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Genteel Lancing Device Review

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*Screenshots taken from https://www.mygenteel.com/

You guys, I am seriously so excited to share this product with you! It is called the Genteel Lancing Device, and it is truly incredible! Ever since C was diagnosed with diabetes we have seen and explored other lancing devices that claim to be pain-free. While some hurt less than others, none have truly been pain-free. That is until they developed this device!

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The skeptic in me felt that it was too good to be true. While C has largely gotten used to the finger pokes, they are still not pain-free. He has just accepted that this is his reality, and poking his fingers is just part of how he takes care of himself. But as a mom, obviously I don’t want him to just have to accept that, and the fact that there is a product that can eliminate one of the more painful aspects of this disease, is truly incredible!

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First let me start by telling you a little bit about how the device works, and what sets it apart from other lancing devices. To me one of the coolest things about this device is that you can test blood from many different sites on the body- not just fingertips. You can test on the chest, upper arms, stomach, forearms, hips, fingers and palms, thighs, and calves. Having this flexibility is invaluable! You get to give those poor fingertips a break!

Another big thing that sets it apart from other lancing devices is that it uses vacuum, vibration and depth control to get the perfect drop of blood. The lancet only reaches blood capillaries and avoids hitting pain nerves all together. The diagram below perfectly demonstrates this.

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Here is a picture detailing the different parts of the Genteel Lancing Device:
 
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C created a video in which he demonstrates how to use the device. You can view that here.
If you are someone who retains info better by reading, here are some diagrams to walk you through prepping your Genteel, and performing a blood draw.
 
First, you need to pick your test site, then prepare the Genteel for lancing.
 
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Now you’re ready to perform a blood draw.
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While it does work differently than other lancet devices (therefore creating a small learning curve) C picked up how to use it after just a couple of tries.

The box also comes with a sheet of stickers you can decorate your device with. I personally love how C decided to style his.

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My only regret is not having this product earlier! I cannot imagine how nice this would’ve been to have when he was just a little toddler who despised getting his fingers pricked.

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this device. If you or your child dreads finger pokes, this device is worth every penny! If you want to try one yourself click here to purchase. Be sure to use coupon code: FINGERPRICKIN15 for $15 off! If you get one, let me know how you like it!

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Sleek Treat Monthly Subscription Box Review

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Ever since I heard about Sleek Treat Subscription Monthly Boxes I’ve been dying to get my hands on a box to try out some new diabetic-friendly products for C. Thankfully, we were recently able to do just that!

So what is Sleek Treat? Sleek Treat is a monthly subscription service, that sends you a box each month with 5-8 handpicked sugar-free gourmet treats to satisfy your sweet cravings.

When you sign up for Sleek Treat, every month you will receive a box of sugar-free hand-curated confections that they have scoured the world for. They even taste-test products to make sure you love your box! I think this is especially important, because believe me, we have tried many products over the years that are diabetic-friendly, but that does not mean they all taste good. Having someone someone else do the sampling for you is so nice, because then you are not wasting your money on products you don’t enjoy.

Inside each Sleek Treat Box, you can expect a mixture of sugar-free chocolates, cookies, hard candies, jellies & more unique finds. Every box will have new and exciting flavors and will always feature a variety of snacks.

Each box also includes an insert detailing nutritional information, and information about each product.

C truly enjoyed everything they sent in the box! Here is what was inside:
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Hi-FiBar Pumpkin Spice Orange Granola- Hi-FiBar is a diabetic-friendly snack that is made with all natural ingredients, has zero added sugar, has high fiber, and is low carb. We got to try out their tasty Pumpkin Spice Orange Granola and it was fantastic! C is a big pumpkin fan, so he really enjoyed this. The granola is great on it’s own, but it can also be used as a topping for yogurt, etc. Hi-FiBar also has diabetic-friendly granola bars.

thinkThin Cookies & Cream High Protein Bar- These gluten-free bars contain 20 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar and are certified low glycemic. The Cookies & Cream flavor was a huge hit with C! I love to give him protein bars before he heads to soccer practice, etc., as the high protein seems to help stabilize his blood sugar before engaging in physical activity. C gave this bar two thumbs up!

ChocoRite Chocolate Crispy Caramel Candy Bar- We already knew that C loved ChocoRite’s products because we have tried them before, but he had never tried this particular flavor. It didn’t disappoint! The rich caramel and creamy milk chocolate paired perfectly for a sweet treat. ChocoRite Candy Bars are low carb, low calorie, gluten-free, low sugar, chewy, candy bars sweetened with erythritol, containing low net carbs.

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Xyloburst Xylitol Orange Citrus Fruit Sours- Lately, C has really been in to small mint-like candies he can periodically suck on. So these Xyloburst Fruit Sours were right up his alley! They are all-natural, low carb, non-GMO, gluten-free and sugar-free. They also come in grape, watermelon, and cherry.

Xyloburst Assorted Fruit Lollipops- What kids don’t love lollipops?! We usually try to steer clear of them if we can help it, because regular lollipops are almost a sure way to spike blood sugar. That’s why I am so glad we got to try these Xyloburst Assorted Fruit Lollipops, which are the perfect swap for sugary treats. They come in apple, orange, raspberry and strawberry. They are also all-natural and sugar-free.

You can find both the Xyloburst Fruit Sours and the Xyloburst Assorted Fruit Lollipops at FocusNutrition.com. Both were a huge hit with C!

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Coco Polo 70% Dark Chocolate Cocoa Nibs- We had never tried Coco Polo Chocolate before so we were really excited to do so!  C prefers milk chocolate, but he did still like this. I also prefer milk chocolate, but was pleasantly surprised with how yummy this was! Coco Polo Chocolate is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, all-natural, sugar-free, and sweetened with stevia. It is also packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Refining chocolate produces small pieces of pure raw cocoa called nibs. They are included this bar for an intense cocoa experience along with crunchy texture.

TruChocolate Dark Chocolate Wafers- C really loved this chocolate! Made from only the finest organic non-GMO fair trade cocoa, blended with healthy ingredients, Tru Chocolate is packed with acai powder, citrus and green tea extract. I really loved the little individual packages. The perfect treat to be packed with a lunch, etc.!

To summarize, we were super pleased with the contents of our box! We were exposed to many new products we hadn’t heard of previously. I would definitely order these products again, and it is so great to have a growing arsenal of snacks and treats for C that are diabetic-friendly!

If you are interested in a Sleek Treat subscription, click here.

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20 Carb Snack Packs

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I saw the amazing idea, on a fellow D-Mom’s Instagram account (@mama_of_2_t1d_boys) to pre-measure snacks, in a pre-determined amount, and put them in little Ziploc containers, that can easily be grabbed on the go, for our kiddos with T1D.

We have built a snack into C’s morning schedule at school, because he eats lunch later this year and has P.E. and recess before lunch. We found that all that activity, combined with the increased gap in between breakfast and lunch, was causing lows before lunch (even with basal adjustments). So the snack has helped keep his numbers steadier.

I typically send him with a variety of protein/granola bars. His favorites are Quest Bars & LARABAR’s. He still loves those, but has vocalized that he could use a break from the bars. So when I saw this idea on @mama_of_2_t1d_boys account, I knew I had to replicate it! In the past I have also included other pre-packed snacks (in the 15-25 carb range) in his snack box, but I have never done this before. This method is a lot more cost effective too.

Using my food scale, I counted out some of his favorite snacks so that each container equaled exactly 20 carbs. I thought I’d keep it easy with doing all 20 carb snacks, but you could do 5, 10, 15, etc., or a combo of varying carb ranges.

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Here is what I put inside our containers (from left to right, starting at the top):

1) Glutino Yogurt Covered Pretzels
2) Trader Joe’s Rainbow’s End Trail Mix
3) Annie’s Homegrown Organic Chocolate Bunny Grahams
4) Annie’s Homegrown Organic Honey Bunny Grahams
5) Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Squares
6) Annie’s Homegrown Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
7) Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers
8) Glutino Fudge Covered Pretzels
9) Boom Chicka Pop. Popcorn
10) Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Snack Mix
11) Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
12) Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

Let me know what you would put in your snack containers!

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Snow Day Recipes & Activities

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Even though I am a grown woman, I still look forward to a snow day as much as my kids. As soon as I catch wind that big snow might be coming, I’m heading to the store to stock up on groceries, going through our diabetes supplies and making sure we aren’t running low on anything, and trying to plan some fun activities to do with the kids.

For those of you that are the same as me, I thought I would share some fun snow day recipes and activities to do with the kids. First up…recipes!

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These Cheese Stick Snowmen are so easy to make and a nice, fun, low carb snack. I share the instructions on how to make them on t1everydaymagic.com- Cheese Stick Snowmen.

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A super fun recipe are these Hot Chocolate Popsicles. Even though it’s a cold treat, my kids really love these! Just another fun way to enjoy hot chocolate.

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Another yummy treat is these No-Bake Fudgy Snowballs. Not only do they look fun, but they are also healthy, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan. And because they are no-bake, they come together super quick!

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Ever made Snow Ice Cream before? We hadn’t until a couple of years ago and the kids absolutely loved it! So fun!

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As long as we don’t lose power in the snow storm, I also enjoy baking on snow days. These 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, are super easy, delicious and low carb. Get the recipe over at t1everydaymagic.com- 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.

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Some other things we enjoy doing on a snow day is of course playing out in the snow. If there is enough snow, the kids always want to build a snowman. For the past few years I had a snowman kit I had made myself out of clay, but years of wear and tear has left some of the pieces in not the greatest of shape. I found a cheap snowman kit at Target that we now use. They also sell some snow bricks that can be used to make a snow fort. Snow painting is another favorite. You just add water and some food coloring into plastic squeeze bottles (like what you would put ketchup and mustard in), and have at it.

Indoor Activities

If it’s too cold to go outside and play, there is still lots of fun to be had inside. In past years we’ve enjoyed making forts in the house. The above picture is of my middle son in a fort we made using my Moby Wrap.

My kids also love these pretend snowballs (picture borrowed from Amazon.com) for an indoor snowball fight. My mom got these for them last year, and all 3 of my kids have loved having little snowball fights year round.

Snow Day Books

With 3 kids covering a wide range of ages (almost 10, 7 & 2), it can sometimes be difficult to find activities that aren’t boring to my 9 year old, but not too involved for my 2 year old. Books have been a great way to bridge the gap. I try to sit down with them every night and read together. It’s something they all 3 enjoy, and I certainly enjoy it as well! Nothing better than having my 3 kiddos curled up next to me on the couch and reading a good book to them. Above are some of our favorite snow related books- perfect snow day reads!

Snow Day Experiments

Snow days are also a good time to do some experimenting. My kids love a good experiment. Here are some fun ones we’ve done over the years, or plan to do this year.

Here is a list of some other fun ideas: 20 Must-Try Winter Science Experiments.

How do you like to spend snow days?

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Bounce Balls

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Although I enjoy making homemade, diabetic-friendly, snacks, meals, and treats whenever possible, there are definitely times when the convenience of grab-and-go items wins out, and that’s why I am constantly on the lookout for new diabetic-friendly products to try.

We recently had the opportunity to try out a Flavor Flight of Bounce Balls– delicious, high-protein, energy balls.

C plays year-round soccer, and is trying out some other sports this year, so he is a very active young boy. These are the perfect pre-practice/pre-game snack to help him power through, and also help keep his blood sugar hanging steady.

Bounce Balls are comprised of simple ingredients, are gluten-free, and non-GMO. They also contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

C’s favorite flavor is Vanilla Almond, with Superberry being a close second. The Vanilla Almond Ball has 9 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber. One ball has 20 carbs. The other flavors have similar nutritional values, but may vary slightly, but you can check out their website to see all of the flavors, along with the nutritional information.

If you to have type 1 kiddos that are involved in sports/activities, this is an excellent snack option for them! Bounce Balls are delicious and nutritious rolled together.

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New Year’s Eve Snack & Activity Ideas for Kids

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2016 is coming to a close and we’re getting ready to ring in 2017! I hope 2016 has been a great year for you and your family, and I hope that 2017 is even better!

To help start the New Year off right, today I wanted to share some fun New Year’s Eve snack and activity ideas with you to do with the kids.

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The first is a fun snack idea- a Milk & Cookie New Year’s Toast for Kids. The idea is to have your own little countdown early on in the day (maybe 12 p.m. instead of 12 a.m.) for little ones who can’t make it to midnight. Once 12 hits, you toast to the new year with your glass of milk and then use the remainder of the milk to dunk your cookies in.

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To make this more diabetic friendly, for our type 1 kiddos, I used Fairlife milk & Cybele’s Free to Eat Cookies.

Fairlife Milk has 50% less sugar and carbs, and 50% more protein that ordinary milk (yes, even the chocolate!), and it tastes great!

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Cybele’s Free to Eat Cookies are full of the flavors you crave, free of the top 8 allergens, certified gluten-free, certified vegan, and you don’t have to be allergic to love them! They come in Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Chunk Brownie and all are fantastic!

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The next snack I’m sharing is a simple fruit platter spelling out “2017”. My kids gobbled this up in about 5 seconds. Just pick their four favorite fruits, and pre-weigh and count the carbs before assembling on the platter so that they can just dig in. It’s always fun writing the new year the first few times, and I must say writing it in fruit is even more fun!

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This time of year there is always a lot of talk about making New Year Resolutions. This doesn’t have to just be for adults, kids can get in on this too!

I know New Year’s Resolutions can be very cliche, but I personally love the idea of setting new intentions for a new year. It feels like a clean slate to make certain areas of your life better than they were in the previous year. As my kids get older, I think this is important for them to do as well- examine things they want to do better, think about something new they want to learn or try in the new year, etc.

I printed off two sheets for them to fill out. One is from theteacherbag.com, and the other is from uncommondesignsonline.com. We had a lot of fun with this activity, and some of their answers surprised me (in a good way). It’s nice to put these “goals” in writing too, because this way we can go back to them and check in and see if we’re making steps towards attaining our goals.

Just a few, fun, and simple things to do with the kiddos to help celebrate the New Year. I sincerely hope 2017 is wonderful for all of you!

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Halloween Candy Carb Counts

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GrifGrips

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One of the best things about this blog is the platform it provides to share tips and tricks with the diabetic community – things that make diabetes management a little bit easier. Many times this includes sharing some of the various products that we find useful in life with T1D. So when I find something we love and that works really well for us, I feel compelled to share it with you. I’m excited to share that GrifGrips is one of those products!

For the longest time C was quite resistant to letting us put his CGM sensor on the back of his arm. We would encourage him to try it so that his legs and buttocks could have a break, since we also use those spots for his insulin pump site. Well, after attending the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference this summer (and seeing so many T1D peers who were proudly sporting their sensors on their arms), he mustered the courage to try putting his CGM on the back of his arm, and we’ve been putting them there ever since.

Having an active 9 1/2 year old boy, we quickly realized we could use some extra support to secure his sensor in this new location, and shortly after this, we discovered GrifGrips and fell in love with them!

So what are GrifGrips (pulled from the GrifGrips website)?

For all you pump and sensor wearers out there, don’t let diabetes damper your passion for adventure and all of the experiences life has to offer.  We are introducing a new set of adhesive patches, or what we like to call “Grips”, that will help secure your devices and let you go wherever the day takes you. Whether you use the Omnipod, Dexcom, or any other pump or sensor device we can help secure them.

Our Grips and tapes are made of a cotton material with an acrylic adhesive which means they flex with the natural movement of your body and their fabric nature allows your skin to breathe and stay cool.

Whether you’re into heavy sports or just swimming at your local pool our adhesive products can withstand the rigor and keep you on the move.    Plus, they look really cool!! Whether you have a CGM Sensor, Tube or Tubeless insulin pump, we can help you secure your devices. The key to GrifGrips is about getting good coverage both on the device and the surrounding skin areas. This coverage aids in securing the devices from impacts that would normally disengage the device.

Whether you are an athlete, scholar, or gamer, let us take the worry out of securing your devices, so you can focus on the fun.

I love all of their designs and there is truly something for everyone! We’ve tested them on the soccer field, swimming, and just with every day activity of a pre-teen boy, and they work very well! Plus it gives his sensor a little “flare”. I know C enjoys putting on a fresh Grip and seeing what his friends think of it. It’s nice that there are options like this to let them make their devices “theirs” and be another extension of their style and personality.

I urge you to check them out!

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