Here’s to 2015

Happy New Year!

Wow … what a year 2014 was! Is it just me, but does a year seem to fly by for everyone out there? Now that I have two very busy kids, and well, a very busy life, I realize that a year is not a long time at all. Sometimes I wish I could freeze time. Instead, I have learned to live each moment of each day. I have learned to appreciate what I’ve got in front of me right now and not to always want something more. That’s a tough one … the wanting part. But, I try to keep my life in perspective each day and I realize that always wanting something more or different teaches you to not appreciate … life. Everyday when I tuck my kiddies in at night, I look at them and I tell them I love you. Sometimes I’m that creepy Mom who sneaks into their rooms after they’re asleep and I sit there on the edge of the bed and just watch them sleep. Taking this time reminds me of how blessed I am to have them as my children. Even though there are times during the day, when the screaming is happening, or the arguing is intense between them, I am so thankful that we have them. I am blessed to have this super tight family. We love each other and hubby and I do our best to teach our children to love and respect each other. Yes, somedays the lesson is harder to teach than others, but we do our best! So, watching them sleep at night is my moment where I can just appreciate what I’ve got, right in front of me. I love being that creepy Mom. Continue reading “Here’s to 2015”

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What’s in a name?

Some of you out there may be asking … what’s with the name? I always find it interesting to know how someone picks a name for something that is so near and dear to them. I’m passionate about this blog. I love being able to share my story with people and to know that maybe, just maybe, I’ve helped someone who is struggling, just like I was. You see, I struggled for a long time when I was first told our family had to go gluten free, dairy free and soy free. I wanted to cry, and so I did. And, after I was done, I thought, I can do this. I’m intelligent, strong and depending on who you talk to, stubborn. I like a good challenge and so instead of seeing this as a set back, I saw it as a challenge. I always said, life gave me lemons and I need to figure out how to make my lemonade. Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

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The Gluten Free Kid on Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching. It’s one of my favourite times of the year. The kids and I always have a blast. I like to dress up with the kids, yes, hubby thinks I’m a tad bit crazy! But, I like to have fun just as much as the next kid does! You might be asking how we deal with Halloween when we have kids with food allergies. I have to admit, it was a challenge at first, but now it’s just become something else we just deal with. The boy and the girl both love Halloween … Seriously, is there any kid out there that doesn’t? Seeing as we started this gluten free, dairy free, soy free journey early on in the kids’ lives, it’s made events that surround food a little easier to deal with. Both kids understand that every year when we go out Trick or Treating 95% of their bags will be filled with things that they can’t eat. They get it. Honestly, the first time that we went out for Halloween and we came home with a giant bag of candy that the boy couldn’t consume, there were a few tears. Actually, more than a few, try like a total sobfest. It was heartbreaking to watch, but it was my fault for not being prepared. Continue reading “The Gluten Free Kid on Halloween”

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The Places to Shop

I’ve received several requests from people asking where I do most of my shopping. I can tell you that I’ve got grocery shopping down to a science. I can probably tell you the best place to buy your GF items and I’m even a bit of a nerd (keep  the comments to yourselves!) and I can tell you when they are on sale too!

I do the bulk of my shopping at Superstore. They tend to have the most items in one location and I can get it all done in one swoop. They have a great Natural Foods isle where I find my Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks and Enjoy Life Mini Chips. Those two items are important to have on hand as I tend to bake whenever I get the notion … so I have to be well prepared at all times. In case you’re wondering … they are also the best value at Superstore. The other thing that I like about Superstore is that they also carry my favourite brand of Coconut milk – Silk Vanilla. Charlotte drinks this by the galloon and I like to use it in my baking as well. It’s a lot thicker than rice milk and I prefer the taste as well. The other item that I stock up on at Superstore is my Earth Balance Soy Free Spread. It’s the cheapest there and they always seem to have some on hand. They also have a large selection of frozen GF items … like breads, waffles, bagels, pizzas, etc. I must admit that I prefer to bake all my own GF stuff. It is difficult to find GF items that are also free from dairy and soy. Superstore does also carry some fresh GF cookies, but they do contain soy. The other item that I tend to stock up on is Piller’s breakfast ham and breakfast sausages. They are free from the top 8 allergens and have a really nice flavour to them. I’ve been eating turkey bacon for years and years and I’ve never been able to convert hubby from the real deal. But, that all changed when I found Piller’s. He loves it as much as the kids and I do! They also carry a large selection of GF cereals … Rice Krispies and Chex to name a few. Continue reading “The Places to Shop”

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Am I crazy? Not a chance. It’s the gluten.

I read a story today online about a young  girl who experienced similar problems to what Mr. O did before we started this gluten free journey. My heart went out to that poor child, her Mom and the rest of her family who lived in their own little gluten “hell”. I can tell you first hand that it’s not a place you ever want to experience. Especially with a child. We did and no matter how trying or difficult our gluten free life can be, we are not going back there. Ever. Period.

Oliver was the most precious baby. He had beautiful, big brown eyes. I remember him looking up at me right after he was born and I was smitten. He was gorgeous. We were so happy to have this healthy, amazing baby after waiting so long. I was instantly in love. But being in love doesn’t change the fact that Mr. O’s life was full of trying moments from the get go. He was a crier. He cried a lot. No, I mean A LOT. I remember sitting up for hours and hours at night with him, rocking in a chair and pacing the floor. Continue reading “Am I crazy? Not a chance. It’s the gluten.”

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