What I Wish I Could Have Told My Pregnant Self

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By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer

This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions; talk to your doctor or midwife about pregnancy, postpartum and newborn concerns.

You know how hindsight is 20/20? I wish I had a way to talk to myself when I was pregnant with my first child. There’s so much I want to share. You know what I’d say?

I know how scared you are. I know you know absolutely nothing about bringing up babies, but that’s OK. Relax. You’re going to be a good mommy. You’ll figure things out – that’s what moms do.

About doctors

It’s great that you’re obsessing so concerned about natural childbirth and if you can do it or not. But relax a little. Yes, you’ll need to know relaxation techniques. (Read and practice your Bradley books!But each birthing process is unique and you’ll never be able to prepare for exactly what happens.

Find a different doctor. You shouldn’t have to prove to your OB that you can get through labor and delivery without an epidural. If she’s not supportive and only wants to do things the way she’s “always done things” do yourself a big favor – find someone who is a little more cooperative.

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Speaking of doctors, look carefully into pediatricians. I know you don’t want to take the time. I know you think that any doctor would be fine. And I know you want to trust your friends who are moms. But you are going to have different opinions on issues like vaccines.

If you can find a pediatrician who practices integrative medicine, you’ll be very pleased. If there’s no one like that in your community, try to find a seasoned doc with a laid-back personality. (They’re out there.)

About sleep

You know how I’ve encouraged you to relax? I’ll say it again. Relax. Please don’t get worked up about sleep schedules.

 At least not reliably.

You are going to be really, really tired. That’s OK. Give yourself at least one month to rest. There are times when you won’t know how to make your baby stop crying. If those piercing wails are literally driving you crazy, it’s OK to put him or her in a crib and walk away for a couple minutes. (And if you’re feeling really out of sorts, please talk to your doctor about it. He or she will be able to help you.)

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Even though everyone and their sister will ask you if your newborn is sleeping through the night – and then give you advice how to get your baby to sleep for 12 hour stretches – learn really quickly to smile and nod.

For some reason, everyone who sees your baby will fixate on the sleep issue. Your baby will sleep someday. I promise. (It will happen in a year or so.) Being a bad sleeper doesn’t mean your baby is bad – or smart or not so smart or anything. He or she is just a bad sleeper for right now.

Please don’t be terrified of co-sleeping. I know you have read so many parenting books and you don’t want to mess this up – you want to parent by the letter. But relax and be careful. Letting your child cry it out in another room is torture for everyone – you, your spouse, your baby and your neighbors. Your baby just wants to be close to his or her mama.

You know how you are nurturing him or her right now in your womb? Your baby loves that. Your sweet baby only knows how to be close to you. That’s how God has designed things. It’s beautiful. Please try to tune out the very westernized notion of putting your baby in a crib in a separate room and expecting him or her to sleep all night long like you and your exhausted husband.

Invest in a bedside co-sleeper bassinet so you can keep your little one right beside you. You won’t have to worry about a monitor, and you’ll hear when he or she is hungry. And you won’t have to get out of bed and stumble down the hall in the middle of the night.

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About spoiling

You may read about the idea that you can spoil your baby – or you might hear it from others.

But Mama-to-be, you can not spoil your baby.

You’ve heard all these notions that you can spoil your child through demand feedings and a lack of sleep schedules and cuddles … those notions are wrong. God designed babies to crave their mother’s milk. God designed babies to need their mamas. And God designed mothers to long to be close to their babies and nurture them. That’s part of the beauty of motherhood.

Don’t be afraid to follow your God-given instincts. Relax. You won’t spoil your baby. Kiss that baby as much as you want. You’ll never say “I love you” too much.

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I promise this season of life is going to go by in the blink of an eye. Your boobs will get sore. You will be tired. You won’t know how you can endure one more minute of wailing. You’ll think it’s absolutely ridiculous that the one accomplishment of your day is finding time to take a shower. You won’t understand how you have to muster up enough energy to cook dinner. But this time will not last forever.

At the risk of ruining some surprises, when you bring your son home (Yes! That baby wiggling, wriggling and kicking right now? He’s a boy!) from the hospital, within the first 15 minutes you’ll watch a school bus drop off the neighborhood children from school. You will weep. You’ll look at your newborn, sleeping soundly in your arms, and you’ll know that before you know it, you’ll be sending him off to kindergarten. You’ll cry so much that your tears will fall all over that precious baby’s face.

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And you know what? Your motherly instinct is right. That wee babe will be starting school before you even know it.

You’ll wonder how the time passed so quickly.

You’ll wonder why you didn’t relax a little more and spend more time just soaking in the miracle of newborn babies.

You’ll long to hold that teensy little one in your arms again.

You’ll wish you could still breathe in the wonderful fragrance of a new baby.

And you’ll be grateful for motherhood and how God has given you the privilege to watch the miracle of how this one very special child will grow and change and mature.

If you’re a mom, what advice do you wish you would have known when you were expecting your first baby?

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Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

My Princess Problem @ A Deeper Story

What the Church & Christians Need to Know About Suicide & Mental Health @ A Holy Experience

Cobb Salad Recipe – A Fresh Main Dish Meal @ Kelly the Kitchen Kop 

A Staying Prayer for Mothers of College Freshmen @ chatting at the sky

On The Difference One Letter Makes @ (in)courage 

Simple Peach and Honey Ice Cream @ The Nourishing Gourmet 

Spend More Time with People Who Lift You Up (and lift them right back) @ Be More with Less

Learning to fight {and why we argue in front of our kids} @ Life Your Way 

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Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier!

Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often times, more so than our kids) get tired of the “same-old same-old” lunch.

Creating a collection of these recipes also provides a wider array of nutritious options.

So, to help us in our quest to provide the best nutrition to fuel our children’s growing bodies, I’ve put together some of my favorite family-friendly lunch ideas, recipes and a few healthy snack options too. My hope is that these recipes, tips and ideas will provide you with lots of inspiration for creating healthy lunches that your whole family will love! 

Just Wrap It!

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Wraps (a.k.a. Roll-Ups) are a tasty, fun and attractive alternative to the traditional sandwich. We love the wrap! In fact, my kids have eaten foods they normally turn down when I roll it up in a tortilla. Apparently, the cute little roll-up makes everything look and taste yummier! 
5 Sweet & Savory Lunch Wrap Recipes
BLT Wraps
Meatless Chickpea Wraps
Ranch Chicken Wraps

Beyond PB&J …

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Break free from the typical lunchbox sandwich by serving healthy and delicious sandwich fillings like these:
Avocado Egg Salad

BBQ Chicken
Carrot & Cheddar

Grilled Chicken Salad

“Ditch the ‘Wich” Lunch Ideas

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Non-sandwich lunch options are not only great for those who are gluten-free or grain-free, but they also provide a healthy escape for anyone experiencing sandwich boredom!
Bread-Free Alternatives for Healthy Lunches On the Go
10 Delicious Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas
20 Allergy-Friendly Non-Sandwich Lunches

From Leftovers to Lunch

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Talk about convenient! Packing dinner leftovers for lunch is one of the easiest methods for ensuring a delicious healthy lunch. Here are a few of our favorite leftovers that taste great cold the next day:
3 Easy Lunches Using Leftovers
Better than Fast Food Chicken Nuggets (with ranch for dipping)
• Grilled Chicken or Turkey (w ith ranch for dipping)
Meatball Subs

Healthy Homemade “Lunchables”

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The lure of those unhealthy packaged lunchables is convenience. But there’s no need sacrifice good nutrition when you can create easy homemade lunchables that are far more nutritious and afforadable!
3 Healthy Homemade Lunchable Recipes
DIY Homemade Lunchables
Homemade vs. Store-Bought Lunchables

Go for a Dip!

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Looking for a change of pace? Nutritious dips and spreads make a great light lunch, or add several satisfying sides for a heartier meal.
5 Healthy Lunch Dips
Easy Greek Hummus
“MOMveeta” Cheese Dip
Veggie Confetti Spread

Of course, crackers make a great edible lunch utensil for scooping up healthy dips or topping with meats, cheeses and more! A few of our favorites include:
Multi-Seed Grain-Free Crackers
Simple Grain-Free Herb Crackers
Sourdough Wheat Crackers
Whole Grain Spelt Thins

Sensational Salads

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Most adults, and many kids, enjoy a good salad for lunch, especially when it’s packed with a high-protein add-in like leftover grilled meats. So be sure to check out our post 25 Healthy & Delicious Summer Salads for a whole host of delicious salad options perfect for lunch or dinner.

Satisfying Sides

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Wholesome sides add an extra boost of nutrition and help to satisfy a hearty appetite. Here are just a few ideas for rounding out lunch with a healthy side or two:
Fresh Fruit – Apple slices, melon, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, etc.
Fresh Veggies – Carrots, zucchini sticks, cucumber slices, bell peppers, broccoli florets, etc. For an extra treat, serve raw veggies with Homemade Ranch Dressing.
Grass-fed Cheese – Made from wholesome milk from pastured cows, grass-fed cheese is perfect on sandwiches, with crackers or makes a wonderful addition to fresh fruit kabobs or ham and apple wraps.
Whole Milk Yogurt – A creamy nutritious treat, whole milk or coconut milk yogurt provides a wealth of good nutrition and important probiotics.

Healthy Lunchbox Snacks

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Adding a healthy snack makes lunchtime extra special. Here’s a few of our favorites:
Crispy nut mixes like High Protein Trail Mix or Sprouted Trail Mix.
Healthy cookie treats like Raw Cookie Dough Bites or Vanilla-Coconut Macaroons.
Homemade fruit leather like Homemade Fruit by the Foot or Cultured Fruit Leather.
Nutritious snack bars like Homemade KIND Fruit & Nut Bars or Whole Grain Granola Bars.
Wholesome fruit muffins like Whole Grain Strawberry Chia Muffins or Grain-Free Strawberry Shortcake Muffins.

Choosing a Lunch Storage System

Looking for some quality options for packing your healthy lunch creations? I tested out several of the top lunchboxes in my special back-to-school post, Which Lunch Box Food Storage System is Right for Your Family?and I’ve provided an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of each system tested. So if you’ve been searching for the right lunch storage system for your family, I hope this helps make it a bit easier.

More Lunch Packing Tips & Recipes

Getting organized to pack a healthy lunch couldn’t be easier with these helpful tips and even more wholesome recipes:
5 Tips for Planning Healthy Lunches Kids Love!
How to Create a Healthy Back-to-School Meal Plan
Healthy Real Food Lunch Ideas for Real Kids
100 Days of Real Food School Lunch Recipe Round-Up

I hope these helpful tips, ideas and recipes for healthy back-to-school lunches inspire you to create a wide variety of nutritious lunches for you and your children with far more ease and a lot less stress! 

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If you have some ideas about healthy back-to-school lunches, we would love to hear them!

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Fast, Easy & Healthy Back-to-School Breakfasts {with 70 recipes!}

The Busy Mom's Guide to Fast, East & Healthy Back-to-School Breakfasts {with 70 recipes!}

With back-to-school already in full swing for some Americans, and starting up in less than 4 weeks here in Canada, it seemed like we should talk about breakfasts for those busy school mornings.

Especially for those that need to get out of the door by a certain time, but even for those of us who need to get a move on with our homeschool day, it’s oh-so-tempting to throw another breakfast of toast or store-bought cereal on the table and call it done. 

Of course, we know that’s not best. Kids (and their mamas) need to start the day strong, with protein, good fats, fruit or veggies, and whole grains. A hearty, well-rounded first meal of the day paves the way for steadier moods, stable blood sugar, more energy, quicker thinking, better learning, and even a quicker metabolism. 

But the thought of making something substantial first thing can feel daunting. What we really need are fast and easy recipes, still full of nutrition and goodness, that we can work into our mornings without causing extra stress, or dishes for that matter. 

I did some scouring through Pinterest, to see what I could find. And truth is, there are a TON of great recipes out there for your morning meal. But so many of the roundups aren’t terribly selective or careful in their picks. They seem a bit haphazard, or based more on pretty pictures than on healthy ingredients, kid-appeal, or hands-on cooking time. 

I thought this post would be simple to create, but I spent literally hours and hours, scouring the recipes out there, to find these 70 that fit my super-picky criteria: 

  1. Only real, whole food ingredients. Nothing processed or pre-made. Minimal sugar (and preferably unrefined, or a recipe where you could swap in the better stuff easily). Lots of good protein and fats to start things off right. 
  2. Genuine kid appeal. Now personally, I’m all for that gorgeous Leek, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiche with fresh thyme sprinkled on top. Hook me up. But my kids? Not so much. They’ll take a plain plate of scrambled eggs over the fancy stuff any day. I wasn’t going for gourmet or foodie, nor did I want recipes that looked all fun and cutesy, but would realistically take way too long for the average mom. 
  3. Fast and easy to prepare. Or, something that has a make-ahead component (crockpot, freezer meals, baking that could be done ahead and in large batches, etc.). I aimed for a maximum cooking time of 20 minutes, start to finish (and ideally only 10-15), unless it was something that could be pre-mixed and then stuck in the oven first thing, so that it cooks away while you get the crew up and ready for the day.

The recipes in this post actually fit my criteria. I know, because I looked through the ingredients and instructions on every one (and some of them I’ve made myself). 

Not only that, but I only chose recipes I could actually see myself using in my own home. Not just pinning to my Breakfast board, never to be looked at again. 

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My tips for getting real food, healthy, nourishing breakfasts ready in a hurry

With four young kids, homeschooling, and running several businesses out of our home, things get busy and hairy around here some mornings. I occasionally bemoan the fact that I’m not comfortable just buying cereal and setting out bowls and a jug of milk. Some days, I wish I was. 

But I’ve learned to make wholesome breakfasts with relatively little fuss, with this handful of strategies that work pretty well for me most days.

  1. Have a plan. This could be a proper breakfast meal plan for each day of the week, or it could be determining each night what you’ll eat the next morning. Just plan something. 
  2. Start the night before. If you get yourself into the habit of this one thing, it will revolutionize your mornings. Set some oatmeal to soak, dump ingredients in the crockpot, get a double batch of muffins baking while you watch Call the Midwife, put some frozen fruit into the fridge to thaw, or even just set the table. Whatever. Just do something in advance. 
  3. Always make extra. If I’m making muffins or quick breads, I always double or triple the recipe and freeze the extras. Same goes for anytime I make pancakes or waffles, and we pop them in the toaster for quick food on busy days. If I’m baking potatoes for dinner, I throw in a few extras so that I can chop and fry them up with eggs the next morning. 
  4. Keep something in the freezer. We always, at bare minimum, have frozen fruit for smoothies, and can use whatever liquid exists in the house (yogurt, kefir, milk, coconut milk). When I’m on the ball, we also have extras like bacon or pancakes or sausages already in the freezer. 
  5. Always have ingredients for simple meals. Which leads me to the fact that simply having what you need on hand takes away a lot of the fuss. I try to always have rolled oats, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, natural sweeteners, fresh or frozen fruit, some sort of dairy (milk, yogurt, kefir), flour (nut flour or else kamut flour), baking basics, and plenty of eggs. With these things in the house, we’ve always got something to eat, even if it’s just plain old oatmeal with milk, or a plate of scrambled eggs. 
  6. Make-ahead items will save you on rushed mornings. Especially if I know that we’ll be having some busier-than-usual mornings, I try to think ahead a few days before, and prepare something that will be easy on the day of. Grab-and-go foods like bars, breakfast cookies, muffins, frozen burritos or egg muffins, etc. work well. See lots of these recipes below. 

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Warm Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl @ Happy Offerings

How I Usually Plan my Breakfast Menu 

I like to do a skeleton plan, where each week follows the same basic pattern, but I simply swap out the particular recipes. 

For example: 

  • Monday – Oatmeal
  • Tuesday – Eggs 
  • Wednesday – Yogurt 
  • Thursday – Baking 
  • Friday –  Eggs
  • Saturday – Pancakes (waffles, french toast, etc.)
  • Sunday – Baked oatmeal or casserole 

The first week, we might eat Pear & Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal, then fried eggs with sourdough toast, then yogurt and fruit parfaits, then zucchini muffins, etc. The second week we would switch it up just a little and eat Cranberry, Nuts & Chia Fancy Oatmeal, then an omelet, then yogurt with homemade granola, then Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffins, and you get the picture.

Same formula, slightly different recipes. This keeps your grocery list similar from week to week, allowing you to stock up on basics. It makes filling in that menu plan a cinch. And it keeps you from getting bored too easily. 

A few notes about the recipes below:

  1. Some recipes just list “sugar” or “brown sugar” (though many use sweeteners like honey and maple syrup or raw sugars like sucanat). Check out our guide to sweeteners and know that it’s incredibly easy to swap out one type of sweetener for another. 
  2. Though I was pretty careful about it, there’s the odd recipe that includes a fat I’m not so keen on. Check out this post to see which fats and oils I recommend

 

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Crockpot Apple Pie Oatmeal from Yankee Kitchen Ninja

Crockpot Wonders 

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal @ Keeper of the Home

Crockpot Breakfast Risotto @ A Year of Slow Cooking

Overnight Oatmeal with Cranberries and Figs @ Food Network

Crockpot Apple Pie Oatmeal @ Yankee Kitchen Ninja

Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole @ Cookie Monster Cooking

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Supreme Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches from Foodie With Family

Make-Ahead 

Overnight Oats @ Kath Eats Real Food

Supreme Spinach and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches @ Foodie With Family

Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa @ $5 Dollar Dinners

Oatmeal Waffles @ Good Cheap Eats

Whole Wheat Waffles @ 100 Days of Real Food

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles @ Keeper of the Home

For all waffles,  just make ahead in a large batch and freeze, then re-heat in the toaster on the morning of. It’s like Eggo Waffles, but a million times better for you!

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Banana Crem Brulee Oatmeal Bake from Keeper of the Home

Oatmeal (and Other Grain) Variations 

Fancy, Flavored Oatmeal Made 4 Ways @ Keeper of the Home

Banana Crem Brulee Oatmeal Bake @ Keeper of the Home

Carrot Cake Oatmeal @ An Edible Mosaic 

Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl @ Love & Zest

Warm Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl @ Happy Offerings

Baked Oatmeal with Sweet Potato @ Natural Fertility and Wellness

The Nourished Kitchen’s Baked Oats with Pistaschios, Dried Figs & Honey @ GNOWFGLINS 

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (soaked) @ GNOWFGLINS

Raspberry Baked Oatmeal @ Good Cheap Eats (with instructions for making ahead and freezing)

Tips for all baked oatmeal recipes:  These take a little while to bake in the morning, usually 30-45 minutes. Which sounds long, but it can work great for busy mornings if you do it like this — do 10 min. of prep the night before with most of the ingredients that can sit out overnight, finish up with a couple of minutes mixing in the last ingredients when you first get up in the morning and while the oven pre-heats, then bake while getting everyone ready. You’ll all be dressed and good to go by the time the oven timer beeps. Or, make enough on a Sunday that you have leftovers to reheat on Monday or Tuesday. Baked oatmeal is hearty and even our family of 6 can usually get 2 meals out of one large pan. 

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Primal Carrot Cake Breakfast Muffins (grain free) from Holistically Engineered

Muffins {sweet & savory}

Gluten Free Oatmeal Muffins @ Fearless Dining

Primal Carrot Cake Breakfast Muffins (grain free) @ Holistically Engineered

Grain Free Cinnamon Raisin Muffins @ The Real Food Guide

Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins (grain free) @ Cook Eat Paleo

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (gluten free) @ GNOWFGLINS 

Carrot Squash Muffins (gluten free) @ Natural Fertility and Wellness

How to Make the Best Muffins Ever (with many different flavor variations) @ Simple Bites

Gluten Free Blueberry Applesauce Muffins @ The Humbled Homemaker

Strawberry Coconut Muffins with Strawberry Cream Cheese (grain free) @ Just Making Noise 

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Banana Oat Blender Pancakes from Mountain Mama Cooks

Super-Simple Pancakes 

3 Ingredient Pancakes (grain free) @ Recipe by Photo

Protein Packed Flour Free Breakfast Pancakes @ Fannetastic Food

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes @ Just a Taste (grain free)

Banana Oat Blender Pancakes @ Mountain Mama Cooks

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sourdough Pancakes @ GNOWFGLINS

Oven Pancake with Cinnamon Apples @ Good Cheap Eats

Protein Pancakes @ Keeper of the Home

Easy Quinoa Pancakes (gluten, sugar and dairy free) @ Keeper of the Home

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Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies

Breakfast Through a Straw

Healthy Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Milkshake @ An Edible Mosaic

Blueberry & Kale Smoothie @ Organize Yourself Skinny

Green Monster Smoothie @ Spoonful (use something like raisins for eyes instead)

Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie @ Simple Green Smoothies 

A Month of Smoothies – 31 Recipes Links @ Keeper of the Home (I didn’t include as many smoothie recipes here because you’ll find a great selection of them in this “Month of Smoothies” post from earlier in the summer)

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Grain Free Instant “Brown Sugar” N’Oatmeal from Holistically Engineered 

Totally Grain Free

Baked Cheddar Eggs and Potatoes @ Taste of Home

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Citrus Honey Glaze (might want to add extra nuts or some yogurt for more protein) @ Domestic Superhero

Power Breakfast Egg Meat Muffins @ The Healthy Foodie

Grain Free Instant “Brown Sugar” N’Oatmeal @ Holistically Engineered

Paleo Sweet Potato Muffins (Eggs, Nut and Grain Free) @ Tessa the Domestic Diva 

Italian Style Omelet Muffins @ Just Jessie B

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffins @ Cheeseslave (these are a favorite in our home)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars from 86 Lemons

On-the-Run {breakfast bars & other hand-held goodies}

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipes @ How to Have it All

Oatmeal Raisin Quinoa Breakfast Cookies @ Running to the Kitchen 

How to Make the Most Delicious Granola Bars You’ve Ever Had @ Creative Green Living 

Fruit and Nut Bars @ Greatist

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars @ 86 Lemons (I would sub honey for the agave)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars (gluten, dairy and egg free) @ The Humbled Homemaker

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Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Parfait from Simple Bites

Healthy Cereals, Granolas & Parfaits

Cocoa Almond Crumbles @ GNOWFGLINS

Quinoa Granola (allergen free) @ Natural Fertility and Wellness

Pumpkin Spice Granola @ Simple Bites

Soaked Muesli with Fresh Fruit @ GNOWFGLINS

Berry Patriotic Parfait @ Greatist (you could really use any type of fresh fruit in the same way, and you could add in sprinkles of chopped nuts, seeds, or homemade granola to make it heartier)

Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Parfait @ Simple Bites

Granola Cereal or Bars (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals) @ 100 Days of Real Food

Homemade (Soaked) Granola @ Passionate Homemaking (this was one that I made for years)

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Mexican Egg and Sweet Potato Breakfast Scramble from Taste and Tell

Egg Based, Protein Packed

Quinoa Breakfast Hash Browns @ A Beautiful Mess (make these faster in the morning with quinoa you cooked the day before)

Quinoa Scramble @ Root and Blossom

ABC Frittata (apple, bacon, cheddar) @ Simple Bites (I would pre-grate the cheese and cook the bacon the night before to speed up the morning prep, then stick it in the oven while we got ready for the day)

Omelette Roll @ Moms Dish (this is such a neat idea for making an omelette that doesn’t require cooking supervision, and you could use any sort of fillings that you liked)

Mexican Egg and Sweet Potato Breakfast Scramble @ Taste and Tell

Four Herb Frittata Thin Egg Pancakes @ Just Making Noise (and I’m sure these would taste good even if you used dry herbs instead of fresh)

Make Breakfast Once a Week (egg skillet scramble variations) @ Mama & Baby Love 

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Still want more? 

25 Oatmeal Recipes Perfect for Back-to-School Breakfasts @ Keeper of the Home 

Get the ebook – The Breakfast Revolution: Recipes From Outside the Cereal Box (particularly great for those eating gluten free, but really, good for anyone)

Follow our Pinterest boards — Breakfast, Smoothies, Real Food Baking, and Grain Free Recipes

What breakfast recipes do you make most often for those busy school mornings? And what one recipe did you find to add to your repertoire?

Top image from Kevin Dooley

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

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This week’s top deals: 

method refillMethod Concentrated Laundry Detergent 85 load refill, Free & Clear, 34 fl oz for $13.53 with Subscribe & Save (or possibly as low as $12.10). Only the Free & Clear variety is priced this low. (Thanks, Jungle Deals and Steals)

And a few Back-to-School items, because it’s that time of year:

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Smart Planet EC-34 Small 3-Compartment Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box, Orange for just $8.96 (or pink for $9.16) and eligible for free shipping. I did a bit of comparing with other websites and this is a good price on these boxes (it’s regular $12.99 on Amazon and I saw it up to $14-16 in other places).

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Kids Konserve KK074 Small Leak Proof Stainless Steel Round Food Containers, Magenta, Set of 2 for $11.77 (again, I cross checked this item across a few sites and this is a good price).

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Eco-Friendly Wide Mouth 17 oz, 500 mL Stainless Steel Water Bottle – BPA Free, Brushed Metal Silver with free shipping for just $6.40!

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Coyuchi is having a 60% Off Summer Clearance Sale where you can find organic cotton towels for as low as $5.60.  They have other great items as well including sheets, pillows, rugs and t-shirts.  And if you sign up with your email then they will give you 15% off your next order.

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Scott Naturals Toilet Paper, 12 Mega Rolls (Pack of 4) for $36.99 ($9.25/pack).  Save $2 when you clip the coupon below the product description (you must be logged in)  Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save and get FREE shipping on orders over $35.  If you’re an Amazon Prime with Amazon Mom member, you’ll actually save 20% on Subscribe & Save items when you place 5 or more orders in a month.

Bob's Flaxseed

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Flaxseed Brown, 24-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) for just $13.72 ($3.43/pack)  Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save and get FREE shipping on orders over $35.  If you’re an Amazon Prime with Amazon Mom member, you’ll actually save 20% on Subscribe & Save items when you place 5 or more orders in a month.

pint jarsBall Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Green, Set of 6 for just $11.99 (reg. $14.99).  Get FREE shipping on orders over $35.

FREE Kindle ebooks:

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Farmhouse Classics – Hearty Soups & Broths: 70 classic homemade soup and broth recipes straight from the farmhouse to your kitchen 

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5 Books Every Child Should Own

Looking for some new reads for your little ones? Check out my list!

5 Books Every Child Should Own {KeeperoftheHome.com}

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer

I don’t have many vivid memories from my pre-teen years (gratefully, perhaps?). But a few memories randomly stick out, oddly clear and poignant in my mind.

For one, I’m perched on the peach-colored chair in the living room, my little miniature dachshund beside me. And I’m reading. And laughing.

Hysterical, nose-sniffling, tear-jerking laughter. Stacked up beside the chair was the reason: nearly a dozen Garfield the Cat cartoon books from the library. I’d page through them and just laugh and laugh, each incrementally getting more and more hysterical.

It’s odd – but if I pick up one of these books now, they’re not that funny. But then? To an awkward and shy “tweenager,” these books just touched something in my soul. Does that sound a bit dramatic for a book about a cartoon cat? Maybe. But they really did.

You might know what I’m talking about.

You know the books you’ve met, like friends, during that time or this season – and you know you will remember them forever.

It’s fun to think that our children will have the same sorts of fond memories from books. There are so many books out there – so many books on our shelves or on Amazon or at the library.

But today I’m sharing the good stuff -  a few books that my children seem to love and gravitate to. Why? These are books that let them know they are loved – by me, of course, but also by the One who made them.

    • Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado – I dare you to read this without crying. What a precious little book that somehow captures just how you feel about your children, and what you really want them to know.
    • The Jesus Storybook Bible  by Sally Lloyd Jones – Though new, this Bible is quickly becoming a classic in many homes. If you own it, you know what I mean! Beautiful illustrations, inviting text … I love the way it reminds us all (tired mommies, too) that we are forever loved by the one Who made us.
    • You Are Special  by Max Lucado – This little book shares the powerful message that children are loved – regardless of what others may think of us. What a priceless lesson for little ones to grasp.
    • Little Visits With God by Allan Hart Jahsmann – My parents read us this book growing up. A year’s worth of family devotional reads, it touches on many important subjects including illness, death, cheating, worry, prayer. I love this book. 
    • The Lord Is My Shepherd by Hans Wilhelm – This is the words of peaceful Psalm 23, with child-like, captivating illustrations. My children always seem to dig this book up to read “one more time.”

 But often this is not an easy task!

5 Books Every Child Should Own {KeeperoftheHome.org}

I have recently released an eBook called How To Introduce Your Child To Jesus. Along with these 5 books, I share 20 more resources (books, music, movies, and more) that can make lasting imprints on our little ones, and point them to the One who made them.

And there’s more. If you’ve ever longed for guidance in passing on your faith with little ones, this is the book for you. In (what I hope is) a totally grace-filled, extremely practical, even humorous tone, I touch on:

  • My favorite devotionals for wearied moms
  • The seven common personalities in kids, and how to teach each type
  • How to make your child’s faith his or her own (and not just yours)
  • Tips for surviving and thriving in church with little ones
  • Examples of how to talk about Jesus in everyday life

How to Introduce Your Child to Jesus

Click here to learn more about How To Introduce Your Child To Jesus.

Do you have a favorite children’s book? What books do your kids seem to gravitate to?

 

 

Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

To be called Mommy @ Live Renewed

On Taking a Break From Being the Grownup @ chatting at the sky

Salted Caramel Drenched Coffee-Double Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel @ Primal Palate

A Fried Chicken Kind of Day @ A Deeper Story

A Compassionate Lens @ (in)courage

Summer Shish Kabob Marinades @ GNOWFGLINS

When Femininity Becomes a Bad Word @ The Better Mom

 The parenting books were wrong (and other good news for moms) @ Lisa-Jo Baker

August Sponsors

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My Review of a Whole House Water Filtration System

My Review of a Whole House Water Filtration System

Clean drinking water is a murky subject.

I’ll confess that every time I begin to write a post about water filtration and removing toxins from your family’s water sources, I am tempted to start hyperventilating.

There’s so much out there. If you begin to search for answers to questions like “what are the primary contaminants in tap water?”, “what are the health concerns associated with chlorine exposure?”, “which pharmaceuticals have been found in tap water?” and “what kind of filters are most effective for removing ____ (fill in the blank with heavy metals, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs, harmful bacteria, etc.), well, the results are overwhelming. And confusing. And contradictory.

I’m no scientist. When articles start telling me about synthetic organic chemicals (SOCs) vs. volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), and how coconut shell granulated activated carbon filters are the most effective technology, but oh wait… they don’t filter out inorganic chemicals, well, then my eyes begin to glaze over, and I wonder whether I should just write another smoothie recipe and forget about the water issue altogether.

So I want you to take my personal views and understanding on the issue of water safety and filtration and contamination with a big ol’ grain of kosher salt. The plain and simple truth is, I don’t know all the right answers. I’m a concerned wife and mom, who tries to keep herself well-researched and informed, with limited time, and a lack of sufficient education to understand everything I’m reading.

Here’s what I do know: Just because we don’t and can’t know everything, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

We should try to understand as best as we can. We should try to make an informed decision about whether the health of our family may be compromised. We should try to take preventative actions when they seem justified and reasonable.

No one else is going to do these things for us. It is not up to the government, doctors, the EPA, the FDA, the local health authorities, or any other sort of governing or regulatory body. Really, it’s up to us.

That’s why a huge goal of this website is to bring information to help you along and point you to resources for further educating and equipping yourself in decisions that impact the health and well being of your family, the environment, and even ultimately impact people beyond our own front door.

As for me and my family, here are several reasons why we choose to invest in quality water purification for our home:

1. To protect against the unknown effects of chlorine and the dangerous chemical compounds that it creates when it comes in contact with various other materials (usually organic materials). It is my understanding that these include a group of byproducts known as trihalomethanes (THMs), including chloroform, as well as “chloramines” such as monochloramine, dichloramine, and trichloramine. Studies have shown that these compounds may be hazardous and related to reproductive toxicity, cancer, respiratory tract complications, skin irritations, among other things. Studies seem to be inconclusive and inadequate still at this point, but there does seem to be evidence indicating that there are negative effects, even if we (well, certainly I) don’t clearly understand how it all works. (123, 4)

2. To protect against possible heavy metals in our water. While we are naturally exposed to very minute amounts of most minerals and metals, some are more harmful than others when exposure goes above certain levels, especially metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum and cadmium (1).

3. To protect against the impact of pharmaceutical drugs and other toxic contaminants that commonly make their way into our water supplies, through sewage, through agriculture run-off, through landfill seepage, etc. Not all filtration systems adequately deal with these chemicals, as this is a newer concern that has only come to light in recent years and honestly, we don’t know enough yet about how to filter out these myriad chemicals, like synthetic hormones treatments, anti-depressants, tranquilizers, anti-epileptics, antibiotics, you name it. That said, if we can do something to prevent some of them, I feel like that’s worth it. If you look into the literature on this topic, you’ll read over and over again that we’re talking nano-parts, parts per billion, miniscule amounts of exposure… I get that, but I don’t believe it’s as harmless as we’re told. Small amounts of exposure, over time, build up and can have an unknown impact. I’d rather not be a guinea pig.

Truth be told, I had looked into all of this years ago, and settled on using a high quality, counter top water filter. We also purchased a filter for our most-used shower head. It didn’t cover everything, but I felt good that we had added another layer of protection to our home.

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Back in the fall, I was approached by HydroCare to see if I would review their Quadmaxx whole-home filtration system. This was something that I hadn’t done a lot of research on, but I liked the idea of it.

I very much wanted too be able to filter everything in our home… every sink and tap, every shower or bath, every bit of water for kitchen use.

Though our countertop Berkey filter was great and I still highly recommend it, we could primarily rely on it only for our drinking needs. I wanted to do more than that, so I said yes to the review.

Here’s a little bit about the Quadmaxx filtration system and what it filters out:

THMs (trihalomethanes) are a broad category of organic chemical compounds that are formed from organic compounds interacting with chlorine. Some of the more commonly known THMs are chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dribromochloromethane. Continued exposure to THMs can have harmful effects to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system.

VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, and office equipment such as copiers and printers. VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, or damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals and some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Their website also states that certified independent lab test showed 99% removal of Chlorine, as well as reductions in Lead, Mercury, THMs, VOCs, chemicals, and more. You can see a 3rd party lab test result here.

Once we got settled in our new home, we went ahead and hired a plumber to do the installation. If you’ve got a husband or family member that is handy with plumbing, you could avoid this more expensive step, but for us, we decided to go with the pros for this job.

Though our installation was a bit of a gong-show (no fault to the system, but note to self: never try to chintz out by hiring a plumber off of Craigslist, just go straight to a reputable company so you don’t end up having to pay for the job to be done twice. Gulp.)

However. Once the system was set up properly, we began to reap the benefits, and they are many.

Here’s what I love about our system so far:

  1. The water tastes great, plain and simple. Pouring a fresh, clean tasting glass of water straight out of the tap is awesome.
  2. I know that every bath or shower or sink in the house is pouring filtered water. No more mucking around with weird filters on our shower heads, and no more ingesting or absorbing chlorine and other chemicals in our wide-open pores during hot showers. I can refill my glass or a child’s sippy cup from any faucet in the house, which is pretty handy. Even my garden is benefitting from filtered water.
  3. Instead of only having enough filtered water for drinking and the odd bit of cooking, now I am using filtered water for every pot of boiling water, every vegetable steamed, every tea kettle boiled (and even every load of dishes I wash). Though I loved our other filter, it just couldn’t work quite fast enough to really keep up with our cooking needs, with how much drinking water we go through for six people in a day.
  4. Though we don’t have these issues where we live, I was reading up on the website today about how this would not only purify your water for health purposes, but also for those who get limescale deposits, iron, or any other sort of sediment that builds up in your faucets, your tub, your toilets, when you’re washing your dishes, etc. If we ever move out to the country or well water (because we received the system that can also handle well water), we’re totally set and that’s really good to know.
  5. For reasons I don’t understand (someone care to explain the science behind this?), the water in our home has gotten hotter, and I think we can actual turn down our hot water tank by a couple degrees. I thought I was just crazy until I read this same observation in another woman’s testimonial

iron_largeHere’s what I would advise to those looking into a system:

  1. Make sure that you get the right system for your house. Because they asked us to do the review before we had bought our new house, they kindly sent us their more expensive Iron 300X system that can handle well water, as well as city water. This was very generous of them, but it’s unnecessary for us, and the filter replacements cost a lot more. If we were on well water, we’d be extremely grateful, but I’m sort of wishing we just had the simpler Quadmaxx system with its cheaper replacement filters. We’d only be spending about $79-160 per year on them, which is quite reasonable for whole-house filter maintenance.
  2. Look into the installation needs before you buy. Make sure that you’re prepared for the cost of a plumber to install the system, or that you have a friend or family member that can do it for you. This cost ended up being higher than we expected and though I’m sure we’ll still be thrilled with the system in the long run, it was a bit of a shock up front.
  3. Once the system is installed, talk to your plumber or whoever installed it about the water pressure settings. We had to have a pressure valve added to our system, which greatly decreased the water pressure in our home, such that we were having trouble with low pressure any time two competing water sources were used (ie. the shower and sink, flushing toilet and running dishwasher, etc.). Once we adjusted the settings on our valve, the pressure increased and now we can use water in multiple places again without issue. This has nothing to do with the system itself, it’s just something to be aware of should you be interested in a whole-house filter. And note that the simpler Quadmaxx system should need this pressure valve, only the fancier Iron 300X that we got. 

How does the HydroCare family of units compare to other whole-house filtration systems?

That is a really good question. I wish I knew. I spent way too long searching for un-biased reviews or information comparing some of the major brands on the web, and I simply couldn’t find any. In fact, I had to laugh when I found a forum thread asking for “unbiased whole house water filter reviews?”. Glad I wasn’t the only one to find it challenging.

I will say that the pricing seems competitive compared to other units that seem comparable, and so far our experience has been very positive. 

If you’re interested at looking more into the various units and seeing which one would be best for your home, they are sold via web at www.hydrocareusa.com and on Amazon.

Do you use a counter-top or whole-house filtration system? What matters most to you when it comes to water purity?

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by HydroCare, and I received a water filtration system for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was given no guidelines on what to write. These are just my own thoughts on the subject and our experience using the Quadmaxx system. This post contains affiliate links. 
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Green Tea Panna Cotta: The Easiest Summer Dessert You’ll Ever Make

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By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer

Summertime is no time to be cooking in a hot kitchen.

It’s also a time when we want things easy. I’m not saying we’re lazy – I’m just saying I’d rather be playing a board game with my kids or enjoying the sunshine with a good book than coming up with new recipes or laboring over supper. (And I LOVE  to cook – like, serious LOVE LOVE LOVE, so that’s sayin’ sumthin’.)

That’s why I love panna cotta, the easy Italian dessert that takes roughly 5 to 10 minutes to pull together. It’s simple, elegant, and the kind of dessert that makes you feel special just because you get to be fancy for no reason at all. Best of all, it’s actually a nourishing dessert.

(I recently gushed about the latest research about the benefits of gelatin. It’s a fascinating part of our diet, really, and not just because it makes things jiggly. In case you’re wondering, here’s where to buy grass-fed gelatin.)

The addition of green tea in this version also adds a dash of antioxidant power to the dessert, but since matcha (green tea powder) is expensive, you can skip it if desired and add in a small splash of vanilla extract instead to make vanilla panna cotta. Delightful either way. :)

(Do you love matcha too? Due to its price, I use it sparingly, but prize it highly. It sometimes shows up in my house in Matcha Shortbread, in ice cream, or as a natural food coloring. Stephanie also adds it to smoothies – yum! – or drinks it as a nourishing pick-me-up. If you can’t find it in your area, you can find it here.)

And if you don’t like green tea or just want to play around with flavors, you can use my basic panna cotta recipe as a foundation to make any flavor you want. 

Green Tea Panna Cotta

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups whole milk
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
• 3/4 cup evaporated cane sugar, honey, or maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons matcha powder
• 1 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin

Instructions

  1. Place 1/2 cup of the milk in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then heat very gently over low heat just until the gelatin is dissolved. (Dip your thumb and forefinger in the warm-ish milk and rub them together. You won’t feel any granules when they are fully dissolved.)
  2. Meanwhile, pour the remaining milk, the cream, sugar, and matcha in a blender. Blend until very smooth, then with the motor running, pour in the gelatin-milk mixture.
  3. Pour immediately into a container that can hold at least 1 quart of liquid (the shallower, the better) OR multiple small containers and place in the refrigerator. Let sit for at least two hours to firm up.

Note

I like to eat the panna cotta directly out of the container with a spoon, but if you want to unmold them for a presentation, grease your containers with a very thin sheer of butter before pouring in the panna cotta.
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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

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This week’s top deals:

Lansinoh Ultra Soft Disposable Nursing Pads, 36 Count for $3.99 with FREE shipping with a qualifying order of $35 or more! 

Add-on items can only be purchased with a qualifying orders that include $35 or more of items shipped by Amazon (marked by the Free Super Saver Shipping, Amazon Prime or Add-On Item icon).

Or if you prefer washable nursing pads, like I do, this is a great price on organic ones

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes (70-count Tubs) for $31.14 and save another 5-15% with Subscribe & Save (works out to $4.93 to $5.19 individually).  

*If you’re an Amazon Prime with Amazon Mom member, you’ll actually save 20% on Subscribe & Save items when you place 5 or more orders in a month.

Runa Amazon Guayusa Spice Tea, Organic Cinnamon – Lemongrass, 1 Pound for $18.49  Save 5-15% with Subscribe & Save.*

*If you’re an Amazon Prime with Amazon Mom member, you’ll actually save 20% on Subscribe & Save items when you place 5 or more orders in a month.

Laura at Heavenlyhomemakers.com is celebrating her birthday this week and has 40% off all downloadable Items.  Check out what she has there!  Some titles include: 

 
Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal Flour — 16 oz for just $7.67 at Vitacost.com until August 12, 2014 (new customers get $10 off $30 with this link

 

New Wave Enviro Stainless Steel 20 oz Water Bottle – for just $7.89 at Vitacost.com (new customers get $10 off $30 with this link

30% Off Organic Freeze Dried Blueberries 1.2 oz (equivalent to 7.5 ounces of fresh blueberries) for only $4.89 at Tropical Traditions now until August 10th.  

FREE Kindle ebooks:

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