shopping

Modcloth love

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a bit of a rant on Facebook because Modcloth, my all time favorite store ever, increased their shipping rates to Canada. Despite their explanation that USPS had increased their rates and they had no other choice but to increase shipping rates, I was left disappointed and quite unwilling to give them any of my business again.

Last week, I broke down. I love their store so much, I decided to buy a new dress. And as a result of that order, they did something that totally makes up for the shipping rate issue.

My package came in on Friday. I went to pick it up at the post office, because I had custom fees to pay for the order (blah!). Lo and behold, when I got home and opened the box, I was super pissed to see that they had sent the wrong items! And not even in my size, so I couldn’t even keep these items (which would have been awesome since these were some very nice, expensive dresses).

One thing that is awesome about Modcloth is they offer 24/7 Live Chat. So I logged on, and explained to Karen, the lovely customer service rep, that they had sent the wrong items. After a few back and forth, she informs me that not only they are sending my items out that same day, but they are also paying for my custom fees! And they are not even waiting for me to send back the items to send me my things. AND she gave me a coupon for 20% off, so I get to go shopping again!

Long story short, thank you to Modcloth for their awesome, amazing, outstanding customer service!

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health

Wheat and dairy and the impact on my skin

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I have often talked on my blog of my issues with my skin. I started having acne when I was 13 or 14, and I have never had clear skin since then. I used to blame it on my adolescent state, and then on my young adult state. Then I got older, the acne remained, and I realized there were other factors at work here.

I have very healthy skin care habits. My products are all natural, pure, I use products with no butters or comedogenic oils, I cleanse twice a day, use a mask once a week, use a exfoliant sparingly. I make my own hydrating lotion using aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin and tea tree essential oil. Even if it has been an issue in the past, I am fairly certain that my skin care habits are NOT what is causing my acne issues.

When I got pregnant with my son two years ago, my skin cleared up a little. It remained clearer than my usual spotty self throughout my 4 months of breastfeeding. This told me that a part of my struggle was hormones. But it can’t be all of it, or else I would have had beautiful, glowing skin during pregnancy, not slightly improved skin.

After reading up quite a bit on the subject, I realized that my problem was probably caused by my diet. I found a lot of literature that linked the consumption of wheat (and gluten) and dairy to acne breakouts. Considering that I also have a history of digestive health issues, this kind of set off an alarm bell for me. Could this be the answer to my recurring skin problems?

I don’t plan on cutting wheat and dairy completely from my diet. I love both too much and don’t have the self-control for it. But I do want to limit my intake. My action plan to do that is this:

Free of dairy:

  • Replace milk with almond milk when cooking milk-based meals;
  • Replace milk with almond milk in my coffee (less fattening too!);
  • Replace cheddar with goat milk-based cheddar, whenever possible;
  • Limit my intake of cow dairy products to 1 serving per day.

Free of wheat:

  • Use my homemade all-purpose gluten-free flour mix in place of wheat all-purpose flour in all my cooking (brown rice, tapioca starch, almond meal);
  • Breakfast on cereal that have no or very little wheat, or on gluten-free products;
  • Limit my intake of wheat based products to 1 serving per day, maximum.

Other skin-loving resolutions:

  • Drink my 2L of water per day, as I’m supposed to!
  • Limit caffeinated products to 1 per day on the weekend (and none during the week).
  • More green veggies!
  • Keep active!

We’ll see how that goes, and how much of an improvement that makes. Any tips or recommendations?

motherhood

I’m back!

I used to blog quite a bit. About all sorts of things, but mostly about natural beauty and my struggle with acne. And going gluten-free.

And then, this happened:

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Being a mom has been awesome. And hard. And rewarding. And frustrating.

But I’m getting the hang of it. Kind of. Maybe.

That being said, I feel like I’m ready to get back to blogging. Being back at work, and working on social media strategy for the University, made me want to write again.

I haven’t figured out what I want to say yet so you’ll have to bear with me. But I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of that face:

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