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Live Happily Ever After with EverAfter Naturals March 22, 2010

EverAfter Naturals_Dynamic Fragrance Soaps I discovered a fabulous gluten-free product about a year ago on a visit to San Diego, CA at the Rancho Bernardo Farmer’s Market.

One of the vendors there had a wooden stand filled with all-natural soaps, bath treats, candles, and lip glosses. The gorgeous handmade products caught my attention with their bright colors, but their incredible aroma made me stop.

I bought several handmade, all-natural soaps and have been a full-on addict to this brand ever since. Since I live in NashVegas :), I even begged my mom to buy some for me whenever she’d stop by the farmers market, mail them to me, and I promised to reimburse her for whatever she would send… Now, that’s brand devotion!

So, when I found out that this incredible company now had a website and would ship anywhere in the US, I was beyond-excited!

To me, EverAfter Naturals is a fairytale kind of company: their products are all-natural and made with wonderful REAL ingredients (minus all those scary, toxic chemicals), 99% of their products are gluten-free, and they are gorgeously handcrafted.

When it comes to their dynamic fragrance soaps, they LITERALLY just boost my mood and make me happy. It’s not everyday that something I own just makes me really and truly feel warm and fuzzy inside, and these soaps do it for me! I absolutely LOOOOVE them!

They’re so pretty too. I scatter them all over my house- I use several for decorations in our downstairs and guest room soap dishes and have spares that I actually use in the shower. The thing about these soaps is that they are so pretty, you’ll almost feel bad using them. It’s not just the packaging, although each soap is bound with a pretty string bow that holds the EverAfter’s card (which uses recycled paper), it’s the fact that they have these fabulous, colorful chunks of soaps within the soap. It looks like sprinkles on a birthday cake or colorful gems sticking out of a diamond’s cave. They’re beautiful and creative and just make each soap a little piece of unique art!

They are so pretty as bathroom decor, it’s hard to give in and begin using them, but then once you do, you feel so luxurious as you use them in the shower- you’ll have a hard time keeping them around as decorations! It’s a never-ending battle, I guess! 🙂 So, in my case, I just get buy enough that I have spares to actually use and some just to show off.

They really work well too. I’ve been so disappointed in the past with all-natural soaps that didn’t seem to clean well. I’d use a regular bar of soap and then go to the all-natural, alternative kind, after I already cleaned myself, because those soaps just never felt like they were doing the job. But I’ve trashed all my other soaps brands and just use these in the shower. They clean well, rinse well, and leave my skin soft and smelling delicious! The chunks of decorative soap even work well as all-natural back-massagers! They never prod or poke, but actually feel quite good as a mini-massage! 🙂

EverAfter Naturals_Dynamic Fragrance SoapsThe EverAfter Naturals Dynamic Soaps come in a variety of scents and it seems like they’re always adding new, interesting flavors to the list. Here are a few of my favorite:

-Best Friends: A  wonderful sugary vanilla, topped off with Peppermint and Balsam Essential Oils.

I think it’s so funny that this soap happens to have a name like “Best Friends,’ because it’s actually my favorite. I love the way it smells so much that I could just sit and sniff this bar of soap all day.

-Little Black Dress: A sexy little floral mixed with some woodsy notes.

I like this soap because it really does smell sexy and flirty without being super-sweet smelling. I love giving this soap away as it makes a great gift for my favorite, fabulous ladies on their birthday or for a special girls-night only event!

-Blackberry & Sage: Juicy blackberries mixed with a subtle addition of sage.

Super-sweet and super-delicious. This soap smells so good, you’ll want to eat it. And it’s one of the prettiest to keep out as a decoration in a soap dish or to give as a gift.

-Kauai Blossom: This is a beautiful tropical floral with hints of ginger. Like an island get away in bar of soap.

It’s true. This soap really does take you mentally away to a swinging hammock on the sand with servants feeding you grapes, fanning you, and your pina colada in hand. 🙂 I love this soap as it gets me in the mood for spring and summer after a long (too-long) winter. I am actually going to Florida for a “Baby Moon” in a few weeks and am bringing a bar of this soap to use while on vacation.

If you don’t like super-sweet smelling soaps and prefer woodsy/clean or citrusy scents, try these: Sandlewood or Sacred Heart.

*All of the soaps mentioned above are gluten-free and cost $5.75 per bar. Also, for those that are sensitive to soy as well, EverAfter Naturals will soon be making all dynamic soaps soy-free as well!

Stock up on these soaps and other INCREDIBLE products and other EverAfter Naturals products (they have much more than just soap- from candles, to bath bombs, lip glosses, and more!) by going directly to the website: http://www.everafternaturals.com/ These soaps make great gifts- especially for birthdays and upcoming holidays: Easter, Mothers Day, etc!

-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

 

Welcome to Glamour and Green- A Blog for Fabulous Gluten-Free Gals! February 24, 2010

To All You Gluten-Free Gals: Be Glamorous AND Green! Thanks for visiting Glamour & Green- the ultimate Blog for any fabulous gluten-free gal looking to find all that super-cool and super-good for you & the environment.

Gluten-free is not always associated with “desirable”, but we here at Glamour & Green are here to change that! We don’t see any reason why every day can’t be a glamorous day; one filled with good-for-you goodies, trinkets, and treats!

We think that living a gluten-free lifestyle is a gorgeous way of life, filled with lots of luxury and little pleasures… and we’re here to show you! Join us!

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-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free