29 with 19 Years’ Experience

Happy Birthday Meme

Somehow, I don’t think 48 candles will fit on a gluten-free birthday cake as they tend to be on the small side. LOL

I certainly don’t feel this old.  How did that happen?!
Thank goodness for living Paleo.  It has given me a new life full of energy.

So grateful for all the blessings I have in my life on my 48th birthday.  :)

Bread. Really.

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Attended the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest last Saturday in Minneapolis and was treated to all kinds of gluten-free food samples, ranging from sweets to savories.

Among the many booths, a few really stood out for us.  We really enjoy Kinnikinnick treats, and they did not disappoint.  Samples of their donuts were like bits of heaven, as moist and tender as the regular kind – maybe even moreso!  The big guys Enjoy Life, Glutino Coconut Bliss and So Delicious all had yummy snacks to offer, and Grandpa’s Farm Organics was a surprise local (MN) favorite.

Living Paleo, we don’t eat many of the GF substitutes because grains are not nutrient-dense.  They’re just “filler foods” and may even contain anti-nutrients.  But.  Sometimes you just have a craving or want to fit in.  Enter bread…the one food item that is so very difficult to replace.

Thanks to Three Bakers, our search is over!  Wow.  Their white bread is just like the “real” thing.  Luckily our local co-op carries it, so we are in business!  The trade-off is that the loaves are smaller than in pre-celiac days.  But hey – who cares?!  My kiddo can now sometimes have a tasty sandwich in his lunch box, just like the other kids.  Love it.

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As an aside, it was also fun to meet Erica Dermer of Celiac and the Beast  and Gina Passantino of DairyFreeGina in person!  See you next time!

May is Celiac Awareness Month

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Celiac Disease is not an allergy.

It is an autoimmune disorder, just like Multiple Sclerosis or Lupus – triggered by even trace amounts of gluten proteins from wheat, barley, rye and oats in genetically susceptible individuals.  Once celiac has developed, autoimmune flares can also be triggered by casein (milk protein), corn, soy and other dietary proteins.  With Celiac, the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine, causing an inability to properly absorb nutrients.

Celiac manifests itself in hundreds of ways, many of which are secondary conditions due to nutrient deficiencies.  A lifelong affliction that is remedied only by strict adherence to a 100% gluten-free lifestyle – food, personal care products, and even things like envelope glue!

Recovery and healing the damage can take weeks, months or even years.

Want to know if you’re at risk or may have Celiac Disease?  Get tested.
The only reliable way to know for certain is a (DNA) genetic test.  Biopsies and blood tests are unreliable, and require continued gluten consumption.

Gluten Free Society offers confidential testing.  I believed that I had Celiac, but while pregnant last year, wanted to know for certain if I had Gluten Sensitivity (immune response) or Celiac (autoimmune response).  My test revealed that I am in fact a Celiac.  As disappointing as that is, it’s essential to know – if i want to live a long, healthy life and be here for my boys (10 years and 8 months old, respectively).

Time to Organize the Kids for Summer!

The Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack!  For all the stuff kids (and parents) lose!

I’ve been using these labels for years on everything we might lose away from home. They’re awesome.

Summer is just around the corner, and for many big kids that means summer camp!
Mabel’s Labels wants to help ensure that your kids have a fun-filled, worry-free time at camp, which is why they decided to bring back their Limited Edition Camp Combo!

This camp combo value pack is full of different labels and tags that will help every camper keep track of their gear, so they can focus more on roasting marshmallows, learning new songs, and making new friends instead of trying to find their stuff! The collection of labels in the Camp Combo are:

  • dishwasher safe
  • laundry safe
  • microwave safe
  • UV resistant

This makes them perfect for swimwear, toothbrushes, sleeping bags, clothing, goggles, iPods, cameras, phones, decks of cards, flashlights, and more! These labels also have fun new icons, such as sailboats, raccoons, and flip-flops. And get this! Mabel’s Labels even includes a set of five fun postcards so kids can keep in touch the “old-fashioned way”.

The Camp Combo is available until 7/31/2015. There’s also early bird pricing through April 30 for just $35.95 (10% off regular $39.95)!

The Limited Edition Camp Combo includes:

  • 10 Sticky Labels
  • 24 Skinny-Minis™
  • 50 Tag Mates™
  • 8 Shoe Labels
  • 2 Bag Tags

The Camp Combo also comes with a choice of 3 solid palettes or 40+ multi-coloured designs, including 5 new limited edition motifs. Shop Now >>

As always, remember – Mabel’s Labels offers free shipping to the US on all orders!

Time to Organize the Baby and Toddler Gear!

The New Baby Combo Pack!  For all the baby and toddler gear kids (and parents) lose!

I’ve been using these labels for years on everything we might lose away from home. They’re awesome.

While Mabel’s Labels can’t give new parents more sleep, their new Baby Combo pack will definitely help make their life easier. The super cute labels and tags in this collection are UV resistant and waterproof, so they’re perfect for everything from diaper bags, bottles, and binkies, to car seats, onesies, booties, and blankets. Their durability and multi-purpose use makes them a perfect baby shower gift!

Included in the new Baby Combo Pack are:

  • 15 Sticky Labels (dishwasher/microwave safe and UV resistant)
  • 16 Skinny-Minis™ (dishwasher/microwave safe and UV resistant)
  • 2 Shoe Labels (waterproof and UV resistant)
  • 21 Tag-Mates™ (laundry safe and UV resistant)
  • 2 Bag Tags (waterproof and UV resistant)

The Baby Combo also comes with a choice of 4 exclusive solid palettes or 40+ multi-coloured designs, including 2 brand new motifs. Get yours today >>

As always, remember – Mabel’s Labels offers free shipping to the US on all orders!