Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Food Fun

Yes, it's November already and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Some of us live in areas that already got their first snowfall while others are basking in the toasty, sunny rays of the South. Regardless of where you are, there is one thing that we all have in common- Thanksgiving means having empty time on your hands and not knowing what to fill that space with. Especially when younger children are involved or visiting relatives that need an easy way to pass the time and bond, it can be challenging.

I stumbled across this adorable, allergy-friendly pastime shared by Gimbal's Fine Candies. I love the simplicity of it and the fact that it's something that will end in being able to nosh while you create. Let's face it, we all love to eat and Thanksgiving is all about having those treats that we normally don't allow ourselves to eat too much of during the rest of the year. This food activity hits on all of the parental must-have's for holiday sharing amusement.

  • It uses Gimbal's Fine Candies so the fear of cross contamination is not a concern
  • It allows time with anyone of all ages
  • It refocuses us away from our now typical routine of using electronics
  • It's simple- parents always like simple
  • It includes food which makes all of us happy
I'm happy to share the easy instructions!

Gimbal's Fine Candies Thanksgiving Tree

Materials Needed:
White construction paper
Brown, red, orange & yellow acrylic paint
Glue or glue dots

  1. Using a piece of white construction paper, start painting the base of the tree using the brown acrylic paint (Be sure to paint the top of the tree with branches to put the jelly beans on).
  2. Once the tree is complete, use the red, orange and yellow paint to fill in the branches with fall leaves (this will provide a nice base for the jelly beans).
  3. One by one, use glue or glue dots to paste Gimbal's Gourmet Jelly Beans onto the tree
  4. Once complete, hang the tree in your favorite spot to be enjoyed by all during Thanksgiving or frame it with a date to keep the memory for years to come.
*As always, everyone's allergies are different. Always read labels to ensure that this would be a safe item for your allergy needs. Visit Gimbal's Fine Candies for complete product information.

Will you try this out?
Share your photos & tag Gimbal's Fine Candies at:
Gimbalscandy on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest and gimbalsfinecandies on Instagram 
and tag ME at NutrimomFAL on Facebook and @TracyBNutrimom on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saturday Allergy Checklist

It's that time of year when fall leave us with less options on how to spend our Saturdays but I have great news - THIS Saturday is the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in Greensboro. NC! What does this mean?

  • You have instant, budget-friendly plans ($10 adults, Children under 13 free and $8 Seniors/Military with your ID at the door)  
  • It's allergy-friendly  
  • It's family-friendly  
  • It's inside (so weather is not an issue)  
  • You get a bag of swag upon entering with your ticket
  • You get samples, information, meet product vendors, can attend open lectures & more
  • You can find ME in my SunButter shirt and I will give you a great big hug and some SunButter samples & coupons
...tell me this doesn't just sound like an amazing Saturday?! PS- for those who don't know, "swag" is a bag containing free gifts.

Who's Joining Me?
Saturday November 11th 2017
10 AM - 3 PM
3113 Cedar Park Road
Greensboro, NC 27406

Stop, Look & Listen
Another added benefit of this event are the free presentations. Join any or all of these sessions to see what you may be missing.

People To Meet

The Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event has sponsors and products galore! Check out all of the reasons to visit: Allergic Traveler, Anne's Heavenly Bites, Arbonne, Atlantic Foods, Bakery on Main, Deep Roots Market, doTerra, Enjoy Life Foods, FFarms, Garden Lites, Garnet Rose Soap Company, Greensboro Gluten Free Support Group, Guilford County Bee Keepers, Health 1st of the Triad, Honky Tonk Smokehouse, Infinity Holistic Health, JP's Pastry, Kalo Foods, King Arthur Flour, Mina's Purely Divine, Norms Farms, Paleo Love Company, Passanante's Home Food Services, Pure & Light MineralsSimply Gluten Free Magazine, Swerve Sweetener, THRIVE, Tito's Vodka, Whole Foods Bakehouse, WOW Butter, Yo Mamma's Style and Young Living Essential Oils. Thanks to all of the companies that are a part of this event and for your support to the food allergy community~

Can't wait to see all of you there!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Plant-Based = Happiness

Plant-based. Multiple benefits. Hair. Skin. Nails. 
Does all of this grab your attention?

This is what caught my eye over two years ago when I began re-evaluating many areas of my life. I was feeling kind of like I was finally a grown up but still hadn't quite figured it all out. I've been on a food allergy journey myself and elimination runs hand in hand with symptom tracking. When I first found out about SeabuckWonders products, I was skeptical (to say the least).  But after many years of not feeling like I was my old self, I began to notice some changes after I began using their products that brought a smile back to my face. And without meaning to sound egotistical, I may have found my own personal Fountain of Youth (AKA The Goddess) and I think ALL of us need to feel this way! The part that I love the most is that the products are plant-based, Non-GMO and I truly feel like I glow from the outside out since I have begun using their products. I have proof! Here are my before and after pictures (don't laugh!).

Lisa Rutter (No Nuts Mom Group) & Me 
Ta Da and it continues to grow!
Recently, one of my close friends and blogger buddy Cindy aka Vegetarian Mamma asked me about SeabuckWonders and if I recommended them. Since the products are plant-based, Cindy was intrigued. I explained that I had found great success in healthier, longer hair using their Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails supplements and that I was a huge fan of how their skin care products made my skin look and feel. I followed up with her to see if she had decided to use them and what her thoughts were.

NM: What initially drew you to the SeabuckWonders Hair, Skin & Nail supplement?
VM:  Your recommendation. :)  I was most excited about the potential it could give my hair. 

NM: Are there any specifics about the product that you felt were unique to their product vs. others?
VM: For me it was important that somebody I knew recommended it and had tried and loved it.

NM: Has anyone commented that they notice a difference since you began using the supplements?
VM: Yes, my hair stylist

NM: How long did it take for you to notice a difference?
VM: My hair stylist noticed within about 5 weeks of me taking it. And I wasn't taking it consistently. She noticed new growth and the speed that my hair was growing.  I noticed  after her initial notice :)  

NM: Can you share some of the things that you noticed?
VM: I notice that my hair seems softer and healthier and thicker! It seems thicker, which is HUGE for me. It is certainly growing faster!

NM: Would you recommend SeabuckWonders to anyone else?
VM: YES! :) 

Special thanks to Cindy for sharing her thoughts with me- so glad she is seeing results too! It's the small details that keep us all smiling and feeling as good on the outside as we do on the inside. 

Are YOU Intrigued?!

If you would like to see all of the benefits of SeaBuckWonders visit them at, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Monday, October 9, 2017

Teal Pumpkin Bundle Giveaway

With Halloween creeping up on us, I wanted to give all of you a chance to seek out your sweets safely. With costumes on my mind, pumpkins popping up on porches and the need to show our families that food allergies make us all stronger, I am excited to host a giveaway with Allergy Superheroes. Why? Well, for one they are pretty cool people to meet in person but mainly because their lives, just like ours, are touched by food allergies. And like many of us, they have decided to stand up and empower their family to show that food allergies are a part of us but don't engulf us. Trick or treating should be no exception.

Teal is the Real Deal Just in case you missed it (don't think you did but who knows, right?) teal is the official color of food allergies which brings us to our beloved teal pumpkins. How amazing is it to show our support by placing a teal pumpkin on our front porch to let others with food allergies know that we are a safety zone for them. So what if we could take that silent sign of support to the next level? What if I told you that you could win your very own teal pumpkin to trick or treat with? Nooo, not a real pumpkin but a reusable teal bucket that anyone else with food allergies would recognize instantly? Unlike a real pumpkin, it will still be ready to go for next Halloween all year round! Heck, since we are going all out, why not mention that you could even wear a teal pumpkin glow-in-the-dark food allergy slap bracelet and have a set of teal pumpkin leaf bags so your decorations are complete. You could start a trend in your neighborhood, you could be the first at your school to have all of these or you could even keep some of it and share some of it. Whatever you decide, you need to enter for a chance to win all of these before it's too late. Teal power!

Contest Rules There are always rules so let's share them so that we are all on the same page

  • 1 Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter
  • Contest is open to US residents only (I know Canada, apologies!)
  • No purchase necessary (although you are more than welcome to shop. Please note that shopping will not increase your chances of winning)
  • None of your information will be shared or sold
  • If the original contest winner does not come forward within 48 hours, a runner up shall be selected randomly
You Are the Winner!

Didn't Win? Great news!
You can save 10% on all Halloween merchandise at AllergySuperheroes through 10/31/17 
when you use promo code 


Thank you to Allergy Superheroes for reaching out to request a giveaway. I love sharing with everyone and I am glad you guys too! Be sure to check them out on their website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Google+.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Light of Your Life Could Be Hurting You

Over the years, I have researched multiple factors that foods have on our overall health. I have learned that our bodies react on so many different levels that it's almost breath taking. I have learned that other factors also effect our bodies and to try to achieve optimal health, we need to put the puzzle pieces together. This means that we have to think beyond just our food. What is found in your surroundings can even be one of those pieces. Unsure of what I'm getting at? Let me try to explain it because we all deserve to figure out how to feel better every single day.

Cortisol Just as an FYI cortisol is a big part of what goes on in your body. It needs to be balanced just like the other areas or it will also decide to act out. Cortisol acts as a regulator and effects or helps to control things such as histamine. When your body is stressed, (ex: when you eat an offending food) cortisol helps to reduce the inflammation by suppressing the immune system (this is NOT a treatment for an allergic reaction). If your body is on high stress mode and produces increased amounts of cortisol, this can put your body into overload or exhaustion mode. My point: if you are overly stressed, always bombarding your body with various stressors, then there is a greater chance that you will push yourself into adrenal fatigue.

Melatonin Studies have supported the idea that melatonin has multiple benefits as well. This is a natural hormone secreted by your body that is also fragile. If your melatonin is too high or too low, it can begin to show in other areas of your daily and nightly life patterns. There has also been mention that food allergies are a common sleep interrupter. With more and more people wanting to become knowledgeable about their foods, how they are effected by foods and how to regain control over the effect of their foods, things like food triggers are also becoming an important part of their personal research. Doctors are becoming better at listening to us but sometimes, many of us feel it is necessary to figure out our own health plan.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel This brings me to a product that I found out about- Wake Up Lights. It may sound corny to some of you but I feel the difference during the week when I am jolted out of bed to the sound of that annoying alarm buzzer vs. the weekend when I wake up to the sunlight so I am truly curious about this! Unlike a regular alarm clock, the wake-up light is supposed to help you feel more energized by helping you wake up in a more natural way. The sunrise simulation is said to help your body increase cortisol (the hormone that eventually helps you wake up) while also helping you control your melatonin level and reduce it in the morning. For those who are visual (me, that's me!!) watch how it works- I may be a geek but it's pretty intriguing.

Choices Since we have different budgets, I was happy to see there are several different options for this product. There are some differences for the prices but all of them are options that could be for just about anyone.
  • Philips HF3520 This model offers the most features for it's price. Pro's: no need to change the LED bulb, includes an FM radio and has an adjustable brightness level.
  • Philips HF3505 A bit better on the pricing end. Pro's: Very easy to use and also includes an FM radio.
  • Lumie Body Clock Active 250 made by Lumie - a company that produces wake up alarms and sad lights (yes, this is a thing too!). Pro's: includes a backup battery and a one year warranty.
I admit, I am intrigued and am considering giving one of these items a try. Especially with the Fall mornings waking me up while it's pitch dark outside- ugh! If this will help me wake up in a better mood and offer more support to keep my inner self balanced with my outer self, I am game. Please remember that this may not be something that works for you but I love to share new products that could make a difference to someone. Everything is an option. There are additional models and companies available so be sure to read reviews and get more information before buying your wake up light. 

Has anyone tried any of these products? 
What was your experience (good or bad)?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

When Loafing is Acceptable

Last year, I found Schar's Artisan bread. It is the closest product to that bread I had missed so very much and was now in my kitchen waiting to be devoured. And NutriSon was happy too so all was good with the world again, right? Well. Maybe. Because NutriSon is picky. Like, above and beyond picky. So when Schar's came out with their newest Artisan Baker 10 Grains & Seeds bread, I saw this as a huge opportunity to boost my son's digestive tract. I know, mom's are so lame but since this new loaf contains ancient grains and seeds, that means fiber which also means better digestion. While I was busy being excited, NutriSon was busy NOT being excited. He saw "bread with things in it" aka chunks or whatever you want to term something where the some of the ingredients are visible. I saw a new challenge to prove him wrong.

Utilize Sibling Power I have found that there is an easy method to have your child try something that they denied the first time that you presented it- give it to their brother or sister first. Once they see that the new product that they were supposed to try is being eaten by the other one, the contest begins. Especially when the one eating it is saying how soft it is, how great it tastes and how "Mom made a special sandwich just for me". This may not be approved in any of the parenting books but hey, whatever works and it's relatively harmless. The easiest way to try this out is to use a cookie cutter to cut out a shape from any other Schar's bread, a shape from their new 10 Grains & Seeds bread and then insert one shape into the opposite bread. Not a huge magic trick but it got the attention of both of my children and the kids that saw it at school too. Maybe I need a star too!

They Choose Cake over Bread If you had a choice between bread or cake, which would you choose?! It may seem like I am the mom with the mostest but I am still just in sneak mode. I am serving up what seems to be a dessert item, right? But this dessert has the added benefits of the unique sourdough and I even snuck in a bit of fruit in the process. Prep time is just 5 minutes and there is no bake time. Ready to make it? Just click on the recipe title for the full instructions.

Pumpkin Petit Four Fingers
2 Pieces of Schar's Artisan Baker 10 Grains & Seeds bread
2 Teaspoons Go Veggie Vegan Classic Cream Cheese
1/2 Tablespoon pumpkin puree
1/8 Teaspoon vanilla
1/8 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon raw honey
Chocolate (such as Enjoy Life Foods)
1/2 Teaspoon oil (such as Winona Pure Oil)

Click for the recipe
No Crusts Mom! you have one of these also? It's ok, I've got you covered for this too. Cut off those crusts and make them into No Bake Pumpkin Donut Holes instead. Similar ingredients as the recipe above, same 5 minute prep time and with a little bit of patience while you wait for the chocolate to cool, you have yourself another easy treat. And that white stuff that's in the picture that you probably thought was sugar- nope, it's coconut flour. Yup- donuts that are allergy-friendly and your oven doesn't even have to be on. Healthier, even on the outside- none of the donut shops can boast about that. These are kid-friendly but also parent-friendly so make sure you make some extras for you as well.

Back to the Crusts We still have those crusts that your children just don't want to eat. You could throw them away but most of us who buy gluten free bread knows that nothing should be wasted. You could make them into typical recipes, like croutons or stuffing but I wanted to share another route that my recipe guru brain went to. This one does require using your oven but it's minimal and has a delicious outcome.

Bread Crust Granola
Oil (I recommend Winona Pure Oil)
Crusts from 2 pieces of Schar's Artisan Baker 10 Grains & Seeds bread
1/4 Cup dried berry blend (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
1/2 Tablespoon raw honey
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
Dairy free Popcorn Butter Spray

Make it
Can I just say that these amazing gluten free products are (in my opinion) the best that we have found in our gluten free journey. Food allergies should be about loving your foods and it should be about thinking about how many ways you can use that wonderful product to allow you even more freedom with your foods.  For this, I thank you Schar- you are truly making our families happier and our kitchens fuller. For more information, recipe ideas and much more,  visit them on their website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and even YouTube.
But I Want a Loaf! Luckily, Schar has a $2 off coupon waiting for you.

$2.00 Off Any Schär Product!

I have received free products in exchange for my recipe ideas. No charge for product reviews as my thoughts are always honest.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rewarding Your Support Giveaway

A few months ago, I was introduced to Made Good Foods. For those of you who haven't seen their snacks yet, they offer nutrient-rich granola. Made Good Foods products include Granola Bars, Granola Minis and the newest item (drum roll please.....) Crispy Squares! Yes- they have recreated an allergy-friendly version of an all time childhood favorite. Best of all, they have filled them with vegetables so that all of those kids out there that are noshing down on them are smiling and nodding with a big thumbs up but the parents are also smiling and nodding because they know it's a healthy snack. The bonus- they are also free of peanut, tree nuts, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, egg, sesame, fish & shellfish. Not only do they taste amazing but even just opening the package...oh my! It's like opening a childhood memory.

I wrote about them, got to taste (YUM!) and had a giveaway so naturally, the kid in me was truly excited when I was asked to sample their Crispy Squares...uh, yeah! Not just because it's a fun snack but because it's another source of vegetables that I can eat without having to pick up any type of cooking item- a HUGE win in a mom's world. Well, a huge win in anyone's world, I think it's safe to say. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking but gosh.....sometimes, I just don't want too!!!! So when there's a choice of even more dishes in the sink or opening a package of Made Good Foods for a fast snack, I say all hail Crispy Squares and Granola! The one favor that I ask of anyone who opens up a box of Made Good Foods- please, DON'T be the person who leaves empty wrappers inside of the box. It's cruel and unusual punishment, especially to those who really, really need one.

Made a Giveaway Come on, you all know me- did you think I wouldn't offer to share with all of you too? I will repeat myself again and again- sharing is caring. The wonderful folks at Made Good Foods offered to send one person a Back to School Gift Pack stuffed with t-shirts and a variety of Made Good snacks. Plus, you get the nifty bag to carry all of your snacks in..or,hide them- your choice. No judgment from me :) So let's get straight to the details of the giveaway and get those entries going. All of us have places to go, people to see and entries means more chances of you being able to nosh on a prize pack of Made Good Foods.

Good Things Can Be Yours  You want to win the Made Good Foods prize pack. I want you to win the Made Good Foods prize pack. But there are rules (I know, I know but it's for the best).
  • 1 Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter
  • Giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry Canada, I do love you though!)
  •  No purchase necessary
  • Giveaway will run from Tuesday Sept. 19 - Thursday Sept. 21st 
  • The more you share, the more chances you have to win
  • None of your information will be shared or sold (that's just NOT my thing)
  • If the original winner does not reply within 48 hours, a runner up will be chosen
Congrats, you are my winner! 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

A huge thank you to Made Good Foods for not only giving us all a healthy snack that is minimally processed and organic but also for continuing to share with their consumers. Here's to happy noshing!

As always, everyone's allergies are different. To ensure that the products are safe for you, visit Made Good Foods on their website. For additional news, deals and future giveaways, be sure and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not sure where to find them? Check their store locator.