Send Me Gluten Free Review + Giveaway

For any family that deals with food allergies, you are aware that once “food allergy-friendly” food starts to fill your cart, you tend to open your wallet a little wider.  I remember when Finn was first diagnosed I bought a plethora of “dairy-free” items I later found out were: 1) insanely unhealthy and 2) insanely disgusting. And there I was with $4 left of a box of junk that a hungry puppy wouldn’t touch. It was maddening.

The more familiar I’ve become with the allergy world, the more I turn away from any “box deals” as they tend to be filled with sugary, processed items that truly aren’t helpful when you are trying to find real food. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the box from Send Me Gluten Free which included a handful of organic and GMO-free products. (By the way, the box comes from the same team who brought us Find Me Gluten-free, the app that helps you find gluten-free businesses.)

We were eager for the little orange box to arrive!

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And arrive it did!  The kids and I sprawled out on the floor and broke open the box…

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Before we dig in, I guess I should tell you WHAT this box is all about.

Each month Send Me Gluten Free will send you 8-12 new gluten free products to try that will include at least 1 full-sized item. You’ll get full-size and sample size food, personal care items, supplements and household products that support your gluten-free lifestyle. You can join for $20-$30/month (free shipping), depending on the length of the subscription you choose. Each month the box includes new items.

Send Me Gluten Free requires all brand partners be certified gluten free, or tested to the FDA standard of less than 20 parts per million.

Curious what was in the box? Let me fill you in….

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The box included a variety of full-sized items, sample sizes and coupons.

I love the Organic Mung Bean Fettuccine from Organic Asian, so I was excited to see a full-size package of Organic Black Bean Spaghetti included. I’ve been looking for the right recipe to use with these noodles (classic red sauce just seemed so wrong), and I found a recipe with Red Curry Sauce that looks worth a try. 

I was not familiar with Sevierly Good baking mixes until this box. Sevierly Good describes their company as a “home grown organic gluten-free baking mix company dedicated to using certified organic, local, and non-gmo materials that specializes in meeting your gluten free baking needs.” Their mixes are free of: gluten, dairy, soy, bean, nut and corn. I’m saving this mix for Finn’s birthday party when we will have two gluten-free guests. We will have a gluten-free and gluten option for guests to choose.

Cake Noodles

I tried Raw Revolution bars last year at the Gluten and Allergen-free Expo. Loved them then and love them now! This bar was Coconut Bliss. A few years ago I wouldn’t have touched anything with coconut. Now, I love it. So much yum! These bars are raw, organic, GMO-free, and dairy-free. Also included was a 50 cent coupon.

Another company with which I wasn’t familiar is Red Apple Lipstick. There are so many people with a severe enough allergy to gluten that even their skin and beauty care products need to be gluten-free.  I’ve seen many of these products and tried several skin care items, but I’ve never tried gluten-free make-up. I was sent Rallye Balm and really liked it! I’m more of a balm/gloss girl, so it was perfect. Also included in the kit was a code for 30% off your purchase.

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A few yummy items in the box included Surf Sweets which I’ve shared my love with you before. This little package was simply not enough for the 4 members in this family :)

I’m honestly not sure if Juice Plus+ items are suppose to be a supplement or a sweet treat, but either way – they are good. These probably aren’t something I would buy on a regular basis, but it was nice to try.

Sweets

Ummm…. yum. Just yum. Surf Sweets FTW.

Yummy!

There were a few tea and coffee items, as well. The Better off Red from Now Foods was good, very flavorful. The other sample sent was the Teeccino dandelion and dark roast. I’ll have Justin try this one as he’s the coffee snob. A 50 cent coupon was also included for a box of Teeccino tea bags.

Tea

Many soy sauces do contain gluten. San-J not only makes a gluten-free, organic soy sauce, but also one that is verified GMO-free. This should be a non-negotiable for anything with soy. A 55 cent coupon is also included.

Teeccino also makes a gluten-free instant oatmeal. Included in my box was the Blueberry Date variety. There are no refined sugars in the pack and it is verified GMO-free. I thought it was delicious and Evie agreed… she ate 90% of it.

TeeChia and Tamari

Also included in the box was a coupon for one full-sized FREE PRODUCT from Dr. Praeger’s. I have never bought from this brand before so I will need to see what is available at our local stores. From what I see online there is canola oil in many products and they aren’t GMO-free.  I will be interested to see what we find!

Also included was a code for a free digital copy of Delight Gluten-free.

Send Me Gluten free follows up with an email that includes additional codes and discounts on the products included in the box. Followup

Interested in receiving Send Me Gluten Free and want to get started now? Use discount code BLOG20 at checkout and receive 20% off any subscription length.

And now it’s time for one of YOU to try Send Me Gluten free at no cost!

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The winner box will be filled with completely new and amazing gluten-free goodies. Curious what you might see? Rumor has it Lovely Candy Co. might be making an appearance! I’ve had their caramels – they are amazing!

Send Me Gluten Free will be sending one lucky continental US reader a new box of gluten-free products. To enter, write a comment on this post telling me which allergy-friendly product you’ve tried recently and loved… or a product from this batch you’re interested in trying now.

Entries/comments must be posted by noon (CST) Thursday, August 28. I will post the winner Friday morning, August 29.

Good Luck! 

Back to School Essential Oils (Part 2)

Back to School means back to reality! Our kids aren’t even back to school yet, and both came down with two different bugs this week. EEK!

Last week we touched on oils to help support our immune support, sickness, tummy aches, and restful sleep.  Today we are digging into oils for anxiety, focus, and alertness.

Back to School

Anxiety

Anxiety

Valor (confidence): Valor is what many use in situations when they need to “put on their armor” and increase their confidence level.  You can rub this on your temples, your wrists or the back of your neck. I know many moms who apply this to their kids before they take off for the day, some kids are unaware it’s being applied! Valor is used by many individuals with panic attacks, as well. Deeping inhaling the oil or topical application helps many people who struggle with anxiety. (Note: Valor contains almond oil as a carrier, so anyone with an allergy to almond should be aware.)

Peace and Calming: While many people love P&C for sleep, it’s also a really great one to deal with anxiety. Stress, nerves, anxiety are all concerns people love using Peace & Calming to address.  This is another option for individuals with anxiety attacks.

Roman Chamomile: Many say that Roman Chamomile helps people stabilize their emotions. It has a sweet apple smell that seems to really appeal to kids. This is a great one to try if your kids are struggling before they leave in the morning.

Studying and Focus

Focus

Brain Power: Brain Power gives your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Use it to clarify thought and develop greater focus, eliminating what we normally call “brain fog.”  This oil is best for oil children, as it’s not recommended for infants or young children.  Dilute this oil and apply it over the back of the neck, on the temples, on the soles of the feet, and under the tongue. Many people with ADHD children also find this blend very helpful.

Clarity: Clarity promotes a clear mind and alertness. It contains stimulating oils including peppermint and rosemary, which have been used for many years to promote mental sharpness. A study performed by Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of students by 28 percent. Clarity can also be used to help restore mental alertness or wakefulness when you are experiencing fatigue or drowsiness. This is a great oil to diffuse, put in bath water or apply to a cotton ball in air vents. Apply on temples, wrists, and neck. Clarity is generally safe for children over 2 years of age.

Rosemary:  Most of us are familiar with the fresh, herbaceous, sweet aroma. An energizing oil, it may be beneficial for helping to restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue or increase your chance of retaining information. This oil should be diluted before use and is recommended for adult use only.  A great one for college and non-traditional students!

Alertness/Waking Up

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Peppermint: Peppermint is a great oil to diffuse in the morning. I like to put a drop in my hands, rub and deeply inhale before a morning workout.  It’s both refreshing and stimulating, so if you have kids who really have a hard time waking up in the morning, this would be a great one to diffuse in the kitchen over breakfast or in the bathroom while they get ready for the day.

Motivation: Motivation helps enable a person to surmount fear and procrastination while stimulating feelings of action and accomplishment. It enhances the ability to move forward in a positive direction. Motivation is a great blend to diffuse. You can also apply on the ears, feet (big toe), chest, or nape of neck before your kids jump on the bus.

Lemon and Citrus Fresh: Lemon and/or Citrus Fresh are two other great products for morning diffusing as they bring about feelings of happiness and joy. Both are a favorite of adults and children.

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Did we miss any area of concern for you or your kids that oils might address?  What other oils do you use during the school year?

If you are interested in buying any of the oils listed, please refer to these ordering directions.

*** I am not a doctor. I do not diagnose, prescribe or treat ailments. The suggestions of the products we use or friends have used do not replace the advice of your doctor. ***

 

Chemical-free Cleaning with Norwex

I use a handful of products to clean our house, mainly Thieves Cleaner (order through Young Living), Honest Company, and Norwex.

Today I want to share some information from my friend Teresa, who is also a Norwex consultant.  I bought a “pack” of cloths from her years ago that I still use today.  What I love most about these cloths is that they don’t require any extra cleaners.  I clean my windows and mirrors with water and the cloth. Same goes for sinks and countertops. I also have the dust mitt that requires no “polish” or Pledge-like oil.  I find this mitt is extra helpful in our new house with railings and spindles in the entryway.

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I’ve always been curious about other Norwex products and how they work, so I asked her to tell me more. As I started reading, it only made sense to share her information with all of you in case you’re heard about or wondered about how Norwex works.

Here’s Teresa…

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Once you start using Norwex to clean your home, you’ll never go back to the old way of cleaning!

Cleaning with Norwex will:

  • Save you TIME – a more efficient way to clean your entire home.
  • Save you MONEY – eliminate disposable cleaning chemicals & tools.
  • Improve your HEALTH – reduce exposure to toxins in common household cleaners .
  • Improve the health of our EARTH – durable, effective, reusable products mean less waste & compromise to the health of our planet.

Norwex products work so well! They make cleaning fast, easy, and well, actually FUN! Norwex products use Antibac (antibacterial) microfiber that allows you to clean with just water. I’m able to clean my house and get streak-free windows with just water, and in a fraction of the time it used to take. It’s especially great for anyone with children, allergies, asthma, or pets, because you are able to dramatically reduce the chemical usage in your home.

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 3.14.23 PMOne of the most popular products (and the kit Kerry uses) is the household package which includes one enviro cloth, one window cloth and one dust mitt. No chemicals or additional solvents required.  Just these 3 cloths and water! You will be amazed how clean your windows will be with simply water and how long your furniture will stay dust-free by using the dust mitt.

3 Piece Kit

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Over the next week, Teresa will be joining me online for a special “My Wise Mom meets Norwex” virtual party.  Join our Facebook event and learn more about one product every day.  Teresa will help answer questions and share videos of how the products actually work. (You must JOIN the event to see the posts and product videos.)

Shopping online is easy by going to: www.teresafolkerts.norwex.biz. At checkout you will be asked, ‘Should we credit this order to a Norwex Host?’ Click on ‘Yes, help me find my host’, and enter: Kerry Wise. The order will be shipped directly to you.

Please place your order by Thursday, August 28th and join this Facebook event now!