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Gluten Free Cosmetics and Hair Products

The other day I received some information via a comment on my blog about a couple of gluten free cosmetic and make-up items from my high school honors english teacher. I sometimes do think of her as I write this and worry about her catching all of my hurried grammatical errors, just as she did years ago 😉 She has always been a very sweet lady and she contacted me a while ago about going gluten free for her health. Since then she has shared some knowledge about the products that she has found, which I appreciate.

So… onto the products! 🙂

Red Apple Lipstick is completely gluten free and also offers more than just lipstick.

They even provided an awesome link to more information about why gluten free cosmetics are the way to go since gluten is our enemy. Taken from the website, “One ingredient in particular, gluten, is used as a binding agent in many cosmetics and can be quite harmful.”I do not know if that surprises anyone, but I had never honestly thought of lipstick having gluten in it. I have to admit, I NEVER wear lipstick and only wear mascara on a daily basis so it would not affect me anyway. Yet, many people I know who are gluten intolerant do enjoy wearing cosmetics.

Red Apple also shared some reviews on their products. I just sent my twin a text to tell her that her lipstick might have gluten in it, believe it or not. Come to think of it, these cosmetics could be sweet stocking stuffers and surprises for gluten intolerant friends.

The other company that Mrs. Roach had mentioned was the Wen line hair care.  The pomegranate scent is the only one truly gluten free though.  I have thought about the fact that shampoo often time runs down my face and probably gets into my mouth a little at a time. I am VERY sensitive to gluten (a few crumbs in a dish I saw fixed by someone left me sick for days) and therefore would appreciate knowing if all of my shampoos and conditioners were gluten free also. I use Pantene Pro-V and have no issues, but remember my twin saying the specific kind for color treated hair had gluten in it. I use the kind for curly hair and for extra moisture… so I am good to go!

Any questions, let me know!! Hope this helps, make sure to check everything… sounds silly but if not you could end up sick as a dog! 😦


Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant San Antonio

This past Saturday we went to San Antonio to pick up our couch… you might remember reading about it here.  Aaron knows that my favorite restaurant is Maggiano’s and he also knew there was one in San Antonio. 🙂 Yes sireee he took me to my favorite restaurant with gluten free pasta 🙂 🙂

I ordered the gluten free pasta with meat sauce. The last time I ate at a Maggiano’s (it is a chain) they asked if I preferred corn or rice pasta.  I ordered corn pasta. This time the only option was rice. I have to admit, the corn is a LOT better than the rice. Especially as leftovers. The rice was a lot more dry, which is Aaron’s main complaint about rice pasta versus regular pasta.

Check out those guns while I displayed my meal 😉

Aaron ordered a gluten filled meal, of course. He LOVED the bread and oil with herbs and ordered a salad that had bacon as well as avocado on it and a light dressing. It was actually gluten free, but I am not a huge salad lover so I let him enjoy it without having to share.

 He ordered a pasta stuffed with crab and shrimp with lots of alfredo sauce. It was topped with peppers also. We both had soooo much food that we took the leftovers back with us to Aaron’s parents where we had worked sheep earlier. Unfortunately, Aaron was in a HUGE hurry to get back to Lubbock to unload all of the sheep that he didn’t even give me time to run in and get the leftovers…  😦 😦

Portobello Mushrooms PIZZA: New Gluten Free Recipe

Utilizing some inspiration from Pinterest we made some awesome Portobello mushroom pizzas. We both love the mushrooms in just about anything and have not had pizza in ages. At least this girl has not since the honeymoon. So I was pretty stoked to be able to have something like pizza!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Grocery list:

Portobello Mushrooms (we bought a large container of them at Sam’s which had 5-6 in them)

Red Gold Tomato Paste

Italian Seasonings

Ricotta Cheese

Meat toppings (I used cooked hamburger and the hubby used pepporoni)


We ended up washing the mushrooms with some water and finger grease (I just rubbed off anything that look questionable, with my finger). Then we placed them on a baking sheet to bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.  I looked at some different recipes and some just had you put toppings on and warm up and some had you bake beforehand. We were glad we did bake them beforehand also so that when we went to eat the mushrooms they were soft and easy to eat.

After you bake them for 15-20 minutes remove them from the oven and drain off any liquid. Then spread on tomato paste and sprinkle with desired Italian Seasonings. Add some cheese of choice (ricotta was mine) and the meat toppings.

Sorry for the awful picture, I promise to start using my Canon Rebel instead of just snapping them with my iPhone!

Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until everything is nice and melty warm.


Bucket List for the rest of 2012

The year has already flown by and there is less than half of it left. With this in mind I have decided that I need some of you to hold me accountable to some items that I want/need to accomplish before 2013 arrives.

1. Try a new recipe and share it with all of you at least once a month (realistically I would like to try a new one every week… we will see)

2. Work out at least 4 days a week, every week… real goal is 5-6, but I am being realisitic- sheepercises will have to suffice somedays 😉 This includes:

  • Running/walking from the house to the pasture (approximately 1.75-2 miles)
  •  Sprinting from the gate to the pin
  • Unloading feed (50 lb sacks of feed definitely will help keep my arms toned)
  • Holding sheep in a choke hold between my legs so Aaron can give a shot, take a blood sample, or just to look at it (Hello thunder thighs!)
  • Running around trying to corral the sheep. This equals a lot of agility and being quick 😉 otherwise the sheep will get past me and away from the flock
  • Other moves as necessary to get the chores done 🙂

3. Try out a few different restaurants and give you some feedback on their gluten free menus.

4. Create a cute Christmas card pose/scene for our very FIRST Christmas card! I have a couple ideas, just depends on the weather and such.

5. Complete my Christmas shopping well before Christmas! Goal is before the middle of December. I already have a few people checked off my list 😉 Am I good or what?

6. Get all of our new house made into a home! This is top priority for me. I have waited my whole life to be able to decorate my home and make it a welcoming place for friends and family to come visit… and a nice place for us to come home to after working all day. I know with a full time job, working out, cooking meals, and other responsibilities that my house will NOT be spotless at all times and have accepted this. At the same time I want to get as much organized as possible so things are at least in their place on a regular basis. I still have some of my favorite possessions in Indiana and cannot wait to get them someday.

7. On that same note- motivate my husband to file away his items and to NOT pile things up. This might or might not be achieved in this lifetime 😉

7. Keep in touch with my friends and family- this is something I struggle with. My close friends and family know I do NOT like talking on the phone. While I do call my grandparents on a pretty regular basis and my Mom daily, I feel like there are still some people I would like to reconnect with and make sure they know how much I love them and miss them.

8. Limit my dessert intake. I have been really good about NOT eating dessert. I have been wanting to eat more “clean”. Which means no processed foods, added sugars, etc. I have been making it a goal of mine and have made some minor changes in addition to just not allowing myself to drool over a yummy item long. I have been filling my fridge full of apples, kiwis, squash and tomatoes fresh from the garden, a few bananas (very high in sugar so I have limited my intake), berries, fat-free plain greek yogurt, quinoa, and then also packing nuts and leftovers for lunch so I am not left with a growling tummy.

9. Read some books I WANT to. Now that I am done with school and research I have time to read for myself. I have purchased some books, some I left in Indiana for my Mom to read and others I have and just need to sit down and read. I really want to read Drop Dead Healthy. I have read some book reviews over it and am intrigued. Both copies at our local libraries are checked out… so I will finish reading the book I am currently on, which is the 3rd book in the Mark of the Lion series.

10. Do something spontaneous… enough said. 🙂

What are your plans and goals for the rest of the year??

What I am loving right now…

1. We are about to move… which means that I finally will have a permanent address to make a return address stamp for myself.

I am loving this stamp

Isn’t it just the cutest and most simple return address stamp you have ever seen?!? Okay… it is to me at least 🙂 Aaron picked this one out from the three top options that I had sent him.

2. CHOBANI Conversion!!!! 

 I just love me some healthy eating… the hubby does NOT… and doesn’t need to know my sneaky ways of making sure what I fix him is healthy 😉 I have subbed in Chobani for sour cream in my new favorite enchilada recipe!! (I promise to share later)! The first time I made it he was wowed by how delicious they were. He asked what was in the white sauce on top because it was especially yummy good. I told him he didn’t need to know 😉 Try it… I promise you will still love your healthified dish! I currently have three containers of the large Chobani in our fridge. Last time I looked for it at United, Amigos, AND Sprouts it was nowhere to be found. Alas, I had  to go find it at Wal-Mart where GET THIS: TWO of the cartons I grabbed were TWO WEEKS EXPIRED!!! Thankfully I noticed before I checked out.

3. Circuit work-outs 

You might believe that a typical circuit looks pretty easy… TRY IT! I did one similar to this the other day with 30 seconds of jumping rope in between each move and was DRIPPING sweat within the first five minutes. It got my heart rate pumping and my buns were sore for days! I wore my compression shorts just so I wouldn’t walk like a weirdo! It is the perfect thing to do at home without equipment or a cardio machine to keep you on track. I am planning to do another circuit tonight. I have not worked out all weekend… boo! 😦 There is a lot to be said about the endorphins I get from working out.

4. Once we move I will get my CRAFT on like it’s my job! Check out how cute this wreath is.

 It is just my style and something that will keep me busy in all my free time when I am not working sheep.

5. Scripture and devotionals! I have been working on a devotional book that Holly suggested A Heart that Can Break

I purchased the book, but have not been able to attend the first two get togethers/group discussions because of sheep work and then being sick. I have REALLY enjoyed delving into details that I have never taken the time to read about and also getting a new perspective! I have learned that if I have more of a goal and some assignments that I will read and challenge myself in ways I never thought of. Stepping outside of my comfort zone while reading the Bible has been great. I look forward to continuing to work in this workbook.

6. Thinking about my next trip home! What we (Kristen and I) deem our “triplet” and best friend for practically our whole lives is getting married early September. I cannot wait to go home to help Les celebrate her marriage to Brent! I still cannot believe that we all are old enough to be married and graduated, seems like just last week we were playing cards on the showbox and making up secretive nicknames for the cute boys in the cattle barn 😉 YES, we were that cool!

Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL… inside and out! I cannot wait to see her as the beautiful bride and to try to help her as much as she helped me. AND to indulge in one of our favorite treats again together (ice cream and custard is just a whole lot better with my favorite girlfriends)!!

Leslie and Brent 🙂

7. My new ewe… J-squared now has a pair of ewes. (My tags have J2 on the back of them for Jessica Jennings… Aaron surprised me and actually made my own tag! I love it and my ewes.  The first ewe I got is 1112. Aaron couldn’t think of a good Christmas gift, so he gave me one of his very best ewes. I was able to choose which one, so with Gabe’s help we picked out one that we thought was the best. She is going to be bred this year and I cannot wait to see what her little lambs look like! I will keep you posted, don’t worry.

Yesterday, I added 1216 to J2’s flock pair, since three make it a flock haha. 🙂

Last year in September for a week straight I met Aaron at 6 a.m. to go give shots to his and his Dad’s ewes in the embryo program… even on my birthday. On the way to give shots that specific day my Dad called and wished me Happy Birthday and everything… Aaron forgot it was my birthday until he wrote a check later that day. Nice, I know! I also helped lamb out ewes the first year we were dating and then again this past lambing season. Nothing like waking up going down to the barn in the dark every couple hours to check sheep and then come back in and stay awake fearing you missed something and going right back down. I really enjoyed helping knowing that the embryo program I helped with was producing results that we could physically see in the form of little lambs… ADORABLE


Sorry, I am not making a top 10 list… just wanted to give a quick overview of the things that make me 🙂 

Feeling a little weary…

WOW!!! My sister sent me another devotional today that could not have been more on point!

Come to me, all you who are weary… and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

We hear the words from others more and more, I am worn out, weary, exhausted.  I can certainly relate. 

For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own speical treasure. Deuteronomy 7:6 Reading this encouraged me!

Are you feeling weary from lack of sleep? (YES!!) Weary from decisions? (YES!!!) Weary from trials and tribulations (YES!) Wear from changes (Oh yes!) Weary from home, church, work, just life (NO, NO, Yes, Yes).

From reading the devotional, I remembered that GOD can take that weariness and turn it into joy. After this weekend I am REALLY tired, not just physically, but mentally as well. I tend to try to find strength and help from the ones closest to me (hard to do over the phone since I am very far from my family)… but I have learned that putting all of my fears and weariness in front of the Lord and asking for guidance can help me more than anything. Easier said than done time and time again, but today I am turning over a new leaf and soley relying on God. Life recently just has not been going the way I have wanted it to, but I realize I need to have faith in God’s timing… his plan is according to his timing and not mine.  While I am struggling… I am coming to him as I am weary and he will give me the rest I need to make it through this time. I thank the Lord and trust in him. 

I know that many of you also have had ups and downs recently. I pray that this devotional helps you realize that you do not have to go through anything alone.

He says COME, He will give you just what you need. Rest in Him.

God bless.


To run or not to run the San Antonio Half Marathon?

Even though the half marathon is not until November 11th, it would be time for me to start training if I decided to run it.

I signed up a while back as you can read about here. I ran a half marathon in Dallas and ran 13.1 miles as part of my training.

I ran and trained with Corey and Holly. It was a blast training with some girls who were also first time racers and I have to admit it made it less intimidating to me. Plus double digit runs are soooo long by yourself I cannot imagine having down it by myself.

With this being said, I have to keep in mind that if I am going to do it I need to start running again. I have just been using the elliptical as my source of cardio and not really going all out like I should. Not to mention I remember all of the foam rolling and extra calories I ate as a result of running those long runs.

I am proud to say that I have ran one half marathon, but cannot decide if I should go ahead and start back up or not. I guess I will try to get in a few different runs this week and see how it feels… I will keep you updated. Anyone think I can convince Aaron to run and train with me??

Yeah, I don’t think I could either. 😉