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Monday, November 29, 2010

FW: Babies Online Mailing: Christmas Promo Code for a Free Baby Carrier!


Subject: Babies Online Mailing: Christmas Promo Code for a Free Baby Carrier!
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:59:00 -0500

Christmas Promo Code for a Free Baby Carrier!

Hi Casherie,
Seven™ Slings wants to wish a Merry Christmas with this promo code for a free baby carrier (a $48 value) at! The promo code is "babies".
Go to, click on "Shop Now" and select any baby carrier you would like (be sure to go to their sizing page so you can get the right size carrier for you). Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the "shopping bag" where you can enter the promo code "babies". This promo code will take off 100% of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees.
They make great holiday and new mother gifts - get an early start on your shopping so you can relax and spend quality time with family and friends during the season! Holiday shopping and preparations always dwindle selections quickly - so please hurry!
You can use the promo code more than once however you will need to open a new browser to do so!
Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gluten Free Waffles!

Too bad you can't upload smell!! Yumm.

About twice a month, Jeff makes me waffles that I can eat. He uses Jules Gluten free flour and her recipe for waffles. Her website

They cook quickly and the mix is easy. Give it a try!

Linkin Up to My Back Yard Eden!

UDIs G-free coupons!

There are two high value UDI's gluten free coupons!

UDI's Coupons Here

I saw their selection at the St. George Smith's and they looked great. I would definately get the chocolate muffins! I would probably freeze most of them, they are pricey but with the coupon it would be better (I'm thinking like $5 for a six pack of the muffins) but definately convenient!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pantry Staples G-Free

Sonja at Frugal Gluten Free Living has put together a great list of pantry staples that are Gluten Free. The only thing I would add to her list is sweet potatoes! She doesn't include whole foods or frozen foods, but I always make sure that I have plenty of frozen or fresh fruits and veggies. What would you add?

Turning to Christ

OMG! I cant believe you. You crack me up. Jeff!

What I learned from this lovely experience is that you should always be prepared. I was grateful we had enough food, water, and gas. We would have frozen though if we would have stayed on the freeway. Next on my purchase list is a cool emergency blanket. Four of them!

I tried to nurse in the busy McDonalds. There was no where private, clean, or comfy. She wouldn't eat because there was too much noise. I thought for a second about Mary's dismay as she was pregnant, tired, and certainly uncomfortable.

Maybe it was just for a moment, but I felt very appreciative of the sacrafice Mary made to fulfil her destiny. I hope I can keep coming back to Christ each time I am stressed this season.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Enduring a Snow Storm

It's 5pm on a Sunday afternoon. Normally, we'd be home snuggled in a warm home watching the snow storm through a frosted living room window. Instead, my whole family is nestled in a warm, running car, sitting in a snow storm on Interstate 15 in southern Utah. We've been sitting still for about an hour. Luckily, we filled up with gas in a city 80 miles down the road and our tank is mostly full. My wife moved to the back seat to feed our 6 month old baby and our 4 yr old boy is standing on the front seat so he can stretch his body. My wife had to use the bathroom really bad so we had to make some accomodations to empty her bladder without going outside into the snow storm, I will bare you the details on how we accomplished the bathroom break.

Too make matters worse, my wife has the flu and our baby girl is also sick. Being cramped up in a Toyota Corrola going no where is not a pleasant way to feel better. I wish I could cook her some soup, make her hot chocolate, or massage her head. At no avail, I can't do any of those things but I am warm, safe from the hash snow, and with my family.

It is times like these that I'm grateful for technology like cell phones to write a blog, cars with heaters, and processed snack foods to keep our tummies full.  For now, I guess we just wait and hope that cars will move soon. 

I'd like to hear common experiences from you or maybe a list of activities we can do non-moving vehicle:)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Thoughtful $25 Amazon gift card

Here's the deal:

1- Go to the following link:
2- Create an account (literally took 25 seconds)
3-Activate account in your email (another 2 minutes)
4-Invite friends

You can also enter your gift ideas for a chance to win $500 if it's the most voted on idea for a Christmas gift. Bonus: If someone you invite wins the gift idea, you get $200.

I'm looking for as many ways as I can to snag some extra gift cards or cash for Christmas gifts!

Eating Out at IHOP minus Gluten

General tips I have about eating out without Gluten is a post I'll start sometime. I just wanted to share how I did G-free at IHOP.

When the waitress first approached for our order, we explained the wheat allergy. We asked if she knew of any entrees that were wheat free. She said they could do an omellette without the mixture that has wheat (I would have guessed an omellette was g-free to begin with!) and just eggs and then the toppings. That was her only suggestion.

Then I looked through the offerrings. I don't eat eggs, so I would have to use egg substitute for the omellette and that hasn't worked well in the past. I started looking at how I could replace things that I knew had wheat (pancakes on the side replaced by fruit).

I settled on the classic sampler with egg substitute and fruit instead of pancakes. I double checked the ketchup to make sure it didn't have any gluten and used that with the hashbrowns.

So far, no stomach ache! We'll see how eating out for dinner goes!

Condos are better than hotels!

I found my reasons for liking our condo's better immediately after Jeff posted his reasons.

Cooking! I have a hard time eating out with food allergies and can have a fresh, home made breakfast at the condo.

Cost! Elijah insisted on getting his own meal at IHOP. For all 3 of us to have a nice breakfast, it cost us $42.40 plus a tip. That's more than what I spend for a whole week of groceries! The condo would have been cheaper just from breakfast alone!

Space! We are very crammed in this one bed and a coffee machine hotel! Eli is loud, the TV is loud, the neighbors are loud. We could never work from vacation if we had to do it this way.

Activities! The pool is heated, but there is no hot tub. The Condos we own have a heated lazy river, three hot tubs, and a heated pool. We usually have more than one TV and Eli can watch cartoons and we can watch home and gardens.

I'm sure there are lots of other reasons. If you want to find out, we don't mind to rent to our friends for close to what we pay. Just email Jeff, he's in charge of that!

Condominiums Vs. Hotels

My family and I have been on a mini vacation since Wednesday. We traveled to St. George, UT for a  business meeting and decided to stay a few more days to enjoy the warm weather. While in St. George we stayed at one of our Worldmark resorts. When we have a chance, we stay in a resort because we want to utilize a huge investment that we made 6 years ago:)  A one bedroom condo sleeps 4 people comfortably; it includes a king size bed in a bedroom, a living room with a trundle bed, full kitchen and dining area.  It's great to stretch out and cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner without having to spend more money and eat out. 

On Friday night, we traveled one and half hours to Las Vegas, Nevada. We planned to stay in one of our three condo's in Vegas but found no availability so we decided to stay in a DoubleTree hotel.  As we walked into our hotel room, my 4 yr old says "where is the living room?". My wife and I laughed and then I had the thought "wow, my son must have it good if he expects us to have a living room when we travel. As I am writing this blog, I'm holding my 6 month old girl, trying to keep her quiet as I sit 6 feet away from the king bed that my wife and son are sleeping in.  If I were in one of my condo's, I'd be in a separate room playing with my baby girl instead of trying to maintain a quiet atmosphere so the rest of my family can sleep. 

Don't get me wrong, the DoubleTree hotel is very nice.  A beautiful building with King size beds, huge screen tv, and a small fridge in the room, but there is nothing like staying in a condo with a full size refrigerator, dish washer, and washer and dryer to clean our clothes before returning home.  I truly miss our condo.  If you have never vacationed in a condo and only stayed in hotels and motels, you are missing out.  I've learned a valuable lesson today.  Never book a hotel, it's just not a true vacation! Can I let you in on a secret? The DoubleTree hotel is close to $100 a night, but I got it for $45 a night using  My one bedroom condo cost me $30 a night!

If you are interested in a condo experience, please make a comment and we would love to book you a condo as our guest for a low night rate.

Friday, November 12, 2010

66% off a create it yourself gift crate

I think you should check out this great deal on Eversave, today only!

$15 for a create-it-yourself snack crate from - choose 5 of your favorite flavors! $15 in gift cards included! ($43.55 value).

They expire in 6 months and can't be used for 3 days from your order. I ordered 3 and used my sign-in bonus so I got 3 of these deals for $40! They have $5 shipping, or if you are in Utah you can pick it up for free! This will be so much healthier than the pepperidge farm meats I usually send my grandparents each year! (AND CHEAPER! Don't tell them!)

FW: Stuffing and pie samples on Saturday 13th from 11 AM - 3 PM


Subject: Stuffing and pie samples on Saturday 13th from 11 AM - 3 PM
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 07:39:41 -0700

We will be sampling stuffing, dinner rolls and pies on Saturday from 11 AM - 3 PM.  Saturday is the deadline to order items for Thanksgiving.  

I have the ingredient list of the stuffing that Gourmet Fresh is making and it does contain dairy.  I have a good stuffing recipe if you want to make your own dairy free stuffing using Udi's bread.  It is also easy and yummy.  

We are still going to do our regular sample day on Saturday the 20th from 11 AM - 3 PM.  I have Cheese Bread Mania coming to sample their brazilian cheese bread.  We will also be sampling Yogi Chips and Sandwich Petals.  Hope you can join us.

Full Flavor Foods has some of their gravy mixes and soup stock mixes on sale for 15% off. They will be on sale thru December 31st.

New items this week include:  
Sandwich Petals - all 3 flavors
GoPicnic has some new meals, some of the flavors are tuna and crackers, hummus and crackers, steak nuggets and cheese, pepperoni and crackers, and turkey stick and crunch.
Lipton Onion Soup Mix - I found a supplier that had some of the old formula that does not contain barley.  We have about 100 boxes left in stock.  They are going fast so be sure to get some before they are gone for good!   

If you have noticed that we have been out of stock of some Glutino and Ian's products we apologize.  Our supplier has been out for weeks.  Hopefully it won't be much longer until we are fully stocked again.  

I found out that Ian's is coming out with onion rings very soon.   I will let you know when they are in stock!    

Gluten Free Foods
1596 N Hill Field Rd #B
Layton UT 84041

Neurofeedback at The Salvation Army Bell Shelter

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Free Baby Sling

I recieved the following email yesterday. I thought they would be sold out by this morning, but they weren't! I ordered one baby sling for myself and it came to just under $15 with shipping. I then opened another browser and ordered one for a friend and it came to just $12 with shipping!

Copied Email:

Promo Code for Free Baby Carrier!
Hi Casherie,

Seven™ Slings wants to wish a happy Thanksgiving by giving you a promo code for a free baby carrier (a $48 value) at The promo code is "babies".

Go to, click on "Shop Now", select any baby carrier you would like (be sure to go to their sizing page so you can get the right size carrier for you). Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the "shopping bag" where you can enter the promo code "babies". This promo code will take off 100% of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees.

You can use the code more than once - you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.

Due to its nature, this offer can't last long so please hurry.

Thanks again and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Starting a GF diet

After going to a nutritionist and a chiropractor both agreed that I was allergic to dairy and to gluten. I began a Gluten-free diet. This lasted about two weeks in 2009 and it felt good. However, I found out I was pregnant and my main craving was doughnuts, cakes, brownies, cookies, etc. I gave up on a gluten-free lifestyle.

Once our daughter was born, I decided that it was important to go back on a gluten-free diet. I am the only one in my immediate family on a gluten free diet so I had to come up with ways to incorporate "normal" foods into my routine.

Week 1: My first week I ate mainly vegetables and rice in the place of the gluten ingredients. For example, I cooked rice and served spaghetti sauce over rice, while my son and husband ate noodles and sauce. Bread for a deli sandwich was replaced by celery (wrap the lunch meat around the celery). I ate sweat potatos for dessert (and for lunch).  This week I used more whole, fresh foods that I knew didn't contain gluten. For breakfast, I stuck with Rice Chex and Rice Crispies.

Week 2 & 3: The second week, I started adding some gluten-free products. I mainly used gluten-free spaghetti noodles in the place of regular noodles. I made sure to read labels and use the gluten-free version of products like chili, refried beans, and ice creams.

*During week 2, I noticed that I had an upset stomach with peanut butter. I now do not eat peanut-based peanut-butter. I also noticed nauseau with breakfast and attributed it to the milk. I now substitute milk for soy milk.

Week 4: This week I continued many of the same meals listed above but I ventured to a gluten-free store and purchased a gluten-free Bisquick mix and my sweet husband made excellent waffles and pancakes from them. The extras I used as sandwich bread for almond butter and jelly sandwiches. I also went to a gluten-free bakery and bought some honey butter bread, which I froze most of since we'd made the waffles and pancakes. The loaf of bread was $8, by far the most I have ever spent for bread!

I think the trick to starting G-free is to start small and with basic whole foods. Then start adding a small amount of variety week by week. If you really are allergic to gluten, your stomach and intestines need to heal from the damage of years of eating gluten.

Please comment and let me know if this has been helpful. I'd like to add more things that I've added since the first month of going g-free including menus, restaurants, and bread mixes we've tried.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tips for Nutrionist

I wanted to jot down some quick ideas I had about seeing a nutritionist for the first time:

1-If they poke your finger and have you hold a magnetic bar in one hand, possibly reconsider. This technique is supposed to tell you what your body is allergic to and also what nutrients (and even brands of nutrients!) your body needs. I was more than slightly skeptical of the technique. I also experienced this technique in a chiropractor's office.

2-If they tell you that you need a variety of nutritional supplements, smell them before you buy them! I couldn't stand the smell of half the stuff they sold me and never used them because they were huge and smelled bad.

3-If they tell you that you are allergic to a variety of things (using previous method), get a second opinion. Although, in my case, the second opinion was a blood test of food allergies that was fairly similar to the results in the nutritionists and the chiropractors assessments.

4-After they tell you that you have said allergies, they will try to sell  you supplements to counter the allergies. Double check what they are selling you because they may not be familiar with all of the ingredients. (One of the powdered meal supplements I was sold contained barley, but I was told I was allergic to Gluten, which is often found in barley.)

5-Before they send you home with 10 bottles of pills, ask which two would be the best at prolonging your life. (I love this question, as there is no proof that any supplement, diet, or even weight range can prolong your life span.)

6-If seeing a chiropractor who uses what is called NAET, learn what NAET is and what it isn't. For some people, this seems to be an effective technique. Essentially, NAET has you hold a small amount of known allergen in a vial while the chiropractor presses key points in your back and then you refrain from that allergen for 25 hours and then you are cured of that allergy. In my experience, NAET would have been 20 treatments long and with a $35 co-pay that adds up. I'm sure my treatment wasn't successful because I didn't complete all of the treatments.

I think vitamins are good for some people and a waste for others. Figure out how likely you'd be to follow the suggestions before investing any money on the vitamins. For me, I had high hopes of taking them and of course sitting in front of the nutritionist I was going to give up all my vices! In reality, I haven't made many lasting changes from the appointments and find my pocket book shrinking.

Striving for Balance

My mind has been turned to the importance of having balance in life. It seems that during the past year, I have yearned to have balance in my life.  There have been a short few days, when I have felt totally balanced; it was an amazing feeling. Unfortunately, the balance scale is mostly off and I feel like I'm living in chaos. The state of balance is where the mind, body and spirit work together in concert and give the optimum performance. When thinking of balance I can't resist thinking about the old Chinese philosophies of Yin Yang, Dharma, and Qi (chee).Yin and Yang symbolizes that everything has an opposite. There is no light without darkness, there is no good without bad.  When the opposites in our life are balanced, then we will feel peace. Dharma is personal responsibility combined with one’s social, familial, or professional duty—all with the concept of equilibrium or balance in mind. When thinking about what is most important in our life, it is essential to consider our Dharma; our Dharma will lead the way to have balance.  In a healthy body, Qi (energy) is balanced and flows without any impedance. It is my goal to have perfect balance in my life, when family, work, health, and spirituality meet in the middle and chaos no longer fills my mind.  In my perfect world, balance looks like this: 8 hours of rest each night, feeling refreshed in the morning.  Thirty minutes of exercise that includes cardio, aerobic, and mindfulness activities. Adequate time with my children and spouse each day. A hard days work without feeling exhausted and having a sense of accomplishment. Connection with God through prayer and scripture study.  Service to my fellowmen that doesn't take away from other tasks.  A clean home, nutritious food during meal time, and lots of laughter.  Am I being too demanding to have all of these things in my life at the same time? Is it realistic to have perfect balance in an unbalanced world of greed and ego centrism?  Share your thoughts with us. Have you ever had balance in your life?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pride and Humility

I’ve been thinking about the pride cycle documented time and time again in the Book of Mormon.
The people experience times of prosperity, ease, and comfort. At first, they acknowledge their blessings as coming from God, but after a few years, this prosperity turns into pride, greed, and eventually wickedness and war. During the period of wickedness, the prophets heavily preach repentance and a turning back to traditional values. The resources they previously had are now gone and the people are more desolate. This lack of necessities is critical in turning the hearts of the people back to Christ and for the people to experience humility. They learn to live off of what they have and use things more efficiently. They then start to prosper in the land and the cycle repeats.
Examining these situations, I always thought of it as more of a personal or familial based cycle than an economic cycle that is seen in larger regions. These past few weeks I’ve been seeing this more on a national scale. The 1990s were fairly good to us, they created a sense of security. We estimated that with the economy doing so well, we would most likely earn more money in the future than what we were currently making. This drove us to feel comfortable buying homes we couldn’t afford; especially with all the incentives of buying homes in the early 2000s.
Now we see that many people are without resources. They are lacking the financial resources to carry on. They are also lacking the emotional and spiritual resources to find peace.
When the Nephites were humbled, what was it that sent them to their knees? They were without goods and had very little food; they could have chosen to be depressed, addicted, or helpless. They could have blamed God, government, and neighbors. I’m sure they did pass blame, but they must have learned that sitting around blaming everyone doesn’t plant crops, build homes, or solve other problems. Some probably did choose depression, suicide, or some other malady. But SOME, the ones we want to look at, survived.
How did they survive? I think they must have decided to do what was necessary, not complain, and do the work. Once they were working, they gained an understanding that crops don’t grow themselves. They don’t plant themselves, water themselves, weed themselves, or self-harvest. They also learned that there were things beyond their control; the rain, the sun, the soil condition, the quality of the seed, the insects, and the animals. Thus, they learned that there was a force outside of themselves that they should reverence and show. This took time, but eventually their situations turned around and they found their needs met.
This applies to my life (and maybe yours) because I feel that I am in that spot where it’s time to choose. Do I choose to be upset and hopeless that my house has lost the value that it had when I bought it? Or do I choose to make updates to my home to increase its’ value?  When I see that my commission numbers are lower, do I blame the economy and enjoy extra time off? Or do I work harder to maximize the contracts I do have?
The problem that I see with our country is that it is far easier to blame someone else than it is to work, maximize current resources, and focus on solutions.
With that said, I must get back to work! This baby isn’t going to feed herself!