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If you know me, you know that I can’t bake. I mean, I can follow a recipe (sort of), but making my own recipes? AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.

That’s why I lean on my amazing gluten-free blogger friends with their culinary skills and wisdom to help a girl out in the kitchen.

It’s national sugar cookie day, but honestly, I enjoy sugar cookies ANY day of the year. While you may think that sugar cookies are just reserved for the holidays, I think they’re the perfect cookie base for any celebration. All you need is a good recipe, a good cookie cutter, and some awesome decorations – like frosting, sprinkles, and food coloring.

Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipes

Flippin’ Delicious Gluten-Free Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars (contains dairy, egg can easily be made vegan)

For my birthday, Brianna made me these and sent them to me! She’s so flippin’ adorable!

@flippindelish pink frosted sugar cookies have my heart. #glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree too!

A post shared by Erica (@celiacandthebeast) on Apr 15, 2017 at 12:27pm PDT

gfJules Cut Out Sugar Cookies (vegan) using gfJules Gluten-Free Cut-Out Cookie MIx

This mix is super easy to use! You can purchase gfJules sugar cookie mix on Amazon in my Influencer favorites list!

My Gluten-Free Kitchen Chewy Sugar Cookies (contains dairy, egg)

This Vivacious Life Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies (contains nuts, dairy, egg)

Natural Gluten-Free Frosting

Simple Mills vanilla and chocolate frosting canisters are delicious! They’re available at major natural food chains like Whole Foods and Sprouts. You can usually buy them online, but they don’t ship during the hot summer months (for good reason).

Wholesome! Sweeteners launched three gluten-free dairy-free frosting canisters, including vanilla, chocolate, and wild white strawberry.

Natural Food Coloring

ColorKitchen and Color Garden are two brands of awesome gluten-free and celiac-safe dyes.

You can purchase them using my Amazon affiliate link below!

Color Garden

Natural Sprinkles

I absolutely love the naturally-colored (no artificial dye) sprinkles from ColorKitchen! While they may not be as vibrant as other gluten-free sprinkles that are full of artificial dyes, these are made from vegetable dyes and I think they’re adorable! You can purchase them using my Amazon affiliate link below!

Color Garden also makes gluten-free sugar crystals (aka sprinkles) that are free from dyes. They come in red, orange, yellow, green and blue and are available online at ColorGarden.net.

Any tried and true gluten-free sugar cookie recipes to add to the list? Comment below!

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At the recent Gluten Intolerance Group’s #GFTeenSummit, I was in Disney Springs for four days. While I thought I could survive only on Erin McKenna’s NYC Bakery, sigh, I could not. I could only eat so many tea cakes in a day before I went into some sort of coma. On one of our night’s, there weren’t any dairy-free options, so I decided to take a short walk to Disney Springs to grab something. While I was initially headed to D-Luxe burger (I’ll write about that soon), I stumbled upon Morimoto Asia first (okay, I was totally lost).

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

The line was crazy long to get it, as it always is in Disney Springs without reservations, but I decided to go inside and just check. She said she didn’t have room for me, but if I wanted take out, I had to go to the quick-service take-out that was attached to the building, outside. I got in line, but realized that the menu was totally different than the gluten-free menu inside. It had noodle dishes that were totally unsafe. I went back inside and told the host that I was gluten-free and that I needed to order from the regular menu, but only to-go. She told me I could do that at the bar. WHEW, what a crazy adventure just to get some safe food. Thankfully, the wait at the bar was quick!

This is your regular reminder that if you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant in Disney Springs without a super long wait, you must make a reservation well in advance.

The bartender who took my order used to be a server at Raglan Road, so she was already familiar with celiac disease and the needs of a gluten-free customer. Was I lucky, or what? It’s so nice to head to a place where servers are so well-versed in allergy ordering! PS you can see their gluten-free only menu online.

Looking at the menu, I was impressed that they offered more than just sushi rolls. Had I more time on my hands, I would have explored the menu deeper and ordered some interesting things like the fried rice or chicken wings.When I have a craving for sushi, however, it’s hard to think about anything else. The second I walked into Morimoto, I knew that sushi was exactly what I wanted. THOSE SUSHI ROLLS!

I got a spicy tuna roll, a California roll, and a vegetable roll. They were all made with high-quality sushi and I was excited to find California rolls made with real crab – not imitation crab (that contains wheat) with an insane upcharge to get the real thing.

I would definitely recommend getting sushi at Morimoto Asia, if you get a chance to snag a reservation. I wouldn’t recommend eating at the crowded and noisy bar, unless you have to get allergen-friendly take-out. Definitely get a bottle of the gluten-free soy sauce for your order too!

This is just another reason not to overlook Disney Springs as part of your Walt Disney World vacation! Disney Springs offers many gluten-free and celiac-safe options!

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Picture this. You just went on a gluten-free shopping spree and bought a ton of new gluten-free things. As you’re unpacking your items, something catches your eye. “Does that really say WHEAT on the label?” You check the front of the package and there’s a gluten-free symbol. But there’s actual wheat in the ingredients (or maybe barley). Yep, you’ve encountered a terrible product that needs to go to gluten-free jail. Or maybe you ate an item and you got sick with a gluten-type reaction from a product that was labeled gluten-free (that doesn’t have ingredients that you’ve never had before/could also be intolerant to). If you know that it’s a gluten reaction, it’s time to speak up. You absolutely need to contact the FDA ASAP. 

Reporting a Gluten-Free Product to the FDA

Here’s how to:

  • Report an issue with a gluten-free labeling claim like:
  • Reporting a facially misbranded gluten-free product
  • Facial misbranding includes something labeled GF but ingredients contain gluten (like barley or wheat)
  • Please note that this does NOT include those foods with a call out for CODEX approved wheat starch (legally labeled GF as long as they call out wheat as an allergen), made in a facility, or made on shared equipment (those are both legal – and optional- claims on a gluten-free product)
  • Reporting an illness from a specific gluten-free product
    • You must keep the item’s packaging that includes UPC codes, and a receipt (if you still have it) that indicates where the item was sold and when it was purchased. These are all questions that can help determine if a batch is over the 20ppm limit and could prompt a recall if enough people call in).

PER THE FDA:

https://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm363069.htm

If consumers have any doubts about a product’s ingredients and whether or not the product is gluten-free, they should contact the manufacturer or check its website for more information. If consumers want to report a labeling issue related to a gluten-free claim (e.g., the product carries a gluten-free claim but lists wheat flour in the ingredient list), or if they experience a bad reaction to a product labeled “gluten-free,” they can contact their FDA consumer complaint coordinator

Contacting an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator

To report adverse reactions or other problems with FDA-regulated products, contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for the state in which you reside. There is not a Consumer Complaint Coordinator in each state. Consumer Complaint Coordinators are assigned to a district which may include more than one state. Therefore, several states may have the same Consumer Complaint Coordinator assigned to them.

Alabama 513- 679-2700
Alaska 800-353-3965 (toll free)
Arizona 303-236-3044
Arkansas 855-630-2112 (toll free)
California (Northern)— zip codes 936xx & higher; and zip codes not covered by southern CA 510-337-6741
California (Southern)— zip codes 90xxx – 92xxx, 93000-93199, 93400-93499, 93510, 93532-93539 949-608-3530
Colorado 303-236-3044
Connecticut 800-891-8295 (toll free)
Delaware 877-689-8073 (toll-free)
District of Columbia 410-779-5713
Florida 866-337-6272 (toll free)
Georgia 404-253-1169
Hawaii 808-522-8011 X1100
Idaho 800-353-3965 (toll free)
Illinois 312-353-7840
Indiana 313-393-8189
Iowa 855-202-9780 (toll free)
Kansas 855-202-9780 (toll free)
Kentucky Toll-free in KY only: 800-437-2382, 513- 679-2700
Louisiana 513- 679-2700
Maine 800-891-8295 (toll-free)
Maryland 410-779-5713
Massachusetts 800-891-8295 (toll-free)
Michigan 313-393-8189
Minnesota 612-758-7221
Mississippi 513- 679-2700
Missouri 855-202-9780 (toll free)
Montana 800-353-3965 (toll-free)
Nebraska 855-202-9780 (toll free)
Nevada 510-337-6741
New Hampshire 800-891-8295 (toll-free)
New Jersey 973-331-4998
New Mexico 303-236-3044
New York 866-446-9055 (toll-free)
North Carolina 404-253-1169
North Dakota 612-758-7221
Ohio Toll free in OH only: 800-437-2382, 513- 679-2700
Oklahoma 855-630-2112 (toll free)
Oregon 800-353-3965 (toll-free)
Pennsylvania 877-689-8073 (toll-free)
Rhode Island 800-891-8295 (toll-free)
South Carolina 404-253-1169
South Dakota 612-758-7221
Tennessee 513- 679-2700
Texas 855-630-2112 (toll free)
Utah 303-236-3044
Vermont 800-891-8295 (toll-free)
Virginia 410-779-5713
Washington 800-353-3965 (toll-free)
West Virginia 410-779-5713
Wisconsin 612-758-7221
Wyoming 303-236-3044
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands 800-332-0127 (toll-free)

However…

Does this mean that the FDA is enforcing the gluten-free labeling law? Does this mean that the FDA takes every report seriously? Does this mean that the FDA Is really recalling all the products that they have found to be unsafe? I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but read this article from Gluten Free Watchdog and you can see where the skepticism comes from. However…that doesn’t mean that we have to stop following protocol and stop reporting to the FDA? No. We must do our due diligence and follow the current rules for reporting a gluten-free food to the FDA.

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As our population ages, I’m terrified. I’m not just scared of growing old. I mean, that itself is terrifying. Right now we have our grandma into a home for those with dementia. It’s really sad. She can’t remember who she is, or to wash her hands. What if I forget that I have to be gluten-free? What if I forget that I have celiac?

But even if I’m of sound mind and body until I’m old and saggy (hoping to keep my wits about me), who will care for me? Who can care for me with safe gluten-free food? Who can care for an aging autoimmune patient outside of a hospital?

It’s all so scary. Also, I’m going to need a LOT of botox. 

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. Something that my parents argue with me. What’s the point? You’ve lived your life up to this point, why go gluten-free now? Is it even worth it going gluten-free past 60? Past 70?

Yes, according to Celiac Disease Foundation. “Some question whether it is meaningful to detect celiac disease in the elderly population, especially when the symptoms are mild, arguing that the adoption of a strict, gluten-free diet is a difficult lifestyle change. The researchers from this study, however, maintain that correctly diagnosing these patients is worthwhile, as the available evidence suggests a significant improvement in quality of life on a strict, gluten-free diet. Notably, this improvement in quality of life has been demonstrated even in seemingly asymptomatic elderly patients.”

I’m so happy that Delicious Living wrote about this topic in their article “Going Gluten Free as a Senior”

As awareness of gluten issues grow, more and more people – including seniors – are being diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten allergies. While learning to live a gluten-free lifestyle can be daunting to anyone, it provides unique challenges to seniors over age 65.

How Can They Care For Gluten-Free Seniors?

One of the biggest problems gluten-free seniors face is finding an assisted living or long-term care community that can accommodate their specific dietary needs.

Communities that provide long-term care must provide a diet prescribed by a doctor, but assisted living and retirement facilities do not, Ronni Alicea, a dietician specializing in gluten-free diets in healthcare facilities, said to the Gluten-Free & More website. If you stray outside locations like this, it’s a toss-up. My grandmother’s home doesn’t have a specific diet lined up, although meals are home cooked by the residential facility’s owners. What happens if they were to take in a senior with food allergies or celiac disease? Would this person, who is just running a senior home, have to become an expert then in specialty diets too? What if we couldn’t afford a assisted living home that had chefs that understood what gluten meant? See what I mean about terrifying? 

So what are you looking for when you visit retirement communities or senior living options? Here are some key questions from Gluten Free & More Magazine.

Are They Willing To Make Gluten-Free Food?

Discuss how proper preparation of the food (e.g., using a dedicated gluten-free toaster) is as important as the food itself, says Alicea. They may tell you they don’t want that responsibility. Others will say they handle special diets and food allergies all the time, no problem.

Does the Kitchen Get Gluten-Free?

Obviously, this is a great sign if they’re already preparing gluten-free meals for others, says Alicea. However, see if you can talk to those residents about their experience. Make sure they’re happy.Many of the same principals of kitchen safety for food allergy apply to celiac disease. In fact, you want staff to treat celiac disease as seriously as they would an anaphylactic food allergy, says Alicea. Find out how they minimize cross contamination when cooking for residents with food allergies. Take a tour of the kitchen and see how clean it is. With procedures and training systems already in place for food allergy, the gluten-free diet should be easier to implement.

Are They Willing To Purchase Gluten-Free Staples?

Find out in advance how this will be handled. Should you stock these staples for your gluten-free senior, or do they have a pantry available? Do they know how to purchase specialty diet products? You don’t want to be surprised by added costs or the responsibility of having to supply gluten-free food if you think it should be covered under the traditional meal plan.

Have a Conversation

“You have to talk to the people in charge of the food – the dining coordinator or dietitian or the staff on consult,” says Anderson, who recommends that you “don’t just ask, ‘can you do gluten-free.’” Instead, ask them to walk you through a week’s worth of menus. Also ask to speak to other gluten-free residents who can tell you straight out if the food is good, if the community really sticks to a gluten-free menu and if there is variety and a lot of options so you won’t get bored.

Are There Safe Spaces Out There?

Yes, but they are far too few and far between. With 1:100 people with celiac disease, I’ve only been able to find a few that are actually trained to be gluten-free. That’s it?  Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, Arizona, and GenCare Lifestyle communities in Arizona and Washington are all gluten-free certified. But that’s not enough. Do you know of any safe places for gluten-free seniors? 

Thank you to New Hope Network’s Delicious Living and Gluten Free & More Magazine for this conversation and content about gluten-free seniors and gluten-free senior living! I am a New Hope Network blogger and currently employed with Gluten Free & More magazine.

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This post is sponsored by Vitacost and contains affiliate links. If you click on one of these banners or links, I get a small percentage of your sale. I use this money to pay for my website, as well as feed my cats expensive prescription cat food.

My house is gluten-free, yes. But is it clean? Sometimes. Sometimes when I find out that we have people coming over to watch a basketball game and then for like 3 hours I put on a bandana and become some sort of house cleaning avenger. Because let’s all be honest – your house is the most clean when you have people come over. We finally clean that cat vomit that happened sometime last week. We actually fold the laundry that’s been in the dryer for days. We actually mop the floors. MOP. THE. FLOORS. And we do a lot of dishes. Oh, and the toilet. Because let’s get real, I have IBS and I 100% need a clean toilet bowl to fool anyone who comes over.

But, I’m also super sensitive to cleaners. They give me massive headaches. I have a huge artificial fragrance sensitivity. I start sneezing uncontrollably and I feel like I can’t breathe. I’ve had to leave hotel rooms that were freshly cleaned because I just can’t handle traditional cleaners. Even Febreeze makes me insane. It’s supposed to remove smells, and all I smell is artificial awfulness and nausea. So, I have to be very careful about household cleaners. We haven’t used powerful cleaners (like the kind where they warn you to wear gloves and then if you get it in your eyes you’re totally blind). We already know that I have to use fragrance-free Molly’s Suds on my clothing because I get rashes from regular detergent. I’m….special.

Clean Your Gluten-Free House

Thankfully, I’ve teamed up with Vitacost so I can share my favorite natural cleaners with you. Cleaners and fragrances to clean your house, but won’t bombard you with chemical-heavy fragrances.

Some Of My Favorite Cleaning Products

Below I’ve outlined some of the products that are my favorite gluten-free cleaning products found on Vitacost. Just click on the image to be taken to the Vitacost page to order for yourself!

CLEANING HOUSE

Quick! Throw the dishes in the sink! Flush that toilet (seriously, who forgot to flush the toilet?!?!)! Hide the laundry! Someone is at the door!

The Clean Collection Toilet Bowl Cleaner – peppermint. I promise this peppermint scent is not offense at all! Clean your bowl!

The Clean Collection Laundry Stain Remover – Fragrance Free. Laundry stains? No problem! I sadly used this the other day – TWICE – while I was testing pizzas for an upcoming issue of the magazine. Pizza sauce + Lululemon? Not good. I used this and washed with Molly’s Suds and it was gone!

The Clean Collection – compostable bamboo paper towels. These are definitely not Viva paper towels, but I feel better about using them!

ECOS Dishmate – Fragrance Free. I love using this for dishes. My hands are always submerged into dirty dish water (with one growing boy – okay he’s 38, and two cats that eat wet food twice a day). I love this product!

WHAT STINKS?

I can’t deal with most room fresheners. They irritate my lungs, eyes, and skin. However, my house (also my home office and also a test kitchen) often smells funky. Example, I’ve been testing pizzas. One morning at 10am I was making 10, yes, 10 pizzas. I did not want my house to smell like a pizzeria. I opened up the doors and turned on a diffuser with essential oils. Be aware, some essential oils may irritate those with asthma, but so far, it’s the only smelly type of thing that doesn’t irritate me! I use them to make my house smell nice without being overpowering of “clean,” like some household cleaners.

NOW Faux Wood Grain Diffuser. The day that I put together this list of my favorite products for a gluten-free home, my diffuser broke. I had been eyeing this NOW faux wood grain diffuser at my Natural Grocers for a while, so it was fate that Vitacost sells this. It seems to last forever, much longer than my previous diffuser! It has a large tank, and also offers a nightlight option. Use with your favorite NOW essential oils!

NOW Essential Oils. I buy essential oils from NOW, as well as purchasing from my friends (that aren’t crazy – seriously, MLM sellers, stop being aggressive and awful) from Doterra and Young Living. When I’m looking for a specific scent, I buy the NOW oils because they are trustworthy!

KEEP IT CLEAN AND WASH THOSE HANDS

Everyone Hand Soap. I started buying this a few years ago and haven’t gone back since. Everyone Hand Soap is certified gluten-free, and comes in a variety of scents. I use the more citrus scents for the kitchen hand soap and the more fragrant soaps for the bathroom.

Sal Suds from Dr. Bronner’s. This biodegradable eco-friendly cleaner is so versatile. If you’re a fan of Dr. Bronner’s for literally everything (seriously, what doesn’t it do, it’s like the coconut oil of soap), then get Sal Suds that’s made specifically for diluting and cleaning.

Win With Vitacost

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I was recently in Washington DC, our nation’s capital, for Digestive Disease Week 2018. I hadn’t been to Washington DC since the early 2000’s when I was barely in my 20’s and there for a bachelorette party. We basically hung out in Adam’s Morgan and drank for many many days. I don’t really remember that trip, other than I attempted to kayak down to Potomac river, and had to be rescued because of course I did. Before that, before I even knew what gluten was, I was there with my orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center. I don’t remember that trip at all, except seeing the White House for the first time and being impressed at all the museums.

But this time – this time I was gluten-free, and definitely not here to party (or perform). I was here to talk about gastrointestinal diseases and poop. And to find some good places to eat safely.

WHERE TO EAT IN WASHINGTON DC

Okay, that’s an overgeneralization. This is really where to eat near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. You can easily walk to Chinatown where several chain stores are, or downtown near City Center – near the Grand Hyatt, where I was staying. And honestly, I ate at three places and they were all great.

Rise Gluten Free Bakery

The only dedicated gluten-free bakery even close to me was a cab’s ride away in Adam’s Morgan. It was pouring in DC, and everyone was calling a cab/Uber to leave. But, the pull of cookies made me pay for surge pricing.

What I ate

I was excited that they offer gluten-free dairy-free egg-free items, but they were pretty rare. I will say that the vegan chocolate chip cookies are some of the best cookies I’ve ever had. I ate way too many of them during my time at DDW. I got this flourless chocolate cake and it was really good, but it also fell out of the box into my purse and I had to sit on the floor of the convention center and eat chocolate cake out of my purse. Basically, the coolest person you know.

I couldn’t have anything else because they contained dairy. Their breads, OMG their breads looked SO good. The eclairs looked super legit, and I’ve heard that many of the other items are incredible. I really wished I could eat it!

I wanted to go there during our lunch break, because they served sandwiches, but (sigh) it was disappointing. I could only get deli meat on bread that fell apart. Now, coming from Phoenix where Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe has incredible REAL sandwiches on gluten-free bread. It was really disappointing. The baked goods, definite win, best gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies ever, and everything else…not so much. If you’re in the DC area, 100% go to Rise Bakery for their baked goods.

Legal Seafood

What I ate 

More like what DIDN’T I have. The majority of their menu can be made gluten-free. They have a dedicated gluten-free fryer and take all allergies seriously. They can easily do dairy free (note: if you have a dairy allergy, do not get fried foods, as they use a buttermilk fryer batter. While they can fry things without this batter if you are dairy sensitive, dairy is used in the fryer). All foods tested safe with Nima Sensor.

Fish of the Day: Trout

Crispy fried shrimp + fried cod

Shrimp cocktail

And all the fries ever. And their gluten-free rolls. And their wine!

Fruitive (City Center)

What I ate

Hail to the Kale Salad (tested safe with Nima Sensor)

Coffee Latte+

Antioxidant Bowl (no granola)

Being from Arizona, I was pretty excited to have Legal Sea Foods within walking distance every day I was in DC. I went to Legal Sea Foods EVERY DAY I WAS IN WASHINGTON DC. Yes, I ate there five days in a row. Even when the Capitals were hosting the Stanley Cup and Legal Sea Foods was across the street from the arena. And there were no reservations allowed. And I panicked and asked for take out. Waiting an hour for take-out was totally worth it because I was like super stoked on getting seafood and not even NHL fans would keep me from it!

If you plan on eating five days straight at Legal Sea Foods like I did, just make sure there’s not a national sporting event there. But next time I’m hoping to eat Gluten-Free Washington DC, I’m guessing there won’t be a NHL championship game.

If I had more time, I would visit The Little Beet (not the same as the Little Beet Table in Chicago) because I’ve heard great things about it. Any other Washington DC people here that want to share their favorite places to eat at in DC?

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Come join me at the upcoming Gluten Free & Allergen Friend (GFAF) Expo in Phoenix at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa this June 23rd and 24th 2018!
GET TICKETS HERE (affiliate link)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 6/22)
WHAT
As you might know, I hiked to Denver in the middle of a snow storm to attend the last GFAF Expo in Denver this year in April. Happy birthday to me? I loved being able to fly into Colorado and out the same day – and still see all of my favorite expo friends, and get samples of my favorite brands!
I brought so many samples home – I had TWO full suitcases in the span of the 12 hours I was there. That’s how you know it was a good show! I bought a ton of stuff from Kim & Jake’s and took home some special loaves of Hawaiian bread from Canyon Bakehouse! I had a chance to sample my favorite gluten-free beers – and thankfully my absolute favorite (Ground Breaker Brewing) was there! And Glutenberg! And New Planet! All the goodies!
I can’t wait to see everyone again in Phoenix (or should I say Glendale) in a few days! 
GET TICKETS HERE (affiliate link)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 6/22)
WHERE

The 2018 Phoenix GFAF Expo will be in the same location as years past, in the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa (Media Center)

Map it:
9495 W. Coyotes Boulevard
Glendale, Arizona 85305
There’s always free parking and there’s plenty of room! While you’re there, check out all the amazing outlets at the Glendale. I always go to check out Kate Spade, Kitchen Collection (lots of gadgets!), Le Creuset, Lululemon, Nike, Reebok and Samsonite (what, I love to travel with new suitcases – don’t judge). Seriously, what’s better than two days of shopping AND gluten-free samples?
GET TICKETS HERE (affiliate link)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 6/22)
WHEN
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday the 23rd
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday the 24th
Now, one of my best friends on the planet is getting married on June 23rd, so I will be outta there pretty early so I can get dolled up. That also means I’ll be arriving probably a little on Sunday, because you know – weddings, alcohol, snapchat (pray for me). However, besides that, I’ll be roaming the show floor checking out new products and eating as many samples as I’m allowed from my favorite brands.
GET TICKETS HERE (affiliate link)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 6/22)
Who am I excited to see at the Phoenix expo?
Enjoy Life Foods
Sprouts
Smart Flour Foods
RP’s Pasta (now Taste Republic)
Mozaics
Canyon Bakehouse
88 Acres
Go Veggie
Good Karma
Grandpa’s Kitchen
MyBread
Namaste Foods
Picazzo’s (a local Phoenix favorite)
Raised Gluten Free
SunButter

AND MORE!

GET TICKETS HERE (affiliate link)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 6/22)
I hope to see you in Phoenix this June for the GFAF Expo. We’ll keep the weather nice and warm for you, so you’ll sweat non-stop (but it’s a dry heat).

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Celiac Disease is a Monster

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Beyond May and Celiac Awareness Month

There are so many things you can do with Beyond Celiac this month AND BEYOND. https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-awareness-month/

Just because it’s June soon doesn’t mean you get to stop being celiac, so why would you stop advocating for celiac disease, awareness, and research? 

So what can WE do? We can give our hard earned gluten-free dollars to celiac and gluten-free non-profits that make a difference. Click here to donate to Beyond Celiac and celiac disease research.

Lastly, support bloggers that support celiac non-profits with their time, their energy, and their donations!

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Summer is here. It’s 100 degrees in Phoenix. Oh joy.

I’ve never been all about fashion trends, but there are definitely distinct styles to rock during the very hot summer. If you’re wondering what fresh makeup to pair with your summer styles, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of my typical summer fashions and what I wear from Red Apple Lipstick for each type of dress. Rock a similar style? Try out these combos from Red Apple Lipstick!

Yes, these are affiliate links to Red Apple Lipstick, since they are one of my sponsors. 

Summer Style: Barre Babe

Want to look good for that BEST LAST TEN? Pair a cute tank with Wunder Under leggings with a moisturizing balm and a quick coat of mascara. The mascara won’t run during your workout. 

Top: Lululemon
Bottoms: Lululemon
Shoes: Nike
Makeup: Red Apple Lipstick Rallye Balm, Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project mascara – no eyeshadow – you’ll just sweat it off anyways!
Hair: Barre hair don’t care!

Summer Style: Office Dressy Casual

Want a look that can go from office dressy casual to any night time wine date with your girls? Pair a short sleeve top with denim that can work for both! 

Top: Lululemon
Bottoms: Hudson Jeans
Shoes: Toms Wedges
Makeup: Appley Ever After lipstick, Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project mascara, Blush in Gotta Glow, Blush Brush, Prime Time Eye Shadow Primer and eyeshadow of choice – bronze bombshell can go from day to night!

Summer Style: Summer Outdoors Festival Fairy

Headed to a summer music festival? Pair a crop top with a skirt and pretend like you’re 18 again!

Top: Celiac Cutie Crop Top
Bottoms: Absurd skirt from random online purchase that I instantly regretted
Shoes: None – you don’t need shoes when you frolic through the grass
Makeup: Petal Pusher lipstick, Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project mascara, Blush, Blush Brush – but make sure you put on a coat of sunscreen first!

Summer Style: Walking The Dog (Or Cat)

During a weekend, I don’t want to wear pants. I don’t even want to wear a bra. I wear a light, breathable top with shorts and flip-flops or sandals. You won’t need blush – your cheeks will flush from the summer temps! Pair with a bright pink lip! 

Top: Lululemon
Bottoms: Uniqlo
Shoes: Sanuk
Makeup: Unpinkable, Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project mascara

Summer Style: Target Runs “Oh Shoot I Need To Put On A Bra”

I just can’t bring myself to go to Target in pajamas. Well, not anymore, since I know for sure the second I go into that store without a bra I’d run into about 20 friends I haven’t seen since college. Now I put on real clothes. Pair with a light blush and a lighter lip. 

Top: Lululemon
Bottoms: Hudson Jeans
Shoes: Toms
Makeup: Chai Love You lipstick, Red Apple Lipstick The Lash Project mascara, Blush, Blush Brush

I hope you’ve found your favorite summer style – and how to pair with your favorite products from Red Apple Lipstick!

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Come chat along with us on Twitter on Tuesday May 29th at 5pm PT/8pm ET as we chat about Red Apple Lipstick and how to combine make-up with your summer styles!

Summer Style!

What’s your summer style? Flip-flops or Toms? Red lipstick or pink? Blush or no blush? Hair in a messy bun or a blow out? We’ll chat all about your summer style during this Twitter Party!

Enter The Giveaway

We’ll be giving away make-up tips and tricks, showing off summer styles, along with a giveaway of some gluten-free swag, and one winner will take home a Red Apple Lipstick gift card!

RSVP to the Twitter Party using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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This party is sponsored by Red Apple Lipstick.

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