Friday free-for-all

Friday free-for-all

Two weeks until preschool starts…and the countdown is on.

Yesterday, we took Connor to the local water park for a special “going to school” afternoon.

He is thrilled to begin school, though I know he will be so shy and timid at first…but I think it will be such a positive experience for him. I can’t wait to see all his cute art projects and hear about his new friends 🙂

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Just a reminder that this is the last day that my ebook The Spaghetti Shots is on sale for just $2.99!

I am so excited to connect with some of my favorite bloggers who agreed to review my book – thank you so much to these amazing bloggers who took the time to read and write about my ebook! If you’re looking for some fantastic blogs to start following, I highly recommend all of these:

Erin at Blue-Eyed Bride

Kelly at Kelly’s Korner

Jennifer at Life in the Green House

Erin at Sunny Side Up

Elizabeth at Confessions of the Chromosomally Enhanced

The Spaghetti Shots was also featured on eReaderGirl, which is a site owned by Crystal at MoneySavingMom and dedicated to sharing about free and inexpensive ebooks.

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This new dairy-free, soy-free, dairy-free diet has me feeling completely overwhelmed. I went to Meijer today (armed with a gift card generously given to us by a friend for this purpose!) and was pleasantly surprised to see what a great allergy-free aisle they have. But it was practically impossible to find anything pre-packaged that met all of our requirements. Guess I’ll be spending a little more time in the kitchen 🙂
I even called my brother and was like “what is quinoa and where would it be?!” And he said “oh what are you going to make with quinoa?” and I replied “I DON’T KNOW, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING!!”
I felt so blessed the other day when I was researching some recipes online – and feeling completely overwhelmed of course – and the FedEx guy arrived with this:

My co-worker from SIX years ago who is gluten-free put together this amazing package of gluten-free goodies and organic baby food for Brenna. It was the highlight of my afternoon! And as we are starting to push for more oral eating (more on that later), I am relieved to have such a good starting point with some foods she should be able to tolerate.
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This afternoon, we are taking it easy with the three P’s that any kid needs for a great Friday:
Pajamas, Peter Pan and Popcorn. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

30 thoughts on “Friday free-for-all

  • August 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm
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    Quinoa is a great substitute for rice and potatoes. You can buy it at Food Fantasies.

  • August 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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    Quinoa is a great substitute for rice and potatoes. You can buy it at Food Fantasies.

  • August 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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    You can make quinoa porridge and also use it as a substitute for rice and potatoes as Anon said above.
    I was thinking though – wouldn’t it be gentler on Brenna’s digestive system to buy gluten free/dairy free/soy free food that is not packaged and processed? While the packaged and process foods omit the ingredients she can’t digest, they’d also contain lots of other preservatives/chemicals that may not be so great. I have seen some great blogs out there with delicious recipes featuring whole foods – google Oh She Glows and Katie 180 to start 🙂

    • August 3, 2013 at 12:14 am
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      Well I’m not planning on giving her JUST pre-packaged food, but with the craziness of two kids, it’s nice to have quick snacks around. And at this point, I don’t care WHAT she eats, as long as she starts EATING!! I’m not a foodie like you, so whole foods is not a priority to me. I subsist on Doritos and frozen pizza 🙂 Of course I want to give Brenna the best diet for her, so I’m learning slowly…

    • August 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm
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      Well I’m not planning on giving her JUST pre-packaged food, but with the craziness of two kids, it’s nice to have quick snacks around. And at this point, I don’t care WHAT she eats, as long as she starts EATING!! I’m not a foodie like you, so whole foods is not a priority to me. I subsist on Doritos and frozen pizza 🙂 Of course I want to give Brenna the best diet for her, so I’m learning slowly…

    • August 3, 2013 at 12:14 am
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      oh also thank you for the referrals, I will check them out!

    • August 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm
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      oh also thank you for the referrals, I will check them out!

  • August 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    You can make quinoa porridge and also use it as a substitute for rice and potatoes as Anon said above.
    I was thinking though – wouldn’t it be gentler on Brenna’s digestive system to buy gluten free/dairy free/soy free food that is not packaged and processed? While the packaged and process foods omit the ingredients she can’t digest, they’d also contain lots of other preservatives/chemicals that may not be so great. I have seen some great blogs out there with delicious recipes featuring whole foods – google Oh She Glows and Katie 180 to start 🙂

  • August 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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    Yeah quinoa is actually really good, doesn’t have a lot of flavour on its own but great base for add ins to make a great dish. And it has a lot of protein for a grain. I mix it a lot with avocado which will be good for good fats for brenna and then maybe diced tomato a bit of lime juice. Or it’s actually really good with soft fruits like mango or mandarins

  • August 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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    Yeah quinoa is actually really good, doesn’t have a lot of flavour on its own but great base for add ins to make a great dish. And it has a lot of protein for a grain. I mix it a lot with avocado which will be good for good fats for brenna and then maybe diced tomato a bit of lime juice. Or it’s actually really good with soft fruits like mango or mandarins

  • August 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm
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    Random thing, but make sure to rinse your quinoa before using it! You will need a fine mesh sieve to do it since they’re so small… but it’s important or else it can be sandy/gritty!

  • August 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm
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    Random thing, but make sure to rinse your quinoa before using it! You will need a fine mesh sieve to do it since they’re so small… but it’s important or else it can be sandy/gritty!

  • August 3, 2013 at 3:20 am
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    If you buy the “Ancient Harvest” brand quinoa, it’s pre-rinsed! No fuss!

  • August 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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    If you buy the “Ancient Harvest” brand quinoa, it’s pre-rinsed! No fuss!

  • August 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm
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    With small people in your house, some to go snacks are a must! When you do cook, cooking for isaah and Gluten free classics are both fantastic books!

  • August 3, 2013 at 6:40 am
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    With small people in your house, some to go snacks are a must! When you do cook, cooking for isaah and Gluten free classics are both fantastic books!

  • August 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm
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    Based on Brenna’s tummy issues you might consider becoming a foodie.

  • August 3, 2013 at 7:45 am
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    Based on Brenna’s tummy issues you might consider becoming a foodie.

  • August 4, 2013 at 6:50 am
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    That picture of your little guy is just the cutest! So happy to mention your amazing e-book. And so nice to “meet” you! 🙂

  • August 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm
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    That picture of your little guy is just the cutest! So happy to mention your amazing e-book. And so nice to “meet” you! 🙂

  • August 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm
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    Vitacost.com is having a food sale through August 11 for 15% off. They have some great gluten free products and lots of healthy food choices. They always have free shipping for orders over $49. PLUS, if you are new to Vitacost, tell them I sent you and we’ll both get $10 off on our next purchase. Log in with the link below, and tell them Judy Vidakovich sent you. In case they ask for my email address, it’s judyvidakovich@gmail.com https://www.vitacostrewards.com/public/home.pg

  • August 5, 2013 at 7:04 am
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    Vitacost.com is having a food sale through August 11 for 15% off. They have some great gluten free products and lots of healthy food choices. They always have free shipping for orders over $49. PLUS, if you are new to Vitacost, tell them I sent you and we’ll both get $10 off on our next purchase. Log in with the link below, and tell them Judy Vidakovich sent you. In case they ask for my email address, it’s judyvidakovich@gmail.com https://www.vitacostrewards.com/public/home.pg

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