Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop #FF

Welcome to the eighth Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Saving with Sybil, Sassy Mama in LA, Great Contradictions, and Baby Costcutters.  This is a fun and quick way to find new blogs/business' as well as pick up fans for your blog/business. The rules are simple: 1. Like the four hosts on Facebook at the above links 2. Post ONLY your FACEBOOK URL (others will be deleted) 3. Like any other pages that look interesting to you! Note: You must use your PERSONAL PROFILE to like pages from the hop.  If you leave an update with your page tagged (type @pagenamehere) you will get a like back from the hosts and most others who join hops like this as well. Happy Hopping! Add your link below: … [Read more...]

DIY: Make your own #glutenfree playdough recipe #celiac

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Today was the boys' first day of school.  Since Hunter is starting pre-k, we have a lot of gluten free issues to consider within the school.  4 year olds with playdough was definitely one of my major concerns, so Hunter & I are making weekly batches of playdough for the whole class.  I love those teachable moments!  Using everyday items to create playdough is a great way to show children how simple ingredients can have wonderful results.  Hunter at age 4 has now had the experience of playing with playdough! Gluten Free Playdough Ingredients: 1/3 c. rice flour 1/6 c. potato starch (2 2/3 TBSP) 1/6 c. salt (2 2/3 TBSP) 1 tsp xanthan gum 1/2 TBSP Cream of Tartar 1 tsp. koolaid powder (any color) 1/2 TBSP oil 1/2 c. warm water Directions: 1. Mix dry ingredients in a storage bag (or container).  Let your child help you by shaking to thoroughly mix ingredients. 2. Place warm water & oil in pan.  Then, add dry ingredients. 3. Heat mixture on med to med-low he at … [Read more...]

How my boys & Frank the pirate (a.k.a Frank the cat) showed me tolerance is possible #glutenfree #celiac

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Over the past few weeks, I have been distracted. Hunter starts school in a couple of days. Needless to say I am scared of how it will go, but not for the reasons you might think. I would be lying if I didn't say avoiding cross-contamination in a room full of 4 year-olds seems like a miracle.   However, what it all comes down to is... Tolerance 1: capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance, fortitude, stamina 2: sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own For almost 4 years, we have been gluten free.  Gluten free living has not been the easy road, but it kept my Hunter alive.  Getting beyond actual gluten free living, my goal as a mom has always been to promote a healthy well-being.  Dealing with Celiac Disease has limitations, but I have spared my kids of that.  Whatever my boys want, I have found a way.  Obviously keeping our kids healthy is important, but teaching them that they "are who they are" trumps all.  In our house, … [Read more...]

Meet Risa “Lice Lady”: Lice Prevention Tips + @fairytalesinc Rosemary Repel Line #giveaway

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Since many of your kids have started school (or are starting soon), there are not too many issues that concern parents as much as lice.  While my boys have never personally had lice, I do have a horror story from my days as an inpatient counselor for kids. We had over 30 kids infected with lice .  If you have never had the experience of dealing with lice, let me tell you it is tedious and time-consuming.  Dealing with lice can be difficult both physically & emotionally for everyone involved plus the risk of the whole family becoming infected.  Not all parents have  the time or money to spend doing the lice removal.  I remember when I was in elementary school the policy on lice was either parents used the lice removal system or the child had to have their hair cut short or shaved.  The shaved head was a stigma of "I have lice" and lice thrive along the scalp, so cutting hair is not really that beneficial.  I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the owner of Fairy Tales Hair Care, … [Read more...]

Functional yet Fashionable: @crystalynkae Troubadour Ruched Tote Bag *etsy treasure*

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Prior to being a mom, I was never a purse person unless necessary.  Don't get me wrong, I love accessories yet I can be a bit of a minimalist.  When I became a mom, I realized I needed to be prepared, which meant carrying a diaper bag.  Diaper bags while meant for the baby are a great chance to add another accessory to your life.  There is no need to have a diaper bag with a baby theme.  What is great about Crystalyn Kae's Troubadour Tote is the option can be used during either your professional or personal life! About Crystalyn Kae In a sea of sameness, a Crystalyn Kae handbag is unlike any other. These limited-editionhobos, totes and cross-body bags are functional works of art, created in a unique blend of materials to reflect your personal style. Whether you need a bag for work, play, baby or travel, Crystalyn's bags are durable enough to effortlessly carry everything you need: rain or shine. Designer Crystalyn Kae Kokorowski earned her BA degree in Apparel Design & … [Read more...]

Facebook Fan Me Friday: Week 7

Welcome to the seventh Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Saving with Sybil, Sassy Mama in LA, Great Contradictions, and Baby Costcutters.  This is a fun and quick way to find new blogs/business' as well as pick up fans for your blog/business. The rules are simple: 1. Like the four hosts on Facebook at the above links 2. Post ONLY your FACEBOOK URL (others will be deleted) 3. Like any other pages that look interesting to you! Note: You must use your PERSONAL PROFILE to like pages from the hop.  If you leave an update with your page tagged (type @pagenamehere) you will get a like back from the hosts and most others who join hops like this as well. Happy Hopping! Add your link below: … [Read more...]

@Piczzle: custom made jigsaw puzzle review & #giveaway

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Sponsored by Tomoson.com About Piczzle Piczzle Picture Puzzle service is an Internet-based retailing and manufacturing service of Custom Jigsaw Photo Puzzles. We strive to provide the best custom jigsaw puzzle service by creating a fun, dynamic and an interactive option for those who wish to capture precious life’s moments through a photo puzzle game – for themselves and for the ones they love. Piczzle's Cardboard Puzzles are made of outstanding materials, top craftsmanship and the highest print quality. They are constructed of a premium grade cardboard that has been laminated with a glossy finish. Our cardboard puzzles are precision press cut so that all pieces will be perfectly match one another and they are printed using an advanced digital printing technique that results in sharp, multicolored prints. Small Cardboard Puzzles are made of outstanding materials, top craftsmanship and the highest print quality. They are constructed of a premium grade cardboard that has been … [Read more...]

Why are companies i.e. @calpizzakitchen validating #glutenfree fad dieting over #Celiac Disease?

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Look at this picture Can you tell by looking at this picture which of us have Celiac Disease? We are people not lepers... Sometimes, I am so confused about how to properly keep my kids with Celiac Disease safe outside of the home both physically and emotionally.  I enjoy cooking for my family, but it should be okay to go out to eat (or at least get carryout) every so often.  However, more & more companies are making me question the validity of what gluten free means to them.  There are so many places with gluten free menus and we often end up contaminated even with the gf menu.  For example, take this recent post about California Pizza Kitchen from Boston Children's Hospital Celiac Support Group facebook page: "I called Brian Sullivan, who never returned my calls. I called customer service and they said they would look into it and call me back. When I didn't hear back, I called again. They said they couldn't help me. So I tweeted what had happened. Immediately after the … [Read more...]

Attending #blogher11 as @salsasensations delegate: Taking advantage of opportunites #salsablogher

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I consider myself to be a fairly ambitious person. However, in the world of blogging, sometimes it is hard to make it on the radar of worthwhile companies.  Ranks, followers, and so many more factors go into play on whether a brand will consider you.  When I found out Salsa Sensations Blogher 11 delegate contest, I thought what do I have to lose.  I had convinced myself I would go next year to Blogher until I heard about the contest.  As many of you know, after what seemed like an eternity, I was chosen to represent Salsa Sensations. I was ecstatic and then fear set in.  I had to start finding flights that worked, deciding what to wear, what did I want to do when I actually got there, and wondering if I could handle the intimidation of attending BlogHer has a newbie. Day 1:  Of course, the morning of our flight to San Diego my stomach was in knots.  While there are parts of my life that are quite flexible, I tried to micromanage many details of BlogHer.  The setback: I had never … [Read more...]

@beachbody RevAbs with @bretthoebel: Final Results!

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When life is busy, I have to admit that committing to 90 days of anything is difficult.  There are so many unexpected circumstances, but RevAbs has been my rock.  I have tried other exercise programs that left me feeling defeated from the start.  RevAbs gave me motivation with the challenge and results from start to finish.  If you are just now joining for my RevAbs journey, find the other posts here.  I have enjoyed the daily energy, strength, and motivation from RevAbs, so I am going to continue doing it.  Saturday at BlogHer I started my day at 6 am with bootcamp and yoga, both were challenging experiences.  Before doing RevAbs, I can't even imagine signing up for 1 of those activities let alone both back-to-back.  In bootcamp, I was able to lift heavier weights than I had in the past, actually do push-ups, lunges around the full length of a basketball court, and more exercises that I had considered myself too uncoordinated for in the past.  Yoga was intense especially after … [Read more...]