Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Eat What You're Craving: A Lesson in Choosing Happiness


With Christmas come and gone it tis the season to start seeing peoples' New Year's resolutions posted here, there, and everywhere, one of the most popular being giving up all things sugary and fatty and hitting the gym.

Those who have followed me for quite awhile know that I'm not a big fan of making resolutions when the new year looms near; I feel if you're going to set a goal for yourself why not do it ANY day of the year instead of waiting until the end of the year for a 'new start.'

That being said however, I'm on a reading kick lately and I recently read something in a young adult book called Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (second book in the series) that made me really stop and think. The characters were at Thanksgiving dinner with all sorts of traditional Thanksgiving foods spread about. Along with a single bowl of spaghetti.



"You did all of this?" I asked.
"Everything but the spaghetti." 
"Which you have because...."
"Of my rules. I only eat what I'm craving and I was craving my dad's spaghetti."


Friday, December 9, 2016

5 Reasons Traveling with the Microsoft Surface Pro is a Game Changer + Offer & Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. All opinions expressed in the below post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before committing to purchase a product or service as your results may vary.



You know that feeling when you start falling in love? Everybody who has been in love knows that I'm talking about; Just the mere mention of them brings a big smile to your face that ultimately hurts your cheeks. The anticipation of seeing them face to face simultaneously gives you unstoppable butterflies and makes your heart race. They're the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning and the last thing on your mind when you go to bed.

Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.

While falling in love with a person is romantic and grand, in this particular context I'm actually not referring to a person at all...

This is exactly how I feel about travel. Just the mere mention of traveling fills me with so much emotion it's hard to keep it contained; I'm continuously falling in love with the world and all it's endless possibilities.






Hence my obvious transition to a travel website! Of course with limited funds and health issues I can't just go full force into things like my heart, mind, and soul would like me to, especially with building my website back up and making a name for myself as a travel blogger.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

100% Natural Pain Relief: Quell Pain Relief Technology

Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.



Earlier this month we apparently had the biggest and brightest Supermoon that has appeared since 1948! My numerous social media news-feeds erupted with information on the November Supermoon and gorgeous picture after gorgeous picture snapped by friends, professional photographers, and different people from around the world.

There has always been stigma around full and new moons, especially when it comes to people becoming a little crazy or erratic with their behavior.

While some people have looked at me like I'm crazy when I bring it up, my fellow spoonies and chronically ill comrades will agree that the full moon and new moons' effects are very real for us and bring a whole new set of difficulties to our day-to-day lives.


Taken from Guam


This Supermoon was absolutely beautiful and majestic but boy did it really amp up my pain level for several days! Depending on the person, thankfully we only have to deal with that enhanced level once, maybe twice a month for a few days but sadly, we do have to deal with our unending regular chronic pain every day of our lives.

Hence why we all go through many different things to find some semblance of relief even if it's only just a small amount, which is why when given the opportunity to try Quell, a drug-free wearable pain relief unit through the Chronic Illness Bloggers platform I was extremely interested, especially with me wanting to start traveling.


Monday, November 14, 2016

I Quit: Why I'm Running Away to Join the World



Change in life is inevitable.

It's not a matter of IF things will change, it's a matter of WHEN they will change and it's also a matter of what you DO with those changes that is almost as important as the changes themselves.

Some would even argue what you do with those changes, regardless of if they're good or bad, is more important.





Thursday, November 3, 2016

Enhance, Regulate & Support: Honey Colony Superior CBD Oil

Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.



When you or someone you love become sick, there are certain things you can do to help the process along. Have a cold? Lots of fluids, soup, and rest. Got some sort of stomach bug? More fluids, especially ginger ale to help the tummy, rest, and some OTC medicine. Ultimately you'll start feeling better within a few days and can go about your normal day to day life again.

When you or someone you love becomes chronically ill however, a lot of things change. Your symptoms won't go away in just a few days and remedies like rest, fluids, and soup just aren't going to cut it. Sometimes you have to hop from one doctor, treatment, or medication/supplement to the other for years in order to see if anything will help, even if only just a little bit.

My mom and I have heard a lot of good things about CBD oil to treat a range of different ailments throughout my healing journey and thanks to Honey Colony and their hemp CBD oil, I was finally able to give it a try after trying so many other different things over the last 12+ years!





Friday, September 16, 2016

Subtle & Life Changing: An Interview with Nspired Yoga's Nancy Enke

 
We're halfway through the month of September; can you believe it's only less than a week away until the official start of Fall?  Who else agrees that things need to slow down, at least just a little bit? But of course we can still decorate for Halloween...

Speaking of slowing down, have you given any more thought to National Yoga Month and getting your free week of yoga*?  
 
Plus don't forget about finding out what kind of great yoga-inspired events are around your area this month!

Last week we interviewed Erin of Bad Yogi about her yogi journey but this week I've stuck a little closer to home: Please meet Nancy of Nspired Yoga out of Rockford, Illinois.
 
 
 
1. What first got you in to yoga? How long have you been practicing?
 
A friend invited me to sign up for a class at Rock Valley (a local community college) more than 20 years ago. I found it to be very relaxing and was attracted to yoga for the stress relief benefits. I practiced on and off for awhile after that and began seriously practicing about 15 years ago. 
 
 
 
 
 
2. You are the founder and president of Nspired Yoga in Rockford, Illinois. What made you decide you wanted to open a studio? 
 
I became certified to teach yoga in 2005. I was fortunate enough to teach my first class at a very nice facility that provided a calm yoga space. When the facility closed, I taught in many different places around town but none had the atmosphere that was conducive to a peaceful practice. After much thought and a leap of faith, I decided to open my own yoga studio dedicated to offering a calm and peaceful space that I felt a yoga student deserves. I carefully planned every detail with that in mind. I have been told over and over how peaceful and serene my studio feels. People always comment on the warm energy they feel upon entering the studio. 
 
 
 
 
 
3. There are so many different asanas out there and those who do yoga all have their favorites. What is one/some of your favorites?

I enjoy many poses, of course, but one of my favorites is pigeon pose because of the depth of the stretch, which comes into play very slowly and can be held for quite a long time. I also like balance poses such as King Dancer, which looks very graceful, yet strong.







4. What types of different yoga does Nspired yoga offer? Do you practice and/or teach more than one style or do you stick with one specialty?
Nspired Yoga has several teachers, each bringing their own style to the class. We offer Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Men’s Yoga and many specialty workshops. I teach a basic Hatha Yoga multilevel class geared toward a slow to medium pace. I also teach Aerial Yoga, which is a specialty class using silks suspended from the ceiling. This is a fun class that I enjoy immensely.





5. In the bio on your website, it says that you believe yoga is accessible to everyone. Please explain to those who don't believe they can do yoga for one reason or another why that is.

Yoga is accessible to everyone who is willing to try. Yoga can be done from a chair as well as on the floor. There are many forms of yoga that can be modified to fit the needs of an individual. Yoga can be as simple as breath work, gentle stretching and relaxation. Media always shows people with perfect bodies in perfect poses, it looks beautiful but that is not realistic for the average person. Yoga is such an individual practice, unique to the person who is practicing.









6. What is one thing about yoga that inspires you?
I am inspired by the subtle, yet life changing effect of yoga on my life. On a frustrating day or a down time in my life, yoga always grounds me and brings balance back to my life. I also see this in others who practice. My heart leaps with joy when I see a student start yoga with some skepticism and after a few weeks, they begin to light up and a wonderful energy begins to emerge from them.





7. Any special projects you have planned for yourself, the community, or your studio we can be on the lookout for?

I am planning to continue working toward my 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification. I am putting together a Yin Aerial Yoga class for those who prefer not to “fly.” We are hoping to offer some Kid’s Yoga classes and perhaps Tween yoga. Our possibilities are endless and we are always open to suggestions from the community. People can keep up with the latest news and events by visiting our website rockfordyoga.com or liking our Nspired Facebook page.




 "Nancy is the founder and president of Nspired Inc. The studio opened in 2013. She is a 200 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, (E-RYT.)  She has been teaching yoga since 2004 and practicing yoga for 20 years. Nancy believes Yoga is a practice that is accessible to anyone, who desires to find more flexibility through simple movement, while listening to the body. The practice of yoga is designed to bring strength to the body, peace to the mind and joy to the spirit.

Teaching yoga is a passion for Nancy, but her greatest joy is family. She loves spending time with her husband, four married children, their spouses and ten grandchildren. She believes age should never keep you from pursuing your dreams."



Connect with Nspired Yoga: 










*Free week of yoga is good for new students only and is good from September 1st through October 30th. Make sure to sign up and print off your card before September 30th! You can view the regulations HERE.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 9/14 #giveawaylinkup

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Friday, September 9, 2016

If You Can Breathe You Can Do Yoga: An Interview with Erin of Bad Yogi


August seemed to pass in the blink of an eye and now we're into the first week of September.

You can almost feel fall approaching. The slow changing of the trees, the cooling of the days, the opening of local fall attractions like apple orchards and pumpkin patches...

Don't forget pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!

For those who didn't know September is also National Yoga Month. Designated by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2008, National Yoga Month is a nationwide observance to help educate people on the health benefits of yoga and to inspire people to live a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Did you know that during the month of September 1600+ select yoga studios are offering a FREE week of yoga* and there are 1,000+ yoga month events happening nationwide?

This reminds me that I really need to get back into my practice; not having a space to do it as well as continual up and down health issues have made things very difficult but I really do miss it.

In celebration of National Yoga Month I will be showcasing a few yogis and how yoga has changed and enhanced their lives. The first being Erin Motz of Bad Yogi whom I've been following her online presence for years!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 9/7 #giveawaylinkup

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: An Interview with Shawna Coronado, Gardening Extraordinaire



At this year's Mother Earth News Fair in West Bend, Wisconsin they had quite a lot of things to see, people to meet, and knowledge to learn.

So. Much. Knowledge.

Like I mentioned in that post, over the span of the 2 day event there was a total of 120 different sessions on everything from chicken keeping to gardening to kombucha brewing, essential oils, tiny homes and so much more. Each person teaching each session was picked for their expertise, background, and experience on the subject so being amongst all those great minds was exhilarating!

One such mind was Shawna Coronado who taught both the Arthritis in the Garden: How to Lower Chronic Pain without Drugs and the How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Foot Garden classes. I was drawn to her and her classes because not only is she quite the charismatic and funny speaker, she has health issues like me and has learned to work with them when it comes to her passion: gardening.

Shawna is also such a wonderful, kind, and giving woman! She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to do an interview for the website and you guys.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Organic Aromas Innovative & Elegant Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser Review

Disclaimer: I received an essential oil diffuser from Organic Aromas through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network to facilitate this honest review. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before committing to purchase as your results may vary. 



This is my mom Joanne, or Joannie as she prefers to be called.

She says she thinks that name better suits her.






Joannie, aka my Mom, has a birthday coming up at the end of September. Fun fact: she shares a birthday with the beginning of Fall each year.

Of course like any mom when her kids come a knocking for birthday present ideas she tells us to save our money or don't bother with a gift, our love is enough. That or she draws a complete blank on what she might want that year (suspiciously she does the same thing when Christmas rolls around).

Finally, finally after years of "don't waste your money" and "your love is enough" I was able to get her a tangible present she's been wanting for quite awhile: a beautiful Raindrop Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser thanks to Organic Aromas!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 8/24 #giveawaylinkup

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Monday, August 22, 2016

That Time I Was Encouraged to be a Kid + a Giveaway #3DSKidForADay

Disclaimer: I was invited to be a VIP at the Play Nintendo Summer Tour in Schaumburg, Illinois which facilitated this post and giveaway on The Eclectic Element. All opinions and expressions above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchasing as your results may vary.



I've always been a kid at heart.

I owned a few children's coloring books and a crayon tower before the adult coloring craze became popular. I can't pass up a good stuffed animal or plushie and my queen size bed reflects that. Some women prefer flowers and jewelry as gifts but give me a pretty rock you found on the ground and I'll be thrilled (although jewelry is always appreciated). I also have a box underneath my bed with play doh, tinker toys, that aforementioned crayon tower, bubbles, and more for when I'm bored.

Adulthood may get in the way (a lot) now that I'm 26 years old but I'm proud to say that that inner child of mine is still in there and ready to come out and play at any given time despite other peoples' scoffs!

Quite honestly I think being able to break out that inner child of mine when things get tough, especially with my illnesses, is needed and is a big reason of why I remain so positive most of the time.






Thanks to my bloggy friend Jen of My Crafty Life blog and Nintendo I was invited to be a kid for a day! Seriously, the hashtag for the event was #3DSKidForADay.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 8/17 #giveawaylinkup

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 8/10 #giveawaylinkup

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Monday, August 8, 2016

I Enjoy Tea Before Bed: My Hampton Inn & Suites West Bend Hotel Experience

Disclaimer: I was provided no compensation for the below post. Thoughts and opinions below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. 



I enjoy #tea before bed: Read all about my experience staying at the Hamtpom Inn & Suites #hotel in West Bend, #Wisconsin while in town for the Mother Earth News Fair! #travel #MotherEarthFair #MotherEarthNews #menf



My dad travels quite a bit for his job so he's no stranger to airports, flying, and hotel rooms. In fact he belongs to several reward programs through hotel chains and flight companies. Every time he travels, which is at least 2 to 3 times a month in his busy months, he racks up more reward points to spend at a future date on a plethora of different things.

I know we got my mom her laptop through his reward programs several years ago and their shared iPad as well.

When it comes to those type of reward programs you're also able to use your points on hotel rooms and flights as well as tangible items which is exactly what he did when we went to the Mother Earth News Fair in West Bend, Wisconsin at the beginning of July.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 8/3 #giveawaylinkup

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Monday, August 1, 2016

So You Want a Massage? 5 Tips for Massage Newbies & How to Save with #Groupon

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I'm not one to splurge on myself.

Sure I'll stop at Steak and Shake and treat myself with a delicious mint cookies and cream shake every now and again or buy myself a piece of unique jewelry at a thrift store that's blatantly calling my name when looking for vintage inventory but splurging on pampering myself is something completely different.

Maybe it would be different if I was able to work a steady job and have a reliable source of income coming in each week but as of right now I just can't justify spending money on getting my nails done or hair professionally dyed at a salon.

Massages on the other hand are my weakness and I would happily shell out the cold hard cash on a good one weekly if I had it to spend!

I've been to several massage therapists in my day and have experienced a few different types of massages for health and relaxation reasons. A good massage, regardless of whether it's for health or relaxation, can leave me a blissfully blurry-eyed drooling mass.

It's truly an amazing feeling and I want to share that amazingness with all of you! Here are my personal top 5 tips on where to start and what to remember when looking for and receiving a massage.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 7/27 #giveawaylinkup

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Choosing to be Gluten Free + Gluten Free & Vegan Protein Breakfast Muffin Recipe

Disclaimer: I was provided a package from Karma Baker inclusive of their gluten free baking mix in exchange for this recipe and review. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research as your results may vary. Affiliate links included.



Sometimes being gluten free is difficult and by 'sometimes' I mean a good 90% of the time.

Firstly, there are a ton of different food options out there that can (and do) tease and entice a person on a daily basis; some that are healthier options to choose, some that are strictly hide-in-the-corner guilty pleasures, and some treat myself every so often worthy in betweens.

Thankfully I don't necessarily have to be gluten free but I choose to be to help with maintaining my health issues. Because I technically don't have to be it's a constant daily struggle of willpower with all those options, good, bad, and in between, at my fingertips. Yes, I fall off the bandwagon often but nobody is perfect and when I do my body definitely lets me know!

Secondly, since gluten free has become more and more popular the past few years there have been quite a variety of products that have hit the market. These companies and products have definitely come a long way but there sadly are still those products that prove the stereotype that gluten free is dense, flavor-free, dry, etc.

Thank goodness Karma Baker is not one of those companies!


Karma Baker has a wide variety of #vegan & #glutenfree goodies as well as their great gluten free & vegan baking flour available in 2lb & 5lb bags. #karmabaker























Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 7/20 #giveawaylinkup

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Birthday Llamas, Kombucha, & Like Minded People: Mother Earth News Fair West Bend Recap

Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary weekend passes to attend the Mother Earth News Fair in West Bend, Wisconsin. All thoughts and opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.




Birthday #Llamas, #Kombucha, & Like Minded People: My Mother Earth News Fair West Bend, #Wisconsin Recap! #menf #motherearthfair #motherearthnews



To say the Mother Earth News Fair at West Bend, Wisconsin this past weekend was a whirlwind of speakers, vendors, wares and like-minded people would be a complete understatement. Quite honestly two days just is not nearly enough time to see everything that needs to be seen and hear everything that needs to be heard!

My parents had already ordered and gotten their weekend passes well before the fair and had booked their hotel room at the Hampton Inn & Suites West Bend so I'm grateful that they let me tag along because it really was quite the experience to be had.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 7/13 #giveawaylinkup

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

7 Ways to Stretch your Food Stamp Budget + Sign the Thrive Market Petition

Disclaimer: Aside from being given access to information regarding the Thrive Market petition I was provided no compensation for the below post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.



When I was younger before I got sick, I had a plan for myself.

I was always a good student so I wanted to start working part time when I hit high school, that way I could gain experience and save some money for when I graduated, with honors, and went off to college.

I'd choose a college that meshed with my passions and work two or three jobs to support myself until I graduated and claimed a career, preferably one that allowed me to travel the world.

Reality hit at age 14 and all my plans and dreams went down the proverbial drain.

Now over a decade later at 26 years of age, I can't work a full time or part time job, I still live with my parents whom support me as best they can, I can't drive, I'm on medicaid, and I rely on food stamps to help me buy food.



Here are 7 ways to stretch your #foodstamp #budget + help the nearly 45 million people relying on #SNAP benefits gain easier access to #healthy food by signing the Thrive Market #petition! #ThriveMarket #ThriveAction



Food stamps, SNAP, or Link as it is referred to is a monthly food stipend based on a person or family's financial needs. If you or you and your significant other make below a certain amount per year you may be eligible for help. You can pretty much buy all food items minus some fast food, hot and ready-to-eat foods, and any alcohol according to the state I live in but each state SNAP rules may be different.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 7/6 #giveawaylinkup

Come browse, enter, and link up #contests & #giveaways on this week's Win It Wednseday linky! via @theeclecticelement #contestlinky #giveawaylinky



Win It Wednesday is a day for browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest or giveaway that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE on a Win It Wednesday weekly post or my ongoing contest linky because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

If you enjoy entering and linking up giveaways and want to share this opportunity with others please feel free to consider sharing via social media! Here's a handy already composed tweet you can easily copy and paste or re-tweet: 




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mother Earth News Fair is Coming to West Bend, Wisconsin + Weekend Passes Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was provided weekend passes and a media pass in exchange for coverage of the Mother Earth News Fair event in West Bend, Wisconsin. Weekend passes were also provided free of charge for this giveaway. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service as your results may vary. 




My parents recently within the last several years have become very interested in homesteading and have slowly instilled that interest in my sister and I throughout those years as well. There's just something about being self sufficient that gives you a sense of pride and purpose.

We've been apart of organic food co-ops, I've helped can things like chicken and venison, carrots, and green beans, my family and I have become very good friends with several local farmers and have volunteered and worked on several farms helping them with things they need to get done like when we helped build a hoop house. We've even run around with some cute and furry kids and watched them grow.

So when the Mother Earth News Fair, known for it's organic and healthy, sustainable, homesteading and family-friendly sponsors, classes, and speakers, comes to town you can safely bet we'll be there soaking it all up!






Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 6/22 #giveawaylinkup

Come browse, enter, and link up #contests & #giveaways on this week's Win It Wednseday linky! via @theeclecticelement #contestlinky #giveawaylinky



Win It Wednesday is a day for browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest or giveaway that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE on a Win It Wednesday weekly post or my ongoing contest linky because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

If you enjoy entering and linking up giveaways and want to share this opportunity with others please feel free to consider sharing via social media! Here's a handy already composed tweet you can easily copy and paste or re-tweet: 




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo: My Top 5 Favorites + Giveaway #2 #GFAFExpo

Disclaimer: I was provided admittance to the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois at no cost to me to facilitate this post on The Eclectic Element and the giveaway prize was provided free of charge from several different companies. All opinions and expressions below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.



If you read my recap of this year's Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois you know there were quite a lot of companies and vendors there offering their gluten free and allergen friendly wares.

From (a LOT of) savory foods to sweet treats, healthy living magazines, essential oils, and healthier makeup and skincare options to chiropractors and therapists ready to help ease your pain or discomfort, there was quite a lot to see!





Only being there for the day on Saturday I wasn't able to visit all the sponsors and vendors on the list which is always sad but I did the best I could with the time I was given!

While I met quite a lot of fantastic companies, sampled some delicious gluten free and allergen friendly foods, and talked to some amazing people throughout this year's expo I have to say there were a handful of companies and or products that stood out the most to me.

Here is my top 5 list of favorites from this year's Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo counting down to my number one:


Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 6/15 #giveawaylinkup

Come browse, enter, and link up #contests & #giveaways on this week's Win It Wednseday linky! via @theeclecticelement #contestlinky #giveawaylinky



Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

If you enjoy entering and linking up giveaways and want to share this opportunity with others please feel free to consider sharing via social media! Here's a handy already composed tweet you can easily re-tweet: