Embracing Imperfect http://embracingimperfect.com Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:17:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Healthy & Gluten Free Coupons, 2/27/15 http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/healthy-gluten-free-coupons-22715/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/healthy-gluten-free-coupons-22715/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:25:50 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19709 This post contains affiliate links. Here are these week’s hard-to-find organic, dairy free and gluten free coupons: SNACKS HEALTH BAKING HOPSTER APP           IBOTTA: New product: Silk Almond Creamer!! Sign up and download the app at my referral link: https://ibotta.com/r/kmzc3w

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Here are these week’s hard-to-find organic, dairy free and gluten free coupons:

SNACKS

$1.00 off any TWO (2) KETTLE BRAND products$2.00 off ONE (1) jar of MaraNatha Almond Butter

HEALTH

BOGO Zarbee's Naturals Mighty Bee Sample

BAKING

SAVE $1.50 on ONE (1) Tate + Lyle® Fairtrade Certified Sugar productSave 55¢ on ONE (1) Florida Crystals® Sugar product

HOPSTER APP

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Quinoa product, excluding polentas. Unlock when you complete 1 Quinoa Corp activity.$1.00 off any one (1) Pamela's Products 4oz or larger. Unlock when you complete 2 Pamela's Products, Inc. activities.

50¢ off any one (1) Pamela's Products 4oz or larger$1.50 OFF any ONE (1) Marley Coffee Product - 8 oz bag or Single Serve Box (10,12,16 ct). Unlock when you complete 1 Marley Coffee activity.

 

$1.00 OFF any ONE (1) Marley Coffee Product - 8 oz bag or Single Serve Box (10,12,16 ct)$1.50 OFF one Rhythm Superfoods product. Unlock when you complete 2 Rhythm Superfoods activities.

 

$1.00 OFF one Rhythm Superfoods productSave $1.00 on any TWO (2) packages of Hilary's Veggie Burgers

 

Save 50¢ on any ONE (1) Hilary's Salad Dressing$1.00 off any one (1) pint of Wink Frozen Desserts

 

$1.50 off any one Cybele's Gluten-Free & Allergy-Friendly Cookies. Unlock when you complete 1 Cybele's activity.75¢ off any one Cybele's Gluten-Free & Allergy-Friendly Cookies

$1.00 off any one (1) Glutenfreeda product$1.50 off any one (1) Glutenfreeda product. Unlock when you complete 1 Glutenfreeda Foods, Inc. activity.

Save $1.00 on any Boiron Calendula CreamSave $1.00 on any size Oscillo or Children's Oscillo

Save $2.00 on any Boiron Calendula Cream. Unlock when you complete 1 Boiron® USA activity.Save $2.00 on any size Oscillo or Children's Oscillo. Unlock when you complete 1 Boiron® USA activity.

50¢ OFF any jar of Greenview Kitchen Organic Pasta Sauce$2.00 off any one (1) Orgain Shake 4-Pack

$3.00 off any one (1) Orgain Shake 4-Pack. Unlock when you complete 1 Orgain activity.$1.50 off any one (1) Orgain Shake. Unlock when you complete 2 Orgain activities.

$3.00 Off any two jars (2) SunButter product. Unlock when you complete 1 SunButter LLC. activity.$1.00 off of any one (1) SunButter product

$1.00 off of one (1) Barbara's product 4.4oz. or larger$1.00 off any one (1) Once Again Nut Butter product

$1.00 off any one (1) 32 oz. Biokleen Bac-Out Product$1.00 off any one (1) 32 oz. Biokleen Dish Product

$1.00 off any one (1) 64 oz. Biokleen Laundry Liquid

 

IBOTTA: New product: Silk Almond Creamer!!
Sign up and download the app at my referral link: https://ibotta.com/r/kmzc3w


Earn $2.00 when you purchase Boiron® Calendula Cream

Earn $2.00 when you purchase Boiron® Single Medicines

Earn $3.00 when you purchase Boiron® Arnicare® Arthritis

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Boiron® Coldcalm® tablets

Earn $2.00 when you purchase Boiron® Oscillococcinum®

Earn $1.00 when you purchase O.N.E.™ Coconut Water

Earn $0.50 when you purchase Silk® Vanilla Almond Creamer

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Udi's™ Gluten Free

Earn $1.00 when you purchase i heart keenwah® quinoa clusters

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Marley Coffee®

Earn $1.50 when you purchase Marley Coffee® RealCup™

Earn $1.00 when you purchase SMARTCANDY® Gummy

Earn $1.00 when you purchase SMARTCANDY® Froot

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Organic Valley Organic Balance™ Milk Protein Shake

Earn $1.25 when you purchase Organic Valley Organic Fuel™ Milk Protein Recovery Shake

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Beanfields™ Bean & Rice Chips

Earn $2.50 when you purchase Organic Valley Organic Balance™ Milk Protein Shakes

Earn $1.25 when you purchase Organic Valley Organic Fuel™ Milk Protein Recovery Shake

Earn $2.50 when you purchase Organic Valley Organic Fuel™ Milk Protein Recovery Shakes

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Organic Valley Organic Balance™ Milk Protein Shake

Earn $1.50 when you purchase Marley Coffee® RealCup™

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Marley Coffee®

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Earth Balance® Baking Sticks

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Earth Balance® Spread

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Nature's All Foods® Freeze-Dried Strawberries

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Himalania® Organic & Fair Trade Black Chia Seeds

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Himalania® Himalayan Pink Salt

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Review: Dashing Dish Cookbook http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/review-dashing-dish-cookbook/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/review-dashing-dish-cookbook/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:31:57 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19697 I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own. When I was offered a copy of “Dashing Dish: 100 Simple & Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating” by Katie Farrell of DashingDish.com, I was excited to add more recipes (and more dairy free hacks) to my cooking line up. Katie starts out by giving people who are new to

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When I was offered a copy of “Dashing Dish: 100 Simple & Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating” by Katie Farrell of DashingDish.com, I was excited to add more recipes (and more dairy free hacks) to my cooking line up. Katie starts out by giving people who are new to eating clean some great tips for getting started, like “Top Ten Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget” and “Tips for Developing Healthy Habits,” which includes how to swap a poor choice with a cleaner one when cooking from scratch.

WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR: The Dashing Dish Cookbook is for people who want to clean up their diet, new cooks, anyone new to cooking clean from scratch.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT: Dishes are easy, creative and run the gamut – from gluten free to speedy cooking to overnight dishes. And for the recipe hacker like me, easy to adapt. Best part? The “for one” recipes. There are only a few, but a great way to spend a little time (5-10 minutes) to make yourself a healthy treat after the kids are in bed…perfect for moms! Katie write a complete recipe, including prep time and  yields, but also nutritional information per serving and information on changes.

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SOME OF THE RECIPES YOU’LL FIND IN THE DASHING DISH COOKBOOK:

  • Inside Out Philly Cheesesteak Peppers
  • Mini Mexican Pizzas
  • French Toast Protein Shake
  • Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder
  • Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs with Quinoa Tabbouleh
  • Creamy Pasta Salad

WHAT DID I TRY FOR THIS REVIEW: Carrot Cake for One in Minutes

Carrot cake

I know it looks MUCH different, but I’m not perfect, ya know? Taste is what matter and THIS was yummy, if I do say so myself! And easy peasy

This recipe took 5 minutes to assemble – mostly from peeling the carrots! It includes finely grated carrots, an egg white, unsweetened applesauce (or carrot baby food), oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, sale and sweetener of choice, walnuts are optional. It takes 2 minutes to microwave in a small bowl or mug and YOU’RE DONE. You can make yogurt frosting for it too, but I created my own frosting since I’m not such a big yogurt fan. I topped my mini cake with equal parts raw honey, almond butter and coconut manna (YUM) and sprinkled unsweetened coconut on top. Ok, so it doesn’t look pretty but it tasted really good and was very filling – not bad for a cake with 100 calorie dish with 1g of fat, 1g of sugar, 7g protein and 1g fiber.

I love this book and am so eager to dig into more of these mouth-watering real food recipes!

Dashing Dish retails for $26.99 and is published by Nelson Books. You can also buy the book at Amazon.com.

 

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Alpha Grillers Garlic Press & Green Salsa Chicken http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/green-salsa-chicken/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/green-salsa-chicken/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:53:20 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19675 I received this product to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own. Since I cook a LOT, and I’m still no big fan of cooking, I try to acquire tools that will help me put great meals that conform to special diets, like GAPS, on the table. As someone who was raised Italian, I’m pretty excited that so far every diet we’ve landed has allowed

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Since I cook a LOT, and I’m still no big fan of cooking, I try to acquire tools that will help me put great meals that conform to special diets, like GAPS, on the table. As someone who was raised Italian, I’m pretty excited that so far every diet we’ve landed has allowed that sacred, amazing, beautiful, best-of-all seasonings: garlic. And while I do have the powdered stuff for when I need a pinch of it, I’m a bit of a snob. It’s organic fresh garlic for my tasty dishes!

But getting garlic out of the skin is a pain and you end up smelling like you could scare away vampires for a year. So years ago, when I learned there was such a thing called a “garlic press”, I was thrilled. It was so awesome to use, but it was a beast to clean.

Not so with Alpha Grillers garlic press and peeler! My husband was hounding me to take photos of this tool so he could use it – and I have NEVER seen him so happy! He loved this press. Easy to use, easy to clean, and as for the dish – delish! My whole home smelled like garlic.

How was it to work with?

My husband ABSOLUTELY raved about it! He was so excited that before long, the whole house smelled like garlic. (He was making garlic tomato sauce, and it was YUMMY.)

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What do I like about it?

100% stainless steel so perfectly nontoxic and easy to clean. And it’s kind of sleek and neat too. It’s also dishwasher safe and also comes with a 100% money back lifetime guarantee.

Now, a great garlic dish is awesome for me and my husband, but the kids need KICK. So, without further ado, here is my recipe for Green Salsa Chicken!

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Green Salsa Chicken

  • 3-4 fresh cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fermented jalapenos, chopped, + 2 tbs jalapenos juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1lb. chicken breast
  • 1 lime sliced thin for garnish

lime onion jalapeno

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together garlic, onion, jalapenos with juice, lime juice and salt. Place chicken in baking dish and cover with mixture. Place lime slices on top. Bake for 60 minutes or until done.

That’s it!

What’s great about this recipe:

This dish was super easy and it’s light on calories, high on spiciness and full of good stuff. It’s friendly for GAPS, GFCFSF diet, and SCD friendly, but you may want to ferment your own jalapenos. I used this brand:

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How I make it safe:

I used only USDA certified organic ingredients. Adding fermented liquids makes it great for your gut. I baked in a Pyrex baking dish.

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Autism Behavior App: Behaviors with Friends Review http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/autism-behavior-app/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/autism-behavior-app/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:58:29 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19660 Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for teach2talk but all thoughts and opinions are my own. For kids with autism and other disabilities that affect social interaction, it can be a struggle to teach them about everyday interactions. We are lucky that our girls get a chance to work with their guidance counselors from time to time to learn about issues that can be challenging. For example,

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For kids with autism and other disabilities that affect social interaction, it can be a struggle to teach them about everyday interactions. We are lucky that our girls get a chance to work with their guidance counselors from time to time to learn about issues that can be challenging. For example, Amelia right now is working with hers to learn about what true friendship is and to lay the groundwork for understanding bullying.

Introducing Autism App: Behaviors with Friends

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Kids can make a good choice or bad choice and see how that action plays out.

For most parents, these topics are a struggle to convey (raising my hand). That’s why I’m happy to share with you a new app, Teach2Talk’s Behaviors with Friends. This app easily lets your child walk through a video scenario and teaches her to make good decisions, solve problems and interact properly with her peers in typical social settings, such as playdates and car rides. Some of the issues dealt with in the Behaviors with Friends app include:

  • resolving conflicts without tantrums or other negative behaviors
  • sharing
  • taking turns
  • telling the truth
  • bullying
  • dealing with anger and frustration
  • being nice
  • encouraging others
  • body boundaries

This autism behavior app allows your child to select Easy or Normal. There is also a “Sticker Book” section, where they can earn stickers a as they progress through the videos. Each story tells you what it’s about (i.e., “Sharing Toys”) and then launches into a video with voiceover which describes the problem. Kids get to select choices – the good choice or the bad choice. Animated characters lay over the video to help kids get through the video. Then kids can choose to move forward or watch again.

The character helps reward the appropriate choice.

The character helps reward the appropriate choice.

 

Behaviors with Friends, created by Teach2Talk, is available at the iTunes app store for download for $4.99. This app is a wonderful resource to support kids who have trouble with social cues and help them learn to build friendships with proper behaviors. It’s also great for homeschoolers and also for moms like me, who need all the help we can get teaching our kids! As co-founder Sarah Scheflen says, “Behavior issues are a common complaint from parents. Parents need strategies to help teach their children how to behave. Behavior with Friends not only teaches children how to behave appropriately, but also provides tips to parents on how to implement their own behavior modifications.” As for me, I’m selecting my iPad to remain on the homepage and using this autism behavior app as a task to do when the kids get out early on Wednesdays!

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teach2talk™ produces educational resources for children, which target core speech and language, play and social skills using techniques including video modeling and was co-founded by Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP and Jenny McCarthy. You can find Teach2talk on Twitter or Facebook.

Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. Sarah is the founder of Scheflen Speech–Language Pathology, Inc., her private practice in Santa Monica, California, and she is also the senior speech–language pathologist on staff at an intensive partial–hospitalization program located at a major public research university in Los Angeles, California. Jenny McCarthy is a The New York Times® best–selling author, actress, producer and comedian. More importantly, she is “mom” to her son Evan, who received a diagnosis of autism with associated language, social, and play delays in 2005. Check out Jenny on Twitter.

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Protecting Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/protecting-your-right-to-know-whats-in-your-food/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/protecting-your-right-to-know-whats-in-your-food/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:18:13 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19650 This post contains affiliate links. If you know me at all, you know I’m passionate about several causes and one that has come up recently is my support of the GMO labeling act. After doing a lot of research and reading, it’s my belief that GMOs may be harmful to you or your child, particularly if your child has sensitivities. In truth, more science needs

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If you know me at all, you know I’m passionate about several causes and one that has come up recently is my support of the GMO labeling act.

After doing a lot of research and reading, it’s my belief that GMOs may be harmful to you or your child, particularly if your child has sensitivities. In truth, more science needs to be done, but that is unlikely to happen easily. If you’re curious about the science of GMOs, I recommend highly that you read “The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother’s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America’s Food Supply– and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself” by Robyn O’Brien.

Basically, most consumers want products that have GMOs to be labeled as such. This IS mandated in over 60 countries worldwide and brands that Americans know and love have removed GMOs (and other toxics) from there products overseas – while keep that junk in our food here in the Americas.

It doesn’t seem right, does it?

Well, it’s not, and it gets worse. Last year, Rep. Mike Pompeo sponsored a bill, backed by Big Food, to PREVENT any state – including those that already passed mandatory labeling laws – from mandating labeling. That means, he is removing the RIGHT from states that want this done. Naturally, he is in the pocket of big food. While this law thankfully did not get to the floor, with a new Congress in 2015, you can be sure a bill like this may come to the floor of Congress again.

Learn more about last year’s “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” renamed the DARK Act by the organic community.

What Can You Do?

It’s critical that families across America work to stop a 2015 version of DARK Act now! What can you do? T

  • Sign the petition at Just Label It:
    http://justlabelit.org/take-action/take-action-congress/
  • On that page, find your Senator’s phone number and call him to tell him that you oppose the “Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” and that you support the labeling of genetically engineered foods and the states’ right to make that choice.

Share this article and the petition with everyone you know this week!

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Welcome to Mom-Blog’s New Home! http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/welcome-to-mom-blogs-new-home/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/welcome-to-mom-blogs-new-home/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:06:30 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19644 Hi there, and welcome! After 12 years, I’ve finally taken the leap and changed my URL to a new brand that fits me perfectly. “Embracing Imperfect” is more than just an acceptance of who and what I am, it’s my approach to life. Sure, there are some things you should be doing as perfectly as possible (like a gluten free diet), but mostly life is

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Hi there, and welcome! After 12 years, I’ve finally taken the leap and changed my URL to a new brand that fits me perfectly.

“Embracing Imperfect” is more than just an acceptance of who and what I am, it’s my approach to life. Sure, there are some things you should be doing as perfectly as possible (like a gluten free diet), but mostly life is full of our best attempts to be a little better at things.

These last few months have taught me how to love myself, while accepting the idea that I’m about as far from perfect as  you can get…and still my family and my God loves me. THAT is the essence of “embracing imperfect”…accepting yourself for who you are, learning to love it and learning to share that love with others.

I hope you’ll continue to join me as I explore ways to help our kids grow and flourish, even if they have limitations (we all do, though, don’t we?) or restrictions on their diets, and ways that we, as moms, can take care of our ourselves and even pay it forward!

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Book Review: The Food Babe Way http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/book-review-food-babe-way/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/book-review-food-babe-way/#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:03:27 +0000 http://mom-blog.com/?p=15248 This post contains affiliate links. I received a copy of this book to review; all opinions are my own. As many of you know, I write a weekly column for Mamavation, where we expose toxins in everyday life and ways you can avoid them in your home and diet. Of course, I’d love for you to read my column, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have all

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As many of you know, I write a weekly column for Mamavation, where we expose toxins in everyday life and ways you can avoid them in your home and diet. Of course, I’d love for you to read my column, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have all that information – or the bulk of it – in one place with tips on how you can remove it from your every day life?

That’s exactly what “The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days!” by Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe, does. After describing her own journey from overweight and unhealthy worker to fit and beautiful activist, and sharing some of her meetings with Big Food companies, Vani takes us through the most dangerous chemicals that are lurking in 21st century food, complete with footnotes so you too can read the studies, in Part 1 of this book. From GMOs to food dyes, she explains what the dangers are or can be. You will get sound training in how to read labels. While I know a lot of these ingredients are “controversial,” I can tell you from practice that I’ve seen how my kids have benefitted when I’ve erred on the side of “danger”.

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Sneak peek inside the book.

Next, Vani takes you through the various diets (low fat, Paleo, vegan) and why she does not believe they are the best way to eat. She introduces her method – the “Food Babe Way.” It’s essentially a guide back to real food cooking from today’s maze of processed food.

Now that you know the problem, Part 2 of “The Food Babe Way” gives you practical steps to change your eating habits for the better in 21 days. Covering everything from safer water to dining out, these steps are already an integral part of my family’s life, although admittedly we do this a lot more for the children than for ourselves. Day 18 includes must-have tips that show you how to eat organic and save money.

Part 3 of this book provides a daily eating plan for the 21 days and accompanying recipes. While this would be enough for a complete handbook of all you need to know, I recommend reading the appendices too. Covering topics like “How to start a petition” to support clean eating, “Corporate Bucks” (money is spent by Big Food), and “Recommended Reading,” these chapters round out everything you need to know.

“Food Babe Way” was clearly written, well documented, easy to read and pretty accurate as far as the research I’ve done. Of course, naysayers will tell you that some of her quoted research is not the definitive or final word, or that conflicting research exists. This is true but raising children with biochemical deficiencies, toxin overload and gut bacteria imbalances means I don’t take a chance on “waiting” for science to see if this or that food is damaging to my kids.

My biggest inspiration from this book, though, was for my own food journey. Since reading it, I realized where I have slipped in my own health. From too many dinners out (we pack the kids’ food) to too many take out meals, I am reminded that Food Babe’s plan is targeted towards people like ME: busy men and women who don’t really feel we have time to prioritize our health. Just 21 days can help you change your tune, especially if you follow the list at the end of each chapter.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is concerned about the risks inherent in the food available at your grocery store today and wants a handy action plan to tackle it.

 

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Healthy & Gluten Free Coupons, 2/13/15 http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/healthy-gluten-free-coupons-21315/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/healthy-gluten-free-coupons-21315/#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:18:51 +0000 http://mom-blog.com/?p=15239 This post contains affiliate links. Hi everyone! I’m resurrecting my coupon features SIMPLY because there were too many good organic, dairy free and gluten free coupons available today not to share with you! With the exception of brands I’m looking to try, I want you to know that I use all of these. Here they are: Organic & gluten free coupons: My favorite gluten free

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Hi everyone! I’m resurrecting my coupon features SIMPLY because there were too many good organic, dairy free and gluten free coupons available today not to share with you! With the exception of brands I’m looking to try, I want you to know that I use all of these. Here they are:

Organic & gluten free coupons:

My favorite gluten free oatmeal:

$1.00 off any one (1) Glutenfreeda product$1.50 off any one (1) Glutenfreeda product. Unlock when you complete 1 Glutenfreeda Foods, Inc. activity.

 

My FAVORITE organic coffee to put in my new French press:

$1.50 OFF any ONE (1) Marley Coffee Product - 8 oz bag or Single Serve Box (10,12,16 ct). Unlock when you complete 1 Marley Coffee activity.$1.00 OFF any ONE (1) Marley Coffee Product - 8 oz bag or Single Serve Box (10,12,16 ct)

 

One of my fav natural remedies (I have a few I like!):

Save $1.00 on any size Oscillo or Children's OscilloSave $2.00 on any size Oscillo or Children's Oscillo. Unlock when you complete 1 Boiron® USA activity.

 

Our favorite seed butter:

$3.00 Off any two jars (2) SunButter product. Unlock when you complete 1 SunButter LLC. activity.$1.00 off of any one (1) SunButter product

 

We almost never eat frozen foods but this is one brand we love:

$1.00 off any one (1) Saffron Road product

 

Cereal is generally off limits too, but if you buy cereal, check out my Mamavation expose to discover why I love Barbara’s as a snack:

$1.50 off of one (1) Barbara's Snackimal Cereal

Dairy free coupons:

$1.00 off any One (1) Silk Half Gallon$1.00 off ONE (1) So Delicious Dairy Free Product

One of my favorite cleaning products companies:

$1.00 off any one (1) 32 oz. Biokleen Bac-Out Product$1.00 off any one (1) 64 oz. Biokleen Laundry Liquid
$1.00 off any one (1) 32 oz. Biokleen Dish Product

 

What I’m curious about:

I *only* use organic tomato sauce, here’s one I’ll have to try:

50¢ OFF any jar of Greenview Kitchen Organic Pasta Sauce

 

Rebates:

Now, you’ve heard me talk about apps. Combo the following purchases with these rebates at the Ibotta app for your phone for more savings! Register for the Ibotta app now!

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Saffron Road™ Simmer Sauce
Earn $1.50 when you purchase Marley Coffee® RealCup™Earn $1.00 when you purchase Marley Coffee®

 

Plus get rebates on these awesome brands:

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Enjoy Life® Baked Chewy Bars
Earn $1.00 when you purchase Enjoy Life® Decadent BarsEarn $1.00 when you purchase Enjoy Life® Cereals
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Strawberry Surprise Gluten Free Sugar Free French Toast Bake http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/gluten-free-sugar-free-french-toast-bake/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/gluten-free-sugar-free-french-toast-bake/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:04:50 +0000 http://mom-blog.com/?p=15204 Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Walmart, AMP, and Sverve. All opinions are my own. I have a kid who absolutely adores French toast. In fact, if I try to give Amelia anything else, even things she likes (pancakes for example), she STILL asks for it. But as a mom, it gets pretty boring, so I wondered if there was a way to

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french toast

I have a kid who absolutely adores French toast. In fact, if I try to give Amelia anything else, even things she likes (pancakes for example), she STILL asks for it. But as a mom, it gets pretty boring, so I wondered if there was a way to spice things up and make life a little easier. For example, a French toast baked dish can last a few days or be breakfast for the whole family, or double as dessert. It’s also a great way to fresh bread that might be going stale since it’s firmer for baking and comes out softer than fried French toast.

While we don’t often get to buy fresh bread, Udi’s has now helped this gluten free family change that! Their Florence Street Bakery products can be found in the bakery section of Walmart. Made with flax, chia and corn, this yummy gluten free bread stands up to egg but doesn’t dry out when it’s a little older. It tastes delicious, like quality white bread should. With Florence Street Bakery,  you won’t miss the glutens at all!

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This recipe is also dairy free, gluten free and sugar free. It’s also flexible because you can easily double it to make a larger tray for the family.

So I gave it a shot. Without further ado, here is my DELICIOUS recipe for…

STRAWBERRY SURPRISE GLUTEN, CASEIN & SUGAR FREE FRENCH TOAST BAKE

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  • Coconut oil for the pan. I recommend Barlean’s Organic and using Pyrex
  • 4 eggs, pastured is best
  • 4 slices of Udi’s Florence Street Bakery Country Seeded Bread, a few days old is fine
  • 1 teaspoon or so of dairy free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (OR use vanilla dairy free milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced flat. Defrost first if frozen.
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon organic Stevia powder, the sweetness of your strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 and coat a small baking pan with coconut oil, then set aside. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, syrup, extracts and cinnamon until well mixed. It may take a while to get the cinnamon all mixed in.

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Dip 4 slices of bread, both sides, into mixture and set aside. Pour almost all the mix into the pan, leaving a small bit behind, and add a layer with 2 slices of bread.

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Meanwhile, use the bowl with remaining egg mixture and add the strawberry slices, Stevia until well mixed.

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Smooth a layer of the mixture on top of the bread slices.

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Add another layer of bread slices on top. Sprinkle with more cinnamon on top.

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Bake until cooked through, 30-35 minutes. (Your strawberry mixture will still be moist if you used defrosted frozen strawberries.)french toast

Remove from oven and let cool. Then slice and serve!

This version of gluten, dairy and sugar free French toast bake uses all organic or GMO free ingredients. My preferred brands include: Silk Almondmilk (I have been an ambassador for them), Barlean’s, Udi’s Florence Bakery Seeded Country Bread, Simply Organic Cinnamon, Nature’s Promise Organic Syrup, Frontier Coop Organic Alcohol-Free Vanilla and brands from my local markets. Enjoy!

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Getting Closer to God: “Divine Applause” Book Review & #Giveaway http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/getting-closer-god-divine-applause-book-review-giveaway/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/02/getting-closer-god-divine-applause-book-review-giveaway/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:44:23 +0000 http://mom-blog.com/?p=15193 I received this book from Family Christian and compensation for his review; all opinions are my own. Contains my affiliate links. Ever wonder why you feel so far from God? Interested in learning how to get closer? Once upon a time, I did too. I’m blessed that God saw that desire in me and put the tools in front of me to approach nearer to

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Divine applause review

Ever wonder why you feel so far from God? Interested in learning how to get closer? Once upon a time, I did too. I’m blessed that God saw that desire in me and put the tools in front of me to approach nearer to Him. Today, we have a beautiful, close relationship, and I never feel far from God, His mercy and His grace.

Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God” by Jeff Anderson is one of those tools that can help you draw closer to God. Jeff shares with readers some his most intimate moments with God – what he calls “buzzer shot” moments – and how you can have your own secret moments by building a relationship with the Lord.

Christians know they follow an invisible God and He an often be hard to hear. Jeff uses stories of his own hearing impairment as wonderfully fitting analogy to this. In his youth, Jeff would turn off his hearing aid, deliberately choosing silence. Once day in 11th grade, he looked up to see the whole class watching him, desperately trying to get his attention. He had tuned out so much that he was oblivious to those around him.

Are you oblivious to God’s voice in your life? That’s another issue he addresses: “hearing” from God. I hear this a lot from nonbelievers: “How can God ‘talk’ to you?” They think we mean that God actually comes in a vision or we hear a live voice. Jeff dispels this notion by showing how God speaks to us with secret signs, scripture, divine interaction with other believers and more. He shares the beautiful concept of how God is watching us – in the way a loving, proud parent watches us as we achieve, honor them and even make mistakes. It’s not divine surveillance but with fatherly love that our Father looks upon His children on this earth, and it’s a very good thing that keeps us safe, motivated and guided.

In fact, one thing I loved about this book was the idea of keeping secrets with God. I’m one of those “open book” type people – secrets are hard for me, even in intimate relationships. But Jeff clearly shows why we should have secrets to knit us closer to our most intimate loved ones: spouses, children, best friends and even God. I love this idea and it was reminder to me to work on it in my own relationships, especially the most important one.

Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God

I found this book to be Biblically sound, something I’m fussy about, although a couple of times I thought he was going off track only to be led to accurate teaching. My only complaint is that there was not enough reference to scripture and no reference to Christian community, both of which personally represent MOST of how I got to where I am today, that is, in a place where I feel God’s love daily, as much as if He lived right her in my home. (Well, He does!) I got the feeling he did not want to force Bible reading on anyone and I think he played it a little too safe. He does, however, sprinkle scriptural “teasers” throughout the book and if you are not familiar with the passages and stories (i.e., Matthew 6), you would be hard pressed to get much out of the book unless you looked those scriptures up. He definitely gets points for making the reader do some work!

Divine Applause” is easy to read, enjoyable if you love someone sharing their story as metaphor and written in a likable and engaging voice. 

Giveaway

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