Ever have one of those days (or weeks) when you feel like there is an ominous black cloud following you around? Well, I definitely had a big one shadowing me this past spring – manifesting itself in the form of mass electronic gadget destruction. Almost as if there were an electric current pouring out of my fingertip, frying everything I touched.
Broke my expensive DSLR camera.
Fried my even more expensive laptop.
Zapped the battery in my minivan…and was left without my sanity-saving satellite radio and GPS for a full week before I found the darned code to reboot the thing. A 45-minute commute (one way) with two bickering boys and no Flo Rida to drown them out…well, let’s just say I didn’t realize my voice could morph that dramatically. 😉
What finally pushed me over the edge? Dropping my Kindle in the bathtub (thank you E L James). I think that was the very moment when I knew it was time to “unplug” myself for a while and get back to basics for a tad bit. Okay, so it ended up being more like a whopping bit, but sometimes you just need to allow yourself a whopper (and no, I’m not talking about THAT Whopper, ick).
Ya know, time to put down the iPad and Wii remote and actually play a (gasp) board game? Time to shut off my computer and all that comes with it – blogging, email and social media. Time to actually sit down and read a real book (ya know, those still made from dead trees?) or flip through the glossy pages of a beautiful food magazine on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Time to reflect on why I struggle so much when it comes to finding balance in my life – like WHY, whenever I decide to do something, why does it always have to be at 125%, inevitably putting myself on the fast track towards running out of gas??
Not sure I’ll ever know the answer to that question, *sigh* BUT speaking of magazines…
did you know there’s a new gluten free magazine in town?
Simply Gluten Free Magazine: Allergen Free Made Simple
If the name Simply…Gluten Free sounds familiar, you are probably already a huge fan of Carol Kicinski’s popular blog of the same name, as well as her amazing cookbooks, Simply . . . Gluten-free Desserts and Simply . . . Gluten-free Quick Meals.
Carol is now expanding her gluten free empire with a gorgeous new magazine, set to debut this November, and I am honored to be a contributor to this groundbreaking new magazine. Why is it groundbreaking you ask?
It’s going to be real.
What does that mean exactly? Read on my friends!
We have pulled together the internet’s top allergen free bloggers to create a beautiful, lifestyle magazine for people with food sensitivities by people with food sensitivities. These are the people who are not just writing about food sensitivities, they are people who are successfully living allergen free lifestyles every day.
Rather than focusing on deprivation, Simply Gluten Free Magazine will celebrate the abundance of a gluten and allergen free life. We will provide simple, beautiful solutions to the challenges you face.
Simply Gluten Free will be an aesthetic, high-quality print magazine with a fully digital version, issued bi-monthly which the readership will want to collect and savor throughout the years.
While food and recipes will always remain at the core of the magazine, we will also cover such topics as Beauty, Medical and Nutrition, DIY (Do It Yourself) and Crafts, Fitness, Homekeeping, Entertaining, Travel, Eating Out, Special Needs and Special Diets.
In our Beyond Gluten Free Section we will provide mouthwatering, innovative and simple recipes for diets such as Paleo, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Sugar Free and Vegan.
With an age range of writers that spans four decades, we will move across the age spectrum to include viable solutions from infancy and childhood to teen, college student, and young adult, to issues faced later in life as we are determined to leave no one out.
Expanding on the success of her bestselling cookbooks, monthly television cooking episodes on Daytime TV and popular gluten free blog, Carol Kicinski has teamed up with over twenty of the allergen free bloggers you already know and love to bring you fresh, innovative, relevant content and gorgeous photography in the magazine you have been waiting for.
Here are some of the Associate Editors and Contributing Writers you can look forward to hearing from. Come celebrate with us!
Heidi Kelly (that’s me!)
Melissa McLean Jory
Stacy & Matt Toth
So guess what? Yep, you got that right. Carol has kindly offered to give two of my fabulous readers a FREE one-year subscription (6 issues) to Simply Gluten Free Magazine – enter for a chance to win for yourself or to give as a great holiday gift!
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