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Gluten Free Lavender Peach Pie September 26, 2011

Peach pie sounds good, right? What about LAVENDER Peach Pie??!! Yep, I said Lavender!! Infusing just a hint of lavender in your favorite gluten-free recipes can add just a little extra punch to make a delicious recipe, extraordinary!

 

Thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for providing exciting info on making a gluten-free Lavender Peach Pie… and info on how to digitally scrap this delicious recipe! Take photos of your favorite GF food creations and make your very own Gluten Free Cookbook with the help of Digital Scrapbooks and More:

 

Today we are going to make Lavender Peach Pie!

This easy and delicious recipe can give your taste buds an introduction to the exotic taste of lavender.

The nice thing about lavender peach pie is that you can make a Gluten-Free (wheat free) version! So let’s get started….

Lavender Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) package pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie (or use your favorite pie crust recipe) Note: For Gluten Free pie crust see recipe below!
1 egg, beaten
5 cups sliced peeled peaches
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour)
1 cup Lavender sugar – See recipe in this article
1/4 teaspoon saltThe Cooking and Scrapping with Lavender Peach Pie
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:
  1. Start by Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Line the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate with one pie crust. Then brush the bottom of this crust with some of the beaten egg to keep the dough from becoming soggy later.
  3. Place the sliced peaches in a large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, Lavender sugar, and salt. Pour over the peaches, and mix gently. Pour into the pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with the other pie crust, and fold the edges under. Flute the edges to seal or press the edges with the tines of a fork dipped in egg. Brush the remaining egg over the top crust. Cut several slits in the top crust to vent steam.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is brown andThe Cooking and Scrapping with Lavender Peach Pie the juice begins to bubble through the vents. If the edges brown to fast, cover them with strips of aluminum foil, or make a foil tent to cover pie about halfway through baking. Cool before serving. This tastes better warm than hot.

 

To read the rest of the article, go to Digital Scrapbooks and More’s Blog… includes remaining GF recipes (GF pie crust and GF lavender sugar recipes at Digital Scrapbooks and More’s blog article)!

YUM!!!

-Glamour and Green Gluten Free

 

Make a Gluten Free Mother’s Day Tea for Mom and Scrap it too! May 6, 2011

Mother's day scrapbooking and tea party This Mother’s Day give mom a Gluten Free Tea Party to celebrate Mother’s Day!

A tea party can be one of the most relaxing few time for a mom. I know my daughter treated me to one the other day and I have to admit that it was so fun, and I had such a delightful few hours!

Give you Mother a special time by creating a tea party for her this Mother’s Day

Here are a few articles and Resources that will give you some ideas to make your Mother’s Day Tea Party special!

Read the rest of this article at ~Make a Mother’s Day Tea Party for your Mom

Also, get ideas on food, decorations and more by reading these articles:

Article: Have a Spring Tea Party and Scrap the Event too!
Article: More Tea Party Tips!
Article: How to Make a Printable Menu in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop

Also, for lots more Mother’s Day Ideas see Digital Scrapbooks and More’s blog each day till Mother’s day for more articles and ideas at http://blog.digitalscrapbooksandmore.com/ 

Enjoy your Mother, and give her special gluten free tea party for Mother’s Day this year!

Make sure to take lots of photos and scrap it too! Here are some digital scrapbooking Supplies with a tea party theme!

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Like to see more Tea Party kits? Then check out the supplies below!

Get Tea Party Quick Page Kits! The Tea Party Quick Page Kit 3 (formatted 12×12″ paper size) 3 is a fabulous choice for scrapping tea parties, Mother’s Day lunches, baby showers, bridal showers, or other fun moments and activities quickly! Just insert your best photos of smiling faces, girly moments, brilliant tea and desserts, or special moments at a fun tea party into the pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages, and you’re basically done!The Quick Page paper size is 12×12″ perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking projects and larger scrapbooking pages! This kit comes with 4 bonus WordArt!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! Get out the tea pot and start the ladies-only celebrations with the ultra-adorable Tea Party Digital Scrapbooking Kit 2 (8.5×11″ paper size)! This kit is filled with pretty pastel colored papers laced with Victorian-style flowers. This adorable digital scrapbooking kit is a perfect match for luncheons, Teas, spring projects, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration! And because this paper kit is formatted in US paper size (8.5×11″ paper size), it makes it easier to print out on home printers! Use this kit for many digital scrapbooking projects like journal scrap pages, calendars, recipe albums, photo books, and more!

Want more fun Tea Party and Springtime Scrap Supplies? Then see these kits?

Get Tea Party Kits that are Quick Pages! The Tea Party Quick Page Kit 1 (formatted 8.5×11″ paper size) is the fast-to-scrap kit filled with tea-inspired Quick Pages! Just insert your best photos of smiling faces, girly moments, brilliant tea and desserts, or special moments at a fun tea party into the pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages, and you’re basically done! This kit comes with 4 bonus WordArt in Tea Party themes! This fantastic Quick Page kit is also a perfect match for spring projects, bridal showers, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, and more!

The Tea Party Quick Page Kit 2 (formatted 12×12″ paper size) is a great kit for creating super-fast digital pages, projects, andSave time scrapping use quick Pages albums! Scrap your special girly moments, Mother’s Day projects, tea-time memories, baby shower parties, etc! Just insert your best photos of smiling faces, girly moments, brilliant tea and desserts, or special moments at a fun tea party into the pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages, and you’re basically done!

The Quick Page paper size is 12×12″ perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking projects and larger scrapbooking pages! This kit comes with 4 bonus WordArt and 2 Bonus Tag Embellishments, all in Tea Party themes!

Have fun using the Tea Party Quick Page Kit 2 to preserve special memories of you and your favorite girls enjoying a hot glass of tea and desserts! Tea time is a great way for us ladies to talk and bond, and certainly an event that deserves to be digitally scrapped! Use this precious tea party kit to remember all your favorite girly, tea moments! Use these Quick Pages to create photo albums, journals, travel albums, recipe books, and more!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! The Tea Party Scrapbooking Frame Kit 1 is filled with Victorian-style colored tea cups and tea pots sprinkled with pretty designs… that you can add photos to! Just insert your favorite photos of someone special into the “tea frames” and you have adorable embellishments that can be used on your digital scrapbooking page! This adorable digital frame kit is a perfect match for spring projects, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, show-off grandkids or grandma, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration!

It’s easy to use these tea frames! Just insert your photos, and you’re done!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! The Tea Party Scrapbooking Embellishment Kit 1 is filled with Victorian-style colored embellishments sprinkled with pretty designs. This adorable digital embellishment kit is a perfect match for spring projects, baby showers, bridal showers, Mother’s Day events, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration!

Use the Tea Party Embellishment Kit 1 to preserve special memories of you and your favorite girls enjoying a hot glass of tea and desserts! Tea time is a great way for us ladies to talk and bond, and certainly an event that deserves to be digitally scrapped! Use this precious tea party kit to remember all your favorite girly, tea moments!

Scrapbooking Tea party kits! The Tea Party Digital Scrapbooking Kit 1 is filled with pretty pastel colored papers laced with Victorian-style flowers. This adorable digital scrapbooking kit is a perfect match for spring projects, baby showers, Mother’s Day events, and a great way to scrap an “any-time” tea party celebration!

Use the Tea Party Digital Scrapbooking Kit 1 to preserve special memories of you and your favorite girls enjoying a hot glass of tea and desserts! Tea time is a great way for us ladies to talk and bond, and certainly an event that deserves to be digitally scrapped! Use this precious tea party kit to remember all your favorite girly, tea moments!

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Training to Make Digital Albums

Make Digital Albums It is so easy to make your Digital Scrapbooking Pages into a digital album in Photoshop Elements – if you would like to know how then see this training –How to Make a PDF Scrapbooking Album using Photoshop Elements 8! This training will show you all about the basics of making a digital scrapbooking albums that you can email, print or view on a computer. This tutorial will show you how to make just one PDF scrap page, or take multiple digital scrapbooking pages and combine them into an album that is in the PDF format using Photoshop Elements!

Get Other Invitation Card Templates

Buy other card templates to make  invitations for your tea party! The Invitation, Thank You, and Note Card Templates for Portrait-Designed Cards Kit 2 features small-sized card at (4.25 x 5.5″) folded size. These templates are great for making cards like invitation, Thank You, and note cards in the portrait orientation … perfect for designing your own small cards using your photos and digital scrapbooking supplies!

Whether you want to create your own little personalized cards for invitations for any occasion like:  birthdays/graduation/wedding/or invites to school events, and party invitations. Use the templates to create personalized Note cards and Thank You cards. Or use the template to make a Card just from you, one that uses digital scrapbooking supplies and your own photos!

Making your own cards means you’re in creative control when it comes to the photos included, the design, and the loving notes, card messages, event directions, RSVP requests, or other information needed inside (or outside) the card!

 

Best Gluten Free Gifts for YOU this Valentine’s Day January 31, 2011

Spoil yourself this Valentines Day Yay for Valentine’s Day!

Let’s get real here. Valentine’s Day is all about us ladies. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, it’s time to spoil yourself with a few extra special gluten-free goodies this Valentines day.

Shower yourself with roses, indulge in some tasty chocolate truffles, and sip on champagne decorated with couture sugar. You deserve it.

Here is our list of spectacular, must-have gluten-free goodies just for YOU this Heart Day:

Organic Wine from the Organic Wine Company: You eat organic… so drink organic too! And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to have a glass of vino! “The Organic Wine Company makes wines made of certified organically grown grapes, is committed to environmental responsibility, has top-rated quality wines at great value prices, offers amazing personalized attention and customer care, and also features organic, vegan, biodynamic wines and an international selection!”

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffles from Cocopotamus: This is not the time for Hershey’s. C’mon! You deserve better than that on V-Day. Who says you can’t indulge in decadent chocolate on Valentine’s Day? You can! Cocopotamus has GF truffles in amazingly delicious and unique flavors that satisfy even the darkest of chocolate cravings. Their chocolate truffles are all natural, wheat-free, and gluten-free. They have banned using preservatives, anything artificial, and anything they can’t pronounce in their chocolates either.

Organic Roses from Organic Bouquet. “The red roses are eco-friendly and gorgeous! Freshly picked and arriving right at the start of their prime, with plenty more ‘bloom’ to go!   Best of all, their red roses are of the finest quality and from a floral certified farm, making them a rare and truly special gift for any occasion!” Ps. Don’t feel like you need to wait for someone to send you flowers this holiday. Valentine’s Day is about loving yourself too, and sending yourself a big vase full of luscious, red roses is the perfect calorie-free “me” gift!

Bath Bombs from EverAfter Naturals: Nothing is more relaxing than a nice, hot bath. Pop in a gluten-free bath bomb from EverAfter Naturals and drift away into relaxation bliss. Give the Lovestruck scent a try. “It’s made of Lavender, Ylang ylang, & Geranium. All three oils have reputations for calming anxiety & helping to elevate moods. Ylang & Geranium are also said to be aphrodisiacs!”

Bath and Body Products from 100% Pure: Celebrate Valentines Day with Cocoa Kona Coffee! All 100% Pure Products are packed full of anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants and skin nourishing nutrients. Scented with 100% natural aromas and never polluted with artificial perfumes, chemical preservatives or any other toxins. Smell like your favorite dessert (chocolate) this Heart Day!

Make a Personalized Valentine’s Day Card with Digital Scrapbooks and More: Want to show someone you really care? Then take a few minutes to make them a personalized Valentine! Digital Scrapbooks and More has instantly downloadable tutorials that are incredibly easy and teach you how to digitally scrap beautiful digital scrapbooking pages or cards! They also have adorable Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking kits. Try the Valentine and Love Tea Kit– perfect for Valentine’s Day digital scrapbooking albums, cards, etc! Digital Scrapbooks and More also has photo editing tutorials for only $1.99! That’s less than a cappuccino! Learn how to make a special photo picture-perfect this holiday! Just include the pic in a beautiful photo frame this V-Day and give as a gift to mom, dad, friends, or your hunny!

Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Tea from Mighty Leaf: Quality loose-leaf tea is like fine wine. It’s amazing and a luxurious little indulgence. It doesn’t hurt that you can treat yourself to rich chocolate flavors without all the calories, right? Try the Chocolate Collection from Mighty Leaf, which contains 6 tins of loose leaf tea: Mayan Chocolate Truffle, Masala Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Mint Truffle, Chocolate Orange Truffle, Mocha Pu-erh Truffle and Pear Caramel Truffle. And if your a real tea enthusiast, like myself, adorable heart-shaped tea cups and saucers from Nordstrom don’t hurt either….

Mojo Makeover Book by Dana B. Myers: It’s time to feel sexy, ladies! And this book has the answers. “The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover will help women of any age identify their Mojo Model—Pleasure Virgin, Frustrated Fox, Adventure Seeker, Busy Mommy, or Late Bloomer—and lead them through a first-of-its-kind transformation. Its purpose: to light up your inner spark and increase sexy self-confidence! Filled with inspiring and practical advice, how-to tips, interactive exercises, and real-life anecdotes, this fun, four-week program leaves women feeling happier, sexier, and more fulfilled—whether they are in a relationship or not.” And what’s Valentine’s Day without a little naughty? The Booty Parlor also has sexy, but tasteful, lingerie and bedroom accessories that will make your Valentine’s Day even more fun!

Bake Valentines Day Treats with Heart Measuring Cups: Baking homemade gluten-free goodies for Valentines Day  is awesome. So are these heart-shaped measuring cups. Use them for Valentine’s day treats or any time you want to add a little love to your recipe. And there are heart-shaped measuring spoons to match! And if you really want to glam-it-up in the kitchen, get a sexy apron from Flirty Aprons! Perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner cooking? The Sugar and Spice Flirty Apron. This is the little black dress version of an apron! Ridiculously cute!

Champagne Sugar Charms from Home Sweet Home: Cheers to gorgeous & delicious champagne this Valentine’s Day! Make your champagne flute look oh-so pretty during a romantic V-Day dinner or with your favorite gal-pals. “These Champagne Sugar Charms are made from the finest organic ingredient and cooked to a perfect caramel candy crisp.  Each piece is unique in shape….like a snowflake. The charms can be served plain or customized with monograms and can be created to perch on the edge of the glass or simply placed inside your glass. Fill your glass with sparkling wine or champagne and watch your charm dissolve slowly (usually around 20 minutes or so) as it creates swirls of bubbles.” How exciting!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Back to School: Six Tips to Taking Your Kids School Photos August 27, 2010

Photo by Divine Caroline There’s a Web site called Awkward Family Photos that I think it’s hilarious! As the name clearly mentions, it’s a website that’s all about showing some extremely awkward family photographs, whether the awkwardness stems from families wearing scary matching outfits, posing in cheesy or odd positions, or includes some obvious (and awkward) digital bloopers.

I love this Web site, and I can definitely relate, especially when I think back to some of my old middle and high school photos. In my experience, it seemed as though the entire “Picture Day” process always ended up being an enormous disaster!

I remember, what seems like so long ago, standing in a ridiculously huge line, outside in the summer heat waiting to get inside the auditorium (yeah … pretty much any makeup I had on had melted away, and my hair had gone flat too), only to finally reach the camera, and only get one shot to get a picture-perfect smile for that year’s school photo.

“Tilt your head, hunny. Lift your chin. Smile big, hold it … hold it … one, two … ” Snap!

Frantically, I’d say, “Wait! I think I closed my eyes. Maybe we can try it again?”

But it was always the same response, “No, hunny. You looked fine. …NEXT!!!”

Of course, you had to buy the picture packages in advance, before ever seeing the final photo … I’d beg my mom to get the largest package (who knows, maybe this was my year?), and she’d talk me down to something much smaller. Each photo practically cost several dollars each, and it was incredibly expensive to buy any of these pictures at all!

And, like every year before it, when the photos had been developed and finally arrived, I was always absolutely horrified by the results. Whether I was giving a half smile or the fact that you could see every single blemish on my face, I always hated my school pictures. I wasn’t the only one either. I kid you not, there was always some poor child who happily picked up their photo package only to realize that their one and only shot for the yearbook had caught them with their eyes closed. Now, that was awful. I would always wonder if these unfortunate kids with closed eyed pics also asked for a second shot, just to be told, “No, hunny. You looked great.” Liar.

With today’s high-end digital cameras, I doubt that school photos are ever taken and printed with closed eyes, but these school photo packages are never really ideal for many reasons: They’re usually very expensive, you only get one or two chances for taking your photo (instead of taking the time to take the best shot possible), and the photos are never edited (and show every last pimple, blemish, etc). So, why do we keep investing in these overpriced pics?

I say, don’t! This year, don’t buy the unnecessary school photos, or at the very least, just buy less! Instead, take your own school photos—photos that your child will be proud to hand out to their friends. It’s not very difficult to take good pics, just follow the six school photo tips below and your child may be very pleased with the results—and not traumatized—like I was!

1. All About Hair, Makeup, and Clothes. Visit the Awkward Family Photos Web site I mentioned and you will get a very good idea as to why hair, makeup, and clothing is so very important. Your best bet is to choose items or products that won’t lock your child into an era. Try to go for pretty, classic hairstyles, and always make makeup look natural. If your child is young, they obviously won’t need any makeup, but if you have an older daughter, keep in mind that for photos, you typically have to apply more than you would wear on a regular day (to cover blemishes), but you always want the skin and makeup to appear pretty, simple, and natural-looking.

Same for clothing. Always go simple and classic. Avoid white in photographs, and choose long sleeves and three-quarter sleeve shirts or cardigans which look better in photos that short sleeves or tank tops. For example, a solid colored, clean-looking blouse or a long sleeved collared shirt, with little in the way of stripes or design, is a great option.

2. Be Choosy About Backgrounds. Of course you want these school photos to be as professional looking as possible, so be extra cautious of busy backgrounds! Even if the background is pretty, filled with things like plants and greenery, you want this to look like a school photo, so stay indoors, and find a solid background. You may even want to use a pretty patterned drape or curtain and use it as a backdrop. Hang it on the window or attach it to a wall, and use it to create a traditional looking school photo background.

3. Set Camera Settings for High Resolution. Make sure that your camera is set to the highest resolution picture-taking settings as possible. You want the best, clearest photos to come out of this project, and while you can always lower the resolution and file size within photo editing software, you want to work with the highest resolution possible first.

4. Try a Super Shutter Camera. Investing in a digital camera with a super-fast shutter is absolutely worth the big price. Ever wonder why so many photos end up blurry? It’s typically because we click on the button to take a picture, expect the photo be shot, and our subjects move (even if it’s ever-so-slightly) or we move our camera (thinking the picture is finished). The picture actually then takes (obviously delayed, and taking it’s sweet time), and the result is blurred photos. Save your beautiful portrait shots and create “more-photogenic” school photos by either using a faster-shutter digital camera, or taking your time with a slower-shutter camera. Your child needs to stay completely still for three seconds after clicking the camera button—and same goes for you, the photographer. Three seconds may seem like a lifetime, but you can do it, and it’s more than worth it!

BONUS TIP: When taking your school photos, try using the “Portrait Mode” setting on your camera.

Airbrushing 5. Edit the School Photos. No matter how you much you use the tools on your camera, adjust the lighting, and try to perfectly frame a shot, it’s not uncommon to take digital photos and still feel disappointed by the results … no matter how talented you are! Digital photos often times have flaws. But what’s great is that you can digitally fix them easily with Photo Editing software! Simple edits in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can enhance your photos and restore them to the way you intended them to look!

Oh, and remember how awkward school photos can be? They don’t have to be unfortunate anymore, thanks to the wonders of photo editing! Remove distracting pimples and blemishes from young adult skin—even airbrush skin for an ultra-professional-looking photo! You may even want to remove a few wrinkles and perhaps even try digi-tanning! See Digital Scrapbooks and More’s ridiculously inexpensive Digi Makeovers (most are only $1.99 and don’t worry about software- you can get a free trial of Photoshop Elements from the Adobe website!) for super-easy tutorials on easy ways to edit your pics. Why not give it a try? These are important photos!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

New Baby and Green Scrapbooking Supplies! July 9, 2010

You may have wondered why I haven’t blogged for a while… well, I have some special news that I’d like to share: I just delivered a healthy baby boy …Jonathan!

He weighs 7 pounds, and he is 20 inches long!

 
We couldn’t be happier with his arrival. He is more precious and beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I feel so blessed and am beyond overjoyed to have this little angel in my life.
With my new baby I am taking lots of photos and want to do some scrapbooking!
I like the idea of Digital Scrapbooking as it is the GREEN way to do scrapbooking and also because when I make a digital scrapbooking page I can have it on my computer, send it by email or have it printed out in a leather bound album, turned into a mouse pad, calendar, apron and more!!!!
 

If you are interested in digital scrapbooking you can get supplies and training at Digital Scrapbooks and More! They also have baby-themed training and digital scrapbookng supplies!!!

 

If you are a mom or mom-to-be, or know someone who is, stock up on one-of-a-kind baby training to edit baby photos and make them look beautiful and professional for baby books, or get adorable baby-inspired digi-kits to scrap a special new addition or toddler.

 
In the meantime, there will be LOTS of digital scrapping to come from me now that my little baby boy is here! 
And digital scrapbookng will be even more fun for me now that I can scrap his sweet little face! 
 
We hope you enjoy scrapping the special babies in your life too. There’s nothing more precious in the world than our children. Now I know this is true.
Have a lovely Day!
-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Host a Gluten-Free Tea Party this Mother’s Day May 6, 2010

Host a Gluten Free Tea Part this Mothers Day There’s nothing better than a tea party. I’m obsessed with high-quality teas, and I’m always in the mood for a sweet, gluten-free treat. Hosting a tea party for that special mom is a great way to show her how much you love and care about her without breaking the bank (Mother’s Day just right around the corner!). Plan an “afternoon date” to enjoy gluten-free tea and dessert with mom and just have fun talking & being girls!

Here are some gluten-free tea-time tips for this Mother’s Day:

  • Make a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Invitation: Take Digital Scrapbooks and More’s “Making Cards Training” to learn how you can personalize your very own party invitation! Including photos of you & mom, special notes inside, and details on the time and place for Mother’s Day tea will make your invitation much more than a regular card, but a Mother’s Day keepsake that she’ll treasure!

 

Note: Digital Scrapbooks and More also has training that can help you make place cards (decorate a beautiful table with tea accessories and include two personalized place cards with your names on it) and design your very own gluten-free tea-time menu!

  • Serve high-quality tea: If you haven’t tried Mighty Leaf tea, you have no clue how incredible tea can be! Mighty Leaf only uses the finest of herbs in biodegradable silken tea bags (that are hand-sewn closed). This is tea at it’s finest. Brew a pot of this gourmet tea and pamper a well-deserving mom. Flavors that go well for a special girls-only tea date? The oh-so delicious Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Mint Truffle. Mom will be in heaven! Digital Scrapbooks and More also mentions a special discount on Mighty Leaf tea! Read this blog for more info on saving money and giving this fabulous tea a taste!

 

  • Bake a delicious gluten-free dessert: You don’t have to spend a million bucks to make mom smile. Take your time in making the little details count, and you’ll surely impress mom and make her feel loved. Bake a delicious gluten-free cake that you can splurge on over Mother’s Day tea. Try this Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake for a tasty treat!

 

 

Happy Tea Time & Happy (Early) Mother’s Day!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Fabulous Virtual Make-Overs For Photos! April 17, 2010

Make-over your favorite digital photos! Let’s be honest here: Being a woman is just so darn expensive! Our beauty regimen can get quite costly and my all-natural beauty wants & needs are becoming addictive! But our beauty product routine is not something that we women can just quit cold-turkey. I’ve never seen a pack of gum to lessen my desire for anti-aging foundations, powders, and bronzers, and I’ve never been able to find a “reduce-the-cravings-for-mascara-patch.” All in all, I don’t think that we women should ever have to cut back or give up our special girl-things that make us look and feel good. But I do, however, think we need to be a little more creative and think outside the box with new solutions for inexpensive beauty alternatives.

So, how can we save some serious cash-flow and still feel ultra-glamorous? Two words, my friends: Virtual Makeup. Yes, physical makeup is so overrated! What really counts is looking great in our photos. We may slap on a pair of old jeans and beach sandals to go to grab a bite to eat and run a few errands, but do we post these casual, greasy hair-in-a-ponytail and no makeup photos on our Myspace or Facebook profile? No way! Only our best looking mug-shots end up being the sacred Profile Pic! With all the ex-boyfriends and old competitive girlfriends out there in social networking cyber space, there’s no chance we’ll upload our every-day, sweats, T-shirt, and a few zits pics! But with virtual makeup, we can save money and transform our regular pics into gorgeous, professional-looking head shots! Virtual makeup allows us to make easy, natural-looking edits to our photos, so that we can whiten our teeth, remove pimples, get rid of wrinkles, airbrush photos and look ultra-fabulous for pennies!

Digital Scrapbooks and More (www.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com) makes instantly downloadable photo editing training that specifically focuses on virtual makeup, called the Digi MakeOver Madness Tutorials (www.shop.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com).

Digital Airbrushing! The Digi MakeOver Madness Tutorials has a simple motto; a philosophy that I think we can all appreciate: “Spend $5… look like $500.” It’s true, as each individual tutorial is ridiculously inexpensive at $1.99 or less, and features super-easy training to make your favorite photos look even better. Convert photos to vintage black & white pics, whiten teeth, get rid of blemishes and wrinkles, digi tan, even airbrush photos (celebrity or not)! And although Digital Scrapbooks and More cannot legally make any guarantees, I wouldn’t be surprised if I made several new random Facebook friends after posting my newly edited pic.

So what if you’re worried that you don’t have photo editing software to follow along with the training in order to apply virtual makeup to your own photos? Don’t despair; you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements through the Adobe website (www.Adobe.com). With no hidden tricks or gimmicks, you really, truly can get picture-perfect pretty with nothing but pocket change.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Create Green Memory Books of Adventures and Travels March 30, 2010

Create a Memory Book of Travel Adventures with Digital Scrapbooking

If you are planning a little get-away this spring, there’s nothing worse than forgetting to pack your digital camera.

For me, forgetting my digital camera on vacation (even if it’s just a little weekend trip) is like forgetting my underwear or toothbrush. I just don’t do it.

You shouldn’t either. Carry that camera with you and snap some digital photos whether you’re off to the tropics, or plan a fun day-out around the town.

It’s so much fun to go through the photos when you get back from a fantastic adventure, but don’t let great photos go to waste by forgetting about them on your digital camera or on random folders in your laptop. Special trips deserve much more than just a regular, ol’ photo book. They deserve to be scrapbooked! How else can you include all the memories- from special songs sung, funny incidents, to fantastic or romantic moments that need to be explained and remembered with text too! Create a memory book with digital scrapbooking and preserve the precious memories you make during your glamorous life properly!

You know what digital scrapbooking is, right? Digital scrapbooking is the easy, super-fun, and “GREEN” way to scrapbook! Skip the expensive supplies, stop wasting trees, and scrap your favorite people and moments on your computer. Then you simply print your favorite pics or digi-projects into memory books, photo albums, scrapbooks, and more!

Digital Scrapbooks and More (www.digitalscrapbooksandmore.com) is a fabulous digital scrapbooking company that offers digital scrapbooking training for beginners. Our training reccomendation? Buy the Getting Started Series CD for Photoshop Elements. It’s the perfect way to start learning digital scrapbooking.

You will be shocked at how easy it is to combine your digital photos with pretty digital backgrounds, frames, and embellishments to make adorable memory books of your 2010 travels.

Digital Scrapbooks and More also offers photo editing training too! Learn how to take your favorite photos and make them even better! Learn how easy it is to remove blemishes, airbrush skin, remove red-eye, get rid of shadows and overcasts, and more! Their Digi MakeOver Madness tutorials are ridiculously inexpensive too! At around $1.99, they are the ultimate ‘green’ beauty product for special digital pics!

Give digital scrapbooking and photo editing a try as your new hobby this 2010! Scrap your adventures and go green! …LOVE it!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Spring Get-Aways: Travel with Fabulous Gluten-Free Toiletries March 29, 2010

Gluten-Free Must-Have Toiletries After what seems like a looooooooong and cold winter, I am getting stir-crazy! I need to run away with my husband to somewhere warm, sunny, and by the beach!

If you’re planning a spring vacation, a babymoon (like me), or a little weekend get-away, it’s time to stock up on gluten-free traveling essentials!

And if you’re not planning a spring vacation, no worries! Plan a “staycation” and have fun at home! Indulging in a few gluten-free travel toiletries can still get you excited about warmer weather at home and can also become motivation to do something exciting and cost-efficient around town!

Stock Up on These 8 Glamorous Gluten-Free Toiletries for Your Next Adventure:

1. Gluten-Free Hand Sanitizer: We all know that it’s not easy to wash your hands as often as you touch dirty, germy things when you travel. That’s why hand sanitizer was such a brilliant creation. But it always freaks me out to think of the chemicals used in hand sanitizer, and what might be even worse, if the hand sanitizer includes gluten! The Solution? Try EO Hand Sanitizer–the organic, plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers and is also gluten-free. Organic Lavender Essential Oil is naturally cleansing and soothing. Organic Alcohol (non-GMO) sanitizes on contact. Soothing Jojoba nourishes and moisturizes. It keeps your hands clean as you travel, but even better than that, rest-assure that your hand sanitizer isn’t filled with gluten or scary, toxic chemicals!

2. Gluten-Free Toothpaste (Travel-Size): One of my favorite toothpastes is Tom’s of Maine brand. Free from artificial sweeteners, it uses real, natural flavored oils for taste. It’s incredible toothpaste that fights cavities, controls tarter, and whitens your teeth too! They even have travel-size all-natural toothpastes that make it easy to toss pack in your toiletry bag. My favorite flavor? Try the refreshing orange-mango toothpaste flavor which feels light and clean! It’s an exciting alternative to regular minty toothpaste flavors and can become a fun flavor to use on tropical trips and turn into a personal traveling tradition!

3. Gluten-Free Shampoo & Conditioner (Travel Size): Looking for a good gluten-free shampoo? Try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Shampoos– Trial Size, which includes 4 different shampoos that are designed to be used in rotation so that all aspects of hair and scalp can be nourished and maintained. Pine Shale (Air) and Apple Cider Vinegar (Fire) Shampoos nourish the hair and stimulate growth. Sea Essence (Water) and Earth Essence (Earth) Shampoos detoxify and regenerate hair and scalp. Rotate all four for maximum care — Pine Shale today, Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow, Sea Essence the next day, then Earth Essence, then back to Pine Shale Shampoo to continue the rotation cycle. Then try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Conditioners– Trial Size, which includes a 2-ounce bottles of Diamond Crystal Mist, Volumizer Mist, and Chi Instant Conditioners plus a 1-ounce bottle of Euro Organic Oil and a 1-ounce package of Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy. All shampoos and conditioners are gluten-free, color-safe, and organic! Truly fantastic!

4. Gluten-Free Anti-Fizz Hair Serum: I can’t believe something that’s organic works so well, but Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone anti-frizz hair serum is phenomenal! After your usual shampoo and conditioner routine, apply a dime-sized amount to towel-dried hair and banish traveling frizziness! It also helps detangle dry hair that needs extra moisturizing. This stuff works miracles (I use it every single day) and will be a life-saver if you plan to go out and sit by the beach and don’t want to end up with a unsightly fro. It’s a little pricey, but trust me, it’s worth the investment!

Must-Have Gluten-Free Traveling Toiletries

 

5. Gluten-Free Soap: Using the Kauai Blossom Soap from the Dynamic Fragrance Soap Collection at EverAfter Naturals is an awesome, all-natural, and gluten-free choice to put you in the mood for a tropical get-away. Filled with island floral notes and a hint of ginger, this handcrafted soap will take you away to clear waters and white sand whether or not you’re really going on vacation! It smells great, cleans well, and leaves your skin silky and soft. Make sure you get a bar for your next trip! I’m a huge fan of this soap and this company- read my review of EverAfter Naturals here.

6. Gluten-Free Lip Balm: EverAfter Naturals gets another shout-out here for the super-amazing Moisturizing Lip Balm. It’s all natural, gluten-free, and full-on fabulous. Flavored with only pure plant oils, this lip balm contains no petroleum, artificial flavors or sweeteners. You’ll be amazed at how incredibly smooth this lip balm goes on and how long it lasts! The applicator is also more oval (while most lip balm or chapsticks are more round) which I think is a cool feature and a better fit for real lips! My favorite is the Berry flavor which gives your lips a really pretty, all-natural tint, which makes it perfect multi-tasking product for avoiding slathering on heavy-feeling lipsticks during your traveling, but still getting a beautiful touch of lip color.

7. Gluten-Free Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must-have product for regular, every day, daily life- so obviously- you wouldn’t dare go without it as you run away to your sunny escapes! That said, California Baby No Fragrance  SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion is the hands-down winner. Unfragranced, PABA free, non-chemical, California Baby® sunscreen is perfect for those with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies. California Baby’s active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. This lotion is simple and elegant; it glides on smoothly and will not slip off when it comes into contact with water, so you may rest assured that it will last. Non-staining formula, very water-resistant, and contains no gluten (whoo-hoo!), nut oils, soy, oat, or dairy! Love this stuff and TOTALLY worth the price.

8. Gluten-Free Body Lotion: I like my sunscreens to be scent-less so I can get crazy with the fun-stuff: body lotion. Get in the mood for fun and perhaps a pina colada (or two 🙂 ) with 100% Pure’s Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! This body cream will make you happy whether you leave the house or not! This highly nourishing luxurious cream is concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. It’s a delicious smelling body cream that will immediately hydrate, soften and feed your skin nutrients for healthy, glowing skin. Truly, 100% Pure – never any toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals or anything else artificial Made only with highest quality, natural, organic nutrients for your skin. Vegetarian and gluten-free too! Yay.

Happy & Safe Gluten-Free Traveling!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. Thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for the pics! Check out Digital Scrapbooks and More’s Scrap Shop for photo editing and digital scrapbooking tutorials! It’s easy and GREEN!

Pps. Tomorrow is all-about creating “green” memory books for Spring 2010 Adventures, Vacations, and Travels with digital scrapbooking. Sooo exciting! 🙂

 

Glamorous, Organic, and Ethical Clothing March 8, 2010

Clothing from Fashion-Conscience.com Glamour and Green Gluten-Free found a fabulous website for ultra-cool clothes that are definitely green. And although clothing is not something us gluten-free gals typically worry about, we found a brand that looked so amazing, we seriously considered nibbling on some on some of their stuff (hey, it’s organic, right?!! 🙂 ): Fashion-Conscience.com

Here is their background and why you should invest in a shirt (or two.. or three…):

FASHION-CONSCIENCE.COM Ltd is a UK-based registered company formed in 2007 with the sole intention of sourcing ethical clothing for stylish women with a conscience, a site which is genuinely fashion forward.

The result of some sleepless nights on a break in Southern India worrying about climate change and workers rights, and a desire to find seriously stylish, seriously ethical clothes for herself, the founder of FASHION-CONSCIENCE.COM, a former fashion and celebrity journalist for the UK’s high end women’s glossies, decided to hunt down the hippest and most style-led ethical fashion to create a one-stop designer eco-fashion internet shop so all you eco-fashionistas could easily get your green mitts on it too.

We wanted to set up an online store as ethical fashion should be truly egalitarian. Just because you don’t live in the UK or a major city, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to it.

Initially it took some searching but we have sourced some truly brilliant clothes and unearthed some amazing new design talent from countries such as USA, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Brazil and of course across the UK. We were overwhelmed with the directional fashion status and proven ethical background of much of what we discovered. We’re hugely excited about this season and future collections which will be growing to embrace the number of designers who are now, finally, cottoning on (sorry) to the fact that ethical fashion can be just as high-end and must-have as your favourite labels.

We also feel passionately about tackling the issues of textile landfill in the UK. With 1 million tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill every year, it is hugely important to reduce this waste in our own country, so we launched our collaboration with charity TRAID, TRAIDremade Boutique, to create unique and style-led pieces that utilise the donated textiles that are given to the TRAID stores, and rescued ends of rolls from manufacturers. Keep your eyes on this collection in particular, as we add in new styles every month to reflect the seasons, trends, and gorgeous fabrics as they become available. By recycling in the UK, we are closing a clothing loop, and keeping carbon footprint to a minimum.

We strongly believe that while ethical fashion should never be throwaway, it can be just as brilliantly designed, made and fashion forward as other lines. FASHION-CONSCIENCE.COM is officially the most stylish way to save the planet and ensure rights for workers.

Here are a few of our favorite finds:

1. Neu Aura- Grey Slip On Heeled Vegan Shoe. Grey slip on heels with subtle heart stitching detail over the shoe. Heel is about 2in high. Run true to size.

Really cute but totally wearable grey slip on heels with subtle heart stitching. Will look great with skinny black or grey jeans now and black opaques for later in the year. Great work and weekend shoe.

This item is proudly eco. Neu Aura shoes are all 100% vegan and made in a factory which complies to eco standards in recycling and non-use of toxic chemicals.

2. Serfontaine Dark Blue Paris ‘Bum Life” Skinny Organic Jeans. A jean with rock and roll pretensions with it’s dark indigo wash and stitching but also everyday as not too skinny or low waist. Looks very Parisien chic with ballet style flats and while the sahe works really well with brown accessories.

Great skinny jean with ‘bum-lift’ pockets. Medium-rise (7in), dark blue, almost indigo wash with contrast orange stitching. Double front and back pockets, and zip fly. A 28inch waist is a UK10, US6, EUR38. Fits true to size.

This item is proudly eco. Serfontaine are a high end premiun denim range who try to produce all designs from low eco impact organic cotton.

3. Eco-Boudoir Pink & Cream Satin Tie Knickers. Stunning knickers in pink and cream satin swirl pattern with silky tie detail. Luxurious and tasteful, they’re a must-have for ethical fashionistas and a lovely gift. Matches the camisole.

This item is proudly eco. Eco-Boudoir use organic and sustainable materials in their pieces. This is made from peace silk.

(Again, thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for creating the fabulous photo for this blog)

Go Glam!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free