Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Recap + Giveaway #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. 







Another year another Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo come and gone. This was my third year attending the expo (my first expo in 2014 and my second expo in 2015) and my third year lucky enough to be chosen as an expo blogger yet again. Even though there is a span of about 2 months in between it still amazes me how fast the time goes between being chosen as a blogger and the event itself.

Of course my GF bestie, Hannah of The Wholey Trinity, was with me for the third year in a row as well, this time as a legitimate full fledged registered dietician!  

I don't know if it was my imagination but it seemed like they had a lot more vendors this year than the past, including quite a few newbies that I haven't seen before, but as always there was plenty of food samples and products to go around.


The Arrival 




Hannah, her boyfriend, and myself left extra early in the morning Saturday to be able to go out to breakfast before the expo opened it's doors to the bloggers at 9:30am. We made it just as the big line was forming outside the door; thankfully we three didn't have to wait in it!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Navigating Chicago with No Internet Connection

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 below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise specified. Please do your own research before you commit to buying a particular good or service as your results may vary.



As a blogger and an online business entrepreneur, having access to quality high-speed internet, at home and on the go, is extremely important! If you don't believe me ask any other website owner or online entrepreneur and they will tell you the exact same.

Heck, even brick-and-mortar stores are finding that in this technological age, it's not just all about in-person dealings anymore.

Strictly from a business standpoint the internet opens up a world of possibilities. With my online jewelry businesses I've sold handmade and vintage pieces across the world; Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Russia just to name a few countries.

For blogging and my Etsy businesses,  quality internet, preferably high speed at that, is a necessity especially when I'm out and about or traveling.


Story time...


As an #entrepreneur high speed internet is a necessity, especially on the go! Find out how I navitaged #Chicago with no internet connection & learn about Verizon's lastest deal #verizonwirelessoffer



I was just in Chicago for a blogging conference this past weekend and chose not to bring my laptop. I had a duffle bag full of clothing, a bag for my essentials to carry around with me, and another bag I packed for a fellow blogger; I was not about to lug my 17" laptop with me and trudge around downtown Chicago.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 5/11 #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: 




Monday, May 9, 2016

7 Natural Ways to Combat Insomnia including FibroSleep + Giveaway

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.



I have love hate relationship with Mr. Sandman.

While he's bringing others a dream that's the cutest they've ever seen with lips like roses and clover, he's snubbing me when I lay my head down to slumber.

It's not all his fault though; I've had issues sleeping ever since I got sick. My body seems to feel that some days it doesn't need any sleep while other days it needs all the sleeps. Seriously, my record for not sleeping is around 4 days and my record for sleeping is 3 days straight. Sadly that doesn't include the general low quality of sleep that is and has been normal for me.

I cannot even imagine if I had a 9 to 5 job to wake up for after not sleeping for several days at a time, or worse, sleeping right through my shifts!



Mr. Sandman passing you by at night? Here are 7 #natural ways to combat #insomnia & my opinion on ProHealth's FibroSleep with #Sedapine supplement!



If you're like me and can't get Mr. Sandman to give you some much needed attention, here are a few things I've tried, alone or in combination with each other, in the past that help promote getting to sleep and staying asleep:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 5/4 #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: