December 1, 2010

Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? GIVEAWAY GALORE!!

"Mommy, what is celiac disease?"

How many parents had to answer that question? How do you explain everything that celiac disease entails to a young child? There are dozens of books that list symptoms, foods that are safe and those that should be avoided, recipes, tips for traveling, etc., but can you think of any that are geared towards children? Drawing a blank?

Luckily new author, Katie Chalmers, fills that void with her new children's book, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? The story of a little girl and her mother playing at the park while talking about celiac answers the common questions that kids may have when they first learn they've been diagnosed with the disease. Which snacks are OK, can they still eat cake and ice cream at birthday parties, and what about sandwiches and fried foods? They all get answered.

The scientific aspects of gluten also get discussed. What gluten is, how it effects your body, and how to follow a gluten free diet are all mentioned. The book ends with a resource page and Chalmers' favorite gluten free go-to products.

I thought this book was adorable. Not only is the quizzical little girl darling, but the story explains celiac disease in the simplest of ways. While reading I thought to myself, "This book would be great for adults too!" I've had several encounters with people that just didn't get it. Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? breaks it down, making it understandable for anyone.

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for! As promised, I've teamed up with some really wonderful gluten free bloggers to bring you the "Gluten Free Holiday Giveaway Galore"!

Enter here and at any of the other blogs to win 1 of 10 holiday gift bags with a signed copy of Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? You can only win once no matter how many times you enter, but the more blogs you visit and enter, the greater your chances are of winning!

• A signed copy of Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?
Schar 123 Milly PlayMais- dice game & biodegradable natural toy activity brick set
Schar products: Cheese Bites, Chocolate -or- Vanilla Sandwich Creme Cookies, Hazelnut Wafers
• Pamela’s Products: Single Serve Pancake Mix, Single Serve Brownie Mix, Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Chunk Cookie two-pack, Tablespoon/teaspoon measuring spoon, kids sized t-shirt- color will vary
• Nature’s Path: Peanut Butter Panda Puffs & crispy rice bars- flavors will vary, $1 off coupons
• Mary’s Gone Crackers: one of the following: box of cookies -or- crackers -or- Sticks & Twigs
• Snyder’s of Hanover: bag of gluten-free pretzel sticks
Chebe: pizza crust mix -or- all purpose bread mix
• Bob’s Sweet Stripes: one bag of soft peppermint candy sticks
• Stuffed teddy bear: colors will vary
• Holiday pencils, eraser, holiday notepad, plastic snowman cereal bowl & star decoration
• Large holiday gift bag, small holiday gift bag & tissue paper- will need to be assembled to give as gift
* Contents may vary slightly as described above.

To enter
Mandatory entry - Please tell me why you'd like to win this book and gift bag. You MUST include your email address, twitter handle, or any means of contact. If you don't, I will not be able to notify you if you've won!

Additional entries
If you enter these ways you must come back and tell me what you did!
Enter at the other Blogs
To increase your chances of winning, visit these other great gluten free blogs and enter their giveaway!

Accustomed Chaos | hosted by Devan

Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom | hosted by Heidi

Be Free For Me | hosted by Kathleen

Celiac Family | hosted by Heather

Gluten Free Easily (gfe) | hosted by Shirley

Gluten Free is Life | hosted by Kim

Gluten Free Philly | hosted by Michael

Gluten Free Taste of Home | hosted by Cinde

Simply Sugar & Gluten Free | hosted by Amy

Rules & The Fine Print
• All 10 of these contests are open to residents of the USA. Only the Accustomed Chaos and Gluten Free Easily contests are also open to Canadian residents.
• All 10 contests begin on Wed. Dec. 1, 2010 and will end on Wed. Dec. 15, 2010 at 10pm EST.
• Entrant requirements will vary between bloggers. Please follow their directions to enter.
• Entrants can only win once total within all 10 giveaways. If anyone is chosen more than once as a winner, another winner will be chosen so everyone only wins once.
• One winner per household.
• Winners with valid entries will be selected at random. The winners will be announced and notified via email and must reply within 24 hours to claim. Otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen, in order that all prizes will arrive before Christmas. So please remember to check your email on Dec.16th.
• If any of the 10 prizes do not arrive before Christmas because of any unforeseen holiday mail rush problems, the USPS, Katie Chalmers and hosting bloggers will not be held accountable.