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My Top Gluten-Free Travel Tips, Hiking Adventures, Mom Confessions, a Free E Cook Book & More!

Today’s post is a mishmash of what I’ve been doing this week…sharing my top gluten-free travel tips at Stone Soup, Hiking in Tecolote Canyon with my girlfriends, sharing an embarrassing confession with you, plus giving you the scoop on a delicious free e cookbook for you to download! Which would you like to hear about first???

Let’s talk about the cookbook…

Super Raw Power Salad // The Spicy RDI’m thrilled to have my all-time favorite Super Duper Raw Power Salad featured in a new e cookbook you can download for FREE over at The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In addition to my kale power salad, you’ll find 11 more delicious gluten-free recipes from food bloggers and the sponsor of the e cookbook, Crunchmaster.  Huge thanks to all of you who voted for my recipe! Click here for the Gluten-Free Food Photo Face-Off free eCookbook.

Next up, my top gluten-free travel tips…

Gluten-Free Travel Tips // The Spicy RD #snacks #glutenfree #travelWhen I first wrote this guest post on my top tips for traveling on a gluten-free diet, that I am sharing over at Stone Soup {a favorite blog of mine BTW!}, there were 77 days until my family trip to Florida.  Now that the post is actually live there are only 57 days until my trip. Yippee!!!! I am SO ready for a vacation. How about you???  If you are traveling gluten-free {or have other food allergies or intolerances} be sure and check out my post, then share your own favorite gluten-free travel tips over here as well!

Hiking in Tecolote Canyon {San Diego}…

Great workout hiking in Tecolote Canyon, San DiegoI’d only done this hike in Tecolote  Canyon once before, and I’d forgotten just how hilly, and slippery it is! A couple of girlfriends and I did it on Sunday, and it definitely kicked our booties {at least mine}! For my San Diego friends {or if you come for a visit} if you are looking for a quickish hike that will seriously work you gluteus maximus muscles, you must try this one! More info: Start at the parking lot by the Tecolote Canyon Nature Center.  You’ll hike in about 1 1/2 miles before the hills begin. We had a time constraint and had to turn around after about 2 1/4 miles in, but we still got in 3 or 4 {I lost count} of the 6 {I think} super steep hills. Next time we’ll try and conquer all of them {or maybe 5???}, but we’ll be sure to bring hiking poles and trail shoes because, although the photos don’t do them justice, these are some seriously steep hills!

Last but not least, mom confession time…

https://www.eastewart.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Running-Shoes.jpgIt’s been awhile since I’ve shared a confession like this one, or this one, or even this one, with you, but now seems as good a time as any since I’ve reached that point in the year {right before summer break for my kids}, when I’m seriously slacking on my household chores, and wondering if any of you are too, and, my confession is…

My shoes stink!



And the sad part is that I was blaming the stinkiness  on my daughter’s shoes {not that they don’t stink a little bit too, but definitely not as bad as mine}, until I found the true culprit.

The guilty pair.

MY shoes.


And the reason why my shoes are so stinky???

It’s because I’ve been wearing them without socks.

And, the reason I’ve been wearing them without socks?

Because I’ve got loads of laundry piling up with all my dirty socks, which means I have no clean socks, which means I have some seriously stinky shoes.

And, that, my friends, is my confession 🙂

I don’t expect you to have your own stinky shoe stories to share, BUT if you have ANY confessions you want to share with me right now, I’m all ears {and nose}!

Are you ready for summer vacation? Do you have any travel plans this summer? Any gluten-free or food-allergy travel tips to share? Is my stinky shoe story TMI? Anyone else behind lately on household chores? Any confessions you want to share???

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10 thoughts on “My Top Gluten-Free Travel Tips, Hiking Adventures, Mom Confessions, a Free E Cook Book & More!”

  1. You know I’ve always shied away from eating a meal of raw foods, partly because I thought I would compromise on taste and also because I thought they’d be hard to eat…your recipe demonstrates that neither holds true! Your salad is as easy on the eye as it is on the taste buds I am sure. Xx

  2. On, no! I’m so sorry to hear about your back injury-no fun at all! I’m sending you a virtual back massage and hope you feel much better soon 🙂 Hugs back!!!

  3. I just found your blog, and am loving it. I love blogs that are written by professionals, where I feel like I can learn a lot from their posts. Thanks for sharing, and I am going to have to check out the free eCookbook!

    P.S. if it makes you feel better. I sent my baby to the babysitter the other day without any pants on, because he didn’t have any clean ones…and instead of doing laundry, I went to the store and bought him some more 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Nicole! I’m so glad you found my blog too 🙂 Yes, definitely check out the eCookbook because there are lots of delicious gluten-free recipes in it. And, yes, your confession absolutely makes me feel a whole lot better 🙂

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