Weekly Meal Plan: 15 September to 21 September (and LAST DAY of the Bundle Sale!)

Just a reminder that today is the LAST DAY for the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle! Have you seen some of the cookbooks that are included?

Weekly Meal Plan: 15 September to 21 September (and LAST DAY of the Bundle Sale!) (a humble place)

This is a collection of nourishing, real food recipes that are easy to prepare, suitable for the whole family, and friendly to your waistline! (Valued at $4.99.) 

Weekly Meal Plan: 15 September to 21 September (and LAST DAY of the Bundle Sale!) (a humble place)

From Scratch isn’t about diet food, low fat food, low carb food, or prepackaged nonsense. It’s about the revival of a traditional diet, full of properly prepared grains, meats, fats, vegetables, bone broth and more! (Valued at $9.99.)

Weekly Meal Plan: 15 September to 21 September (and LAST DAY of the Bundle Sale!) (a humble place)

These are whole foods recipes designed for the person who cooks every day. They are simple, nutritious, from scratch recipes utilizing a variety of whole grains, vegetables, meats and other proteins. There are over 100 recipes from breakfast to dessert, as well as appendices with information on healthier alternatives, stocking a whole foods kitchen and pantry, and more. (Valued at $6.99)

Purchasing the bundle with these books also includes the bonus from Cultures for Health of your choice of a FREE  or heirloom yogurt starter or sourdough starter (valued at $12.99), as well as an entire ecourse on make-ahead, real food meals (valued at $5.00)!

Just these things alone total $39.96, which means you’d save $10 by purchasing them through the bundle, plus you get many other great real food and healthy living resources!

Like I said, though, TODAY is the LAST DAY! You can see more of what’s included in this bundle right here!

And now on to other food. Weekly Meal Plan: 15 September to 21 September (and LAST DAY of the Bundle Sale!) (a humble place)

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eBook Junkie

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It’s true that I’ve really started to like the bonus aspect of the bundles more so than the ebook part, but that doesn’t make it a distant second. In fact, I mentioned before that I’m a bit of an ebook junkie, and it’s true. Thanks to the various bundles I’ve participated in or purchased on my own over the last year years, I’ve amassed a nice little collection of various titles. These range anywhere from quite a few cookbooks, to DIY beauty books, to budgeting books, to working-at-home books, to any number of topics. I usually bought the bundles because there were several titles that appealed to me and it just made sense to get them in a package as they were cheaper that way. But as time went on, I’d either be reading a blog entry that referenced an ebook, or found myself going through something or having questions about something, where I was able to go back into my little library of ebooks and find the very book mentioned or needed.

It’s a little overwhelming to look at ALL of the books, especially as some of the topics are just not even close to being feasible right now for us (like the backyard chickens books in this bundle!). But there are quite a few that caught my eye as I read over the titles and my short list by itself, not including the bonuses or ecourses, makes the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle a bargain!

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DIY Natural Remedies ($12.95) “Focusing on preventative care and being prepared for when sickness does occur, you’ll find everything you need to create your own effective, natural remedies inside this book.” It’s no secret that I’m very anti-medicine (after my c-section with B, the nurses kept asking me again and again if I wanted more Percocet, which I usually declined). I definitely believe it has its place, but I also believe that many times it’s not necessary. I love exploring natural remedies for common ailments and this book is right up my alley in that regard!

Traditional Remedies for Modern Families ($9.99) “Traditional Remedies for Modern Families is a 120+ page compendium of simple solutions to everyday wellness challenges without the use of drugs or toxic therapies. From coughs and colds to digestion, skin, cuts, bruises and allergies, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families covers the gamut of conditions that can effectively and safely be handled at home in the vast majority of cases saving time and money at the doctor’s office as well as immune system damage and other dangerous side effects from the overuse of drug based solutions.” This one sounds similar to the other one, but still intrigues me as I’m guessing it uses less herbs and essential oils and relies on traditional foods to heal common ailments. I can definitely get onboard with that.

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Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Basics & Recipes ($9.99) “Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Soap Basics & Recipes is great for beginners and experts alike! Learn how to make your first batch of soap, incorporate flowers and herbs in your creations, create a rainbow of colors, using only natural ingredients, understand lye calculators, and more!” I first read about making your own soap with lye on Small Notebook and have been intrigued ever since. If lye didn’t scare me so much, I’d probably have done this a long time ago. Maybe this book can help!

Everyday Nourishing Food ($4.99) “Rich and flavorful pasta sauces, satisfying Mexican Egg Salad sandwiches, Lebanese meat, rice, and salad recipes for a delicious ‘take out’ at home meal, a Lemon Poppyseed Cake that is gently sweet, and super flavorful (and just happens to be whole grain, and gluten-, dairy- and egg-free) are some of the recipes featured in this quarterly publication.” Any real food recipe book that advertises “‘take out’ at home” sounds fantastic in my book!

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Healthy Thanksgiving 101: A Grain-Free Meal Plan ($8.99) “This book includes 15 recipes which are all grain-free minus one version of Quinoa Stuffing, free of refined sugars, and you can make some of the recipes ahead of time.” Holidays can be tough when all you want is a giant serving of green bean casserole but no grain-free/gluten-free versions come even close. I’m always willing to try new recipes, though!

Beyond Broth: Nourishing Homemade Paleo Soups ($9.95) “In this new eBook from Dr. Jill Tieman of Real Food Forager, you will learn how to make nutritious homemade broths, stocks, and soups quickly and easily. Your family will love these delicious recipes, bursting with flavor and packing an incredible nutrition punch.” I love soup. When I was first pregnant with C and experiencing some crazy morning all-day sickness, soup was all I wanted. It’s not too difficult to adapt noodle soups to grain-free soups, but finding soup recipes that are designed to be grain-free is usually more rewarding.

Along with the books, there are a few ecourses that sounded interesting too….

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5×5 Fitness Challenge from Fit2B ($10.00) “This course contains 5 lessons with 5 videos outlining 5 days of different routines containing 5 exercises done 5 times for 5 sets! It should only take about 10-15 minutes per day. Ideally, you could do it for 6 weeks (5×6=30) taking 2 days off each week, or going for 30 days straight, for the BEST results.” I have diastasis recti so I’m kind of paranoid about doing regular sit-ups. I also have virtually no time to workout, so anything that I can do in short spurts at home is fantastic. All of the Fit2B workouts are tummy-safe (meaning you won’t look like godzilla if you have diastasis recti and do abdominal workouts) and these are designed to be done in 10-15 minutes, 5 days per week. I can definitely stand to lose at least one pant size right now… eBook Junkie (a humble place)

Essential Oils & Natural Health ($95.00) “Get the facts on how you can use essential oils in your home for healthy living, medicinal benefits, and a wellness focused lifestyle with a practical approach to aromatherapy in this online course. The program includes a close look at 12 different essential oils, an evidence based look at potential interactions and contraindications, and step-by-step instructions for dozens of useful and effective household must-haves ranging from body care products to natural medicine.” I know next to nothing about essential oils, other than that lavender smells pretty. I’ve always wanted to understand how to use them in holistic health and I have a feeling this course will help me do just that.

The total of the books and courses that interest me is $161.86 and this doesn’t include the bonus offers that I mentioned on Monday! So you can see how, even if you’re only interested in a few titles or items in the bundle, at $29.97, it’s still totally worth it!

Intrigued? Find out more about it here, including a list of ALL of the bonuses, courses, and ebooks. Otherwise, click here to pick up your own Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, but only until Monday!

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It’s All About the Bonuses

Its All About the Bonuses (a humble place)So this is the fourth bundle sale I’ve been a part of while working as a VA. For the first few sales, as soon as I got the list of the ebooks that were going to be included, I had to take a look to see what goodies I’d find as I’ve kind of become an ebook junkie. I love to be able to try different recipes or discover books that I never in a million years would’ve bought on their own, yet I end up enjoying, referencing, or recommending them often.

This bundle, though… this bundle was all about the bonuses for me. They’ve quickly become my favorite part of each bundle. I think it’s the fact that they usually produce something tangible. Something I receive in the mail, and who doesn’t like getting mail? Its All About the Bonuses (a humble place)

The bonuses this time around, honestly, are definitely my favorite of all the sales I’ve been a part of so far, and I’ll cut to the chase and start with my favorite one: 1 FREE Gift Set with Dead Sea Salt, Lavender and Olive Oil Salt Scrub and Luffa from Homegrown Collective.

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Homegrown Collective is a subscription box that allows the subscriber to receive a seasonally appropriate, professionally curated box of products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle to their doorstep each month.

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for subscription boxes and have had my eye on this one for a long time. The only thing holding me back was the monthly price, but now I get try one of their amazing little boxes for, essentially, free! The value on this is $19, but all I have to pay for is shipping. Not bad if you ask me!

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Next up is TriLight Health, of which I’ve been a long-time fan. They’ve offered a choice of a FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula OR $15 store credit in several bundles and I’ve taken advantage of it each time. I usually stock up on Lympha Rub and Soothing Salve, both of which B loves when he’s battling a cold or has a cut. I LOVE the smell of pretty much all of their stuff, as well as the fact that their healing formulas are all-natural with no add-ons (like dyes and sugar) that you’ll find in mainstream medicine. The value on this is $15 and shipping is free for orders over $25.

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I’ve kind of become a little obsessed with yoga lately. Okay…maybe I’ve become obsessed with yoga pants lately, but yoga itself also intrigues me! There’s actually a yogi who teaches in our HOA’s village center and I’ve pondered taking some classes for years, but always chickened out. The idea of having to try to do some of those poses around strangers is pretty intimidating, not to mention the fact that being able to leave my house without one or two small people attached to me is an amazing feat unto itself. Enter: Stay At Home Yoga! What a novel idea to be able to do yoga in the comfort of my own home! This is a new bonus sponsor this time around and she (because her name is Jennifer and I’ve found her to be amazingly kind!!) is offering a FREE 4-Month Online Yoga Class Membership! No shipping strings attached! That’s a $23.97 value for zilch!

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Sweetbottoms Boutique is offering your choice of a FREE Baltic Amber Baby Bracelet or a FREE Baltic Amber Adult Bracelet. Free jewelry that’s supposed to heal various ailments like teething and thyroid issues! Okay, forget the healing part…it’s FREE JEWELRY! We have a few baltic amber teething necklaces floating around our house, so we’re not strangers to the concept. But the idea of maybe having a little bracelet for myself really does appeal to me. This is a $15 or $19.99 value (depending on the size you get) and you only pay $5 for shipping.

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I like art. It’s what I majored in. I like to surround myself with it. So when I saw these straws, which are made from glass (also a favorite medium of mine), that include little aesthetic touches, I loved the idea. (Just now I almost gave you all an art history lesson in the art nouveau movement, which included making everyday objects, like biscuit tins [or straws!], a lot prettier, but I held myself back – you’re welcome). I love the little embellishments they add to the straws and I can imagine these would be a lot better than the metal reusable straws we have as those suckers get COLD! Also, I think B finds it a lot more fun to actually be able to see the liquid moving up the straw. With a FREE $15 gift certificate, I might have a hard time choosing which one to buy.

And of course, there are several other bonuses like free toothpaste, free yogurt starters, free body care products, and a free meal-planning service, but these are the ones that caught my eye. If you’d like to see everything the bundles contains, including all of the ebooks, all of the courses, and all of the bonuses, click here.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 7am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

We know you’re eager to see exactly what’s included in this bundle, so head on over to the website, where you can see the full list of eBooks, eCourses, and bonus offers.

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Weekly Meal Plan: 8 – 14 September (and a sale!)

Weekly Meal Plan: 8   14 September (and a sale!) (a humble place)

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is coming this week!

Twice a year, through my job as a VA, I get to help with these bundles and I always get excited when I first get the list of books and bonuses to see what the next one will offer!

What’s an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, you ask?

A bundle is a collection of ebooks, resources, and bonuses that generally fall under the same or similar topics. This particular bundle includes ebooks with topics like fitness, green cleaning, alternative health, cookbooks, special diets, as well as resources and bonuses from various companies for either free products, deeply discounted products, or store credit. All of these things are bundled into a nice little package that, if purchased separately, would cost in the $100s, if not $1000s, of dollars. With the bundle format, however, it all comes together for one very low price (in this case, $29.97).

Honestly, in my opinion, the bonuses are worth the cost alone as they’re valued at $200 by themselves and they are the thing I always get the most excited about. Weekly Meal Plan: 8   14 September (and a sale!) (a humble place)

The catch is that the bundle is only offered for a few days and then that’s it. There are new bundles every few months, but they’ll all have different ebooks and different bonuses.

This time around, we’re doing something new and offering people the chance to earn a free bundle. Click here and sign up to receive an email when the bundle is available. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get your own link that you can pass on to friends and family. If one of them signs up to receive an email as well, you get $5 off your bundle. If 5 of them sign up, you get a 12-Week Healthy Living Audio Course for free. If 10 of them sign up, you get a free bundle!

I’ll talk more about the bundle on Wednesday, but wanted to let everyone know about the opportunity to get a free bundle today!

And now on to food… this week is going to be light as I’ll be working quite a bit on bundle-related stuff.

I’m going to include links to the recipes that are available online, otherwise I’ll include links to the resource where I got the recipe. Here’s this week:

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Excited About a…Curriculum?

Excited About a...Curriculum? (a humble place)

Type A all the way!

I know, I know. It’s ridiculous. But I am.

As with just about everything else we do, we’re not going the traditional education route with B and he isn’t heading off to preschool this fall. This is true for several reasons, but right now the main one is cost. Lack of a main income and the fact that we’re both home right now makes preschool an unnecessary expense. In all honesty, we probably wouldn’t have done it anyway, but the cost factor keeps us from even really pondering it as an option.

In preparation for B eventually reaching preschool age, I’ve spent the last few years looking around for a curriculum I could use when the time came. Last year I picked up Oak Meadow’s preschool books which aren’t really curricula, but rather an introduction to how to educate your children as well as how to establish rhythms and routines to our days and incorporating things like art and music. They have kind of a Waldorf-y approach, but without the weird anthroposophy stuff, which I very much appreciate.

They also emphasize the fact that children under the age of six or seven really shouldn’t be taught how to read just yet which pretty much blew my mind. The mantra I’ve heard over and over again when it comes to reading is the earlier the better! So this was a little out there to me, but, after reading the book and seeing their basis for this approach, it makes a lot of sense to me to use this method with our family.

So with that in mind, I started to look for a real curriculum that could give us at least a little structure to our days. Obviously I’m not interested in drilling B on his numbers and letters or having him sit down and do worksheets or anything like that. In reality, I wanted a curriculum more for myself so that I had at least a few activities planned out for him each week (that someone else thought of since my brain is mush these days) and all the better if they followed a theme.

I ended up with the Wee Folk Art preschool/kindergarten homeschool curriculum and I’m probably a little unreasonably excited about it. In its favor:

  1. It’s FREE! She recently released a second edition that you can buy in magazine form for $12, but the first edition along with a page that outlines the changes is still available for download on her website for free.
  2. It doesn’t emphasize reading readiness or learning written words. She does include introductions to letters of the alphabet through coloring pages, but by no means is this instructions on how to teach your kid to read. We’re actually just leaving that part out altogether this year and I may do it with him next year (along with the art appreciation section) when we repeat the preschool curriculum.
  3. The craft and field trip ideas are budget-friendly. I started to follow another Waldorf-y curriculum several months ago and while the activities were awesome, the supplies needed were expensive. This one is mostly local free places and items we have around the house, or at least art supplies that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
  4. It’s not so structured that we can’t do anything else. It’s such a simple, basic guide that we can fit it into our schedule whenever we have a gap. Obviously this approach won’t work when B is older and doing more actual schoolwork, but it’s perfect for us now.
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Salt dough “veggies.”

A few weeks ago, I actually sat down and started planning out the first 12-week section. I set aside a file holder and made a folder for each week of the section and put in one journal entry page and one planning page (both from the curriculum printout). Then I looked on PaperBack Swap to see which, if any, of the books were available there and grabbed them (the rest we’ll get from the library). As the books have come in, I’ve put them in the appropriate folder for that week. Then I loaded up Google calendar and took a look at our schedule to see where we could fit each of these things in. Every week, I planned out the following:

  1. Introduction of the books and poems in the unit. This is usually very brief on Monday mornings where I read the books and poems to B. This week we read Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens as our fiction book and The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons as our non-fiction book. She suggests one poem for each month during the section with the idea that it’s repeated often throughout the month, allowing the child to memorize it and this month’s is Little Boy Blue. Along with this, she mentions a flower fairy alphabet poem to read to the child each week as well and this week’s is the bugle fairy.
  2. Craft or activity. E does consulting or class work two mornings per week, so during that time B and I alternate playdates with the craft or activity for the week. This week we made “veggies” from modeling compound (recipe from Oak Meadow’s Learning Processes) and then painted them. B absolutely loved this. Excited About a...Curriculum? (a humble place)
  3. Field trip. We plan a family activity during the day once per week now that E is home. Not every week has a field trip idea, but most of them offer up free or very cheap ideas to follow the theme of the week. This week she suggested a trip to the produce department in the grocery store and having the kids ask the produce person questions. I decided a trip to the local farmer’s market might be a little more fun for B since it’s more out of the ordinary, so that’s what we planned.
  4. Repeat reading throughout the week. We try to read the books and poems to B at least once per day since repetition of stories is key to reading and language development. It’s also been fun to read the books and pull random things out of the fridge and pantry like beets, carrots, and potatoes, so B can compare the book to the real thing.
  5. Journal pages. We haven’t done these just yet so I’m not sure how this part will go, but I may just have B try and recite the fiction story back to me and maybe draw a picture if he’d like. I’m sure these ideas will evolve as we go.

It’s been somewhat of a challenge, but a fun one, in figuring out the field trips. Next week, the book is about milk and I contacted our dairy to see if we could make a trip out to get a tour. It’s things like that that make this fun in that we’re doing things out of the ordinary each week and I don’t have to be too creative in coming up with ideas.

We’ll see how the rest of the section goes!

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Weekly Meal Plan: 1 September to 7 September

Weekly Meal Plan: 1 September to 7 September (a humble place)

Rosemary Gladstar’s high calcium teething tea for C. I used oatstraw instead of oats.

C’s sleep issues have spilled into this week and will probably continue for what feels like the next 18 years. I admit that I was spoiled her first six months of life with her often giving me 6+ hours of sleep some nights….bliss.

In her defense, yesterday she cut her first tooth AND started to crawl. That’s some major mental and physical stress right there. Hopefully she can give us a few nights of fewer (or at least not as long) interruptions.

I did make some calcium tea that worked well for B, so we’re hoping it helps her as well. I was giving her catnip tea to help her sleep and stopped for whatever reason, but we’ll be trying that again since it seemed to help before….maybe? I hope? Weekly Meal Plan: 1 September to 7 September (a humble place) I’m also trying to keep in mind the wonder weeks. Really, anything that just helps us all get through this and reminds me that all of it, including C’s smallness, is very temporary. Especially at 3 am when it takes me two hours to get her back to sleep. Weekly Meal Plan: 1 September to 7 September (a humble place) 

In better news, this week marks the beginning of my favorite month of the year! Football! New shows (and the return of old shows!)! Cooler weather! Leaves changing! Birthdays! Love it!

I’m going to include links to the recipes that are available online, otherwise I’ll include links to the resource where I got the recipe. Here’s this week:

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