Outshine Fruit Bars: Don’t just snack, Snack Brighter #RealFruitBar #shop

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Teaching my kids how to lead naturally healthy lives is important to me as a mother!  Of course, I would be lying if I didn't say some healthy choices take some convincing. However, my goal is for the choices to make  everyone happy as well as to make a habit they want to continue. I guess you could say that I want to build a healthy living foundation for my kids! This time of year when colds and flu really starts running wild keeping our auto-immune systems thriving for those dealing with auto-immune disorders is so important. Vitamin C is a great way to do just that so we try to offer healthy snacks that are great Vitamin C sources like Outshine Fruit Bars.  Give your kids the power to make choices while grocery shopping: When you help guide them to make a healthy snack choice like Outshine Fruit Bars...  Some of the frozen bar competitors offer little to no nutritional value, lots of sweeteners, and artificial flavors/colors. It's a win-win for parent and child! Label reading in … [Read more...]

KLUTCHclub: Monthly Subscription for health, wellness, & Fitness {Gluten Free too}

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Subscription services are turning up from everything to eco-friendly to wellness. The appeal is getting to try new products, but I have signed up for a few that I was really disappointed in just about everything in the box. When I heard about KLUTCHclub I was really intrigued! KLUTCHclub is a health and wellness subscription box company.The biggest problem with subscription services is that with food restrictions or allergies you can't always have the option of getting a completely gluten free box. About KLUTCHclub is a health and wellness subscription box company. Each month, we send our members a box full of supplements, nutritional bars, healthy snacks and beverages, personal care products, fitness DVDs or online memberships, and gift cards for fitness apparel and accessories that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Each box guarantees at least $50 worth of value for less than $18 per month. Our KLUTCHclub monthly boxes are geared towards men, women, and moms that don’t … [Read more...]

Fruti all natural fruit bars save the day as a mom-approved healthy snack #FreshNFruti #cbias

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Due to new regulations, I am obligated to let you know up front that this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Fruti & CBias Actions speak louder than words is how we teach our kids about healthy living! Showing our kids to make healthy choices should be something that we are able to make fun and help them to make these decisions on their own as they get older. My boys are now 3, 5, & 8. They have come to expect that mommy wants to keep them healthy with physical activity and healthy eating. During nice days, we walk the 1/2 mile to and from  school. As well as on the weekends, we make a point to always find ways to keep them active. This past weekend we participated in our first 5k as a family in the Color Run event! With media constantly promoting everything from sugary treats and drinks to fast food, children don't always get the right message. Seriously as I am writing this, there is a McDonald's commercial in the background that has my kids mesmerized. These … [Read more...]

How Gluten Free Brightens our Day! Could it yours too? Featuring Udi’s Gluten Free

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You can't seem to go anywhere without hearing about gluten free this and gluten free that. When we went gluten free over 5 years ago, the convenience factor of gluten free didn't quite exist and if it did the flavors were not right. Maybe it was due to where we were located, but we were forced to learn to adapt without the convenience foods. I know I have discussed our reasons for being gluten free before, but for those who are new to Great Contradictions: Meet Hunter (he's the one in the middle) Hunter is how I found out I had Celiac Disease after over 20 years of not knowing. I usually could not get my weight to 100 pounds, tired all the time, constitipated, upset stomach, bloated, chronic migraines, and a lot of other symptoms that no one had ever tried to get to the root cause of. Now back to Hunter...When he was 6 months old, we knew something was wrong because he was losing weight, really tired, and who can forget 10+ poops a day. When Hunter stopped sitting up and … [Read more...]

@YumEarth Holiday Gummy Bears Review & Giveaway #glutenfree #momsparkmedia

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Holidays are not an exception to the healthy rule in our house. However, I don't think we have to miss out on the fun of holiday treats. As a gluten free and peanut free house, I am always looking for products that provide healthy and allergy friendly choices. Last Easter, I found out about YumEarth (To see the YumEarth Sour Beans Review click here) On to the Holiday Gummy Bears... YumEarth tastes much better than mass produced chemical candy because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients to sweeten our lives & yours. YumEarth. Good for us. Good for Mother Earth. "Santa" knows that we don't take a break for the holiday so he can provide Mom-approved stocking stuffers rather than the traditional candy options.  Reaction: With our middle son having Celiac Disease, I am a huge fan of individual packages since we have to provide him snack 5 days a week. Obviously, adding the convenience with the all natural factor, I am already pleased with the … [Read more...]

Suggestions for Allergy-Friendly Easter @Smarties @YummyEarthCandy along with some #GlitternGlue & #EasterSmiles #cbias

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{Smarties are a safe allergy-friendly option}  {Yummy Earth Sour Beans}  {Elmer's Glitter n Glue ideas: pictured below my Easter wreath & find more suggestions via Elmer's on Pinterest} {Easter Bunny Coconut Cake} {Find Suggestions with Easter Smiles via CBSocially on Pinterest} Please note: This post is not compensated beyond original reviews just supporting great brands & bloggers. … [Read more...]

@YummyEarthCandy Naturals Sour Beans: Great for an allergy-friendly Easter! #momsparkmedia

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Jelly Beans are a staple of Easter, but most contain chemicals & probability of gluten cross-contamination not too mentions a lot of ingredients I don't want to give my kids... {label from unnamed jelly bean package} Thanks to Yummy Earth living a healthy lifestyle doesn't necessarily mean we have to leave behind candy... Reaction I am such a kid at heart. I have always loved sour candies so I may be biased. These are some of the best jelly beans I have ever tasted! When it comes to running a household with food restrictions and auto-immune disorders, we have to be more conscious of what we eat not just for contamination reasons, but for the sake of building up our immune system.I am allergic to peanuts on top of being a Celiac so when dealing with candy it always seems like it either has a possibility of peanuts or gluten. Hooray for Yummy Earth for creating a healthier version of a well-loved Easter favorite that exceeds expectations of what a jelly bean should be! They … [Read more...]

“Hopping” for an allergy-friendly Easter w/ @Smarties craft {treat for 3 lucky readers too}

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Smarties has proven to be a timeless classic from everyday pleasures to holidays (see Valentine's Day & Halloween). Did you know that Smarties has an Easter variety? Smarties are great for eating, but there are lots of fun ways to use & display Smarties. Try this easy diy easter bunny for a nice way to present Smarties.    Supplies socks (extra "green" credit for using unmatched socks) ribbon goggly eyes pom poms (nose & tail) pink & white foam sheets (cut into ear shape; white slightly bigger than the pink inset) Elmer's glue spots Smarties Easter Rolls 1. Place about 5-7 rolls of Smarties in sock to 'stuff" like a bunny. 2. Tie ribbon about an inch from the toe to make head. Glue eyes, pom-pom for nose, and foam ears with Elmer's glue spots (or your favorite adhesive). 3. Fold excess sock inside under Smarties Rolls to secure without looking bulky. 3. Glue larger pom-pom to end for the cotton tail :) a Rafflecopter … [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...]

Find out what’s to love about @RiegaFoods #glutenfree #blogmania2011 sponsor

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About Riega Foods A healthy lifestyle and trustworthy food is more than just a business strategy for Riega Foods – it’s a personal mission.  A number of our friends and family, including founder Brad Gampper’s wife, suffer from allergies and other food-related health issues.  Riega Foods was founded with the purpose of providing the finest and best tasting foods for family, friends and others with dietary needs. Riega Foods is a family owned business located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  We are dedicated to providing flavorful, high-quality and all natural foods that we’re proud to share.  We are committed to quality manufacturing processes that ensure all of our products can be enjoyed without worry.  If it says “Riega” and wears the “Gluten Free” stamp of approval, then you can be sure that every production lot has been quantitatively tested to ensure gluten free authenticity of under 20 ppm in every bite. You can find our products at many natural/health food stores, … [Read more...]