Well and Okay

I can finally say that I am well and okay! My cough is gone already, my colds too and I no longer bark like a dog! Weeeeee!!

I guess that cough bug was really tough because it stayed in me for like about a month, it was the most awful cough experience I’ve ever had. I really hope I won’t get sick anytime soon, because it is not really a good feeling when you are sick, and you know that. I am happy too that the little boys and my big boy are also doing well and fine, so this means that our medicines will be parked in the cabinet and hopefully won’t be used yet.

The weather has also warmed up and we have been out on the weekends. The little boys are all smiles every time we go out and enjoy the warmth of the sun even with the cold winds. The snow has melted and they can now go out and play in the grounds. I am happy that they now have the chance to play in the playground, run in the park and do a lot of things because the weather has been really nice lately. Hopefully, this season won’t bring any sickness to my family. We have plans of exploring the other towns nearby so I pray that we will all be well and okay.


Nice Wedding Photos

I find myself a little green with envy when I see friends or friends of friends post on Facebook their pre-nuptial and wedding photos. Most of them are really creative, fun and really shows the couple’s love and fondness for each other, and when I remember my wedding photos, it’s just no way near the creativity and loveliness of the current wedding photo packages.

It was both our decision to forego an expensive wedding photo package because we were really on a tight budget then, but now that I’ve realized how these wedding photo packages create an impact, I would really have went for it. Our wedding photos were done by a professional photographer though and he was my former co-worker at the newspaper company where I used to work. Our photos were beautiful but not as beautiful as the modern photographers do now like those wedding photographer raleigh-based. If I get the chance to be married again, of course to my husband, like our renewal of vows or our 25th wedding anniversary (hopefully and praying that we reach that), I would surely do the modern way and make sure that our budget won’t be that tight any more!

So for now, I’ll just drool over the photos of friends (and friends of friends) getting married.


Namaste Foods (Gluten Free and So Much More) Review and Giveaway

In our world today, so many people, young and old alike suffer from many allergies. It was only when I got here in Canada that I’ve learned that there are people who are allergic to certain food ingredients, nuts and other stuff. So when I started working at a health food store, I’ve discovered more food options for people with different types of allergies and that is such a relief. Thanks to companies like Namaste Foods, we now have peace of mind, and we don’t have to worry of products that may cause us harm or give health risks.

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About Namaste Foods

We are a small (but growing!) manufacturer of fine foods that contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. In business since 2000, we continue to strive to be the best at what we do so that you can enjoy all the foods you’ve known and loved all your life.

So recently, I received a bag of goodies from Namaste Foods and boy was I so glad to have the opportunity to try and taste their delicious baking mixes.

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Namaste Foods gives products that are CLEAN and SAFE and FREE of the TOP 8 plus allergens. Their fine foods contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, tree nuts or peanuts. Namaste Food products are all natural, carefully made in a dedicated allergen-free facility, has no GMO ingredients, vegan friendly and has no preservatives. Namaste Foods knows that gluten-free food is expensive so they continue to strive to give more value to our hard-earned dollars. Most of Namaste Foods mixes have a significantly higher yield than their competitors. Plus they are tasty and delicious, will make mouths water and faces smile. 

Since I have cookie monsters here, I decided to make cookies using the Namaste Foods Cookie Mix.

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The Namaste Foods Cookie Mix calls for two eggs, 1/2 cup oil and 2 tablespoons water. (Some of Namaste Food baking mixes call for eggs, egg replacers can be used though).

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I also added up some chocolate chips to my cookie mix and dropped by tablespoons onto my cookie sheet and baked them for approximately 10 – 12 minutes. I made sure that they did not get overcooked, otherwise I would have burnt cookies.

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Here’s the delicious and yummy gluten-free and nut-free chocolate chip cookies made with the Namaste Foods Cookie Mix.

While I was prepping the cookie batter, I decided to make half of it into chocolate chip cookies and the other half, just regular cookies, and when it was all baked, I tried making my version of a gluten-free cookie sandwich and here it is:

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Oh boy! This treat was gone in an instant! It was heavenly good and my cookie monsters were all smiles! (*Disclaimer: I used a regular store-bought ice cream).

What I like about Namaste Food products is that I can make them easily, they are nutritious, plus I can put them in my son’s lunch for school (schools here have nut-free policy). So cookies, brownies, cakes, breads and even pizza crusts are all gluten-free, nut free and others. One bag of the cookie mix made about 2 dozen 3-inch cookies and just perfect for school lunches (even hubby brought the cookies for his lunch at work).

Namaste Foods does not only have baking mixes, they also have pasta dinners for quick and easy meals, breakfast basics like waffle and pancake mixes, they also have sugar-free products and seasoned coating mixes, all still are free from allergens.

I am glad that Namaste Foods is available to anyone who suffers from Celiac disease or anyone who have particular allergies. This will truly help them enjoy good food, but will also give them better value for their money and give them peace of mind.

Visit the Namaste Foods website for more details, recipe suggestions and store locations. You can also like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and Pinterest for great ideas and updates.

Want to WIN a Bag of Goodies from Namaste Foods? Simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. The opinions are my own, based on personal experience with the product.

Spring #backyardfun Giveaway

Yey! It has finally warmed up and the snow has melted and Spring is finally here (in this part of the world) and I am so happy and excited to finally let the boys go out and just enjoy the warmth of the shining sun… and Spring means more time to play outside. So I’ve teamed up with some awesome and fabulous Canadian bloggers to bring you the Spring #backyardfun Giveaway!

I am sure you are all pretty excited to do some Spring Cleaning and eventually adding up some new pieces to your backyard, and what is nicer than to add a fun playhouse and a cool water table in your play area right? Now here’s your chance to win these two for a whole lot of #backyardfun!

A BIG thanks to Lori of Frugal Edmonton Mama for organizing this wonderful giveaway! This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and runs from April 1 until April 30, 2014.

**Prize may not be exactly as shown based on availability.  HANDS FULL OF LIFE is not responsible for prize fulfillment**

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