So I feel like I should start this post with an apology. I’ve taken a short little break from my crafting and creative endeavors over the last week and I’m sorry I haven’t had much to offer. Don’t give up on me.
The truth is I’ve been a little ill since giving birth. And we’re still in the process of figuring it all out. And as much as I’d love to be blogging about a more interesting topic today, sometimes health problems come with motherhood as well. Stupid. I will however make this quick; because who wants to read about someone else’s health problems? Yeah…nobody.
After some blood tests and an elevated Liver function, it was first concluded that I had mono.
But then I started having way too many run-ins with my toilet, and I’m just not really wanting to make this a long-term relationship.
Long story short: after a couple embarrassing moments, and a hospital visit involving some IV therapy, we are now looking at some other options.
One of them being Celiac’s Disease.
And that’s where I need your help. My doctor recommended going gluten-free for a week or two while I wait on test results. And whether I end up being positive or not, I have decided that I will probably try this lifestyle out for a while. Gluten intolerance seems to run in the family and I’ve seen way to many health issues resolved by those who have chosen to go gluten-free.
Here’s the problem. Just the thought of going gluten-free send me into a panic. I love me some gluten. If I thought going off sugar was bad, this is really bad. Life might just be over as I know it. My favorite foods are pizza and burritos, and my favorite desserts are cinnamon rolls and pastries. My favorite snack just happens to be Ritz crackers and cheese (wow, we’re really getting personal now).
Okay, I also like fruits and vegetables, so at least I can still have those. All jokes aside, I know that I will eventually adjust and life really isn’t over. But my main concerns are these:
1. Time. I now need to come up with meals that I can eat to replace the ones that I cannot.
2. Money. It seems that special dietary changes always cost more. I now need to squeeze our already tight grocery-budget a little tighter. Tight like a corset.
3. Going gluten-free sounds like social heartbreak. My first thought when someone tells me they need to go gluten-free is “you poor, poor soul.” We just live in a world of too many fun parties, celebrations and really good restaurants.
I’m trying to think positively. And as I asked for some resources on my Facebook page, I’m learning that there are lots of them out there. At least there are options. At least I can still eat. My doctor printed off a sheet of all the foods I shouldn’t eat, and my first thought was, “um…I’m going to starve.” So… for all you gluten-free goofballs out there, I’d love to here about your experiences! The good the bad and the ugly. I’d love to hear about your favorite blogs, meal ideas, and any other resources you know about to help me keep my sanity.
Because as much as I love my gluten, I love my body more. And if breaking off our relationship gives me a healthy body, I guess I’ll make that sacrifice.
But it won’t be easy.
***P.S. I realize there are a lot of gluten-free products I can buy, but from what I’ve heard from family and others is that a lot of them are overly processed, contain harmful ingredients, and can still make you sick. So for the most part, I’m looking at starting with meals that are naturally gluten-free.
Okay, rant and mumbling over now. Hopefully one of you will win today’s giveaway to make up for it. Oh yeah…I had an article published on Family Share. Feel free to check it out.
Now for the GIVEAWAY!
Get outside and enjoy the summer with some cool new gear for you little one, perfect for going on walks, taking snacks on the go, and adding a little décor to your life!
Super Summer Prize Package:
- Yummi Pouch – Little Munchkin Set with Yummi Pouch Brights. ($29 value)
- Luca & Company – Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid Artwork ($90 value)
- Sticky Bellies – $25 gift certificate
- Mixie Baby – 8oz Mixie Bottle ($19.99 value)
- SVAN – Totseat portable child seat ($35 value)
- Greater Than One Kids – Hold-On Handles – Bumblebee Single Handle Set ($19.99 value)
- Simple Nature – 8 fl oz Fragrance Free Diaper Rash Cream, 8 fl oz Fragrance Free all in one Shampoo & Body Wash, 8 fl oz Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion ($35.47 value)
Total Value = $255
Yummi Pouch – Reusable Food Pouches
Little Munchkin Set – Retail Price: $28.95
The Little Munchkin set has everything you need to get started with using Yummi Pouches! Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are perfect for filling with homemade baby food, blended snacks, healthy smoothies, and more. Designed by a husband a wife team, Yummi Pouches are dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, easy to fill and clean through the wide zipper opening, and encourage healthy snacks for active kids! For more information visit yummipouch.com.
- Set of 4 Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches – hold up to 6oz each
- 16oz filling funnel pitcher
- 10 dishwasher safe name label stickers
- 2 decorative dishwasher safe sticker sheets
- 6 mixed color extra pouch caps
Luca & Company
Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid artwork – Retail Price: $90.00
Luca and Company makers of the multi-award winning FunPod which provides a safe environment to get toddlers from 12 months up to six years up to the kitchen worktop on their own safely constructed platform comes the Classic Recipe Collection. Choose from Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pink Lemon Aid artwork which is perfect for the family who loves to cook. This series is not only for children – these prints would be lovely in any kitchen. MSRP $90. For more information visit lucaandcompany.com.
Sticky Bellies™ – $25 Gift Certificate
Invented by a mom, Sticky Bellies™ are removable stickers that help parents document baby’s amazing growth with style and ease! By combining the look of a custom shirt with the convenience of a sticker, Sticky Bellies™ help create adorable pictures from pregnancy through the toddler years. Simply peel, stick, and snap a pic! 13 new styles will be available on September 1st. For more information visit stickybellies.com.
8oz Mixie Bottle – Retail Price: $19.99
Mixie is the revolutionary formula bottle that allows you to fix a bottle now and mix it later. Powder formula is stored in an airtight container separately from water. When you are ready to feed, simple press the button at the bottom of the bottle to release the formula into the water, shake, and feed. Moms on the go will never again need to fumble around with formula containers in public, and a pre-mixed bottle is already ready when you need it. Mixie is great for caretakers and grandparents, travel, and those sleepy middle-of-the-night feedings. For more information visit mixiebaby.com.
Totseat – Retail Price: $35.00
Our newest seat for children is the original portable, washable, and “squashable” seat. Made of fabric, The Totseat is designed to safely attach to all types of chairs. Adult chairs can be quickly transformed into the perfect seat for a baby or toddler.
Available in 6 colors with a variety of patterns, The Totseat eliminates the need to hunt down a highchair when traveling. The Totseat is ready to go in its own carry pouch which fits neatly into your diaper bag, purse or other carry bag. For more information visit svan.com.
Greater Than One Kids
A Bumblebee Single Handle Set from the popular Bizzy Bugs collection – Retail Price: $19.99
Hold-On Handles from Greater Than One Kids helps keep children within arm’s reach without restraint. It is the first stylish stroller accessory and walking rope for 1-3 children. Snaps easily onto strollers or worn on parent’s wrist/belt loop. Children love the whimsical handles. Available in Double and Single Handle Sets in three fun themes, Bizzy Bugs, Ocean Odyssey and Zany Zoo.
Greater Than One Kids designs mom, baby, and kid products for growing families with greater than one child. As parents of multiples, company founders Susanne Budofsky and Robyn Spritzer experience first-hand the challenges parents of greater than one face each and every day. Although life may be challenging at times, with the proper gear, organizational tools, guidance, and a sense of humor, raising more than one child need not always be difficult. In fact, it can simply be greater! For more information visit greaterthanonekids.com.
1 Fragrance Free Diaper Rash Cream
1 Fragrance Free all in one Shampoo & Body Wash
1 Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion
Retail Price: $35.47
Simple Nature is a fresh new brand of truly all natural and certified organic baby care products that are stylish, effective, easy to use and totally free of harsh ingredients and toxins! Based out of Las Vegas NV, the brand was created by a licensed cosmetologist and skin expert who felt that children deserve only the best. Inspired by her daughter who has very sensitive skin, Simple Nature’s founder created the most luxurious products available that are:
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- Does not contain synthetic fragrances or dyes
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- Does not conduct any animal testing
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- Suitable for all ages
- Made in USA
For more information visit simplenature.co.
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