Kelly’s In The County

Kelly’s In The County

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On August 10 & 11, 2019 one my my favourite bakeries finally opened its doors and invited Prince Edward County to try their delicious treats at their pop-up shoppe.

Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

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Going back to about 2015/2016 was when I first discovered Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and officially became a part of “Kelly’s Tribe.”

Kelly Childs and Erin Weatherbee are the co-owners and also super fantastic mother-daughter duo who run the Kelly’s ship! These women are idols to me, and I love their determination and commitment to their customers. I actually reached out to both before hand to introduce myself, I was really hoping to meet them face to face to really thank them for all they are doing.

Located at 13633 Loyalist Parkway in Picton, ON its just a short drive for me from Kingston, and perfectly situation for all those great beach days in the Summer. I bought something of everything there- including a Nanimo Ice cream in which we are savouring and will keep it in the freezer until the day comes that we eat it.

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So what is so great about Kelly’s In The County? Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Peanut Free, Vegan, and Egg Free (just to name a few). They use natural colouring (Hello Beets!!) and never put any added junk in their products. I saw a post on instagram of someone who brought their daughter who has never been able to eat from a bakery due to her anaphylactic allergies and all I can think is that this is what it’s all about. These women are literally changing lives of so many people! You are absolutely safe to eat here as it is 100% gluten free! Completely Celiac Safe.

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We have to wait until next year for the official opening but I want to thank Kelly and Erin for coming this way and giving us a taste of what is to come. I am very excited and cannot express enough gratitude for them and all they are doing for the Celiac Community.

 

Erin, xo

Couples Resort

Couples Resort

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139 Galeairy Lake Rd,(End of)
Whitney – Algonquin Park, On, K0J 2M0.
Toll Free: 1-866-202-1179
info@couplesresort.ca

**To book- please call the front desk, and mention glutenfreedurhamregion.com to get the best rates available**

THE RESORT —
I was invited by Couples Resort to come for Valentines Day weekend with my sweetheart. This resort is about a 3 hour drive from Whitby. It is a beautiful drive with absolutely no traffic. Lots of trees, and such a stunning landscape to experience. It’s certainly not one of those bothersome drives that becomes painful, as it is just taking in the beauty that our province provides us.
Upon entering the resort, we checked in at the front desk. Mary met us with a friendly smile, and gave us all the information we need to explore the resort (and surrounding areas). There is so much to do while staying here, but the great part is just staying put in your room is just as satisfying. We were able to get a great balance of exploring the outdoors, and enjoying the comfort of our room.

On site is a spa where you can receive a variety of treatments (RMT Massage, Mani/Pedi, Body treatments), there is a solarium with a nice small gym and dry sauna, some shorter walking trails, as well as the Gallery.

We got ourselves checked in, checked out the dining room (I didn’t even have to tell them – they already had “Celiac” noted! Huge boost of confidence there!), and then went to unpack and see our room. 

THE ROOM–

The room is beyond any expectation I had imagined. In your washroom you have a European Shower which has a sauna in it. A large closet to hang your jackets, dresses, and store your luggage. There is a small kitchen with a Keurig to brew coffee in the morning, a sink, as well as a microwave and mini fridge. One really great thing is the drinking water is right from Algonqiun— very clean and refreshing. I made sure to drink tons of water while here, there is something about water right from your backyard that fills my hippie soul with happiness! A wood fireplace awaits, and is situated directly in front of the King Size bed. A TV which includes Shaw Satellite TV service as well as Netlflix. A comfy large couch, and your own balcony which has a personal hot tub for your and your honey to enjoy in private. Oh, and did I mention the gigantic whirlpool bath tub right beside the King Size bed? Oh yes. It is pure luxury and bliss. I have never felt like such a princess and so relaxed than staying at Couples Resort. We stayed in the Reubens room, which boasts 10ft ceilings, and is just about 1000 sq ft. With all that this room has to offer, you may never want to leave it! There is really no negatives to this place! The few suggestions I would have as a Celiac Diner is that for room service, It would be nice to have a little “GF” sticker, or marker, on the lids as our first night we ordered room service but had trouble identifying whose was whose as we ordered a few of the same items. Same with breakfast, a little difficult to decipher, and some of us who require a Gluten Free diet sometimes need that extra bit of confidence. I also found that after using the Sauna I wanted something a little more than water to drink, but there was no vending machine, or access to any juice or anything outside of dining hours.  The rooms are beautiful decorated and the renovations they have done are top notch. The decor is outstanding and really adds to the amazing vibe this room has. All of the furniture is carefully hand crafted, and the wallpaper to match.

THE FOOD–

When it comes to dining, this place has it down pat. Everyone is fully understanding of what “Celiac Disease” is, means, and what it requires. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you will not be looked at funny or asked “is this gluten?” while staying here. You just advise while booking any dietary restrictions and they know about it the entire time you are staying.

For breakfast I had a Gluten Free Waffle, Omelette, and the Couples Retreat breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast, and hash browns). Let me tell you it has been a long time since I have had a waffle and these puppies were fluffy, sweet, and so filling. Perfect meal before venturing out into the cold to enjoy all this resort has to offer. Each morning it was a good variety of protein, carbs, and fresh fruit to enjoy.
For dinner the first night I had the 10oz New York Strip Steak, which came with fresh, crunchy green beans, and Double Smoke Bacon Confit potatoes. The steak was grilled exactly as I asked and it was seasoned wonderfully. All of the flavours and sauces complimented each portion that made up the meal. For starters I had Citrus Prawns, and Pork Belly the first night, and an Artisan Duck Salad, with Honey Tomato soup the next night. Again, everything is so fresh tasting, extremely colourful, and packed with flavour. It has been a long time since I have had Tomato soup so that was a real treat for me! I had a delicious Buccatini Carbonara, with Gluten Free Penne instead of the Spaghetti. It was served with a thick, creamy Black Pepper, Egg & Creamy Parmesan Sauce, as well as packed with Double Smoked Bacon. My taste buds were on overload! Normally I don’t allow myself much dairy, but it was well worth it on this vacation to indulge and enjoy all that this menu has to offer! They have Vegetarian options as well, for those of you that eat Vegetarian. They offer multiple desserts- I had the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, the Creme Brûlée, and the Chocolate Ganache Tower. All so tasty and filling. For someone like me who tends to skip dessert, I was all in at Couples Resort! I indulged and it was worth it.
Over all I was super impressed with this vacation. It is the perfect place to visit for a getaway where you need some quality time. The whole package is here— and you won’t leave feeling disappointed, or hungry.  It is a beautiful drive, in a beautiful part of Ontario. I will absolutely be returning, and would highly suggest this spot to anyone who wants to have some alone time to relax and be romanced! 

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