Celiac Awareness

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May is National Celiac Awareness Month

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Three million Americans have celiac disease, yet 95% of those who have it are undiagnosed.

What is the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance?

The difference is that between two immune related reactions, allergy and intolerance. The medical and scientific community has long agreed that celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by the consumption of gluten. In recent years, the term “gluten sensitivity” has been coined to describe those individuals who also cannot tolerate gluten and at times experience gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those with celiac disease.

Celiac Central is a great resource!

Learn more:

Make sure you check out my Gluten Free Recipe Section as well!

Day Out with Thomas

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I don’t know if there’s a bigger Thomas the Train Fan than my munchkin, Bradley.  My sister and I didn’t tell him or his sister where we were taking them, just that it would be a really big surprise!

The Day out with Thomas was at the Train museum down in Miami and we were able to ride the little train from the parking lot up to the museum.

 

Brad was super excited (so was Kelsey)!

They had more than just Thomas. There were games, activity centers, food, shows, and bounce houses.

They had so much fun, but the highlight had to be riding Thomas the Train! Yes, we were actually able to take a ride. The kids chose the upper deck to sit on and loved looking out the window at what was passing by.  All the workers were great! They took the time to answer any questions that the kids had and were very friendly.  Brad and Kels even got their Jr Engineer Certificate from Thomas!

We had a fabulous day! We can’t wait to see Thomas next year!

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Going Green

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Now a days everyone is talking about “going green” and I while I do think it’s a fabulous idea, what all is involved?  Not using disposable plates, silverware, etc is one way.  You are not wasting resources.  If you have to use disposable, make sure it can be recycled.  I use reusable containers in my lunch box for work so that I do not have to use plastic bags.  I also use grocery totes so I don’t need to use plastic bags.  Thankfully my grocery store does have a recycle bin for old plastic bags.

What about diapers?  You can use cloth diapers rather than store bought.  Then you have to think about washing them.  What about your detergent?  Some companies are trying to make “greener” and more natural detergents and bottles.  Speaking of detergents and soaps, what about things like dishwasher fluid, or cleaners or even all natural carpet cleaning.

I am all for natural and going green, I just can’t get overwhelmed with all of the different options.  I need to start in one area at a time and go from there.  Every little bit helps and if we all started in a minimum of one area of our life it could make a huge difference.

What are some of your favorite “green” tips?  Let me know in the comment section.  I’d love to share ideas.

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How to Topple the IBM 000-169 Certification Exam

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If you are registered for the IBM BPM Blueprint WebShere Lombardi Edition V7.1 exam, then chances are that it is your first experience with an IBM certification exam. This short article will help you gain a better understanding of this exam and what to expect as you prepare. The 000-169 exam is a requirement for earning the IBM’s entry level Certified Associate BPM Administrator-BPM Blueprint; WebShere Lombardi Edition V7.1 certification.

The 000-169 exam has a time limit of two-hours and contains 73 questions that will focus on general admission and process modeling and include items divided among three case studies. The first case study involves the principles of installing and configuring WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.1. Case study two contains items related to logs within WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.1. The third case study contains questions about troubleshooting tactics in the process monitor and describing the functions of administrator console tools.

Before taking this exam, you should take the proper steps to ensure that you’ll be ready to show off your skills and knowledge on test day. Although it is not required, it would be highly beneficial to enroll in the 5-day, IBM WebShere Lombardi Edition V7.1 Process Modeling, Operations, Administration course. There is also an online version of this course. Once you have a grasp on the subject matter, you should practice for the exam. Testslive.com produces top-quality 000-169 exam tutorials that will not only reinforce the subject content, but will also allow you to gauge your progress on difficult concepts that require repetitious practice.

My HCG Journey

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I had shared with you awhile back that I was doing HCG!

Now, I know that some of you have strong opinions (for and against) – I am thrilled with the results!!

I have done round 2 and 3 and had no issues and have lost 21 pounds!  Yes, it’s a strict diet and it requires self control, but it is totally worth it!  Not only have I lost weight, but I am learning to eat healthier.  I have cut out sugar and feel better too!

I am getting ready to start another round and I’m excited!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Created by MyFitnessPal – Nutrition Facts For Foods

DonnasDealsAndMore receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. All opinions expressed are solely from DonnasDealsAndMore. See DonnasDealsAndMore’s Disclosure Policy for complete details. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.

Giveaway Tips

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I love entering giveaways almost as much as I love hosting them!!

A lot of you have asked me questions here, through email and through my fan page.  I decided I should write some tips to answer the most common questions.

1. You can’t win if you do not enter.  Seems basic enough, but it’s so true.  I have won some pretty cool things, but I enter giveaways daily.  Odds are the more that you enter, the more you will win.

2. All winners are chosen randomly.  I do not “pick” my winners.  I use a random generator.  If you want to read about them you check that out HERE

3. Read disclosures.  These can be found at the bottom of the giveaway and/or the rafflecopter.  They tell you who the contest is open to, if there are any restrictions, and how long you have to respond if you win.

4. Check your spam folder! I can not emphasize this enough! If the word Giveaway, Contest, or Winner is in the subject, it is often placed into the spam folder.

5. Use of personal info (email, phone #) – I highly suggest getting a separate email for entering giveaways. This does NOT mean using two emails to get double the offers.  That is cheating. I mean using a separate email just for the giveaways and keeping your personal email separate.  I also use a special phone number for giveaways and freebies.  You can get a free number from  Google Voice HERE.  Even if they leave a voicemail it will send that to your email.  If you have a smart phone you can download the app for it and receive and make calls from your google voice number.

6. Do NOT cheat!! I think it’s ridiculous I even have to talk about it, but it happens all the time.  We check and verify all the entries.  If you did not do something, do not say you did.  It’s that simple.

7. Have fun!!

To find all my current giveaways, head HERE 

For a list of current winners, head HERE 

Good luck!!

Knock SMA out of the Park!

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Meet one of the cutest girls, Brooklynn, and her parents.  I used to work with her Mom when I was in college.  Brooklynn was born with SMA.  I have to be honest, before she was born, I had no idea what it was.

So here is a quick lesson (thanks to FSMA):

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease.  The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing.  It is a relatively common “rare disorder” : approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.

SMA affects muscles throughout the body, although the proximal muscles (those closest to the trunk of one’s body – i.e. shoulders, hips, and back) are often most severely affected. Weakness in the legs is generally greater than in the arms. Sometimes feeding and swallowing can be affected. Involvement of respiratory muscles (muscles involved in breathing and coughing) can lead to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other lung problems.  Sensation and the ability to feel are not affected.  Intellectual activity is normal and it is often observed that patients with SMA are unusually bright and sociable.  Patients are generally grouped into on of four categories, based on certain key motor function milestones.

 The Greater Florida Chapter of Families of SMA is proud and honored to announce  their Second Annual “SMA Day with the Rays” Fundraiser & Awareness Event.

Join us as the Tampa Bay Rays take on their AL rivals, the Texas Rangers! The event is Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 1:40 p.m. at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL.

$12 per ticket (plus online convenience fee) Buy your ticket now at www.raysbaseball.com/FSMA.
Please be sure to follow all directions on the website when booking your tickets for our tbt*/party deck section at Tropicana Field.
*You will need to put in the password FSMA for us to get our portion of the proceeds, so please don’t forget!
Also, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under receive an Evan Longoria Mini Drum Set! See you at Tropicana Field!
Questions? Please contact Katie Kerns, President,
FSMA Greater Florida at 727-388-1888.

*Proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to Families of SMA to help find a cure. We would love to see everyone attend this event and show your support for Brooklynn and all her other SMA friends. If you need wheelchair spaces to call Chad direct on 727-825-3393.

You can “visit” Brooklyn on her blog HERE

 

I Lost 20 Pounds!

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I have been doing a “Happy Dance” all morning!  My goal has been to lose 60 lbs and I’m a third of the way there!  That’s right!  I stepped on the scale and I’ve lost 20 pounds!!

I am so excited and I can see the difference in my face when I look in the mirror, not to mention that I’m fitting into my clothes better!!

How have I been losing all this weight? With my Miracle Skinny Drops!

Okay, that’s it, I just wanted to share!  Back to dancing!!

Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Weight Loss Tools

The Importance of Home Cooked Meals

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Let’s face it, the majority of us are short on time.  There are days when I’ve worked all day, cleaned, played with the munchkins, etc that the last thing I want to do is cook.  It’s so much easier to go somewhere, order in, or pop it in the microwave.  The problem is that I’m trading convenience for bad health habits.  Being on my diet has reminded me of the importance of  home cooked meals.  Not only do they taste better but they are so much better for you!  Cooking meals is also great if you have food allergies (like we do here) because you can control what goes into the food.  Have you ever really read the back of a microwaveable meal?  Or thought about what was in fast food?  Food processing is any deliberate change in a food that occurs before it’s available for us to eat. It can be as simple as freezing or drying food to preserve nutrients and freshness, or as complex as formulating a frozen meal with the right balance of nutrients and ingredients.  I have come to really appreciate farmers markets and butchers.  I love knowing what I am putting into my food.  I think that the fresh veggies taste better too!  I don’t know about you, but I’m returning my “convenience” and taking back my health!

MRS CRIMBLE’S: Giving Away Thousands of Free Treats

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A recent survey showed that even though times are tough, nearly 9 out of 10 people would rather experience an act of kindness than win $15 on the lottery.  The survey also revealed that 84% of people feel guilty about not being in touch as much as they’d like with the people they most care about.

As a result of the survey, Mrs Crimble’s has launched the ‘Share the Love’ campaign to spread some kindness nationwide.  Anyone can nominate a deserving friend or relative by visiting www.letsbakelove.com.  Mrs Crimble’s are planning to send out 1,000 free packs of goodies every month including lots of Britain’s favourite macaroons, Bakewell slices and Double Choc Brownies.
Another way to be kind is to treat someone to a pack of Mrs Crimble’s pink Cranberry Macaroons – not only will they be much appreciated but Mrs Crimble’s donates 10p to Breast Cancer Campaign from every sale.

HCG – Here We Go!

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I have been thinking about, dreaming about and talking about losing weight, but I haven’t lost any!  In fact I’ve gained.  I was a size two 6 years ago and well, I’m not now.  In fact my jeans are 10′s and should probably be 12′s but I don’t want to admit that.

It’s embarrassing posting my picture like this, in fact I try to avoid posting full body shots because I can’t stand my weight.  I am doing this though because I want you to see the difference and where I am coming from.  I am a real person, I’m 35 and I want to get control of my weight.   I have tried lots of fad diets, etc and I tend to yo-yo with my weight.   One of my friends has done the HCG Diet and lost  40 pounds! I have read other success stories as well and decided to try it myself!

I was so excited to get my package from Miracle Skinny Drops!
How does HCG work?  HCG helps you to lose stubborn pounds. Because the HCG hormone makes the abnormal fat available, the body begins living off the fat – the fat provides a source of energy, just as food does. In addition to weight loss, many patients who have completed the HCG program also experienced many other health benefits, including a drop in cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.  This is an extremely basic explanation and I highly encourage you to check out Pounds and Inches.

I just started my journey yesterday and I’m now on day 2 of loading.  Right now I feel like a pig.  Basically, I’m loading up on calories so I will not be hungry on the start of Phase 2 (500 calorie days).

As far as the HCG drops, they’re easy and hardly have any taste.  I just take them 3 times a day under my tongue.

I have not posted my weight and/or measurements because I am so embarrassed, but as I lose I know I’ll be able to share them with you.  I will keep you posted on my journey and would love for you to join with me!  To get started head HERE

 

hCG 1234™ 90 Day Challenge

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lose weight

No matter what diet I try, or how much I exercise, this is the way I feel when I step on to the scale.  It can be depressing.  My mother used to warn me that I would lose my metabolism in my 30′s and I just brushed it off.  6 years ago I was a size 2 and now at 35 I’m not anymore.  I am wearing 10′s.  I have tried a bunch of things and I am eating better but it is all very discouraging.

One of my girl friends has been using hCG 1234™ and has lost 40 pounds!  I have been dying to try it myself.  Normally I would be skeptical but I have seen it work.  hCG 1234™ is a dynamic diet supplement designed for rapid weight loss. It contains select aminos and herbal extracts such as Maca, Pygeum, Rhodiola, and Astragalus, which are clinically supported to promote fat metabolism and provide essential nutrition. Based on Dr. Albert Simeons’ revolutionary research, the goal of hCG 1234™ dieting is to burn fat quickly, then maintain ideal body weight.

I am personally going to try the hCG 1234™ for 90 days.  I’ll be sharing with you my progress throughout the 3 months also.

If you would like to join with me and try hCG 1234™ for yourself head on over to the Creative Bioscience store HERE

 

 

Happy Graduation, Stacia!!

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Happy Graduation

Okay, I just have to brag on my stepdaughter, Stacia!!  She graduated Monday night!!  We are so proud of you and love you so much!!

There’s an App for that!

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Okay, I am so excited!!  Did you know you can download me in the Google Play store?  Yes, I have my own app that can be used on any droid!  Now you can take DonnasDealsAndMore with you!

So, what does it do?  I’m so glad you asked! Let me show you :)

Donnas Deals Android App  Donna's Deals Android App

You can view the latest posts in either a list or gallery view!

  

You can “star” your favorites to go back to them and click on each individual post to read! Plus it will update you when there is a new post (you can choose automatic or manual updates in the settings).

I have to thank the amazing Nick over at FeedChimp! (Nick@feedchimp.com) He made this awesome app for me!! Not only did he do excellent work but he was fast, efficient, and friendly!  If you’d like your own app he is your man! Please tell him you heard about him from Donna’s Deals and More!

So, what are you waiting for? Getting the app is easy and FREE!!  You can go to the play store on your droid and search “Donna’s Deals” or go HERE

Look! There I am far right column, in the middle! :)

MOM

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I love Mother’s Day and the celebration of Mom!  My Mom was amazing!! She fought breast cancer the last 4 years of her life.  It eventually spread to both her bones and her liver.  She went home to be with Jesus on August 16 this past year.  It is really weird to have Mother’s Day and not have her here.  So in celebration of my Mom, I’d love to share some pictures I have of her with you! (and some other Moms I love!)

Mom

Dad, Me, and Mom

  Myles &  I with my parents  at our wedding

Me and my Mom

 

My family

My mother in law, sister in law and me

My Momma Daffy (she’s like a Mom to me!)

So, if your Mom is not here, reflect on the wonderful memories you have! If you have your Mom, hug her tight and tell her you love her!!

v zivo in nikoline pozabi
“live and never forget”