Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Glorious Life Anniversary Contest

Do you like free stuff?
How about GREAT things that are also free?  
Okay, better yet, do you like great GLUTEN FREE products that are free?
Enter to win at www.facebook.com/gloriouslifehandcrafted.
It's a contest too good to pass up!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gluten Free Food That Is TO DIE FOR! - Kulture Foods

Okay, so you all know that I (along with my family) am Gluten Free. It has been a few years now since we unexpectedly had to hop on the Gluten Free train.  It has been a Journey for this Gluten Free Mom.  At first, I had to learn what the heck gluten is. Then I had to train myself on it's language and how to find it in an ingredient list. It truly does have it's own language.  You won't find it listed as 'gluten' in the ingredient lists on your food products.  It's a sneaky little thing!  After finding gluten free foods I then had to figure out which ones taste bad (some of them were just aweful), which ones were bearable, and which ones tasted like I must have read the label wrong because it tasted so go it could not possibly be gluten free.  It was trial and error. Gluten free foods are fairly expensive,  so trying products only to find out they taste like garbage, or cardboard is disappointing on so many levels.  But when I find a product that makes me want to spit it out because it tastes too good to be gluten free, well then, I feel like I'm on cloud nine, over the moon, in heaven.  And THAT is exactly what happened last weekend.  Son said he wanted to go to the farmer's market. We were a bit tight on time but we all wanted to go and so we fit it in between breakfast and skating.

I love buying fresh produce, and being a crafter myself, I love looking at and appreciating the the lovely labours of other crafters.  Very seldom do I ever find gluten free goodies that are made in a gluten free kitchen and can be eaten without risk to my health and wellbeing.  This time was different.  I came upon a booth with a sign that read "Gluten Free should taste good."  and so I bit...I stopped to talk to the vender.  First question: Is everything here (at the booth) gluten free? His answer: Yes.  Second question: Is your kitchen gluten free?  His answer: Yes.  Now I was truly interested.  We chatted for a bit and he offered me a taste of the bread.  One bite and I was sold.  This bread is the BEST gluten free bread I have EVER tasted.  It was moist and spongy, not like the texture usually found in gluten free breads. THIS bread is better than ANY other - even the best store bought gluten free bread. Over the years I have tried baking gluten free bread myself and experimented with many recipes. But never did I ever come close to the heavenly goodness of this bread.  If you are gluten free and have been searching for bread that makes your mouth water, is amazing, wonderful and to die for...well I won't keep you in suspense any longer.

I give Kulture Foods two thumbs-up.  I realize that to some I seem a bit over the top, even kooky, but holy hannah, I can't wait to get more of this bread!  It wasn't just the texture and taste that pleased me though. It was the size of the loaf too. If you have ever bought a loaf of gluten free bread, you'll get it.  The size of the loaf was comparable to wheat bread.  The price was a bit more than store bought bread (at least those in the mid range at the store I normally shop at), but taking into consideration the size of the loaf (and the taste/texture too of course), it was reasonably priced ($7). 

I'm raving about their bread, but that's not all they make that is wonderful. We I went kinda bananas and bought a bit of almost everything they had: muffins (wonderful!), buns (also fantastic!), chicken pot pie (awesome!), and of course their bread. If you have a chance to check out Kulture Foods, their foods are well worth a try! Thank you Kulture Foods!

P.S. This product review was written on my own free will. Kulture Foods did not request it, nor will I receive any monetary compensation for writing this article.  I simply found a product I love and wanted to share it with the world. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Toxic Ingredients - More Common Than You Think

Several years ago I decided to take being Gluten Free a step further and make sure ALL of my skin care products were gluten free as well (to eliminate skin reactions and accidental glutenings). What I didn't know was that my world was going to be turned around by this and send me on a new journey.

I read the ingredient labels of every single skin care product our family was using. This was a lot of reading. Not only did I find gluten hiding in there, I also discovered that I had NO IDEA what most of the ingredients actually were. Google and I spent some time together and Google helped me to discover that I didn't like these ingredients. By the end of my translation session I had decided that I COULD NOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE apply any of our store bought skin care products on our family - gluten or no gluten. I struggled to find eco friendly, health friendly, and gluten free alternatives. Well, this posed a problem because I didn't want our family to be a smelly, dirty mess. I like to think of myself as a clever and resourceful gal, so it seemed only natural that I learned how to make what we needed - soap, balms, air fresheners, shampoo, beard oil, bug sprays, etc. It was a lot of work and time consuming to source out all of the ingredients as well as to create the products, but I enjoyed it and felt SO much better knowing that our exposure to harmful chemicals was that much more reduced.  And then I had a light bulb moment that changed my career path. I wanted to share it with the world.  I wanted not just my family but other families to benefit from using products that weren't exposing them to chemicals that may very well negatively and severely impact their health. (WARNING: This is where I do a little bit of shameless self promotion.) I am now an entrepreneur (or mompreneur as some call it) and owner of Glorious Life, providing families all over Canada with natural, organic, safe, body care products made without all those toxic ingredients. Yes, I would love it if you would try my products, but that's not why I am writing this blog post. I'm writing it to raise awareness of the ingredients that we put on our bodies. Honestly, this has become a bit of a passion of mine. While I would love my business to continue to prosper and grow, I am also passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge so that you can make informed decisions for you and your families.

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Our skin is our largest organ.  Did you catch that? Our skin is our LARGEST organ, and it envelopes all of our other organs, our blood supply, and our body systems.  Why then are we applying such harmful ingredients to our LARGEST ORGAN?   My research turned up that some of the most common toxins found in store brand soaps and body products include those listed below:

Triclosan (carcinogenic antibacterial chemical agent)
Dioxane (carcinogenic chemical particularly harmful to the brain, liver, kidneys)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/SLS (carcinogenic, hormone disruptor, makes skin more permeable to other harmful chemicals)
Diethanolamine/DEA (carcinogenic, linked specifically to kidney and liver cancer, possibly harmful to developing brain of unborn children)
Formaldehyde / Chemicals that release Formaldehyde such as Diazolidinyl Urea (weakens immune system, respitory disorders, chronic fatigue, headaches, irregular heartbeat)
Parabens / ie. Methylparaben & Propylparaben (carcinogenic, nervous system toxicity)
Fragrance (synthetic chemical scents that can lead to chronic dizziness, nausea, rashes, depression, respiratory problems, headaches, etc.)
PEG-6 (carcinogenic)

And these are just a few of the most common toxic chemicals found in the mass produced popular brand soaps and body products. There are so many more in there to be concerned about.  I dare you to take a peak at the label of your soap and then google the ingredients as well as their potential health impacts.  Scary stuff.

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