Letting Your Children See You Serve


As we approach the season of Easter, we often spend time talking and learning about Jesus’ teachings.  Many of them were revolutionary in their day and are still that way today. Servanthood is a lost art in this me culture. Everyone is trying to get ahead by whatever means necessary . It doesn’t matter who they push down or step on to get there either. Our children are bombarded with these images on tv,  in magazines, and  pretty much wherever they look. As parents, it is our responsibility to raise servant leaders. My dear friend, Ida, refers to her kids as world changers. They can’t be world changers without service. Where do they learn servant leadership? By watching the adults in their lives.

They will know we are Christians. They will know what we believe. They will know we are Christians by the love that they see.

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Gluten-Free Living Conference 2014

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This past weekend I had the privilege to attend the inaugural Gluten- Free Living Conference in Orlando.  I learned so much for my blog along with gluten free as well.  Gluten free has come so far since we made Logan gluten free over 10 years ago.  Nowadays I just need to stop by Publix to grab a plethora of gluten free products, all of which are conveniently marked right on the shelf.  Yet another reason “Shopping is a pleasure” at Publix but that is another post altogether.  This one is about the amazing products we found and all the information we learned as well.
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Friday was Blogger U.  This was a one day pre conference event that was put on for anyone not just gluten free bloggers.  It was a day filled with classes on how to take photographs for your blog from Stay Basic to when is the best time to post from GFJules.  Amy Leger of The Savvy Celiac showed us how to make our posts more news worthy in order to become known as experts in our field.   The Healthy Apple was so inspirational telling her story.  I left having made some great contacts and with a renewed passion for my blog.  I can see why the big bloggers recommend going to blog conferences.  It was so motivating to learn from others as well as be around like minded individuals.
Saturday was the Expo along with various classes.  There were rows and rows of gluten free items to look at and sample.  Madison thought she was in heaven.  Gluten free whoopie pies,Helwa, Free Time, Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Wafers, , and bacon bites were big hits in our family.  Makeup and cleaning vendors were there to show us gluten free options.  Generation Rescue had a booth giving out much needed autism information.  This was our first gluten free expo so we expected to see the big names like Enjoy Life and Udis.  What I most enjoyed were the less known ones like Chunkie Dunkie, Brazi Bites, and Taste Guru.  Things I didn’t even know existed!  Samples were abundant along with coupons.
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Madison and I also attended classes on Gluten Free Baking with a Light Touch and the uber awesome Lagasse Girls with their cookbook,The Gluten-Free Table: The Lagasse Girls Share Their Favorite Meals.  Lots of tips were written down in both classes .  Who knew that you should weigh your ingredients instead of measuring or that your eggs should be at room temperature  (I actually knew that one).  Coconut oil was a favorite topic in the session with The Lagasse Girls who incidentally are the daughters of Emeril.  I bought their cookbook for myself and one as a giveaway !  Stay tuned for that announcement!
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The Family Breakfast at Sunday was a big hit with Logan who discovered Glutino Gluten Free Toaster Pastries  for the first time.  He was so confused by them that he didn’t know whether or not he was supposed to toast it.  We all had quite a laugh over that.  Another turn through the expo hall to gather swag for another giveaway and our day was complete. There were also classes about The Do’s and Don’ts of Raising A Gluten Free Child where she gave great advice about getting a 504 plan for your child if they attend school and helping the child take responsibility of their own health which is always a good idea.  The event ended with a panel of gluten free experts answering questions from the audience.
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I think Gluten-Free Living did a phenomenal job on their inaugural event.  Of course there were a few things they could do differently next time.  More local advertising would be a great addition.  Utilizing the bloggers who attend to promote it for them as well would be a good idea too.  This could be a win – win relationship for both blogger and the expo.  They were more than gracious and generous to the bloggers that attended the event.   I hope this becomes a yearly event here in Central Florida.

Starting A Family Organic Gmo Free Garden


Have you priced organic fruits and veggies in the store lately?  It’s enough to put your grocery budget into overdrive.  Add in the hassle of trying to find gmo free too and it’s enough to make you break open the wine while you are shopping.  Make God strike me down if I ‘m not speaking […]

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Teaching independence

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We are nearing the stage in our homeschool when Teacher Mom is not needed as much anymore.  This is a bittersweet moment for me.  I enjoy teaching my children.   It saddens me that they are moving toward adulthood at what seems to be at the speed of light.  While it saddens me to no […]

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Celebrating 102 years of family


You read that right.  102 years old.   She was born the month before Titanic sank.  How crazy is that to think about.  She has seen 2 World Wars, The Great Depression, Vietnam, Korean War, watched television come into existence, radio, rock and roll, computers and so much more.  Can you imagine how different our […]

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Letting His Pursuits Run Free


It’s no big secret that our kids with autism tend to get hyper focused on one thing.  For Logan , this has meant a lot of things. When he was a preschooler, this meant owning every Thomas the Tank Engine ever manufactured. Elementary  school brought a ferocious fascination with dinosaurs.  His knowledge and ability to […]

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Finding Florida Through Field Trips


Remember our Florida History Without a Textbook series? Part of finding out about our state means we get out and discover it. This has been tremendously fun as we discover new and exciting places to visit.  Some of these trips the children have taken with others as I was unable to go and some we […]

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Making Marriage a Priority

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Remember that handsome man you married or the beautiful princess that walked down the aisle to you?  You looked into each other’s eyes and pledged to love each other forever through good times and bad.  All was right in your world.  You spent hours talking to each other.  Weekends were adventures as you went out […]

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How I Used Facetime To Stop Yelling At My Kids


I yell far too often.  I try not to but when I get frustrated, look out.    My mom was a yeller as a kid.  It’s a learned habit that has always seemed normal to me.  My children have learned to not move until they hear me yelling. How awful is that?  That in turns […]

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Make A Difference Monday


  Our new Monday tradition is to tour a local community service organization.  We either serve or learn ways to serve while we find out about the orgnanization.  Before you hear about this  let me remind everyone that we don’t start our homeschool lessons until after Michael aka Dad leaves for work at  2 PM. […]

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