Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Discount and Giveaway

Note: updated with later entry date!

How’s that for a wordy title? 😉 I’m so excited to chat with you today about the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo that I’ll be going to later this summer as a member of their official Blogger Team! I’m looking forward to trying some delicious gluten-free food, meeting some fellow bloggers, as well as making connections with the great people and companies who help get the gluten-free food out there for those of us with gluten intolerance and celiac.

Official Expo Blogger badge

This expo is the largest gluten-free and allergen friendly event in the United States! They take place at many cities throughout the country, so there’s sure to be one near you! I’ll be at the Worcester, MA event on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I’ve recruited a good friend of mine, who has celiac disease AND lactose intolerance, to come with me to help me judge some of the products. I want to be able to give you more than one opinion on the items at the event. Plus, it’s fun to hang out with a great friend who gets what it’s like to be gluten-free!

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Worcester

This event is being put on by the Gluten Free Media Group which is same company that has the super helpful Find Me Gluten Free app and website that I often use, in addition to the fabulous Send Me Gluten Free Box that I reviewed and fell in love with last fall.

Send Me Gluten Free box opening

There are some great perks for all of my readers! They’re letting me offer you a discount on the tickets AND five lucky people will get to go for free! Please note the discount codes and free tickets are for the Worcester, MA event only.

Ron Popeil but wait there's more

Hold the phone because it gets even better! Anyone who purchases tickets through the links below will also get a free one-year subscription to Delight Gluten Free Magazine! Talk about an awesome deal!

Delight Gluten Free Magazine

Click the pictures below to purchase your tickets. Note that the 30% off link is only good through June 24 and the 20% off link is good up until the day before the event (July 24).

30% off GF & AF expo

20% off GF & AF expo

Finally, time for the giveaway! To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me what your current favorite gluten-free item is, whether it’s something you make or something you buy. Five winners will be randomly chosen on June 23 July 10!

Free tickets to GF & AF expo

Hope to see you there!


Friday Favorite: Greatist’s Parcel Box + Mini Giveaway

Now that it’s February, I feel like the weeks are flying by! I can’t believe it’s already Friday! Have your past few weeks been flying by as well?

This week’s favorite is a fun one because there’s a small giveaway at the end! Nothing crazy or fancy, but read on to find out…

Back in December, I saw that Greatist was having a special on their Parcel box, a monthly subscription box that is chock-full of healthy foods, supplements, and bath and body products. I believe it was $5 for the first month. I thought I signed up for only the one month, but earlier this week I also received January’s box!

Parcel box side

I’ve enjoyed Birchbox in the past, but have only received it through gift subscriptions. I’m pretty frugal, so I can’t justify the (yes, inexpensive) $10/month habit. This box is $20, so even though I love it I will be canceling it (but asking for it as a gift in the future)!

Like Birchbox, you can go online after you receive the box and rate the products for points that you can use towards future purchases (10 pts/rating, 100 pts=$1 to use in their shop).

Rate Parcel products

The theme for December’s box was “Party.” I love how the box is brimming with products!

Parcel Box January party theme

Look at everything that was included! There were even coupons for many of the products!

January parcel box group 1

January Parcel box soap unwrapped

  • Salamandra Naturals Lavender Soap: The soap pictured above and in the first picture was by far my favorite item in the box! I have very dry skin, but it still needs to be gently exfoliated, and this soap fit the bill perfectly!

January Parcel box sweetener

  • Wholesome Sweeteners: I was really excited about this one because I’m always trying out natural sweeteners. I tried some of them at different times in my oatmeal to add some extra flavor, but they ended up being my least favorite items. I couldn’t tell the difference in flavors and the taste was not equivalent to regular agave.

January Parcel box group 2

  • NeoCell Beauty Bursts: The one chew was very good, but I’m sure that just taking one didn’t do anything.
  • The Pure Bar Co. Fruit Sandwich: We still have yet to try this. I’m thinking WHH will appreciate this more than me.
  • Two Degrees Bar: This was perfect for a snack to tide me over between an early breakfast and a late lunch. Gluten-free, chocolate, and peanut butter? Just my kind of snack!

January Parcel box tea

  • Numi Organics Savory Tea: My first thought was, huh?! I don’t drink much black tea, so I haven’t tried this yes. Not sure how I feel about it. Sounds like it might taste like tomato soup?

January Parcel box coffee

  • Jiva Coffee Cubes: These are instant coffee cubes combined with a sweetener. Since I drink my coffee black and unsweetened, I asked WHH to try. I think he may have added more water than they suggest, but he said it was too sweet and tasted like coffee flavored water. I also took a little sip and found it much too sweet. They also offer hot chocolate cubes. Perhaps those are better?

January Parcel box popcorn

  • Quinn Parmesan & Rosemary Popcorn: We accidentally overcooked the popcorn (even though we used our microwave’s popcorn setting which usually works perfectly), so it didn’t taste as good as it probably usually does. Still, a thumbs up from WHH.

Popcorn all gone

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of the value of this box? I think that considering I only paid $5, the value is superb!

I received January’s earlier this week. As I’ve only just received it, I haven’t tried many products yet. This one seemed perfectly geared toward WHH, though, as he’s had a hard time getting a good night’s sleep for the past few months despite many modifications in diet, exercise, and behaviors.

This month’s theme is “Renew.”

January Parcel box

Another box full of all kinds of goodies, such as…

January Parcel box group 1

Close-up of the YogaAnne item from above:

Yoga Anne essential oil

  • YogaAnne Calm Essential Oil Blend:  An essential oil blend to compliment yoga flow. Includes a free month of YogaAnne! Can’t wait to give this a try once my tennis elbow is on the mend.

Speaking of tennis elbow, a quick update:

February Graston update tennis elbow

My chiro is now doing Graston, ART, ultrasound, and laser therapy with little luck. 😦 Starting to exhaust my options. He said we’ll try through next week and then I should get an MRI and consider Prolotherapy. I’m open to any suggestions any of you have!

Anyway, back to fun stuff. More from the box:

January parcel box group 2

January parcel box group 3

Finally–on to the giveaway! Remember the items I mentioned in December’s box that I wasn’t too fond of? And the fact that they include coupons? Well, they’re one lucky winner’s to try! All you have to do is comment below about a favorite new item you’ve discovered recently. A winner will be randomly chosen by Monday, 12:00 PM EST.

December parcel box giveaway items


  • The Honest Company Honest Shampoo + Body Wash plus a 20% off coupon.
  • Similasan $1 off coupon
  • Numi tomato mint tea plus $1 off coupon
  • Bonus from my Diva Dash bag! Yasso Greek Yogurt bars $1 off
  • NeoCell Beauty Bursts $2 off
  • 1 Jiva coffee cube plus free shipping on your order
  • Buy 1, Get 1 50%  off a box of Two Degrees Bars

Have a great weekend!