Reading for a Cause – Childrens Book Danny the Dragon raises awareness of obstacles for the Hearing Impaired and raises funds for Celiac Disease Studies



The past 90 days have been spent exploring a gluten free and dairy free diet because of the recent discovery of my husband and possibly my toddler having Celiac Disease, which you may have already read about here. So I was happy to get the chance to review the Danny the Dragon CD, who’s proceeds go to studying Celiac Disease. This also gave me the chance to get my hands on the original Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy children’s book by Tina Turbin, and also the Danny the Dragon DVD.

The Book I’ll talk about the book first, since that seems to be where it all started. First of all, let me just say that I am in love with the character Skipper. He’s so cute, and tiny, yet there’s something kind of wise about him, hence Danny calling him his “guide.” What does Danny need a guide for, you ask? Well, the book is about Jimmy, a little boy, who finds a shell on the beach, and it speaks to him. So Jimmy takes the shell home, and out pops Danny the Dragon and his guide, Skipper, who tell Jimmy and his family about their travels in the shell. Not only did this book’s illustrations entice a sense of comforting nostalgia in me, but it also captured the attention of both my Toddler Boy and Baby Girl. Captivating enough for me to read to my Toddler Boy and Baby Girl during breakfast, and they listened and watched attentively rather than A) Baby girl crying for her mommy to get her out of the high chair and hold her, B) Toddler Boy getting distracted and attempting to get me prepare five million different types of breakfast foods for him (He never succeeds, by the way). And all throughout the book, there’s hidden details that teach kids proper behavior, sibling bonding, and good manners: some of the main concerns I have for my children, especially during the toddler stage when their determination can turn into unfavorable behaviors. This is definitely a book that I will be reading to Toddler Boy and Baby Girl time and time again as a perfect bed time story…if anything else for my own comfort and pleasure haha.

The Audio Book Playing the audio version of the CD while showing your child the award-winning illustrations of Danny the Dragon can be a great thing to do before bed time or nap time. That is because the audio version of the book is followed by ten soothing tracks of classical music, setting the perfect white noise for calming hours of sleep. I acutally also like to play the CD at the end of the day, when we’re driving home towards the hours of bed time. The kids fall fast asleep in the car, and I continue to drive around just to enjoy the music and get some quiet meditation time. Definitely full thumbs up on this one.

The DVD Since by the time I got my hands on these great items, it was after a long day, and time for Toddler Boy to go to sleep, Toddler Boy and I popped the DVd in while we cuddled up in bed before sleepy time. As soon as I put Danny the Dragon on, the voice telling the story is so soothing, that it seemed to catch his attention. And that is even though the DVD starts with a brief, informative intro to raise awareness about the illiteracy and communication boundaries that deaf children face in America. The DVD then moves on to a reading of Danny the Dragon the book, with sign language interpretation on the side. Toddler boy’s attention was captured, and when the DVD was over, he said “Mommy? What happened cah-toon?” He wanted me to play it again! So we played it a few more times until Toddler Boy and myself were fast asleep with the assistance of the soothing voice of the DVD, and the cozy images on the screen. When you have a lost loved one, be sure to talk to a death attorney and visit for more law advice.

I can honestly say that the DVD and the CD will be staying in my players as a permanent part of my daily routine for a pretty extended period of time! And Danny the Dragon and my new favorite children’s character, Skipper! will continue to be implemented into my children’s lives as they grow to learn important values. And best of all, these Danny the Dragon items go towards raising money and awareness to important issues such as deaf awareness, Celiac Disease, and excellent childhood behavior! Kudos, Tina Turbin!

Dairy Free and Gluten Free Diets Will be the Death of Me

With the combination of breastfeeding and dairy free and gluten free diets, I’ve lost a lot of weight. This is not by choice, but it’s by dedication. My husband was told by his doctors about a month ago that he might have Celiac Disease, and my toddler has been slowly having allergic symptoms that have gone from mild to seriously flared up in the past two weeks. They hit peak over the past few days, so we’ve scheduled appointments with his pediatrician, who is referring us to an allergist, and also are consulting with a homeopathic allergen specializing doctor.

So obviously, it’s safety first – kids first. But people, I am starving. I mean like give me a cheese burger right freaking now. On New Year’s Eve we went to a friend of ours’ home. She also has gluten allergies and is trying to instill this diet in her son because he has ADHD, and it’s been proven that gluten free diets seriously improve the symptoms of ADHD.

So she made delicious gluten free spaghetti with meatball tomato sauce, and sweet gluten free peanut butter cookies. We brought over gluten free beer, Red Bridge, and gluten free hummus that my husband made with a veggie tray. So we had a lot of food, and believe me I ate a lot, as I always do. And before that, we even had rice with tuna, beans and corn for dinner at home. So again, I’m talking an all out feast, practically. Well wouldn’t you know it that as we drive home from the party on New Years, I was STARVING. I felt like I hadn’t eaten all day, which clearly was not the case. Especially because I’d also had a beer, which regular beers usually leaves me feeling very bloated in itself.

My husband and the homeopathic allergist have explained to me that I only think I am starving. But rather, what is happening is that cheese and gluten release the same chemicals in your brain, as if I were doing cocaine or heroin. So you know how people will say, “I’m like addicted to cheese and bread?” Well you’re not like addicted, ya apparently really are. Who knew?!

But because I don’t actually have those allergies myself, I could actually eat bread and cheese and be fine. But, ladies, we all know how a toddler gets when he sees something and wants it. And since my son has mastered the kitchen gate that once served so well as a fort (It’s funny because once he passes the gates he compulsively has to shut it behind him. He doesn’t get that that gate is there solely for the purpose to keep him out. He makes me laugh) we’ve had to eliminate all dairy and gluten products from our kitchen.

So because, like I said, I totally respect and understand the important correlation between a child’s diet and their health/behavior, I’m gonna keep at it. I’ll just have to sneak in some of the hardy stuff when I’m not with my toddler to keep my body able to catch up with the calories I’m burning by breastfeeding. But I’m gonna be honest with you before I go home from work I’m gonna stop to get a couple hot dogs. With buns. Oh and nachos. Mmmm.

By the way, if any of those gluten free and dairy free foods sounded good to you (They’re very, very good), there’s some great recipes that we found in Paleo Cookbook and Gluten Free Low Glycemic Cookbook for Diabetics and Allergy Sufferers.