliss: Celiac Disease is a reality, Chef Damian Cardone!

Thanks to a facebook comment on March 10, 2011 by Chef Damian Cardone going to a restaurant just became even more questionable for Celiacs and others living gluten free.  (P.S. any typos in quote are courtesy of the expert) "Gluten free is bullshit!! Flour and bread have been a staple of life for thousands, THOUSANDS of years. People who claim to be gluten intolorent dont realize that its all in there disturbed liitle heads. People ask me for gluten free pasta in my restaurant all the time, I tell em sure, Then I serve serve em our pasta, Which I make from scratch with high gluten flour. And you know what? nothing, NOTHING! ever happens! People leave talking about how good they feel gluten free and guess what, They just had a full dose! Idiots!" "I know theres a few people who might have real disorder, Im just saying the majority of of these people are jumping on the band wagon because its now the popular fad diet." By a few people, he means 1 in every 133 people has Celiac … [Read more...]

Schick Play it Smooth Giveaway {4 winners} *closed*

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Let’s Get This Party Started Schick Disposables officially kicks off the first Play it Smooth promotion today, in conjunction with Rock Band™3, the next iteration in the ultimate music video game, and the ultimate in rock ‘n roll, Fender®. The partnership will be promoted on-pack, giving consumers a chance to enjoy their love of music with the brand they rely on for their shaving needs. Beginning February 2011 and continuing through April 2011, specially marked Schick disposable razor packs will include a special code to download FREE Exclusive Rock Band 3 PROTRACKS here. This site will give fans a chance to embrace their love of music through song downloads, games and a unique sweepstakes. A stop by the Schick Play it Smooth Facebook page offers even more opportunities to win Music Memorabilia Make music memories when you visit Schickplayitsmooth.com. Twitter fans will be surprised with special musical giveaways weekly. Groupies can enter the instant win sweepstakes … [Read more...]

Manic Monday Mixer: Spring is here!

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Spring is here!  Our weather in Oklahoma has gone from 70s to a blizzard to warm again and now cold.  I am looking forward to Spring weather to stay for good, so we can enjoy all that Spring has to offer.  To focus on the positive... My top 5 springtime favorites are: 1. Spending more time outside:  After a rough winter, there is nothing better than interacting outside at the park, backyard, wherever! 2. Gardening:  While gardening is new to me, there is something magical about cooking with fresh herbs and soon fruits & vegetables. 3. Running:  I am not a winter runner.  It is no surprise that I dislike cold weather, so I allow myself a break from running during that time.  I have missed that quiet alone time running allows and the blooming flowers are just an added bonus. 4. Sunday morning picnics: There are not a lot of gluten free breakfast options.  We have created a family tradition where we pick a park and enjoy our breakfast there.  Last Sunday we had our first picnic … [Read more...]

Tropical Traditions: Coconut Oil Review {Toasted Coconut Granola Recipe}

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  I haven't always been open to new foods.  Since starting the gluten free lifestyle, I have learned that there is so much more out there.  So many delicious foods that we might not have branched out to.  Coconut oil is one of those foods!  There is something so light about Coconut Oil with a delicate sweetness that makes it a great alternative to the usual oils.  Thanks to Tropical Traditions I had the pleasure of testing out their Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil.  It is an unrefined coconut oil that has been tested in independent laboratories to reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils. "Tropical Traditions was the first company to publish standards for the use of "Virgin Coconut Oil" in terms of edible oils, and here is what we published over eight years ago:  "Virgin Coconut Oil can only be achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure … [Read more...]

FDA Gluten Free Standards: haven’t we waited long enough?

The FDA gluten free standards were promised in 2007, but they are still unclear.  While I get that it is not always clear about what is or isn't gluten free, I don't think that we Celiacs or others who need gluten free for health reasons should suffer.  I love that more and more companies are realizing the need for gf, but some are also taking the issue lightly.  For example, Post has made a big deal about their Fruity/Cocoa pebbles being gf, but it wasn't when we tried it recently.  Many companies are using the lack of guidelines to self-certify leaving Celiacs sick and many other companies make you jump through hoops to get non-specific answers.  It is like a slap in the face to see Gluten Free in big, bright letters on packages, cereal boxes, or magazine ads knowing how sick some foods have made me & my 2 youngest kids.  I hate that Gluten Free has become a fad where companies skimp on the actual gluten free part along with charging outrageous prices, but boast that it is gluten … [Read more...]

CARS 2 in theatres on June 24th

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The orginal Cars was one of the first disney movies that became a repeat in our house.  Since our oldest son, our other 2 have continued to enjoy the movies, the characters, toys, etc..  I am from a small town in southeast Kansas near Galena, KS where the inspiration for the Mater character is located (pictured above).  Needless to say my kids enjoy visiting when we are in the area. We are counting down the days until Cars 2 arrives in theatres, which happens to be the day before my birthday.  I will be celebrating my birthday watching Cars 2 with my boys. The wait is finally over for the sequel! "Like" CARS 2 on Facebook CARS 2 races into theatres in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on June 24th! … [Read more...]

Biotrue Giveaway

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Biotrue is inspired by the biology of your eyes™. It goes beyond cleaning by being the only* solution to bring together three bio-inspired innovations: Has a lubricant found naturally in your eyes Matches the pH of healthy tears Keeps certain beneficial tear proteins active Biotrue works like your eyes to provide you with the health and comfort your eyes deserve, helping to make lens wear easier on your eyes.  Here's a coupon for $1.00 off a 10 oz or larger size of Biotrue multi-purpose solution. Reaction I have worn contacts for over 10 years.  I noticed when using Biotrue that my eyes stayed moistened and not as irritated as with some other brands.  However with that being said, everyone has different opinions and my husband prefers his current brand over Biotrue. To celebrate their latest innovation, Biotrue, Bausch + Lomb will be giving away 300 reusable tote bags a day beginning Sunday, February 27th. To enter, just visit Biotrue Instant Win game to play. … [Read more...]

Better Batter Gluten Free Mixes {Blogmania Sponsor}

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Buying gluten free isn't always how it seems.  As a strict gluten free household it is getting more difficult to count on what is actually gluten free without certification.  Better Batter was born as a the result of a mom.  I can trust that a mom dealing with gluten free family issues as well works her hardest to keep my family healthy and they do. Their Philosophy… At Better Batter, we believe that you should eat freely. We believe that everyone should eat real-tasting food, using regular recipes, at reasonable prices.  We’re committed to developing and marketing the very best in gluten free products, and we pledge to do everything we can to meet your dietary needs in an affordable manner. We’re constantly looking for ways to save you money and to put products into your hands that make sense. When you buy Better Batter products, you’re not going to find sub-par ingredients, hidden costs (like the need for adding xanthan gum or fat, like some of our competitors do) or chintzy … [Read more...]

Shining2save twitterhop

Every tuesday, I join Shining2save for the twitter hop. I am looking forward to meeting new followers! … [Read more...]