Monday, June 27, 2011

Prefense *Non-Alcohol* *24 hour lasting* Hand Sanitizer Review & Giveaway

Sponsored by Tomoson.com




I'm one of those moms who I'm sure others think is a bit germophobic.  We use shopping cart covers, wash our hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer often when out and about.  I'm convinced we can't be too careful with our children in regards to their health.  However, though I've wanted to be sure my children were as protected as possible from illness, I've always had a difficult time applying harsh, alcohol based santizers to their little hands and sensitive skin.  It just didn't seem gentle enough for small children, but what was I to do?


Enter Prefense Alcohol Free hand sanitizer.


  


Prefense foaming hand sanitizer is non-toxic, safe for kids, and lasts for up to 10 hand washings!  When I received my bottle of Prefense I tried it right away.  At the time I had cut on one hand and a burn on the other.  Prefense is silica based, but even so I was shocked, yet thrilled, to discover that Prefense didn't make either of them sting.  As a double bonus, my hands were also left feeling softer.  After that I was even more excited about using on my children's delicate skin.


We had the opportunity to give Prefense a good try last week at Pike Place Market in Seattle.  Not only does it protect my children from germs, but they love using it, too!   






I also love the fact that we don't have to constantly re-apply Prefense after trips to the bathroom or before entering each new establishment when running errands--though my children would love it if we could.  They ask for some "rub" every time we go out, which is great.  A little extra reminder doesn't hurt a thing.


Are you ready to give Prefense a try?  Prefense is available through Prefense's online store for a terrific price.  Remeber, each pump lasts up to 24 hours--through up to 10 hand washings!  You can learn more about Prefense at their web site, and Prefense can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.


Prefense is going to send a big 8oz. bottle of hand sanitizer (640 applications!) to one lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood, and entering is so easy!


Rules: Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Please leave one comment for each entry. That is, if an entry method is worth more than one entry, leave the equivalent number of comments (2 entries = 2 comments, etc.)  Also leave an e-mail address I can reach you at if you win.


Mandatory Entry: Just leave a comment letting me know what situations you love to use Prefense in!


Extra Entries:
1. Follow me, Gluten Free Motherhood, or let me know if you already do. (2 entries)

2. "Like" Gluten Free Motherhood on Facebook, or let me know if you already do. (2 entries)
3. Follow Gluten Free Motherhood @GFMotherhood on Twitter, or let me know if you already do. (2 entries)
4. Vote for Gluten Free Motherhood at "We're on the Fence" via the button on the right. (1 entry.  This may be done daily for 1 entry per day.)
5. "Like" Prefense on Facebook. (1 entry)
6. Follow Prefense on Twitter. (1 entry)
7. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to mention @Prefense and @GFMotherhood and leave me the link to your tweet. (1 entry.  May be done daily for 1 entry per day.)
8. Share this giveaway on Facebook. (1 entry.  May be done daily for 1 entry per day.)


Giveaway closes on July 18 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com created by WebBizIdeas.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Flowerz In Her Hair Winner!

I'm sorry it has taken me a couple of days to get this done.  However, yesterday random.org's random number generator selected a winner.  Congratulations to entry number 89, Shanee!  I'll be sending you an e-mail shortly letting you know that you won.


Don't forget to enter my other current giveaway for an apron of choice from Bon Appetit Aprons.  She even makes maternity aprons for the expectant mother!  Enter here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tandoori Chicken

I'm rediscovering many favorite recipes lately.  In all of our nomadicism many of them were pushed by the wayside.  It can be difficult to keep a steady stock of necessary ingredients when sharing a pantry.


This is one that my family has been very excited about partaking of once again.  Tandoori chicken.  The recipe even came from a friend who grew up in India.  My children devour it, as do Ryan and I.  And if you're afraid of spice, you needn't fear this recipe.  It is delightfully savory without being "spicy hot."




The recipe actually calls for a fryer, but we just have a little portable grill, and it doesn't handle bone-in chicken.  If you don't have a grill at all, you can use a broiler pan in the oven.  And don't let the list of ingredients or lengthy instructions deter you.  All of the ingredients are just tossed into a food processor, then you basically marinate and then cook the chicken.  It looks scary, but it is actually very easy, and so worth it!  Even my children ask for "yellow chicken."  I'm happy to oblige.  And now for the recipe.  


Tandoori Chicken:
1 medium onion, diced
1 garlic clove
3 T. salad oil
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. minced ginger or 3/4 t. ground (I recommend fresh)
2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground cumin
1.5 t. ground coriander
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. turmeric
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 c. plain yogurt
1, 3lb. broiler-fryer, quartered


In blender container or food processor, place all ingredients except yogurt and chicken.  Blend or process at high speed until pureed.  Pour mixture into 12x8 baking dish and stir in yogurt.


With a sharp knife, make 3 diagonal slashes in each chicken breast half; do not cut all the way through to the bone.  Make 2 diagonal slashes in each thigh.  Make several small cuts in each drumstick.  Add chicken to yogurt mixture.  Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours, turning chicken occasionally.


Prepare outdoor grill for barbecuing.  When grill is ready, place chicken on grill over low coals.  Cook 35 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender, turning often and basting with yogurt mixture. 


To broil in oven, marinate as above.  Place chicken skin down in broiler pan and baste.  Broil about seven to nine inches from source of heat 25 minutes or until browned.  Turn and baste with remaining mixture; broil 15 minutes longer or until chicken is fork-tender.



Monday, June 13, 2011

Bon Appetit Aprons Review and Giveaway (Maternity Aprons, Too)! *CLOSED*

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Though being gluten-free necessitates that, I probably would anyway.  If I wasn't making hamburger buns and loaves of bread because I need to, I'd more than likely be making more batches of cookies than I currently have time for.  For my lifestyle, a good apron is a necessity.


When I became pregnant with my first I commented to my husband that what I needed was a maternity apron.  Something that would accommodate my belly as I grew.  I was dismayed to discover that such a thing didn't seem to exist.  Until I recently discovered Bon Appetit Aprons.  Janoah from Bon Appetit Aprons makes the solution to my problem--the "Bun in the Oven Maternity Apron."  I was delighted when she sent me a blue floral one for review.




Isn't it just too cute?  I was also extremely impressed by the quality of the workmanship--right down to the serged seams, adjustable neck strap, and extra long ties (so necessary for an expanding waistline).




The "Bun in the Oven Blue Floral Maternity Apron" offers great coverage and the ability to expand with me!






Even when I'm not pregnant, I've always envied the aprons that you see in older movies and television shows that seem to be as much an accessory to one's wardrobe as a practical protective covering.  The ones you most commonly see now are just so very utilitarian.  Bon Appetit Aprons are just so attractive, and the claim that they add "a dash of class for your cooking" is 100% true.  In addition to maternity aprons, Bon Appetit Aprons also carries a wide variety of aprons for those who aren't expecting.  Here are a couple of my favorites.


The "Afternoon Tea Apron"

   The "Vintage Bird Apron"

And for those who have little girls who are aspiring cooks, Bon Appetit Aprons even offers mother/daughter apron sets!

"Orange Spice" mother/daughter set.

Are you drooling yet?  Here's some more good news.  Bon Appetit Aprons has agreed to send one reader of Gluten Free Motherhood an apron of choice* ("regular" or maternity)!  Of course, if you just can't wait until the giveaway ends, you can always head on over to Bon Appetit Aprons and place an order anytime (and receive an entry for each item purchased)!

Please leave a comment for every entry.  So if an entry method is worth two entries, leave two comments, and so on.  And make sure you leave an e-mail address I can contact you at if you win!

Mandatory Entries (Must complete both for all other entries to count):
1. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood, or let me know if you already are. (1 entry)
2. Head on over to Bon Appetit Aprons and tell me which apron is your favorite! (1 entry)

Extra Entries:
1. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood on Twitter. (2 entries)
3. Vote for Gluten Free Motherhood at "We're on the Fence" via the button on the right. (1 entry.  May be done daily for 1 entry per day).
4. Tweet this giveaway and leave me the link to your tweet. (1 entry.  May be done daily for 1 entry per day.)
5. Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave me the link to your post. (1 entry.  May be done daily for 1 entry per day.)
6. Blog this giveaway and leave me the link to your post. (3 entries)
7. Per request, Purchase an apron and receive and entry for each item purchased! (1 entry per purchase).

Giveaway ends June 30 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

*Mother/Daughter sets are not included in the giveaway.
**I was not compensated monetarily for this review.  I was sent one "Bun in the Oven" Maternity Apron for review purposes only.  Any and all opinions expressed above are my own.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I Love My Mom

I only make cookies every couple of weeks.  I'd like to do it more often, but because everything else from my kitchen is from scratch as well, they just don't fit in between the mandatory cooking, laundry, feeding, dressing, diaper changing, and other daily tasks all that often.


However, my mom is here, and she loves cooking for others.  Every couple of days she gets down one of my gluten-free cookbooks and whips up a batch of cookies.  The current batch is one of my favorites--ginger snaps.  This recipe is from Gluten Free Baking Classics.  YUM!  They're perfect, with just the right chewy texture.  Wonderful for cravings.  Not so great for pregnancy weight gain.



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday--Beating the Heat

It has been an exceptionally wet and cold spring in this part of the country.  However, on Wednesday, we got an 80+ degree day out of nowhere.





Yes, that's me cooling off in the kid's pool, wearing Mercy's strawberry sunhat.  She put it on me, in case you wondered...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flowerz In Her Hair Review and Giveaway! (Closed)


I'm pretty sure I'm not the only mom with a little girl who loves hair accessories.  And, in our case, we waited pretty close to two years for Mercy to have enough hair to use them in!  Then, once it came in, it was so fine that getting anything to actually stay in her hair was yet another challenge.


Therefore, I was excited when I discovered Flowerz In Her Hair, and even more excited when Amy agreed to send us some of her products to try.  

They arrived beautifully presented.


Flowerz In Her Hair has a huge selection, and making a selection took me the better part of two weeks.  We ended up trying a medium "Cute as a Button" alligator clip, a small flower alligator clip, and a 2" wrapped snap clip with a bow.

The alligator clips have a "non-slip grip" option, which I enthusiastically opted for.  And that grip really does do it's job!  Those clippies don't go anywhere unless Mercy intentionally messes with them.  I love, love, love having the option of just slipping a clip into her hair without having to put a little ponytail in first!


Mercy sporting her "Cute as a Button" clip.

Mercy in her small flower clip on her birthday.

The wrapped snap clip is still a wee bit big for the amount of hair Mercy has, but at the rate it is coming in, it won't be long until it stays without a problem, either.  And I think it is one of my favorites!  So feminine--and it dresses up or down easily.

I also love the woven headbands and am looking forward to getting one or two for Mercy once she's a bit bigger.  I've never seen a "big girl" headband like these that you can also attach clippies of your choice to.

Flowerz In Her Hair also has some of the best prices and shipping charges I've seen.  Any orders over $10 receive free shipping, and you get a free clip holder with every order as well.  

Flowerz In Her Hair has generously offered a $15 e-gift card to one reader of Gluten Free Motherhood.  Or, if you just can't wait, head on over and place an order for some high quality hair accessories.  I'm sure your girl will love new hair pretties from Flowerz In Her Hair as much as mine does!

Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address with your entries.  One comment equals one entry, so if an entry method is worth more than one entry please leave the appropriate number of comments to ensure that you have the best odds of winning possible!

Mandatory Entries: 
1. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood via GFC, or let me know if you already are! (1 entry)
2. Head on over to Flowerz In Her Hair and tell me one item you would like to use your gift card toward if you win! (1 entry)

Extra Entries:
1. Become a follower of Flowerz in Her Hair on Twitter. (1 entry)
2. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood on Twitter. (2 entries)
3. Tweet this giveaway. Please provide the address of the tweet. (May be done once daily for 1 entry per day)
4. "Like" Gluten Free Motherhood on Facebook. (2 entries)
5. Share this giveaway on facebook. (May be done once daily for 1 entry per day)
6. Vote for Gluten Free Motherhood at "We're on the Fence" via the button on the right. (May be done once daily for 1 entry per day)
7. Blog this giveaway and leave me the link to your post. (3 entries)


That's a lot of possible entries!  13 the first day, plus more if you tweet and facebook it more than once.

Giveaway ends June 15 at 11:59pm Pacific time.


*I was provided with three clips for review purposes by Flowerz in Her Hair.  I was not compensated for this post in any other way.  All opinions above are my own.