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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!

 

Mmmm! Tasty Gluten-Free Granola: Bakery on Main January 25, 2011

Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola As you know, I’ve been working hard to eat better. But just because I want to eat better, doesn’t mean I want to sacrifice on flavor. I’m just not one of those girls that can be perfectly happy snacking on carrot sticks and lettuce leaves all day (…do those kind of girls really exist?!!). A diet of deprivation is not OK with me. But turn those lettuce leaves and carrots into a tasty salad rich with almonds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, raisins, some fresh, organic chicken, and lightly drizzled with olive oil?… Ooohhh! I’m SO “that” girl.

I believe that choosing healthy foods that are satisfying are the key to eating well-success. So far, it seems to be true.

That’s why my latest gluten-free discovery, incredibly-tasty gluten free granola from Bakery on Main is my new must-have item. Bakery on Main is good stuff!! Around 11 am and 2-3 pm every day, my hunger starts to show up and it’s “make or break time.” It’s not quite lunch and it’s not quite dinner. It’s up to me to choose a healthy snack that will help me feel full and satisfied until my next meal. This is also the time that sweets and treats sound so good.

But my yummy gluten-free granola has been helping me keep on track. One of my favorite healthy snacks is making myself a cup of gluten-free organic vanilla yogurt, with 1-2 tbsp of Bakery on Main’s GF granola, and some blueberries. Omg. So awesome. I feel like I am eating ice cream with fruit and a crumbled candy bar on top. And I really mean it! It really takes away my cravings for junk food away and replaces it with a nutrient-rich alternative that is actually satisfying!

So what makes it so satisfying? It’s filled with all-natural, good-for-you ingredients like corn flakes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cranberries, almonds, pecans, and much more, it’s impossible to have a few bites without feeling great. Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean that they have to use weird ingredients or flours to make it. Nope. Just gluten-free oats & corn flakes, delicious, all-natural nuts and fruit. The nuts in this tasty granola fill me up with healthy protein and fat (and don’t be scared of healthy fat, my gluten-free friends! Getting these essential oils from healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts are what keep us full, satisfied, and are great for our skin, nails, and hair).

Two of my Bakery on Main favorites? First, the Nutty Cranberry Maple Granola. OMG, ridiculously good!!! The Maple Cranberry has the perfect combination of slightly salty from nuts with the hint of sweet maple. It’s absolutely delicious! Every bite is filled with crunch and chewy bits of natural goodness. These satisfying snacks just totally hit the spot.

And second, the Chocolate Almond bar is incredible! When almonds are in their natural state, have you ever noticed that they have slight taste of cherry to them? Well, the fresh almonds in this bar have that ever so slight-cherry taste, and it’s amazing! The bar is the perfect little snack to satisfy my sweet-tooth without blowing my diet, and helps curb my appetite for an hour or two. I like the bars because they’re great for tossing my in purse or car and eating them on the go or when I’m out and about and need a snack.

There are a bunch of delicious different flavors of Bakery on Main GF granola and GF granola bars. They are ALL good. Try them all and decide on your favorites by ordering the Bakery on Main Gift Box for an assortment of flavors, and even get a free eco-friendly tote bag with your purchase!

Whatcha waiting for? Begin eating gluten-free foods that are packed with nutrients and taste good too! Get Bakery on Main’s delcious gluten-free granola products and stock up. Trust me, once you try it, this granola will soon be a must-have item in your pantry too! 🙂

This is the Bakery On Main Story:

It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. He thought that no one should have to suffer because of a food allergy or other special dietary need, and made it his mission to create products that were good for them but taste like they aren’t.

Late in 2003, after tasting a granola recipe one of the bakers was working on, Smulders said, “these gluten free people need granola!” He walked through the store and gathered ingredients and baked the first batch that day. It took almost 2 years to find gluten free sources of all the ingredients and find a place where we could make the product without risk of cross-contamination.
Three years and two bakeries later, their gluten free granola is made in a 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state of the art quality controls and in-house gluten testing on every batch. Located just a few miles down the road from the original bakery, the plant maintains the small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches.

Thank you Mr. Smulders!!!!!!!! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cheesecake August 19, 2010

 

Here is a decadent caramel apple cheesecake recipe from Paula Dean that I have modified below to be gluten-free. It is sure to impress if you have guests over or want to bring something yummy to a neighborhood get-together. No one will suspect that a dessert this tasty could ever be gluten-free.

 
Enjoy!

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Reserve 3/4 cup of the apple filling; set aside. Spoon the remaining filling into the crust. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Pour this over the pie filling.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set. Cool to room temperature.

Mix the reserved pie filling and caramel topping in a small saucepan and heat for about 1 minute, or until spreadable. Spoon the apple-caramel mixture over the top of the cheesecake and spread evenly. Decorate the edge of the cake with pecan halves and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

 

3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Pie Crust August 18, 2010

gluten-free_pie_crust_thumb I found a recipe for cheesecake that sounded soooo good the other day. I thought I could modify it to be gluten free… that is until I got stuck when it came to making the cheesecake crust. Store-bought and gramcracker crusts are obviously out of the question.

But as fate would have it, I stumbled upon Sarah Lukemire’s 3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe from Celiac.com …and problem solved! With only three ingredients (now that’s my kind of recipe!!), there’s no way you can go wrong! 

And check back for my modified GF cheesecake recipe tomorrow. Yay!

  • 1 1/4 Cup almond meal (or very finely ground almonds, unblanched)
  • 1/3 Cup butter 
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar  
  • *Use organic ingredients whenever possible to make a yummier, better-for-you version of this recipe

  • Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Melt butter and combine with almond meal and sugar, mix well until all butter is absorbed.

    Spread into an 8″ round pie pan, pushing into corners and on edges.

    Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.

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  • -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Ps. Keep this recipe on hand for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays when pumpkin, cherry, or apple pie is a must-have!

     

    Ridiculously Delicious Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce: Daddy Sam’s August 10, 2010

    Daddy Sam's Gluten Free Sawces Now that my pregnancy is over and my beautiful baby boy is finally here, those long 9 months were an exciting, but challenging journey. The first half of my pregnancy, I didn’t seem to have many food cravings (I was so ridiculously sick, that pretty much nothing ever sounded good), but even though I was nauseous until my very last day of pregnancy, it seemed like I craved something new every day in my third trimester when I could handle food better. Here are some of the things I’ve craved:

    -Pizza with root beer & cream soda

    -Nachos with extra cheese sauce

    -Mint chocolate chip ice cream

    -Anything Banana (bananas with chocolate, mango sorbet with bananas, chunky monkey- banana- ice cream)

    -Fresh Oranges

    -Celery with peanut butter and raisins (this was the weirdest craving for me, as it reminded me of snacks provided in kindergarten? haha)

    -BBQ sauce

    Things I used to LOVE but couldn’t eat while pregnant:

    -Too much Garlic

    -Eggs

    -Indian & Thai curry

    -Orange Juice (actual oranges were fine, but the juice would always make me sick)

    Weird, huh? At least I never craved dirt, or paint chips… Yikes! One of my friends told me that her cousin craved ice cream with sauerkraut on top. That’s so nasty to me- pregnant or not.

    Since most of my cravings were not unusual foods, I had no trouble getting them when I needed them. The only one I seemed to struggle with was the BBQ sauce. Obviously, BBQ sauce is not a rarity, but a gluten-free version? That was a challenge. I went to my local grocery store and must have spent 45 minutes reading every single bottle’s label. Even the more upscale and expensive brands seemed to have wheat or gluten in them! And even if the bottle didn’t mention possible allergens, many of the ingredients looked suspicious.

    That’s why I was so relieved when I discovered Daddy Sam’s All Natural Bar-B-Que Sawce. This “sawce” is AWESOME- not only is it gluten-free (which would have sold me right there), but there’s no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors, no artificial thickeners, no corn starch, no MSG, no dairy, no tree nuts, no peanuts, no high fructose corn syrup, no fat, no cholesterol,  no soy… yeah. It’s pretty much PERFECT. 🙂

    The Daddy Sam’s Story is so cool too:

    Daddy Sam Oglesby wanted to be a cowboy. In 1883, when he was 16, he rode a stagecoach from Virginia to West Texas. He went third class and had to ride on top.

    His hat blew off one night while he was sleeping. He got off the stagecoach in Mertzon, Texas to buy a new one. With his last five dollars he bought a cowboy hat from a 14 year old girl at the General store. Two years later they eloped-against her father’s strong and reasonable objections!

    He mortgaged his horse to pay for the train tickets to San Angelo Texas. At the courthouse, they interrupted a trial and asked the judge to marry them. The judge stopped the trial and the jury served as witnesses. Then they went home to face the music.

    They were married for over 50 years and raised eight children on a ranch with no running water or electricity. Everyone called him Daddy Sam.

    Daddy Sam’s Bar-B-Que Sawce was born on his ranch in West Texas. The Oglesby family had a lot of Family picnics and made a lot of Barbeque. Carefully nurtured through the generations, this great sawce is now available to you. We hope you like it.

    This sawce story makes me all the more attached to this fabulous GF sawce. I feel like it came from the wild west. Like a cowboy made it for me. Haha. 🙂

    And Daddy Sam’s Bar-B-Que Sawce is sooooo good- I’d recommend it to anyone. Gluten-free eaters or not. The Daddy Sam’s Original Bar-B-Que flavor is unbelievably tasty- perfectly sweet & salty with the right amount of tang. It’s $5.50 for a 19 oz jar and the Daddy Sam’s philosophy is: “Good Goods are Never Cheap. Cheap Goods are Never Good.” I couldn’t agree more. This sawce is GOOD and worth every cent.

    And they don’t stop at their original sawce flavor. They also offer a Ginger Jalapeño Bar-B-Que (for those that want a little more heat!) and Salmon Glaze flavor. Both fantastic and both gluten-free!!! If you need a gift for a special someone that loves to grill (or just a hungry pregnant lady with hardcore cravings for BBQ sauce), Daddy Sam’s even offers a gift set with all three flavors for $17.95. You can even include some of the recipe ideas they offer on their website using their sawces… Brilliant!

    Try Daddy Sam’s ( buy at: www.DaddySams.com ) and use one or all of these delicious gluten-free sawce flavors the next time you decide to use the grill!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

     

    Chocolate Gooey Butter Gluten-Free Cookies August 6, 2010

    Chocolate Gooey Butter Gluten Free Cookies I woke up this morning with a huge craving for chocolate. Yes, I always like & am in the mood for chocolate, but this morning was different. I would not be OK unless I stuffed my face with something super rich & chocolate-y. But I also wanted to try something new. Regular ol’ GF chocolate cake or brownies just didn’t seem good enough.

    But then I found Paula Dean’s Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe and translated it below to be gluten-free. It’s awesome & totally hit the spot. Give it a try, my chocoholic friends:

    Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

    Servings: Makes 2 dozen
    Ingredients:

    • 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese , room temperature
    • 1 stick butter , room temperature
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
    • 1 box (18 ounces) moist gluten-free chocolate cake mix
    • Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

    *Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a yummier, better-for-you version of this recipe.

     

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the GF vanilla extract. Beat in the GF cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon-size balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Then keep cookies in the fridge until ready to serve!

    Tip: I served this amazing little treats with Mighty Leaf’s Vanilla Bean hot tea… incredible!!!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Ps. Sorry it’s taken me so long to write. With a big move and a new baby (he’s awesome!), it’s been busy to say the least! But, not to worry, I’m baaaaaaack and have plenty of new & fabulous finds to come…

     

    Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Bananas June 16, 2010

    Is it just me, the 39 week pregnant lady, or is it HOT in here?! 🙂

    It’s warming up and it’s time to cool off! Instead of eating something traditional, like popsicles, in the summer heat- try something else that’s cold, easy to make, and super-satisfying without having to succumb to the high-fat ice cream in the freezer… chocolate covered bananas!

    Chocolate Dipped Bananas

    Ingredients

    • 5 bananas
    • 8 popsicle sticks
    • 3 cups good quality GF chocolate bar
    • 3 tablespoons butter, cut up
    Toppings:
    • Chopped nuts
    • Toasted coconut
    • GF Cookie crumbles
    • Colored sprinkles
    • Mini chocolate candies or mini semi sweet chips, for chocoholics

     

    Directions

    Peel and cut the bananas in half crosswise, so that you have 8 pieces. Place peeled bananas on sticks. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place bananas on the cookie sheet in the freezer, keep them in there as long as possible, at least 10 minutes. Heat chocolate bits with butter in a double boiler over low heat until the chocolate melts and butter is incorporated. Dip the chilled bananas in chocolate and roll with your favorite topping. Chill or freeze until ready to serve.

    *Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a better-for-you tastier version of this recipe

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    PS. CONGRATS to Rebekah Yalcinkaya from Columbus, OH who won the GF Jane Iredale Lip Fixation contest! Thanks to everyone who participated & stay tuned for more fabulous G&G discounts & giveaways! 🙂

     

    Glamour and Green EXCLUSIVE: Jane Iredale Gluten-Free Lip Fixation Giveaway! June 8, 2010

    Jane Iredale_ Lip Fixation I’ve been a huge fan of Jane Iredale cosmetics for a while now. I even used their foundation and lipstick on my wedding day.

    Jane Iredale is the epitome of good-for-you cosmetic luxury. Dipped in beautiful gold-colored packaging and available in gorgeous shades, this line is based on minerals and all-natural ingredients. Most of the Jane Iredale products are gluten-free and they are all pretty much fabulous.

    I discovered Jane Iredale products a few years ago at a high-end salon & spa and have been hooked ever since. I’m a slave to their Liquid Minerals Foundation. It’s become one of my cosmetic-staple items. All I need is my foundation (and some mascara & gloss) and I’m ready for anything.

    I love browsing the Jane Iredale website for all the latest & greatest makeup treats. It seems like they are always adding new and exciting gluten-free makeup goodies to their line.

    So what’s new with Jane now? Two words, my fabulous friends: Lip Fixation. Lip Fixation is the brand-new lip stain & gloss duo that leaves your lips gorgeous for hours! I would know. I tried it.

    “Do double-beauty duty with two products in one. Each Lip Fixation boasts a lip stain and lip gloss in complimentary colors handpicked for the season. Choose between Desire, Fascination and Craving, or better yet, succumb to all three.

      

    Fortified with the natural plumping properties of ginger root extract and the moisturizing power of avocado oil, these ultra-hydrating, long lasting shades can go from the boardroom to the beach boardwalk without losing their intensity.”

    I’m a big-time lipstick girl, and there’s nothing worse than having to constantly re-apply lipstick, so I was super-excited about this all-new lipstick stain. I like to talk and eat a lot (duh! hehe), so I’m always having to bust out my regular glosses and re-apply. And that’s annoying. I hate having to re-apply lipstick at a restaurant in front of friends, waiters, and staff. It’s such a bother to “freshen up” your shade when your out and about and it’s not professional to re-apply in front of your co-workers at work. So, having a lip stain that lasts through long hours in meetings, gluten-free munching, or much-needed socializing? Brilliant, Jane!

    I tried Lip Fixation in the Desire shade ($29) at my baby shower the other day. Desire is a gorgeous natural brown shade with a slight hint of pink. It’s a beautiful color that compliments my skin and makes my lips stand out without being obvious (like a bright red lipstick or coral shade). It went on smooth & matte and even smells slightly like Life Savers in the Butter Rum Flavor (random, I know, but that’s a good thing. Yummm….).

    I let it dry for one minute. Then I simply flipped it over and used the gloss (that had beautiful, very subtle sparkles!) for a pretty, complete lip-look. With all the eating, drinking, and baby/labor/birth-talk that went on for three hours at my baby shower, my lips still looked great! I definitely could have re-applied the gloss, but my lips were still stained! It was awesome and it was so nice to not worry about re-doing my lipstick in front of everyone at the shower, so I could just enjoy it, smile for the cameras, and have fun!

    Lip Fixation is like the Batman & Robin duo- the perfect team of stain and gloss to keep your lips looking colored & fantastic for the office, out with friends, or anytime you want pretty lip-color without the annoyance of it wiping away soon after using. It’s awesome stuff, worth the price, and may even become one of your cosmetic-staple items too!

    Talk, eat, and pout those lips as much as you want, girls… Lip Fixation will let you do it!! 🙂

    ATTENTION GLAMOUR & GREEN GLUTEN-FREE READERS:

    Subscribe to the Glamour & Green Gluten-Free Blog between June 8th, 2010- June 15th, 2010 and automatically be entered to win a FREE set of Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in all three colors (Desire, Fascination, & Craving… all three shades are gluten-free, of course and an $87 VALUE!!!). All Glamour & Green Gluten-Free blog subscribers’ names will go into raffle on June 16th and the winner will be announced that day!

    Subscribe & win FREE (FABULOUS) STUFF!

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

     

    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

     

    Fabulous Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza May 20, 2010

    Gluten Free and Fabulous Frozen Pizza I’ve been disappointed by frozen pizza for a while now. I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, and haven’t felt like I could enjoy pizza at home for a while now. I even tried making pizza from a few different GF pizza mixes, without much more success. From yucky gluten-free crusts, to bad texture, to just overall gross taste, I have had a hard time enjoying pizza since going gluten-free!

    It hasn’t stopped me from trying, though (believe it or not). I went to my local Kroger the other day and saw a grocery store employee stocking a new gluten-free frozen pizza. Despite all my let downs, I still had to try it. Perhaps it’s the part of me that just wants to support anything and everything that makes gluten-free food for us Celiacs that need it and appreciate it… another part of me JUST WANTED TO EAT SOME GOOD PIZZA, DARNIT! 🙂

    I laughed when I read the name of the frozen pizza brand: Gluten Free & Fabulous. It sooo sounds like what I would name my company if I had a gluten-free food line! But with a name like that, I thought, “It better really be fabulous!!!” You can’t name your brand that and have nasty food… I would hope, at least!

    Anyway, Gluten-Free & Fabulous is a little pricey- it’s over $7.00 for a small (4-slice) pizza. And I was surprised how thin the crust was when I pulled it out of the packaging. But, let me tell you, this pizza did not disappoint! It truly is fabulous!!! Here’s why:

    1. It only took 10 minutes to bake. That is awesome. For a hungry pregnant lady that wants pizza when she wants pizza, that was a cool product bonus.

    2. I usually like thick crusts but I was surprisingly just fine with this thin crust. I guess the moral of the story is that if something tastes good, it tastes good- thick crust or not.

    3. It was SOOO yummy and satisfying. I think it was something in the sauce. It’s seasoned really well. That, the gooey, delicious cheese & pepperoni and this pizza totally hit the spot and satisfied my craving. …And it’s been a LONG time since frozen pizza did that.

    You really gotta try this FABULOUS gluten-free pizza if you have been missing this yummy comfort food on weekends or movie-nights at home.  If you can’t find Gluten-Free and Fabulous at your local grocery store in the all-natural frozen foods section, try going to the Gluten-Free & Fabulous ‘Where to Buy’ page… And request it at your grocery store if they don’t stock it!  They’re SO worth it and totally tasty!

    Yay for pizza night again! 🙂

    -Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

    Ps. What frozen pizza brands do you love? Or do you have a local pizzeria near you that makes AMAZING gluten-free pizza? Give them a shout out and leave a comment on this blog article so that others near you can drop in and eat some yummy GF pizza when their cravings hit too!