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The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

Do you have a food allergy?

Do you enjoy eating healthy foods?

Do you enjoy learning about new products?

Do you like networking with bloggers and authors?

Do you LOVE scoring SWAG?!

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo (GFAF) in San Diego!

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The event will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on February 11-12, 2017.  More details about the time, location, and parking can be found here.

I am really excited to attend this event not only to score SWAG, but to also learn more about healthier food choices and to network with other health-minded individuals.  There will be tons of samples as well as classes and presentations!  Check out the schedule here.

As a bonus, the event is being held in a beautiful location! The Del Mar Fairgrounds offer great views and are located within walking distance to the beach!  So snag a hotel and check out the sights after the Expo.  It would make for a pleasant weekend getaway!


So what should you expect from this event?

  • You will get to explore over 100 vendors and brands!
  • Samples and Coupons!
  • Discounted items to purchase at the expo!
  • Classes and presentations about living a more gluten-free and allergen-friendly lifestyle!
  • Free bag to carry all of your SWAG!
  • An opportunity to meet authors and bloggers!

This will be an amazing event that you won’t want to miss!  I hope to see you there!

Tickets cost between $5-$35 and you can purchase them here!

And the sooner you purchase, the more you save! Use code “ADVANCE” to save 20%!


As an added Bonus, I will be giving away tickets this month on my Instagram so make sure you are following me (@theswagmama) so you don’t miss your chance to win!

***Note: I am receiving complimentary admission to the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in exchange for participation in the blogger program.  I am also associated with the affiliate program for ticket sales.

~SM

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Target Beauty Box – February

So you’ve seen my review of Walmart’s Beauty Box,  now here is a look at the Target Beauty Box!  Yes, I am aware it is March…but whatevs, I do what I want. 🙂  Target’s beauty boxes run between $5-$7 per month, while Walmart’s are $5 every season. But if you use your Target Red Card, you will save 5% and receive free shipping.  I will note that these boxes sell out quick!  Like first day quick!  Unlike Walmart’s beauty box, these are not set up like an automatic subscription.  You have to manually purchase each month, so set yourself a reminder to get yours each month!  So let’s take a looksee!

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  • Ecotools- Ecopouf Mini Sponge (100% recycled sponge) – This little sponge is pretty sweet.  It’s a little rough, but nice for exfoliation.  And even though it’s considered a “mini” sponge, I felt that it was big enough to get the job done on the daily. Although, I wondered what it’s recycled from? Hmmmm…..

 

  • L’Oreal – Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist – This is an awesome full-size product!  This is something you spray on your roots when your hair is damp to give it a little lift.  It definitely worked, but I have big hair already so I probably wouldn’t use this very much.

 

  • Soap Box – Coconut shampoo and conditioner – This shampoo/conditioner combo left my hair feeling clean and had a light coconut scent.  What’s interesting about this product is that this company has a global mission to make sure everyone receives clean water and soap.  So when you purchase one of their items, you also contribute to this pretty noble cause.  I like when companies give back, so I may purchase more of this brand in the future.

 

  • Skinfix – Repair balm – This is also a full-size product.  It is made from coconut oil and doesn’t have a flavor.  I thought it did a good job relieving chapped lips, but had kind of an oily feel.

 

  • Derma E – Hydrating night cream – This went on smooth and didn’t feel greasy.  It also had a pleasant, light scent.  It’s supposed to help fix fine lines and wrinkles, but I would need to use it more frequently to really see a difference.

 

  • Vera Wang – Embrace perfume – I’m not really a fan of the perfume samples where you have to rub scented paper all of you, so I was pleased to see an actual tiny spray bottle in the box.  It’s a nice, pleasant scent.  I didn’t hate it, but nothing really memorable.

 

  • Mayfair – Body crème in Sea Lily Jasmine – I really dig this lotion.  It’s a good consistency – not too thick, not too thin. It’s also paraben-free and this company doesn’t test on animals which is a sweet bonus!  I also really loved the scent.  It’s kind of on the sweeter side, which isn’t for everyone – but I absolutely loved it and will definitely be purchasing this product again.

 

  • Laneige BB cushion – This came with three different shades (light, medium, and medium dark) and an applicator sponge.  I went with the light and felt that it was the best shade for me.  I liked that it gave my skin an airbrushed appearance without feeling heavy or cake-like.  It does have a slight scent, but it wasn’t overwhelming.  The only downfall is that it retails for around $34 which is a bit much for me…but it’s that rad,  I might actually purchase this at some point.

 

  • Incoco – Nail polish applique – This item intrigued me the most, because it’s basically real nail polish that sticks right on to your nail and lasts for up to two weeks.

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You just peel off the paper and stick it to your nail.  Then you file off the excess.  It’s that easy!  I really was surprised at the ease of use!  The strips come in all different sizes so  every nail receives full coverage.  I’m really terrible at doing my own nails, so I was pretty stoked about this product!  My only complaint was this terrible color…ugh, so much glitter.  Maybe a 12-year-old would enjoy this color, but ugh…it was tough to look at.  I took it off after three days because my eyes were burning from the junior high glitter party that was occurring on my fingernails.  I’m still recovering.  On the upside, it did come off pretty easy with nail polish remover.  I suspect it would have come off even easier had there not been glitter involved (so. much. glitter.).  Ugh, I would purchase this product in the future, but never again with that color.

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Also included in the box was a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase.  This is a pretty good coupon.  I may use it on the Laneige BB Cushion. 🙂

Overall, I think this box was well worth the $7.  It included many full-size products and I can’t wait for next month’s box!  Let me know if you have tried any of these items!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~SM

Generation Good

I am so excited about recently joining Generation Good from Seventh Generation!  If you’re not familiar with Generation Good, it’s basically an online community where you can share tips, take surveys, get coupons, receive free (yes, free!) samples through the mail.  I love using and discovering new products that are healthy for both my family and the environment and I can’t wait to get more involved with Seventh Generation!

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Note: I was sent free samples from Seventh Generation in exchange for a review of their product.  I did not receive any other compensation.

For this particular campaign, I was sent samples of Laundry Detergent.  Two to try for myself and one to give to a friend.  Also, all new Generation Good-ers receive a $2.00 coupon.

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Before I tell you my thoughts on the Seventh Generation detergent, here’s a little history of my laundry detergent usage:        Grab some popcorn.

I normally use ALL – Free & Clear because for a while I was having unexplained headaches until I finally read that they could be caused by the fragrances used in regular laundry detergents.  So I did a little a switcheroo and abracadabra, the headaches stopped.  This could have been a coincidence, but the superstitious part of me never went back to those fragrant-filled detergents.  Fast-forward a few years and now it’s actually a thing that all of those extra fragrances in your detergent might not be that good for you.  Also, my son has sensitive skin so I kept on truckin’ with the ALL as well as Dreft on occasion (those Dreft people really make a killing).   Cool story, huh?

So that brings us to present day.  With my samples, I did two loads: one load of grown-up clothes and one load of the kids’ clothes.  I will say, that compared to the ALL detergent, the clothes came out smelling a bit fresher – in a natural way.  And they also came out softer.  It also took care of the stains from my kids dirt-filled clothes and my son’s skin stayed smooth with no reactions.  So overall, I would give this detergent 4 out of 5 stars.  Why not 5 stars?  Well…Plot-Twist!  The detergent is actually about double the price of the ALL-Free & Clear.  The ALL runs about $10.50-$11.50 per 108 loads (Target pricing as of January 2016).  7th Gen runs about $19.99 per 98 loads Target pricing as of January 2016).  So with my groovy new coupon I will probably grab a bottle when it’s on sale.  I do prefer the 7th Gen over the ALL, so maybe if I win the next Powerball I will make the official switch.  Until then, I will continue to use my other Seventh Generation products and try out new ones through the awesome Generation Good campaign!  Stay tuned for the sequel!

~SM

 

 

Green Moms Meet – WOW Summit Part 2

I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween and got lots of candy swag! 😉  Now for part 2 of the WOW Summit that I attended last weekend.  Once we returned from the break and visiting all of the wonderful vendors, we met back in the ballroom to listen to Drs. Greenspan and Deardorff speak about environmental issues regarding puberty.  They were very informative and gave out copies of their new book, “The New Puberty” to a few lucky attendees! Check out their new book here!

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Next, we split up into groups and attended various workshops.  The first one I attended was called, “Rid, Restock and Reorganize: Simple Ways to Detox Your Home” by Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD.  You may have seen her on various talk shows such as “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” and she also has a new book out called, “Eat Clean, Stay Lean’. She gave us a lot of great tips about how to replace junk in our fridges and pantries with healthier options!  Check her out!

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The next workshop I attended was basically a nutrition and fitness class presented by someone from Smart Flour Foods and personal trainer Jill Anenberg.  She had lots of energy and great information!  Follow her on YouTube and Instagram!

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After the workshops we went back to the ballroom to hear one last speaker and wait for the raffle giveaways!  Sadly, I did not win anything but that’s okay because I had so much fun and scored tons of swag!  So the last person to speak was Kimberly Blaine a.k.a. The Go To Mom and she discussed ways for moms to have more awareness in the moment.  She was super inspirational and she had a sense of calmness about her that was quite reassuring.  She reminded us that we need to give and take love in order to better ourselves. It was a perfect ending to the day! And check out The Go To Mom on Twitter and Instagram.

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Then we waited in this long line for our amazing swag bags….

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But that’s okay, it was totally worth it! 😉

Now, for what you all have been waiting for…the SWAG!

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Yes, it was that much!!  And all of the vendors were super friendly and generous.  I also got a lot of coupons for free items that I can’t wait to cash in on!  I’m not going to list everything out on this one because it would be overwhelming. But, you can check out my Instagram where I tagged most of the brands!  This was a fabulous experience and if you get the chance to attend one of these events, definitely jump all over it!  You will meet lots of great people and have the opportunity to try out different healthy brands!  Thanks again Green Moms Meet and Kiwi Magazine!

~SM

Green Moms Meet WOW Summit 2015 Part 1/Instagram

This past week I attended the Green Moms Meet WOW Summit here in sunny San Diego.  And let me just say, WOW was definitely the right word to use for this event.  It was a Swag Mama’s heaven to say the least.  There was so. much. swag. I was swimming in it by the end of the day.  It was an all day event that included presentations from various speakers in a large room followed by smaller workshops in the afternoon.  There was an exhibitor hall that housed all of the swag and each vendor offered samples and snacks.  The lobby area was filled with unlimited coffee and water, activity tables, and a raffle ticket area.  Kids were welcome, but it really was an event for moms to connect and learn more about green and healthy living.  Because this was such a huge event, I am breaking this post up into parts!

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This event was sponsored by Kiwi Magazine and the founder, Maxine Wolf even said a few words!

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The next speaker was Jillian Darlington, who is the founder of the MomCO app.  She is pretty rad and if you are looking for some new mom connections, go ahead and download the app.  Use my code when registering! K3GYX7UXFO

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Next up was celebrity chef, Ann Cooper from the Chef Ann Foundation.  She is pretty dope because she has a mission to bring healthy and real foods into school cafeterias all around the country.  Check out her #realschoolfood initiative so that you can take part in this important cause!

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Then it was break time and off to check out all of the exhibitors in the exhibitor hall!

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sum20 sum19 One of the activities was to create a trophy that your child would give.  Mine would probably give me a “Silliest Singer” trophy. 🙂

Now, for some SWAG!

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-Insulated bag – I LOVE this!  I love tote bags of all sorts, but an insulated one is a pretty sweet bonus!

– Tumbler cup with a straw

-Water bottle – I already carry this little gem everywhere I go

Check back for Part 2 where I will post even more SWAG!  You can also now follow me on Instagram! @theswagmama

~SM

The Color Run! (San Diego)

Well, I experienced my first Color Run (not to be confused with Color me Rad) last weekend and it definitely exceeded my expectations! I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly as I don’t typically participate in gimmick runs, but I thought I would give this one a shot as it’s a pretty hyped up event.  If I only had one word to describe this run, it would be: FUN! It pretty much combined two of my favorite things: running and celebrating.  Just imagine going for a run and then ending it with a big party!  I have run several 5k’s and this was by far the most laid back race with the most energy.  Now, if you are super competitive and like to see your race time published all over the internet, then this race might not be your cup of tea.  But if you are just looking to go for an easy run and experience something new, then this race is right up your alley.

The race is started in waves including a runner’s wave (for the more competitive folks) and a DJ keeps the energy flowing in each corral.  Then you are released and off to each color station where volunteers are more than thrilled to cover you in as much dyed cornstarch as possible.  This particular race included a “shine” station at the end, which was basically just silvery, shimmery cornstarch.  Once you cross the finish, you are given a medal, granola bar, water, and more color packets to keep the fun going.  Then you can head over to any or all of the backdrops for many excellent photo ops.  One of the most exciting parts of the race is the stage that is manned with a DJ and encourages dancing and more color bombing.  Heart-jumping, fist-pumping music is played loudly to provide a great club experience and it almost makes you forget that it’s only 9:30 in the morning.  I ran with my toddler and somehow she managed to sleep through the entire thing!

This is definitely a family-friendly event and I recommend running it with friends (which is what I did) as this is an event that you will not want to experience alone.  I also recommend bringing a towel and keeping your phone and any other precious belongings in a ziplock bag or other protective covering.  Now, with every pro there is a con.  One thing I did not like about this race was the location – Qualcomm Stadium.  It sounds cool because it’s where the Chargers and other college teams play, but running around a pot-hole filled parking lot isn’t exactly ideal.  Also, according to my Garmin, the race was only 2.6 miles which as a runner kind of irked me because it is not a true 5k…but, it’s a “fun” run so I’ll accept it.  I’m not sure if I will do any more gimmick runs as they are not as rewarding for a runner as chip-timed runs; however, I would probably do this run again!

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P.S. The color washed out of my clothes easily and came off the stroller with a quick rinse from the hose.

So, what about the SWAG?

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  1. Color Run shirt – which was very comfortable and I plan to wear it again
  2. Foil tattoo
  3. Sweet colorful headband – (not pictured cause I didn’t want to take it off)
  4. Super awesome medal-for you bling-lovers
  5. Extra color and shine packet
  6. Post-it notes with a coupon
  7. Crystal light packet for water
  8. Kind bar
  9. Water balloons
  10. Various coupons and discount codes for future local races
  11. Reusable clear plastic bag – which could be used to protect your belongings during the race.

Run Happy, my friends! 😉

 

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