Oh My Goodness. It’s Kind of Like a Healthy Living Groupon. Only Better. Times Infinity.

UHLB Logo 1 GreenYou know how you buy a Groupon, then you get to buy something or do something fun at a nice discount? That’s kind of what this is, only it’s insanely better because you get over $2,140 worth of stuff (not even joking) for only $29.97 (but for real). Aaannnnddd everything you get can help you take the next step toward healthy living.

This is the 4th year in a row Ultimate Bundles put together a Healthy Living package for us. How they keep getting better, I do not know. But what in the world? They keep getting better. I have to tell you about the bonus items first. (It’s kind of like eating dessert before dinner, but we’re grown-ups so we can do whatever we want. Take that, 10 year-old cookie police.)

This is a line up of most of the bonuses I got with this year’s bundle – all for only the cost of shipping (or in some cases I spent a little extra so I could get free shipping). Yes, that is coconut oil you see there, along with three of my favorite and most used essential oils. Plus many other rockin’ rock stars that make me so happy. Don’t look now, but I’m wearing that lovely little toxin-free deo as we speak. What? You didn’t smell a thing? That’s because it works. 

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I’m sure you were wondering why I didn’t take a selfie with my freebies. Perhaps you just didn’t scroll down far enough to see that actually, I did take a selfie with my freebies. I mean, of course I did.

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Unfortunately, my arm was not long enough to get a good shot. I need a bundle-bonus-selfie-stick. Indeed, after looking at this picture, I realize that this would be a worthy investment (the selfie stick…but also the bundle).

Here’s the low down on the dessert bonuses:

  • ePantry – FREE hand soap + $8 credit on one shipment, FREE dish soap + $8 credit on the next shipment, AND 60-day VIP access with FREE shipping ($30 value)
  • Plant Therapy – FREE Lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oil set ($22.92 value – this one alone makes the bundle price almost a wash!)
  • NaturOli – FREE travel essentials facial set: deep conditioning facial wash (1 oz.), new radiance facial creme (1 oz.), exfoliating walnut scrub (1 oz.) ($16.95 value)
  • Bloom Naturals – FREE SPOT treatment for acne & eczema OR a $15 gift certificate toward Bloom Naturals products ($15 value)
  • Lexie Naturals –  FREE natural care gift set: lip balm (.15 oz.), lotion tube (1 oz.) and trial-size deodorant (.35 oz.) ($15 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product (this is where I got the coconut oil, though I just realized that I paid a $2 overage beyond the certificate. Worth it.)
  • Strawesome – $15 gift certificate toward the straws and accessories of your choice ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula or $15 off larger bottles ($15 value)
  • Craftsy – 1 FREE online class ($44.99 value)
  • Once a Month Meals – $32 toward OAMM membership + a free mini menu ($35 value)

Is that list not delicious?

So that was dessert. Here’s dinner (which is also to delectable). It’s pretty much impossible to effectively show you all 90 digital products in one shot. But here you go. I made this almost unreadable graphic all by myself. Mostly it shows you how many products you get, and isn’t it colorful and enticing? But to get a thorough idea of what you really get in this package, you’ll need to click here. Details and specifics are oh-so helpful.

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You will absolutely find some resources in there that are just what you need right now. I definitely did (and keep discovering more). But if it’s okay with you, I’m going to be bossy (no surprise there, right?) and tell you which ones you should look at first:

If you get this bundle for no other reason – get it for the Essential Oils for Families eCourse (which normally sells for $135) and the How to Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu eCourse (which normally sells for $50). The savings on these products alone makes the purchase very worth it, but also – the information you get!!!!! I’m also loving the at-home workout Mash-Up videos (which sells for $45 normally). My sore muscles can attest to this.

So just think. An essential oils eCourse and free essential oils ~ workout videos and free deo. I mean, it’s like the bundle folks thought of everything.

 

Here’s what I recommend:

  1. Visit the Ultimate Bundle website and take a look at all the goodness that comes in this package.
  2. Click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  3. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  4. Use their Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

Click below to get all the nitty-gritty on this million times better than Groupon Healthy Living package deal.

The bundle team has made it easy, and obviously, it’s all ridiculously helpful and fun. This bundle will only be available until midnight Monday, September 14 – so get it now before you forget. In your excitement as you look through all your glorious goodies – do not forget to feed your children or your cat. I know. It’s hard. Just ask Wiggams.

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Healthy Deals to Get You Through the Weekend

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I found an entire post full of great deals to share with you this weekend.  These are great stock-up prices!  Click here to read more about how Amazon Subscribe and Save works.

Amazon is offering a $3.00 Larabar Coupon.  If you combine this coupon with a 15% off Subscribe and Save deal, you can get Larabars for as low as 69¢ each!

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Amazon is offering a 25% off coupon, which you can put with the 15% off subscribe and save deal to get 6 boxes of Rapunzel Organic Cornstarch for just $1.91 each.

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Izze 100% Juice Soda Variety Pack of 24  is as low as $8.92 with 15% off subscribe and save.  WOW!!!  That is an amazing deal for this treat.

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The Lodge 9.5″x16.5″ Reversible Griddle is 41% off right now, so you can get it for just $26.97.

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We really like Bearitos Organic Tortilla Chips at our house!  Amazon is offering a 10% off coupon, which you can use with the 15% off subscribe and save deal to get these for just $2.62 per 16 ounce bag.

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Vitacost brand Organic Coconut Oil is just $23.99 for a 54 ounce tub.  If you are a new customer with Vitacost and click through this referral link, you’ll receive a free $10 off coupon to use on your first order of $30 or more!  Better yet, if you buy $25 worth of Vitacost brand products (like this coconut oil), you’ll get free shipping.  It’s a great score!

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Have a blessed weekend.  Enjoy these deals and the lovely spring weather (I hope you’re having sunshiny days like we are)!

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Getting Ready for the Holiday Season With Great Grocery Deals

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You know how I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’m stocking up on all holiday cooking and baking needs? Thankfully, there are great deals all over the web to make this fun and affordable. Having healthy ingredients delivered to my door for free is my idea of awesomeness!

Below, you’ll find a list of delicious recipes you can make with these wonderful ingredients. Here’s what I’m excited to find this weekend:

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It’s a free shipping weekend at Tropical Traditions! (Minimum order of $15.)  That makes it a perfect weekend to stock up on your favorites like Organic Palm Shortening and Coconut Oil. Use the code 11143 at check-out for free shipping to apply. New customers who use the referral links in this post automatically receive a free copy of Virgin Coconut Oil Book!

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Be sure to take advantage of this great deal on their Pure Coconut Oil. It is expeller pressed, which means it is flavorless and odourless – perfect for frying foods and baking! Right now, you can get a 32 ounce jar for just $14.99. That is a fantastic price, especially paired with free shipping!

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Vitacost is offering their Raw Honey for just $6.29 for a 22 ounce jar, Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta for just $2.27/package, and many other items for up to 65% off. But the best deal comes if you are a new customer with Vitacost. Click through this referral link and they’ll give you a $10 gift certificate code to use on your first order of $30 or more. Free groceries are the best!

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This deal on Canned Pumpkin at Amazon is incredible!!!!  For as low as $6.82, you can get a huge 106 ounce can of Libby’s Canned Pumpkin. Clip this 30% off coupon, which saves $4.09 off the original price. Then, if you order 4 or more other subscribe and save items along with this one, you’ll get an additional 20% off. This brought my can of pumpkin down to just $6.82. This can is the equivalent of 7 regular-sized cans!!! That means you can make 7-8 pies with this one can of pumpkin. I plan to separate the can out into recipe-sized portions and freeze until needed. I am so excited about this deal! Read more info on how subscribe and save works here.

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 Here are my favorite pumpkin recipes:

What are you excited most about baking this holiday season?

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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!

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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.

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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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5 Ways To Save Money While Becoming Healthier

5 Ways to Save Money While Becoming Healthier

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.

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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!

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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:

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).

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.

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.

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!

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

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1/2 Gallon Organic Maple Syrup As Low As $31.62, Plus a $5 Coupon for Brown Rice

I was super excited to find that we can get a 1/2 gallon (64 ounces) of Hidden Springs Maple Organic Vermont Maple Syrup for as low as $31.62 if you have Amazon Prime/Mom and purchase at least 4 other items with subscribe and save within a month’s time. (Read more here about how subscribe and save works so well for me!)  Be sure to click over to the Grade B Organic option to see this price.

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Also, I found a great deal on 4 – 32 ounce containers of Texamati Brown Rice. With Amazon Prime/Mom and 4 other subscribe and save items, and the $5.00 coupon they are offering, you can get this case of rice for just $15.22!

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Want to see more great Amazon Deals? Check out our Amazon Deals Page which I update frequently as I find awesome prices on healthy, whole food ingredients!

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Saving Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

Here are a few fun deals I found to bless your healthy homemaking efforts!

~  This maple syrup price is amazing!! Get a quart of Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup for as low as $14.39 with Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom.

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~ Clip this 20% off coupon at Amazon and You can get a case of 24 cans of Roland Organic Coconut Milk for as low as $1.67 per can with Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom.

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~ This 10-Piece Pyrex Storage Set is just $17.98 at Amazon. I use this set all the time for leftovers, and to keep prepared sliced vegetables handy for meals and snacks.

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~  You can get a 2 ounce bottle of Now Foods Better Stevia for just $1.00 at iHerb! They offer free shipping on orders of $20 or more. Plus, if you are a new customer with iHerb, you can enter the code BID487 to receive $10 off your $40+ order. (I always use stevia to sweeten whipped cream.)  Read this post to learn ideas of great ingredients to buy at iHerb.

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~ Get up to 49% off Seventh Generation feminine products. Plus get $10 off your $30 order! Read more about this deal here.

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Get Ready For the Holidays With These Great Deals

For many of us, when we think of holidays, we think of food! Here are some great sale prices I found around the web this weekend:

~  FREE SHIPPING at Tropical Traditions!  Right now you can get two 16 ounce jars of their Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for $19.95.   Use the code 131511 at check-out to receive free shipping.

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~ Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips at Vitacost  are on sale – buy one get one half off. So, you can get two packages for a total of $6.14, which makes the packages just $3.07 each. AND, read here about how you can get $10 off a $30 Vitacost order!

~  If you go through a lot of coconut flour, you’ll want to stock up with this Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour at Amazon. Get 25 pounds for just $52.98!

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Olive Nation has a super nice selection of chocolates that work great for making holiday treats. I just got a variety of chocolates from them, and I’m excited to see what I can come up with! Olive Nation offers us all 10% off our orders when we use the code home at check-out.

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Save Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

~ Get a 3-pound bag of Nutiva Coconut Flour for just $14.25. Here’s a great Coconut Flour Muffin recipe we love:

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Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup is just $17.99 for a quart. Great price!

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~ If you want to sample L’BRI facial products, you can do that by clicking here. Then click on the box that says “Free Samples.”  Choose your sample kit, and pay only shipping costs. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a great L’BRI package here.

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Save Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

~ I like keeping Stretch Island Fruit Leather on hand for fun snacks when we’re on the run. I don’t have access to them at any of my local stores, so I was excited to find a 48-count variety pack at Amazon for just $20.35.

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~  Here’s a great price for Anythony’s Almond Flour. Just $36.99 for a five pound bag.

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~ Remember that Lincoln Log Deal I shared earlier this week? The price is still great, only $25.95 for the Classis Edition Set (86 pieces). I also found that you can get the Shady Pine Homestead (102 pieces) for just $29.99. These prices are not likely to last long.

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