Not Groceries…TOYS!

I love sharing great deals I have found on healthy groceries.  But today, with Christmas coming up, I thought it would be fun to share some online deals for toys.

Amazon prices change without notice, so if the prices you see here aren’t accurate…just hope they went down, not up!  I’ll do my best to keep this page updated here on my blog in between making chicken broth and reading history to the boys.  :)

I think Green Toys are so super cool.  Of course, these weren’t around yet when my kids were little.  I would have loved a tub full of them!  There are several good sale prices on Green Toys.  These are the best I found:

Green Toys My First Stacker set is just $9.74 with free shipping if you have Prime.  My boys LOVED stacking toys when they were babies and toddlers.  Hours of simple entertainment (stack, knock over, repeat). green toys stackers
Green Toys Shape Sorter is down to $12.99.  This type of toy was also a favorite of ours, back in the day.

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The Green Toys Tea Set looks so sweet I can’t even stand it.  It’s down to $18.19, and comes in two color sets: Pastels or Blue/Red/Yellow.

green toys tea set
The Green Toys Fire Truck looks like so much fun, and is down to just $18.19 also.

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Take a look at all the Green Toys at Amazon.  There are great discounts on many of their products!

Of course, I have to mention Legos as they are a favorite at our house still.

The Lego City Starter Toy Building Set is down to $23.96.  This one is fun because it has several vehicles and minifigures – offering much creativity.  Malachi (almost 10) loves this kind of Lego set.  Of course, he loves most any kind of Lego set and thinks he will never have enough Legos. lego city
Lego City Flatbed Truck is only $13.59.
lego city flatbed
Lego Friends Downtown Bakery looks so fun!  It’s down to $23.99. lego friends
Get one of our favorite card games, Blink, for just $5.00.

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I’ll be sure to share more deals this season as I happen upon them.  What fun toys are you looking at this Christmas?

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Your Skin Does NOT Have to Be Dry This Winter!

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Want to avoid dry, cracked, red, rough, bleeding, miserable hands as we head into the colder months?  Meeeeee too!  I have two wonderful pieces of advice for you:

1.  Wear rubber gloves when you wash dishes.

Keeping my hands out of the water as much as possible is a huge help in keeping my hands soft and healthy.  I slip on gloves every time I rinse or wash dishes, wipe off the countertop, and load or unload the dishwasher.

Now as we all know, I personally love and recommend wearing mis-matched rubber gloves every time you wash dishes.  Two left-handed gloves are best.  Be sure to wear these when you have company so they will notice how absurd you look.  Wear them proudly.

crazy gloves

Please note that the above tip actually works to keep your hands from getting dry even if the gloves are a matched pair, directly out of the package – if you can possibly imagine me wearing such a normal item.

2.  Avoid harmful chemical-filled lotions and creams.

For as long as I can remember, my hands suffered greatly in the wintertime.  I lathered them up constantly with fragrance-filled commercial lotions, yet they stayed miserable and even got worse.  This became a vicious cycle of having cracked and bleeding hands, rubbing on harmful lotions to “help,” breaking out worse, rubbing on more lotion…  It was awful.  I tried all variety of lotions, hoping I’d find the magic one that would cure my painful skin.  Nothing helped.

I finally realized that part of my problem was the lotion I was using.  I trashed all my store-bought lotions that turned out to be full of unhealthy ingredients which were causing more harm than good.  I began using lotions from companies like Tropical Traditions I’d learned to trust.  I’m so thankful for this, as I now see how important it is to be very careful about what we put on our skin.  What goes on the skin is immediately absorbed into our bodies.  That’s a huge reason to be super cautious!

The bad news:

Even using healthier lotions did not help my dry skin.  I was so disappointed.  My hands continued to be miserable during the winter – bright red, burning, cracked, bleeding.  Nothing helped.

Until I was introduced to MadeOn BeeSilk Hard Lotion.  <——That’s the very, very good news.

I received it in the mail, taking note of its different appearance.  This stuff doesn’t come in a bottle or tube.  It’s a hard lotion bar, which softens as you hold it – then you rub it on your skin.  Within minutes – minutes – I noticed a difference.  I had immediate relief from my painful hands.  Still I was sceptical.  Would my hands still feel good an hour later?  Three hours later?  Six hours later?

Yes, yes, and yes.

The fact that BeeSilk Hard Lotion is made with only three completely healthy ingredients is the best part of all.  I’ve used MadeOn Hard Lotion for four years now and have never looked back.  Do I still occasionally have dry hands?  Well, only if I’ve been too lazy to rub on some BeeSilk before bed.  This lotion works every time, all the time.  I always keep a supply on hand (literally - ha!).

Guess what?  Renee at MadeOn was kind enough to agree to my request of offering a free gift to EVERYONE with your purchase.  Even better?  That free gift is none other than my favorite product:  a Pocket Size BeeSilk Lotion Bar (worth $6.95).  So…you order whatever you need (like lots of BeeSilk Lotion Bars and refills to have on hand for this winter).  Then use the code “HHNOV” to receive a free Beesilk pocket size lotion bar with the purchase of any MadeOn product.

Add the pocket size Beesilk to cart before applying the code.  Code expires Thursday, November 13.

Thank you, Renee!  Here’s to a winter with soft, comfortable hands!

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Awesome New Amazon Coupons ~ Larabars, Coconut Oil, Coconut Flour, Nuts, Sugar…

I checked in at Amazon this morning to see if they had any new grocery coupons that looked interesting.  WOW.  They added a lot this week!  Some are for items I consider “splurges” that I’ll be socking away for stocking stuffers and gift bags this Christmas.  Some are items I love having on hand for holiday baking.  ALL are great deals!!

I updated our Amazon Deals page to show all the latest deals I’ve found, but wanted to be sure you saw them here too.  Read this post for more information about how Amazon Prime/Mom and subscribe and save works.

My favorite coupon is for $4.00 of a box of Larabars.  Combined with subscribe and save, I got a box of 15 Larabar Uber Roasted Nut Rolls for just $9.42.  This coupon can be used on most varieties of Larabars, so pick your favorite and enjoy the huge savings!

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It’s always great to find great coconut oil deals!  This Viva Labs Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is just $15.82 after coupon, which is a great price per ounce on virgin oil.

viva labs coconut oil coupon

This Plum Organics Coupon is good for 20% off a huge variety of fun options.  You can also pair this coupon with your Amazon Prime/Mom subscribe and save discounts.  My boys like the Plum Organics Chocolate Chip Go Bar, which we take on soccer and basketball road trips.

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I love having these Planters Peanuts pouches to take on the road for protein between soccer or basketball games.  I got 72 pouches of these for just 11¢ each!

planters coupon

This Nutiva coupon is great for coconut flour (as low as $10.04 for a 3-pound bag), but even better if you use it for a 54 ounce tub of Refined Coconut Oil.  The coconut oil above is great for baked items with a coconut flavor.  This refined oil is flavorless and odorless – perfect for frying and cooking!  $22.00 for a 54 ounce tub is an awesome price!

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There are many sugar options for this Wholesome Sweeteners coupon, which gets you 15% off, plus 15-20% additional savings with subscribe and save.  I don’t care for this brand of sucanat, so I’d use this coupon for savings off Billington’s Muscovado Sugar.  This sugar is high in nutrients and great for holiday baking.  It has a stronger flavor than typical brown sugar from the store, so you can use a lesser amount.

wholesome sweeteners coupon

In addition to these great deals, I see that 6-Pack of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are back down to $20.88.  This price keeps going up and down, so if you can catch it at $20.88, grab it quickly!

enjoy life six pack

Once again, I’m so grateful for all the online grocery savings options.  This makes shopping so much easier for me!  Hope these coupons benefit you as much as they do me.  Blessings on your day!! :)

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Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips – Great Price at Amazon!

My friend emailed to let me know that we can get a 6-Pack of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for just $20.88.  Sweet!

These are allergen free and yummy.  It’s a great time to stock up!  Shipping if free if you have Amazon Prime.  I keep this variety of chocolate chips in our freezer to use in baking.  They are great!

enjoy life six pack

Need some recipe ideas for your chocolate chips?  Here are our favorites:

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Is It Healthy To Fry Food? Deep Fryers and Great Grocery Deals…

Several have asked how I fry my Pumpkin Donuts.  A skillet with about a 1/2 inch of hot oil works great, and that’s how I used to fry food.  But Matt and the boys got me this Oster Deep Fat Fryer a couple Christmases ago and I LOVE it.  This makes the process of frying donuts, chicken nuggets, French fries, etc. so much easier!

Is it Healthy to Eat Fried Food

The question everyone wants to know is:  Aren’t fried foods unhealthy?

My very happy response to that questions is this:  If you fry your food in Palm Shortening or Coconut Oil, your fried foods will be healthy!  The reason?  Palm Shortening and Coconut Oil are digestible, nourishing, and stable fats.  This means that they can be heated to extreme temperatures without becoming rancid or without turning into trans fats.  #happydance #bringonthehomemadefrenchfries

Other oils – in particular bottled vegetable oils and canola oil – aren’t beneficial to our health in the first place.  When they are heated to the high temperatures required for frying, they begin to go berserk because they aren’t stable enough to handle the heat.  When heated for frying, they become rancid or oxidized, then they create free radicals that attack our cells.  This can eventually lead to many health problems and diseases.  #nothanks  #blech  #stickwithcoconutoil

Olive oil is a healthy fat, but it becomes unstable at about 450° so it isn’t always a great choice for deep-frying food.  I do use olive oil to lightly stir fry veggies in a skillet.

I’m so grateful for healthy frying options, because fried food tastes crazy good!  Obviously, we need to balance the good fats and fried food with plenty of fruits and vegetables.  After all, God created our bodies to function best by eating a wide variety of nutrients.  But for the record, fried green beans, fried zucchini, fried mushrooms, and fried asparagus are fantastic.  #bestofbothworlds

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts with Glaze

Now for some big fat healthy deals around the web:

I typically recommend my favorite Palm Shortening from Tropical Traditions because it is such fantastic quality.  In case you’d like to try a smaller container of this shortening (Tropical Traditions only carries gallon buckets or larger), you may want to try Spectrum brand, which comes in a 24 ounce tub.

Right now, iHerb is carrying Spectrum Palm Shortening for just $6.34 a tub.  Even better?  You get free shipping at iHerb when your order is over $20.  AND, if you’re a new customer and click through this iHerb referral link, you’ll get $10 off your order of $40 or more.  (Or use my referral number at checkout, BID487)  Sweet deal!

spectrum palm shortening
While you’re at iHerb getting your $10 off and free shipping, I suggest picking up other ingredients you might need for baking this fall and winter.  They carry my favorite brand of sucanat, Rapunzel Whole Cane Sugar.  I often also get Enjoy Life Soy Free Chocolate Chips and Now Foods Cocoa Powder at iHerb.  Yay for fun baking!  Have fun with your $10 of free grocery money!

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I recommend expeller pressed or refined coconut oil for frying as these varieties are flavorless and odorless.  Amazon is carrying BetterBody Foods Organic Refined Oil for just $10.60 for a 15 ounce jar.  There are only a few in stock, so hopefully you can grab one before they run out!

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Amazon is running a great deal on a Lodge 5-Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set.  It’s only $63.99, down from $150.00.  This is a GREAT deal if you can swing it.  Cast iron is a fantastic, healthy alternative to Teflon.  You can use palm shortening or coconut oil to season your cast iron.

lodge five piece set

Universal Housewares is also offering a great deal on cast iron.  Get this 3-piece skillet set for just $24.99, down from $50.00.

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What are your favorite fried foods?  Have you switched to palm or coconut oil for frying?  It’s a delicious change for the better!

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10-15% off Everything at Lilla Rose ~ Plus an Additional Heavenly Homemakers Special!

My favorite hair accessories are on sale…twice!  :)  This is a great way to grab some early Christmas gifts.

Lilla Rose Fall Sale Post

Not only will you get 10-15% off your order, Paula from Lilla Rose will give you a FREE SURPRISE FLEXI when you place a $40 order between now and Oct.18!!!*

*Place an order of $40 or more (excluding tax and shipping) through Paula’s website, then message her to redeem your free surprise flexi! Offer valid for U.S. customers only and expires Oct. 18, 2014. This is for both new and returning customers, but if you already have another Lilla Rose consultant, please stay with her; I’m sure she’ll appreciate it! Thank you!

Take advantage of this amazingness!

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Palm Shortening 40% Off Plus Free Shipping at Tropical Traditions!

This is super exciting!  With holiday baking season upon us, we’ll want to stock up on Palm Shortening.  It’s 40% off this weekend, with free shipping too!

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Here are the recipes I love making with Palm Shortening:

I also use it to fry Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, and Whole Wheat Donuts.  Palm Shortening can be heated to high temps safely, which makes it healthy for frying.  I love this!  Plus, the Tropical Traditions brand is sustainably farmed.  We can trust this product and this company!

Through Sunday, September 12, Tropical Tradition’s Palm Shortening 40% off!  Get a gallon bucket for just $23.59 WITH FREE SHIPPING!!!  Grab a bucket or three!

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~  Are you a new customer with Tropical Traditions?  If so, clicking through the links in this post to purchase will reward you with a FREE Virgin Coconut Oil Book.  No need to add it to your cart – you’ll get it automatically with purchase.

tropical traditions coconut oil book

Use the code 141310 at check-out for free shipping to apply.  Take advantage of these great prices as you work to feed your family well!

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Get 15% Off Vanilla Beans (plus free shipping) Through Wednesday

I was so excited to see an email this morning letting me know that Olive Nation – my favorite source for high quality vanilla beans – is offering a 15% off coupon!

I very much encourage you to join the fun of making Homemade Vanilla Extract.  It’ll save you a lot of money on this pricy baking item.  Plus, your vanilla extract will be pure and so, so, so delicious.  We’ve been making our own vanilla for over five years now.  I’ll never go back to store-bought.  Plus, Homemade Vanilla Extract makes great gifts!

Read details here about how to make homemade vanilla.  It is incredibly easy!  Take advantage of the 15% discount from Olive Nation.  They are the only place I trust to deliver great quality beans, every single time.  The added perk is that their prices for this quality are the best (and believe me – we’ve done the research on this).  Even better – they always offer free shipping on vanilla bean orders.

So go get your vanilla beans!!  Use the code VANB15 for the 15% discount.  Free shipping is automatic on vanilla bean orders.

How To Make Vanilla Extract

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New Coupons at Amazon ~ And Changes to Amazon Mom Discounts

It’s always fun for me to check out new Amazon coupons the first of each month!  Be sure to read this page which explains more about how Amazon Prime/Amazon Mom and subscribe an save works.  When you put all these together with coupons offered, you can get some great deals delivered to your door with free shipping!

Here are some coupons and deals I found that you might be interested in:

This coupon helped me get a case of Matt’s favorite Larabars for 81¢ each!

larabar core coupon

There are many Plum Organics items you can get with this coupon.  I ordered a case of these bars for sports trips.

plum coupon

I love the convenience of having TP delivered to my door.  I ordered with at a 20% discount with subscribe and save, plus got the $1.00 off with coupon.

angel soft coupon

Making Homemade Chewy Granola Bars is best for you and saves you the most money, but if you prefer to have pre-packaged bars on hand, Cascadian Farm is a good choice.  Get 20% off with the coupon, plus another 20% off if you purchase this along with at least 4 other subscribe and save items.

cascadian farm coupon

This Kashi 25% Off Coupon can be used on quite a few different items.  You can look through them all here.

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You may have seen that Amazon is changing their Amazon Prime/Amazon Mom benefits after November 11.  Before that date, you will get an additional 20% discount if you purchase 5 or more subscribe and save items.  After that date, the discount goes down to 15%.  It’s not a huge difference, but it’s important to note.  I’m finding that I want to take advantage of the 20% discount one last time for my October subscribe and save order.  So I’m stocking up now!  Our October order will be a big one!

Be sure to check our Amazon Deals page often.  We update every time we find a great deal to share with you!

Were you disappointed to see the % change?  Do you use Amazon Prime/Mom?

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Take Advantage of Amazon Coupons to Get Baby Items

We don’t use baby products at our house anymore, so I rarely think to look for good deals for them online.  BUT, you should know (and you probably already do know this) that Amazon offers great deals on high quality baby products.  If you have Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom, you can get 20% off these items when you order at least 5 subscribe and save items during one month.  PLUS, you’ll often find great coupons to use along with Subscribe and Save.

My favorite thing about this, aside from the money savings, is that these products are shipped to your door for free.  No more loading up the little ones to go to the store for diapers and wipes!

Here are some of the best coupons and deals I came across today:

Get $5.00 off Seventh Generation Baby Diapers, plus 20% off with subscribe and save.

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Get $3.00 off Seventh Generation Baby Wipes plus 20% off with subscribe and save.

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Get $4.00 off Seventh Generation Baby Diapers, plus 20% off with subscribe and save.  I’d obviously use the $5 coupon above first, but this is also a great one because it can be used with or without Subscribe and Save, whereas the one above can only be used with S&S.

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Get a 10-15% off Select Natural coupon and pair it with subscribe and save to get an additional 20% off.

select nature coupon

Get a $3.00 off Babyganics Shampoo and Body Wash, plus 20% off with subscribe and save.

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How often do you use Subscribe and Save for baby product deliveries?  Do you find it to be a great money and time saver?

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