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Lil Balogh

  • Articles, Food, GirlSpring.com, Healthy Eating, Lifestyle, Local

    A Gluten Free Guide To Birmingham

    Gluten Free Pancakes

    I have been gluten-free for a little over four years. A first, I struggled to find much to eat at restaurants beside the classic GF meal, a hamburger with no bun. I turned sixteen two years ago and decided that now that I could drive I was going to start finding new restaurants that offered a better variety of GF options. Now, I have found many restaurants that offer GF options without giving up delicious flavor. I wanted to share a list of my favorite GF foods you can find in Birmingham, AL! 

    Breakfast Options:

    • Another Broken Egg has the best GF chocolate chip pancakes. They are so good that sometimes my sister will order them over the regular pancakes.
    • Magic Muffins offers a GF muffin. It is a nut/raisin muffin; though I wish they had a few different options of flavors, it is still a really yummy option.

    Lunch / Dinner Options:

    • Delta Blues is a 100% gluten-free restaurant, and let me tell you, it is my all-time favorite restaurant in Birmingham. They are known for their hot tamales (I recommend the Mississippi Mud tamale), but they also have chicken fingers, wings, and more fried foods that people on a GF diet can’t ever have. I highly urge everyone to try Delta Blues, gluten-free or not.
    • Slice Pizza and California Pizza Kitchen both offer a GF pizza that is quite delicious and worth the splurge.
    • P.F. Changs has an entire GF menu (you just have to request it once you sit down) that offers a lot of the meals on the regular menu with just a few modifications. 

    Snack / Dessert Options:

    • Church Street Coffee’s GF lemon poppy seed bread is unbelievably good. The first time I had a piece of it, it was so good that I questioned to make sure it was actually gluten-free!
    • Red Cat Coffee has a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin and lots of other yummy GF baked treats that are all very yummy.
    • Cookie Fix’s #1 selling cookie, The Healthy PB Cookie, happens to be GF! There is a reason it is their best seller!

    I hope that if you are already GF or looking into what it is like to be GF, this list helped you realize how many options for a GF diet there are in Birmingham! It has been so fun to try new GF goodies and not have to always order the same thing whenever I eat out.

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  • Articles, Fashion, GirlSpring.com

    Building Your Style on a Budget

    style on a budget

    One of my favorite things is when someone compliments my style. Not just my clothes, but that they like the way I match things together and the “vibe” it gives. Another favorite thing is not spending a lot of my money on clothes. So, I have figured out many tips and tricks to grow your style on a budget. 

    1. Choose classic over trendy items. 

    I always choose a piece of clothing that has been “in style” for a long time over any item that is trendy. The classic items are better because you will get your money’s worth out of them; trendier pieces you tend stop wearing sooner. Also, when you look back at pictures you will be glad that you didn’t join in with certain trends! 

    2. Shop second-hand clothes.

    If there is a piece of clothing or accessory that I want really bad, but it is priced way higher than I would ever spend, I like to try and find it gently used or on sale. A good website that I shop on a lot is ThredUP.

    ThredUp is an online consignment shop that has crazy deals on it and carries lots of name brands. For example, this past month there was a dress while I was out shopping that was cute. I looked at this price tag and saw it was $355 so I immediately set it right back down. About a week later, I was looking on ThredUp and found the same dress, new with tags, for only $40! There are also a lot of Instagram accounts that sell gently used clothing for good prices. So, if you are wanting more expensive items or brand names, but not wanting to spend a crazy amount of money, definitely start looking for second-hand clothing deals! 

    3. Stick to one style or vibe.

    Another way to save money while trying to grow your closet is to stick to one style. Personally, my style could be described as simple/neutral with a pop of color. I try and wear plain things, but then choose one part of my outfit to be more fun or sassy. All of my clothing pieces “go together” a lot more than they would if I wore random outfits every day. For example, tonight for dinner I wore jean shorts, a cheetah print belt, and a tucked-in white shirt. I wore the white shirt yesterday with a skirt, and today it looked like a completely new outfit! By finding your own style and sticking to it, you are guaranteed to get more use out of all your clothing.

    Now that you have some tips on how to be in style on a budget, here are some more fashion tips from GirlSpring!