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Make Gluten Free Shamrock Cookies for St Patrick’s Day Fun! March 9, 2012

To start having St Patrick’s Day fun and still stick to a gluten-free diet first you will need a Gluten-Free Sugar cookie recipe to make Shamrock Cookies:Shamrock Cookies

If you don’t have one .. here are a couple you might try:

Next, see how to decorate them and get lots of great ideas for scrapbooking the fun at:

Don’t wait to start building up the excitement! Have something special School Snacks leading up to St Patrick’s Day and Digital Scrapbookingwaiting for your child each day they come home from school.

Start the Fun right now!

After School have St Patrick’s Day Snacks every day in March leading up to St Patrick’s Day!  You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate!

See other great St Patrick’s Day ideas:

Article: More Digital Scrapping St Patrick’s Day using FREE PDF Stickers

Article: Start Thinking Green for St Patrick’s Day!

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Scrap Supplies and Kit used:

St Patrick's day digital scrapbooking kit Digitally scrap all of your St. Patrick’s Day traditions and the fun with the kids this year using the St. Patrick’s Day Digital Scrapbooking Kit. This Digital Scrapbooking kit is is filled with bright green papers and dipped in good-luck shamrocks! It also includes unique, golden digital coins with clever Irish sayings, and a pot filled with golden treasures; perfect for attracting any true, gold-hungry Leprechauns this holiday!

St. Patrick’s Day is now not only celebrated by just the Irish, but by anyone who wants to “think green” and find some gold for themselves! Use this fun St. Patrick’s Day Scrap Kit to digitally scrap the children in their green outfits, or perhaps making some St. Patty’s day crafts and leprechaun traps. However you use this kit to scrap, you and the kids will have a blast doing it and love looking back remembering all the fun you had on this very special day!

Buy St Patrick's Day Brushes! The St. Patrick’s Day Brush Set is a wonderful collection of Irish-inspired Custom Brushes! But St. Patrick’s Day is now not only celebrated by just the Irish, but by anyone who wants to wear green, find some gold, and spot a Leprechaun! “Think green” and add some luck to your digital scrapbooking projects using the adorable St. Patrick’s Day Brush Set!

Custom Brushes are just one of the many exciting things to do when Digital Scrapbooking within Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Custom Brushes can be used as a digital version of a rubber stamp, and can be “stamped” on Digital Scrapbook Projects as adorable embellishments!

Scrap Pages with Recipe Cards and Cover:

Quick Page kit for St Patricks day! The Lucky Green Quick Page Album Kit 1 (8.5×11″) is packed with St. Patrick’s Day and Irish luck inspired Quick Pages and also includes a FREE Bonus: St Patrick’ Day and Irish inspired WordArt! This kit is the perfect solution for creating beautiful digital scrapbooking pages for journals, albums and recipe books! Also, these pages are 8.5×11″ size perfect for home printing or turning into a PDF Album and email to family and friends!

This Quick Page kit is perfect, not only for St Patrick’s Day scrapbooking, but also great for creating every-day digital scrapbooking pages for any lucky or Green-themed project! Use this kit to create photo albums, journals, travel albums, recipe books, and more! The Quick Page Kit comes with a Quick Page that can be used as the cover for Journals, Albums, Recipe Books and More!

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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!

 

Have a Gluten Free Cinco De Mayo Party May 3, 2011

Scrap Cinco de Mayo and get ideas and resources for your partyHow are you spending your Cinco De Mayo this year? I am hosting a fiesta at my house this holiday! I’m always excited to eat Mexican food (really now, who doesn’t love Mexican food?!!), but Cinco De Mayo is the perfect excuse to chow down on tacos, burritos, fajitas, nachos… and Margaritas!

This is one holiday that is easy to make Gluten FREE. See my Complete article here – How are you spending your Cinco De Mayo this year? Try these Digital Kits to scrap your Party!

Also, here are some other resources that might be helpful:

Article 1: Cinco de mayo Resources ~ Part 1

Article 2: Cinco de mayo Resources ~ Part 2

After you have made your Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo party – don’t forget to scrap it to save all the memories!

Below are some digital scrapbooking supplies to get you started!

Have a great Party!!!

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Get Cinco de Mayo Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

The Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 1 is a digital scrapbooking kit full of celebrations and set for family gatherings! It’s time to party with the Fiesta The Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 1Party Scrapbooking Kit! Mix and match bold colored papers with festive supplies for the perfect celebration! The digital Papers in this kit are 12×12″ size which are perfect for the large traditional scrapbooking sized pages and projects. Kit includes digital papers, Fiesta themed embellishments and WordArt! Use this kit for scrapping Cinco de Mayo celebrations or festive themed parties!

With this Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 1 you can make wonderful Large Traditional Sized Digital Scrapbooking Pages. Also use the digital supplies to make gifts such as Calendars, Aprons, Puzzles, Greeting Cards and much More! This digital scrap kit is a wonderful way to create digital scrapbooking projects that are party or celebration orientated!

Join the Party with the Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 2! Scrap all the the Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 2celebration with this  digital scrapbooking kit which is full of fun and celebration Fiesta-themed scrap supplies! This kit is perfect for lots of family gatherings, and parties! Mix and match bold colored papers with festive supplies for the perfect celebration! The digital Papers in this kit are 11×8.5″ size which are perfect for the calendar scrapbooking sized pages and projects, and great size for home printing projects as well as sending out to professional printers to make great gifts. It is time to party with the Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 2! Use the piñata, candy and coin embellishments for birthday parties, Cinco de Mayo and other festive parties! This scrap kit is also fun to use when you have friends over for Mexican food or for other family gatherings! Kit includes digital papers, Fiesta themed embellishments and WordArt!

The Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 3 is a digital scrapbooking kit full of party The Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit 3fun for family gatherings! It’s time to party with the Fiesta Party Scrapbooking Kit and scrap it too, with this great kit! Mix and match bold colored papers with festive supplies for the perfect celebration! The digital Papers in this kit are 8.5×11″ size which are perfect for the home print scrapbooking sized pages, or digital albums, journaling, recipe books, and other projects. This scrap kit includes digital papers, a digital recipe card and other Fiesta-themed embellishments and WordArt! Use this kit for scrapping Cinco de Mayo celebrations or festive themed parties, or use to scrap a recipe book, photo album or journal!

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Training to make your Cinco de Mayo Party very Special!

It is nice to have a special and personal invitation. They are very easy to make especially if you have the training and invitation templates!

But training on how to make an invitation for your mom's tea party How to Make Invitations, ‘Thank You’ Cards, and Note Cards in PSE 8 training is the best way to learn how to make your own personalized cards- for any occasion!  Creating customized cards is a great way to make a card with a lot of personality and meaning… not to mention, it can save you a whole lot of money too! Store-bought cards are so expensive! Why not easily make your own and include all the photos, information, and messages that you really want it to have- all at the same time!

It is so fun to see your name printed out sitting by a lovely place card! It is so easy to make your own place cards!

Make Place Cards trainingIf you don’t know how to do that then check out this training – How to Make Place Cards (and More) using Photoshop Elements. This Training is a fabulous way to learn how to make your own place cards for dinner or tea parties, food information cards, gift cards for presents, and so much more!

Bonus: Digital Scrapbooking Supplies, Custom Brushes, and a Photoshop Place Card Template are all included in this training too!

Training to Make Digital Recipe and Photo 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!

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Get Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes and Scrap them too April 22, 2011

Easter scrapbookingMake Easter morning extra fun by cooking some Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes!

My mother made us always eat breakfast before we could see our Easter Baskets loaded with candy.

I think see was smart to have us eat breakfast first, then we didn’t fill up on candy and then be sick the rest of the day.

But just because we want our kids to have breakfast first doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

How about making Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes for Easter breakfast?!

This makes it fun and memorable – yet it can be quick and easy too!

See the step by step directions and recipe here ~Make Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes! And a Digital Scrapbooking Recipe Page!

Easter Pancakes on Plate

What kid wouldn’t want to start Easter morning with a fun Gluten FREE Easter Egg pancake?  Make Easter extra fun this year and when you take the time to make memories don’t forget to scrap the fun too!

After you read this article and get fun ideas on how to make Gluten Free Easter Egg Pancakes get some Digital Scrapbooking kits too and scrap the fun!

Get the Scrapbooking Kit used in this blog:

 Digitally scrap all the fun of Easter with the Easter Egg Hunt Digital Scrapbooking Kit with 12 x 12″ Scrap Pages. The Easter Egg Hunt Scrap Kit is the perfect Kit to scrap you and the kids on this very special day. Scrap this year’s Easter kitsEaster traditions; whether that’s looking for Easter Eggs or enjoying yummy treats from the Easter Bunny himself!

Scrap all of your Easter traditions with the kids this year using the Easter Egg Hunt Scrap Kit. Create an entire Digital Scrapbooking Project showing-off the kids having fun as they search for those special Easter Eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny! This fun-to-scrap kit is filled with perfect pastel Digital Papers that include green grass, pretty flowers, and all sorts of exciting Easter Eggs!

If you want to learn more about Digital Scrapbooking or Photo Editing please check out Digital Scrapbooks and More’s  Scrap Shop for great video tutorials and wonderful digital scrapbooking supplies!

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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