Bread SRSLY Gluten Free Sourdough Giveaway

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Bread SRSLY, and this post contains an affiliate link. This means I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). I’ve received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

If you’re looking for a gift to really impress your gluten free loved one, look no further than Bread SRSLY! It’s my favorite bread on the market (I’m literally eating a slice as I type), and Kris, a Bay Area-native, agrees that the tangy sourdough taste is top notch.

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Whenever newly diagnosed celiacs express struggles with finding good gluten free bread I immediately recommend Bread SRSLY. They are the masters of shipping across the country. The bread arrives fresh and can be refrigerated for several days. The really special thing – I’ve found that I don’t need to toast the bread for the first few days! It’s incredibly soft. A few days in I’ll start lightly toasting until it’s soft and warm. There’s no need to toast to the point of crunchy (unless you want to, of course). If you are gluten free, you understand how unique soft bread is. Left over bread can be sliced, then frozen for future toasting. 

There are currently rumors circulating through the gluten free community about sourdough. To clarify – regular wheat-based sourdough is NOT safe for people with celiac disease. Click here to see test results from a wheat-based sourdough – it contained 104,000 ppm gluten! Yikes! That is not the case with Bread SRSLY, which is made with gluten free ingredients in a dedicated facility in San Francisco.

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Extra facts:

  • 100% gluten free facility
  • Certified GF through the CSA (CSA certifications are only given to products that test below 5ppm)
  • Nut free facility
  • Allergen-friendly
  • Vegan
  • Made by hand
  • Non GMO
  • Gum-free options (the sandwich rolls contain psyllium husk instead of xanthan gum)

Click here to order your Bread SRSLY! (affiliate link) and get FREE SHIPPING using code “tastymeditation”!

The last day to order your Bread SRSLY for the holidays is December 17th! All orders after that will ship the week of January 8th, so get on it!

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GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive the GF Holiday Pack and tote bag featured above! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday December 21st 11:59PM EST.
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American Gluten Free Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I received samples from this company. I am an affiliate of American Gluten Free, and this post contains an affiliate link. This means I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

American Gluten Free subscription boxes are one of my top recommendations for holiday gifts. One click and your holiday shopping is done! All products are dairy free and gluten free (certified gluten free and/or made in a dedicated gluten free facility). You’ll find a surprising number of full size products as well as the occasional kitchen gadget in the Foodie Box. AGF also supports small businesses across the US, so you’ll find a surprising number of items that you have never seen before. I’ve tried other subscription boxes in the past, and I feel that the small business component of AGF really makes these boxes incredibly unique.

AGF offers several different options to help you find the right fit for your GF loved one (or yourself!):

  • Foodie Box (great for foodies who love to bake and cook – my personal favorite)
  • Snack Box
  • Kids Club Box
  • Vegan Snack Box
  • Pantry (single food items or kitchen gadgets from previous boxes)

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(In photo: four Foodie Boxes)

I love American Gluten Free so much that I collaborated with them over the summer and curated this picnic themed box!

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A special discount for my readers – use code “Tasty10” to get 10% off ANY subscription for LIFE – every box, every month, for as long as you are a customer. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Click here to get your box!  (affiliate link)

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive an American Gluten Free mystery box! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US only. Giveaway ends Wednesday December 20th 11:59pm EST.

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Visit my instagram for a bonus chance to win – a second winner will be chosen there!

Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery Gingerbread House Kit Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. Izzi B’s Bakery provided me with a sample gingerbread house kit. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

I’m bringing back another favorite for my second gluten free holiday giveaway – the Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery Gingerbread House Kit!

About Izzi B’s:

  • Allergen-free facility!
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Peanut/tree nut free
  • Casein free
  • No preservatives
  • No trans fats
  • No refined sugar
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Cholesterol free
  • Vegan
  • Kosher certified

My favorite holiday tradition as a child was making a gingerbread house with my sister – it was a three day project, and the entire kitchen was covered in sugar. We haven’t spent Christmas together since I moved away from home, and I haven’t tackled a gluten free gingerbread house from scratch yet. I knew that I would enjoy Izzi B’s gingerbread house kit, but I didn’t realize just how much I would love it! Here’s the package that arrived at my home:

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Everything in the box was perfect – included were sturdy pieces of gingerbread for the house, a few gingerbread people (and a reindeer!), a piping bag of powdered sugar (just add water), and candy/chocolate to decorate with. Click here to read the specific allergen information of the gingerbread house and the candy that is included (the allergen friendly candy comes from various different facilities). The directions were super easy to follow. Kris and I made this!

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Making this gingerbread house was so much fun! I didn’t realize how much I missed this tradition. My heart swelled we pieced it together and made this tiny home. I love, love, love this kit, and I’m so glad that Izzi B’s Bakery is here to help other children (and adults!) share that joy. 

Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery is located in Norwalk, CT. There is no storefront, but they have pick-up options and ship all across the country! Visit www.ibcakes.com.

GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a gluten free, allergen friendly gingerbread house kit from Izzi B’s! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Wednesday December 13th 11:59pm EST.

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Visit my instagram for another chance to win – a second winner will be chosen there!

Krumville Bake Shop Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not paid nor giving product samples in exchange for this post. Krumville has provided me with samples in the past. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.

Happy start to the holiday season! Tis the season for giving, so I’m very happy to announce that all through December I’ll be posting a TON of gluten free giveaways from some of my favorite bakeries and small businesses! We’re starting with one of my very favorites – Krumville Bake Shop!

Krumville is a 100% gluten free bakery in NYC. You may remember last year’s post featuring their stunning cookies, which are perfect for the holidays.

(In photo: Almond Chocolate Amaretti Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cinnamon & Spice Cookies. Photo credit: Krumville Bake Shop)

But did you know that Krumville also makes the most delicious cakes? Two months ago Antonella, the founder of Krumville, surprised me with this chocolate cherry cake for my birthday! I am head over heels in love with their cakes. I’ve found that gluten free chocolate cake is particularly difficult to get right, but Antonella is a master baker and makes all of my GF cake dreams come true. Kris and I devoured it. I’m eyeing the Coconut Layer Cake and the Lemon & Berries Cake for my next special occasion. 

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Between the cookies, layered cakes, bundt cakes, muffins and focaccia, Krumville is one of my top picks for gluten free gifts and treats this holiday season (and every other season!).

Krumville ships nationwide (free shipping over $50!). This is an online bakery (no storefront), but if you’re in NYC they will deliver or you can arrange to pick up an order yourself.

Find out more at www.krumvillebakeshop.com

GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a gluten free Gingerbread Cake from Krumville Bake Shop! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Monday December 11th at 11:59PM EST. Cake will be delivered by December 22nd.

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Positive Quotes from Kids With Celiac

I am so excited for this post! Throughout the years I’ve chatted with several children who have Celiac Disease. Each one was bright, well spoken, and empathetic, and they inspired me to create this post. I recently sent out messages on the facebook and twitter-verse asking parents to chat with their kids about the positive side of Celiac Disease and send me what their kids had to say (thanks to everyone who participated!). These kids are the BEST. While I’m stressing about food to eat at a wedding, these kids are conquering the universe! I hope this post will be inspiring to both children and adults. It’s certainly been inspiring to me. 

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What is the best part about having Celiac Disease?

  • “You get to see your insides on pictures after the biopsy”
  • “You feel amazing!” (10 years old, diagnosed 1 month ago)
  • “The best part is you are aware and can fix the problem so you feel better.”
  • “I don’t have to be sick” (9 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  • “My mum makes me so many different foods I don’t feel I am missing out.”
  • “At class parties everyone else gets store bought cupcakes, but I get homemade cupcakes that are way better.”
  • “I get bigger treats” (4 years old, diagnosed 8 months ago)
  • “The gluten free pizza tastes better than the pizza with gluten.” (6 years old, diagnosed 1 week ago)
  • “You don’t have to share your yummy food as most think gluten free food is not good and has no taste.”
  • “If there is a food that I really don’t want to eat at a party, I can just say – hmmm, I’m not sure if that is gluten free. Sorry I can’t eat it!”
  • “I don’t eat a lot of junk food and other foods that I know I shouldn’t eat that much.” (9 years old)
  •  “I am a kid that likes to eat” (7 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  •  “Sometimes I get bigger treats than the other kids” (7 years old, diagnosed at 18 months)
  • “I feel special because mum makes everything at home for me, and my brother and dad have to eat the same food! hahaha”
  •  “That I’m like my mom” (8 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  • “I love going to the Allergy Show in London with my mom every year. I like trying all the different foods – especially pizza! – and also meeting up with my mom’s Twitter friends. Also I love eating out at safe restaurants.” (11 years old, diagnosed age 5)
  • “The best part of having Coeliac Disease as a 17 year old is that I don’t have to share my food! I also love sharing my food finds on Instagram and in Facebook support groups. There’s a community that I would never have been involved in without having Coeliac Disease.”
  • “You are not like everybody else. We are different.”

What is better now that you eat gluten free?

  • “I don’t feel sick anymore” (9 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  • “Much less pain! More people are beginning to understand what it’s like for me. The ready made food is always improving too.”
  • “I don’t really remember eating gluten containing foods. I’m learning new cooking and baking skills which I love!” (11 years old, diagnosed age 5)
  • “You don’t throw up.”
  • “Everything because I feel better and I can eat cake!”
  • “I always get to take my own food and I always know I will have food I like for lunch in school.”
  • “I’m not sick anymore! I prefer natural gluten free foods to begin with, like fruits and vegetables” (9 years old)
  • “I’m not throwing up anymore and it’s better for my body.” (6 years old, diagnosed 1 week ago)
  •  “More cheese!” (his parents are vegan) (10 years old, diagnosed 1 month ago)
  •  “That I don’t get sick” (7 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  • “My health. I feel better all around” (4 years old, diagnosed 8 months ago)
  •  “I don’t have any more tummy aches” (8 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  •  “I’m not so sad” (7 years old, diagnosed at 18 months)
  • “I make healthier choices because I guess I don’t have a choice. It forces me to eat better because I can’t eat the pizza and junk food that kids eat at birthday parties.”
  • “Now I eat gluten free I don’t feel ill at all, I have energy again, and I don’t feel sick constantly. I also know I’m not making my insides unhappy!”

What would you want to tell other kids your age who just got diagnosed?

  • “You are not alone. Don’t need to feel different.” (4 years old, diagnosed 8 months ago)
  • “It’s nothing but food so it’s no big deal.”
  • “You can make almost anything without gluten.”
  • “It’s a-ok and you can eat lots of things even cake and sometimes it’s even better than regular cake. Can you tell I like cake?”
  • “It’s okay, you just have to get used to eating gluten free. There’s a lot of great gluten free foods out there. I don’t feel like I miss anything.” (9 years old)
  • “It gets better! I cried at first but it’s really not bad.”
  • “That gluten free foods are good” (7 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  •  “It feels easier the longer you have it” (8 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  •  “You’re not the only one and there are other Celiac kids” (7 years old, diagnosed at 18 months)
  • “If someone is teasing you about the food like ‘You can’t eat gluten’ you can say ‘hey stop it!’ If they don’t stop you can tell their parents.” (6 years old, diagnosed 1 week ago)
  • “Don’t be scared, the food isn’t as bad as everyone thinks and in some cases it’s easy for your mum to make your favorite food gluten free.”
  • “Our cupcakes are way better than grocery store cake.”
  • “Don’t be worried. You’ll miss the foods you used to eat, but it will get easier. Always read labels and ask lots of questions when you eat out.” (11 years old, diagnosed age 5)
  • “As a 17 year old, you think it’s awful but honestly it’s not bad at all! There are groups that have events and provide support. Socially, your friends will understand and accommodate you but you have to stick to your guns and be gluten free because it’s what your body needs!”
  • “It’s not as hard after you get used to it” (9 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
  • “Class parties where everyone is eating cake except for you may suck at first, but in a year or so you’ll realize that it’s not a big deal at all. I don’t care now. I can eat a cupcake anytime.”
  • “The most important thing is to understand about Celiac and understanding everything you can and can’t eat so then you can educate others when they ask you questions.”
  • “It’ll be o.k.” (10 years old, diagnosed 1 month ago)

Do you have a child/teenager with Celiac who would like to contribute some positivity? Leave a comment or send me an email, and I’ll add their quotes to the list! TastyMeditation@yahoo.com


Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Disclaimer: I was not paid nor given free products in exchange for writing this post. Some of these companies have previously provided me with samples. This post contains a few affiliate links (always specified) in which I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love. As always, double check labels and product information. Ingredients, allergen policies, and facilities can change at any time. 

It’s that time again! – The Tasty Meditation Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide 2017! Below you’ll find some favorite from previous years, plus a few new ones. Find the perfect gift for your gluten free loved one!

For the chocolate/sweets lover:

  • See’s Candy – I highly recommend their gold box chocolate truffles. Yes – gluten free truffles!! The perfect decadent treat.
  • Pascha Chocolate – Very allergen-friendly dark chocolate.
  • Al Nassma  Elegant camel-milk chocolates from Dubai (please see my previous post for allergen information).
  • Organic Living Superfoods  – (affiliate link) Health conscious friends will love this organic, dairy free, chocolate covered fruit. I recommend the dark chocolate covered pineapple and coconut. (Get 10% off with code “TastyMeditation10”)

For the experienced cook – Often times experienced home cooks know exactly what ingredients they need and what new kitchen gadgets they are dying to try, which makes a gift card to the right store a perfect gift.

  • Nuts.com gift certificate –Gluten free flours, nuts, and baking ingredients can get expensive, so I’m sure that any home cook would love the gift of a full pantry.
  • Guittard Chocolate Chips – My absolute favorite chocolate to bake with. Most of their products are made in a dedicated facility and will say so on the label.
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card Not sure what gadget your GF friend is missing? Let them pick! I asked my followers on Facebook what was on their wish list, and cooking gadgets (bread makers, in particular) were at the top of many lists.
  • Digital Kitchen Scale – Digital scales are essential for measuring gluten free flour and making sure gluten free recipes come out the best they can be! So far my favorite scale is by Escali who provided a sample in exchange for this review. 
  • Blendtec blender with twister jar – One of the most useful gadgets in my kitchen. The twister jar is perfect for making nut butters and small servings of anything.
  • “1000 Gluten Free Recipes” by Carol Fenster – My first cookbook when I went gluten free, and boy was I glad I had it! Five years later it still has a prominent space on my bookshelf.
  • Natural Contents Cookbook Good Food For Everyone: Farm Fresh Clean Eating  – Gluten free, grain free, soy free, mostly paleo, dairy-free friendly and vegan friendly recipes. 
  • Any books by Elana Amsterdam (aka Elana’s Pantry)  Through the years Elana has proven to be my favorite source for paleo recipes. Buy some almond and coconut flour and get cooking!
  • Gluten Free Labels – (affiliate link) Fun labels, stickers, tags, and toothpick flags that will easily help distinguish the gluten-free products from the gluten-filled products in a shared kitchen.
  • A dinner at their favorite GF restaurant – Because every great cook deserves a relaxing culinary experience every so often. Great option if you know your sweetie has a favorite. Unless you’re taking them to a new 100% GF restaurant, don’t surprise them with a new place they haven’t had a chance to research.

For those who like easy baking projects:

  • Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mix – Delicious, rustic bread mix. Just add water, mix, and bake. I recommend the sourdough and “rye” mixes (not real rye, of course), which are oat free (the other mixes contain non-purity protocol GF oats, an ingredient that I do not personally eat/recommend)
  • 123 Gluten Free Mixes – A high quality set of mixes that are extremely allergen friendly. Great for loved ones with multiple food intolerances. Over a hundred recipes on their website – you will never get tired of their mixes. The Sweet Goodness Pan Bars are a personal favorite. 
  • Better Batter Mixes – Better Batter has a beautiful mission. I urge you to visit their website and read about the family that was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the business that sparked from it, and their dedication to various communities including individuals with autism. Very allergen friendly, and there are literally hundreds of recipes on the Better Batter website.
  • Really Great Food Company Mixes – A big hit at the recent GFAF Expo. Their coffee cake and banana bread were huge hits and personal favorites.
  • Gluten Free Prairie Oatmeal – IF you know your GF loved one can tolerate gluten free oats, they will be super impressed with Gluten Free Prairie! Unlike many GF oats on the market, Gluten Free Prairie uses gluten free purity protocol oats which are grown/harvested in dedicated fields. For more info on the purity protocol issue click here. 

Subscription Boxes

  • American Gluten Free– (affiliate link) My favorite gluten free subscription boxes on the market. AGF supports small businesses across the country, so you will taste very unique products that you might not have found otherwise. All items are made in dedicated gluten free facilities and/or are certified gluten free. They’re all dairy free, as well! You’ll find subscription options for both on-the-go snackers and experienced cooks. AGF is offers single boxes as well as their regular month-to-month plan – it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Use code “Tasty10” to get 10% off ANY subscription for LIFE – every box, every month, for as long as you are a customer. 

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For the beauty product lover:

  • Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate – (affiliate link) Amazing allergen-friendly makeup with stunning lipstick colors for all complexions. The Rallye Balm is a lifesaver for chapped/dry lips during the colder months. Favorite colors include Vogue and Wine & Dandy. Get 22% off orders of $50+ with the code “TastyMeditation”
  • Éclair Naturals – A line of beautiful handcrafted lotions, shampoos, soaps, bath salts, and more that are certified gluten free, soy free, vegan, cruelty free, and non GMO. The body butter is perfect for friends who have sensitive skin during the winter time.

For the book lover:

Fresh GF treats shipped to your door (dedicated GF bakeries):

  • Bread SRSLY Sourdough (affiliate link) “The best gluten free sourdough bread on the market,” says my San Francisco-native boyfriend. I’m a total Bread SRSLY addict. You can even eat it without toasting! $5 flat rate shipping.
  • Krumville Bake Shop – Perhaps my favorite bakery in NYC. Delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread – everything that comes out of the Krumville kitchen is incredible!
  • Meredith’s Bread – Wonderful breads and the best black and white cookies you will ever eat. Their products are in farmers markets all over NYC/NJ/CT (look for the GF label! – they have a separate bakery for their wheat-based products).
  • Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – Try the yellow cake. Your friends will never guess that this bakery is free of gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, all nuts, and casein, preservatives, trans-fats, and refined sugar! Located in Connecticut. 
  • Gluten Free Territory – Amazing raspberry cheesecake brownies! You won’t want to share. (Note: I recommend their oat free products. Two of their cookies contain non-purity protocol GF oats, which I do not eat/recommend). 
  • Squirrel and the Bee Goodness Grainless Granola – The most amazing granola you will ever taste! I highly recommend both the pumpkin spice and cinnamon vanilla. Also available at farmers markets in NJ.
  • Everybody Eats– My mom and I are obsessed with their baguettes, and the company is run by some of the most caring people you’ll ever meet. Pickup locally in Brooklyn or get it shipped to your door.
  • Mariposa Baking Co – Located in San Francisco, Mariposa is one of my favorite bakeries in the country. I highly recommend their cinnamon rolls – out of this world!
  • Gluten Free Gloriously – One of my top favorite bakeries! Located in NJ. I highly recommend their cookies. While many bakeries are often limited to two or three cookie variations, Gluten Free gloriously makes everything a Celiac has been missing — lintzer cookies, biscotti, rainbow cookies, holiday pies, even cannolis! Getting married? Their wedding cakes are stunning!

(Pictured above: Krumville Bake Shop cake, Bread SRSLY Sourdough, Gluten Free Territory brownies, Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery cupcakes, Everybody Eats baguette) 

For the alcohol lover:

  • Tito’s Vodka – Certified gluten free, corn-based vodka. You might want to get some for yourself too. I’ve found that you save more money in the long run if you buy the bigger bottle (wink).
  • Wine – When in doubt, always a good gift.

GF  Resources:

  • Gluten Free Watchdog Subscription – GFW is one of the most incredible advocates the community has. Her website is a wealth of information. Subscribers get special access to products reports (selected items are tested for gluten in a lab) and support her overall efforts. 
  • Celiac Research Donation – Donate in honor of your Celiac loved one! The Celiac Center at Columbia University is one of several organizations doing amazing research for the community, searching for better treatment and a cure.

 

Don’t forget that your loved one is not defined by Celiac. We all have other interests and hobbies – theatre, movies, music, pets, crafts, games, sports – gifts that are not food-related are also great choices. 

Please feel free to email this list to loved ones and leave a comment – what gift are YOU wishing for?

Happy Holidays!

Red Apple Lipstick Sale & Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Red Apple Lipstick, and this post contains an affiliate link. This means I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). I’ve received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love. 

Amazing news, gluten free lipstick lovers! On November 24th (Black Friday) Red Apple Lipstick is launching three beautiful new colors – Berrycuda, Appley Ever After, and Rosemancing – and there’s a sale!! Makes for a great holiday gift for a GF loved one (or yourself!). 

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How it works – To access the sale, you must register before November 22nd. You’ll also get a bonus 10% off + FREE shipping (this offer is good for seven days). Registration is not necessary for purchasing the new lipsticks when they launch but it is for accessing the sales page. Click here to register. 

Sale Dates: November 24th- December 1st 

Even without the sale you can use code “TastyMeditation” for 22% off orders of $50 or more.

Click here for more info about Red Apple Lipstick and to browse their products (affiliate link)

Visit my Instagram page for a chance to win a $30 Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate!