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Non-Alcoholic Gluten-Free Indulgences May 25, 2010

Pink Champagne Body Lotion and Scrub I’m all about a glass of champagne, opening a good bottle of wine, or sipping on a fabulously decadent martini… but when you’re pregnant (like me) that just can’t happen. It’s been close to a year since I’ve enjoyed an adult beverage and I look forward to the day I can have a nice meal alongside a good Riesling once again.

But until then, what’s a gluten-free pregnant lady to do? My sister had the solution. As a (soon-to-be) mother’s day gift, she sent me gluten-free 100% Pure Champagne Body Scrub & Body Lotion! It’s amazing stuff! It really does smell like champagne & grapes!! It has a sweet smell to it, the scent lasts a long time, and I love using it! My husband loves it too. Whenever I wear it he freaks out about how good I smell.

And only a few weeks later, my lotion is completely gone. I’ve slathered it all over my growing belly and feel like I can indulge in my favorite adult “beverages” without getting tipsy and causing my baby any harm! Yay. All the fun of alcohol without any of the yucky side effects. No drowsiness, no hang-overs…  🙂

Another reason I feel good about using this lotion and body scrub? It’s gluten-free, which means I won’t be absorbing gluten into my pores and possibly getting myself or the baby sick, but it’s also organic & chemical-free.

I don’t think I can go back to regular lotions now. Not only because this one smells so good, but it worries me about what I’ve been slathering all over my tummy throughout this pregnancy. What kinds of lotion-chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and affect my baby- even if it’s only in very small amounts? Hmmm…. I think it’s better to be safe then sorry and use products like 100% Pure that leave your skin soft and do so without scary artificial/toxic ingredients.

Victoria Secret has a strawberries and champagne lotion too, but it can’t even compare to 100% Pure’s Pink Champagne lotion. 100% Pure’s smells so much better (and sweeter), but also Victoria Secret’s smells so much like chemicals now… Maybe it’s just my “pregnancy nose,” but I can’t use any of their lotions lately without feeling like I’m slathering on cleaning products.

ORGANIC PINK CHAMPAGNE
NOURISHING BODY CREAM

All Natural, 100% Vegetarian, Gluten free

Rich and decadent body cream will deeply moisturize and nourish your skin with fruit oils, vitamins and antioxidants. This 100% Pure body cream is free of synthetic chemicals artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives and anything else that is not truly, 100% Pure.

Ingredients: Organic Rose Hydrosol1, Organic Rosehip Oil1, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Avocado Butter1, Grape Extract, Organic White Tea1, Organic Beeswax2, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Extracts of Red Wine, Organic Thyme2, Organic Oregano2, Organic Goldenseal3, Organic Lavender2, Organic Rosemary2, Organic Cinnamon2, Organic Grapeseed4 and Japanese Honeysuckle, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel

1 certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
2 certified organic by QAI
3 certified organic by Maryland Department of Agriculture
4 certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited

 

Pink Champagne body lotion, scrubs, and bubble bath also make AMAZING girly birthday presents! Try 100% Pure for yourself and give some to your favorite gal pal (or a special pregnant lady that misses happy hour!). 🙂

 

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Oh-la-la! Little Bites of Gluten-Free Bliss: Melange Sucre Macaron Petits April 21, 2010

Melange Sucre Macaron Petits- Gluten-Free Bites of Bliss! When going gluten-free, one of the hardest things to find is great-tasting desserts. So often gluten-free sweets are too dense and don’t have that light, fluffy, or moist texture that gluten-filled goodies have. So when I find a gluten-free dessert that’s FABULOUS, I need to share it with the world.

And that is why, my friends, you NEED to know about this super-glamorous, completely delicious little treat: Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! (Yes, they really are as luxurious as they sound).

These delicate cookies have nothing in common with the dense coconut confections that Americans know as “macaroons.”

 

Mélange Sucre macarons are prepared in the traditional Parisian style, sandwiching two light cookies together with a flavored cream or marmalade. Each macaron is made by hand and skillfully baked to achieve the perfect blend of natural ingredients to produce an authentic French macaron. Mélange Sucre macarons are crafted to be lighter and more petit than the traditional macaron. The chewy and crunchy cookies surprise you with each bite.

 

Now as much as I love my gluten-free bakeries, I have to say, it’s great when you find a dessert that’s gluten-free JUST BECAUSE IT TASTES GREAT WITHOUT GLUTEN. And that’s how it works with Mélange Sucre. They made these incredible little treats using fresh, delicious, all-natural ingredients and without seeing the need for gluten.

So, what are these little bites of pure bliss made from? Mélange Sucre macarons are made with egg whites, sugar, natural almond flour, milk, cream, and butter.

Sweet… literally. 🙂

These cookies are totally high-maintenance (kinda like me- haha!), and that’s just another thing that I love about them. When you receive your package of Mélange Sucre cookies, you know it’s something special… and that this isn’t your average gluten-free treat:

Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits are shipped frozen, so to ensure freshness, and to maintain the quality the Chefs intended for the macarons, these perishable items are shipped via overnight or 2 day express.

 

For optimal flavor, Mélange Sucre macarons are best if consumed within 1-2 days. Store in refrigeration up to 7 days at 41 degrees F; before consuming, remove the macarons from refrigeration and allow them to reach room temperature. (Approximately 30 minutes). See… this gluten-free delicacy is a treat to be treasured; not something you can just pick up at your local grocery store any ol’ boring day. 

 

Raspberry Macaron Petits from Melange Sucre Each box includes 12 macarons with two of each flavor. Flavors include: Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Pecan Caramel, Cinnamon and Coffee. 

I melted over the chocolate and raspberry flavors, but all of them are absolutely delicious!! Light, airy, flaky, creamy, and chewy all the same time. They are almost impossible to describe how fabulous they really are… Just a must-have goodie for any dessert-loving gal that wants to try something extra special.

These gourmet cookies pair nicely with gourmet teas or a delicious, frothy cappuccino. They’d work well with a little tea party or an afternoon get-together with your favorite gal-pals. Another occasion that would suit Macaron Petits perfectly? Mother’s Day. Their beautiful presentation (the box the macarons come in is long, gorgeous and made from environmentally-friendly materials that’s also reusable as storage for other special things!!) and phenomenal taste makes them a fabulous gift to give to that special mom of yours. And with only 130 calories for 2 cookies, they’re a treat she won’t feel bad indulging in!!

You can buy a box of 12 Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits on the Mélange Sucre website for $28.00 (though you should read on for more info about the fabulous discount that they are extending to you, loyal Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers!), and are more than worth it. They are the kind of shi-shi cookies you’ll want to have on hand 24-7 for guests, they’re so classy and impressive. Ooh-la-la!

So, give them a try this spring! Host afternoon tea and serve this delicate little cookies as your tea-time treat. And give them to mom as a Mother’s Day surprise. You really don’t need a special occasion to indulge in these amazing cookies. Simply buy them for yourself and try one of the best gluten-free/non-gluten-free treats you’ll ever eat! MMMMMMmmmm!!!

 

Mélange Sucre has also given YOU, our fabulous Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers, an EXCLUSIVE discount! Enter the coupon code: GGREEN for 15% off your next purchase of Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! 🙂

Bon Appétit!

-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

 

Organic Eating: It’s Not Just a Fad March 19, 2010

Eating Organic_Not Just a Fad I read an article online from Eating Well today about eating organic today (see the Eating Well article here) and it just reminded me about why it’s so important to go the organic-route.

The article says, “…Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, leaving trace residues… Long-term exposure to them has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s.”

 

Yikes. That’s scary stuff. Then, add the risks of eating gluten on top of it- it’s been linked to developing Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Infertility, Autism, Thyroid Disease, Cancer… the list goes on.

We don’t eat gluten, right? Why would we eat pesticides and toxic chemicals that can put our bodies in just as much harm? I often wonder if all these diseases we Americans end up getting, or the incredibly sad situations of women who are not able to have children and desperately want them, could have been prevented by avoiding these poisons that lie in our every day foods!

It’s easy to think that the organic-hype is all bogus. Why would anyone let us eat tomatoes and lettuce and carrots if they were filled with dangerous chemicals right? I think the answer is simple: Because we buy them.

Have you ever noticed that the genetically-made, toxin-filled, non-organic produce rarely have bumps, flaws, or imperfections? The apples have thick coat of shiny wax that we now seem to think is normal. But it’s not normal. Organic produce might not always be the prettiest- they may have a few bumps, they won’t have a shiny wax coat, and they may have a little dirt on them, but they’re REAL! Organic produce is rich in the nutrients we need and jam-packed with true and natural flavors. 

I believe we need to support local farmers, support organic farmers, and choose quality over quantity in the name of our health!

 

I realized how real this situation is a year ago. TRUE STORY: At the time, we would eat organic half the time. When my husband was buying, everything was non-organic and cost-efficient. But one random trip to the grocery store, my husband and I bought some regular (non-organic) tomatoes and left them in our fruit bowl on our kitchen counter for a week. We realized a week later that we still hadn’t ate them and that they probably were bad. But when we inspected them to see if they were edible, they were in perfect condition… except for the little green veins that seemed to be growing inside the tomato!

I was really weirded out. That’s not what a tomato should look like. And where was the mold? We bought these tomatoes when they were ripe and ready to eat. A week later is usually way too long for these sensitive fruits.

Anyway, my husband was so intrigued by the green varicose-vein-looking-things- inside the red tomatoes that he refused to let me throw them away.

Another week later, the green veins inside the tomato begin to poke and grow out of the tomatoe’s skin! It was growing tomato vines right out of itself!!! There were tons of branch-like vines just growing out it’s own body… it looked like a Chia-Pet! 

I called my mom and asked her if she had ever seen a tomato grow new vines right out of itself… Nope! I was so scared of it, that despite my husband’s obsession with this freak-like science project, I demanded that we throw it away. And we did.

Before we got rid of it, I took a photo of this tomato with my camera-phone and sent it to my mom as proof. TO THIS DAY, I kick myself that I didn’t take photos with my regular camera (what the HECK was I thinking?!) because I broke my phone several months later and the pictures couldn’t be salvaged. My mom deleted the tomato photo too (I think it scared her too), so all my evidence is gone. 😦 …What a bummer!

Anyway, I hope you’ll believe me and take this organic-thing seriously. It’s not a fad! Refuse to buy non-organic, genetically modified produce, and support the farmers and companies that want you to live a long, healthy, and vibrant life!

Whew. That’s my rant for the day! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Just Say No to Zits March 17, 2010

Burt Bees Herbal Blemish Stick One of the awesome things about going gluten-free is that my skin significantly cleared up.

As a teen, I actually went on Acutane THREE TIMES because my acne was so severe. For those that don’t know, Acutane is the very last option when NOTHING else has worked, most hardcore prescription medicine out there for acne. You actually are forced to take pregnancy tests every few weeks while your taking it because it can cause massive birth defects and retardation. Acutane is so crazy, it has even been linked to depression and even a few suicides! I never got depressed on Acutane, but it did give me massive headaches and make my bones weak, gave me super-weird dreams, and made my eyes, lips, and skin ridiculously (and painfully) dry while I was taking it. It was brutal.

The funny thing is that even after going through this medicine three times (once is usually more than enough for even the most severe patients), my acne would still flare up really bad at least once a month. My skin was still super-oily, but dry and flaky if I used harsh topical treatments on it. My skin was a nightmare.

But, I kid you not, as soon as I started eating gluten-free, my acne problems went completely out the window. It was unbelievable! All this time, I probably didn’t need to take any medicines at all… I just needed to adjust my diet! And not the typical advice of staying away from chocolate or french fries! I eat both of those things all the time and enjoy a great complexion! 🙂 I wish I would have known to eat gluten-free a lot earlier, but oh well, I am just so happy that I know now!

So even though my skin does well most the time, now I get the occasional, normal zit. It’s no big deal anymore and nothing like the kind of acne I used to have, but I still would prefer to have no zits rather than a few zits. So, what do I do? I like Burt Bee’s Herbal Blemish Stick. It makes me happy that for all the hardcore medicine I’ve had to take for acne, that I have found an all-natural approach to getting rid of pimples (going gluten-free and using acne-fighting products with all-natural ingredients).

It costs $8.50 for a .26 oz stick and you can find it at many grocery stores in the all-natural product section. You can also buy it directly from Burt Bees. The smell is pretty strong, but if you just dab it onto bumps or blemishes at night or in the morning, it’s not too bad. I usually wake up to find the zit is gone by morning after using it without any dryness! It’s great. Give it a try!

Here is more info about it:

Herbal Blemish Stick

Banish blemishes, naturally.

99% Natural

How it Works

This blemish stick contains 10 effective natural herbal ingredients including willowbark, nature’s version of salicylic acid, which clarifies and gently exfoliates skin to clear pores and help prevent breakouts. Combined with tea tree and juniper oils, known for their antiseptic and astringent qualities, and calendula to reduce inflammation and redness, this concentrated formula keeps your skin clear, naturally.

How to Use It

For best results, apply blemish stick directly to the affected areas 2 to 3 times daily. Additional applications may irritate your skin because of the formula’s potent botanical ingredients.

Tea Tree Oil

Featured Ingredient

Tea Tree Oil — The aboriginal people of Australia have long used Tea tree oil as an antiseptic. The oil is best known for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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Ingredients: alcohol denat., calendula officinalis flower oil, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil, carum petroselinum (parsley) seed oil, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, water, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, juniperus communis (juniper) fruit oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil

 

Bad Day? Indulge Yourself with Gluten-Free Spa-Treats March 10, 2010

100% Pure Bubble Bath in Strawberry It’s only 1 pm and I’ve already had a crummy day. It seems like all my friends are moving away- they have some fabulous adventure or opportunity that they’re running away to.

Me? I feel stuck in this awkward middle stage of being ridiculously busy and still managing to be completely boring. I’m sure it’s just a hormonal thing- my life really isn’t bad at all, and at the end of the day, I’m a very happy and blessed person.

It can happen to anyone. Tough day at the office or crazy day with the kids. For one reason or another you have a bad day and need some kind of pick-me-up. Thank goodness for gluten-free indulgences, right?

If life seems to get you down every once in a while, maybe the solution lies in a little gluten-free “you time.” At the end of your bad day, make it a priority to get at least 30 mins of good, old-fashion alone time to just relax and think (or not think!).

Close your bathroom door, light some candles, draw a hot bath, and pour some of this into your tub: 100% Pure Kids Yummy Ice Cream Bubble Bath- available in Mint Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla flavors. (PS. Why do all fabulous & fun products always seem geared towards kids?! We adults should feel like we can have fun too!!).

This fabulous bubble bath is free of all artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives, parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic chemicals, petro chemicals, and all other toxic chemicals. It’s also 100% cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and of course, gluten-free.

Take your time, put some relaxing music on, and pour yourself a glass of wine, (or in my case, some sparkling cider since I’m preggo), and feel luxurious sipping on an indulgent beverage in bath filled with bubbles. Just breathe and unwind. If you feel too restless, take the time to shave your legs without feeling rushed.

100% Pure Body Butter in Dark Chocolate After your bath, try this decadent moisturizer: 100% Pure Body Butter in Dark Chocolate! It’s 100% Natural, 100% Vegan, Gluten free, and uses organic ingredients.

This rich and decadent body butter melts on your skin to immediately soften and deeply moisturize your thirsty skin. Packed with anti-aging antioxidants and vitamins to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant. This truly 100% Pure body butter does not contain any synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives or any other toxins and is only made with skin nourishing nutrients. All three bubble baths would mix well with this dark chocolate moisturizer!

I definitely have crazy days where the only way to solve my problems is eating a delicious chocolate-y treat. But there’s also days where the last thing I should be doing is stuffing my face with comfort-food when I feel so blue. That’s why this body butter is such a  brilliant solution. Don’t use it often and only bust it out (and the bubble bath) on days you need to some hardcore spoiling, and want to avoid furthering your depression through unneccessary calories.   

Now all you need to do is get in some comfy PJ’s and put on a chick-flick (or indulge in a trashy romance novel!), and you’re good-to-go.

See, life is good again! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

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