Lifestyle

It’s been a while…

Oh, hi!  It’s been quite a while since I have been on here.  Last year was a doozy.  There was some extreme ups at the beginning of the year and then everything kind of fell apart for a while.  Lots of extreme downs.  Loss, abuse, depression, stress, sadness, confusion. 

2016 was not always kind to me. […]

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Food

Stock up this Valentine’s Day

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If you’re crunched for time, relax—this Valentine’s Day, you can shop online at Dollar Tree for yourself, your kids, your family, your friends—anyone! […]

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Entertainment + tech

Book of the Month: THE gift for the book-lover in your life

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Simplify the reading process by having it delivered to you—or your book-lover—with Book of the Month. Each month, five (5) books are carefully chosen by the Book of the Month Judges to be the selections of the month. […]

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Entertainment + tech

Crunchy Family, Jr.: A Book Club for Kids

The Crunchy Family, Jr. Book Club is a project I wanted to launch over the summer, because it made most sense, but didn’t get around to. I was trying to figure out the details of it and how exactly to do it, but…meh. That obviously never happened. I’m working on starting a book club on my own blog, Janepedia, and I figured a kids’ book club could be equally fun. […]

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Food

GF&AF Expo 2016 – Dallas, Texas

Whoa!!  Is it already that time of year??  It’s getting dangerously close to one of my favorite events of the year…  The Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is coming to Dallas, Texas this September 10th and 11th.  This will be my THIRD year attending as a member of the press!  Can you tell that I am excited?! […]

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Lifestyle

Review: Neilmed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator

Let’s see a show of hands…  Who loves to suck out their baby’s snot?  Me??  HECK YES I DO.  Ok, no.  I don’t really, but sometimes it is a necessary evil.  When kids get sick, they get stuffy noses.  When kids get stuffy noses, they get cranky.  They can’t breathe.  No one is happy. 

Have you ever tried one of those big blue or green bulb suckers?  You have to shove that giant tip into your baby’s tiny nostril and try not to suck their brain out in the process.  I have never been able to achieve such a task without wailing and flailing. 

The Neilmed Naspira is a new-fangled nose sucker.  It has the features and functions of the regular type of bulb sucker that you know and may or may not love as well as the option to be a Nasal-Oral suction device.  I know.  It sounds gross.  Believe me, the first few times I try these type of things, I always dry heave a bit, but they are SO effective.  They are actually quite amusing once you get the hang of it. […]

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Food

Review: al fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage with Giveaway

I was sent a sample of the Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage from al fresco as well as a pack of the precooked chicken bacon to test out in some recipes.  I think I was more excited about the bacon because, well…  BACON!!  It’s precooked so that makes my life ten times easier.  I hate cooking bacon.  It’s literally on my top five list of despised activities. 

For my first recipe, I decided to make some breakfast tacos after dropping the boys at the bus one morning.  I used a couple pieces of bacon because I knew I wanted to save the sausage for a meal when all of the kids were home so I could see how they liked it. […]

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Food

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest 2016

I am SO excited to announce that Liz and I will be headed to Austin this weekend to cover the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest.  Last year, Liz was unable to make it, so I am super stoked to have her along with me this year.  I am really looking forward to checking out all of the new vendors as well as those that are already favorites of ours. 

I have a pair of weekend passes to the Fest to give away, so if you would like to enter to win, follow the steps on the widget below!  Winner will be emailed Friday morning and tickets will be available to pick up at Will Call. 

 

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Lifestyle

Sunday FunDay: Pumping While Driving

Sunday is the last day of the weekend.  It’s our last bit of free time before we have to get back to the school and work week.  I usually have a bunch of chaos going on during the week and I thought that it would be fun to have one of my crazy moments turned into a cartoon by Angela McReynolds every week. 

This week, it was pumping while driving.  I have actually gotten pretty good at this thanks to my Spectra pump.  It holds a charge so I can easily take my pump with me and get a day’s worth of pumps-to-go on one charge without worrying about plugging it in.  Liz and I went to Houlihan’s for lunch (which was AMAZING, by the way!) and so I had to pump on the way to pick her up and on the way home.  While I have always been comfortable breastfeeding in public, I always feel a little awkward while pumping and driving.  Of course, the only people that can usually see in and see what I am doing are men driving big trucks.  I avoid them like the plague, especially at red lights where I might have to sit for a minute or two in awkwardness. 

Where’s the weirdest place you have ever pumped?? […]

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