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Friday, October 24, 2014
Gluten-Free Fun Friday Funny: CUPCAKES!
As seen on the Better Batter Facebook page

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Monday, October 20, 2014
NYC Marathon Pledge-a-thon with the NYC Celiac Meetup Group

Join the NYC Celiac Meetup Group as we support the Celiac Disease Foundation Team gluten-free™ at the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon!

On Sunday, November 2, six amazing athletes will be running for CDF Team gluten-free™ to help promote awareness for celiac disease and non-celiac disease gluten sensitivity. The NYC Celiac Meetup Group is hosting an online pledge-a-thon to help raise money for CDF Team gluten-free™. This is not an in-person event. Please support this year’s CDF Team gluten-free™ runners at the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon.

Your RSVP and donation will go directly to CDF Team gluten-free™. Everyone donating $25.00 through this page will receive a T-shirt. To donate $25.00, please RSVP here and pay on this event page using PayPal.

Click here to learn more and to donate on the NYC Celiac Meetup Page.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Hanging Out with Schar
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of participating in the very first Schar Gluten-Free Google Hangout. Lead by Schar's expert dietitian, Dr. Anne Lee, I joined two other bloggers, Rozelyn De Sagun of The Frugalista Mom and Reesa Lewandowski of Momma Lew, to talk about all things gluten-free.

During this live video event our panel discussed the following topics:

- The benefits and pitfalls of the new gluten-free labeling law
- How to get good grains into your diet
- Preparing for the holidays, gluten-free style

I had a great time talking with these three women and hope to contribute to future Schar Gluten-Free Hangouts with Dr. Anne. You can watch our video below.





Click here to learn more about Schar.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Gluten-Free Fun Friday Funny: Woot Woot

Let's hear it for all of the sexy gluten-free peeps out there!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Nominations Now Open: Fourth Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards


The WEGO Health Activist Awards is a program that was created by the WEGO health community to recognize the health leaders, bloggers, tweeters, and champions that are within your online health communities, but who often go without receiving any recognition or thanks.

I have been both a nominee and a finalist in previous WEGO Health Awards which makes me very proud. The 2014 nominations are now open through December 31, 2014.

Whether you nominate me or another favorite Celiac blogger, Tweeter, or offline champion, I encourage you to nominate your favorite health advocate. This is your chance to both thank and recognize those that speak out on our behalf. Nominate someone that inspires you, encourages you, or who has helped you but you never had the chance to thank them in person.

Click here to nominate your favorite WEGO Health Activist today!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Let's Hang Out This Thursday with Dr. Anne of Schar

Hey everyone, let's hang out this Thursday night! I am joining the amazing Dr. Anne Lee from Schar for my very first Google Hangout. I am thrilled to be part of a panel of bloggers for the very first Schar Google Hangout. All you need is a computer! If you are reading this, you are all set.


Thursday, October 2, 2014
6pm EST
Your computer


Here are some more details about the event:
Schar is excited to share their first Gluten-Free Google Hangout with their expert dietitian, Dr. Anne Lee, and special guest bloggers Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun, Rozelyn De Sagun of The Frugalista Mom, and Ressa Lewandowski of Momma Lew on Thursday, October 2nd at 6pm. During this live online video event the panel will be discussing the following topics:  
• The benefits and pitfalls of the new labeling law
• How to get healthy grains in your diet
• Preparing for the holidays, gluten-free

Here is the link to the Google Hangout:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1oqfa252u5vf53oliaogmj9ph0

During the hangout, you will be able to see Dr. Anne and the blogger panel but you will not be broadcasted yourselves. Pajamas and a glass of vino are completely acceptable, ha!

You will also be able to ask questions using the chat function on the Google+ page.

Click here to learn more about Schar and Dr. Anne.

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Gluten-Free Friday Funny: Lapdance
Gross on just so many levels. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
TODAY: Gluten-Free Fun with Pasta Flyer at Harvard
If you live in Cambridge or Boston, stop what you are doing at lunch time today and come eat at Harvard University. I am helping my friends from Pasta Flyer, a gluten-free pasta food truck, serve lunch today before I head back to NYC. Pasta Flyer first fed the NYC Celiac Meetup group back in June and we became fast friends. I love their concept and the gluten-free pasta and entirely gluten-free menu! are awesome. I cannot wait until the truck comes back to New York in October.






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Friday, September 19, 2014
Gluten-Free Fun Friday Funny: Eye Roll
Major eye roll moment! 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Gluten-Free Fun and LÄRABAR
I have been a fan of LÄRABAR for many years. I cannot even remember when I first started stashing LÄRABAR in my bags! At this point, LÄRABAR feels like a familiar gluten-free friend!

In 2012, I had the extreme honor of "flying" with the one and only Lara at the Trapeze School of New York. It was such a fun day and a cool way to learn about the 2012 launch of UBER bars. Putting a face to the brand made my connection to LÄRABAR even more personal.

Me and Lara, the founder of LÄRABAR




This summer, I was beyond flattered when LÄRABAR approached me to write for The Nutshell section of their website. Living with celiac disease for more than 30 years, LÄRABAR felt I had a very unique story to share with their fans. I happily agreed to share my celiac history with LÄRABAR enthusiasts and it was published yesterday!

Read my the entire Gluten-Free Fun: My Celiac Story here.








Then, when LÄRABAR asked me to write about gluten-free travel tips, I jumped at the chance. In case you don't know, I also write a website called Gluten-Free Globetrotter. On this website, I share my experience of living with Celiac DIsease for thirty-three years with my passion for travel. I have been to three continents, almost twenty countries, and countless states. I love sharing my gluten-free travel stories especially since every single vacation I have ever taken has been gluten-free!

Read about My Life as a Gluten-Free Globetrotter here.



Learn more about LÄRABAR on their website: http://www.larabar.com/


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Monday, September 15, 2014
New York Celebrate Celiac Community Party This Weekend (Plus Giveaway!)
On Saturday, September 20, the Gluten Free Calendar Celebrate Celiac™ Community Party returns to New York City! In it's second year, the Celebrate Celiac event is slated to be even bigger and better than last year's first time in the Big Apple. Tickets are only $5 and the first 50 people to attend will receive a gift card to Pala Pizza and a bag of gluten-free goodies.

I am speaking first thing in the morning and will have my own table at this Saturday's event. I am representing the NYC Celiac Meetup group and will also have some gluten-free goodies to giveaway! Think of it as a Gluten-Free Garage Sale. Stop by and say hello.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Affinia Manhattan
371 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Grand Ballroom
10am-1pm
Ages 7+: $5 at the door*
12 and under: FREE

* 50% donated to the National Celiac Disease Society, a 501 c (3) non-profit organization

Want to win two tickets to the event! Enter below. 








a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Monday, September 8, 2014
GFAFExpo 2014: My Gluten-Free Friends
I love free samples, but I love connecting with other gluten-free bloggers, friends, and Meetup members even more! This weekend, I was so lucky to see familiar faces and meet new people at the GFAF Expo in New Jersey. It is so awesome when someone comes up and tells me they read my blog or follow me on Twitter. I love meeting each and every one of you. I wanted to start my GFAF Expo wrap-up by sharing my photos of gluten-free friends!

Me with Gluten-Free Steph

Me with Jen Cafferty, founder of the GFAF Expo

Me with Candice of Embrace G-Free

Vanessa, Executive Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine, and her adorable son

Me at the Enjoy Life Foods photo booth

Me and my girl Michelle (not from DF Mavens, just a fan!) 

Sue, of Gluten-Free Long Island, and her sister Laurie

Me with Jenny from Creative Cooking Gluten-Free at the Super Seedz booth

Me with Ellie, one of my Meetup group members and the winner of my ticket giveaway!

Me and the awesome Kathy Smart, of Live the Smart Way.
So happy to finally meet her in person!

Me with Gluten-Free Jenna

Me and Kathy again, we clean up nice!

Gluten-Free New Orleans (formerly GF Bird), Me, and Candice of Embrace G-Free

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Thursday, September 4, 2014
Upcoming Gluten-Free Fun Speaking Engagements
To say that I am busy would be the understatement of the year. I feel like I haven't slept in days! I have been working on some really exciting gluten-free projects that I am getting ready to announce. I also have a crazy September calendar that is literally going to keep me bouncing from state to state. New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey again, Portland... WHEW! I am tired already and it's only the fourth day of the month.

I would LOVE to meet you all at some of these upcoming gluten-free events. If you are attending any of these events, please come find me and say hello. I am always thrilled and humbled to meet my readers!

Find me here... 

Gluten Intolerance Group of Orange County Online Meeting
What: Presenter "Socializing Gluten-Free"
When: September 4, 2014; 7pm PST/10pm EST; TONIGHT!!
Where: Your Computer! It's an online meeting. Feel free to join us.
Find me: Online






Gluten and Allergen Free Expo
What: Attending with the NYC Celiac Meetup Group
When: September 6, 2014; 9am-3pm
Where: Meadowlands Exposition Center; Secaucus, NJ
Find me: I will be wearing a black t-shirt with the Meetup logo in the middle.




What: Presenter, "Industry Secrets and How to Run a Successful Gluten-Free Blog"
When: September 6, 2014; 5pm
Where: New York City
Find Me: Sorry, invite Only!




What: Attendee and representative of a cool new pop-up project (details to come!) 
When: September 13, 2014; 12pm-6pm
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Find Me: This is part of the secret. Find me and my shirt will tell you about my new project! 




New York Celebrate Celiac™ Community Party
What: Guest Speaker
When: September 20, 2014; 10am-1pm
Where: Affinia Manhattan Hotel Ballroom; 371 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Find me: I will be wearing a black t-shirt with the Meetup logo in the middle.



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference


This October, I plan on attending the 3rd Annual AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference in New York City. This conference is for restaurateurs and food service professionals with a focus on "How to Maximize Safety and Increase Customer Engagement, Loyalty, and Revenue."

This year's impressive line-up of speakers includes:
  • Matt Abdoo, Chef de Cuisine at Del Posto Restaurant, New York, NY
  • Robin Hamm, Director, Food Safety, Quality, and Commercialization at Red Robin International, Inc.
  • Jared Schulefand, Owner and Operator of Home, Branford, CT
  • Betsy Craig, Founder and CEO of MenuTrinfo
  • Julie Kuriakose, MD; Physician, Educator, Author and Co-Founder of Hudson Allergy
  • Robert Landolphi, Culinary Development Manager at the University of Connecticut and Author of Gluten-Free Every Day Cookbook, Quick Fix Gluten Free and Cooking Light Gluten Free Baking
  • Scott H. Sicherer, MD, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, and Chief of the Pediatric Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
  • Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, Pediatric Allergist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Voluntary Instructor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, Co-founder and Content Creator, AllergyHome
  • Lisa Giuriceo, Support group leader of the Food Allergy and Asthma Support Group of North Jersey
  • Beth Hillson, Founder of the Gluten-Free Pantry, Author of Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten Free and Gluten-Free Makeovers, Food Editor for Gluten Free & More
  • Lori Sandler, Owner of Divvies and Author of The Divvies Bakery Cookbook
  • Colette Martin, Author of The Allergy-Free Pantry and Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and advisory board member, Kids with Food Allergies 
  • Paul Antico, Founder and CEO of AllergyEats and former financial analyst and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments
I am looking forward to seeing Beth Hilson again and to finally meeting Robert Landolphi and Paul Antico in person. This should be a very interesting event and I am excited to participate.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. 
Radisson Martinique on Broadway 
49 W 32nd Street, New York City


Early bird registration is $259 until September 21, 2014. Attendees will also enjoy lunch with the experts, lively Q&A sessions and the opportunity to sample vendors' allergy-friendly products at the event.


About AllergyEats
This conference is organized by AllergyEats,  a free, peer-based website and app where people find and rate restaurants based solely on their ability to accommodate food allergies.  The site, app and related social media forums help families with food allergies reduce the guesswork - and the anxiety - surrounding dining out with food allergies. 

AllergyEats lists more than 750,000 restaurants nationwide, which people can rate, and it also offers web links, menus and more.  Restaurants are easily searchable by geographic location, so people can find allergy-friendly restaurants around town and around the country. 
The organization also offers a variety of opportunities for restaurateurs and food service professionals, including an annual food allergy conference.  For more information, please visit www.AllergyEats.com.

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Monday, September 1, 2014
Starting Voting Today in the 5th Annual Gluten-Free Awards

Every year, GFreek.com puts together a fun, online awards ceremony for gluten-free products, books, bloggers, and more. I cannot believe it has been five years already. This means Josh, founder of GFreek.com, and I have "known" each other for a half of a decade. We've emailed, spoken on the phone, and met in person once. He has been a great advocate for our community and it is amazing to see how the awards have grown. In the past five years, Josh has also published the Original Gluten-Free Buyers guide. This awesome resource helps you navigate the grocery store aisles when looking for the best of the best in gluten-free food.

Today, the voting for the 5th Annual GFAs is open to the public.

Rules:
One ballot per computer.
Please skip any questions you are not sure of.
Share this with your friends, family and support groups.

Timeline:
09/01/14 Gluten Free Award voting opens
10/31/14 Gluten Free Awards “Locked-In” 10:00 PM EST
11/15/14 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide publishes 5th Annual GFA Results

VOTE NOW! 



Shameless plug: Vote for Gluten-Free Fun as your favorite Gluten-Free Website on question #15 and Gluten-Free Globetrotter as your favorite Gluten-Free Blog on question #17. 

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