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Only Curls London Delivery Day

A bright pink package showed up on my doorstep today. I knew immediately it was my special delivery from Only Curls. Any package postmarked “Royal Mail” gets me excited! I put together this informative blog post to show you what you can expect when you open your order from Only Curls hair products. (Note: This is not a sponsored post. I follow #curlygirlmethod on Instagram. There were so many reviews of Only Curls from curly haired women that I just HAD to try these products!) Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to photograph the original hot pink wrapped package. We had purchased the products using my husband’s credit card. His name was on the package and he opened it. However, I managed to jump in and save the rest. ha ha! The packaging is clean, feminine and thoughtful. I love how every detail matches the branding of Only Curls.…

A New Start: My Curly Girl Journey

“I am accepting and loving my natural hair.” This has become my daily mantra for the past 8 weeks. As the famous adage goes “We always want what we can’t have.” For me, it was luscious, silky straight hair. I was born with dark, straight locks. It wasn’t until my thirteenth birthday that I asked my mother for a spiral perm. She brought me to the local Empire Beauty School where they worked 6+ hours on my hair. The results were stunning and I was one happy teenager. Twenty-three years later, I still have those curls. Somewhere between that milestone birthday and puberty, I became a natural curly girl. The last two decades, my relationship with my hair has been an ongoing struggle. During high school, little was known about the care of curls and I brushed, curled and blow dried it with frizzy, voluminous results. During college, I chopped…

2 Nights in Savannah: Where to Play and Eat Gluten Free

March is an eventful month for us. It’s our dating and wedding anniversary and we always plan a trip to celebrate. This year we chose a two night road trip to Savannah, Georgia. We have friends from Sandals Grande Antigua who retired in Savannah. They suggested we stay with them while touring the Savannah Historic District. Our friends live in Midtown, only four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. The road trip from the Queen City was uneventful. We stopped halfway in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Famous Toastery for gluten free breakfast. Our arrival time was 11:00 AM, which gave us 1.5 days of sightseeing left. Read on to learn more about what we saw and where we ate in this beautiful, southern city. Day 1 1. Forsyth Park Parking and Transportation: According to TripAdvisor, Forsyth Park is one of the top 10 destinations to visit in Savannah. This was…

Alkaline Diet, Vitamin C and Documentaries

Anyone else have an obsession with documentaries? During the winter months we tend to watch way more television due to the short, cold days. However, rather than making ourselves feel bad about being couch potatoes on nights and weekends, we cue up a few documentaries on Netflix or Amazon Prime Movies. One of our favorite topics is healthy living. This week we watched two videos: Cancer Can Be Killed and Burzynski: Cancer Cure Cover Up. My goal with health documentaries is to walk away having learned something. I usually spend time researching the items and then find applications to my life. The two points I heard several times on each movie were related to an alkaline diet, Vitamin C and the importance of a strong immune system. I don’t believe these are the only answers to the cure for cancer. However, adjusting my diet to strengthen my immune system to…

Sandals Resort LaSource Grenada: Gluten Free Review

Traveling with food allergies is a burden I would not wish on my worst enemy. Every trip involves hours of research and communication with airlines, restaurants, resorts and event coordinators. When the trip arrives, you leave armed with detailed information. However, there is still a nagging feeling of fear that you can’t get rid of. Most people get excited about eating at a new place. For me, having Celiac Disease, each time I start to eat at an unknown location I wait for the tell-tale signs that I have been glutened. My biggest fear is getting sick on vacation in a world far away from the comforts of home. The last time I was exposed to gluten, I was down for three days in severe pain and couldn’t eat anything. This is the last experience I want on vacation. If your travel planning story sounds anything like mine, I’d like…

Collagen Peptides Review: Weekly Health Journal

I have a confession to make…I hopped on the collagen peptide train! It’s not usually my thing to follow trends as they come and go. I am more of a traditionalist. However, my sister-in-law posted about this health conscious trend and I was intrigued. The supplement brand I am trying is Sports Research Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides. I purchased via Amazon because I like to read reviews. This one currently has over 3,000 with a 4.5 star rating! It is paleo friendly, GMO tested, KETO certified, manufactured in a GMP facility, grass-fed and pasture-raised and gluten free. The container states that results may be seen within 30 to 60 days. This is a commitment, people!With such a long way to go, I thought a health journal would be helpful to track my results in real time. FYI, anyone over the age of 25 needs more collagen! Collagen is the most abundant…

My Magic Mud Whitening Tooth Powder Review

Raise your hand if you love coffee and wine! Honestly, I’m sitting here with both hands in the air. I enjoy starting my morning with a fresh cup of Counter Culture’s Organic Apollo coffee and ending my day with a dark red glass of wine. The only drawback to these happy moments of the day…discolored teeth! (psst…this blog contains affiliate links. a small % of the sales help me keep this blog running so I can continue sharing all this natural goodness with you.) My smile is one of my favorite features. Smiling is contagious and I use it often! On a side note, many hours of my life have been spent at the dentist, orthodontist and periodontist. That’s an investment I don’t want to waste. So, here is my secret weapon: My Magic Mud Whitening Tooth Powder. Years ago, when we were preparing for our wedding, we both used…

Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Bread

I can’t believe we are finishing up the first week of February! There are a few signs of spring here in North Carolina. The birds are back, there are small buds on the trees and the neighbors are getting their lawns worked on by landscapers. Even with the approaching change of seasons, I can’t say goodbye to a fall staple: pumpkin. A healthy immune system is imperative for those of us living with Celiac Disease. Pumpkin contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into Vitamin A. This vitamin is responsible for optimal immune function. I have a couple pumpkin recipes that show up in my weekly baking calendar. Try my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins or this awesome Paleo Pumpkin Bread. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and grain free (which means it is paleo friendly).

Recipe: Paleo Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s that time of year. The ads anticipating the Super Bowl LII have started. My football team, the Patriots, are still playing and I’ve got my fingers crossed. With the recent snow storm, I was looking for comfort food recipes. Nick has been asking for sloppy joe’s for a while now and it seemed like the perfect time to cook some. This recipe was super simplistic. The most time consuming part was chopping the vegetables and mixing the sloppy joe sauce. As with most recipes, this takes about an hour to fully make. My favorite part about this recipe was the crispy, salted sweet potato skin. The spicy level of this recipe is pretty low. My stomach doesn’t handle spicy foods well, so this detail was perfect for me. However, you can adjust the spices to your preferences. This recipe is paleo friendly, dairy free, gluten free and whole 30.…

Decorating On A Budget: Breakfast Nook & Living Room

It’s our first southern snow day of 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. All the schools are closed and our neighbors are roaming the streets in their snow suits and sleds. I have been secretly hoping for snow since we stayed south for the holidays. I think we have close to 5 inches! That’s kind of a big deal for us. I enjoy fresh fallen snow because it acts as a diffuser. My home is beautifully lit and the sun isn’t even out. I had my camera gear out so I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of our home decor updates. Our story We purchased this house in the fall of 2016. It is located in a neighborhood of homes designed to look as if they were plucked right out of Charleston, South Carolina. Our goal is to be fiscally responsible with this investment. That means smart, long…