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Life is a journey and it's led me back to you!

If you've been a follower of my blog for the last few years you'll have noticed that I basically disappeared from writing over the last 362 days. Aside from a random post or two, it's been quieter than a room with a sleeping newborn baby.

Why? Life. That's the thing about life, it happens. Sometimes we have warning and sometimes we don't. Even when things happen that we know are going to happen, we can be completely caught off-guard by the waterfall affect that happens within our lives follow such events. In this case, we're talking about divorce. The long, narrow, often overwhelming road to divorce.

I could write dozens of posts about this (actually I have but those are private for now), but let's just say it's been a JOURNEY. However, what matters to me most to share at this point is where I am today. And today, I'm here, typing this post, ready to come back full-force to the blogging world.

I feel: Stronger. Confident. Wiser, Smarter. Weathered.

So, what does this mean for the future of this blog? Well, it's going to be featuring more about life as a single mom. That'll include posts about budgeting, cooking, etc. plus a few about emotionally navigating this space with three little ones. I'll also be working with many local and country-wide events to bring you photos and videos from such experiences.

I'm truly excited about coming back and can't wait to share with you loads of information both fun and helpful. Thanks for sticking around with me!

While I work to get new content up and running you can follow along on our journey on both Instagram and Facebook

Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 - Schaumburg, IL

I recently attended the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 in Schaumburg, IL. This expo was filled to the brim with AMAZING food and beverage companies that offer products fitting into one or both of these categories.
As you may be aware, my youngest child has FPIES. This means that she has a limited diet and is extremely restricted in the products that I can purchase off-the-shelf of our local grocery stores and safely feed to her. One of these companies, which happened to be a sponsor of the event is Enjoy Life. Without this company, my daughter would never even know the taste of chocolate desserts. We heavily rely on their chocolate chip line to create homemade desserts and chocolates for her every day and holiday fun!
In addition to this AMAZING company, there were tons of others offering products from sauces and pastas to desserts and pizzas. All fitting into the gluten-free and/or allergen friendly categorization. Want to see more?! Well lucky for you, I went live from the show floor!

I'm Attending the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo! #GFAFExpo

If you have been following me, you likely know that my youngest has a rare diseases called FPIES. This disease causes Lou to have severe food allergies. It's been a challenging and frustrating road so far, but I've grown to appreciate those companies that are making an effort to create popular and mainstream products that are allergen friendly. 
That's why I'm thrilled to be attending the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in Schaumburg, IL in a few weeks! The expo floor is filled with amazing sponsors who are sharing their gluten-free and allergen-friendly products with attendees. Each booth contains an allergen card so attendees know what their products contain. In additional to the expo floor, there are classes about nutrition being offered onsite. Here's a little bit more about the expo (from their website):
The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to eight cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism.
I'll be documenting my entire experience on Instagram and can't wait to share it with all of you! 
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$100 Kohls Gift Card Giveaway – ends 4/12

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Living with Anxiety: Finding Relief

If you have been following along, I've shared with you in two previous blog posts (Part 1Part 2) my struggle with severe anxiety and panic attacks and seeking out help. I pick up where I left off in enlisting the help of professionals.