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What do you get the person who’s allergic to everything?

What do you get the person who’s allergic to everything?

stocking-stuffersGluten and dairy and sugar, oh my! The holidays are an allergen nightmare for those of us who deal with everything from Celiac disease to Candida, but they can be an even bigger nightmare for their loved ones who want to make them feel special and included. Overjoyed cries of “I can eat THAT?!” are music to my ears, and they can be to you too. Here’s a list of a bunch of gift ideas you probably haven’t thought of for the Temperamental Tummies in your life.

Stocking Stuffers

Made On: – This company is primarily run by just one gal, who is passionate about and fantastic at what she does. She makes hard lotions, bug block, baby rash lotion, hair butter (a favorite!), soaps, lip balms and tinted lip balms that are 100% natural, hand made, and fragrance, allergen, and preservative free! Around the holidays, she has a lip balm called Vanilla Dust that is a favorite in my family! It’s got a slight sparkle and a delicious sugar cookie smell. Her customer service is top notch, and every repeat customer gets to choose a free product with their order! It’s called Made On: because every product comes hand-labeled with who made it and on what date, so you know it’s always fresh. She even has mechanic soap for guys with fresh pine needles to get those hard-working hands clean, and shaving soap too! Check out her website here!

Red Apple Lipstick– A lot of people don’t know that makeup can contain gluten and all kinds of toxins! That’s not a gift, that’s a curse! This Red Apple isn’t poisoned, however. It’s just the opposite, and it’s completely gluten free, so it’s safe for the Celiac in your life! Their product line specializes in fantastic lipsticks, glosses, and eyeshadows, and they released a mascara that has rocked my world. They’re all high grade, and made by my friend Jay and his lovely wife Andrea especially for Celiacs! Check out my review of their products here! Check out their website here!

Surf Sweets– Christmas candy is notorious for containing allergens like corn, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and dairy. For your little kids, or even your big kids, they have some of the best tasting gummy bears and jelly beans on the market! You’ll have to hide them from everyone else! Check out my review here! 

Lovely Candy Co–  They have the most incredible caramels, licorice, and fruit chews I’ve ever tasted, and they’re gluten free, kosher, NON-GMO(!), no HFCS, and no artificial anything! Gotta love the care that comes with buying from a small family business! They’re available at Target, and a few other stores.

Other great stocking stuffers include: hypoallergenic earrings (check Etsy for great options!), fuzzy socks, a new day planner (TJ Maxx has them for $5!) and fun pencils/stickers/etc, tea (The Republic of Tea is certified gluten free!), a candle (try finding a local candle company!), or a great scarf (just check to make sure they don’t have any textile allergies, like I do!).

Gifts

A pound of coffee (here’s a list of gluten free ones!) and a great new travel mug! (I just received this as a present and it’s awesome)

Skincare! (shameless plug for L’BRI- it’s a local company here in Wisconsin. Aloe vera based, truly natural skincare that’s incredibly affordable!)- Here’s the website, and here‘s a link to see which products contain things like soy or honey if you’re vegan. But really, if you’re getting them skin stuff, check ingredients!

A monthly subscription box! I’m a fan of ones for tea, personally, but here‘s a link with 12 different gluten free food subscription boxes!

Gift cards to places like health food stores, whole foods, etc so that we can buy ourselves gluten free treats we normally wouldn’t spring for!

Look for a local gluten free cafe and buy them a gift card to that place! Try using www.findmeglutenfree.com to search your area!

Gluten free treat mixes, like brownies and cookies- they’re not cheap, but really nice to have around.

A nice lunchbag set, because us allergic people ALWAYS have to bring our own food, but why shouldn’t it be cute?!

Bath salts…baths are great when you’re hurting from a reaction.

 

 
 

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Ore-Ida Totchos

I was recently given a coupon for a free bag of Ore Ida Tater Tots to try from my Influenster box, and while Ore Ida has always been my top choice for french fries, I’d never tried the tots! I was impressed that, while they’re not “Gluten free certified” the ingredients are not gluten-containing. They use corn flour for the crispy breading! I was inspired to try the “Totchos (check out link for more recipes!)” or tater tot nachos recipes I’d seen everywhere, and I had some leftover carnitas that I’d made in the crock pot, so I gave it a shot! This is pretty much the easiest recipe ever. #oreidatotchos #contest

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Carnitas Totchos

Follow the instructions on the Tater Tot bag for baking them.

While they’re baking, assemble your favorite Ultimate Nachos toppings-

Cheese (dairy free or regular, depending on your dietary needs)

Meat (Carnitas, ground beef or turkey seasoned with taco seasoning)- already cooked!

Refried Beans

Olives

Black Beans

Corn

Leave the oven on when you take the done tots out, put the tots into a baking dish, and top with everything you want, topping it with cheese, minus the herbs, sour cream, salsa, chopped peppers and guacamole. Those go on later.

Pop it back into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is all melty to your satisfaction. Top with the rest of the fun stuff and eat up!

Chopped herbs (cilantro, basil, chives, etc)

Guacamole

Sour Cream

Chopped peppers

Shredded lettuce

Salsa

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Our First Giveaway!

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I’m so excited! I have FIVE FREE ONE-DAY PASSES to the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo in Chicago for my readers!

In case you don’t know, the GFAF Expo is one of the most exciting events of the year for the allergy world! It’s the best place to learn about new resources and products to improve your quality of life so you never feel like you’re “living without.” I’d love to hang out with you all, so here’s what you’ve got to do to enter!

Each item completed earns you an extra entry, so click on the link and get started!

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Want to hang out?

Last year I found out about a conference called the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo and did a little research. It looked like such an amazing gathering of resources and an opportunity to explore my food options which, naturally, benefits you guys too, since my little food adventures invariably end up on this blog.

I signed up to be an “official blogger” so I could get the real scoop on the expo, and I’m so glad I did! The sheer amount of vendors there is going to keep the energy high and the finds exciting! I keep finding pictures, blogs, and tweets from people who have gone who not only look like they’re having fun, trying new products, and getting coupons to try others, but are changing their quality of life for the better!

One of the perks of being an official blogger is that I get to pass this experience on to you all through my tweets (follow me @tamaralee21, #gfafexpo), Instagram (potentialredcard21), on here, AND through giving you a discount on tickets so you can experience it firsthand! Over there —-> is a banner with a coupon code on it for 35% off the $15 or $25 tickets.

I just bought my hotel on Friday, and they’re filling up fast, so book yours soon! I’d really love to meet and hang out if you’re going to be at the Chicago Expo, so let me know! Check out the class schedule below!

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Class Schedule:

Saturday:

10:00-11:00

“Power Me Up Now!” Learn how to stop eating & start nourishing. Learn how to restart your metabolism to regain your health and core power.

11:30-12:30

“Gluten Intolerance: Is the lack of Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Probiotics to Blame?” Why has there been such an increase in Gluten Sensitivity and chronic illness. Can some of the rise be due to diminished levels of micro nutrients in our food. Dr. Eisenstein will explore the recent scientific studies as well as give some solutions.

Sunday:

10:00-11:00

“Safely Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free.” Learn tips on eating safe meals in restaurants close to home or abroad with confidence including advice on hidden ingredients and food preparation. Empower yourself with proven travel tips about airlines, snacks, hotels and more from Kim Koeller, award-winning author of Let’s Eat Out and 2-plus million mile world traveler with celiac disease and food allergies.

11:30-12:30

“Get Rid of Toxins – in your Diet and in your Life!” Carol Kicinski, over 20 years living the gluten-free lifestyle, tells her personal story of how going gluten free changed not just her health but her life – informative, always humorous, entertaining and uplifting!

1:00-2:00

“Cooking Gluten-Free For Your Family & Beyond” Join Carlyn Berghoff and her teenage daughter Sarah McClure as they share their journey, tips and successes of going, living, and cooking gluten-free. Whether you’re just beginning a gluten-free lifestyle or you’re an old pro, Carlyn and Sarah will teach you the gluten-free kitchen must-haves, tips for the gluten-free road and dining out, and even how to prepare for college in a safe, gluten-free way.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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