It was my birthday recently, and to celebrate I have a GIFT for you.
Thanks to CSN stores for the opportunity to gift you, on my birthday. CSN is a large online store site where you can find everything from a new bathroom vanity to cookware!
With over 200 store sites to choose from you could spend hours just imagining the possibilities. And that is the fun part, you get to choose what you want with a $60 gift certificate.
Whether you are renovating or just want a gift for yourself, the only problem you'll have is making up your mind. So grab a cup of coffee and start dreaming at CSN's website.
For a chance to win the $60 gift certificate at CSN, just leave a comment to this post. Blog about this on your site or re-post on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so for a second chance to win.
I'll be picking the winner at noon pacific time on Wednesday, June 23rd. The lucky winner will be able to choose whatever they want with a $60 gift certificate from CSN.
So how does a Gluten Free Mom celebrate her birthday. The Gluten Free Teen made me this lovely Non-Dairy Gluten Free Ice Cream Pie.
For the crust she used Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Graham Style Crumbs (which btw are delicious). She then warmed up some So Delicious Chocolate and topped it all with some peanut butter and for decorations used Sunspire Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Chips.
So what is it like to be 45 years old?
One of the kids asked me if I was “going to have a mid-life crisis.”
I assured them I was already having one.
No, I am not going to go out and buy a Harley, but I have been reflecting a lot.
At certain milestones you look back and ask “am I living my life right?”
With the clock ticking away I have to wonder “have I accomplished some of the things I dreamed of accomplishing?”
When I was in 7th grade as a class assignment we had to draw a picture of what we dreamed we would be doing as adults.
I still remember my picture – It was me in the pilot’s seat of big airplane, flying around the world to cover stories as journalist/photographer.
Seattle was definitely nowhere in that dream, or law school, or kids, or celiac disease.
The funny thing is I never dreamed of being a stay-at-home Mom. I always thought I’d have children, but never really considered staying at home to raise them.
Okay, so I am not a globetrotting journalist, but I am actually very happy raising my kids.
Yeah, sometimes the never ending ever expanding pile of laundry is more than daunting (and depressing). And I actually hate grocery shopping (yes, me the Gluten Free Mom deplores going to the grocery store).
But I love the blessing of being able to spend time cooking my family nutritious meals.
Dad is the globetrotter, and occasionally I do gaze up at the airplanes flying overhead toward the west and wonder what adventure awaits the passengers, but I love being able to tuck my kids into bed at night.
I love that now that my kids are all in school, I can “work” on my School Board, for a local art association and blog as the Gluten Free Mom.
May sound crazy, but I am actually happy for this diet because I know without a doubt that it has made my family healthier and has brought us closer together.
I used to think that I would die young – really I did. Looking back I wonder if it was just because I felt bad so much of the time.
But now I have decided that I am going to live until 104. Arbitrary yes but it is an age that just sounds good to me and I still have a lot of dreaming to do.
As Forest Gump said “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get.”