Celiac Test – LetsGetChecked

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I’ve been sick for a little over a month now without any explanation and no remedies. It has unfortunately affected my ability to be as active with my children and it kills me.

So I am officially on the hunt to figure out the cause, with my biggest suspicion being celiac disease; Thanks to Let’s Get Checked I’ll be able to do my test from the comfort of my home.


Now.. What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that occurs in genetically predisposed people.

In simpler terms, celiac disease is defined as moderate to severe discomfort following the consumption of gluten-containing foods. The only way to find out if you have celiac disease is to take a celiac disease blood test.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley. If you are living with celiac disease, your body’s immune system will reject the protein in the food you eat.

If you have celiac disease and eat gluten, the villi (hair like projections that line your intestines) will be damaged.

Villi are responsible for absorbing nutrients when you consume food. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.

Damaged villi puts the small intestine under attack and leads a wide range of signs and symptoms associated with celiac disease.

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This diagram shows the difference between those who suffer from celiac disease and those who do not.

On the left, you see what villi and epithelial cells look like in those who have a healthy small intestine. The structures are rounded and fit for purpose in enabling healthy digestion.

On the right, you see what damaged villi and epithelial cells look like. As the structures are flattened, they are less able to carry out their role in digestive function. This creates a negative domino effect for other physiological functions, including reproduction. (Read: Does celiac disease cause infertility?)

A wheat allergy differs from celiac disease. Those who are intolerant to gluten will experience similar symptoms to those with celiac disease, however, there is no autoimmune response and the lining of the intestine will not be damaged to the same degree.


Let’s Get Checked will hopefully allow me to pinpoint my illness one test at a time. With the gluten free craze right now, have you wondered if you’ve got celiac disease? Try the Coelic test and get 20% off with code SIMPLYKARALIZ

They’ve also got a TON of other tests from hormones, thyroid tests, to Men’s/Women’s sexual health, and more.

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Scrape-A-Round

If you’re like me you’re TIRED of scraping your windows the old fashioned way. So join the Scrape-A-Round movement! You will secure your family’s safety, access new gift ideas and scrape your windows cleaner in half the time!

They currently have a holiday promotion offering a 6 pack and FREE shipping for just $27 (A $43 value)! Scrape-A-Round is the perfect holiday gift idea for stocking stuffers, neighbor gifts, work gifts, and family gifts. Simply turn the Scrape-A-Round up side down, fill with selected items, wrap it up and have a unique gift as varied as your imagination. Visit http://www.scrapearound.com and use code: BSAFE to get FREE Shipping on your order.

Sun Basket Meal Delivery

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Y’all already know my insane obsession with eating paleo – But now that I’ve had my twins it’s becoming increasingly harder to stay on track when I am busy tending to my home and my three little princes.

But, I need to make sure I also tend to myself so that I’ve got enough energy and strength for my kids, so I decided to begin a meal delivery service to give myself a little break AND help stay on my health track! I’ve tried several companies before but none of them could quite give me the paleo options that my family needed.

That’s when I found Sun Basket and it seemed as though it was made for me. They locally source all of their meats, all of their packaging materials (Besides the ice packs) are completely recyclable and they have many different diet accommodations!

Soon I’ll be posting all about our new delicious paleo recipes that I would’ve probably never thought of because I’d have to hunt the aisles for ingredients and take the time to prep (Which I don’t have at all) so be on the lookout for delicious recipes and pictures SOON.

I loved them so much I actually began a partnership with them! So NOW I’m able to give my readers $80 OFF their first 3 orders! That’s $80 off incredible, nutritious foods that makes life easier. Treat yourself y’all – Try it here!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)

Lil Mixins Infant Peanut Powder

Did you know that babies aren’t born with food allergies? They simply develop overtime as their immune system grows, which is why it’s best to introduce certain foods to their diet at an early age to help their bodies learn to tolerate them!

That’s where Lil Mixins comes in! They’ve made a specific 100% organic peanut powder for babies that can be started at age 4 months (They also have egg powder!). As soon as your baby is ready for solids you can slowly begin adding it to their foods, milk, or formula! Unlike other peanut powder, Lil Mixins won’t turn into peanut butter when mixed with foods, making it easier for them to get down and digest!

As a family with gluten-sensitivity I want to help my twin boys’ with a fighting chance at being food allergy free! Only one more month until I can begin this process and I did the same with Hudson – But I didn’t have a formula specifically made for babies! I can’t wait to try it!

You can serve it to them three times a week for regular exposure and continue until they’re a year old – By then they should be old enough to start eating peanut butter and hopefully be peanut allergy free! It’s proven that 100 servings of a food between the ages of 4 months to one year is the best way to teach their bodies to tolerate it. This information is crucial for every parent and with it we can help fight back against food allergies – One baby at a time!

Right now my readers can use promo code MOMSMEET20 to get 20% off your entire Lil Mixins order clicking here or visiting momsmeet.link/lilmixins.

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

TinkerActive Workbooks

Anyone else SO excited for school to start again?! Not that I don’t love my kids being home.. But it’s so nice having a set schedule again.. Hudson is in swimming and soccer and is starting preschool in September and Marret starts school this Wednesday and has dance every Wednesday night..

It’s just nice knowing what to expect.. And one thing I knew was coming was my kids’ brain being stuck on Summer mode – As much as I love it I needed to kick start their minds before school started to give them an edge. The Moms Meet website had a ton of recommendations for the odddot TinkerActive Workbooks so I gave them a try and the kids LOVED them (I do too, secretly 😉 ) There are Math and Science books from grades Kindergarten to 2nd and they’re not like any of the the ones we’ve tried before.

The workbooks are hands-on and very visual. They aren’t just boring equations on a sheet – The exercises flex our children’s’ brains with projects that allow them to tinker, create and engineer at home! It is very STEM based which I am all. about. Plus, they’re FUN and we all know if our kids enjoy something it won’t be considered work to them 😉

Looking for something extra for your kids to do to help develop their fundamental skills before school begins (Or even as a supplement during school!) then y’all MUST check out TinkerActive Workbooks – You won’t be disappointed and neither will their brains 😉

They can be purchased wherever books are sold – And if you decide to purchase on Amazon, please leave a product review directly on Amazon – That’s how us parents figure out what actually works! ❥

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)

Venturing Into A New World of Health

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Throughout my health journey these past six years I’ve had many people approach me and ask, “How do you do it?” or “Where do I start?”. I’ve always had the answer when it came to the way I ate. Wholesome foods, natural foods – Meats, fruits, and vegetables! Easy enough right?

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Well, when I realized that my food advice wasn’t enough it took me a long time (Til now, honestly!) to realize that it’s really not that easy. Knowing what to ingredients to use and what “meal plan” to follow is a great first step – But the biggest part of weight loss / beginning a healthier lifestyle starts with a persons psychological mindset when it comes to food.

Everyone has a different relationship with food. I used to have a very toxic relationship with it where I was incredibly negative towards my body and starved myself. But when I began to realize what wholesome foods really did for me I started to see it in a new way. And from that blossomed a beautiful respect and love that made transitioning into exercise and healthy long-term habits that much easier.

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Now – I am one week away from having my twins.. And it’s been an incredibly long and exhausting pregnancy. Unfortunately, I have not been nourishing my body the way I should’ve been or exercising which I had promised myself I would.

BUT.. I am very proud of myself for creating two little sweet boys and want to reward myself with getting back on track – Not just for weight loss but also for energy and confidence. I already know the foods I need to keep my body strong but where I know I’ll need an extra pair of hands (Because I’ll literally have none with twins) is my recommitment, which is why I’ve decided to start this journey with Noom.

You may have seen their commercials and thought, “Oh – Another diet / weight loss fad.” But they actually touch on exactly everything I had mentioned above. They’re not just about losing the weight, they’re trying to help each unique individual understand their needs to develop those healthy food relationships and habits with psychological encouragement.

They keep you on track, quickly answer any and all questions that arise, and give you the information you need to grow and move achieve your goals! You get paired with the right expert whose picked based on your personality and destination and they’re with you for the long haul! So you get real human interaction with a person you build a foundation and relationship with. I love that aspect.

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I’m really excited to officially become partners with this company because I genuinely believe wholeheartedly in their psychology-based program and mission. You can start this journey with me and join their proven-lasting program right now with their two week trial*.

Noom – It’s a smarter way to lose weight!

*After the trial, it is $149 for a six month subscription. Which is less than $1/day!

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own!)

Similasan Allergy Eye Relief

As an eco-friendly and all-natural home we try and use products that are full of safe ingredients because I fully believe that what we put on our body is just as important as what we put into them.

Now, Spring is such a gorgeous time of year.. With flowers blooming, trees budding and gardens growing – But the un-gorgeous part of it is the amount of POLLEN and sinus pain that comes along with it.

So I began my research on healthier alternatives to the standard drug store options since my children seem to struggle this time of year and I found Similasan. It’s a Swiss company that originated in 1980 and their natural remedies provide temporary symptomatic relief from ailments of the eyes, ears, nose, head, and chest.

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We’ve already had to use the Allergy Eye Relief drops and they’ve been a lifesaver! At the end of the night the kids usually complain that their eyes hurt since they’d been outside for most of the day and it’s so natural it’s safe for ages 2+ so I don’t feel worried about giving it to them whenever needed!

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We all want our eyes to feel better during allergy season, but many allergy sufferers are concerned about the chemicals found in allergy eye drops. Traditional over-the-counter allergy drops use chemicals such as vasoconstrictors to mask symptoms. Vasoconstrictors may actually worsen the symptoms if used more than directed (usually 4 times a day maximum). Similasan of Switzerland works differently, by using natural botanical extracts to stimulate the body’s natural defenses and target the root cause. Similasan products are made without harsh chemicals, so you can use them as often as needed.

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Arctic Cool Gear

I am SO ready for my boys to make their debut soon.. I’m ready to see their sweet faces but I’m also SO ready to have my body back! I’ve already started stocking up on my favorite workout gear through Arctic Cool Gear – They released some new items that are SO comfortable and really cute!

Being big into health and fitness, I’ve tried all different kinds of brands and always struggled with overheating and sticking from sweating – All of these create an uncomfortable exercising experience that would stop me from wanting to continue..

I’ve never had that with Arctic Cool (Which is why I’m 5 pieces of clothing deep 😉 ).. With their HydroFreeze X technology, their revolutionary fabric wicks moisture away while lowering body temperature.. Yeah, it literally uses your own sweat to cool you down and it feels amazing!

Their new releases are SO cute and still incredibly comfortable.. I may be rocking my new tank top already, which only covers half of my belly but it’s just too soft and I am sweating constantly right now.. haha!

 

Once my boys decide to grace us with their arrival I’ll be so ready to get back on the exercise wagon (Once I heal, of course..) and I’m so happy to have all of my Arctic Cool gear along for the challenge!

Check out their new arrivals for exercise or just everyday comfort wear!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Challenger International Soccer Camps

With the twins coming I’m really eager to get Hudson into some activities so help his little mind and body develop. Especially after the twins are born I’ll want him to get some socialization and activities in to keep him moving and outside! Well I just found TinyTykes Soccer Summer Camp through Challenger Sports and can’t wait to get him signed up for July!

Challenger Sports, the leading camp company in the US, has launched a brand new soccer camp that combines the most popular elements of their two camp programs, British Soccer and TetraBrazil. The all new Challenger International Soccer Camp will offer instructional camp programs for each age/ability level!

The TinyTykes program will provide 3-5 year olds with fundamental soccer activities, games, and stories, designed to enhance technical skills along with physical and social development. The Half Day Camp for 6-16 year olds is the most popular program and will provide 3 hours of skill development, games, challenges and competition each day.

Register now for Challenger’s International Soccer camp and get a free international ball, t-shirt, poster, skills evaluation and new downloadable coaching app & 20 skills videos! Register 30 days before camp and qualify for a free International Game Jersey! https://www.challengersports.com/international_soccer/

Formulate – Personalized Shampoo and Conditioner

Anyone else super picky with beauty products? 🙋

I’m so weird about what I use for my hair because I feel like my hair either gets super greasy or super brittle – I could never find the right balance! But after doing some research I found Formulate!

They use chemists to create specific hair products based on your hair type and hair goals. So your products are actually scientifically engineered for you! How cool is that?!

When visiting their website you’re prompted to describe your hair – Color, length, pattern, thickness, oily/dry, scalp sensitivity, which tools you use to style your hair, and more. They use all of this information to decide which problems you may be looking to fix.

After your hair history is added you move on to your specific hair goals. You can choose between 1 to 5 goals and they’ll create the perfect mix to aid you in your healthier hair objective! For example, I chose as my five goals: Deep Conditioning, Hydration, Lengthening, Volumizing and Glossy Hair! AND what I was really excited for.. You get to choose your OWN scent! There are seven different scents and they’re all natural and fresh smelling. I chose Verdant (Which is Grass, Lilies, and Eucalyptus) and it smells amazinggg.

As you could probably tell I was SO excited to give it a try. It shipped super fast and I used it immediately!! The scent was so fresh and the lather really felt like it was penetrating deep into my strands and scalp! Wasn’t something I had experienced with other hair products before!

Now I know this sounds ridiculous but LITERALLY it made a difference after the first use!! After my hair dried I brushed it thoroughly and came out with fluffy, soft and luscious hair! My Hubby said something as soon as he saw it!

That shine, though ❥

After using it for over a week I can honestly say I’m still obsessed and in love. The scent grows on me more and more every time I use it (It actually lingers which I LOVE)

I seriously cannot imagine going back to traditional shampoo and conditioner after using something that was so specifically formulated for me! And the bottles look super fancy.. So that’s a plus 😉

I’d love for my followers to get a chance to try it for themselves! In collaboration with them I am giving ONE lucky winner the chance to win a set of their very own personalized shampoo and conditioner! To Enter Visit: https://www.formulate.co/u/simplykaraliz! Good luck y’all! 🌺

(I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. I seriously love this stuff, y’all!)