My Black Friday and Cyber Monday always include pajamas and a warm cup of tea. No way am I battling Michigan weather to stand in line for hours and fight the crazies for a few presents.
I shop online and enjoy every minute of staying warm while my packages magically show up at my door or right to my inbox for instant gratification.
Instead of flooding you with the gazillion deals out there, I chose a few that have been the top fan favorites and time-tested (by me) suggestions to make your real food lifestyle easier. They’re also great gifts for friends and family who are happy to listen to the other ‘experts’ in favor of any advice you freely give.
I, of course, wouldn’t know anything about that. :cough cough:
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DIY Organic Beauty Recipes is by far the most popular book here at 20 something allergies.
It’s filled with 50+ recipes all hand-tested by Mommypotamus herself (seriously one of funniest experiences I’ve ever been a part of).
Katie is very into glamour at 6-going-on-20, so I’m going to make her some of the tinted lip balm using beet powder. I expect the Awesome Mom Award for this one.
I have used Heather’s recipes from this book for 2 years now, and it’s still my go-to source for all of my personal care products.
A few staple favorites around here are the ‘Man Stink Killer’ Deodorant, Sweet Orange and Honey Shampoo, and the Shine Boost Rinse.
Another knock-it-out of the park hit is DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes also by Mommypotamus.
Coincidence? I think not.
You guys know why she’s my favorite blogger, because you’re smart enough to love her just as much as I do.
Laundry detergent, Rosemary and Lemon Soft Scrub, stainless steel cleaner, and air fresheners like Fresh Laundry, Tuscan Escape, and Tahitian Lime are just a few of the recipes.
Cara from Health, Home, and Happiness is famous for helping mamas navigate the GAPS Diet.
She’s offering 50% off of her most popular products too. They’ve helped many of you since I introduced them on my blog, and I want to share the opportunity again when they’re at the lowest price of the year.
Just remember to rotate your foods and experiment with adding starches if you feel extended fatigue and your adrenal glands and thyroid feel like they’re suffering.
Meal planning is the key to success on any healing diet. I strongly urge my clients to plan out all of their meals. Those that don’t are the ones who struggle most. When I don’t do it, our grocery bill almost doubles, takeout meals pile up, my stress levels increase, and we all see setbacks in our health.
If you do nothing else when starting a healing protocol or even baby stepping your way toward one, create weekly meal plans. Or let someone else do it for you…
Many families start GAPS over Christmas break. Cara has a Starter Package that includes a GAPS Intro e-book, 2 full months of ‘Full GAPS’ meal plans, Freezer Cooking Guide to stock your freezer in preparation of busy days, and the full-color GAPS friendly cookbook with simple GAPS Recipes!
Have your meals planned all year long for just pennies a day. With these GAPS meal plans, you can buy the meal plans, all the food, and still save a ton of money every month by feeding your family real food. You’ll easily pay for them in the first month.
I won’t even tell you how outrageous my grocery bill is when I don’t have a plan. It borders on obscene and leaves me scrambling to rework my budget every single time.
I cleared out Mt. Hazardous 2 years ago (2 stuffed cabinets worth of inherited cookware) and pared down to my Calphalon set and 2 cast iron pieces.
Less dishes to wash, all dishwasher safe, and only my most-used cookware takes up valuable kitchen space. I feel less overwhelmed too.
Get rid of all of your old toxic non-stick and aluminum cookware and replace it with a sturdy set that will outlast you. No more constant replacing of scratched up pans that flake off who know’s what into your family’s food.
The Instant Pot is the mecca of all kitchen appliances. Every real foodie I know either has one or wants one. I’m determined to finally get mine this year. It’s the top item on my Christmas list (are you listening family?).
Vitacost is my new real foodie discount bulk store. I’m sure many of you have shopped here for ages, but I’m finally jumping on the bandwagon. Their selection is huge.
You can be sure my order for December is going in today!
With pregnancy and the holiday season, we have been baking up a storm and buying flours in bulk saves us money and keeps us from running out when inspiration hits. I’m calling all the time in the kitchen homeschool lessons. The size of my butt isn’t quite so easy to explain away.
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