Friday, May 29, 2015

Challenge- Order, Save & Win!

As you know, Winona Pure Oils has been offering 15% off your entire order when you enter promo code nutrimom15. Sadly, this promotion will end on May 31...that's THIS Sunday at midnight! Is anyone else sad about this too?! They are a great company, I love their products and I am so grateful that they want to share the love with all of you with this savings code. But, as always, I am known to love to share with all of you too.

Here is my challenge to all of you this entire weekend-

If we can get 15 orders placed using nutrimom15 at Winona by midnight May 31st, I will host a giveaway. How simple and awesome is this? Not only are you getting their allergy-friendly oils at a discounted rate you will also be gearing up for a giveaway too! So what do you have to do? Simple-

  1. Go to anytime between now and midnight, May 31st (I would recommend NOT waiting until midnight because if you do, you may wind up slipping into Monday's date and then the savings promo won't apply- boo!)
  2. Fill your online cart with your choice of Winona Pure Oil products
  3. Enter nutrimom15 (all lowercase) to receive 15 % off your entire order  
  4. Visit Winona Pure's Facebook page (here ya' go) and leave a comment "Ordered & saved using nutrimom15!"
  5. Heck, while you're at it, why not go & comment on their Twitter page too! (It's nice, everybody likes comments- go HERE)
  6. Please remember to go to my pages, lovable (not) old Nutrimom & leave a comment too (Facebook) and/or (Twitter)
  7. SHARE!!! Let's go above & beyond and try to beat the 15 person goal- let's show Winona Pure that we appreciate their mission to provide pure, healthy allergy-friendly products AND that we would love to have a chance for a giveaway too. (Come on with all of the grilling and backyard barbecues coming up, think of the possibilities!)
Let's do this- who's up for the challenge? Get to it, the clock is ticking- Go, Go, GO!!!

You could be ordering this right now! 
*FREE of: Peanuts & Tree Nuts, Soy, Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Additives & Propellants 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Being Gluten Free & Well is an Event!

Events and expos- what do these words mean to you? Most people probably don't give it a second thought. Maybe it's a furniture show, maybe there are clothes or shoes discounted..or maybe it's even better because it's gluten free! It's sad to say that so many still have not heard about the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event so in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, I thought this would be the perfect time to tell everyone about it. Food allergies can be tricky enough but one of my favorite things is seeing the look of excitement mixed with relief from people who have just found out about these yearly events. I mean, where else can you go to get free samples, find and taste new allergy-friendly products and meet great people that share your passions as well?!

Talk about choices and this wasn't even all of them! Click here for the complete list

The cutest SunButter fans ever!
So, What is it?! I attended my first Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event last August in Raleigh (recap here) and I have to tell you, it was just amazing. Yes, the samples and freebies are always a plus but for me, the best thing that I get in return is meeting people and leaving with that renewed sense of passion for food allergies. For others, it could be as simple as having a safe day out with their family, being able to watch cooking demonstrations and eat allergy-friendly goodies or learning about how wellness is about everything, even beyond our foods. It can also be about meeting some of those people who have been a part of your online community as well. I was honored to meet up with the Harris family who came to find me & say hello. Not only did I get to give them all SunButter samples to take home but I have to say that this is one lucky food allergy mother- I was so impressed how many times her husband complimented her for all of the hard work for being so vigilant and keeping her children safe from allergens. To see and hear a husband being so supportive and letting her (and me) know that he appreciates what she does for their children was honestly just so endearing. He's a keeper!

The Harris Family- awesome!

The Event Inspires Camaraderie Not only does it bring so many different facets of the gluten free food allergy world together but it also unites people that have known each other for awhile but were not able to meet up until something like the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event. As an official part of the event's blogger team, we get to gather the night before the event and have dinner. This is usually filled with hugs upon hugs, laughter and brand new ways to bounce off ideas on how to further help other people that need continuing product information in their every day lives. But this year..this year was different. This was the first time that included an official gfJules bake-off! GF Mom Certified (Tiffany Hinton) and I had a muffin throw-down (not really because who in their right mind would ever waste a good gluten free product?!) It was all in good fun & I have already been challenged to another one in August. Luckily, the judges could not decide so I will have to wow them the next go-round (thanks JustinPam!)

Stuff & Sponsors I am always intrigued by the new products that I get to taste, find and the great people that I meet (both those that I have already met and those I haven't). Although there are a handful of sponsor booths that I took a photo of, I definitely encourage everyone to go to the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event site to see ALL of the great people that were there. There was not one single vendor or person that I met that didn't make me feel uneducated about the food or items that they had with them. The table reps were all very upbeat, knew their products and were more than willing to answer questions about what is safe for your allergens. Plus, they were all pretty darn tasty, goodness! I do have a few personal favorites from that day but I will keep that my secret.

Great News, There are Still MORE Events for 2015 In case you missed the first few events for this year, there are five more events that anyone can attend. Please check the Twitter and Facebook page as well because sometimes, you can even enter to get free tickets! (Hey, we all love free things, I'm not too proud to admit it). Here are the remaining events-

Hope to see some of you in August! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Easy, Elegant & Gluten Free

Let's talk about May- Did you know that the month of May is full of many wonderful food allergy awareness movements? The entire month of May is Celiac and Asthma Awareness Month and the week of May 10-16th is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Of course, my favorite is May 10th - Mother's Day. Too often, food allergies and sensitivities are seen by others as a burden, as an inconvenience- even as a curse. What can you do to help make others aware that adjusting your foods can actually be delicious and just as easy to prepare as any other food? The first step in accomplishing this is-

Understanding. When your cooking and eating habits need to be revamped than so does your patience, especially in the kitchen. Learning to cook gluten free and allergy-friendly takes a little extra time in the beginning for everyone. On the days that you have your best intentions at heart and you gather your family to work on a meal together, try to remember that both adults and children need a little extra time to learn the new process. Our family has found this to be an inspiration to show us how we can create unique recipes that we may not have thought of before.

Volunteer to show others what you have learned so that they can learn too. People are intrigued when you give them options, who wouldn't be? It's even better when you share cooking tips and see them become pleasantly surprised when they taste it, like it and know that they can also make it. Cooking with food allergies is the newest twist on get-together recipes swaps so why not wow them in the process?

Lemon Coconut Bon Bons
Bamboo Cutlery & Bamboo Cone provided by Restaurantware

Get out of your kitchen and let them in. This is difficult for even me to do- come one mom's, is it me or is the kitchen "your space"? When there's too many hands helping it's almost like an invasion of our special spot. If someone wants to help, let them. Cooking should be fun, relaxing, and a way for everyone to take over a familiar space in a good way. Each time I give a small piece of what I feel is my responsibility, the more I learn to relax about our foods and know that what I am sharing is being learned.

Frolic while cooking- do you ever do this? I personally find that playing music while inventing new recipes and even cooking with my children makes me relax more and stress less. And very often, it leads to dancing and singing by whoever else is in there with you. It also gives the meaning play with your food a different level. And, frolicking is absolutely allergy-friendly. 

Cookie Cups 
Easy video tutorial here
Bamboo Leaf Plate & Mini Bamboo Steamer provided by Restaurantware

Remember that there will always be dishes- always! I wrote a post on this (here) because there are many days that we wake up and just don't want to see any more dishes, ever! But over time, I realized why there were always dishes- because I was cooking more, I was learning to eat better and I was nourishing my family. And although I still have random days that I am less than thrilled to see constant items piled in my kitchen sink, I have learned that it's more about accepting the new and understanding that you don't (and can't) do everything, all of the time.

Even your husband and children can cook. No, seriously. Most mothers will shake their heads at this thought but I have proof. Since Mother's Day is on the top of my list, I decided to share some fast, gluten free recipes that are elegant yet easy so that Dad and the kids can show mom some gluten free love with simplicity.

Wafer Fleur
Easy video tutorial here
Red Heart Bamboo Skewers provided by Restaurantware
Eat! Try what other people make for you, make some of those recipes that you always said you would try- the world is full of so many foods that most of us haven't even begun to try yet. Are you afraid to try something new in case it turns out badly? Think about how many times you had to prepare your favorite meal before it was perfect- it's the same thing but with a different type of that ingredient. 

Having to change your foods and lifestyle, whether it be gluten free, multiple food allergies or even food intolerances should be a life-changing event- it has been for us and I am thankful for it! As I recently explained to someone else, the food allergy community is like an endless online family and I am grateful for every single person that I come into contact with. I wish the same for all of you & your families~

*Need the recipes? Simply click on the recipe titles to get an instant PDF :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Enjoy Life Foods Motherload Giveaway!

Mother's Day fast approaches and what is one thing that (most) moms usually get the short end of the deal on? Treats! Not the leftovers, not the crumbs that are in the bottom of the bag but their own special stash of treats for them and them only. Me being a food allergy mother, I know this all too well. Of course, all mothers are more than willing to give up those goodies for their children. But come on, Sunday is Mother's Day and it's time to give a mom something that she not only wants but deserves. This is not selfish, it's not greedy- it's simply an Enjoy Life Foods Plentils giveaway known as
The Motherload Giveaway!!!

Wait- did I just hear you correctly?! You don't know what Plentils are? Our family had our first taste-testing back in 2012 and even then, I loved to come up with different ways to use Plentils (See it here). They are delicious just as they are but you know me- I like to play with my food and I encourage everyone to do the same too. But if you want the technical description, let's share what's on Enjoy Life Food's website "Plentils- Chips with benefits. From ancient times to the present, the lentil has been one of the best sources of plant-based protein and is a staple in diets throughout the world. Enjoy Life has captured the essence of this vital legume's all natural goodness and turned it into a unique, protein-packed, crunchy experience. Every Plentils chip bursts with flavor and is a truly tasty "better-for-you" treat.

Back to to details- what does one lucky mother win? One winner will get the same amount of Plentils as shown below.

How do you enter to win? Starting today, I will post this picture daily. Comment on how many bags you think are in the picture AND comment on why you love Plentils. It's that simple. BUT- you may have noticed that there are both large and small bags in the picture above so BE SPECIFIC! 

Use Twitter? Please comment & retweet using #ELFMotherload.

Please remember to SHARE as sharing is nice and all moms deserve a chance to get this lovely prize!

How Many Times Can I Enter? You can enter as many times as you want too but only the entries that are correct (or) closest to the number of bags in the picture above will be considered for the winner. The winner will be either the person that guesses correctly or is the closest. If I have more than one person with the correct guess (or the same number closest) I will choose from those entries. 

When Will the Winner Be Announced? The contest ends on Thursday May 7th, entries will be taken until 12 PM. The winner will be shared on Friday May 8th on my Facebook page, Twitter and other media sites. Items will not be received by Mother's Day but think about how great it will be to get that big box of Plentils as an extra gift.

A big thank you to the wonderful people at Enjoy Life Foods for not even hesitating to say they would be more than happy to send these out to someone. (They are always good like that!) 

Congratulations Tammy! 
So how many bags of Enjoy Life Foods Plentils are in the picture? 
There are 8 Large Bags and 14 Small Bags (Tammy was very close- one of her entries was 8 Large and 15 Small)

(This means that is also the number of bags that YOU will be getting, Tammy! Please email me at with your shipping information and Plentils flavors so my lovely Enjoy Life Foods reps can get those delivered to you ASAP.)