Simple City Life

Friday, March 24, 2017

Expo Time! #GFAFEXPO



We are very excited to be invited back to the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo for the 4th year! This year we are also on Spring Break- so I think we will do a little more sight seeing this trip. A visit to Sweet Ali's Bakery is a must this year, and maybe a day at the Shedd Aquarium? 

I know I rave about this Expo every year, but it is seriously heaven for anyone with food allergies/sensitivities. Owen looks forward to this each and every year. He can't wait to visit his favorite brands and try some new ones. Consistently his favorites are Enjoy Life Foods, Sweet Ali's, SunButter, Pamela's and Simple Mills. 

For me I love seeing the innovation and how brands are really going above and beyond to provide the best foods for everyone. Gluten free foods have come so far since Owen was first diagnosed. Foods have transformed from mediocre at best to better than "regular" products. Not only has the taste of foods exceeded our expectations, but the quality and health benefits have skyrocketed! 

At the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo- you are surrounded by others who understand and care. It is a safe environment, free from assumptions, judgments and rude comments. People and brands truly care and work hard to give you security in their products. 

If you haven't attended an event yet, you really should! Even if you just know someone who has allergies, it is a great place to gain knowledge and understanding. 

Are you already going? Look me up! I'll be there covering all the great products, and sharing them on Instagram. 

~Courtney

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Onwards and Upwards.

Twenty-sixteen.

You came in with a vengeance. Many are glad to see you leave, I am thankful for your lessons and anxious about your successor. Politically, personally and emotionally we went through a lot. Many amazing moments were had as well as many challenging moments, I look back on all of them with gratitude as we press on.

Twenty-sixteen, you again made me realize that this parenting gig is so vast and deep. The levels of emotions you give one person can feel insurmountable. The joys and trials sway like the ocean waves. Twenty-sixteen, you slowed me down and forced me to take a deeper look at each child and strive even harder to meet their needs. All so very different, all so beautiful and unique. I look forward to continuing on this journey and furthering my knowledge of these gifts I have been given.

Your political storm shook many to the core. I am deeply saddened watching my children navigate through so much darkness. Leaders behaving in ways we have instructed out children to abstain from. I pray daily that we move forward and not backwards, I do fear we already have. In the midst of these anxious moments, many men and women took a stand for justice, that brings hope and changes.



Twenty-sixteen, you showed me once again that life together with my partner is sweet. Five years have passed since we dug our roots in and together took the steps to fix things up once and for all. Without your predecessors, we never would have gotten through you. They groomed us for you. We were ready and together we came out stronger.

You were not the worst, however, you were far from the best.  I press on, moving forward in a constant motion to guide my children, to lean more on my partner and to fully understand my position in this crazy world.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Barn Party!

Fall is upon us! As much as I cringe at the thought of winter arriving in a few short months, I love the fall colors, the change in wardrobe and the activities that surround the season. Last week we took the kids to the apple orchard and no matter how old they get it is still one of our favorite family activities. We also took a trip up north to see my mom and other relatives. My aunt and uncle hosted their annual Barn Party. My city kids loved every moment of being out in the country and I couldn't stop taking pictures! It was a fantastic weekend. 

Elliott received a new hair style while we were visiting. She loves it and I think it looks pretty cool. Middle school is so awkward! She has been dying to do something drastic for months. We went ahead and let her bite the bullet. 


 My boys are naturals on the farm. They took off on several adventures together. It was absolutely adorable watching them play and work together.




I have so many more picture from the weekend, Hopefully I will find some time to share those too! 


Happy Fall!!