February 2019 - Simply Samantha
gluten free

Traveling, Gluten Free, and how to not lose your mind

9:32 AM

Y'all, traveling can be a bit much right? I personally love traveling but that doesn't mean it is any less anxiety-causing for me.

Cause y'all know what happens. All the news stories leading up to your trip start with "PLANE CRASHES" or "SECURITY SCARE DELAYS FLIGHTS".  Not the best things to see before you embark on a trip of your own. Add in allergies and you just increase your stress level to a 10... am I right? 

I'm not going to sit here and type out a post like I'm some nomad that knows what it's like to travel the globe. 
I am just sharing what I've learned from my very few experiences and hope that maybe some little bit helps you. 
However, I'd like to state I am a firm believer that everyone should travel in a way that works for them. Especially when it comes to traveling with food preferences/allergies/intolerances, everyone is going to travel differently.
Just don't be a jerk when you travel, no one wants you to be that. ;) 
Traveling, Gluten Free, and how to not lose your mind

Keep your body in Tip-Top Shape
I think the best way to prepare for travel is to prepare your body for travel and continue to keep it up while you travel. Germs are EVERYWHERE. While I'm not a HUGE germaphobe, I do think the one time in your life where you need to be is when you travel. 

  • Take some immune boosting supplements (such as elderberry) to fight off germs.
  • Pack hand sanitizer and use it like its going out of style.
  • Bring an extra pillowcase just in case the hotel one looks scetch-mago 🤭 
  • Bring an empty water bottle and keep it with you at all times to stay hydrated.
  • Try NOT to stress as this will compromise everything above and lead to sickness. 

Here is the deal Y'all, I know how STRESSFUL eating outside your house can be when you are gluten-free (or insert other food allergies/intolerance here).
If you are traveling overseas, know that the many food systems in countries abroad are 10x better in the U.S. You will eat better, feel better, and won't get looked at funny when ordering the allergen menu. By all means, plan some cool places to eat, but don't do so that it ruins your trip because you are stressed about eating. Bring snacks, hit up the local grocery stores, and (as stupid as this sounds) just hope for the best. 🤞🏻

Travel in Comfort
This is pretty much a no brainer. As much as the old soul in me liked the idea that at one time Americans dressed up to travel, the lazy girl in me likes the idea of throwing on my Adidas and favorite F21 leggings. So, travel in what makes you feel comfy and good.

All in All, just relax
This is definitely easier said than done. This is coming from the over-thinking QUEEN. But when it comes down to it I can pinpoint all my travel meltdowns to my over-thinking, nervous tendency.
I've found having those little things that can help calm you relax. Mine is always a book. Give me a book, stick some headphones in my ears, and my blood pressure should lower ;) But find that one thing that can help distract you from the travel, relax you, and everything should be alright. 


Love It | Shop

9:00 AM

I share a lot of things here on the blog and socials so I thought it was about time to condense it into a place on the blog where you can find products that I've shared and get them for yourself.

Some of these links are affiliates! 

I tried my best to link to the best prices available. But shop around. Healthy living isn't cheap so shop around, shop wholesale or at stores like TJ Maxx and Homegoods to find some of these products too.

Bath + Body

Everyone Lavender and Aloe 3-in-1 Soap

Earth Therapeutics Hydro Body Sponge with Hand Strap White
Earth Therapeutics Hydro Body Sponge

Schmidt's Natrual Deodorant Stick Sensitive Skin Formula Jasmine Tea

 Face/Make Up

Burt's Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 Light-Med
Burt's Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 Light-Med

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser

Ecotools Start The Day Beautifully Kit Makeup Brush Set
EcoTools Makeup Brushes



ROME-ance Me


Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo
Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo 

Avalon Organics Shampoo Clarifying Lemon

Giovanni 2chic® Repairing Shampoo with Blackberry & Coconut Milk
Giovanni Repairing Shampoo with 
Blackberry and Coconut Milk

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Giovanni 2chic® Ultra-Volume Big Body Hair Spray Tangerine & Papaya Butter


Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless
 Vacuum One Size Fits All Blue
(great if you live in a small home)

 ZipTuck Storage Bags from Full Circle

Dish Brush

Full Circle ZipTuck Travel Set

Art Naturals Bluetoothâ„¢ Oil Diffuser
Art Naturals Bluetooth Diffuser

Old Navy Luxe Soft Tops 
(I swear by these!) 

Classic Knit Leggings
Forever 21 Classic Knit Leggings

Women's Bliss Lightly Lined Wirefree Bra - Audenâ„¢ - image 1 of 3

Women's Bliss Lightly Lined Wirefree Bra - Auden

Ark Naturals Brushless Dog Toothpaste, Large 18 oz Pouch
Ark Naturals Brushless Dog toothpaste 

For the Man
Andalou Naturals MEN Fortifying Shampoo plus Conditioner 3 in 1
Andalou Naturals Men Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner

Laundry + Cleaning

Earth Friendly Ecos® Floor Cleaner

Earth Friendly Ecos Floor Cleaner 
Earth Friendly Ecos® Laundry Detergent Magnolia & Lily
Earth Friendly Ecos Magnolia + Lilly 
(a staple in our house, I buy this monthly!)

Swiffer WetJet Compatible, Microfiber Mop Pads by Easily Greener, Reusable Refills for Wet Jet, 2 Count
Swiffer WetJet Compatible, Microfiber Mop Pads 

Mini Portable Flat Iron Tourmaline Ceramic Dual Voltage Travel Iron For Worldwide Use LED Indicator LOVANI Hair Straightener (Ceramic Mini)
Mini Portable Flat Iron 

Food | Cooking | Baking
44oz Melamine Pasta Bowl - Thresholdâ„¢ - image 1 of 1
Melamine Pasta Bowl from Threshold

Bee's Wax Wraps

Bob's Red Mill

French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

1:41 PM

Y'all, its no surprise at this point that I love a good cupcake. And while I'm very open that they are never made from scratch (striving for basic here 🙋🏻), I always like finding a way to spruce up those bland vanilla cupcakes with unique new flavors!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream
Some cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla make up the cake part of this cupcake. Topped with my super simple buttercream that is infused with maple will have you wanting more!
Gluten Free, Dairy Free French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream
Gluten Free, Dairy Free French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream
They are the perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day! 

print recipe

French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream
  • 1 Bag or Box of Gluten Free (vanilla) cake mix of your choice*
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup room temperature (about 2 sticks) Earth Balance Butter Sticks
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Maple Extract
  • Instructions
    Make cupcakes according to box and add in the cinnamon,nutmeg,and (1tsp) of vanilla extract.While cupcakes are baking, make buttercream In a mixer, blend butter and slowly add in powdered sugar. Once blended add in vanilla and maple and mix more until smooth.Once the cupcakes are cooled, decorate your cupcakes as you'd like and sprinkle the buttercream with some brown sugar (optional)
    Prep time: Cook time:30minsTotal time: Yield: 18 cupcakes Servings

*I use Bobs Red Mill Cake Mix for the cupcakes
Gluten Free, Dairy Free French Toast Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream