Enjoy Back to School with Enjoy Life's New Cookies!

I have always been a fan of Enjoy Life Foods. I'm thankful that they are always thinking up new ideas for their customers.  So, their next "big thing," while actually a "mini" thing, is still pretty big! They recently came out with "Mini Cookies." What's not to love?  Not only are they free from gluten, but they are free from dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish as well.  Additionally, they are verified non-GMO.

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My Fabulous G-Free Lipstick Find

I used to love a certain brand of lipstick, which will go unnamed, simply because the colors were vibrant and the lipstick stayed on for a very long period of time.  Enter gluten.  UGH.  After finding out I had an issue with gluten, I had to rethink not only the food I ingested but also any beauty products I used that could accidently be ingested also. While I know this has been somewhat of a debate in the gluten-free community, it can't really be denied that lipstick is likely to be ingested.

EXPIRED: Giveaway: VitaPerk Packets

The other day I posted a review on VitaPerk nutrient coffee enhancer.  You can see my review over here.  I promised a giveaway, and here it is!  Please comment below, answering the following question: "How do you like your coffee?"  I will assign each person who comments a number (in chronological order) and then will use a random number generator to select the winner.  The winner will receive two packets of original, two of energy, and one of hazelnut.

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Simple Mills: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Although I am trying to eat healthier now, I still want something sweet to munch on occasionally.  So, I was really happy to see that Simple Mills has a chocolate chip cookie mix.  They were gracious enough to send me a box in exchange for an honest review. So...here's my honest review:  Um, I LOVE THEM!  OK, guess I should probably give you some more information that just that!

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Perk Up with VitaPerk Nutrient Coffee Enhancer

I am so excited about this fun product that I discovered recently:  VitaPerk!  In my quest to be healthier, I really love the idea of adding vitamins to my coffee.  Personally, I am not a morning person and am rather groggy in the  morning (until I have my freshly brewed cup of coffee).  While I know I should take my vitamins, I have a hard time opening my eyes in the morning, let alone trying to swallow some vitamins.

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Simple Mills: The Best Gluten Free Bread EVER

In my quest to eat healthier, I have turned to a lot of almond flour recipes.  Because I'm a busy mom who likes to keep things simple, I was thrilled to learn that one company, Simple Mills, has produced some quick and easy-to-use mixes that utilize almond flour.  I recently tried their Artisan Bread Mix.  This fabulous mix can be used to make flatbread, dinner rolls, or sandwich bread.  All of the recipes can be found on the back of the product's box.  The only ingredients needed are eggs, water, oil, and apple cider vinegar--score!

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The Quest

Ever wonder...I mean really wonder...what your life would be like if you could have gluten?  I've wondered that in the past few months especially.  Sadly, I think I'd be skinnier. While I know some people have gone gluten-free to lose weight, that hasn't really worked for me.  I wish HAVING to be gluten-free automatically meant weight loss, but it doesn't.  As a matter of fact, I have gained weight since having to go gluten-free.

ALDI Does it Again!

ALDI NEVER ceases to amaze me.  I was thrilled to discover these finds there yesterday!

Starbucks' Gluten-Free Marshmallow Bars: A Nasty Rumor TAKE TWO

Previously, I had written about a nasty rumor I had heard regarding Starbucks' Gluten-Free Marshmallow Bars.  I am happy to report that, thus far, I haven't had a problem obtaining any!  Every time I go to a Starbucks, I ask for a bar...or ask if they have them.  No problems!  I haven't checked at the Target that told me they wouldn't be carrying them anymore, though.  I will do that in the near future and report back to you all!  One place I went to had the bars in new packaging, which may account for the fact that Target said they were being discontinued.

Cecelia's Gluten Free Grocery Guides: Last Call

One invaluable tool in this gluten-free journey is Cecelia's Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide.  While it is often possible to find information about the gluten-free status of various food items online, I personally find conflicting or incomplete information.  When I have had these guides in the past, I have found them to be a great tool! They've helped me navigate g-free products in unfamiliar stores. (We often shop at Wegmans, and they help us out by having a little "g" on all their name brand gluten-free products.  I'm spoiled!! I sometimes feel "lost" in other stores.)

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