@Smarties for an allergy-friendly Valentine’s Day: Love Hearts, Extreme Sour, & some for you …oh my!

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4 years down the Gluten Free path and there is so much more for me to learn... Sending the boys to school was definitely one of the hardest decision I ever made.  Hunter has had pneumonia a few times thanks to gluten breaking down his immune system.  Before me, I had never really meant anyone dealing with food allergies or food restrictions at this level.  I find it funny how people talk about me like I am some SuperMom.  How do you do it? they say.  Like anyone else, I just do what needs to be done while trying to stay balanced between over-reacting & under-reacting. Friday afterschool, our oldest son walks to the car with this around his neck in celebration of 100th day of school, so what do I do? Fruit Loops are scary! He gets in the car. His younger brothers (both Celieacs) are mesmerized by the colorful necklace.  I take a deep breathe (while panicing in my mind).  Me: Dylan zip up your jacket, do not touch anything else, and do not give your brothers anything.  We get … [Read more...]

Last minute Allergy Friendly Puppy Chow Recipe #SuperBowl

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Whenever attending events, I always like to provide a gluten free treat. However, you want something that is allergen friendly as well as crowd friendly.  While the choices of nut butters can be overwhelming, I absolutely cannot resist the taste of Sunflower Seed Butter! Here is my twist on the well-loved Puppy Chow ... Ingredients: 1/2 c. Sunbutter (or other nut butter available) 1/4 c. butter 1 c. chocolate chips 1 tsp. vanilla 9 cups Rice Chex 3 c. powdered sugar* Directions: 1. Combine Sunbutter, butter, and chocolate chips until melted. Then, add vanilla. 2.  Put Chex in large bowl and pour chocolate mixture over it until thoroughly combined. 3.  Place powdered sugar in ziploc bag  (or covered container). Then, add in chocolate covered Chex mixture. Seal container & shake until evenly coated. 4. Enjoy! *If you cannot find gluten free powdered sugar, substitute a homemade version of 1/3 c. granulated sugar & 1/2 tsp. rice flour combined in food … [Read more...]

@drinkmayesa Healthy Chocolate to help you maintain healthy resolutions & a chance to get 6-pk

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Sponsored by Tomoson.com Every year we make different goals to help us become healthier.  The problem is if we don't plan ahead or make feasible plans to achieve our goal than we just get discouraged.   Product Description  Can chocolate and good health go together? It sure can when you drink Mayesa! Made from organic cacao, and full of antioxidants along with Omega 3 & 6, this chocolate drink is also soy-free and dairy-free. The "Mint" flavor is also gluten-free. Mayesa is a healthy chocolate drink for children and adults alike. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and it’s Good for you! Mayesa is made from organic cacao (the purest form of chocolate). We blend hemp protein, rice and select spices for an indulgent and satisfying taste experience. We provide you with a tasty source of fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and antioxidants. Our product is dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, has no cholesterol and no trans fats.  Cacao and hemp have been used for centuries … [Read more...]

Color, Click, Capture Photography Week 1 Challenge: Red is the color of…

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Welcome to Week 1 of Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted by East9thStreet and 4 other blogs! The color this week is RED. Red is a powerful color. Visually it just commands "Look at me!" and when wearing it you can't help feeling more confident! As I am coming back from my blogging break, I am working on making both my personal life and professional life better. It seems perfect that my favorite color is week 1 for Color, Click, Capture since I am wanting to perfect my photograhpy skills. I have become addicted to taking pictures. Of course, most of them are for my eyes only. Personally, I have been a nail biter for *gasp*gasp* over 20 years. It has been one of those addictions that drove me crazy, but I just couldn't stop. I had an incredibly stressful 2011, which makes me that much more proud of being a recovering nail biter! Anyways, red is the color that helps encourage my photography addiction while helping me beat my nail biting addiction... 4 mos. of "sobriety" … [Read more...]