Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas

Christmas is a magical time. I am not a child anymore however, Christmas is still special to me. Part of it is because how excited my little brother gets. My son adds another dimension because of the beginning of holiday traditions. However, what I love about Christmas is the spirit, the joy of helping others I have so much gratitude from the past year.

The birth of my son. That we are all happy and healthy. That I graduated University and I was able to study something that I love.  Dating for two years and now I can say we are officially engaged! Knowing that I want to continue to study and work as a social worker. Finding a part time job with a direct sales company. I am in good place. And I am happy.

I loved this Christmas. I loved that my little brother came to wake us up. I loved watching William experience Christmas.
Daddy and William
 He loved this dog that his uncle picked out for him. He couldn't sit still for very long though! He had a singing snowman to listen to and other things to look at. He wouldn't stop walking and running. He loved being with his uncles, grandma and great grandma.



Jason and myself
I have to state another reason why this was a magical day- Jason and I have been dating for two years. Jason and i have talked about marriage. Now that we have William we feel complete, like a family. Today, we walked into the kitchen and Jason said :"I have a gift for you' and he pulls out a ring box. Immediately,my heart is fluttering.  He says "You know what this is?" ( He isn't a;ways the most romantic.) I almost started to cry. I love him so much- even when he annoys me... but life, marriage, relationships and parenting is all about communication.

Of course, I say yes. I love you and I will marry you. I cannot wait to plan our wedding. The ring is simple, classic and ever so meaningful. It is an Irish Claddagh. Each part symbolizes, loyalty, friendship and love.
It is my favourite style of ring and i am  more than happy with his choice. I am so excited to begin our life together! I am looking forward to more Christmases with my fiance and son.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year~ Enjoy your family and friends.
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas Baking

I am so excited for Baby W.'s first Christmas!. At the rate he is growing he will be walking by Christmas. In some ways, I wish he was less mobile lol than he would be less independent.

Well, I guess i was right. He is now walking and running at 9 months. I am definitely excited, although it hits home how fast the year of infancy is. Soon, he will be a little boy and not the little 8 pound baby I brought home from the hospital.

I started some baking. I tried out making some gluten free gingerbread. I used rice flour mixed with a flour medley  I added some spices-cinnamon, ginger and  I also used brown sugar Then, I added two eggs, some milk, some oil because I didn't have butter or molasses. .
I forgot to refrigerate the dough, which i think my have helped the result. My little brother and I made a gingerbread man cake. He like it though.  We added some chocolates for eyes a nose and a smile, Also, we added some buttons.


In my opinion the cake was missing something... I am not sure what.  It could be because i forgot to cool the dough. That is my number one tip. My little brother was over the moon for it though. lol. I loved the pan~ it was adorable. All in all- it was not terrible- it tasted like gingerbread and was chewy.  For lack of a better word- the 'essence' was missing.


I am going to remake the them and see what happens. I also need to purchase some butter and try that instead.

If you have any experience with baking gluten free don't hesitate to add a comment! I have some pics i will add later.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Woolzies Review and GiveAway

Have you heard of Woolzies Dryer balls? They are giving bloggers the opportunity to review and host a dryer ball giveaway! I am so excited to have the opportunity to review this product. They are hypo-allergenic a very important factor in the use of products in my household. I cannot wait to share my review of the dryer balls once the package arrives.

Here is the website if you want to check them out :)
http://www.woolzies.com/


Monday, 10 December 2012

Check out my new AVON e-Brochure!

I am so happy to share Avon with you! Do you know they have business for over 100 years? Also, Avon supports breast cancer research and the fight against domestic violence.
Check out my new AVON e-Brochure!: Hi Everyone! Here's a sneak peek at the latest products available in my Avon e-Brochure. Be sure to click! Thanks for reading! I love the flexibility of working with Avon. It gives me the ability to spend time with my son.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

HIV/AIDS



It is so important in December to reflect upon the many blessings we have in the developed nations. Dec 1 was International AIDS Day. There has been so much positive research and change in the treatment of AIDS. We need to highlight that AIDS is a silent illness. It is estimated that 50 % of people are infected but don’t know. In Canada it is estimated there are 65, 000 + people with the illness.  There are many myths about transmission. However, HIV can only be transferred through 

  1. 1)      Unprotected sex and sharing of sex toys
  2. mother- to child
  3. sharing of needles

For more information log on to :
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/hiv-vih-eng.php

In 2006, I had the opportunity to attend the International Aids Conference in Toronto. It was a kind of experience.  There were so many groups in the fight to raise awareness and end HIV/ AIDS. Many groups were fighting to end stigma.  It was amazing- there were religious groups (Buddhist Monks) to prisons and women’s rights groups.  The fight against AIDS needs supporters from every level of person.
I was inspired by young woman from Burkina Faso. She had suffered from HIV/AIDS but looked so healthy. This is thanks to the advances in nutrition and health. She was an amazing advocate for human rights. 

I dream of a AIDS free generation for my children and your children. Will you help make this future a reality? We have come a long in preventing the spread of aids from mother to child, and that would be an impossibility without the help of communities and global citizens.  Without compassion and empathy there can be no change. It is time to embrace long lasting deep change instead of using institutionalized band aid solutions.


For more information check out Amfar.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas

So excited to announce that #Merry Fluff Xmas starts tomorrow! The event lasts the week and has 8 wonderful sponsors. This is the prize: Package includes 8 cloth diapers, 6 wool dryer balls, cloth wipes and wipes solution. 

So perfect to begin or to your cloth diaper odyssey! Special thanks to MamaPapa Barn. This offer is valid to Americans and Canadians (yay!) This is the link for reviews :)
http://mamapapabarn.blogspot.com/2012/11/fluffyxmas-sponsor-reviews-all-in-one.html
  
Here are links to the sponsors 

cloth diapers and accessories- don't you just love their names:
Willow Pads for Nursing Moms


 http://hyenacart.com/stores/kissmyfluff/ (pocket diaper)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/henandchickcloth

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http://hyenacart.com/stores/Bumstoppers/index.php?c=9  example of fitted diaper- cuteness
lil helper original cloth diaper

http://www.charliebanana.com/" (one size diapers and bioliners)
one size Charlie Banana diaper- love it~
I must say I do adore the little hearts and my son's name is William ;)
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thirsties example

 Follow the Link to Rafflecopter and please fill out each section honestly.:)

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Disclaimer: GlutenFree+2 is not a sponsor or responsible for the prizes. I am just a huge supporter of cloth diapering. 
Check me out on Facebook: Glutenfree+2 :)

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Pancakes

Pancakes are the best breakfast food. Lol .These pancakes are what happen when you have a midnight craving. My mom and I really wanted to eat pancakes.

 I just used pre-made batter. I added eggs and water as directed. ( i do make my own batter sometimes) At first, the batter was way too thick so i added a little more liquid. Also, it made the pancakes look a lot better.


mixing batter!


 Once the pan was coated with oil and heated, it was ready for batter. Wait for the bubbles, then flip over and cook until brown.
Frying some pancakes- wish i had blueberries  

  
the end result

Usually, pancakes are done when they are brown and cooked through. These aren't the best looking but they taste great! I love pancakes. You can add any filling you like! Blueberries, raspberries, bananas, chocolate chips- all is yummy.  I particularly like using fresh strawberries and maple syrup that is locally sourced. The only downside is that fresh strawberries/blueberries are only available at certain times of the year. They are worth the cost though. In addition to the great taste, you are supporting local farmers.

what is your favourite kind of pancakes ? Or are you more of waffle person? Comment below!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cloth diaper Give away

Hello all! Are you a blogger? Get involved! Are you interested in cloth diapers? In starting or adding to your stash of diapers? Mama Papa Bear is doing a giveaway beginning Dec 1st for over $200 worth of cloth diapers and accessories. It is open to Canadian and American residents. 
 Why Cloth diaper?  They are affordable, accessible and reusable.
  1. Affordability- can buy second hand and last for more than one child
  2. Reusable- easy to wash (especially because you are going to have to wash baby clothes and accessories anyway)
  3. Reduce the amount of disposables in the landfill
  4. reduce exposure to toxic chemicals
  5.  Many different styles  
Visit this site: mamapapabear.blogspot.com
 http://mamapapabarn.blogspot.ca/2012/11/free-blogger-opp-200-cloth-diaper-stash.html
Did you cloth diaper? What was your experience?

 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Christmas Giveaway!



Halloween and Thanksgiving are beyond us (if you are Canadian). Now is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas gifts.  If you know a child with gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease, a book might be the perfect fit. Books are meaningful, fun and a way for families to spend time together.



Right now I see Me at Not Just Baby Brain is giving away a personalized Christmas book to American and Canadians.  Also, I see Me offers other personalized books in the gift catalogue. It is really worth checking out. I would definitely like to order some of the books.

Here is the link to the giveaway:

This is the gift guide!
http://www.iseeme.com/holidaygiftguide.html

Here are some pictures of the whimsical books. 


http://www.iseeme.com/abc-what-i-can-be-personalized-book.html
http://www.iseeme.com/christmas.html


Aren't they adorable? I love books and I think there is no better way to instill a love of reading. Start early and share. :)

Good luck!


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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Halloween



                Halloween is a hard time to be a Celiac, especially you are allergic to peanuts or other products.  More often I see candy with peanuts and wheat as opposed to less.  When I was child I received peanut free chocolate and candy. This Halloween when my youngest brother went out the ratio of peanut filled candy was quite a bit higher.  It is has made me wonder- is the awareness of allergy lower
  
Or is it more perverse? A problem that stalks into society and stems into social issues like bullying-  the idea that  ‘my child is entitled to eat whatever they want, including peanuts because they like them?’
Now what you do in your own home is fine- i guess you should include the option of ‘safe’ candy- although that is a moot pot with the problem of GMOs . I don’t know but i do know that society needs to redefine empathy and understanding and move away from framing different perception in a negative manner- like the breastfeeding and formula feeding debate.

In the case of food allergies and intolerances parents and children need vigilance. It is hard because you cannot always check the label. The new labelling laws are helpful- definitely- but you do not always get the package the candy came in.  A lot of candy is individually wrapped. It is even more difficult when you call and the company doesn’t know whether they are safe or not. Companies should know this information.  Thankfully some websites exist that post information about what candy contains and if it is manufactured on the same lines as wheat and other allergy containing ingredients. This is a small step in the right direction to ensure the safety of our children and others.

M&M's

Also, there is gluten free candy available now. Companies such as Enjoy Life produce chocolate bars that are free of the most common forms of allergens, a great relief to parents. 


Enjoy Life Chocolate bar
 What do you think of Halloween? Is there a better,easier answer to address the needs of people with gluten intolerance, or allergies?