REVIEW: Alea Sleep – Serenity Queen Mattress

REVIEW: Alea Sleep – Serenity Queen Mattress

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Everyone knows how seriously I take my sleep. Dealing with Chronic Migraines and auto-immune diseases means sleep is a crucial part of my day to day maintenance for optimal health.

If you’ve been following my instagram you will have seen my various stories, and posts where I’ve been talking about my experience this past month with my Serenity Queen Mattress that I received from Alea Sleep.

fullsizeoutput_6dbI have been needing a new mattress for quite a while now, and when my boyfriend and I decided to move in together it made sense to get a new mattress so we start fresh. After researching a lot I came to the decision to get our new mattress from Alea Sleep. Let me tell you just a few reasons why:

  1. They are Canadian! From the design, creation, and production it is all done in Toronto, ON — supporting local is something I am extremely involved in. If I can support locally I absolutely chose to do so, every single time. Not only that, but it means much quicker shipping. I kid you not, 3 business days and it was at my front door.
  2. Organic (hello!!) mattress. Need I say more? You all know me by now, and I am the Organic Nerd that tries to find every way to keep my life as pure, organic based, and eco-friendly as I possibly can. Seeing as how we spend so many hours sleeping, having an Organic mattress to sleep on is that much better for your body. Not as many chemicals or toxins to fight off while your body is resting. They are actually 100% Certified GOTS Organic!
  3. They actually donate mattresses to local community events, as well as those who are in need. 1 out of every 10 mattresses is donated to a cause that is close to Alea Sleep. Not many small businesses are able to give back so this shows so much community involvement from a smaller company.
  4. 101 sleep night trial to test it out. If you aren’t satisfied after 101 nights, simply return it for your full money back.

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Just a few of the reasons why I am so in love with this company and the mattress. I have to say I have always been an incredibly light sleeper. This mattress is really good because of the memory foam, so I don’t feel my significant other moving out of the bed, which in turn is really allowing me to have some really deep sleeps. This is a huge chance from before when literally the wind blowing would wake me up.

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The setup was very simple and easy as you can see in the video. They are 10.5′ thick, the box is heavy enough that two of us had to lift it, but it was so simple. It took no more than 10 minutes to be fully ready to use. We tried a few nights with no box spring, but for us the box spring offered more support which is what we were needing in the end. Alea does sell a box spring and a matching frame also if you are needing the full set up!

Overall I (but really I mean we!) are beyond happy with this bed. It fits all our needs and is definitely improving our sleep noticeably. I am optimistic it will continue to provide us with the back support we need all the while staying extremely comfortable!

xo, Erin

**This blog post is in collaboration with Alea Sleep– while the item(s) may have been provided to me as compensation, all opinions, photos, videos, etc belong to me**

Pure Life Science – Pure Form Omega Vlog/Review

Pure Life Science – Pure Form Omega Vlog/Review

Hello my beautiful friends!

I have finally got a VLOG put together for you guys regarding one of my favourite omega products by Pure Life Science.

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Pure Form Omega’s are a really amazing way to get all your Omega’s. They use organic ingredients so it is extremely top quality.

Checkout my Vlog- Please subscribe, like & comment on my YouTube channel!

 

 

Thats it for now folks; stay tuned for more!

xo, Erin

 

 

 

Amazon Prime & My favourite products

Amazon Prime & My favourite products

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I am the first to admit I’m a total and complete Amazon Prime addict. I work from home, and rarely drive due to migraines so being able to order something and know it will arrive extremely quickly is a game changer for me!

SIGN UP TO TRY AMAZON PRIME FOR FREE FOR 30 DAYS HERE!

So- What do I order from Amazon? Literally everything. If you create a wish list, I have it set up that I’m alerted anytime there is a price drop. I also frequently check out the Warehouse Deals because the items in there are totally fine, half the price, and they do accept returns on warehouse items so you can’t possibly lose. I have gotten so many household items (decor & furniture) reduced by so much because of the Warehouse Deals. I also take advantage of Subscribe & Save as  a Prime member, and am always checking the timed deals. Once you start to make purchases Amazon will highlight items related to what you’ve searched and often times you will find an item you had looked at on a Timed Deal.

A few of my frequent orders are linked below for you:

Hershey’s Cookies & Cream Drops –> YES THEY ARE GF! That’s why they are my favourite and I snack on these often!

Four Sigma Mushroom Coffee – Great coffee alternative!

Floating Rustic Wall Shelves- Amazing price and I have two sets of these on my walls because they look great!

SPERRY Lobster Shoes (For those that saw my post and were asking where to buy!)

So be sure to sign up for your free 30 day Trial of Amazon Prime & let me know what you purchase!

XO, Erin

Natural Cycles – Non Hormonal Birth Control

Natural Cycles – Non Hormonal Birth Control

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Birth Control. We all need it, am I right? As I inch closer to 30 I have realized hormonal birth control is absolutely not for me. I already struggle with imbalanced hormones, so continuing my journey of keeping my body as organic as it can be is always on the forefront.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that almost 2 years ago I stopped hormonal birth control entirely. I switched to using the Caya Diaphraghm (female condom) and it has helped tremendously. If you’re interested in knowing more about it, checkout my Vlog HERE I have loved using Caya thus far and wouldn’t change its effectiveness at all. They last a few years at a time, and are really easy to use.

 

Further to these two methods I also ensure to use Organically based condoms. Sustain is my favourite brand, and they can be purchased from Amazon. They use all organic ingredients, which has a much lower risk of affecting your lady bits. I’ve always used Organic feminine products to ensure I don’t have any negative side effects from conventional feminine products, and condoms are most certainly included in that.

Click to order Sustain Condoms from Amazon –

 Once again, click here to order your thermometer & plan with Natural Cycles! You get a discount from me! Feel free to email me if you have questions,

XO,

Erin
Erin@glitzandgf.com

Blue Blocking Glasses for Migraines

Blue Blocking Glasses for Migraines

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Blue Blocking Glasses are one more thing that I have recently learned about to help improve the frequency of my migraines. Blue lights can really trigger migraine sufferers, as well as just light in general. I have extreme light sensitivity that is debilitating some days, so when I had read about these and they were new to me, I decided I’d give them a try. I have linked my purchase below through Amazon, and they are around $20 retail.

They are extremely affordable and completely worth it. I work at home, and do all my blogging on my computer so having Blue Blocking glasses are very important and helpful to adjusting the light sensitivity I experience day to day. There’s so many new, different, and unheard of treatments and aids for migraine intensity and frequency. Most I have tried, but when I find something new, and it is actually something I can afford to invest in, I totally do. These have changed a lot for me and I’m very happy with them.

Reach out via email if you have any questions,

Click here to purchase from Amazon directly

xo Erin

Erin@glitzandgf.com

 

Pur Envi Eco Spa – Ottawa, ON

Pur Envi Eco Spa – Ottawa, ON

Pur Envi Eco Spa – Ottawa, ON

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911 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0G8
Phone: (613) 715-9503
https://purenvi.ca

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I was invited to Pur Envi Eco-Spa by owner, Anna. It was a great opportunity to check out a Salon & Spa in Ottawa as I’m there so frequently. This spa is all eco friendly. They don’t use harsh chemicals or even ammonia based hair dye. Upon entering, you don’t get that harsh ammonia smell that most salons have. It was the perfect start to the appointment, because with my chronic migraines, the smell from the hair dyes would more than likely trigger one.

Anna and I realized quickly into the appointment that we have a lot more in common than initially expected. Anna informed me that she also struggles from Rheumatoid Arthritis, like myself. After discussing medications and trial & error situations, we found there was a specific reason why I was in the spa with Anna. I’m a huge believer in the universe and it working behind the scenes when you don’t even realize it. This was another one of those moments where the universe clicked for me and I immediately understood the WHY of this visit. Finding people who go through similar situations that you can bounce ideas off of, ask questions, etc. is really special. For me, being diagnosed so young, I always wind up with questions. The fact that Anna was an open book was helpful and I admire her ability to be strong and forthcoming about her situation. I understand the difficulty of it, so needless to say, I was grateful for her sharing her mind with me

Anna has been in the beauty industry her whole life, but had started out in the hairstyling industry.  However she had to switch to esthetics as she had severe allergies to perms and colors. Once her health took forefront in priorities Anna decided to start working from home in order to eliminate a lot of triggers which are bad for anyone with Auto- Immune diseases

So off to a great start, I sat down in the beautiful and comfy pedicure chairs and got to pick my colour. They use Artistic Nail Design polishes and I selected the colour “Uptown” for my toes as it has been my chosen colour lately. It is a Mauve tone, and really great for the winter I think. I have been wearing a sweater from American Eagle lately and it is the same shade.

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The pedicure ($65-75)  was super relaxing, especially because Anna focuses on having an all natural spa, so all the scrubs and lotions smell amazing like lavender and mint We got to connect and bond over our Auto-Immune disease struggles and get pampered at the same time. She was fantastic at making sure her movements were not detrimental to my usually sore feet, and she made sure to be extremely gentle. The pedicure was finished off with some BCL Lavender lotion (Be, Care, Love) which is an all natural based lotion, organically based and packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins for healthy skin. The Lavender Mint combo is so relaxing and smells really wonderful.

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Next up I had an eye-brow wax  ($30) using Nu-Free which is a soy-based wax that tends to be less than painful than typical waxing, and slows down the regrowth of hair. When used in conjunction with the Finipil (antiseptic cooling lotion) it can reduce ingrown and irritation,  and can help slow the production of hair. The wax was absolutely painless and my brows have looked great since.

While I didn’t have a hair service, I did look into the products they use and the Calura hair dye is all Gluten Free, suitable for vegans, ammonia free, and overall seem to be great hair colouring products. I really appreciate the fact that Anna went to all these measures to create a really health based salon and spa for everyone to enjoy no matter their limits. I am definitely going to get a hair service next time I return. They are keratin based and have absolutely no gluten containing ingredients fo those who have DH and need GF products.

The experience was fantastic, and I have definitely found the salon for me when I am in Ottawa. They take pampering to another level and I was able to feel like a Princess for the afternoon.  Be sure to mention my review if you’re booking, and I’d love to hear your positive experiences!

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xo, Erin

*The salon and spa services were provided to me for the nature of this blog post, but opinions are all my own*

Caya Diaphragm

Caya Diaphragm

Here is my Youtube Review of my personal choice of Natural Birth  Control. This is a Caya Contoured Diaphragm. Absolutely NO hormones involved. You simply insert this beforehand, and take it out the next morning, or at least 8 hours later. You can’t feel it, in fact, a few times I literally forgot about it. But they work, and if you’re someone like me who absolutely avoids messing with my bodies organic hormones then this is definitely a way to go. If you want to ask more about it, or just talk please email me at erin@glitzandgf.com

I have taken the Depo Shot for years, I had a copper IUD for 2 years, I took the pill, and they all caused various issues. Either long periods, or no periods, migraines worsened, or my skin got worse, overall feeling of panic when taking any amounts of hormones. I have been off the Depo Shot for a full year now and my body feels a lot less roller coaster for my hormones.

Boss Beauty Bar- Whitby, ON

Boss Beauty Bar- Whitby, ON

 

121 Brock Street North, Whitby
Telephone: 905-493-7797
info@BossBeautyBar.ca

HOURS
Tuesday to Friday: 1 – 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
Click the link below to schedule your appointment online
https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/BBBMY5

Boss Beauty Bar is a brand new Environmentally Conscious Spa that has opened in the heart of Whitby, ON.

Walking into Boss Beauty Bar is literally a girls dream. White walls, marble, and Rose Gold everything. It’s basically how I envision my dream office space being… only in a spa! What’s better than that? Not much, in my opinion. 

They are in the process of getting their liquor license, which will definitely enhance the experience that much more in the future. Girls night in? I’m feeling it The vibe of this space is just girly, bright, and so welcoming. 
So what does it entail to be an Environmentally Conscious spa? Well, first of all they are SUPER clean. New tools are used for each and every client.  The biggest part that drew me into this spa was they are free of the big 5 beauty chemicals commonly used in other spas.

No Formaldehyde, toluene, BHA, DBP or Camphor.
They use only cruelty free, vegan, and gluten free products! They do have some that aren’t, but the variety of colours they have and options is amazing.  There are so many positives that this spa has, I literally can’t get enough. They have it dressed to the nines, large white leather chairs embellished with gigantic jewels which is sure to make any women feel like a princess! They use the line of products called Delectable, which are vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and they smell like candy. I couldn’t get enough of this line.

They do nails, lashes, and waxing. Everything you need to get fully pampered.

They have the options of booking your appointment online. I highly suggest Amanda D, she was so relatable, friendly, and I think we laughed the entire time. It’s so refreshing to have someone who is interested in chatting and theres no uncomfortable silence, or any sort of language barrier. It really makes the experience better. 
Call today and book your appointment, don’t forget on Saturdays that the Town of Whitby has FREE parking! Perfect to take advantage of this.

 

Bronzed Bodyz Mobile Spray Tan

Bronzed Bodyz Mobile Spray Tan

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Bronzed Bodyz is a Mobile Spray Tanner covering Durham Region & Surrounding Areas.
Laurie uses high quality Norvell Sunless Tanning Products, which are Gluten Free, Organic, Non Toxic, Vegan, and never tested on Animals.

Laurie does Pop-Up Tanning days at Salons & Spas in Durham Region – be sure to follow her on Instagram & Facebook to keep up to date with where she is!

​Click the Social Links at the bottom of this page to check her out!

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Organic Salon & Spa

Organic Salon & Spa

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Organic Salon & Spa in Oshawa invited me in for a complimentary Colour & Style. I really jumped at this opportunity. I don’t dye my hair often, but I”m always conscious off the horrible chemicals that are typically used and the smell usually causes a migraine as well.

Organic Salon & Spa uses Eufora products, and they are either Low Ammonia, or No Ammonia! That’s pretty fantastic if you ask me. There is so much wonderful things about this spa that has me bursting with excitement. They have tons of Gluten Free hair products, Eufora is currently switching all Gluten out of their products which is great. When you go, just ask to read the bottles! They will give them to you as they want you comfortable and to have a relaxing experience.

Upon entering they offered me some coffee as well as A1 Gluten Free Gals tarts. Totally ups the experience! They are actually located to the left of A1 Gluten Free Gals, so next time you grab your goodies go in and check out the Salon! It’s beautiful and really a great salon. One huge amazing thing these people do is give back to the Community. They have a jar on the desk that they accept donations for causes close to their heart. They volunteer in the community, as well as offer hair cuts to at youth risk who are looking to gain employment. They truly believe in community involvement and it shows in their passionate work!

They are a Green Circle Salon- what does this mean? It means they have a small carbon footprint, they “recycle” all aluminum foil, left over hair colour, swept up hair, etc. The amount of waste they manage to turn into something positive is so rare! It makes such a difference for the environment and the fact they want to be as Eco-Friendly is possible can be so hard to accomplish but they are truly committed! Owner Tanya explained to me that she wanted to create an Organic Enviroment because as a hair stylist, you’re spending all your time at your job. So constantly breathing in the harsh chemicals that a usual salon may have, she did not feel was good for her employees or customers. The salon does not smell at all!! I was so happy, as those smells typically trigger a migraine for me. It’s the little things that Tanya thinks of that truly creates a different experience.

Chad was the one who did my hair… I wanted to keep my natural brown hair, just cover up my Grey’s and add some pops of colour to the brunette! I’m really into the colour he gave me and it looks so stunning. The process was a bit longer due to not using harsh chemicals, but in the end its totally worth it. I cannot believe how stunning my hair colour is. I feel way more confident and refreshed!

When my toner was toning (haha) I got a deep conditioning. The Deep Conditioning was from the Eufora Men’s line. The reason why I loved it so much was because it contains Menthol, which is a much stronger version of Peppermint. You guys know how often I get migraines, and so to have this deep menthol cooling my scalp was life changing. I did buy one to take home because I will literally spend any amount of money to get some migraine relief!

This spa is really something wonderful and if you are someone who is cautious about what you put on your body, this is the place to go. They love Organic just as much as I do and they are a really awesome team! Chad went above and beyond for my experience and I will absolutely be returning!!

When you call to book, mention my page & when you book with Chad you can get 15% off your services!

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Phone : 905-240-7685
Mail : info@organicsalonspa.ca
282 King St W, Unit 3,
Oshawa, ON L1J 2J9