Introducing the 2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

It’s time for our annual holiday gift guide!

Each year we take some of the best gift ideas and compile them into a list to make your holiday shopping a little easier.

Christmas is coming up sooner than I care to think about, and I know many of you like to get your shopping done early or (if you’re like me) just need a little nudge to get started.

Here are some fantastic gift ideas for just about anyone on your list!

How to use this Gift Guide

For 3 months, from now until January 15th, you can look at this guide at any time.

Go back to find a company that you forgot the name of, find new inspiration for a gift that you’re stuck on, or just get something that you need from a business you’ll be happy to support!

At any time, you can find this guide here in the sidebar

2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

Or here in the top navigation bar

2014 Christmas Gift Guide!
You’ll notice that many companies have also included coupon codes to help you save money, so be sure to check those out!

We have also gone through each shop and selected a handful of “Our Picks” which are things that stood out to us as something that we would give to someone on our own lists, that we would enjoy receiving, or that we simply thought was a beautiful/novel/useful gift idea. These might help to get your gift-giving juices flowing, but know that each shop listed also has MUCH more in-store than the few items we linked to.

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Starting next week, we’ll be highlighting companies one at a time on our Facebook page, so that you can get familiar which each of the individual shops listed in the guide.

Here it is!

The 2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

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Apple Valley Natural Soap


Apple Valley Natural Soap is a family owned business that offers over 40 varieties of shampoo and body bars, facial bars, salt bars, and coconut bars made with luxurious natural oils, clays, milks, organic herbs, and essential oils. They also carry natural deodorant, dry shampoo, sugar scrubs, organic lip balms and salves, solid lotion bars, salt soaks, organic jojoba and argan oil, and more! Give the gift of health and natural beauty this holiday season!

Our Picks: I've been hearing a lot about using Organic Virgin Argan Oil as a facial moisturizer lately, but it turns out you can also use it for your hair! And of course a good body lotion is a perfect gift for winter time and I bet the Organic Whipped Lavender Vanilla Baby Butter smells amazing. My son will be seeing a Lil' Man Shampoo Bar in his stocking and I may just pick up an Organic Lavender and Chamomile Face and Body Bar for myself! Also, I was so excited to see the Scripture Lullaby CDs in the shop! These CDs are beautiful and so calming. I keep them in my car to help the kids relax when we're on long rides.

Price Range: $2.50-$50
Shipping:  US only
Discount Code: Use "KOTH10" for 10% off your order!

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Plan to Eat


Plan to Eat is an online meal planner that uses your recipes. You schedule them for the days you want them and Plan to Eat will automatically make your grocery list using the recipes you’ve selected. Here’s a 1:00 video to show you how it works.

By collecting your recipes in your Plan to Eat Recipe Book, you can plan, cook, and share them anywhere on any device. The Planner allows you to drag-and-drop the recipe from your list of recipes on the left to your calendar on the right. Your Shopping List is automatically created based on the recipes you have planned in your planner - no more time or brainpower wasted with writing out lists and cross-referencing recipes with pen and paper!

Your grocery shopping list is always with you on any mobile device with no app required. Simply point your mobile browser to PlanToEat.com and your shopping list will be on your phone.

We would love for you to give it a try. Sign up for your free 30 day trial on the Plan to Eat homepage to see how Plan to Eat will help you eat real food, prepared at home, with your family gathered around your own table.

Our Picks: Regardless if you use the month-to-month plan or the yearly subscription, Plan to Eat is a completely invaluable service that I absolutely love. Meal planning and grocery list making used to take me, literally, hours. When I heard about Plan to Eat, I signed up for the 30-day trial, was hooked, and now I can't imagine meal planning without it. This would be a wonder, time-saving tool for the cooks in your life!

Price Range:  $4.95 for a monthly subscription, $39 for an annual subscription

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Cultures for Health


Starter cultures and kits to make cultured and fermented foods at home including yogurt, cheese, sourdough, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and more!

Our Picks: If you're wanting to start down the real foods path, or have been on it and want to give cultured foods a try, Cultures for Health is the best source for starters. For my friends who love yogurt but find it costly at the grocery store, I'll be picking up a few Traditional Flavor Yogurt Starters. I tell a lot of people how much we love kombucha in our family and now I can also grab a few Kombucha Tea Starter Kits so they can make it too! Cheese-making has always intrigued me and Cultures for Health makes it easy to start with their kits, including a taste Basic Italian Cheese Kit. And, of course, one of the most useful tools in my kitchen is their Milk Kefir Grains, Water Kefir Grains, Plastic Strainer, which would make a great stocking stuffer!

Price Range: $1.99 - $299.99
Shipping:  US and Canada
Discount Code: Use "HOLIDAY2014" for 10% off purchases excluding gift cards. (expires January 31, 2015)

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Hobo Beard Oil


Beard Oil. For your beard. (Handcrafted, all natural beard oils to assist men in growing a great beard.)

Our Picks: I had no idea the amount of work that can go into caring for a beard until I started looking around the Hobo Beard Oil website! They offer Beard Balm to keep unruly beards in line. They also offer Beard Oil which not only moisturizes the hair, but also conditions the skin. And for those with red beards, they also offer a special product called Red beard oil, which has herbs specifically included for red beards. You can also keep those beards clean with their Beard Wash. What a great way for bearded men to be pampered!

Price Range: $7.95 - $29.95
Shipping:  US and Canada
Discount Code: Use "KEEPERHOME10for 10% off your order!

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Canvas Factory


High quality and highly affordable photo canvas prints delivered right to your door!

Our Picks: If you're looking for a way to get those family photos off the hard drive and onto your walls, Canvas Factory has you covered. Send the grandparents a unique wall display of canvas prints of different sizes of the grandkids! You can also take one image and split it across several canvases to make another conversation-starter wall decoration for your own home. Or, tf you're looking for something a little more traditional but that still offers a wonderful way to display your photos, try displaying your annual family portrait a single canvas photo print. They have lots of options for any kind of canvas print display you'd like!

Price Range: $17.70 and up
Shipping: US and Canada
Discount Code: Use code "9741254"!

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Redeeming Beauty Minerals


Exotic | Sophisticated | Unique. All natural, hand-crafted beauty products from original recipes: mineral makeup, sugar scrubs, perfume oils, nail lacquer, toothpaste, and dry shampoo. All orders arrive gift wrapped! No chemicals, bismuth oxychloride, talc, gluten, fragrances, parabens, dyes, fragrance oils, perfumes, or preservatives. Safe for sensitive and blemish-prone skin. Complementary consultations available. Because Beauty is more than skin deep.

Our Picks: It's not easy to find natural makeup that doesn't have a lot of chemicals and ingredients that shouldn't be anywhere near our skin. Enter Redeeming Beauty! If there's a woman in your life who loves makeup but isn't sure which Redeeming Beauty product to start with, try the Basic Face Collection which includes handcrafted foundation, blush, and mascara, along with a cute little Beauty Bag to keep it tidy. A wonderful way to pamper the lovely ladies in your life is with a bottle of perfume and the Eve Perfume, with its jasmine absolute, sounds like it smells divine! They also offer gift certificates which are a fun way to allow your recipient to choose their own makeup combinations!

Price Range:   $5.00 - $20.00 (gift certificates & $.99 foundation samples also available!)
Shipping:  US and Canada
Discount Code: Use code "KOTH15" for 15% off your entire order! (beauty tools not included)

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Lilla Rose Cliptomania


Unique and beautiful hair accessories!

Our Picks: You've probably seen the Lilla Rose hair jewelry floating around as we've featured it here on Keeper of the Home, but did you know they also offer other products for your hair? I'm partial to the Autumn Sticks that would look cute in a little bun on those days when you just want to pull your hair up. They also offer other ways to pin back your hair, like these Copper Rose bobby pins that are versatile enough to be worn on both casual and dress-up days. If you like the original Lilla Rose hair clips, this Simple Black Nickel Band is lovely all by itself. And for those of you having to use badges for work or other responsibilities, check out their line of Badge Clips, like this one with a dragonfly!

Price Range:  $9.00 - $28.00
Shipping:  Worldwide
Discount Code:  New customers only - Buy 3, Get One Free; email Cliptomania@Ymail.com with your order number to claim the free item.

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Bend Soap


We milk the goats and we make the soap. Our shop offers a wide selection of handmade natural goat milk soaps and goat milk lotions that deeply moisturize and nourish your skin. No dyes, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohols, fillers… no Junk! $5 Shipping anywhere in the U.S. Free Shipping on orders over $50!

Our Picks: After long, stressful days of holiday planning, present wrapping, cooking, baking, and all the other things that can go along with the holiday season, a great way to relax and sooth a weary body is with one of Bend Soap's Holiday Milk Bath in a Bags! For those who want a nice all-around gift that covers all the body case bases, I'm sure anyone would love to see an Essential Gift Basket with their name on it under the tree! And, let's face it, for moms of little ones, sometimes the only pampering they get is a shower. Why not fill it with the scent of Lilac and Lily Soap, followed up with some Almond Delight Lotion?

Price Range: $4.95-$40
Shipping:  US only
Discount Code: Use “7P3V19K” for 10% off your entire order, no minimum purchase!


Drink Bands


DrinkBands provides high quality silicone bands that help families and groups tell whose drink is whose, which cuts the counter clutter, frequent dishwashing, and also helps families from spreading germs when sick.

Our Picks: In my family, we have a problem with taking a new drinking glass every time we need a drink because we're not sure which glass belongs to who. I can see Drink Bands as being a very useful product! They offer some great color choices and Personalized Packs so you can get the bands you want at a great price. You can also keep your bands organized and easy to grab on your way out the door with their Storage Tins! They also provide Gift Certificates so your friends and family can pick out their own Drink Bands!

Price Range: $1.50 - $31.00
Shipping: US and Canada
Discount Code: Use code "keeper14" for 15% off your order! (expires January 15, 2015)

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Abe's Market


At Abe's Market you can discover fantastic natural products while having the unique opportunity to learn the story behind them!

Our Picks: Abe's has pretty much anything you could need for those who want to live a more natural life. I know for myself, chocolate is usually a pretty safe bet as a gift and these Pure Cocoa Bliss Truffles would definitely be a welcome little surprise this holiday season. New pajamas and lounge wear is also always a fun gift and this Organic Cotton Camisole/Short Set not only looks incredibly comfy but is also super cute! If any of your friends and family are expecting little ones in their lives soon, this Organic Celedon Baby Blanket looks so very soft. And no holiday decorating is complete without candles and these Rolled Beeswax Tapers will purify your air while setting a cozy mood!

Price Range: $1.00 - $1500.00
Shipping: US only
Discount Code: Use code "hello" for 15% off any purchase!

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Moody Sisters Skincare


Handmade Affordable Skincare safe for your Family's Moody Skin!

Our Picks: If you're looking for some great stocking stuffers or some fun ways to pamper the ladies in your life, look no further than Moody Sisters Skincare! Their Tinted Lip Balm would make a fun stocking stuffer (and pick one up for yourself while you're at it!). Bundled gifts are a great way to allow people to find out what products they like and Moody Sisters has included lotion, an aromatherapy roller bottle, and lip balm in their Aromatherapy Gift Bag. For busy moms who don't have time to grab a shower in the morning but still want to look their best, why not give them the gift of Dry Shampoo? And for those who want to enjoy aromatherapy whenever they can but can't carry a diffuser around, try one of these sweet little Aromatherapy Oil bottles that allow them to take it with them wherever they go!

Price Range:   $5.00 - $35.00
Shipping:  US and Canada
Discount Code:  New Fans Can get 25% off, free shipping & sample at moodysistersskincare.com/coupon-newsletter

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Versastyle Jewelry with a Hook!

Our Picks: Holiday parties are coming up! Why not get a few new jewelry pieces to add some sparkle to the season? These Silver Rain Earrings are elegant and beautiful and would go well with just about any type of outfit. This Summer Days Necklace can double as a bracelet or even a belt, dressing up any outfit in a matter of seconds and is also sturdy enough to wear around the kids! Their Boardwalk Ring is elegant and sophisticated, adding a fun little flair to your fingers. And get the most value for your money and pick up one of their kits, like this Chic Style Kit, which includes both a necklace and a bracelet (or belt!).

Price Range:   $14.00 - $76.00
Shipping:  US and Canada
Discount Code:  Free Shipping!  E-mail your order number and PayPal username to Cliptomania@Ymail.com and I will reimburse your UMI flat rate shipping (not for expedited shipping charges).

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Homegrown Collective


DELIVERING A"HOMEGROWN" EXPERIENCE TO YOUR DOORSTEP EACH MONTH. Receive a seasonally appropriate, professionally curated box of products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

Our Picks: Subscription boxes are sure to be on many wishlists this holiday season, but I will definitely be including the Homegrown Collective on mine! Each month, you receive a carefully curated selection of items that allow you to learn ways to become more self-sufficient while promoting environmental stewardship. One of my favorites of their previous boxes was the How Sweet It Is box from this past February. It included raw honey, bee pollen, beeswax, a maple wood honey dipper, as well as all the tools and ingredients to make your own beeswax salve and lip balm and rose hip-infused honey elixirs! For the do-it-yourself expert in your life, this is definitely a great way to give them a gift that keeps giving every month!

Price Range: Monthly Gift Boxes starting at just $39.00
Shipping: US and Canada
Discount Code: Use code "KOTH25" for 25% off your first month of all month-to-month plans! (expires January 15th, 2015)


Tyndale Rewards


A fun and easy way to earn free books!

Our Picks: Who doesn't love FREE books?! Tyndale Rewards offers a great selection of books that you can pick up for points (which you earn through their website) instead of cash. Take a look through some of their parenting titles to grow yourself as a leader in your home. I know of quite a few people who lug very loved but also very worn and falling-apart Bibles to church each week and could probably use a new one. They also offer several books for kids who love to read fiction and also want to learn more about God. And curling up with a good fiction page-turner on a cold winter night is an excellent way to unwind after a busy day!

Price Range: Free!
Shipping: US and Canada

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products

Real Deals: This Week's Sales and Discounts on Natural Products For the Week of October 14

This week’s top deals:

 Probably the very BEST deal of the week… the Wellness Family Summit

It’s completely FREE to attend and it runs from now until October 20th (it just began yesterday). 

In a nutshell, here’s what you’ll learn from the summit: 

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Each day, a new set of video sessions became available for a 24 hour period. Here are the videos available to watch today: 

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Here’s a sneak peak at tomorrow… 

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And a few days from now, Stephanie will even be presenting. :) 

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If you’d like to attend and sit in on these fantastic sessions for FREE, just sign up HERE.

But don’t wait, because each set of daily teaching sessions is only available for a 24 hour period, before the next ones come available. 

 

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As low as $6.78-$7.98  McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract-16 oz is on sale for $7.98. Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order.

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As low as $18.19-$20.33 ($4.55-$5.08) Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 16-Ounce Units (Pack of 4) is on sale for $21.40. Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order.

tea ball

 

 Just $9.95  OXO Good Grips Twisting Tea Ball.  Great stocking stuffer!
 

flax

As low as $11.66-$13.03 ($2.92-$3.26/pack)  Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Flaxseed Brown, 24-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) is on sale for $13.72. Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order.

 

compartment

For just $3.99 Stack-On SBR-13 13 Compartment Storage Organizer Box with Removable Dividers, Red is on sale for $3.99  Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order. 

Great Christmas gift for boys and their lego!

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 For just $34.92  Ninja Master Prep 

 

 

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Amazon’s lowest price to-date! 3 Sprouts Wall Organizer, Giraffe is on sale for $18.71

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Bulk Herb Store has some great October Specials.

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25% Off Abe’s Market is having a Scarf Sale and TODAY is the LAST DAY!

 

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$30.97 on sale for $9.95  Spa Party Planning Package Available for Limited Release!  This “package” includes 3 eBooks: Simple Scrubs to Make and GiveFood on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin, and a comprehensive guide that provides all the steps for hosting a spa party (including recipes, shopping lists, and more).  You’ll also receive a few great coupons and some bonus printables.

OR Save big:

$543.32 on sale for $29.95 Group Party License Package.  This package allows the hostess (you!) to pass on up to 20 copies of Simple Scrubs to Make and Give and Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin to your friends and party attendees.   Also includes a ton of bonus items, such as 40% off natural facial moisturizer, free video downloads on self-care and self-massage, a special package with party favors like handmade soap, lip balms, lotions, and a free clay mask.

Sale runs through October 17th.

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30% Off  Retail Price Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel By using diet, you can limit dental treatments, avoid extra fillings, and make your teeth stronger.

Sale ends October 16th

(And if learning more about how to naturally cure and prevent tooth decay, you’ll want to check out the session with Will Revak of OraWellness in the Wellness Family Summit, on Day 6, Oct. 17th.)

blue

30% Off Organic Freeze Dried Blueberries at Tropical Traditions 

Now, through Sunday, October 19th only.

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Amazon’s lowest price to-date!  Just $6.48  Mueller Ice Bag, Blue, 9 Inch  

(Hat tip to Jungle Deals & Steals for several of the Amazon deals in this post!)

FREE Kindle ebooks:

(Note: Prices can change without notice, so please double check the price before purchasing)

slow cook

Slow Cooker Recipes: 30 Of The Most Healthy And Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes: Includes New Recipes For 2013 With Fantastic Ingredients 

declutter

How To Declutter And Simplify Your Life: Essential Tips On Getting Organized And Living In A Stress Free Home
preppers

Prepper’s Pantry: The Survival Guide To Emergency Water & Food Storage 

Kindle ebooks for Less Than $1:

(Note: Prices can change without notice, so please double check the price before purchasing) 

low carb

Low Carb On A Budget: 20 Recipes To Help Up You Enjoy The Benefits Of The Low Carb Diet Without Going Broke 

green cleanGreen Cleaning: Nontoxic Homemade Cleaning Recipes

This week’s best coupons:

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About prices: Though we do our very best to post only current deals and prices and to let you know when offers expire, companies can and do change their prices and offers at their own discretion, and we have no control over this. If you notice that a deal has changed, please let us know and we’ll change the post to alert other readers that something is no longer available. Thanks for understanding!

Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

8 Compelling Reasons to Live with Less @ Be More With less 

Rainbow Baby Thoughts : pregnancy & post partum after miscarriage @ Natural Fertility and Wellness 

Slow Cooker Turkey with No-Fuss Gravy @ Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Yesterday’s Food: A Conversation With My Grandma @ GNOWFGLINS 

May God bless you with anger @ Sarah Bessey

Roasted Herb Sweet Potato Bites @ The Nourishing Home 

What to do When Your Kids Don’t Believe (Right Now) @ A Holy Experience 

Canadian Maple Pie Recipe @ A Sweet Spot: Home 

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends! What are your plans for the holiday?

Celebrate Fall with 35 Favorite GF Pumpkin Recipes

 

Celebrate Fall with 35 Favorite GF Pumpkin Recipes {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Pumpkin and I have had a great relationship ever since I first met this handsome “gourd.” I remember picking out my first plump round pumpkin as a preschooler and watching my mom turn that hard, rough sphere of orange into a squishy-squashy puree of pure delight!

Unfortunately, here in sunny Southern California, the only way we know it’s fall is when the local markets haul in big loads of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes – and of course – start stockpiling cans of pumpkin puree on practically every aisle. That’s when I get down to business filling my pantry with enough pumpkin puree to last the entire year!

If you have a crush on pumpkin like I do, there’s no shame in it. In fact, celebrate! Pumpkin is one of the healthiest squash varieties you can enjoy – it’s chock-full of beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and other important antioxidants.

So, grab your family and head out to your local pumpkin patch (you can find one here) and do some fun pumpkin picking together. Of course, keep in mind, if you’re making your own pumpkin puree, the best tasting ones are those sweet little cooking pumpkins (not the big boys used for carving).

To help you get the most of your pumpkin obsession (and put to use those stockpiles of pumpkin puree), I thought it would be fun to share some of the best gluten-free, grain-free pumpkin recipes from around the blogosphere. 

35 Favorite Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Pumpkin Recipes

 

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Breakfast

 

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Soups & Stews

 

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Sides

 

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Snacks

 

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Desserts

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Give the Gift of Pumpkin!

Did you know pumpkin makes great holiday gifts too? With the holidays fast approaching, here are just a few recipes you may want to pin for the upcoming holiday season.

Looking for even more ideas for using pumpkin this fall? Be sure to check out “Jump into Fall with 30+ Pumpkin Ideas.” May your fall be filled with many a pumpkin delight!

Are you a pumpkin lover too? What are your favorite pumpkin treats to make each fall?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through our links, we earn a small commission, which helps to keep this site going so that we can continue to offer free and useful content, so thanks!

Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

Real Deals for the week of October 7

This week’s top deals:

Abe

Abe’s Market is having a sale on all Quinn Popcorn Products.  Sale ends TODAY (October 7th)

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Just $24.95 Homemaking from Scratch Online ConferencePre-Registration Deal ends TODAY.  After October 7th the price is $29.95.

  • The Homemaking From Scratch online conference is an online conference of homemaking sessions ranging from natural cleaning to biblical motherhood to hospitality to developing housekeeping routines – by 12 homemaking bloggers and authors. 
  • The sessions are pre-recorded for the best possible quality and allows the attendees to listen to the sessions anytime, anywhere, and on any device. They can listen to the sessions again and again – they are theirs to keep forever! 
  • Included in the ticket price is a conference notebook and a private FB group for discussion, fellowship, mentoring, etc. 
Pre-Registration Offer:
  • When attendees pre-register for a ticket (between September 29th and October 7th) they get $5 OFF the price of the ticket (normally $29.95) and
  • $217.14 in homemaking bonus resources (eBooks, printables, etc) from the different speakers. You can see the full list of bonuses HERE

Get registered for the conference here

 

chia

As low as $6.03   Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, 12-Ounce Bag is on sale for $7.09. Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order.

tea

As low as $6.71 ($2.24/16-count box)  Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Tea, 16 Teabags/Box (Pack of 3) is on sale for $7.89. Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order.  

crayonsJust $2.89 Crayola 64 Ct Crayons  Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order. 

angel soft

As low as $17.69-$20.99 ($0.37-$0.48/roll)  Angel Soft, Double Rolls, (4 Rolls*12 Pack) are on sale for $21.99. Save $1 when you clip the coupon below the product description (you must be logged in).  Save an additional 5-15% with Subscribe & Save. Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order. 

 

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Retail $120.00 Just $59.95/ 1 gallon Tropical Traditions 50% Off Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil  Sale price only until Thursday, October 9th

Palm Shortening 112 oz

Retail $40.75 Just $23.59/ 1 gallon Tropical Traditions 40% Off Organic Palm Shortening Sale price now through Sunday, October 12th

teeth-cleaners

Retail $7.95 Just $5.50/4 oz Tropical Traditions 30% Off Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Teeth Cleaners in Cinnamon, Classic, or Mint  On sale now until Sunday, October 12th

coffee

Retail $9.89 Just $7.90/12 oz Whole Bean ($8.50 for decaffeinated) Tropical Traditions 20% Off Organic Fair Trade Equal Exchange Coffee.  On Sale now until Sunday, October 12th

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Bob’s Red Mill Monthly Specials

FREE Kindle ebooks:

(Note: Prices can change without notice, so please double check the price before purchasing)

healing babes

Healing Babies and Children with Aromatherapy for Beginners: Proven Steps on How to Use Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to Care for Babies and Children … Care, Skin Healing, Inhalation, Coughs

home canning

JeBouffe Home Canning Step by Step Guide

quinoa

The Quinoa Master Cookbook: Delicious Everyday Quinoa Recipes For A Healthy Lifestyle & Weight Loss 

back

Easy Recipes for Back to School: A short collection of recipes from the cookbook Wholesome: Feed Your Family For Less

Kindle ebooks for Less Than $1:

(Note: Prices can change without notice, so please double check the price before purchasing)

bodybutter
Body Butter: Homemade Body Butter – 33 BEST Body Butter Recipes To Making Body Butter For A Soft And Nourished Skin!

low carb 
Low Carb Slow Cooker Recipes: 30 Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes For The Whole Family

asian paleo

Asian Paleo Recipes: 30 Classic Asian Comfort Foods Made Healthy Without Grains, Legumes, or Dairy

This week’s best coupons:

 

Real Deals for the week of October 7

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Cure Coughs Naturally {& 30 Other Home Remedies}

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer

I’ve never been a fan of medications. Over the counter or prescribed … it doesn’t matter. After being prescribed antibiotics for a good two years of my childhood – and developing severe allergic reactions to them – I’ve preferred treating myself and my family with home remedies when sickness strikes.

Since it’s prime time for seasonal sicknesses, here’s how I cure coughs naturally:

Eucalyptus oil

Every time my children start coughing, I pull out my bottle of eucalyptus essential oil. At bedtime, I mix a splash of olive oil with a half dozen dashes of eucalyptus oil, then massage the liquid onto the soles of my cougher’s feet. If I have extra oil left, I’ll also massage it into my son’s or daughter’s chest. I cover their feet with socks and tuck them into bed. Typically their coughs improve by the morning, and after a second night of eucalyptus oil treatment, their coughs disappear. It’s easy, economical, and safe.

Pineapple juice

Fresh pineapple juice is so powerful at suppressing coughs thanks to bromelain, an enzyme that is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

Home remedies

In case you need to treat other ailments, check out these 30 home remedies:

Boosting immune systems and preventing sickness

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Treating colds and flus

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Treating congestion

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Treating fevers

Treating coughs and sore throats

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {KeeperoftheHome.org}

How do you cure coughs – or other sicknesses – naturally?

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Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

The Mommy Guilt Cure @ The Better Mom

Redefining Abundance @ Be More With Less 

DIY Shea & Vanilla Sugar Scrub @ A Delightful Home 

31 Days of Prayer for Public School Parents @ SortaCrunchy 

Some Days, We Feel Pathetic @ Commonsense Christianity 

Cheesy Raw Kale Chips @ Modern Alternative Mama 

Why Mister Rogers was an Artist Who Influences @ chatting at the sky

An app for free books @ The Art of Simple 

October Sponsors

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What are your favorite indulgences this time of year?

3 Herbal Teas That Build Your Defenses Against Cold And Flu Season

 

3 Herbal Teas That Build Your Defenses Against Cold And Flu Season {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. What are you doing to build your defenses?

Adding any or all of these 3 herbal teas to your natural medicine cabinet can help keep you healthy all flu season long, thanks to their immune boosting abilities.

Chamomile Tea

If you dread the thought of catching a cold, now is the time to start making a hot cup of chamomile tea a daily habit.

Chamomile is most effective when consumed regularly. So integrating a cup into your daily routine is the best way to boost immunity.

Drink your cup of chamomile tea in the evening, close to bedtime. Not only does the chamomile aide in relaxation and a good night’s sleep, but the flavinoid compounds in chamomile tea also will work as immune boosters.

An additional benefit, chamomile is very gentle, so it is excellent for use for children and the elderly.

In fact, if you don’t use chamomile daily as an immunity booster, this tea should still make it’s way into your natural medicine cabinet. It provides almost immediate comfort for upset tummies.

A word of caution: Because chamomile is a uterine stimulant, pregnant women should ask their doctor before regularly consuming chamomile tea.

3 Herbal Teas That Build Your Defenses Against Cold And Flu Season {KeeperoftheHome.org}

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Thyme Tea

Thyme is another useful tea for boosting your body’s defenses against colds and flu.

If you have a sunny windowsill, growing your own thyme for tea is a great way to have a plentiful and inexpensive source of thyme.

To brew thyme tea, simply steep one teaspoon of fresh leaves in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and sip.

While thyme is one of the best herbal cold defenses, drinking too much can actually mimic flu-like symptoms. Add one cup of tea to your day and you’ll have consumed enough to get all the benefits and none of the side effects.

Echinacea Tea

In fact, laboratory evidence has proven echinacea fights inflammation in the body which reduces the length and severity of colds and flu.

However, you need to take echinacea at the first sign of a viral infection in order for it to work to its full potential.

Please note, echinacea is not a daily treatment for boosting your immunity like chamomile and thyme. Instead, it should only be taken at the first signs of a cold or flu.

One thing to consider before adding echinacea tea to your diet: If you are allergic to ragweed, you are likely to be allergic to echinacea.

If you are making herbal teas part of your regular routine, you may be interested in these Herbal Teas that Detox.

Our family uses herbal teas on a regular basis, does yours? 

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Are You Using That Kitchen Knife Properly? How I Learned to Save Time (and My Fingers!)

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I’ve occasionally been known to spend a happening Friday night puttering around my kitchen making things like laundry soap and homemade deodorant. I’m a party animal. What can I say?

Still, I surprised myself by happily spending two hours taking a free online “mini” knife skills class until I finally realized it was almost midnight!

Truth be told, I’ve never thought much about the way that I cut food.

Sometimes I’ve frustrated myself, struggled to do a job properly, nicked myself in the process, or ended up butchering what was an otherwise lovely tomato or butternut squash in my amateurish process.

Not anymore!

Tonight I learned how to:

  • properly hone my knives to keep them sharp between actual sharpenings. I actually skipped straight to this in the last lesson because I had never, ever done it before (honestly, I was scared to try it), and it had been bugging me lately how dull my knives were. Sharper knives = easier, faster cutting.
  • hold my knife correctly, for better maneuvering, smoother cuts, and not wrenching up my back or shoulder by doing it wrong
  • hold the item I’m cutting more securely so that I can get precise cuts, without cutting off a pinkie in the process
  • tackle large or tricky items, like pineapples and squash, with ease 
  • dice onions more finely and without making my eyes water
  • make prettier looking julienne cuts for salads
  • a few tricks for slicing more evenly and more quickly 
  • cut using a more flowing, circular motion instead of a rough, chopping motion, which feels more pleasant and makes the task go much faster
  • the only three knives that most cooks ever need and how to figure out which ones to buy

When Craftsy asked me to review a class, I initially had my eye on something more complicated and gourmet, like making homemade Italian-style fresh pasta or the perfect pie crust. Their suggestion of trying out their free mini-course on knife skills sounded a whole lot less fancy and impressive.

Nonetheless, I agreed to it (as well as an artisan baking class that I’ll tell you about later this month), and as I prepared to take the class, I got to thinking that realistically, I would make homemade pasta maybe twice a year. Tops.

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But I use my knives every single day. Why not get better at using them?

The surprising thing was… learning to chop and dice and slice like a pro actually made me feel like I could make something more gourmet out of any old meal, and in less time than usual.

Brendan, the teacher, has been a chef instructor for 8 years, with a specialty in knife skills (honestly, I didn’t even know that was a thing, but listening to him showed me just how much I didn’t know about knives or how to use them!).

He made it look so easy, and the further I went in the class, the better and faster I could feel myself getting with practice. I bet in no time these new skills will actually become habit and will seep their way into all of my food preparations.

I even noticed halfway through my time tonight that every time I picked up my knife wrong, I noticed right away, immediately corrected, and found that it felt more familiar each time I did it.

Want to take the class yourself? It’s free, y’all!

Sometimes I write sponsored posts (and this is one – thanks, Craftsy, for supporting Keeper of the Home!) where I’m promoting a product that you could go and buy.

The really awesome thing about this particular post is that this mini-class is absolutely free to anyone, whether they’re my reader or not.

They’ve made some of their high-quality online courses free so that people can check them out, see if you like how they work, decide if you think they’re worth it, etc.

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I’ll admit, I was impressed. The area where you go to watch your videos is totally intuitive and easy to figure out. It’s all streaming, so you don’t have to download anything.

I thought it was clever that they have a 30-second rewind button so that if you want to quickly go back and hear something a second time, it’s a quick click of a button. My favorite feature was the notes bar, where you can type in notes as you’re watching, and then just hit enter to save them to your account. Brilliant!

I kept typing notes during the first video in particular, where Brendan talked about different types of knives and what to look for in a good knife, since mine are terribly old and dull (and yes, pretty cheap) and I know that with just one or two really great knives, I could make my cooking so much more efficient.

I’m motivated now to keep my eyes open for a good deal on a quality knife, especially a chef’s knife, and then probably a serrated, followed by a paring knife. With those three, you can do pretty much anything and it suits my minimalistic style to have only a few knives with which I can handle pretty much any task.

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Want to spend an afternoon or evening being super cool a bit of a geek like me and learn to wield a knife properly? You totally can. Here’s the link to take the class:

Complete Knife Skills with Brendan McDermott (free mini-class)

All together, it’s 5 lessons, the 1st and 5th of which are fairly short (less than 10 minutes), and then the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are a bit longer (more like 30-40 each). You can watch them whenever you like, and I found that if I stopped to go do something or had to refresh my computer, it saved exactly where I was in the video so I just picked up where I left off.

I’m thinking of letting my almost 10-year-old daughter work through this class as well. She loves to help in the kitchen, but I want to make sure that she’s using a knife safely (which he emphasizes over and over, pointing out exactly how not to hurt yourself– I confess, I had to laugh at several of his examples of doing it “wrong” because it was exactly how I do it!). If you’ve got an older child or teen that’s learning to cook, this would be a perfect introduction for them.

Are You Using That Kitchen Knife Properly? How I Learned to Save Time (and My Fingers!) {keeperofthehome.org}

Have you ever learned how to use a knife properly? Or do you sort of hack your way through fruits and vegetables like I did? :)

Disclosure: This post was paid for by Craftsy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products

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This week’s top deals:

bob As low as $11.87-$13.96 ($2.97-$3.49/ pack) Bob’s Red Mill Oats Rolled Regular, 32-Ounce (Pack of 4) on sale for $13.96.  Save an additional 5-15% with Subscribe & Save.  Get FREE Shipping with qualifying order.

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$30.97 on sale for $9.95  Spa Party Planning Package Available for Limited Release!  This “package” includes 3 eBooks: Simple Scrubs to Make and Give, Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin, and a comprehensive guide that provides all the steps for hosting a spa party (including recipes, shopping lists, and more).  You’ll also receive a few great coupons and some bonus printables.

OR Save big:

$543.32 on sale for $29.95 Group Party License Package.  This package allows the hostess (you!) to pass on up to 20 copies of Simple Scrubs to Make and Give and Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin to your friends and party attendees.   Also includes a ton of bonus items, such as 40% off natural facial moisturizer, free video downloads on self-care and self-massage, a special package with party favors like handmade soap, lip balms, lotions, and a free clay mask.

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Just $13.95  Slim Snack: Fits in Lunchboxes Where Bulky Lunch Containers Don’t. SNACK BAG & POPSICLE ALL IN ONE! Bring Snacks to Work, School, Gym & Make Blender Pops! (Pack of 4)   This fun deal is back on sale for the lowest price to-date!

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Just $18.95 Smart Weigh Precision Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale, “Smart Step-On” Technology, Tempered Glass Platform and Large Backlight Display.  Another lowest price to-date deal!

(Hat tip to Jungle Deals & Steals for these two deals!)

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Just $3.13 Vitacost Organic Apple Cider Vinegar — 32 fl oz  Regular price $4.49    (note – this is our referral link, and if you want, you can sign up for a $10 off $30 coupon – if you don’t want to, just search “Vitacost Organic Apple Cider Vinegar” in the store search bar to find it.)

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Nikki’s Diapers has some cloth diapers on sale.  Just Click “Sale” (left hand side of site) and then “Cloth Diapers”.  

There are Best Bottom Training Pants regular $12.95 on sale for $6.95.  Just click “Sale” and then “Closeout Sales”

While you’re there, check out this great baby/shower gift:

$17.95 on sale for $11.98  the eBook Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide To Modern Cloth Diapering by Kelly Wels takes everything you need to know about cloth diapers and puts it in one easy to understand, informative book! Kelly Wels is a leading authority in the movement toward modern cloth diapering and has done the research for you with a book that is fun & easy to read.

Kelly explains the different diaper types, brands, and accessories available without using confusing diaper lingo. The book discusses how cloth diapers can save you money and help save the planet. It covers cloth diapering at daycare, how to get Daddy involved, washing cloth diapers and the health benefits. She explains what and how many diapers you need, how to buy what will fit and how to launder it. 

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$36.00 on sale for $15  BabyLegs 3 pack at Nikki’s Diapers.  Or maybe you just want one pair: $12.00 on sale for $10.  Many different discounted prints on sale!  Just click “Sale” and then “Baby Items”

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Save $10 TODAY ONLY Abe’s Market $10 Off Purchase of $40 or More.  Use Coupon code AUTUMN.  Offer expires September 30, 2014.  Check out their sale section and save even more!

FREE Kindle ebooks:

(Note: Prices can change without notice, so please double check the price before purchasing)

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The Granny Plan: 12 Steps to Everyday Home Cooking

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Easy Recipes for Back to School: A short collection of recipes from the cookbook Wholesome: Feed Your Family For Less

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Paleo Snack Recipes: Healthy and Delicious Paleo Diet Snacks!

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Delicious Paleo Pizza: The Best Homemade Pizza Recipes 

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One Minute Metabolism: How to boost your metabolism in 60 seconds every time you eat and never diet again. Two techniques to increase metabolism naturally. (Just FYI, I haven’t read this book, so I’m not sure whether I would agree with it’s principles or not.)

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