Gluten Free Running Mama

Gluten-free runner and mom, taking it one step at a time!

Gluten Free Running Mama - Gluten-free runner and mom, taking it one step at a time!

Fun day at the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo!

Holy smokes did I have a fun day at the Gluten Free and Alergen Free Expo!  What a huge and somewhat overwhelming experience!  So much great information and samples and fun!

Next year, I will definitely go both days, and maybe stay in the hotel where it is so I can go rest a bit and drop off samples so I’m not carrying so much.

But, back to this year and how much fun it was!  I went with 3 friends and we learned so much and tried so many good things!


This is most of what I came home with.  There are 3 baking mixes that I didn’t put in the picture, and 6 boxes of muffins that are in the freezer.  :-) This also doesn’t include all the coupons and pamphlets I brought home!

What I loved about being at this expo, was that there were so many samples, so I could try the product to see if I liked it!  It’s so hard to buy new gluten free items without knowing if I will like it, especially since most are pretty expensive.  I could also talk to a representative from the company about their product, and that’s always nice to be able to do!

I feel like there is so much I want to say but I am wiped out!  I am going to spend some time over the next few weeks looking up all the companies I met and making sure I follow them on social media sites.  I will also try to locate where I can purchase them.  I do have a trip to Buffalo next week so I’m hoping to use my coupons there since they seem to have more options for me than my small town :-)

I start a new job tomorrow, so I’ll have some nice snacks to bring with me!  I have my own full time position with a school as a school counselor!  I’m sure I’ll write more about that later too!

Stay tuned for more information and reviews on what I found!

Have you gone to an expo like this before?  What’s your favorite part of events like this?

I’m done running…for now

Sadly, I’m done running during this pregnancy.  I hadn’t run in a few weeks, mostly because of time and weather.  Plus the cramping.  That turned out to be more than just growing pains. But the antibiotic did the trick and I was without cramps for 2 days, so I thought I would try a nice slow run around the block.

Running is stress relief for me.  And we are loaded with stress right now!  We just put an offer in on a house that was accepted.  I had two interviews for a job that I want REALLY BAD and I was told I will get a call on Monday about their decision.  My daughter is turning 5 on June 10.  We close on the house on June 7.  The baby is due June 21.  School goes until June 12.  I spent all day Monday in the hospital with contractions.  My daughter and I are supposed to be traveling to my hometown after Easter and I think the doctor is going to say no to that now. Our subdivision is having  a big sale the first weekend of May.  We have a lot of stuff we could get rid of.  Since we are moving out, we have to have the house “show ready” for any potential renters.

So I thought, with no cramps left, and some nice weather, why not go for a short little run around the neighborhood.


My daughter has been full of questions lately.  So while I was getting dressed, she was asking away! “Mommy, why do your pants go up so high like that? Because there’s a baby in there? What music are you going to listen to? Can I go?”

I told her I only had a few minutes to run but she followed me out the door anyways.  And started running.  I put my music on, but she just kept on talking… “does the baby like when you run? what is she doing in t here? what music are you listening to?  thanks for letting me come with you!”

I said “I didn’t really have a choice about you coming, did I?” and she said “yeah, you’re right!”  So the stress relief I usually get from listening to some music while alone…that wasn’t happening.



She was certainly enjoying herself.  Even if I wasn’t :-(

I didn’t last very long.  I was getting more stressed having her with me.  I was picturing her falling and hurting herself and me having to call my husband to drive around the corner to get us because I wouldn’t be able to pick her up…so we turned around.

Then I changed and went to my group meeting that I go to every Sunday.  And had a bunch of contractions.  So I guess I’m done running.

I need some new form of stress relief.  I tried Yoga, but I just can’t get into it enough.  And without being familiar with the poses, modifying them the way I would need to since I am pregnant, is not easy.

What do you think?  Give me some ways to relieve stress that won’t also cause contractions.

I’m going to the Just Between Friends Sale!

I am going to the Just Between Friends Sale this weekend!

I love looking at all the baby stuff at the store, but the prices are just too much for me!  Knowing what I know about my first daughter, and the way her clothes could be destroyed after one wearing, I have a hard time spending $15 on an outfit, no matter how cute it is!  That’s why I’m so excited to be going to the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale this weekend in Milwaukee!

I was very excited to get the invitation to the blogger presale this weekend.  There are some things I NEED, yes, need, for this baby, since we sold or gave away most of our stuff.  I’m sure there will be stuff I WANT too :-)

My current list of NEEDs are:

1. Monitor

2. Baby gate that extends more than just a doorway (we just put an offer on a house with a step down to a living area and the doorway is wider- and they offer was accepted!)

3. Play mat (you know, the kind where they lay down and there are toys hanging above them?)

4. Newborn clothes

5. About 20 pairs of leggings in size 6 for my very picky daughter who spends 30 minutes every morning trying to convince me to let her wear dirty ones, or ones that are too short…

My current list of WANTs are:

1. Baby shoes- I really like the Robeez kind

2. Crib mobile

3. Anything else cute that I find :-)

I love buying second hand, and these sales are my favorite!  There is so much to choose from, and it’s all in such great shape, and the prices are right!

Have you been to big sales like this?  People sign up to tag and bring their stuff for sale.  After the sale, you get a check for what sold.  So easy!  I’ve never been a seller, but I have shopped at one before.  Last time, my husband came along and so did Annabelle.  I definitely prefer shopping alone, it was a little stressful looking with so many people around, plus my daughter who was a lot smaller at the time.

Do you like to go to these sales?

I was offered entrance to a pre-sale event along with a gift card to attend.  This in no way influences my opinion about t his event.  For more information, see my Disclosure page.

Getting excited for baby girl!

We are getting excited for baby girl to arrive!  We spent a good amount of time in the basement going through what we have. We had gotten rid of a ton of stuff this past summer, so we wanted to take stock and make a list of what we need.

I’ve had a hard time getting too excited since this pregnancy has been so rough!  I don’t seem to remember it being this difficult with my daughter :-)   But then again, I’ve been sleep deprived for over 4 years now so who knows! The morning sickness lasted a little past 12 weeks but I did pick up some lozenges that helped!

Then I started working full time and the swelling of my feet started.  One was swelling more than the other.  So the doctor did an ultrasound on that leg to make sure I didn’t have a blood clot.

And then I fell on the ice.

And the pain and discomfort of this baby growing! Oh my gosh!  If I had been further along I would have thought I was in labor last weekend!

Add in this horribly cold winter, and a very stir crazy 4 year old, and it’s been a rough few months!

Fortunately, I have picked up a long term position as a guidance counselor so I am at the same school 4 days a week.  And with this schedule, I can take Friday’s off to recover a little bit.  And this past Friday we had some good weather!  And by good, I mean the wind died down a bit and the sun was shining a little bit.  Enough to go to the park!

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We love the Frozen: Storybook Deluxe App!

Recently, I was given the Frozen: Storybook Deluxe App to review and we LOVE it!  My daughter is head over heals in love with Frozen anything, so when I told her someone sent us the app, she could not WAIT to see what it was about. She loves to see new apps on my iPad, especially if they are for her.

We’ve spent a week playing with the app and her favorite part about it, is that in the story, there are movie clips.  And if she rotates the iPad, the story is then told from the other sisters point of view.  She mostly prefers Elsa, but she does flip to hear Anna sometimes.  Since the movie is not out yet, she loves that she can watch parts of the movie in the story app.

There are a few games in the app also.  You can do an ice puzzle where you match the puzzle pieces with the pieces on the side.  The more ice you take off, the more of the picture you can see.  The pieces are a little tricky sometimes, and she mostly tries to uncover where she thinks their faces will be first, but you have to go with one of the three on the side, not the ones you choose first.  She likes me to help her and she assigns me my pieces, and she finds her pieces.

The other game is a coloring app and she LOVES this!  She says she is creating her own ice castle, and that’s what she would love to do in real life.  Her birthday is in June and she is convinced we can build an ice castle outside for her birthday.  I keep telling her that’s not possible, so she is currently making a list, in order, of which friends are going to build an ice castle on the iPad while at the party.

I am always looking for new apps to entertain my daughter.  Especially now that she comes along to many of my doctor appointments, and I was very glad to be able to try this one out.  It holds her attention more than many of the free apps I find, so I say it’s well worth the $6.99!

Have you tried this app yet?

Frozen: Storybook Deluxe – Disney

I was gifted this app for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.  See my Disclosure page for more information. This post also contains an affiliate link.

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