Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Lash Project is here! Gluten Free Mascara @redapplelipstic #TheLastProject

It's here, it's finally here!  I have been waiting for Red Apple Lipstick's Gluten Free Mascara since before Christmas!  The RAL team has been working hard to get the final mascara formula right, make sure the packaging is right and make sure the mascara stores well in the packaging.  I never knew so much went into making good mascara.  



Why am I so excited about mascara you ask?  Because like most women I wear mascara every day and get tired of it fading, clumping, smearing, flaking and irritating my eyes.  I don't even know how many brands I've gone through to try and find one that works.  Red Apple Lipstick has done tons of research and have come up with a mascara that does none of those things.  



Here is a picture of me wearing The Last Project mascara when I'd had it on for over 8 hours.  The mascara is still going strong and I don't have clumps or dark circles under my eyes.



So here are all the awesome details about The Last Project mascara:

  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Soy Free
  • Corn Free
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • GMO Free
  • Conditions your eye lashes!
The mascara not only makes you look good but it also helps you heal your eye lashes!  What is the price you ask? $42 and worth every penny!  This isn't some cheap grocery store brand mascara ladies, this is quality, stays on you mascara.  

The results speak for themselves! 


This is how I look with only 1 coat of The Lash Project on, imagine what 2 coats looks like!

Because the Red Apple Lipstick team rocks they are giving you guys a 22% discount on a $50 order on ALL their products when you use discount code: IMACELIAC for the next 60 days and they are also letting me do a giveaway!



The giveaway is for The Lash Project mascara and one of my favorite lipstick colors: Audrey.  This is my go to lipstick color that works with almost any outfit.  Enter below for a chance to win:

Go here to learn more about The Lash Project
Use Discount Code IMACELIAC to get 22% off site wide!
Enter to win the new mascara and one of my favorite lipstick colors!

Enjoy and happy shopping!


 
Disclaimer: I was given the product to review.  My genuine love for the company, opinions and photos are my own. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Avocado Blueberry Smoothie @Blendtec

I have been experimenting with a number of smoothies over the past few weeks since we got our new Blendtec Blender.  Guys - I'm in love with this thing!  I can make soup, sauces, ice cream, sorbet and smoothies all with the same machine. 


There are many benefits to smoothies; like they are fast to make and easy to drink while you drop kids off and run to work.  They are also full of protein and fiber to keep you full.  


Here is a fun recipe I created this week that is filled with so many good things you won't believe it!
 
What You Need:
1 cup water
1 banana
1 cucumber
1/2 avocado
1 handful of spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp chi seeds

How To Make It:

Fill your blender in the order listed.  Hit the smoothie setting and watch.  Enjoy the smoothie and start your day!

The Blendtec Blender rocks!  Seriously if I could only have 1 kitchen appliance it would be this Blendtec Blender.  It makes everything from sauces to smoothies to ice cream!

I'm working on some Blendtec videos to show you how cool it is!

Enjoy! 

Disclaimer: I was given the blender to review.  The opinions and recipes are my own.


Gluten Free Eyeshadows from Red Apple Lipstick

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Menu July 21 2014 #celiacdisease @F3Foods

This week is going to be different in our house; first, hubby is out of town on a mission trip, second I'm trying a new meal prep program and third, I will be stuffing my kiddos with Gluten.  In particular the twins will have nothing but solid Gluten all week.  

Why would I do this you ask?  Well, this Friday we are taking them to get more Celiac Disease testing.  We have already done the DNA blood test that shows they are both carriers of the DQ2 gene.  Without going into crazy medical details, research shows that over 90% of Celiacs have this gene.  So our next step is to meet with a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and get some more blood work done to see if they have the antibodies.  To be honest I am a hot mess of emotion about this.  I hope to have answers soon so we can move on and do what needs to be done one way or the other.  Freaking out. 


Now to a happier topic; the new meal prep plan I'm using this week is called F3 Foods.  It is a fresh-cooked, pre-portioned meal system designed to help you lose weight, increase muscle and improve energy levels.  All of their food is also Gluten Free, soy free, has no processed sugars, and peanut free.  They also use a 100% Gluten and peanut free facility.  I can also say all the ingredients!
7 Days of food for me! Already made! It's like a dream!

How it works is you select your plan, 7 day, 28 day or a la cart, select your food, select your delivery date and then eat.  The plans include breakfast, lunch and dinner.  So you literally get to do zero cooking!  I'm super excited to try this plan out and see how it goes.  It is perfect timing since hubby is gone so all I have to do is cook for the kiddos.  If you want to try out F3 Foods you can use this discount code XBLG13 for $50 off a 7 day plan or $100 off a $28 day plan.  I'll write a full review when my 7 days are up. 


For this week's meals I'm going to highlight some of our family favorites! Enjoy!

Monday - One Dish Wonder 


Tuesday - Pepperoni Bake 


Wednesday - Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Thursday - Pancakes and eggs

Friday - Beef Lo Mein

Saturday - Crunchy Cheddar Chicken Nuggets 



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Summer is here and that means cookouts.  That also means that you may need to prepare a safe Gluten Free dish that you know will be safe for you to enjoy.  I have made this dish a number of times for cookouts and it has been a hit.  No one can tell it is Gluten Free and it has a nice flavor.  You can always tweak the spices to your own taste preferences.



What You Need:
12 oz box of GF pasta - Barilla or Ronzani are my favorites 
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped

1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp GF all seasoning spice blend
Salt and pepper to taste

How To Make It:
Cook pasta according to the box directions.  Drain and run under cold water.  In a bowl combine all the vegetables and cover with oil, vinegar and seasoning.  Pour in cooled pasta and combine.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. 

Since there is no dairy in this recipe it can sit on a picnic table for hours and still be fine.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Eyeshadows from Red Apple Lipstick

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Free Webcast July 17th 7:30pm EST #GFAFEvent

Mark your calendars for Thursday July 17th at 7:30 pm EST.  There will be a free webcast featuring 3 powerhouses in the Gluten Free community and me!  The webcast is the first in a 2 part series that will feature the awesome speakers for the GFAF Wellness Event in Raleigh, NC August 9th.  The event will be amazing for the vendors and the rock star speakers!  Talk to you Thursday at 7:30pm EST!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Gluten Free Chex Oatmeal is here! #lovechex @chexcereal

Chex Cereal has been a staple in our house since I went Gluten Free.  The cereal has something for everyone to enjoy.  The kiddos like the cinnamon and vanilla while my favorite is the honey nut.  Chex has just come out with a new Gluten Free Oatmeal product line.   It includes bagged instant oatmeal as well as bagged oatmeal for cooking.



We have had a great time trying out the new products.  My favorite of the instant oatmeal was the apple cinnamon flavor.  The bagged oatmeal was perfect for overnight oats.  I plan on making some oatmeal cookies with them for a family trip we have coming up.

It is important to note that oats do not contain Gluten.  It is how they are proceeded that makes oats dangerous for people living Gluten Free.  That is why it is critical for people who are Gluten Free to only use Gluten Free oats.  There are a number of brands available and I'm so pleased to see a brand I trust like Chex, coming out with an affordable option!

I had a cold last week and my voice was gone.  The Gluten Free Chex Oatmeal apple cinnamon was the perfect breakfast to help soothe my sore throat.



I also appreciate that the ingredients list are simple with no strange ingredients I can't pronounce in them.

You should be able to find these Gluten Free Chex Oatmeal products in your local supermarket this week!



Chex is also being super generous and is giving away a prize pack to one lucky reader!  Enter below to win 2 boxes of each of the instant oatmeals and a bag of the bagged oatmeal.  Good luck!


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It is important to state that there are some people who react to oats and that is a separate issue than Gluten.  For these people they need to avoid all kinds of oats.

Disclaimer: I was given the products to try my General Mills, the photos and opinions are my own. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekly Menu July 14 2014

How was your weekend?  We had a full weekend with a friend's wedding, church and a big family dinner.

We also had an epic delivery this week: a Blendtec blender!!  Remember those YouTube videos called Will It Blend? well those are Blendtec blenders.  

I met some people from the company a few months ago and was blessed enough to get one to share with you guys!  So far I'm totally blown away and can't wait to show you all the awesome stuff it can do.



Hubby is gone this week and next for camp and a mission trip.  That leaves the kiddos and me to fend for ourselves.  Dinners will be super simple and easy.


Monday - Slow Cooker Pork Loin with a honey mustard sauce


Tuesday - Cheesy Tomato Pasta Bake
recipe from 
eMeals 

Wednesday - Kale Lemon Pasta 

Thursday - Pancakes and eggs

Friday - Leftovers 

Saturday - Grilled Pork Chops and grilled veggies



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