Weekend in Santa Barbara

Hello Lovelies! Sorry I haven’t been able to post the past couple weeks! Hopefully I will be able to get back on a schedule.

About a month ago, I was able to slip away for a weekend in Santa Barbara. I mainly went to downtown Santa Barbara to check out a gluten free bakery called Lilac Patisserie (review coming soon) and only managed to make it to the beach for thirty minutes, but a little time at the beach is better than no time at all. I absolutely loved it there, it was so much fun exploring a new place. Although I was only there for two days, I managed to snap a few photos for you of  some highlights from the trip. Enjoy!

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The hotel room had a patio that looked out onto this pond.

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Here is another picture of the pond. In the background you can see the pool, which is located in the middle of the hotel with a pond on either side of it.

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The hotel we stayed at had about five or six ducks that waddled around, including these two.

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The gluten free bakery we went to sold an amazing gluten free breakfast sandwich that I tried one day.

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We also tried a chocolate raspberry mouse cake from the bakery.

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The last three photos are photos from our short trip to the beach. This beach is located near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Goleta. I hope you enjoyed these pictures of Santa Barbara!

♥Haley

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Quick Gluten Free Snacks Ideas

Hello lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I love snacking. However, a lot of the time I find myself staring at the refrigerator, hoping to find something quick and simple to eat. Well today I have a fool proof guide to quick gluten free snacks for you all.

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Kind Bars

These bars are so amazing! They are not only gluten free, but also non GMO. I love that when I look at the ingredient list I actually know what they all are. Kind Bars are absolutely perfect for on the go and can easily be stuffed in your back pack or purse for later in the day. If you haven’t tried these bars out yet, I highly recommend you do…you won’t regret it!

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Nuts

Nuts have always been a go to snack of mine, even before I became gluten free. They are such a good source of protein and there are so many different types to choose from. I usually have almonds in my pantry, however recently I’ve been loving mixed nuts. If you don’t like nuts by them selves, you could easily add raisins and chocolate chips to create a DIY trail mix!

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Gluten Free Crackers & Cheese

Who can go wrong with crackers and cheese? I personally like the Breton Gluten Free Crackers topped with goat cheese, however there are so many other cracker and cheese combinations that are just as good. The best part about this snack is that it is fairly inexpensive and can easily be be served if you have people over.

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Veggies & Hummus

I love to dip vegetables in hummus. It’s so healthy and easy!! I personally enjoy the combination of carrots or celery with plain hummus. However, there are so many different types of hummus to fit your individual needs, from plain to spicy hummus. Just like crackers and cheese, this snack can easily be served if you have guests over.

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Cheese Sticks

I’m channeling my inner elementary school kid on this one. I remember when I was younger I used to have a mozzarella stick in my brown bag lunch almost every day. It’s amazing how many different types of cheese sticks there are now a days. There are not only mozzarella sticks, but also different types of cheddar cheese sticks as well. Right now I’m trying out the sharp cheddar cheese ones.

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I hope you find this gluten free snack guide helpful! I’d love to know if you have any quick go to snacks, please comment or share them with me on any of my social media!

♥ Haley

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Life Update

Hello!  I’ve been extremely busy this past week, so instead of a gluten-free post (like I intended to do) I decided to give you a little life update.

You guys guess what?! I moved into my first apartment this week! I’ve quickly learned it’s a very exciting, yet stressful and time consuming process. Luckily I don’t have too many things, otherwise it would have taken a lot longer than it did to unpack. The apartment came unfurnished so we had to provide all the furniture we wanted.  I’m planning to do a apartment tour post later this month so get excited for that.

I’m not working too much this month, however school starts soon so I expect I’m going to be pretty busy the entire month. I am pre-planning posts so that I’ll have new content for you all. I’ve been trying to get on a schedule for publishing blog posts. As of right now, I am planning to have a new post every Friday. Once school starts, I will reassess to see if the weekly post seems doable. Some weeks I may have more than one post if I have extra content to share. However, I do not think I will change to posting twice a week until my life slows down a bit. For now look forward to new post every Friday! If I decided to skip a Friday I will try my best to tell you on all my social media platforms (If you haven’t followed me yet, you totally should! The links to my social media accounts are on the side bar!)

I hope you all are having a wonderful September so far! If you have any posts you’d like to see me write, let me know in the comments below or on any of my social media platforms.

♥Haley

 

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August Favorites! 2016 Edition

I can’t believe it’s already September! Time really does fly! Not going to lie, my August was pretty uneventful. Let’s see what happened this month? I watched the olympics, like the rest of the world. I personally enjoyed watching swimming, gymnastics, water polo, and volleyball. Oh, my computer broke, which was fun so I couldn’t do much on the blog this month. Other than that, I spent the majority of my time working or at my internship. I definitely had to entertain myself a lot this month since I had a lot of free time on my hands.

Now that my monthly recap is done, it’s time to get into my favorites for the month of August! Get excited!

August Favorites

Food/Drink

  • Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Pancake Mix-Oh my gosh you guys! These are literally the best gluten-free pancakes I’ve ever had! You can’t even tell they are gluten free, in fact, I think they taste better than regular pancakes! They are so fluffy and delicious! You should definitely try them out if you have the chance.

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  • Gluten Free Margarita Pizza– I’ve literally eaten this pizza five times this month…okay maybe not quite five times. I can honestly say that at this point I would rather make this pizza than go out and buy pizza. It’s just so GOOD!! If you haven’t tried it yet you totally should.

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  • Tea– This month I’ve gotten really into drinking tea. Since it’s still summer, I usually drink iced tea during the day and chamomile tea in the evening. Here’s an interesting fact: I always drink unsweetened tea.

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Beauty

  • Mayballine Super Stay Better Skin ConcealerThis is literally the best concealer I’ve ever tried! It is heavy duty, so it can easily cover up all my blemishes! Since using this concealer, I’ve gotten into the habit of not even wearing any foundation, the concealer does it all! You should seriously check it out, you won’t regret it!

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  • Tea Tree Oil This stuff is amazing! It is such a multi-use product! Not only can it be used it as a spot treatment and cold sore medicine, but it can also be used as a antibacterial mist that you spray on your pillow at night. This stuff really works!

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Extras

  • Susana Cresce Let’s Do This Planner I got this planner at the beginning of August and absolutely fell in love with it! It has a monthly calendar, as well as daily pages to help you plan your daily life. The only downfall of this planner is that the monthly calendar is a little small, however since I have small handwriting I have managed to live with it. As of right now, I only use this planner for work and my internship, but that should change once my life becomes a bit busier.

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  • Harry Potter Series As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had a lot of free time this month. Instead of sitting around waiting for my computer to be fixed, I decided to reread the Harry Potter series and man is it good! I’m a person who will read books I like over and over again, I can never get enough of them. I feel like now that I’m reading this series again, I’m learning more about the details of the plot that I didn’t know before. If you haven’t read these books, I suggest you read them if you have the time, you won’t regret it!

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What’d you do this past month, anything interesting? Do you have any favorites that I need to try? If you do please share them with me!

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Easy Gluten-Free Margarita Pizza!

Hello lovelies! Today I have a fairly simple recipe for you: Gluten-Free Margarita Pizza! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the combination of motzerella cheese, basil, and tomatoes! It’s just soooo good!!!! What better way to combine these ingredients than on a pizza? I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Without further ado, let’s get into the recipe!

Easy Gluten-Free Margarita Pizza!

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  1. Preheat the oven to the specifications for your pizza crust.
  2. Spread the olive oil over the pizza crust.
  3. Spread the motzerella cheese over the olive oil.
  4. Optional: Cut the basil leaves into thin pieces.
  5. Place the basil on the pizza.
  6. Cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces and place it on the pizza.
  7. Baking time depends on the type of pizza crust you've chosen, however I recommend you bake it for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  8. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Delicious, right? Hopefully you’ll find this pizza as satisfying as I do! Please share your recreations with me on twitter or instagram, I’d love to seem them!

♥Haley

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What’s in My Backpack? 2k16 Edition

Hi all! With summer break coming to a close and school quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to share my backpack essentials with you! There are many great backpacks for you to use, however I personally use the North Face Women’s Jester Backpack. I absolutely love this backpack, it is so comfortable even when carrying a lot of books and has designated sleeve for my laptop! The only drawback to it is that there is not a lot of space to hold multiple textbooks and notebooks, however this may not be a problem if you have time between your classes to go home and switch out your materials.

What's in My Backpack?

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  • One of the most important things I keep in my backpack is my laptop. I currently have a MacBook Pro which is about two years old. One thing I love about this laptop is how easy it is to take to school, especially with the laptop sleeve in my backpack! A lot of the time my professors will talk to fast for me to physically write down what they are saying in my notebook, so instead I have found it convenient to use my laptop to take notes instead.

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  • Another essential that is in my backpack is my planner! This is so important because it helps me plan out my life and allows me to write down important assignment due dates so that I do not forget.  I definitely recommend everyone have a planner in their backpack! I currently use the Susana Cresce Planner!

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  • Although I take notes on my laptop, I still have notebooks for my classes that I take with me. I have found it hard to study off a laptop, so if I have time between classes I will sit down somewhere on campus and copy the notes from my laptop into my notebook.

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  • Next I have my pencil case, because you can never have enough writing utensils! 😛
  • I also have post it notes in my backpack because it can be easier to quickly jot down something important on a post it rather than taking the time to take out my planner.

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  • An absolute essential in my backpack is my school emergency kit.  In here I keep my daily necessities, such as Q-tips, hair ties, migraine medicine, Kleenex, a Tide To Go stick, oil absorbing sheets, deodorant, and feminine supplies. (Let me know if you want a post on how to create your own School Emergency Kit!)
  • Lastly I have my wallet and keys.

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There you go, that’s what I usually have in my backpack on a typical school day. What do you have in your backpack? Let me know in the comments or on twitter!

♥Haley

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Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies!!

 

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Hello lovelies! I was at a local coffee shop when I tried the most amazing cookie: a gluten-free chocolate cranberry walnut cookie! Let me just say this was one of the best gluten-free cookies I have EVER tried! I’ve had trouble finding good gluten-free baked goods, so when I tried this I knew I needed to find the recipe. Unfortunately, I could not find the recipe online so I decided to try to make my own recipe. This is my first time creating my own gluten free recipe, which was very exciting! It took me a couple tries to figure out, however the final result was absolutely amazing. I hope you find these cookies to be delicious too!  Without further ado, lets get in the recipe!!!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the baking flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter.
  4. Mix the eggs into the sugar mixture.
  5. Add the vanilla extract into the sugar mixture and mix.
  6. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture.
  7. Mix in the walnuts, cranberries, and chocolate.
  8. Optional: let the dough chill in the fridge for a couple hours.
  9. Roll dough into balls. Flatten the balls in order to make them easier to bake.
  10. Place the flattened dough balls onto a cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as I do! If you have a suggestions to make these cookies even better please leave them in the comments or tweet me! I’d love to see your recreations so please post them on instagram or twitter and tag me (I will try to retweet your posts if I see them)!!!

♥Haley

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Current Makeup Must Haves!

Hello lovelies! Long time, no see! Sorry it has been so long since my last post…not going to lie I’ve had a bit of writers block the last few weeks! I’ve decided a great way to get kick off my blogging spree is to share with you my makeup must haves. I’ve always been pretty into makeup (whether or not I was always good at it is a different story) and have few all time favorite products I’d love to share with you all!

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  1. Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – I started using this palette about two years ago and absolutely fell in love with it! I’ve always liked the natural eye look on so when I found this palette I thought I’d try it out! It is such a versatile palette, allowing you to make a look for every occasion. If you are in the market for a new eyeshadow palette I suggest you try this one out!
  2. Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner– This is my favorite eyeliner of ALL TIME! I’ve been using it for about three years now and have never looked back! As somebody who has been in the pool quite a bit, it was an absolute must that my eyeliner was water proof. This eyeliner works like a charm, it glides on my eyes so smoothly and just looks so good! It is a gel eyeliner so if you are interested in this product I would suggest buying a quality eyeliner brush as well…I personally use the Tarte Eyeliner Brush.
  3. Benefit Hoola Bronzer– I know, I know, I know… Everybody talks about this bronzer, but what can I say I adore it! I have only been using this bronzer for a few months now, but it works so well! It glides on so smoothly and blends so easily! A little goes a long way with this product. The brush it comes with works pretty well, so I would suggest that if you are on a budget just that brush instead of buying a new one!
  4. L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Innocent Flush– This one is for all you lovelies who want to look gorgeous without breaking the bank. This is one of the only blushes I have ever used because I haven’t found a need to try anything else! What I love most about this blush is the color! This product blends very easily staying true to its name. It does have a little shine to it, however I personally like the added dimension on my cheeks. I use this blush with the Real Techniques Blush Brush.
  5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara– I LOVE this mascara! I have tried out new mascaras in the past, but always end up coming back to this bad boy! The brush is probably my favorite thing about this mascara because it allows me to reach every eyelash so easily! This mascara adds so much length to my lashes, which is especially helpful since the tips of my eyelashes are blonde! If you are in the market for a new mascara, I definitely recommend you try this one out!

That’s all for my current makeup must haves! If you have any favorites that I should try out please tell me in the comments or tweet me!

p.s. If you have any suggestions for blog posts you’d like me to do either leave it down below or tweet me at vitaminseagf.

♥Haley

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Gluten Free Recipes You Need to Try

This week I experimented a bit with some gluten free recipes I found online. Two recipes I tried were especially good, they belong in a gluten free cookbook or something!!

Gluten free bread is one of the more expensive gluten free products, so I decided to try making bread rather than breaking the bank. This Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread recipe from King Arthur Flour was a major success!!! This bread can be made using an oven, as the recipe suggests, or using a bread making machine, which I used. The bread was very easy to make and was a big hit at my house. Unlike most gluten-free bread, this bread doesn’t have the bland, rice flavored taste. If you have a bread making machine at home, you can follow these tips form King Arthur Flour on how to make this bread using a bread machine. If you want me to do a more in depth post on how to make gluten-free bread using a bread machine tell me in the comments or on any of my social media platforms.

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The second recipe I made was gluten free snicker doodles in order to satisfy my sweet tooth earlier this week. I received a lot of complements from this Gluten-Free Snicker Doodle recipe from Serious Eats, in fact I think it is officially going to be one of my go to sweet tooth recipes. These cookies were super easy to make and only took around 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake! When they come out after ten minutes, they have a soft inside, however you can always add a bit more time if you want them to bake all the way through. My only complaint about this recipe is that mine turned out a bit more dome shaped than I would have liked, rather than the disc shape most cookies are supposed to look like. However, the cookies may have turned out as such due to my own user error rather than being a problem with the recipe. Other than that, I think this recipe is amazing and should be a staple in every gluten-free kitchen.

Being gluten-free can be a challenge, especially trying to find recipes that actually work out and taste good. Both the bread and snicker doodle recipe were huge successes in my house and hopefully they will be in your house too!! If you have any suggestions on more recipes I should try please leave them in the comments. Also, check out my Pinterest in order to see other gluten free recipes that I have tried and think are worthy of your time and taste buds!

♥Haley

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Kayla Chandler’s Low Carb Gluten Free Bread Recipe

I was looking up gluten free recipes on Pinterest, when I came across a recipe for Low Carb Gluten Free Bread from Kayla Chandler. It seems like a fairly simple recipe, which seems too good to be gluten free. There is no flour of any kind involved, it is simply made out of eggs, protein powder, and salt…interesting, right? I’m not really sure what to expect from this recipe since it is so different than my traditional view of bread. I will update you on my thoughts as I make it.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of whey protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • Coconut Oil

Directions

  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolk. Place the yolks in a separate bowl.
  2. Mix the egg whites for 5-6 minutes using a mixer or until they look similar to whipped cream.
  3. Add the whey protein, salt, and yolks to the egg whites and mix it all together.
  4. Grease the pan with coconut oil and pour bread mixture into the pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.
  6. Let the bread cool in the pan.

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Update* The bread mixture itself was really simple and easy to make. It did not take long for the mixture to begin to rise and look similar to bread once in the oven. I took the bread out after 45 minutes and let it sit for a while. When it first comes out, the bread is super fluffy, however it sinks very quickly while cooling.

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Overall, I think the final product is okay. Personally, I think it works more as quiche than as bread, however you can make it work if necessary. For being gluten free, low carb, and paleo the recipe works pretty well. If you have any advice on how to make this more bread like and fluffy, please share it in the comments!

♥ Haley

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