Lauren’s Hope Medical IDs: Review + GIVEAWAY!

Everyone fears the moment– you’re alone, there’s a personal medical emergency, and someone doesn’t know you + your needs.

While decades ago, wearing a medical bracelet every day meant a simple {read: ugly} silver chain and a tag with the red emergency logo, Lauren’s Hope has created an expansive line of medical bracelets, necklaces, and more with hundreds of gorgeous styles. Gone are the days of dreading the silver links.

This Valentine’s Day, as you think of the people you love, I wanted to partner with Lauren’s Hope who has provided me with my medical jewelry since I was 4 years old to give all ADSG readers the opportunity to win a gift certificate for their website–so you can find something that makes you {or your valentine} feel beautiful and safe this year.

I remember wearing everything from rainbow glass beads to a black dog tag {my “I think I’m really cool” days} to a velcro butterfly band with a sparkle tag that was waterproof for the summer. Lately, I’ve been wearing black paracord for my more casual days, plain silver beads for business meetings, and was more than excited to expand my little collection to include the new Kaye bracelet — a rose gold, show-stopping piece that could not make me feel more beautiful for a reason that most try to hide.

For your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to use on anything at Lauren’s Hope, click here to head to my Instagram where you simply need to follow me + them and tag one of your valentines/galentines whom you love and want to see protected and safe this year.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Product Review: An Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites Taste Test

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, but–as always– opinions are my own.

Everyone in the gluten free/free from community knows ELF does an incredible job marketing and branding. How? Well, the moment I tell you that a box from them arrived at my doorstep a couple weeks ago, I can bet that you know generally what that box looked like.

And for me, as someone who loves marketing and appreciates attention to detail, that’s highly impressive. For the new ProBurst Bites, a rectangular box arrived at my door chock full of the four flavors + a fun additional item {which tends to make an appearance in new product release boxes: think of the to-go cup for the chocolate chip small packs or the lunch box & t-shirt with the mini cookies}…a flip book! While this was a fun inclusion, I do wish it were something a bit more multi-use, as I keep reusing the other ELF items I’ve received in previous releases.

The four flavors that were released {who knows if more are planned!}, all chocolate-based, are:

  • Mango Habañero
  • Cinnamon Spice
  • Cranberry Orange
  • SunSeed Butter

Notable product features:

  • 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving {rice protein}
  • Resealable pouch {think: gym bag, purse, car, you name it!}
  • The gold-standard at ELF: free-from top 8 allergens, certified GF/kosher/halal, and even verified non-GMO

As some of you may have noticed via Twitter {@breezygfreezy}, my boyfriend is beginning to learn the life of a food blogger. He spotted the ELF box and knew that some type of tasting had to occur in the near future. So, I promised he could take part in the fun–and turned the whole thing into a ProBurst Bites Taste Test! Here are the main takeaways:

  • My favorite flavor was Cranberry Orange–which speaks to my general go-to in chocolate truffles!
  • His favorite was the SunSeed butter; however, he said he would like a stronger SunSeed taste and that he “got mostly chocolate with a little nutty in the background” 😉
  • We both agreed they taste much more like chocolate truffles than other protein bars/bites available–he noted specifically that they were like a serious dark chocolate truffle, even the aftertaste was a good chocolate one!
  • However, the one thing that neither of us could quite get on board with was the look of them–just not all that pretty and appealing to take a bite into. We’re hoping they may morph into something a bit more eye-catching someday!

In the meantime, we’re both more than happy to stick these delectable ProBurst bites in our work and gym bags–one of us with allergy concerns, the other with none at all.

Now, they don’t hit retailer shelves {suggested price $6.99/pouch} until at least March 1st. But how about 10% off the Enjoy Life Foods online shop to go get some + more goodies? You all know I love those Seed + Fruit Mixes in the to-go pouches!

Visit the shop and use code PROBURST101 by March 31st, 2017!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

NibMor Twitter Party!

As a true chocoholic, I like to believe everyone loves chocolate. Or at the very least, someone you know and love wants chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

That’s why I’ve partnered with NibMor to bring you the best Twitter party just in time for your Heart Day needs!

NibMor is a brand close to my heart and has been a feature on ADSG before + here’s why:

  • Certified gluten free
  • Certified vegan
  • Certified non-GMO
  • USDA organic line {including the drinking chocolate– the feature of the party!}
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Fair Trade Certified Drinking Chocolates
  • Certified Kosher

Holy cow, am I right?

Now, come party with us for your chance to win one of 3 drinking chocolate prizes or the GRAND PRIZE: one of every single NibMor product.

Happy almost Valentine’s Day with love from ADSG!

*Must RSVP to be entered to win + be present at the party– Wednesday, January 25th, 8pm EST*
Enter to win by clicking here!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Inn on Randolph: Napa, California

If you are seeking a highlight travel experience away from the hustle of a city, whether you or your loved one are someone living with celiac, gluten intolerance, food allergies or not, look no further than the Inn on Randolph.

Tucked into a darling residential area of Napa, this beautiful inn is simply full of gems. From the little coffee and tea station in the main room to the fresh cookies upon arrival {made according to your specific food allergies–yes, mine were egg free}, you’ll feel like you entered a different world. People speak gently and with a smile; no ask is too great.

               

Oh, and of course, the Inn on Randolph is 100% gluten free.

When I asked the owners about why it wasn’t a more prominent feature on the website {you really have to search for it!} and about how many people with food allergies and/or celiac/gluten free needs come to stay at the inn, I was surprised. The innkeeper told me that they find only ~20% of their guests even need their gluten free offerings.

Now, wait a minute. I travelled across the country for a gluten free inn. However, the Inn on Randolph also is one of the most well-kept, clean, treasures of a stay I’ve ever had. People just happen to choose this inn without even knowing that even bite of food they consume is gluten free.

Each room can host two individuals; I was traveling with my mom and sister and stayed in the Fowler Suite + Union Room. Baskets of goodies greeted us upon entry (besides the home baked cookies!) and the staff noted that every toiletry item was 100% gluten free and allergy friendly as well. The simple sigh of relief that ensued from knowing that I didn’t have to dig into my suitcase for safe shampoo and conditioner made the trip all that more special.

The next morning, Chef prepared a lovely breakfast accommodating every single need of our table–including low sugar for the 2 type 1 diabetics. We even had egg free muffins to start! On my way out of the inn, they handed us their cookbook and some extra egg free cookie dough, since it wouldn’t spoil in my carry on during the flight home and they saw my pure delight in having something so special awaiting my arrival.

  

Thank you so much to the Inn on Randolph ladies. You are creating a world of relaxation and beauty for all of your guests–but especially for those that have extra concerns when traveling, like me and the loved ones who travel alongside me. Though we were only able to stay for one night, it was so special. I cannot wait to return.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

Napa, California Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Name: Angéle Restaurant

Cuisine: French

Celiac Safe? Yes

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes; limited options for some but fully safe

Impressions: Though few options for someone with shellfish allergies, they did a beautiful job preparing a gorgeous from-scratch french meal of chicken coq-au-vin with the most divine whipped potatoes. An unassuming exterior reveals a beautiful interior with staff that is extremely willing to dedicate time and energy to preparation and understanding of any food allergy need–and delivery of a dish that was very flavorful and perfectly safe. What more could you ask for?

 

Restaurant Name: Hurley’s Restaurant

Cuisine: Californian/American/Mediterranean-Inspired

Celiac Safe? Yes, with gluten free menu {owner’s child has celiac/food allergies!}

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes

Impressions: Without a blink of an eye, every single allergy will be flawlessly accomodated at Hurley’s for a perfect meal. Our waiter was extremely kind and practically had every ingredient {both in the literal dish and the preparation–important for those of us who cannot have specific oils that appear in odd places!} memorized for every menu item and wanted nothing more than to give me a safe and tasty experience. He returned to the table after we’d begun to ensure that the food was flavorful enough, which is always so appreciated! I had a Moroccan Vegetarian Tagine that night that I can only hope to semi-replicate at home.

 

Restaurant Name: Torc

Cuisine: American “with global influences”

Celiac Safe? Yes

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes

Impressions: I have never had chicken as good as the chicken I consumed at Torc. Yes, I went there– bold declaration. As soon as you sit down at Torc, place the order for the chicken that will take 45-60 minutes, order some appetizers, and wait for it. It’s worth it. With a jumble of high-end touches with comfortable diner-esque checkerboard napkins and other such bits, Torc is a unique atmosphere that is entirely welcome. I started with the tuna tartare {sans toast} and some brussel sprouts {they were in brown butter–who could deny?!} + mushrooms and then the 3 of us traveling shared the chicken {though listed for 2, is plenty for 3 people}. It is served with fennel and the flavors are stunning. Do not miss this place, nor this chicken. Seriously, folks.

 

Restaurant Name: Auberge du Soleil

Cuisine: Fine Dining; global cuisine

Celiac Safe? Yes

Accommodates ALL allergens? Yes

Impressions: *Important Note: this dining experience was a gift for many recent occasions that I have been greatly looking forward to, as the foodie you all know. If you have a special reason to indulge in dining, come here or to any of the little spots tucked away in pockets across the globe.*  The food I consumed here is barely able to be described in words. Three courses, one of which is usually dessert though replaced by a third food course due to difficulty in providing a “unique and special” dessert course that would be safe for my allergy profile, graced the table with a vast array of spices, proteins, produce, and decorative elements.  Auberge du Soleil deserves the endless awards and accolades that are given to it each year — and the chef has created a menu that is extremely conducive to all food allergies without extraordinary changes in the food profile. Photos do better justice, though still cannot fully capture this culinary experience. Feel free to reach out to me for more information about this one– I’d be happy to talk about it endlessly!