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A Little Party Idea Gets Big…My Spa Party Plan READY for You!

September 29th, 2014 · What to Buy

Women need to connect with other women — FACT.

Most women (especially moms) don’t take much time for themselves — FACT.

The season of feeling obligated to give gifts to random people is coming all too soon — FACT.

Why not throw a party to meet all those needs and more? — FUN.

My Story


I came up with this party idea last summer when our moms’ group at church wanted to do some fun, “mom-only” things in the summer. I had at some point acquired two eBooks on natural facial/body care:Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin and Simple Scrubs to Make and Give, and I thought:

I’m not using these fun recipes, but I bet I would if I had a deadline. Why not invite others to join me?

And without any specific goal in mind other than “fun,” I invited the ladies from church over mid-summer for a “Spa Pampering Party.”

As it turned out…we had a blast.

And the more I thought about it, the more I figured a lot of other people would have fun doing this, and once Christmas rolled around, I realized I loved the practical side, too. My husband’s side of the family are real gift givers, and it stresses me out a bit every year trying to figure out what to give all the aunts that isn’t just junk.

Last year, they all got handmade sugar and salt scrubs, which was totally up their alley, and they all went ga-ga over opening their jars and sharing smells with each other! (The kids’ teachers got scrubs, too, along with pocket sized hard lotion bars.)

I was hooked.

This has to be shared, I thought.

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Apple Season! Pumpkin Season! Top 10 Recipes on Pinterest

September 27th, 2014 · Recipes

Apple Season! Pumpkin Season! Top 10 Recipes on Pinterest :: via Kitchen Stewardship

Fall is in the air here in Michigan. Apples are definitely in abundance and pumpkins are around the corner. I’ve rounded up the ‘best of the best’ apple and pumpkin recipes from Pinterest in one spot here.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (the real deal) | Live Simply

Pin Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte on Pinterest
From: Live Simply

Pumpkin Pie Shake

Pumpkin Pie Shake (Grain Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal, Dairy Free)

Pin Pumpkin Pie Shake on Pinterest
From: Deliciously Organic

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Back-to-School {GIVEAWAY} Valued at Over $400!

September 26th, 2014 · What to Buy

Back to School Giveaway 2014

Late September isn’t exactly the most popular time to be talking about back-to-school…but I figured, hey, all those kids are still IN school, packing lunches every day, keeping the family busy running to soccer, dance class, football, church school, and who knows WHAT else you all are running around to…so why not give away a few hundred dollars worth of real foodie stuff to keep life interesting. Smile 

I’ve asked over a dozen of my affiliates and business sponsor friends, as well as three blog colleagues who authored books that I introduced you to on Wednesday, to share a prize for this big ol’ giveaway – and the "pot" is pretty sweet! One lucky KS reader will LOVE the mail for the month of October as gifts pour in totaling over $420!

Here are the Prizes:

Some are found on Amazon, others on sponsor sites, some affiliate links are used

  1. The Best Homemade Kid’s Lunches on the Planet cookbook from Momables
  2. 100 Days of Real Food cookbook
  3. Good Cheap Eats cookbook
  4. Splash Box from ECOlunchbox
  5. LunchBots Duo Dots from LunchBots (pick your color)
  6. Personalized Basic Label Kit from Mabels Labels
  7. Hand Sanitizer and Barrier roll-on for boosting immunity from Bare Market
  8. Food Fermentation Kit from Fermentation Creation
  9. $50 Gift Certificate from Mighty Nest
  10. One Pound of Soaked Oatmeal and a Half Pound of Snack Mix from JoshEWEa’s Garden
  11. Apple + Pineapple fruit bars from That’s It Fruit
  12. 3 boxes of Bitsy’s Brainfood Cereal and 2 boxes of Cookies from Bitsy’s Brainfood
  13. Onyx Stainless Steel Container from Onyx Containers

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Is a Big Mondo Food Processor Better Than a Less Expensive One? {& a $349 value GIVEAWAY}

September 25th, 2014 · What to Buy

Is a Big Mondo Food Processor Better Than a Less Expensive One? {& a $349 value GIVEAWAY}

I’m trapped in this interesting world between my staunchly frugal nature, the urge to buy the best-sourced food possible (which means paying more and more on the food budget all the time) and a world of gadgets and natural living products that should make the TIME aspect of the real food life easier but always impact the budget portion in a serious way.

I’ve been fortunate enough in my job here at KS to review big-ticket items like a Nutrimill grain mill, Excalibur food dehydrator, and Blendtec high-powered blender (and a juicer I have never even talked about yet…but it’s terrible!). I get the items por nada as review samples (but I do work for them, don’t worry!). My question as I’m using them is always the same:

Sure, this is a great appliance and handy to have around…but is it worth the 5-10x price upgrade over an inexpensive brand or size?

Some of these items cost as much, or about half as much, as many families spend on food for an entire month! They’re equal to a major automotive repair or a brand-new grill or even entire oven – a small appliance that costs as much as a large appliance.

For some, the purchase is 100% worth it – they use the item as much as their stove, they truly can’t do a process without it, or preserving food by dehydrating or grinding grains saves enough over a few years to pay for the machine.

Today’s review item is definitely in this "big-ticket" category: it’s a $350 food processor.

(Phew, right?!)

Because of my power ball recipe (like a homemade Larabar) in my Healthy Snacks to Go eBook, people often ask me what kind of food processor I use. My answer was always that I had just borrowed my mom’s old 7-cup Cuisinart. I guessed it was about a $50 machine, although I see now that’s it’s more of a $100-200 model on Amazon (surprise! It felt small and inexpensive!).

It did everything I needed for a while:

  • handled quadruple batches of the aforementioned power balls
  • pureed batter for black bean brownies 
  • shredded cheese in bulk
  • sliced potatoes for various recipes
  • shredded zucchini for freezing, potatoes for potato pancakes, etc.
  • plus more random tasks from time to time…

But its size started to drag me down as our family grew – I wanted to make double batches of the brownies without egg and oil oozing out the top all over the machine, and I wanted to make a double batch of these chickpea wraps without having to juggle back and forth single batches because the food processor just couldn’t fit it all in.

I went on the hunt for a larger size, unsure of what I would find or price ranges.

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