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Medicine Tracker March 19, 2012

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 9:34 am
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A few weeks ago, my kiddo got strep throat.  She was, of course, given some medicine to take (everyone’s favorite “pink stuff”).  Unfortunately, I am one of those people who can’t seem to remember to take medicine, especially once I feel better.  I don’t want to do that to my daughter, so I used a little technique I saw on Pintrest.

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How smart!  I wrote the dates she needed to take her medicine, and since she was to take it twice a day I included an AM and PM column.  Just check it off when it’s done, and voila!  A fully completed medicine regimen.

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And a healthy child!

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Once again, thank you Pintrest!

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Lizz

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P.S.  I noticed that I currently have a lifetime total of 999 comments on this blog.  Meaning…the first person to comment here makes 1,000 comments!!  Woo Hoo!! I love reading all the wonderful things everyone has to say about our activities here, and I can’t wait to hear more!

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If you would like to pin this on your own Pintrest page, Click Here to Pin It

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Gluten Free Friday – GoPicnic November 11, 2011

Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!!

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I have a really awesome product to share today, but let me backstory for a second…

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Did you read my post about the awesome Celiac Center Fundraiser at Wildfire?  No?  Well, check it out *here* if you missed it.  I’ll wait…….Okay, so one of the best parts from that night was chit chatting with the other folks at our table.  There was lots of tips being traded, and I did promise you that I would share them with you as I tried them out. So…

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One of the lovely ladies I met was Charlotte, who’s been writing a cute little blog called A Gluten Free Journey Through Motherhood/Wifedom.  One of her recommendations was a product called GoPicnic, that she discovered while on a layover in the airport.  She described it as a lunchable for grownups.  I was intrigued enough to look it up as soon as I got home.

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GoPicnic meals are literally a meal in a box.  And just as Charlotte described, they are very similar to lunchables, but with a few major differences.  First of all, they are a healthier, more natural meal choice.  I also noticed that they did not need to be refrigerated, a huge bonus in my eyes.  While not all of their meals are gluten free, they do have 6 GF options.  They also have vegan, vegetarian, and kosher meals.  Awesome!

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Now, it’s a little hard to see in those small pictures, but the top left-hand corner of the box is where you will find those all important words, “Gluten Free”, if that particular meal is as such. (or vegan, or kosher, ect.)

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After getting all excited over the possibility of a quick on-the-go meal for Skylar, I checked the store locator to see where I might find them.  To my surprise…Target!!  I thought for sure it was going to be a hard to find, but nope. 

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And check out that price tag!!  $3.99!!  My biggest complaint about GF foods is how expensive they can be, and these puppies aren’t much more than a regular lunchable.  I stocked up, and brought them home to show Skylar.  She was so excited, and we even used one to eat in the car on our way to the circus.  (To be honest, it wasn’t her favorite, but she did choose the hummus one first, which I think requires a bit of an adult palate.  I am very confident that she will like the other two, as they are things she eats on a regular basis).

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I have really missed the ability to just run over to the nearest fast food joint to grab a quick bite.  These things are great to keep in the car for emergencies, since they don’t require refrigeration.  (Although, this is Chicago, and our winter temps will keep anything frozen in a car!!)

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So, have any of you found a great on-the-go meal option yet?  Care to share?  Leave a comment and let us know what you’ve found.  Let the recommendations flow!!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Wine Dinner w/ Celiac Disease Center and Wildfire November 9, 2011

Filed under: Food,Things To Do — Lizz @ 11:51 am
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If you live in the Chicagoland area, I have a great event to share with you!

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Last night I was fortunate enough to attend The 2nd Annual Gluten Free Wine Dinner fundraising event that is being put on by the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center and Wildfire Restaurant.

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We were served a 4 course Gluten Free Dinner that was just amazing.  There was not a single item served that had that “gluten free” taste to it.  We had chicken empanada and bruschetta appetizers, swordfish with quinoa (both were a first for me), beef tenderloin with a sweet potato mash, and a chocolate chip cookie sundae.  A-maze-ing!!

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You could also purchase raffle tickets to win a Wildfire gift certificate or a football signed by Brian Urlacher.  Go Bears!! 

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We had a great time talking to the other attendees at our table.  It’s always interesting to hear other’s stories about their journey with Celiac Disease.  And, of course, we all shared some of our best restaurant and shopping tips.  I can’t wait to try some of them!  (Don’t worry!  I’ll share what I find out of course!!)

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We also got the opportunity to talk with management from the Wildfire restaurants, and get answers to questions that all Celiacs want to know:  How do you make sure everyone knows my meal needs to be gluten free?  How to you avoid cross contamination in the kitchen?  How do you train your staff to be knowledgeable?  What’s good on the GF Menu?

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I also learned that they make their own GF pizza dough, buns, and salad dressings.  If you like them, these things can be purchased to take home as well.

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So, do you want a chance to have a great Gluten Free meal at Wildfire, get some interesting information, meet others in the area who also eat a GF diet, and help raise money for the Celiac Center?  There are still 3 events this week that you can join!

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  • Wednesday, 11/9  at Wildfire in Glenview, IL 
  • Thursday, 11/10 at Wildfire in Schaumburg, IL
  • Friday, 11/11 at Wildfire in Lincolnshire, IL

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Registration and Appetizers start at 6:30, and dinner begins at 7:00

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The cost for this event is $55.00 per person without wine pairings, and $70.00 per person with wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity. For each reservation, Wildfire will donate a portion of the proceeds to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.

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If you would like to attend, you need to make a reservation by calling Laura Rosen or Shannon Ryan at (312)787-9000.

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For more information about the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center, and to see their new and improved website, *Click Here*  You can also sign up for their email list to get all of their best up to date information.

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For more information about Wildfire, and to view their full gluten free menu, *Click Here*

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I hope some of you have the opportunity to attend this fantastic fundraising event.  Have a great day everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Upcycling to Organize Wires September 15, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 10:56 am
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I was doing a little cleaning and organizing the other day, and came across this mess:

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I’m sure you all have a pile of wires like this around your house too.  These were actually already organized once before (see how some of them are wrapped up?).  This just wasn’t cutting it for me.  So I used a little tip I found on pintrest (my new favorite website), and used….brace yourselves…

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Toilet paper rolls!  Oh yes I did!

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I re-rolled each of the wires, and put them into their own tube.  I made sure the ends were facing up so you can easily see what sort of wire it is.  All of the tubes were placed into a nice box, and I used the extra space for larger wires and chargers that are too big for the tubes.

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And there you go.  No more wire mess!  And, you can get these boxes from IKEA for just a few bucks!

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Man, I love organizing.

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Tell me…have you gotten anything organized in a cool way recently?  I’d love some new suggestions.

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Have a wonderful day everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Celiac VS. Happy Meal September 9, 2011

When we found out that Skylar has Celiac Disease, we immediately started researching where she would be able to eat.  Just because a food is naturally gluten free does not mean that it hasn’t been contaminated.  For example, french fries are basically just potatoes, and therefore gluten free.  When you get them in a restaurant however, there is a very good chance that they are going to fry them in the same oil as breaded foods, i.e. chicken nuggets.  Now those fries are no good.  When I heard about all of this, I very specifically sighed over the fact that I could never really treat my daughter to McDonald’s again.

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All kids love this place.  We as parents know that it’s not the least bit healthy, but for a special treat, why not?  And what’s the best part of going to McDonald’s for a kid?  Yeah, it’s the prize in the happy meal.

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(I miss the old-school box, but they come back every once in a while)

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I try to not eat things in front of Skylar that she cannot eat, so when it comes to a MickyD’s craving, I do what any caring loving mom would do.  I sneak over there when I don’t have her with me.

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On my last sneak mission, I saw that the toy in the happy meal is a key chain with a Twinkle Toe shoe on it (sneakers made by Sketchers that are just covered in glitter and jewels).  Skylar has been begging for a pair, but I just can’t justify the price ($35-$50?!?!  I’m dying to find a good sale or coupon).  Pair a mini Twinkle Toe shoe with Skylar’s love of key chains, I knew she would LOVE to have one of these.

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But I can’t order a happy meal with no kid.  I mean I could, but I’m there for a Big Mac and large fry people!  So I finally worked up the courage to ask if they would ever give one away.  The nice lady I was speak with said she couldn’t do that, but they do sell them for 90 cents.  What?!  Less than a dollar to make my kid’s day?  You got it!!

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Once they gave me the bag with the toy, I had a thought.  Who says my kid can’t come to McDonald’s anymore?  If we are going with others, or even for the occasional party, why not bring our own safe food, and stick it in the bag for her.  Now she can still get the McDonald’s experience, without the stomach pain and GI issues that would surely follow.

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This may not seem like a huge revelation, but it really was exciting for me.  I will do anything I can do to make my daughter feel normal, and this whole concept of being able to buy McDonald’s toys works for me.

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So there you have the little tiny shoe key chain (whose jeweled toes light up) that made my daughter squeal with excitement.  She waited so patiently so I could take a few pictures, before running off to add the key chain to her backpack.  And she didn’t even ask why there wasn’t any food in the bag. 

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Happy Girl = Happy Mom

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Oh, and check out this fun little bonus…

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Stickers, a code to add Twinkle Toe Shoes to your mPal (Don’t know what that is yet, but it looks like some sort of online character you can create), and a 30% off coupon for real Twinkle Toe shoes!!  Looks like this little sneaky trip to McD’s might result in a little girl getting the shoes she wants so desperately.

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So, for those of you with gluten free kids, what sort of things do you do to help them feel like they aren’t missing out on anything?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Have a great Twinkle Toes weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken September 2, 2011

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It was pointed out to me that the bbq sauce used in the recipe is, in fact, NOT gluten free.  ‘Tis a shame, but I’m sure that a regular GF BBQ sauce, like Sweet Baby Ray’s, would also taste great.

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Things have been really busy around here, between craziness at work, school starting, ect.  I love crock pot meals, but I have one complaint.  They always said it’s so quick, but sometimes the prep required in the morning makes it impossible for me to set things up properly and still get to work on time.  Well, today I have a super yummy, 3 ingredient dish I found over at Six Sister’s Stuff.  I modified the methods a bit, but stuck with the original ingredients.

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Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts (thawed and trimmed)
  • 1 Bottle of Archer’s Farms Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce (from Target)
  • 1 (20 oz.) Can of Pineapple Chunks, Drained

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Directions:

1) Put your chicken in the crock pot.  I prefer to thaw mine, so I can trim it.  This can be done the evening before.  (If that doesn’t bother you, to make this meal even easier, you can use frozen chicken.)

2) Pour the entire bottle of hawaiian BBQ sauce over the chicken.

3) Cook on low for 6-7 hours (or on high for 3-4 hours)

4) 1 hour before you are ready to eat, shred the chicken and return it to the crock pot.

5) Add the drained pineapple, and cook for remaining hour.

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Once done, you should have something like this:

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We chose to serve ours over brown rice (our favorite vehicle for these sort of meals!), with a side of edamame.

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This was a delicious and easy meal.  There was a ton left over too, and it tasted just as good the next day.  I will definately keep this one on hand.

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Do you have any good quick crock pot meals that your family goobles up?  I would love to hear about it!

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

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Lizz

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I’m sharing this yummy dish at the following parties:

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Delicately Constructed Fridays @ Delicately Constructed

 

Organizing Reward Cards August 18, 2011

Filed under: Things To Do,Tips — Lizz @ 9:59 am
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I’ve seen this done a few times, and have wanted to do this for quite a while.  My store rewards cards are a mess.  There’s so many of them, and I never seem to have the right ones with me when I need them.  I thought this idea would help me take advantage of all those reward programs, even when I make unplanned trips to the stores.

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Start by gathering all of your rewards cards.  You can have a mixture of full sized cards and key chain cards.  I prefer the key chain cards, when available, because they already have a hole in them.  You will also need a hole punch and a book ring.

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Take all of the full sized cards, and decide where you can punch a whole without punching through any barcodes, ID numbers, important info, or magnetic strips on the back side.  For me, it was to one side, close to the middle.  You will then need to punch those holes.  It’s a little difficult to punch through the plastic cards, so I actually used a pair of pliers to get my punch to work.  I also used an already punched card as a template for the next one, so they all matched up.

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Once all the cards have holes, use the book ring to keep them all together.

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Now the whole thing can be tossed into my purse, and pulled out when needed.  It takes up a lot less space than the extra wallet I was carrying them around in before.  Simple and Easy!!

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Happy Organizing!

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Lizz