New Children’s Book and Holiday Giveaway Galore (Giveaway CLOSED)

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Scroll down for the details about the Gluten Free Holiday Giveaway Galore x10. But first, I want to tell you about an exciting new children’s book.

Explaining Celiac Disease to a child (and even adults!) can be difficult. So, when I was recently introduced to a new children’s book that explains Celiac Disease, I was anxious to read it and see how the author approached this subject with her own child. My son was so young (18 mos) when he was diagnosed, that I didn’t need to tell him a lot about it in the beginning. His knowledge about Celiac Disease has grown gradually, as he got older and was better able to understand it. It gave me time to understand it myself, and think about how to approach the subject with him. By the time my daughter was born, a few months later, we had already switched our household to being completely gluten free.

As my kids got older, we did have conversations (and still do) about Celiac Disease, gluten, and how to deal with school, friends, restaurants, and other outings dealing with food. For us, the acceptance and understanding of being gluten free was a natural process because we dealt with it as new situations were presented to us. My children don’t know any different. We don’t lament over it, we just deal with it as a natural result of our intolerance to gluten. They are not embarrassed or uncomfortable about it. And I’m happy to say that they feel confident enough to tell friends about it and to ask about the gluten content in food before eating it. So, I don’t think that part of being diagnosed has been difficult for us.

I have, however, known other families who were diagnosed when the kids were older. They had already developed favorite foods – favorite gluten foods. Before the diagnosis, they were able to eat any snacks, lunches and treats at any party, event or restaurant without having to question the ingredients. For these kids and their families, I think the transition is more difficult. The parents are often overwhelmed by the experience. They are immediately forced to face it all: explaining it to family members, teachers, friends, cafeteria, restaurants, etc. This new book may be the first step to helping families accept the diagnosis and treatment, and see it as a happy alternative to an otherwise unhealthy life.

“Mommy, What Is Celiac Disease?” by Katie Chalmers is a children’s book that is beautifully illustrated and written as a dialogue between a mother and daughter. And to be honest, at first I was a little uneasy with the dialogue format. I read so many books to my children, that I guess I was expecting a story book. But, instead, I found this book to be a thoughtfully written suggestion of how to introduce and explain Celiac Disease to a child. Perhaps it will help you and your family members better understand Celiac Disease. It includes questions and answers about what Celiac Disease is, what gluten is, what it does to the body, and what that means for the family. As I read the book, I was drawn in by how the mother creatively explains Celiac Disease to her daughter in a language and terminology that a young child can easily understand. I was surprised by the detail that was put into describing the physical effects on the body. But, it is not a medical book. It was all explained in language that is appropriate for young children. And best of all, it is written with a very positive, loving voice that embraces the diagnosis and sees it as an opportunity to thrive.

My final thoughts? I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to explain Celiac Disease to a child 3-10 years. I think it’s probably too detailed for a younger child to understand. However, even if you have younger children, it would be a good book for parents to read. It certainly gives you ideas about how you can continue to explain the disease to them as they get older. Older children may also be interested to read it as a first step to understanding the disease. I feel like it is written for younger children, with analogies to nature and playground equipment. So, older children may not find the references to playground equipment very exciting, but they will be able to relate and easily understand the comparisons.

Buy the book. If you have children, grandchildren, or other young people who are curious about Celiac Disease, you can buy the book at Katie Chalmers’ website. Buy one for yourself, for friends, and maybe one to donate to your school’s library and the public library. It would be an easy way to introduce friends and classmates to Celiac Disease, and hopefully, help them gain a good understanding of what gluten free means. Perhaps it will even impress upon the teachers how important it is for children with Celiac Disease to remain gluten free. It isn’t just a diet of choice. For Celiacs, it is a necessary diet for a healthy life. [I do not get a commission for these sales. I simply think it is a worthy investment for increasing awareness about Celiac Disease.]

Gluten Free Holiday Giveaway x10! Not ready to buy the book? Or, maybe you like the idea of having multiple copies to give to other family members. The author of the book, Katie Chalmers, has put together a fabulous giveaway with fabulous gluten free products. Celiac Family and 9 other blogs will be hosting the same giveaway over the next two weeks. One winner will be chosen from each blog. You may enter the giveaway on each of the blogs to increase your chances of winning, but you can only win once. Several companies that make gluten-free products have donated items for the giveaways. Just take a look at all the good stuff in the giveaway.

Giveaway Goodies. Contents may vary slightly, but each winner can expect to receive the following:

  • 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 may vary
  • Holiday pencils, eraser, holiday notepad & plastic snowman cereal bowl
  • Large holiday gift bag & small holiday gift bag & tissue paper- will need to be assembled to give as gift

Where to Enter. Be sure to visit each website below for another chance to win the fabulous prize pack! (But remember, you can only win once.)

Accustomed Chaos – hosted by Devan

Adventures of a GF Mom – hosted by Heidi

Be Free For Me – hosted by Kathleen

Celiac Family – enter below in the comments

Gluten Free Betsy – hosted by Betsy

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

Finally – How to Enter the Giveaway!

  1. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me about the gluten free product that helped you the most when you first started on the gluten-free diet. (It can be a food, a cookbook, book about Celiac Disease, or maybe even a friend.) Or, if you aren’t on the diet yet, just tell me which of the prizes interests you most.
  2. You can receive bonus entries for letting your friends know about the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. Just be sure to come back and leave additional comments below letting us know where you mentioned it.
  3. Make sure when you’re leaving a comment, that you put your email address in the appropriate box so that I can contact you if you win.
  4. The giveaway will run from now until Dec. 15, 2010; 10 pm EST. The winner will be chosen using The winner should respond within 24 hours after being contacted by email. If I’m unable to contact the winner, another winner will be chosen. We’d love for the winner to receive the prize before Christmas, so that you can enjoy the goodies during the holiday.
  5. Good Luck!

Additional Rules for the Gluten Free Holiday Giveaway Galore x10!

  • 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.
  • Entry 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.



I was so happy when Bisquick and Betty Crocker came out with more affordable GF products!


I agree with jill, the new GFree baking mixes have really helped!!!

They remind me of the REAL thing.


When my son was diagnosed with Celiac last month, one of my favorite finds was Better Batter all purpose flour!


When I was first diagnosed I would say that the thing that helped me the most was the website I live in a fairly rural area and getting gluten free products isn’t very easy. Five years later its getting easier thanks to companies like General Mills but without their website I don’t know how I ever would have survived.


I posted a link to this contest on my Facebook wall.


I think Schaar’s products, specifically the pastas and cookies helped me the most, although I do not eat them that much anymore because of the cost


I posted about the give away on twitter too!


I think what helped us the most (my son has celiac disease) in the beginning was all the online resources. I could just Google a recipe and have many choices to choose from.


Thanks for the giveaway. One of the first things I did was to read The Gluten Free Girl’s website and book. It helped me to realize that there is a whole world of great food for me to enjoy.


Although I have been GF for several years now, I would have to say the best products I have found have just been discovered recently. After moving to a new state that is much more GF friendly, I was astounded to find all the “new” products available. As a very poor medical student I would have to say that Amy’s Organic frozen meals and soups have been the greatest thing ever!! I always longed to find some “simple and easy” meals that I could just pop in the microwave when I don’t have time to cook. Amy’s and Cedarlane GF meals are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Due to my crazy schedule and lack of free time these meals have been a miracle. Very highly recommended for students or people who can’t find time to cook. They are cheap, delicious (best frozen meals I’ve ever had) and best of all….GF!


The first item I ever tried that was gluten free and I had just been given my diagnosis was Trader Joe’s gluten free brownies. With my first bite I said ok I think I can do this. Just knowing I could have that simple treat made it all worth it!


I was diagnosed about a year ago and the most helpful product for me has been Domata Living Flour. I like to bake but didn’t want to mix 12 different flours for one recipe. I use the all purpose flour all the time, and it works great for me.



When my daughter was diagnosed with CD 6 years ago we were helped tremendously by products from Gluten Free Pantry. I am so amazed by just how many products we can now buy that are GF. A lot has changed for celiacs in just a few years!


My son has just learned that he has Celiac Disease, so we are all in the learning process. I think that our local Publix Grocery store has been a huge help, because they carry a lot of GF Products. The internet has also been a big help in teaching us what it means for a product to be GF. It has been amazing to us just how many products contain gluten in some form. Thanks for running this contest!!


One of the best items I have found so far for my son who has Celiac Disease is the Gluten Free Bisquick baking mix. Not only can you make pancakes and waffles with this mix at a reasonable price, it is one of the best mixes I have tried for making pizza crust and my son love’s it! It is as good as regular pizza and I have even put the pieces in my son’s school lunch because he likes it room temperature too!


Heather, you did such an excellent job on this post! Everyone has their own story and own perspective. Although my son had issues from a young age, it wasn’t until he was 16 that he got DH. He was never officially diagnosed as celiac, but he did go gf on his own at age 20. I’m happy to be a part of this event with Katie, you, and all the others. Katie’s new book is a terrific resource. :-)



My sin was diagnosed 22 years ago. My, how times have changed. We had a hayride/potluck dinner last month and there were tons of gluten free things brought in. My son said he wished he cold have spread this out over his whole life. There was too much even to sample it all. I guess tinkyada pasta was one of our early favorites. the cookbooks and website now available are amazing compared to years ago.


EnviroKids Gorilla Munch helped me the most (I’m such a cereal junkie!) when I was first diagnosed. I was so resistant to the new diet that I tore through the boxes just to convince myself that I could still eat carbs — looking back, I am not even sure what I was thinking at the time. As far as resources go, I don’t know where I’d be without our lovely Gluten-Free Goddess, she’s such an angel!


Tweeted about the giveaway on Twitter (@cupcakes_mmm)!


Pamela’s Products definitely helped us out the most. Pamelas baking mix is so versatile, we love it! Also, at the time of diagnosis, my daughter was 2 years old. We had to cut out the mac n’ cheese, but luckily we found the annie’s stove top mac n’ cheese, and it’s great!


Marshfield Celiac Support Group helped me!


I’m interested in trying Chebe pizza crust mix.

atlmuzikfanzinc at gmail dot com


I was so thrilled when I finally found a breakfast bread that I could tolerate! I started eating Udi’s GF bagels or Food for Life’s GF English muffins. I was such a breakfast bread eater before I went gluten-free and it was a relief to find these products!


my Dr helped the most had all kinds of pamphlets


When my daughter was diagnosed this year, Jules GF flour was an amazing find!


I mentioned this contest on my FB page.


I think finding a readily available GF bread was a big breakthrough over here. My husband was so happy to be able to have a grilled cheese sandwich again. The bread that initially helped us was Schar’s white sandwich bread – fantastic grilled or toasted.


Chobani and Fage greek yogurts have been great for me because they are simple things I can grab for breakfast or toss in my lunch when I am pressed for time. I already ate them but when I found out they were gluten free I was very happy I didn’t have to give up some of my favorite convenience foods.


I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease right before Christmas last year and completely overwhelmed. A friend of mine recommended Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s book G-Free Diet. It really helped me and was a valuable resource that helped get me started on the right track.


My husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 2 days before Thanksgiving. We are still learning so all the products listed would really benefit us! Thanks!


I was just told that I need to cut out my glutens, so I don’t have an existing recipe/tip. But, hoping if I win this will point me in the right direction.


I was just diagnosed with celiac a couple months ago so I’m still learning a lot. The internet, definitely, with all the wonderful bloggers out there, has been a great resource. I haven’t ventured into making much in the line of my own baked goods but will be for Christmas.


The number one most helpful thing for me was my Becky, who also has celiac. What a resource and comfort for all things. I also find blogs helpful (never knew what a blog was before this). Thanks for the oppertunity to win. I’m glad I found this site. Erin (


Another mom, from 600+ miles away, was my greatest resource when we began gluten free 9.5 years ago. She guided me through a lot as I was researching and saved me some time. I try to pay that forward for families new to the diet.


This being my first Thanksgiving eating GF, I definitely was thankful to find the Gluten Free Pantry pie crust. It made a delicious pecan pie that I would have otherwise greatly missed! Reading GF blogs has been a great resource for me too!


When my daughter was diagnosed 5 years ago, we found the Envirokids cereals to be lifesavers. She missed eating cereal in the morning and these were good substitutes.


My favorite product is Bob’s Red mill garbanzo bean flour. It can be exchanged 1:1 for regular flour to make the most delicious chocolate chip cookies-a favorite amongst the gf and gluten members of my household!


My daughter is 17 and recently diagnosed with being allergic to wheat. I have always been a cook. This drastic change has affected us all, but I am learning more and more every day. School lunches seem to be the hardest. Snacks are so spendy in the stores and I sometimes get in the rut of hummus and veggies for her. It would be so nice to be able to try some of these snacks for her. She always feels left out that she doesn’t get to eat what everyone else at school eats.

The product that helped me the most was Quinoa pasta. I can make most pasta dishes with their noodles and it makes my daughter very happy. I have the best macaroni and cheese and she says she likes it better than “regular” noodles. Check out the recipe on my blog


I announced on my facebook about the contest. My facebook name is CountingOurBlessings


I tweeted! My twitter is purecountrypet


What a great giveaway. I used and subscribed to their body clutter menu mailer bc she had Gluten free variations. It made it mindless which I needed bc I had a colicky 2 month old when we went GF


Retweeted this giveaway from Katie the author. I’m glutenfreefinds


The gf product that has helped me the most….. probably gf oatmeal – I use bob’s red mill. In the morning when I don’t have the time or energy, it’s a healthy breakfast, quick, keeps me filled until lunchtime, and I can dress it up with nuts, flax meal, cinnamon, fruit… anything!


I’m trying to cook for a sick friend that is gluten intolerant. I need help! Was looking for blogs or websites that could help me out. I am so glad I found you. I’m buying the Ugli bread for her — unfortunately the only store that carries it is 45 minutes away. Also going through canned goods to figure out what works. I’ll be checking your recipes and checking with the other sites. Thanks so much for taking the time to post this really needed info.


Our product that has helped us the most is Pamelas bread mix. My son was just diagnosed and we needed regular replacements fast. This bread mix really saved a bunch of tears.


I have found many of the products through out the aisles of Walmart that are the Walmart brand are specifically labeled GF….very helpful to know there are afforable options out there!!!


My discovery of Mochiko (sweet rice flour) means my family and I can eat the same dinners with gravy! They don’t even know they are eating something GF!


One of my coworkers has a gluten allergy and has been a huge help in navigating the GF world!


The Snyder’s of Hanover gluten free products interest me most.


What saved my 7 year old daughters former pb&j sandwich lunch was Quaker-chocolate rice cakes. Now, even my other kids request rice cakes in their lunch!


Whole foods stores are amazing and very helpful…if you don’t like a product they say to bring it back- of course I never would! Also nice that Betty Crocker now carries products too.


i am most excited about winning the Schar products: Cheese Bites, Chocolate -or- Vanilla Sandwich Creme Cookies, Hazelnut Wafers


Mary’s Gone Crackers helped a lot!


Pamela’s baking mix allows us to continue making a lot of our homemade items! We buy it in bulk online from Amazon!


I love Pamela’s products – they taste so good it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on anything!


The product that helped me the most was probably Chebe mix. That and Pamela’s products. Before I started baking like a madwoman on my own, the premade flour mixes like pamela’s are tasty and fool proof!!


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