Dairy Free · June 2017 · Just MOM!

Deals, Deals, Deals!!!

Ok Peeps!!! I went shopping for a camping trip we’re taking, along with shopping for my dairy free 4 year old!!  I’m used to paying about $2.50+ for one yogurt she can eat and enjoy, and I found at Walmart the same kind (not too many flavors tho) for $1.58!!!!  Seriously…a dollar cheaper!!  And boy was Miss A sooooooo excited to see I bought 4 of them at one time…..normally I don’t do that due to the price.  No I’m not doing an affiliate post for them, no I’m not getting paid to say this, but I love a good deal, and I thought you’d like one too!  The kind we love is the “SO Delicious” brand of coconut yogurt, in all the flavors!  NUM!  Oh, and the same brand of icecream is also cheaper there!  Go see if your local Walmart has the same prices!

Side note….when you’re shopping at Walmart or Aldi or Sam’s Club or….anywhere really…you need some good bags.  Bags that can hold a lot!  The Everyday Tote Set from Pampered Chef if perfect for this!  They can hold up to 40 pounds, they have clips on them to help hold them to your cart 🙂  How awesome is that!

Oh come on, you had to know I was going to plug Pampered Chef…I love it so much!  And I am a consultant…if you want to purchase one go to my link here and I’ll help you out!

ALDI…..have we chatted about Aldi yet?  I love that place!  Also not paid to say that!  LOL!!  There are many many things there that are dairy free and delicious!!  I just found their cookies are DF!!  They sell DF milk too!  What else do they have?  If you are GF, they have a nice section just for you 🙂  I find that if they are GF, sometimes they are DF too!  Do you find that?  And to make everyone happy, the fruit and veggies are always a great price (way lower than our other local stores) and they taste great!

My exclamation mark is getting a work out today 🙂  When I’m excited, it’s hard not to use it!!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Shop on!

Becky

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June 2017 · kids activities

It’s a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day! Yes, you can sing along with me if you’d like! What are you going to do today? I’m planning on what to do with my girls and 2 little guys that are coming to play this afternoon. What are some of my ideas you ask? We’re going to sit in a circle and stare at each other…….for 3 hours….yep..maybe get a tan while we’re at it! Baahahaha!!! Nope, that would not fly with any of them! I’m going to pick a few items from my list below and have some fun! If you have more ways to entertain those littles, comment below…I’d love to hear them.

  • Chalk Drawing — fill up those neighborhood sidewalks, make masterpieces on the driveways….use what you’ve got!
  • Hopscotch—-keep that chalk out, find the best rock or beanbag you’ve got, and have fun!
  • Tic-Tac-Toe—- with chalk or Use my ideas to get you started!  If you click on the picture here, you will see a printable page to use!  You’re welcome!
  • Take a hike— there are trails everywhere!  But if you don’t have a real trail, create your own “trail”.  Enjoy the outdoors.
  • Read outside—-take a book, magazine, catalog, recipe book, anything….and READ!
  • Pitch a tent in the back yard
  • Garden together—pick those weeds! Won’t that be soooooo fun!  (says I, the brown thumb of the family!!)
  • Go to the beach— don’t forget your sunscreen, beach towels, cooler of drinks and snackies!
  • Go fishing— in a boat or off the shore, just as fun, making memories!
  • Build a sandcastle— obviously it goes along with beach going right???!!!  Just remember a bucket or cup or bowl….no need to be fancy…that’s what imaginations are for!
  • Color.  Just color.  Take out the paper or color books and color.  Lay on a blanket in the back yard, sit at the table on the deck, and color!
  • Do a scavenger hunt with the kids.  I have one here for you to start with! Click on it for a printable PDF!   Then make your own with your kiddos!
  • Take a bike ride
  • Play volleyball
  • Make ice cream— either make yours using an ice cream maker (I recommend the Pampered Chef Ice cream maker of course!!) or make the Ice cream in a bag!
  • Go to ALL the parks in your city—this one will take the whole summer!!
  • Host a party in your backyard!
  • Put on a play
  • Have a picnic
  • Pick flowers
  • Skip rocks
  • Take pictures and make a scrapbook
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Take a trip to the zoo
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Take out the sprinkler or pool
  • Make recycling art— utilize all the different items in your recycling can and get creative!
  • Go to the movie theater— get away from the heat!

What else would you add to my list?

I’m hoping to get through this whole list this summer, and I hope you do too!

—Becky

Dairy Free · June 2017 · Just MOM!

Going out to eat— Dairy FREE

This is HARD.  Going out to eat is not as easy as it once was.  I have to think….about everything that may be used in the back kitchen.  I have to think about all the options that may be available for my 4 year old who gets a super upset tummy when she eats dairy in any form.

I started with the thought….GO WHOLE FOODS.  No dairy there! Go vegan!  When I start looking for those items it gets easier…..for a minute…then I remember, Miss A doesn’t like all that! UGH!  I’ve created a monster! LOL!  No, actually she’s pretty easy and knows that she needs to avoid dairy, even asking if that has dairy in it herself.

One thing I’m also learning….DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK!!! Most places will accommodate allergies.  We needed spaghetti and toast without any butter or cheese…we got it!  Want to know if there is dairy or gluten in something?  Ask.  If the waitress/waiter doesn’t know, ask them to find out.  Be polite and USUALLY they will work with you!

Another thing I’m watching for is the fried foods.  While camping with my family, I thought having fried fish would be safe for Miss A, but then I looked and they were dipping the fish into milk first.  It’s such a habit, no one thought of it.  It was totally ok that day, because there were so many other choices, no one went hungry.  Now, though, at restaurants, I have that memory playing in my mind….and it makes me think about if the people in the kitchen use milk in their deep frying.  Lesson of the day…..limit the fried.

What would my Miss A like?

  • Apple sauce and fruit sides
  • burger without bun (or ask if the bun has milk)
  • Soup–non creamy of course unless it is a special cream free soup base
  • Lemonade/juices/water
  • tacos – minus cheese

Last week, my girls and I were treated to lunch at “Bridgemans”…. one of my ideas….  I wanted to see if I could do it at a place that mainly sells DAIRY!!! 🙂 LOL!  She had chicken strips and apple sauce.  They did give her bread with butter, because I didn’t know that was included.  I would have asked about that one if I had known.  She was able to get a sundae with her kids meal, obviously not really an option, and the waitress asked if she wanted more apple sauce or some fruit.  Miss A said she was ok and we declined.  It was a nice gesture tho!

Picky Nicky’s in the house?  This gets tricky! (hehe!  I’m rhyming today!)  Again, from earlier, stay non processed, go vegan, get creative!  Many places will let you pick and choose, especially when they know there’s an allergy!  Use it!

Good luck….I’m learning….I’m a mom trying my best to keep my kiddo tummy ache free….    Learn with me.

—Becky

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June 2017 · Pampered Chef Awesomeness!

 We’re Pampered, Not Perfect!

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I do not consider myself a cook.  But I do like cooking for others!  I especially like to cook now that I’ve learned the phrase “I’m Pampered, Not Perfect!!” I learned that with the right tools in the kitchen, my life is easier when it comes to cooking for the fam!  Last June, I bit the bullet and became a Pampered Chef Consultant. I did it at first because my hubby lost his job, and I felt like I needed a way to help out financially more than I already was.  That’s when my friend (and director) asked me to coffee.  I heard all the reasons of “Why not?”  Why not bring in extra cash?  Why not get great products free for your own kitchen?  Why not help  others fill their kitchens with great products for free?  Why not?   And here I am!  I love this “job” of mine….if you can call it that!  I go places, meet new people, cook great food, eat great food, and get cool products for FREE!  What could be better than that!?

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I have a degree in Elementary Education.  I teach Preschool full time during the school year.  I have 2 little kiddos and a wonderful hubby.  I continued to sell PC even after my hubby got a job again.  I continue to sell, because I love it!  I love getting out of the house, chatting with others.  I love to see others happy, getting together with their friends, learning new and fun recipes I share with them, and purchasing a tool I know will make their cooking experience better!  My education background helps me so much when I get in front of the crowd…I have the words….I like the words!  I know someone who prefers not to talk as much, and does so well….she does more station style shows, allowing the guests to try and play and learn together.  I love this way as well!

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Pampered Chef to me is finding the right tool for you.  I have kids.  So, I try to make those with kiddos see what tools work well with my kids and why.  Moms and Dads, isn’t it nice not to have think about what will be best for your kids? Many times, we have no idea what will be best.  But really, we do.  We’re the mom and dad.  We know what our kids need. We know what they can do.  ***Now…let me help you find the right tools to go with what you know already!  My little Miss A is dairy free.  So I am always looking at the back of boxes to check to see if it has milk in the ingredients.  Guess what?  You can use PC tools and make your own crust free pocket sandwiches to fit your kiddos needs.  You can fill the Leak proof containers with peanut free snacks/ Dairy free snacks/ gluten free snacks…etc.  You can pack it with the foods you know your child will and can eat without the worry you missed something on the box!

I’m now always on a mission to search the Pampered chef recipe box online, and try something new to me.  I love the tried and true recipes.  I love to get recipes from others.  Here is one that I made (before Miss A was found to be dairy free) that my family loved!!  It was so easy in the Rockcrok Dutch Oven….One dish meals are amazing aren’t they!?

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So remember the saying for today:  “We’re Pampered, Not Perfect”.  Enjoy your day!

Becky

www.pamperedchef.biz/beckyvanriper

June 2017 · Recipes to share

Becky’s 5 day Cooking Challenge

DesignLet’s try something. Let’s get in the kitchen and try something new, share a technique or recipe, learn from others!! Who wants a challenge each day? Each day I’ll post the challenge….. Can you handle the heat?

Fill in the simple form below and I’ll send you the 5 day challenge!  Each day’s challenge can be completed on what ever day you’d like!  

Click here to get started!!

I’m so excited!!  And if you have no idea who I am…..I’ll give you a little tip….I don’t cook! LOL!  Ok…I do.  But I do not consider myself a cook.  I’m more of a “see whats in the cupboard and let’s see what happens!” kind of person!  So this week, I’m going to join you all in this challenge!  They are easy to some extent, but also are meant to get you out of your comfort zone and try something new!  But it is all up to you on how crazy you want to get.

Want a challenge!?  Can you handle the heat?

  You can do the 5 challenge days on what ever day works best for you!  In order or out of order! Your choice!

 

Need some new kitchen tools to help you out!? Go to my website to grab those easily!

Www.pamperedchef.biz/beckyvanriper

Have fun!!!  Come on over!!

Becky

Dairy Free · June 2017

It’s for real!

You know how I said Miss A can’t have dairy? Sometimes I let things slide….. then I regret it! Example A: last night I made homemade ice cream.  Not belly friendly for her! I made her a substitute but our kind leaked to hers and made a ring around it with milk ice cream.  She ate it with a smile on her face.  She also ate the left overs in the machine (without me knowing…… you know what happens when the kiddo is quiet? Trouble!) Yup… last night,  wet the bed.  Today,  icky poops,  toots, and wet her pants twice today! We are so trained now tho look at the label.  Why do I do it? She’s 4. I have to watch.  She doesn’t get a rash. She doesn’t stop breathing.  But she ends up in the bathroom and having to change her pants.

I was always one of those parents that thought my kids would not be bothered by food allergies.  But why not my kids? I have sensitivities.  Case in point…. two days ago I ate something that caused me to break out in bumps all over my arms, shoulders,  chest and belly and some on my face! Yup.  Why wouldn’t my kids have some intolerance?

My hubby tonight said he was a bad dad because he has to be asked by our 7 year old if something has milk in it. That he doesn’t remember to look every time.  I told him he’s definitely not a bad dad.  It will take us all time to get used to it.  Everyone is there to help us remember.  And we are human,  we forget.

I hope one day soon,  Miss  A will choose on her own not to eat dairy…. ever.  But until then….Becky