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**

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.

Well.ca Discount Code

Well.ca Discount Code

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www. well.ca

Use code Glitz10 for $10 off your order! Valid until Dec 26, 2018.

Well.ca sells a variety of Gluten Free pantry staples, Organic hard to find items, beauty products and more. Some of my favourite things to buy are listed below!

Free 2 B Peppermint Dark Chocolate Candy

Castle Kitchen GF/DF Mint Hot Chocolate

Munkfruit Sweetner

Wholesome Sweetner Candy Canes

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Ultra- 100 Billion

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Overnight Lotion

If you’re looking for a specific suggestion, or recommendation please Email me erin@glitzandgf.com and send your request. Happy to Help!

xo, Erin

 

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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Flourless PB Muffins

Flourless PB Muffins

These muffins are simply, tasty, and quick to make! Doesn’t get much easier. I tweaked a few items based on my preference, but again— so darn simple!

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Stay tuned as I start posting some of my favourite baking recipes.

All of this is done in my Kitchenaid Mixer & baked in my Copper Bake Ware. I prefer Copper bakeware as they are less toxic than other ways.

Preheat oven to 400F

In your mixer, combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (preference based! Add as many, or as little as you’d like.)
  • 1/2 cup of Protein Powder – I used Quattro Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 2 Ripe Organic Bananas

Combine together until smooth- place into muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes.

They are great because they’re simple to make, full of protein, and super simple. They are flourless, and a great quick breakfast on the go!

Sound off below with how the recipe worked for you.

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Healthy Meats – Whitby, ON

Healthy Meats – Whitby, ON

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I stopped into Healthy Meats in Downtown Whitby yesterday, and was blessed to meet with Owner Paula!

Healthy Meats has actually been in Whitby for 16 years, although you may refer to it as one of its prior names. Healthy Meats is a local Organic Meat Shop that provides locally sourced, organic, antibiotic and hormone free meat to Durham Region residents.

Paula has a personal relationship with all of her farmers, and she takes the time to understand where the meat is coming from, how its sourced, etc. All the leg work is done for customers so you can trust buying your meat from here.

Healthy Meats carries so many products- Pork, Bison, Salmon, Fish, Lamb, Beef, and Chicken! They also bring in fresh local Organic Produce, local cheeses, eggs, sandwich meats, Turkeys, and a small selection of assorted Grocery Items.

For us Gluten Free peeps, all the meat is Gluten Free. Items like Sausages, or chicken, will be marked with a simple Green Dot to identify it as Gluten Free. They have a really simple, yet effective and trustworthy way to buy your meats.

Paula has so much knowledge beyond just Organic Meat. Immediately when we met, we connected. Not only is she very spiritual, but she also is very in tune with her body, and understanding optimal health goes beyond just eating food. I had an absolute blast visiting the store, it is a great place to get high quality, tasty, and local products. I absolutely love Supporting Local, as well as Canadian Made products so the shop is a beautiful and exciting place for me!

They take custom orders and can coordinate with the farmers to do so. Don’t be thrown off by the fact the meat is frozen. As it is butchered, it is frozen immediately so the taste is truly like no other. The taste is so delicious, and I prefer my meat frozen as I only eat one meal at a time and even when I’m meal prepping I still don’t always use all the meat I have purchased.

I was able to grab some Raw Dog Food for Rex- I have been feeding him Raw for a year and a half and he loves it! I find him to be much healthier now a days and his fur is extremely shiny, and he’s full of energy!

Keep an eye on my social media pages, I’ll be working alongside Healthy Meats to give you guys the scoop on deals, whats in stock, etc. I really look forward to embracing an entirely Organic Meat experience- it is very difficult to find Organic Beef around here so this is quite exciting for this Organic Nerd!

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