The Adventure Begins!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 20, 2010

Good morning!

First up, a Project Natural Glow review!


Many of you were raving about Tom’s of Maine toothpaste so I knew this would be my next purchase!


I love this stuff!


My favourite part is the back of the box- I love how it explains the purpose for every ingredient!!!! Why can’t all companies do this?


I picked this up at Loblaws in the organic aisle.

My review?

It looked like toothpaste. It felt like toothpaste. And it tasted like toothpaste! The flavour was minty, but it was not as minty as normal toothpaste (I assume the normal toothpaste is flavoured with chemicals though). Overall I really liked this toothpaste and my teeth felt really clean and fresh! Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely buy Tom’s of Maine again!

EDIT: Apparently Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a BAD ingredient according to Skin Deep website. The toothpaste still scores a 2 compared to the score of 6 of my old toothpaste so it is an improvement, but not perfect by any means. A reader suggested checking out Jason’s brand!

Don’t my nails look perrrrrty? ;) I wonder how long this will last? I give it 1/2 a day before it chips. lol.


Many of you were asking about the news my best friend told me…well, I can finally tell you!


Yes, she is expecting!!! I am so excited for them. Allison has been my best friend since grade 7. I got all teary eyed when I bought her these clothes and she said she cried when she saw them. Awwww. :)

I also made her some of these…


I have been getting a few Glo Bar requests for bridal showers and baby showers and I think it is a fun idea. I am doing up an order this Spring and we’re going to have a stork on the label and a special name. Very fun!

Now onto breakfast…

This is what I like to call Everything But The Kitchen Sink Brown Monster!

It was a juice/Green Monster hybrid! I literally took all of the remaining produce in the fridge and dumped it into the juicer.


Juiced up this…


Took the juice and put it in the blender with spinach, ice, chia seeds, banana, Amazing Grass Wheatgrass.

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It was…different…but good!

A few foods I am packing for the trip:


Afterward, I squeezed in a quick run on Landy.

3 Mile run:

  • Incline 2%
  • Time: 27:35 mins.

I always feel better when I workout before a flight.

As I mentioned I will be blogging on a mostly normal schedule while away. When I go away I like to show you how I stay healthy while on vacation. I will be blogging everything I eat while I am away so you can see exactly how I find a balance! I will also be documenting my workouts, and of course the fun stuff like blogger meet-ups and all the road trip fun and touristy sights! I can’t wait to bring you along with me in this adventure.

In laws just arrived for their stay so Sketchie will be in good hands. :) We are seriously going to miss Sketchie sooo much. I don’t even want to think about it!


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Paige @ Running Around Normal March 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

Thanks for the toothpaste review! I’ve been wondering about that stuff! Your nails look gorgeous, btw! I’m the same way though – a manicure lasts maybe a day on me, haha.
Have a safe flight, dear!!!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

SAFE TRAVELS!!!! Have a fabulous trip–you deserve the time off.

That new bar flavor sounds delicious…it reminds me of my favorite luna Bar–Chocolate Peppermint Stick. Congrats to your bestie.


Olivia March 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

I can’t wait to see your vacation eats! I always have trouble eating normally when my usual routine is off. I guess I just get thrown off track easily.

Have a safe flight!


EaterNotARunner March 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

HAve a great trip!!!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

How much is that toothpaste?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

I think it was $3-4?


Jenny March 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

Have a safe flight!


Raw Candy March 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

I hate to be the bearer of bad toothpaste news, but the sodium lauryl sulfate in Tom’s toothpaste is actually super dangerous! It’s linked to cancer, reproductive issues and neurotoxicity. You can check out the Cosmetics Database for more information – if you haven’t seen this site yet, it provides toxicity information on most products and brands, so you can choose the ones without scary ingredients:

And if your need a good toothpaste brand, my favourite is Jason Natural Cosmetics. It’s safe and tastes great!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

It gets a rating of 2 on their scale as opposed to a 6 with the toothpaste I was using, so it is BETTER, but not perfect. I will have to check out Jason’s.


Ricki March 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

Hi Angela,
Just wanted to tell you I tagged you with an award/meme. I know life is hectic, so please don’t feel obliged to participate! But you should know that your blog is one that makes me happy. :)
Have a great trip!


Carbzilla March 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

Have a fabulous trip!

My spring’s so crazy I decided the only exercise program I can do, besides walking is Whittle My Middle. Thanks for reposting both workouts the other day!

Beware of gators and armadillos!


Cynthia (It All Changes) March 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

When my great friend from college told me she was expecting I was jumping up and down. I went out and bought a toy and fabric to make a quilt :-)


Danielle (Coffee Run) March 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’ve seen the Tom’s deoderant in stores but I didn’t know they made toothpaste! I’m definitely going to check it out.

Congrats to your friend :D Have a good trip!


Stacey March 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

Have a great trip and congratulations to your friend.


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

have a great flight!!

Question about the toothpaste: It’s fluoride free, but isn’t that what prevents cavities? I thought we NEEDED that for oral health?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

We get Flouride in our drinking water so I am not concerned about it not being in my toothpaste.


Autumn Tao March 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

FYI– Tom’s was bought out by Colgate in 2006. If you purchase the products in an effort to support a smaller, environmentally conscious company, I’m afraid your efforts were done in vain. I was so bummed when I first heard about this.

Have a wonderful trip… you deserve it lady.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

ugh :(


skinnyrunner March 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

have a fun, safe flight. cant wait to hear more!


Cassandra March 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

I bought hemp powder for my green monsters? Is it loaded with enough goods do you think or should I look into something else?
I love those baby outfits! so cute!
Have fun on your trip :) and stay safe :)


Carrie March 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and love it! However, I find it funny that Tom’s markets a toothpaste with sodium laurel sulfate in it as natural. Sodium laurel sulfate is in pretty much all toothpaste. I’m a dental hygienist and want you to know you can’t always believe the marketing claims.


Jolene March 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

Yes, Sodium Lauryel/Laureth Sulfate is AWFUL stuff. I am actually shocked that it is in that toothpaste! I refuse to use any shampoo that has it (which is most). I have been using live clean for about a year now, and if I use anything else (like at the hairdresser) my scalp gets so irritated and itchy.


Jolene March 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

Oh – one more thing … have you read “Natural Cures they Don’t Want You to Know About?” That book changed my life.


Ameena March 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

Congratulations to your friend!!

I really love Tom’s toothpaste but my dentist wasn’t too thrilled at my last appointment. I had to go back to Colgate because unfortunately it is the only thing that works for me!


Lauren March 20, 2010 at 10:45 am

bahaha, if ‘normal’ products had the purpose for each ingredient listed it would read:

hdsfrwenfewui- meant to cause your hair to fall out
dnbsakjfyewfnu- meant to give you a rash
dnsadhfyewfnewkuhs- meant to promote tumour growth

and so on…

If only it did- then maybe people would realize the dangerous things we ingest everyday!!


Lauren March 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

P.S. Have a GLORIOUS trip!! ;)


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

Hi! I just started reading your blog and love it.

Those Mama to Be Glow Bars are so awesome!!


Tracy March 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpaste in Peppermint is really, really good, too!!


Christine (The Raw Project) March 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

Thanks for the toothpaste review, I’ve been trying and looking into more natural products lately. The juice/green monster looks great! So sweet on the Mama To Be bars, what a great friend you are!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 20, 2010 at 11:45 am

I LOVE that toothpaste! Have fun on your trip!



Alicia March 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Tom’s makes a version that doesn’t have sls’s. It’s something between a gel and a paste and comes in fruit or mint flavors I think.
Another great thing about Tom’s and other natural toothpastes is that they don’t contain ASPARTAME! Something I try to avoid for a myraid of reasons, and I also can’t imagine it’s something I want to leave on my teeth twice a day.
I spoke to my dentist and he advised me to get a toothpaste *with* flouride, but I haven’t done enough research either way.


Kelly Michelle March 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm

your nails are so pretty! Have a safe trip I can’t wait to meet you in Miami!! Also what about that deodorant you made? I have been dying to hear how it worked out?


Kelly Michelle March 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I mean ft lauderdale :)


Sofi March 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Once you’ve used Tom’s toothpaste long enough you’ll find that other brands (Crest, etc) are too chemically tasting. If I use a non-natural toothpaste, the inside of my mouth peels and burns. That stuff can’t be good for you!


Amy March 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I switched from Tom’s when I found Jason Powersmile – WOW! Love it, love it! When your Tom’s runs out, give it a try.
Speaking of love, love the new mama bars! Perfect flavor. ;)
Speaking of chocolate and peppermint, I am having the hardest time giving up Starbucks (namely, peppermint mochas, which are oh so bad and totally not vegan). What is your coffee substitute?


pam landy March 21, 2010 at 1:43 am

Congrats to your best friend! Isn’t it so exciting when your bestie is expecting?? I am so excited for my best friend and her hubby. Now I just have to think up a cute name for those bars! So excited! Enjoy your trip…and T-2 days til we see what Jack is made of…timne for him to really save the day.


Mrs. Money March 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hi Ang! I would agree about the SLS- scary stuff!!

I know you recently made your own deodorant. If you’re interested in making your own toothpaste, I made a recipe and it’s just like real toothpaste!

Give it a try some time and let me know how it works. :)


Eliana >^..^ March 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

I love Toms, all love all their products. The best part, they dont do any animal testing. :O)

Cant wait to meet you, I am so excited. I hope you are having lots of fun in FL.


Jenny June 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Just started reading your blog, love it. I’d be really interested to hear if anyone knows of a SLS free toothpaste that tastes good. I’ve been on a search, and I haven’t really found one yet. For as long as I can remember I had a problem with canker sores. When I was a kid and had braces it was really bad. Even as an adult, if I had any sort of mild injury to the inside of my mouth (from a toothbrush, or a chip, or biting myself) it would take FOREVER to heal and it would turn into a really painful canker sore. A couple years ago I bought a tube of Aquafresh Extreme Clean and holy crap….my whole mouth was sore, and my boyfriend even got canker sores, which he doesn’t usually have a problem with. I did some research and found out that it had a ton more SLS than normal toothpaste (which is why its so foamy.) I finally made the connection. If I use an SLS free toothpaste when I feel that I’m getting a canker sore, it goes away within a day. Unfortunately, I can’t get used to its flavor (or lack thereof,) so I use regular (but not extreme clean!) toothpaste most of the time. Any suggestions?


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