Sunday, October 16, 2016

San-J Organic Tamari Gluten Free Sauces

Gluten Free San-J Organic Tamari Sauces

San-J Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauces to sample with swag.

Note:  I received this product for free from Moms Meet, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I love soy sauce.  It has to be good soy sauce.

When I was offered the opportunity to sample some San-J Organic Tamari Sauces through Moms Meet, I applied.  I had attended the online party with Moms Meet and San-J earlier and was excited to taste their products.

All about San-J Organic Tamari Gluten Free Sauces

  • Made with 100% soy and no wheat.  Regular soy sauce contains 40-60% wheat.  This is great news for those of us who must eat gluten free!
  • San-J sauces are fermented for up to six months using Japanese brewing methods.   
  • Sauces contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  My boys have to avoid artificial colors so they love knowing these sauces are safe.
  • A 10-ounce bottle typically retails for around $4.45.
  • The higher concentration of soy protein gives these sauces a milder, richer, and more complex taste.

Which sauce to choose and for what meal?

For this product review, I chose to taste the San-J Gluten Free Orange Sauce for Asian Glaze and Stir Fry.  The one dish mentioned on the San-J site for this particular sauce is Orange Chicken.  I was so excited to be able to make Orange Chicken at home!

Well, a few days ago while watching a show, the character started eating egg rolls.  I remembered I had purchased a big box of gluten free egg rolls.  So, for dinner that night, we had the gluten free egg rolls and used the Orange Sauce for dipping.  My husband and I liked the combination of the egg rolls with the sauce.  My boys thought the sauce was a little strong.  I told them "it tastes like orange sauce to me."

I wanted to use the Orange Sauce in a second meal where the sauce would not be as strong.  I decided to make Shanghai Chicken (found in my book, The Gluten-Free Way: My Way).  Since the recipe calls for soy sauce and water, I figured the water would help reduce the intensity of the sauce for my boys.  It also calls for sugar so it sweetened it some as well.

Shanghai Chicken with rice and peas using San-J Organic Gluten Free Orange Sauce
I was not certain how the orange sauce would taste in place of soy sauce.  It turned out delicious.

All six of us ate it and it was difficult to not eat the rest!  I plan on having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Have you tried San-J Organic Gluten Free Tamari Sauces?

If you have tried San-J, please share your favorite dish in which you use their sauces.  


Sunday, October 9, 2016

MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders

MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders

My Review of MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders

Note:  I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Since I was six, I have been adding protein and supplement powders to my juice or making smoothies with them.  I have tasted many.  I have not purchased twice all of the products I have had once.

I am super picky about what I add!  The powders have to complete mix and dissolve.  There needs to be zero grittiness.  No off putting smells or tastes.  I have to like them enough to want to use the powder a second time.

I applied to sample these booster powders to see if I liked them.  While my boys do eat fruits and vegetables daily, I am always looking for ways to boost their immune systems.  Now that flu season is here, boosting their immune systems is as important as ever!

I was eager to sample this product since it is free of many things our family avoids.

These products are free of:

  • Gluten (so important for my husband and boys)
  • Dairy (good to know when others ask if I know of a good product)
  • Soy 
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Sugar (This is good to know as we have friends who must avoid sugar.)
  • Sweeteners (I must avoid.)
  • Flavorings
  • Colorings (My four boys and some friends avoid.)
  • Preservatives
These nutrition boosters are in powder form.  No pills to swallow.  I appreciate it being in powder form so my little boys can benefit without the hassle of swallowing pills.  

My sample of the MegaFoods Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster Powder with orange juice.

MegaFoods Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster Powder

I sampled the Daily Immune with orange juice.  My 17-year old mixed it up for me using a Tupperware Quick Shake.  I am impressed with how fast the powder dissolved.  It did not taste gritty or have a strange after taste.

I loved the strong cranberry taste from the booster powder.  I love adding cranberry juice to my orange juice so this powder is like this with the additional nutrients!

I would use this again for myself.  I know my boys would be happy to drink juice with this booster powder added.

The Daily Immune contains oranges (from Uncle Matt's Organic), echinacea, and elderberry (a favorite of mine).  This booster powder helps to strengthen and promotes a healthy immune system all year.  I do not like having sick children!  Do you?

My 12-year old son drinking orange juice with the MegaFoods Kids Daily B-Centered Nutrient Booster Powder.

MegaFoods Kids Daily B-Centered Nutrient Booster Powder

As a mom of four boys, my boys have to love a product in order for me to consider purchasing a second time.  Not all four boys have to agree on a product for me to buy again.

All of my boys sampled the Daily B-Centered with orange juice.  I did not hear any complaints.  

The Daily-B provides daily support for cognitive function (we all can use help with this) as well as mental focus (yes, please).  It also helps provide a sense of calmness - what a great benefit!  This particular powder features organic brown rice from Lundberg Family Farms.  This product is designed to support mental and physical energy levels - which I want for me with four active boys!  I like how this booster powder has been formulated with a full spectrum of FoodState B Vitamins.  The more vitamins my boys can get at a time the better.

MegaFood Kids Daily Multi Nutrient Booster Powder

This booster powder contains organic carrots, fresh fruits, turmeric, plus 23 essential minerals and vitamins per serving.  Talk about a lot of nutrition in one glass of juice with the booster powder added!  This powder promotes healthy development and well-being.  

Personally, I cannot use this particular product as I do not eat spinach.  I know my four boys will use this product.  They love "protein shakes."

My Four Boys Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Do your children eat fruits and vegetables on their own?  Is it a fight to get them to even look at something healthy on their plates?

If you are looking for a simple way to "sneak" some produce into your children's eating habits, look for MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders in a store near you.

Have you tried any of MegaFood products?

I would love to hear about your experiences with MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders.  Please share in the comments below.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

How to Become a Better Blogger by Following Bloggers

I Became a Better Blogger by Following Others

When I first started blogging, I was so focused on MY blog I did not see the "point" in reading other blogs to benefit MINE.  After all, if I was reading other peoples' blogs, I was not working on mine.

I was wrong!

I did not understand the blogging community like I do today.  The blogging community - and it IS a community - is full of people who blog and write about the same topics you do, the foods you love to eat, the places you want or have visited, and topics concerning being a parent, a child, or a sibling. 

I consistently read - almost daily - blog posts by others.  I read posts recommended by friends, family, other bloggers via Facebook groups, tweets on Twitter, bios on Instagram, or pins on Pinterest.

Five Pacific Northwest Bloggers I Follow and Why

I follow bloggers who live all over the world.  For this post, I chose to highlight the below five bloggers.  After listing them in my outline, I realized they all live in the Pacific Northwest like I do!

1.  Thrifty and Thriving is a blog owned by my friend, Christy.  I have known Christy for years.  She used to live just down the street from me.  Though we live further apart now, I read her blog each time I get an update in my email inbox.  Why?  Her blog posts alert me to new products, new Kindles, special deals at local stores I shop at, giveaways, as well as tidbits about her life (and the lives of the other bloggers who also blog on her site).  I refer people to her blog on a regular basis.  I have learned money saving tips and vacation planning suggestions from reading Christy's blog.  One of the favorite tools I learned about from Christy is the Pineapple Slicer and De-Corer.  I purchased this and we love it!  I have no problem buying pineapple now - this makes it so easy to have ready to eat in under five minutes!  

I have learned from Christy how having a variety of posts (recipes, product reviews, travel tips) adds value and reader retention to a blog.  I look forward to the next email from her.  (Do you readers say the same thing about your email updates for your blog?)

I miss seeing Christy on a weekly basis.  When we do see each other, it makes me smile!

Christina-Marie holding Adrienne's first book (co-authored by William Maltese), The Gluten-Free Way: My Way.

2.  Sexy Vegan Mama is run by my friend, Christina-Marie.  She and I have each co-authored and published a book with William Maltese.  When I need help answering a question (for myself or a friend) regarding which vegan products taste best, I ask her!  For some recipes, I have asked Christina-Marie for vegan substitutions to use.  She tells me her favorite products, where to purchase, and usually how the product will react in a recipe.  Her Macadamia Coconut Toffee is divine and naturally gluten free!    
I have learned from Christina-Marie to be myself - and use my own voice - on my blog.  It is okay to admit defeat with a recipe, voice struggles with a tough recipe, or ask for help regarding which ingredients to add to a potato salad.  I love seeing new recipes she has developed or 'converted' to vegan when her email update shows up in my inbox.

Christina-Marie encourages me to step out of my comfort zone, has done joint book signings with me, and is a sounding board for me.  I appreciate her friendship!

Ruth with Adrienne during a blogging pow wow session.

3.  That Retro Ruth is a fashion blog by my friend, Ruth.  I met Ruth when I wrote a profile article on baby sign classes she teaches for The Ranger.  During my interview with her, we realized we had much in common.  We began meeting on a regular basis, sharing writing woes, blogging concerns, and parenting successes.  We continue to meet and work on our blogs.  Our children share similar interests and we arrange play-dates when possible.      

Ruth has taught me to be myself on social media.  How?  She has shown me it is okay to don a hat, wear a scarf, or do a silly pose.  Being yourself on social media shows your followers and readers you are a real person - the person behind the blog.  Not every photo has to be perfect.  

Ruth and I took a local 'field trip' earlier this year.  We visited a store with a gluten free menu.  We checked out the food, browsed the British imported food, and spoke to the owner.  We also visited a cute clothing boutique, chatted with the owner, and I snapped pics of the owner and Ruth talking about all things fashion.

4.  Oh My Gosh Beck! is owned by Becky.  I have not met Becky in person, though I would love to meet her!  She lives in a nearby town (where I lived for five years).  It would be fun to meet up with Becky at one of my old hangouts!  

Becky has shown me how participating in multi-blogger giveaways benefit all of the bloggers involved.  To learn more, please visit her blogger opportunities for growing your blog.  I did see an increase of readers on my blog and followers on social media each time I joined one of her blogger giveaways.   

5.  Blogelina is run by Tanya.  I took Tanya's beginning blogging online course in October 2014.  While the basics of blogging I already knew, I did learn about monetizing a blog, creating a product to sell, starting and growing an email list, and blog design suggestions.

I would love to meet up with Tanya!  She lives a couple of hours from some of my family.    

When I have questions about blogging, I go to Tanya's blog and search for an answer.  When others have asked for blogging help, I point them to Tanya.  I read the email updates I receive from her as I know I will probably learn something to help me on my blog.  I appreciate Tanya answering my questions when I have emailed her with questions.  

How Have You Become a Better Blogger?

I would love to hear how you have become a better blogger!  Please share your experiences and tips below in the comments section.  As a fellow blogger in the blogger community, I learn from you, too!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Causes I Support

I do a lot of volunteer work for various non-profit organizations.  I am sharing the opportunity for others to help support the causes I believe in with the  "Donate Now' buttons below.

Here is some information about the "Donate Now" buttons.  I have also included some instructions for getting your own "Donate Now" buttons and how to get the buttons added to your website or blog.

"Donate Now" Buttons - How They Work

The "Donate Now" buttons will take you to a new window to process your monetary donation.  I will not see the funds you donate as that is all processed and handled by First Giving.  First Giving processes the donations as well as distributes the collected funds to the individual charities.

If your organization is a charity, the first time that donations are sent will be via a check in the mail.  If you prefer, you may fill out the enclosed form that accompanies the check for all future donations to be sent to your organization via Direct Deposit.

Get Your Own "Donate Now" Buttons

If you would like to have a "Donate Now" button on your website or blog, please go to Donate Now and click on the "Get Your Donate Button."  After you put in your email address and business name (or blog name), remember to type in a message in the box that will show up under the "Donate Now" button once live on your site.  Then click "Next" and a new screen will load.

Here you will need to type in the name of the charity or the charity's EIN number.  If the charity you are searching for is not listed, please contact them and request their EIN number.  Email the charity's name and EIN number to Jonathan Milligan (jonathan.milligan at frontstreampayments .com) and he will get the charity into the database.  Once that happens, you will be able to get the HTML code for that charity's "Donate Now" button.

Adding Your New "Donate Now" Button to Your Website or Blog

Once you have the HTML Code for your "Donate Now" button, add it to your website or blog.  For Blogger, you will need to go into your blog or website's "layout" page and "add a gadget" and then scroll down until you see "Third Party HTML."  Click to add, type in your title, and then copy and paste the code into the box.  Hit save and then view your blog.  The button *should* be there.

If you do not know how to add Third Party HTML Code to your blog or website, please speak to your website developer, website designer, or check the "Help" feature.


Thank you for supporting the Gluten Intolerance Group.


Thank you for helping to support the Pacific Harbors Council - Boy Scouts of America


Join us in supporting Poyeho Project!


Thank you for supporting Communities in Schools Puyallup.


Donate Now
Thank you for helping support the Orting Food Bank!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Portland, Oregon

Come Visit Me - an Official Fest Blogger - in Portland, Oregon!

I am so excited to be invited to participate as an Official Fest Blogger for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest being held in Portland, Oregon, on October 1-2, 2016.

I have been wanting to attend a Gluten Free Fest for sometime.  So happy I finally will be able to be there!

I am looking forward to connecting with other gluten free bloggers I have 'known' only via social media these last few years. 

A Weekend Filled with Gluten Free Speakers, Demos, and Vendors

The schedule of talks and demonstrations for the fest are amazing!  It will be an educational and fun filled weekend.

In addition to the bloggers, talks, and demos, there will also be vendors from gluten free companies.  I am curious as to which companies will be in attendance and hope to find a few new brands to add to my list of "favorites."

Five Reasons to Attend the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Portland, Oregon

  1. You are eager to hear the latest in gluten free and food allergy information from the scheduled speakers.  Maybe something a speaker says will help you figure out what you might need to change or how to help your child.
  2. You are hungry (pun intended) to check out the newest gluten free and allergen free foods available by visiting the vendors.  You want to feel safe to eat food at an event.
  3. You want to meet some of your favorite gluten free bloggers and authors in person.  After following us on social media and reading our blogs and books, you want to be able to put an actual face to a name.
  4. You want to meet others who live gluten free, understand your struggles with finding safe food, and can support you.  You want the comfort of a large support group.
  5. You want to show you support others in their quest for a healthier life by avoiding gluten and other allergens.

Will you be attending the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Portland?

If you will be, please stop by and visit with me and the other bloggers at the Author & Blogger Booth #331.

If you are unable to make it, I will be tweeting and updating my social media LIVE from the event using #GFFAFest.  Follow along.  Ask questions for us bloggers and vendors.

Please share in the comments if you are able to attend, have attended one in the past, or would like to check one out in the future.