Saturday, September 13, 2014

Deal of the Year and Giveaway!

I'm thrilled to offer you all the chance to win an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is in the middle of its sale right now. Just a few more days left and then it's gone forever. You don't want to miss out!

Today I'd like to help three of you readers on your healthy journey! 

This giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST, September 13, 2014. 

So, what is the Healthy Living Bundle?  It's over $1000 worth of Healthy Living Tools for just $29.97!!

This bundle is not just e-books, though there are over 70 of them included, including my own cookbook Whole Foods for the Everyday Cook.

Also included in this $29.97 bundle are seven e-courses you can take: from learning about essential oils to managing your real foods kitchen.

Not only that, but there are some free items included too! Now, if you're like me, you may immediately think—okay, what's the catch? Are they REALLY free?

Well, here's the scoop. You do have to pay shipping fees for most items (two don't require shipping), but all are quite minimal fees. The companies offering the bonuses have not spiked their shipping fee to cover costs; but rather these fees are the normal shipping fees you would pay if purchasing from them. That's good news! If you redeemed every item (worth $208 total), the combined shipping—or out of pocket for you—would be around $40.


As you can see in the graphic above, you will receive a total of $200+ worth of products for just the roughly $40 in shipping fees. If you were purchasing the items, you would actually pay about $240, because you'd pay the same shipping fees. But by purchasing the bundle, you will pay only the ~$40 fees.

That's the equivalent of about an 85% off sale!

However, to get best deal from purchasing the bundle, consider each free item offered and decide whether it's worth that cost to you. Even if you pay $3 for an item, if it's not something you need or will use, it's not a good deal for you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some Big Announcements

Change is in the air!!

After doing some thinking, prioritizing, and more thinking, I have decided to make a big change in my blogging life.

Life has just become so busy, raising a family, going to two schools, teaching classes, writing books (yes, more books to follow our first release, Whole Foods For the Everyday Cook), and keeping up with all my cooking projects, that I just do not have the time to keep up a full time blog.

So, I am transitioning, and will be a contributing writer for my sister's blog, Whole Foods on a Budget. While I am a bit sad not to be able to keep up my blog, I know that this transition is really for the best and I am looking forward to contributing to her blog, and bringing all of you over for some great reads by the two of us!!

Thank you to all who have read and commented on this blog and I do hope that you will follow me over to Whole Foods on a Budget, where a variety of Healthy Living topics will be addressed.

I will keep you all posted as to when that transition will take place (probably first post up in October).

Now, on to BIG announcement number 2!!

My sister and I have been invited to participate in The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, coming soon!

Do you need help in order to eat more healthfully? Live more naturally? Would you like samples of free products that help you live a more natural, healthy lifestyle? Or books and resources to assist you in your quest?

And would you like it all for FREE?

Well, get ready—a fabulous bundle is headed your way! I'm delighted to share today that my cookbook Whole Foods for the Everyday Cook will be included in the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. The bundle will contain a whole host of e-books, as well as e-courses and free natural food and living products—over $1000 worth of products—all for one awesome low price.

A really exciting feature of this upcoming bundle is that YOU have the opportunity to get it all for FREE by helping us spread the word!

Here's how.

Sign up here (all you have to enter is your email address), and you will be notified once the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle goes on sale. You will also receive a link that you can share with your friends.

1. Refer one friend and you'll get $5 off the price of the bundle

2. Refer 5 friends and you'll get a free 12-session audio e-course.

3. Refer 10 friends and YOU GET THE BUNDLE FREE.

Pretty cool!

I think you're really going to like this bundle. It's full of cookbooks geared around whole foods and allergy-free foods; there are resources for learning to live more naturally, from yoga to using essential oils; and there are truly some awesome free products included.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Herbal Drawing Poultice

     The other morning I was changing my one year old's cloth diaper and noticed an angry red area about the size of a penny that had a small scratch in the middle of it on her little bottom.  It was slightly raised and though there was no white head, it did not look very nice.

     I immediately decided to try a drawing poultice to help heal the area and get rid of any possible infection that might be occurring.  I keep a lot of herbs on hand and it's times like these that I am grateful for the wide variety of herbs in my pantry.

     There are a number of herbs that can be used for this purpose, but these are the ones that I happened to have on hand.  This is approximately the recipe I made, as I was in a hurry and did not have time to do specific measurements.

One part:

*Marshmallow Root
*Comfrey Root
*Plantain Leaf
*Echinacea Root and Leaf Mixture
*Calendula Blossoms

These I put in a spice grinder and ground until they were of a powdery consistency.  To this I added:

One-half part:

*Goldenseal Root Powder
*Tumeric Root Powder

I added enough filtered water to make a paste.  I placed some on a waterproof bandaide and placed this over the reddened area....

Three hours later, the area completely down and there was just a trace of redness around the scratch.  I removed the bandaide, cleaned the area and applied a drop of tea tree oil.

Amazing the power of herbs!!  I did apply another drop or two of tea tree oil during the day and then at night placed a little of the paste on a cotton ball and placed that over the scratch.

I have also used this paste on my husband when he has had infected ingrown hairs with great success.

Disclaimer:  Please do not misconstrue this as medical advise.  With any medical condition, please seek the help of a physician with any medical questions or concerns that you might have.  I am not a physician, nor do I give medical advise, diagnose, or treat medical conditions.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Cookbook is on Sale!

Wow!  Time is flying by and I know that this blog has been a bit neglected.  Life is just so full and busy these days.

I have very exciting news, though!  After three years of work, my sister, Christy, at Whole Foods on a Budget, and myself have released our first cookbook - Whole Foods for the Everyday Cook.

We are so excited to share these fabulous recipes with our readers.  Written by two busy mommies, these recipes are perfect helping you to daily get whole foods into you and your family.

Head over HERE to read more about the book and find out where to buy your copy.

Thanks to everyone for all the support!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heirloom Carrots

I love finding new heirloom varieties of fruits and veggies.  These are some gorgeous carrots that our local grocery store has started to sell.  My picture does not do them justice.

My four year old loves eating these colorful carrots - it makes meal time much more fun.

What are some of your favorite heirlooms?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Some Cultured Spring Veggies

Time is just flying!  Life is full and busy, with school, children, cooking, and starting up my new business, you can see HERE.

Right now a lot of our "spring" produce is coming in, including strawberries (filled my dehydrator with about 20 or so pints the other day!), blueberries, and lots of yummy veggies.

I have made a lot of cultured veggies in the past week, and yesterday, I made this one with some radishes, and romanesco that came in our co-op the week.  I love the colors.  It was very easy to make, and probiotic rich.

I used a 3L pickl-it jar and had two small head of romanesco and about 12 large radishes.  I broke the romanesco into small pieces and cut the radishes in quarters since they were so large.  I used a brine with a ratio of 19g salt to 4 cups of water.  This will sit in our pantry for 4-5 or until it stops bubbling.  I can't wait to try these.  My 4 year old really likes "radish pickles."

Thanks for hanging in there with me, as life is so busy for me these days!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fever Reducer....Apple Cider Vinegar!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their New Year!  We had a lovely Christmas and New Years and a little bump to our start of the new year with my four year old coming down with a stomach bug.  Thankfully, it seems to have bypassed the rest of us and it was a very quick stomach virus.

As always, I learned something new as I was helping my little guy.  This bug presented with a sore throat, fever, and then the vomiting.  Thankfully, the fever only lasted about 10 hours and never went over 102.

As I have discussed before, a fever is often a good sign that the body is fighting off a bug, so as parents, we want to keep an eye on it, but not try to reduce it right away.  It's good to support the body through the fever if it's not getting too high.  Lowering the fever right away using tylenol often hurts the body, not allowing it to kill off the bacteria and can sometime account for repeat illness or infections.

Since my son's fever was not getting too high, I worked to support his body with fluids like coconut water, elder flower and spearmint tea, and cool water.  I also learned from my friend, Lydia, at Divine Health, From the Inside Out, about using apple cider vinegar to help support and reduce fever.  I used this when the fever reached 102.  We always have a supply of apple cider vinegar in our home and I always seem to find another amazing use for it!

Always learning something new!!  I hope you all find this helpful as you care for your family through this cold and flu season.