Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Just Because You're All Awesome

Have you all been following the mega amounts of giveaways this month? Here, there, everywhere- all in the name of Celiac Awareness and Food Allergy Awareness month. I could end the month but it occurred to me that all of you follow me; you support my sites by visiting, sharing and commenting and that alone makes me just need to give all of you at least one more chance to win one of my favorite products. I appreciate all of you so if I can give back even more, I am going to. Besides, I have never heard anyone claim " A chance to win free stuff? Nah, I'll pass."

Health Inside & Out I thought it was just as important to give away an allergy-friendly product that wasn't food. Why? Because having food allergies means checking everything- EVERYTHING! This means what you use in every day life too like the supplements that you ingest and the products that you put onto your skin. Think about it- anything that goes into your stomach must be allergen free but are you also reading labels for all of the items that are touching your skin too? Skin is porous aka "Welcome allergens, come on in!" So you can imagine why I felt that sharing SeabuckWonders would be the perfect end to a really great month of allergy awareness and sharing. Are you all shrugging your shoulders, asking what SeabuckWonders is? Here, let me make it simple:

Oh come on, it's cute and funny! And it's almost the holiday weekend so let's all get a little silly and relax and let's have fun! But safe fun. No allergens. Luckily, entering this contest only requires you using a computer or your favorite electronic device to push keys and/or buttons and that's pretty safe. 

Soooo, Sea Buckthorn?!Whaaaa? I know, I did the same thing when I found SeabuckWonders. Quick brief intro: 
  • SeabuckWonders Sea Buckthorn has 4 omegas (3,6,9 and 7, which is rare)
  • Their products have multiple healing aspects (there's, like a gazillion but go here and you'll see)
  • SeabuckWonders products are Kosher certified, Vegan, Non-GMO, gluten free and plant-based
  • PLUS, the skincare products smells divine (like light citrusy-orange)
IF You Enter you will have a chance to win this

Hair, Skin & Nails and Facial Cream
I use these products every single day (actually, I use a few more as well) and they make my skin silky smooth and make me feel...well, like a goddess. (Yes, some may say I'm being snobbish but if you go to my article here, you will understand). 

Onward to the Giveaway! It's going to be short and sweet, my wonderful peeps. I know most of you will be outside, cooking, swimming, eating and whatever is the farthest place away from the computer. The contest will begin Wednesday May 24th and end Friday May 26th at midnight EST. One winner will be chosen at random and that winner will be announced on Tuesday May 31st (because that's when we are all back at our computers). Open to residents of the United States and Canada. If the winner doesn't come forth within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen at random. Neither myself of SeabuckWonders will share any of your personal information with anyone because that's mean and annoying and not good business practice. 

So, go here to enter NOW (and share/repost/tweet as it's the best way to help us get another giveaway in the future plus sharing is caring). 

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Not sure if SeabuckWonders is the right product for you? Visit them at www.SeabuckWonders.com for more information and be sure to follow them to get up to date information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

Thank you to SeabuckWonders for all that you do and for being a part of this giveaway. SeabuckWonders products are Nutrimom approved ~

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PUREly the Way To Win

This is Chef Kieth Norman

 In addition to being the Food Safety Manager& Assistant Executive Chef at South Point Hotel & Casino, he has worked with wonderful organizations such as FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Team) and The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference and is sought after for his multiple strengths in food allergy awareness. He cooks, he speaks, he "chefs" and he helps to keep us all safe. This is one person that I would trust to cook for my son with multiple food allergies and that's saying a lot.  Why am I so excited for him? Chef Keith is THE go-to allergy aware chef within the food allergy community. He lives and breathes food allergy safety and THIS Friday May 20th Chef Keith Norman will be on Fox5 Las Vegas (KVVU- TV) where he will discuss Food Allergy Awareness Month. In this segment, he will showcase some of the products that are available to those who have food allergy needs. Tune in and watch closely because Chef Keith will be using Winona Pure Oil during his segments (a little birdie told me you may even see it in action!). Heck, send them a message telling them you are waiting to see Chef Kieth!

Winona Pure Oil is a product that I found myself a few years ago. While reaching for a can of spray oil, I was angry that so many brands marketed themselves as healthy and pure but most of them contain ingredients that can be very harmful such as soy, additives and propellants. Winona Pure Oil is just oil- nothing else so when you use it, you are truly cooking healthier and safer. As a mom, I love the multiple products that they offer so that my family's meals can get the full benefit of using several different oils for our dietary needs. The nozzle of the can allows me to spray it, drizzle it or be able to measure out an accurate amount of oil for any recipe that I am cooking or baking.

Are YOU Ready to Win Some?!
In honor of Chef Keith showcasing Winona Pure Oils this Friday and in the spirit of Food Allergy Awareness Month, I am excited to host a giveaway where 2 people will be able to try Winona Pure Oil for themselves. It's always nice to find a product in a store near you but we all know that winning some free product is always better (admit it- free is good but allergy-friendly free is the best).

Win This!

EACH winner will receive 1 Winona Pure Oil t-shirt (choice of black, grey or white) just like the t-shirts that NutriDaughter & I wore for the GFAF Expo...only, not those t-shirts because that would be very yucky and most unprofessional. I promise each winner will get their own brand new, crisp, clean Winona Pure Oil t-shirt.

And Win This!
Each winner will also get an official Winona Pure Oil pen. Think of all of the recipes and cooking notes that you can use this for! Notice the very cool reasons I have listed in the picture to the right of why you need this pen. But before you get too excited about the t-shirts and the pen, there's more! (and, am I the only one who is having a Steve Martin flashback .."All I need is this pen"...yes? Ok...)

Win These Too!
AND each winner will get 1 can of Winona Pure Oil Olive, Coconut Oil and Popcorn Butter Spray. FYI- the Popcorn Butter Spray is dairy free.. I bet you were just shaking your head saying  "Oh no, I can't have that!" well yes you can! "But Nutrimom, what does it taste like?" It tastes very similar to the popcorn butter that you get when you go to the movies or that yummy, buttery taste on your favorite popped popcorn minus the calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat. Yup, it has none of those. In fact, none of the Winona Pure Oils have any of that so how excited are you now? Are you jumping up and down? Are you wishing that I would stop typing so you could just enter the contest? Alright... I'll stop.

Enter Here

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest will run Thursday May 19th - Friday May 20th at 11:59 PM. Open to everyone in the United States and Canada. Two winners will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter giveaway entries (above) and the winners will be announced Monday, May 23nd. If either of the winners does not claim their prize within 48 hours, alternate winner(s) will be chosen. No purchase necessary. We will not use your contest entry information for anything except the contest because nobody likes to get spam mail forever. Remember to share because the more sharing and comments we get, the more Winona Pure Oils will be likely to agree to another giveaway.

Thank you to the wonderful & supportive people at Winona Pure Oils for being a trusted product for so many years that is true to their word. Special hugs to Chef Keith Norman for doing what he does best- always on the path to help other <3

Congratulations to our contest winners

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

You MAY Win a Contest!

Many people say that the holidays come but just once a year. I don't believe this. To me, anytime there is a chance of getting a gift, I consider that a holiday as well. Being part of the food allergy community, I am grateful to say that our community is the best at sharing, giveaways and making sure that everyone always has a ton of chances to win allergy-friendly items throughout the year. I am also grateful to be a part of it all, big or small, to help anyone that needs it (and, I love giving gifts to people, so win-win).

With May representing the food allergy world on so many levels, I am excited to announce that I have partnered with the wonderful peeps at Enjoy Life Foods and we have four weeks of chances to learn new ways to use Enjoy Life Foods, spread awareness and, of course, choose one lucky winner for GIFTS! ....in case you didn't hear me- SOMEBODY WILL WIN STUFF & THINGS! So, you ready for the details? Good!

Details. Tell Us. Now Please
Every Tuesday for four weeks, I will share a video with a theme. I will be sharing some simple ways to use Enjoy Life Foods products that will fit into your family's life with food allergies, intolerance and/or Celiac Disease. I would love for all of you to comment, share, enter the Rafflecopter contest entry (below) and participate as much as you can each week. The most important thing to remember is to always include #MayFreely in your comments. Why? This gives us a heads-up that you want to be entered (I don't want anyone to miss a contest entry!) and it helps spread awareness of the contest.

Um, Prizes?!
Enjoy Life Foods will send the winner a gift basket valued at $25 chock full of their yummy, delicious products AND I will also be shipping a box of kitchen goodies as well as a copy of my ebook The Stepping Stones To Food Allergies, a resource guide to the initial stages of food allergies including taste-tested allergy-friendly products, ingredient and company information, kitchen must-have's, substitution lists, recipes and other helpful information (Pssst! Enjoy Life Foods happens to be in it).

So, Like, When?
Begins:  Tuesday May 3rd
Where:  Right in the comfort of your own computer and/or mobile device
(Be sure and watch for a new weekly video on Facebook and YouTube)
Ends:    Saturday May 28th

The winner will be announced on May 30th. Contest open to residents in the US and Canada only. Please see complete terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter contest entry form.

Week 1 Video "Say It"- watch HERE

Week 2 Video "Sip It" - watch HERE

Week 3 Video "Serve It" - watch HERE
* Need MORE ways to use Enjoy Life Foods pizza crust mix? Go HERE (I promise, you'll love it!)

Week 4 Video - "Share It" - watch HERE

Ready? Enter HERE!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone! 
Special thanks to Enjoy Life Foods for sponsoring this contest and for always having the food allergy community at heart 



Thursday, April 28, 2016

How Do YOU Use Your Food?

I have a strange sense of humor, I have odd thoughts about food, recipes and what to do with them and yet, I feel compelled to share them with all of you. Continually. I am annoying like that...well, maybe not annoying- persistent? But what I do each and every day, through every recipe and every silly video is because I want everyone to love their foods and have fun with the foods that they can eat. I refuse to believe that people's diets are limited. I refuse to believe that people feel discouraged because of their food allergies and intolerance. THAT is why I do what I do- I want to help. I NEED to help and I can't help myself when someone starts to debate it with me. It makes me itchy-twitchy and then I run home and brainstorm on 15,000 ways on how to help that person, regardless of whatever else I am in the midst of. Sometimes, I feel like Dr. House or the dog from "Up". You can even ask my family- I will be in mid-sentence and just stop, running away to write something down. Maybe a little bit rude but like I said- I can't help it.

Last April, I posted an article on how to upcycle the packaging on one of my favorite gluten free brands Glutino (If you are new to my blog or missed it, simple click here). This year, I wanted to offer yet another way to reuse some of their products. I mean, sometimes how you use your foods is by taking a step back, looking at the product and trying to see what a child would see. That is the way that I find some of my most simple, easy, food-sharing ideas. Don't over think it.

New Wave Enviro Lunchkit
OOOOh, I See Who has had the Glutino Sesame Rings? I have, I have! I love them but I also love sharing them. How do I share my love? Each and every day I pack lunches for my family. Most of the time, there's really nothing fancy going on but every once in awhile, I like to hide a little something special inside. My kids love finding what I pack and I've heard reports that it's become a daily ritual with NutriDaughter's friends, waiting to see what allergy-friendly items she has. So what if my little food surprise is not in the form a a usual treat? What if it's, well, right in plain site? Yes, I'm talking about an edible napkin ring. It IS that easy! Come on, take a poll- I bet nobody else has one in their lunch. It's like the Sesame Rings are multitasking- the story of a mere gluten free ring, laying quietly inside it's package, just waiting to see the light of day when someone finally opens the box. Then, the box opens and in the midst of feeling the fresh air, the Sesame Ring jumps onto the napkin to ensure that the lunch box is neat, tidy and delicious. The Sesame Ring knows that not many foods can achieve this and still stay crunchy. Mission accomplished.

Speaking of Multitasking How many times have you picked up some birthday balloons for a friend, then realized that you need to buy one of those annoying silver balloon weights? Come on- you know you hate to spend the money on it. You know you will most likely never use it except, maybe once again. It will be left on the table or tossed into the trash. It is a purchase that we silently kick ourselves for getting. I am not here to judge you but rather, save you. Next time, stand up for yourself and say no to that horrid little lump of whatever it is that they put inside the shiny, silver NASA blanket looking foil stuff! Instead, take a package of your favorite Glutino treats and put them to work for you. Since many of Glutino's crunchy little guys come in silver packaging, this is your key to an instant balloon anchor that is also an extra gift of gluten free treats for the person you are giving them too.
Step 1: Gently open the bag, making sure not to rip it
Step 2: Cut off the very top of the silver packaging (it just looks better)
Step 3: Throw that cut off piece into the recycling bin so your mom doesn't yell at you for leaving it on the counter for her to clean up
Step 4: Tie with your favorite curling ribbon
Step 5: Attach the balloons and proudly present your unique, edible, delicious gift

You will note that the foil is silver which allows for universal gifts- men, women, children, birthdays, holidays, baby showers....shall I continue? Love your foods, treat them with respect and they will do the same.

In the words of Julia Child 
"People who love to eat are always the best people

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Anaphylaxis Risk- Watch & See NOW

Many of us that have food allergies or know someone that has food allergies knows the word anaphylaxis. Many of us probably even know the definition "An extreme response to an allergen. A life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is a severe reaction to a specific allergen, or allergic trigger. Common triggers can include but are not limited to food, biting or stinging insects, medications and latex." * But how many of us have actually witnessed some of the warning signs or the actual event of anaphylaxis? How many of us skate around the discussions as if it's simply a word but not actually something that will happen because we have not seen it in full force?

I understand that not everyone needs to see things to believe them to be true. However, I have found that when it comes to certain situations, people MUST see things that they may not want to see to show them the depth of a situation, regardless of the severity. Most of us are visual learners and most of us will react or prepare ourselves more if we were to see something that will instantly connect us to our own personal situation. Fear is not power but knowledge is. I invite all of you to view the newest commercial showing a true to life anaphylactic reaction right now and I ask that you comment & tell me your thoughts about it.

(If your device is not showing you the above video, you may also view it by clicking here)

Photo courtesy of FaceYourRisk.com
Face Your Risk  This commercial will begin airing today and is part of the newest website FaceYourRisk.com that is aimed at helping everyone understand the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction. As you will see when you visit the site, the pages are interactive. As you scroll down, each scroll shows allergic information and shows the progression of what happens during an allergic reaction. The family-friendly illustrated pages make understanding a little less frightening while still show us how to spot an allergic reaction and how to treat it to lessen the possibility of a reaction turning into a life-threatening situation. There have been so many reports deaths over the years that were allergic tragedies and this effects each of us, every day. It doesn't matter if the child that didn't have the proper medications wasn't your child- it still snaps us back into reality. Every story instantly makes us aware of how necessary it is to know what to do, to be prepared and to make sure that the person with the allergy and those around them know what to do to save one more life. It may not be your child but in your heart, most of us feel as if it is. In real life, if I saw this happening to your child or your family member, I would not hesitate to treat them as if they were my own family and help them, immediately.

I encourage all of you to view the commercial above as well as the website at FaceYourRisk.com . Share it with your family, coworkers, school staff or anyone who is in your allergy support network. Allergies are scary but learning the facts, learning how to prevent them and learning how to prepare yourself should not be.

*Anaphylaxis definition as described at EpiPen.com

In the past, I received materials and information for providing my thoughts and ideas to Mylan. All comments made by me about medical treatments or Mylan are at my own discretion and based on my own opinion. #materialconnection

* as found at Epipen.com

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Allergy Medications Can Be a Part of Earth Day

Every year, there is a national Earth Day to encourage each and every one of us to help save our planet. I love the ideas that pop up in the media and I am grateful for those who take extra strides to become a part of new solutions to show earth that we appreciate it. My question to you is- why is it just one day? Why not take an active part in helping decrease the gazillion amounts of waste that are slowly taking over our earth every single day? I know we are busy, I know we all have jobs and lives and "stuff" but if we can reteach ourselves new routines in what we already do, it's billions of people doing at least one thing each day, everywhere. Ripple in a pond- each person does make a difference.

This brings me to how our allergies can be a part of Earth Day and then, every day. How many of us just throw away unused or expired medications? How many of us toss the empty (or expired but not empty) asthma inhaler cartridges into the garbage? These are all things that add up greatly. Especially since we all know that allergies continue to increase every year therefore so do the medications needed for them. This year, I looked at my son's expired asthma inhaler and as I opened the garbage, I stopped. I recycle everything... EVERYTHING so why was I going to throw this away? I needed some advice from someone that I could trust so I reached out to my favorite local pharmacist Gunar Stowers at Robinhood Family Pharmacy. I have to say, Gunar (as always) was eager to help. Check out how he explains what to do:

(Is your computer wonky and not letting you view the video above? Just click here)

Brag About YOUR Allergy Medications! Tell me how you recycle your allergy medications or comment and tell me what changes you will make to help out the earth. Share this post with a friend to increase the ripple. Then sit back and smile while the waves of karma come back to you <3

Happy Earth Day friends

If you are local, please stop in and talk to the lovely staff at Robinhood Family Pharmacy- I promise you will not find a more dedicated, caring full service pharmacy to trust with your family's needs. Let them know that Nutrimom sent you :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Your Best Mate- Allergies

Most people who carry EpiPens may have noticed the new and stylish holders that you receive when you register your EpiPen- all gone is the black, zipper pouch with the logo and in it's place is a stylish, bright mini backpack-looking holder that does cheer you up. BUT....yes, there is a but. As nice as this option is, try telling a 14 year old boy that this is still cool. Better than a fannie pack but still not as discreet as the long-lost Auvi-Q (read here). To be honest (because you know I am...I am from Jersey and I just have a big mouth) our family would not hesitate to use whatever shape or form epinephrine was available in the case of an allergic reaction. Who wouldn't?! But when your Freshman son with multiple food allergies starts hiding his EpiPen holder in his backpack and trying to leave the house and almost "forget" it then an alarm goes off inside of an allergy mom's head. My thoughts zoom to the countless deaths that have happened over the years because epinephrine was not on or near the people who needed it. I Then go into big mouth Jersey mode, begin my mom-rant and begin to loudly remind my son how he cannot, under any circumstances, ever be anywhere without all of his medications. Period. End of story. This is a deal breaker and should he try to pull a fast one on me, then I will promptly shut down his media outlets, lock him in the house until he is 35 and that will be that (Not really but I'm sure so many other parents have the same thoughts).

My son has multiple food allergies (eggs, peanuts, watermelon, shellfish, uncooked dairy and Prednisone) as well as asthma. This means always having two epinephrine auto-injectors, an asthma inhaler, antihistamine packets, a copy of his allergy plan and his MedicAlert bracelet. And honestly, this is a lot for any young person to have to accept each and every day. For the most part, until this year when he entered High School, he rarely complained about it (even through the fannie pack days). Not bad for a kid who has self-carried since Third Grade.

Always Find a Solution This is my philosophy with almost anything, but especially with food allergies. I am not that "woe is me" food allergy parent and I don't knock anyone who is because we all need to deal with food allergies in our own way. So after I was done with my second or third mommy rant, I decided to stop yelling and begin thinking. Then I got an email from AllerMates. I adore their products and I was excited when they asked if I would mind sharing my thoughts on a product of theirs. I was a little nervous since NutriSon is older and I wasn't sure if they were age-appropriate for him but then there is was- my solution! One of the products they offer is a solid black Allergy Medicine Carrying Case (happy dance). AND, it has room for an asthma inhaler as well! The same size of NutriSon's EpiPen holder but solid black...you know how teenagers love the color black to be cool. When it arrived, I even got approval from NutriSon and there was no coaxing or yelling involved. As you can see, the case from AllerMates also comes with an emergency contact information card and extra pockets to tuck away other necessities. There is an elastic strap to make sure NutriSon's inhaler stays put and doesn't float to and fro inside the case. Neat, organized, efficient and High School acceptable. I would share a picture of NutriSon wearing it but, as you probably have noticed, he is rarely in any of my pictures since he strongly dislikes photos.

Use Your Resources Another word of advice that I recommend to everyone. Food allergies can be confusing, overwhelming, frightening but they can also be a way to transform your life in a positive way. AllerMates also covers other resources that everyone may need to reduce that tension and share that they are there to help as well. Like what? How about all of this:

Photo courtesy of AllerMates

Be Your Own Mate The great thing about food allergies is that it can empower you to do great things. Always be proud of yourself or the person that you know who has food allergies- they are their own superhero (After all, who else has the superpower to defend themselves from a deadly food with knowledge and epinephrine)! Because everyone has their own way of gathering information, AllerMates can be reached in multiple ways: their website AllerMates.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube - choose one or choose all but most importantly, choose what will help you.

Photo courtesy of AllerMates
Thank you to AllerMates for reaching out to have me share my thoughts, I am honored to have been asked. I did not receive any compensation other than the product as my thoughts and opinions are my own.