Pamper Yourself Naturally With Perfectly Posh ~ A Giveaway

We learned several years ago with our youngest son Malachi’s chronic skin condition that what we put on our skin goes directly into our body, which means we need to be very careful about what we put on our skin.  I’m not much into pampering products.  After all, usually they are full of chemicals I’d rather avoid putting on my skin.  But what about a fun product that can brag this:

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Well, now maybe I’ll listen.

Laura A., an independent consultant with Perfectly Posh sent me two of their most popular products to try out.  Taking time to relax and pamper myself?  Yes, that is a good thing.  My family appreciates it when I take care of myself.  ;)

Here’s what I got to try:

posh 2Best Face Forever (BFF) – Millions of microbeads scrub and gently exfoliate with a naturally cleansing blend of grapefruit and peppermint. Essential oils soothe and freshen. Gently enough for everyday use. BFF makes me feel like I am having a mini spa experience every day.

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Night and Day – Moisturize with lavender and glycerin plus natural olive oils.  It’s nourishment you need to have your skin be your best.  Smooth over your clean face morning and night.

These products left my face feeling clean and refreshed.  I like that there are fun products available we can feel good about.
You might also want to check into the Perfectly Posh business opportunity to see if this is a good match for you.  Maybe you just want to check out the products a little more.   And maybe, just maybe, you’d like to win a fun package with Best Face Forever and Night & Day like I got to try.
If so, leave a comment on this post!  I’ll draw a random winner on Monday, September 22.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.
 
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10 Easy Real Food Meals for Less Than $1 Per Plate

You’re excited to hit the restart button this fall.  You’re making healthy changes in your kitchen and you’re likely finding the sticker shock to be a bit painful.  (By the way, what is up with the price of butter lately?)

I feel ya.  Healthy food costs more than processed “food.”  That’s because real food is…real.  It’s whole and it’s good, and it is the result of hard work and careful practices.  (Go farmers!)  Chemicals and fillers in processed foods are cheap to make in factories.  You get what you pay for.  But ugh, must feeding our families eat up (literally) so much of the pay check?

Always remember that the food you buy is an investment in good health.  It helps to keep this in mind when you’re temped to save money by filling your cart with cheap processed foods that won’t nourish.

Be encouraged!  There are so many great meals you can make that are real, completely nourishing, and still very inexpensive.  Phew!  You’re not going to go broke.  You just have to learn a few tricks to making this work.

I’m here to help.  I am feeding teenage boys, after all.  I really would go broke if I didn’t work to keep our real food costs down.  After all, some of the darling children can eat half a casserole each.  (And you wonder why I have so much Pyrex.)

Here are ten real food meals that cost less than $1.00 per person.  Not only are they super inexpensive, these are some of our favorite meals.  Score!!!

10 Easy Real Food Meals for Less Than $1 Per Plate

Sure, several of my boys eat 3-4 plates full of these meals.  But that’s still only $3-$4 for each of them.  I’ll take it.

10 Easy Real Food Meals for Less Than $1 Per Plate

What are your favorite, inexpensive real food meals?  Share your best tips for saving money while eating real food!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake ~ Share Your Story

Stories of how you are using the recipes you find here have been coming in rapidly, making my day every time I get one!  Do you have a story to share? Take a picture or two, then email me with the details of how you use your favorite Heavenly Homemaker recipe. Share your story!

Share Your Heavenly Homemakers Recipe Story

Shaela sent in this one, which included none other than old episodes of our boys’ Cake Boys videos (a spin-off of the TV show, Cake Boss).  Our boys were a few inches shorter and a few shoe sizes smaller when they made these.  :)  They’ve moved on to other types of videos now, but if you haven’t watched the Cake Boys series, you may want to - just for fun!

Here’s what Shaela wrote:

Our kids love to watch Cake Boys episodes and I about die of laughter watching your boys’ commercials on the episodes (Asa’s elbow guard was hilarious). We decided to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake today and watch Cake Boys. I loved that the cake was done in the Crock Pot since it’s 95 degrees here in Colorado today. Thank you for sharing those Cake Boys videos, we enjoy them and your recipes.

Here are the pictures of her family making the cake together.  Love, love love!

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Thank you, Shaela.  You can imagine our Cake Boys got a big kick out of your story!

I think it goes without saying that you should now all go make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake.  :)

Now your turn to share your story.  Email me!

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Nutrimill and MadeOn Giveaway Winners, Plus a GREAT Deal on Organic Refined Coconut Oil

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These are some awfully fun giveaway winners to announce.  Congrats, ladies!

Our MadeOn $25 Gift Certificate winner is:

Karen L: karenaleak@

Our Nutrimill winner from Paula’s Bread is:

Rachel Fisher: rachelgfisher@

Ladies, email me and I’ll forward your info on for your prizes!

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I just found a big ol’ 54 ounce tub of Nutiva Organic Refined Coconut Oil which you can get for just $20.79 with the 10% off coupon offered by Amazon.  (Free shipping if you have Amazon Prime.)  This makes the oil only $0.38 per ounce – a great price for organic coconut oil.  I’m most excited about this because it is flavorless and odorless.  It’s hard to find good deals sometimes on refined coconut oil that is actually still good for you.  (Some at the grocery store don’t contain much in the way of nutrition.  I like Nutiva brand.)

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I like using refined coconut oil in any recipe I don’t want a coconut flavor.  French fries, chicken nuggets, chicken fried steak – these are all great (and healthy!) with refined coconut oil.  This has a very long shelf life, although I find that I go through it pretty quickly. ;)  Snatch this up!

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Taco Quesadillas ~ The Make-Ahead Lunch Box

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Have you ever made quesadillas, let them cool, then put them into the fridge or freezer for another day?  You should do this.  They are perfect for your Make-Ahead Lunch Box.

Now you’re thinking, why would I do that?  Quesadillas are already my easy go-to meal to make on the fly.  How would it help to make them ahead of time?

Come closer.  I have something to tell you.  If you make quesadillas ahead of time, then they will already be made when you want to serve or eat them.  <— It has taken years of research, trial, and error to arrive at wise and knowledgeable comments such as these.

Okay fine.  I just figured it out last week.  It should have been obvious to me long ago, but I thought melty cheese should always be warm.  Yes, somehow I forgot cold pizza was a food group for some people.  Who knew cold quesadillas were also good?  And if you don’t want to eat them cold, but instead want them warm again, simply warm them up at serving time.  <—- Again, the brilliance of advice read here must continue to amaze you.

Now, the best part about a quesadilla is that you can fill them with whatever you like.  Cheese, obviously.  But what about varieties of meat and/or veggies?  Taco Quesadillas are my current favorite, dipped in a small bowl of fresh salsa.  I will tell you from experience that these taste great warm or cold.  Warm would be my top choice, but we threw a bunch of cold ones into a bag to take to a soccer game recently and they were delicious.  This means you can make these ahead of time and throw them in your lunch box for work or school.  Perfect!

Taco Quesadillas

Your favorite tortillas (we like my homemade whole wheat tortillas)
Shredded cheese (my fav is Colby jack or white cheddar)
Leftover cooked taco meat
Salsa

Place a tortilla in a skillet and top with shredded cheese and cooked meat.  Top with an additional tortilla.  (I do feel a little bit silly telling you how to make a quesadilla, as if you don’t know how to make a quesadilla.  But hey, if you didn’t know before, now you do.)  Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side until cheese has melted.

Watch to be sure tortillas don’t burn.  <—- Breaking out one more time with more never-heard-before, ground breaking advice.  You’re welcome.

Taco Quesadillas

I would love to hear how you like to fill your quesadillas and if you have ever tried eating them cold.  What are your favorite meats and veggies used to fill tortillas? 

Have any earth-shattering advice for us?  Here’s one more nugget of wisdom from me, completely unrelated to quesadillas:  When it is cold outside, you should wear a coat.  Now, your turn.

The Make-Ahead Lunch Box

Find all of our Make-Ahead Lunch Box recipes and ideas here.

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Gratituesday: Filling the Pantry

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Gardening.  Canning.  Preserving.  Freezing.  Slicing.  It is so much work.

I really don’t have time for this.  But I also don’t have time not to do it.  So I make time, or somehow, as always, God provides the time.  The family pitches in to help, and eventually we get it all done.

The beauty of working so hard to get garden veggies and orchard fruit preserved in the summer and fall is that this winter it will all be convenience food for our family!  It will be super easy to pull these goodies out of the pantry or freezer and serve them quickly with our meals.  That’s why I make the time – that and because it saves us hundreds of dollars.  That’s pretty nice too.  :)

It’s been a few years since we canned any peaches.  We’ve only had enough to freeze some for smoothies.  This year, we got ourselves set for smoothies, and filled several jars to eat plain or with cottage cheese.  These peaches turned out so pretty!

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We’ve made loads of applesauce.  What you see below is barely a sampling.  Thanks to cucumbers a friend passed along to us, we are all set with dill pickles and sweet pickle relish for the year.  I also made a few jars of salsa (my mom’s recipe).  Sometimes, I just open my pantry to stare at all the pretty jars full of food.  That alone makes the hard work all worth it.  :)

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It was ironic that I was gawking at my jars of home-canned produce and taking pictures to share with you today.  Just as I was doing that, the UPS man showed up on our porch with part of our Amazon Subscribe and Save order.  FUN!!  (See many of the specifics here.)

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I snapped a picture of the packaged food (and household items) too.  I thought it would be good to show you those along with my home-canned produce.  Yep, sometimes I rely on packaged cereal on busy mornings.  Sometimes we like chips for a treat.  It’s all about balance, right?

I just LOVE a full pantry, and thank God that he has provided so much (mostly) free produce to preserve.  I also thank Him for the great deals I find online that are delivered to my door.  How fun that I got to stare at so many household blessings for my family today.  Thank you, God for the bounty!

How about you?  What are you thankful for this Gratituesday?

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Whoa.  One more thing to be thankful for:

SO many people were trying to buy the Healthy Living Bundle yesterday afternoon (the last day) that the site crashed, preventing many from completing their purchase.  Boooo!  Because the site wasn’t working properly for several hours, the team has given you a few more hours today to complete your purchase.  That is so nice of them – the team has worked HARD this week, so for them to extend this is a true blessing.  You have until noon today, September 16.

I say we try to go crash the site again, what do you say?  The package is worth it – take advantage of these bonus hours!

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Today’s the Last Day. It’s Time For Laura to Start Acting Crazy and Giving Out Free Gifts.

This is only the beginning.

I might have gotten carried away last weekend.  And by “might” I mean “did.”  I got carried away.  What, you’re surprised?

See, here we are, on the final day of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle sale.  I think the package pretty much sells itself, because hello, it includes 80 resources for pennies each, plus 10 really nice bonus items to make your healthy living journey easier.  To be specific, you get a $95 essential oils eCourse for just 37¢, a $29 real food cleansing webinar for just 37¢, a $10 family fitness eBook for just 37¢ - do you really need me to keep going?  You can not miss this.

You have to at least check it out.  What do you have to lose?  Nothing, since there’s a one-year money back guarantee if you don’t completely love it.  I don’t want you to pass this up, then regret that you didn’t take advantage of this.  Tuesday is too late – you have to grab it now.  Here, I’ll make it easy:

For those of you who still need to be convinced of the value of this bundle, I will now answer, in selfie format, the five questions you must still be asking before you hit the buy now button.

1.  Laura, how excited were you when you first got your bundle?

Excited

Seriously.  It was like Christmas.  Only healthier.  And it was pretty much all for me, which seems a little selfish, but whatever, because it will bless everyone in my household.

2.  How will I possibly read that many eBooks?

So many ebooks!

C’mon now.  There may be 73 eBooks to read through, but they are yours forever, so let’s not get all ehhh, I’m so overwhelmed and all that.  You’ll keep them in a file on your computer.  You’ll access them as needed.  You’ll give away the ones you will never need.  It’s like having a library right at your computer, full of books that will encourage you in all the healthy ways you need as you hit the restart button this fall.

3.  The bonuses.  Are they legit?

Bonus Freebies

I’m telling you, as if the eBooks and eCourses weren’t rockin’ – the bonus items you can get means this package pays for itself and then some.  You’ll get a free gift from my very favorite MadeOn hard lotion store, free items for baby (great for gifts if you’re not in the baby stage), free herbal remedies from Tri-Light Health (I love these!), and so much more.  You’ll pay for the shipping on these items, but that’s minimal and so very worth it.  These are the best bonus items I’ve seen in any bundle we’ve offered, ever.  See the detailed list here.

4.  What exactly are you doing there, Laura?

Free Yoga Membership

Not only will you get to order bonus freebie items to be mailed to you, you’ll even get free memberships to places like StayAtHomeYoga.com and Tradishen.  Yoga exercises at home, in my own time, with my son’s friends making fun of me in the background?  Bring it on.  And yeah, I’m totally not doing that pose correctly.  I’m still getting it all figured out.

5.  Is the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle really as good as you say it is?

I am so serious

May this Healthy Living Bundle bless you as much as it has me, may you enjoy the benefits of better health, may you fall over with excitement when your bonus gifts come in the mail, and may you all take a selfie and send it to me right after you purchase the bundle.

Bundle Details Here. 

I’m serious.  Do it.  Buy the bundle, then take a selfie.  I want to see your face once you open the package.  I’ll even send you a free Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Holiday Hospitality eBook, just to reward your selfie taking and emailing efforts.  Already bought these resources through my site?  Your happy bundle selfies count too.  Here’s my email address.  Let the selfies fill my inbox.  The countdown is on…

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Menu Plan for the Week ~ And A Little Bit About Our Past Few Days

I hate to talk about the weather, but…

Is it cold at your house already?  It’s been unseasonably cold the past few days here in Nebraska.  Temps are supposed to creep up again, thankfully, but here it is mid-September and I’m already wearing wool socks.  It’s a little early for that, but I’m kind of a cold weather wimp.  ;)

We’re pulling in quite a bit from our garden since it’s been getting so cold at night.  We probably won’t be getting many more fresh tomatoes (sniff).  I chopped one up to go with a new recipe I found in the Healthy Living BundleTaco Dip.  It was super, super easy and really delicious – two favorite qualities in a recipe at my house.  Fresh pineapple (not from our garden, ha!) was a great side dish.  And of course, I served a mountain of quesadillas too.   We’re serious about our food.

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I’ve got a new Make-Ahead Lunch Box idea to share with you later this week.  Below is a sneak preview.  Simple and delicious.  Full details coming in a few days!

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One of the cold days last week, you would have found me wearing my wool socks…and drinking an iced coffee.  Silly and counterproductive, I know.  But the iced coffee was delicious, making the shivering episode completely worth it.  I will say though, I stuck with hot coffee the rest of the week.  I’m not completely crazy (just mostly).

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See that cool glass straw in my iced coffee?  I had no idea how nice it would be to have one of those.  When I first saw Strawsome was offering a $15 gift certificate for free with your bundle purchase, I was like, “Really? Why would I want a glass straw that would most certainly be used as a weapon of some sort in my family of males, and would break within five minutes of being in my kitchen?”  I stand corrected.  This thing is so sturdy, I’m not worried a bit about it breaking.  I LOVE that my iced coffee (or smoothies) no longer taste like plastic straws.  I have yet to share this little prize with my boys.  I actually am not so worried anymore about them breaking it, but I’ve kind of been keeping it to myself because I got a cutesy one…just for me.  What can I say?

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You like how I took so much time and effort to carefully white out my mailing address?  I am so professional.  I just thought it would be fun to show you what my countertop looked like a few days after I ordered my bundle freebies.  What you see above all came in one day.  SO MUCH FUN.  I opened them slowly, then oohed and aahed over them loudly…while drinking hot tea.  So many treats. :)

Here’s a look at our menu this week:

Sunday, September 14
Apple Crisp, cheese
Cheeseburger soup, tossed salad
Huddle – Sliced ham, macaroni salad, carrots and cucumbers with ranch, grapes, chocolate chip cookies

Monday, September 15
Fruit pizza with strawberries and kiwi
BLT wraps, peaches
Cheesy beef and rice, tossed salad, green beans

Tuesday, September 16
Scrambled eggs with cheese, creamy orange cooler
Grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup, carrots, sweet peppers
Salmon patties, sweet potato fries, peas, pears

Wednesday, September 17
Cream cheese pumpkin muffins, apples
Pasta salad bar, watermelon
Italian pasta bake, tossed salad, okra, green beans

Thursday, September 18
Cinnamon apple toast, fried eggs
Taco corn fritters, sweet peppers, olives, applesauce
Potato soup, sausage, carrot sticks, pears

Friday, September 19
Crepes with blueberries
Spanish rice, corn, sweet peppers, olives, peaches
Homemade pizza, tossed salad

Saturday, September 20
Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, raspberries
Leftovers
One dish meat and potato casserole, tossed salad

2 Days Left for Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

It’s now or never. Click here for all the great info!

Tell me a little about what you’ve done the past few days.  Hope you had a good week!

Hey, this is it!  We’re down to the last few hours.  Can’t wait to hear all you learn about with these resources!

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5 Ways To Save Money While Becoming Healthier

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Remember how my healthy living journey started?

A decade ago, clipping and using coupons was one of my favorite hobbies.  I got Hamburger Helper for 33¢ a box, Windex for 49¢, and cans of green beans for a dime.  Cheap or free – that’s what I looked for when purchasing the food we ate, the cleaning products we used, and the tissues that wiped our noses.  I was the Coupon Queen, and I rocked that job.

Then, our fourth baby was born with chronic eczema.  Suddenly our poptart-filled lives needed to change drastically.

We recognized right away that we could no longer use regular (cheap) laundry detergents as they caused major break-outs for Malachi.  Anytime a spray cleaner was used, he would be even more miserable.  Before he was a year old, we realized that everything we brought into our home – from food to cleaning supplies to medicine – needed to be changed.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Granola - Less Than $1 Per Serving

I’m thankful for the kick-start we received so that our whole family could become healthier, but it really was quite a difficult and discouraging time full of question marks.

A loving friend who knew I was trying to find better foods and cleaning supplies for my family handed me her health food co-op catalog.  She said it helped her family save money.  Excitedly, I started skimming the pages.

With one glance, I was soooo disappointed!  These were the best prices to be found on healthy food and household products?  Seriously?  I was used to paying pennies for our food and cleaners.  And what even was half of that stuff they listed in there?  Kimchi, kombucha, coconut milk?  Weird…and expensive.

Well, here we are, a million and a half life lessons and experiences later.  Thankfully, I’ve learned the importance of investing in nourishing foods and non-toxic household items for our better health.  I’ve also learned many new ways to save money – the healthy way.  Isn’t God cool?  He always provides what we need – from finances to information to ideas to support.

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie – Less Than $1 Per Serving

I still have a lot to learn.  I don’t always practice these money saving methods perfectly.  But I do my best to save money and be healthy at the same time.  I’ll continue to share the great deals I find and the tips I come across.  I know this journey can be hard, and I want to encourage you in any way I can!

The Healthy Living Bundle I’ve been talking about so much this week?  That’s probably the very best deal available anywhere I could find to share with you.  Nine years into this healthy living journey, I am learning so much by reading each piece of information included.  I love that I don’t have to become an expert on everything – I can just learn from others who know more than I.  The bundle is a fantastic investment to save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars as you journey on toward healthier living.  If you can swing it, get it.  You won’t regret it.

You’ll want to be sure and check out our
entire section of real food meals for $1 per plate!

Here are five of my favorite ways to save money while striving for good health:

1.  Make it Homemade

You already know this about me, so I’ll just briefly say – it saves our family hundreds of dollars every month when I make most of our simple meals from scratch.  Here are some of the highest money-saving foods I make:

Beyond food, I’ve found that it saves a lot of money to make our own cleaning supplies (see #2 below).   I’m also very interested in learning to make bars of soap.  That would save loads of money!  I’ve skimmed the Natural Soap Making eBook in the bundle and can’t wait to really dig in.

Natural Soap Making Cold Process Basics & Recipes

2.  Skip it Altogether

While I used to have a specific cleaning product for every single cleaning need on the planet, I’ve found that it’s not necessary at all.  Do I really need to spray chemicals from a can onto my dusting cloth before wiping down my furniture?  Um…who knew a bit of water would work just as well if not better?  (sometimes I amaze myself)

I use a great All-Purpose Cleaner from Tropical Traditions for tougher jobs.  Otherwise, simple household items like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are completely healthy, inexpensive, and pretty much amazing.  A great way to save money is to make your own household cleaners (see #1 above).  I’ve loved learning great recipes and tips for this in the five books included in the Healthy Living Bundle that will save me even more cash.

DIY Natural Household Cleaners

3.  Think Outside the Box

What if the way we’ve always done things isn’t necessarily the only way to do it?  What if doing something different might be healthier and save money too?  It’s hard to think outside the box sometimes – especially if anything outside of our norm seems foreign to us.  But on your healthy living journey, you’ll find it’s great to save money by exploring new ideas.

For instance, I used to run my kids to the medical clinic for every sniffle or bump.  The costs really added up, but what’s a mom to do?  I am so thankful for what I’ve learned the past few years about treating my family at home when possible.  Doctors and clinics are there for a reason, and we certainly use them when we need to.  But home remedies, essential oils (I’m just digging into these and LOVE what I’m learning!), natural options for keeping on top of illnesses - these are keeping us healthier and saving us hundreds of dollars too.

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This eCourse is one of the most popular items in the bundle,
so I wanted to be sure and highlight it.  It’s an amazing resource.

4.  Plan Ahead

While it isn’t possible to see into the future, there are a few constants in life we can prepare for.  For instance:

  • You will always need toilet paper and laundry detergent.
  • We all need to eat three times a day.
  • Christmas is always December 25.

Planning for what I know will be needed saves my sanity and keeps us from spending money we don’t need to spend.  Making meal plans each week has saved me so much money!  You can see all my weekly menu plans here.

MEALS ePlanner

Purchasing Christmas gifts throughout the year when I see something on sale saves loads of money – which has nothing to do with a healthier lifestyle, except that it keeps me from becoming crazy, so it totally counts.  Buying cases of toilet paper online so that I never run out is a life saver and money saver too.  Which leads me to…

5.  Use Online Resources

I continue to be amazed about the awesome deals I find online.  Not only am I saving money on the items themselves, I’m saving all kinds of gas money and travel time.  I love that I can shop at my convenience, and save time by having items shipped (usually, for free) to my door.

I always try to share great online deals with you here when I find them.  You’ll find a button on my sidebar for our Amazon Deals page, which I update regularly with all the 20% off plus coupon deals I find at Amazon.  Huge savings there!

Tropical Traditions runs free shipping deals every few weeks, along with sale prices.  WHICH, this weekend happens to be a free shipping special AND they finally are offering a 40% discount on their Organic Palm Shortening at the same time!!!!!  I’m so excited about this, I bought two gallon-sized buckets!  Get a great deal on palm shortening and free shipping too!  (Plus get a free coconut oil book if you are a new customer and shop through my referral link here.)  Use the code 12914 for free shipping to apply.

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Phew, this is a long post.  If you’ve stuck with me this long, you’re in for a treat!  MadeOn is offering one of you a $25 Gift Certificate to spend in their shop!

MadeOn is one of my very favorite online resources.  I use their BeeSilk Hard Lotion all the time.  Their products are completely safe and wonderful for the skin.

You may have noticed that every single one of us who purchases the Healthy Living Bundle gets a FREE package from MadeOn worth $16.50.  This freebie along with the other natural living freebies (like herbal remedies from Trilight Health and yogurt starter from Cultures For Health - woot!) make the bundle worth the purchase a million times over.  The bundle will only be around for three more days.

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This is why it’s extra sweet that MadeOn is giving away an bonus $25 gift certificate here!  Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested.  (Subscribers, click over to the post on my blog to leave a comment for a chance to enter.)  I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, September 17.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

Share with us – what are your best tips for saving money on your healthy living journey?

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Are Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free Diets a Fad? Healthy or Not Healthy? My Thoughts…

I decided it would make perfect sense for me to post about My Favorite Whole Wheat Recipes, and then follow it up the next day with a post about avoiding wheat and/or grains altogether.  I like keeping you on your toes.

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Seeing as the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle includes an entire section on Special Diets, I thought this might be a good time to address my thoughts on eating a gluten free, grain free, or paleo diet.  Let’s chat, shall we?

A few weeks ago, I got this email from Deb:

I am just wondering what you think about all the gluten free, etc. rage?  Some of my friends truly have celiac, but most just seem to be trying this as more of a fad, way to lose weight, etc.  Don’t you think that the reason that they feel better is because they give up processed junk and sugar, not so much because of the actual gluten? 

We just had a missionary stay with us from Australia, she is originally from Taiwan and has lived in Kenya as well.  She says that Americans are the only ones who take supplements and vitamins and have all these food allergies.  She thinks it is ridiculous to eat at McDonalds, then buy vitamins.  She stayed with us 2 weeks and it was very interesting, even if she was out and about, she would NOT get fast food, she would go to the grocery and buy fresh meat and vegetables and come home and cook it, even though it costs more and was more time consuming.  Also, a lot of my friends that are on these EXTREME diets cheat half the time anyway, so what is the point?  

Ah yes.  I too have watched people go from eating a basic diet of donuts, chips, fast food, and skittles – to eating a low fat or low-carb diet.  They lose weight, feel better, and swear that the key is to cut out carbs, grains, gluten, eggs, beef, or butter.

Hey, hey, hey.  Them’s fightin’ words to this girl.  Nobody better be blaming my butter or beef on their poor health!  Especially when we’re talking about the kind that comes from cows who are raised in a healthy environment.  But enough about my beloved bovines.  What is the healthiest way for all of us to eat?

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I hate to disappoint you, but I do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all diet.  I believe real food, in balance, based on what your body can tolerate and thrive on is the right diet for you.  Learn to listen to your body, and nourish it.

I love my beef, and in fact, I believe I personally need quite a bit of (grass fed, if possible) red meat in my diet in order to maintain a healthy level of iron in my body.  You might not need much or any beef.  You may not need much of any variety of meat.  Okay by me – that means more cow for this girl.  Learn to listen to your body, and nourish it.

While some can’t tolerate grains or gluten, I can.  I can’t eat them in large amounts, and in fact, I believe most of us should cut back on the grains just to make more room in our diet for fruits and vegetables Learn to listen to your body, and nourish it.

Here are my Paleo, Gluten Free, and Grain Free thoughts in a nutshell:

  • When you give up processed foods and instead eat more wholesome, nourishing foods, you will feel better and look better.  This has very little to do with the fact that the food might be gluten free, paleo, or grain free.
  • If you truly are allergic to a certain food or if a food makes you sick, by all means, you should not eat it.  You might want to check into NAET though.  It is possible to re-program our bodies so that they no longer reject certain foods as allergens.  My boys and I have experienced this, and it works.  Where we used to have food allergies, we no longer do, praise God!
  • A Gluten Free label does not automatically make a food healthy.
  • Cutting down on grains is beneficial, especially if the majority of what you eat is grainy.  Our bodies need a better balance, and grains can be difficult to digest.  Bready foods should not be our main nourishment focus.
  • If we’re cutting down our grains, we should not replace them with loads of almond flour and coconut flour.  I believe these flours are fantastic additions to our diets, and wonderful to use in baking – especially if your body can not tolerate grains.  But to eat them by the pound every day?  Well, what happened to balance?

Paleo, Gluten Free, and Grain Free diets can be healthy and beneficial.  But if you’re focused on cutting out foods for the wrong reasons, and not focused on overall body nourishment – you’re right back where you started.

Share with me what you have found is best for you and your family when it comes to eating gluten and grains.  Do you eat them?  What grains are your favorites?

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Now, who wants to save $120?

At first, I sort of skipped over the Special Diets eBooks included in the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  We’re the family that eats whole wheat flour and other grains, we can tolerate milk, and gluten isn’t an issue.  I focused on the other eBooks and eCourses instead.

But then, Grain Free Grab-n-Go: Recipes for Portable Meals on the Go! caught my eye.  We’re focusing on food for lunchboxes right now, after all.  To add variety by having some grain free options – very cool!  Then I saw Grain-Free Meal Plans Freezer Cooking Guide.  I love getting me some new freezer meal ideas.  Well, then I just kept looking through the entire Special Diet section.  It is really, really full of great information and recipes.

If you do need to accommodate for special diets in your house, you are going to love this section.  If you don’t need to accommodate for special diets, I think you’re going to love this anyway!  I don’t know about you, but I want to learn more about baking with grains other than wheat.  I want to learn more recipes that don’t include grains at all.  I want to broaden my mind when it comes to healthy meal ideas to put on the table.  Plus, how fantastic is it that I now have loads more recipe ideas to bless my friends who have celiac and food allergies?

The best part?  I did the math on these books.  If I bought them all separately (you can see them all below), they would cost over $150.  The entire Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is less than $30 for all those and a whole lot more.  I love this deal so much.  You’ll see all the books, eCourses, and free bonuses here.  Here are all the Special Diets books:

Only 4 more days until this sale ends.  I’m going to keep mentioning it because it is that good, and I don’t want you to miss it. :)

Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts:  Share what you have found is best for you and your family when it comes to eating gluten and grains.  Do you eat them?  What grains are your favorites?

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