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Simply Salads by Season – Don’t miss out on the eBook Bundle – Save 90% today!

8 Sep

You’ve heard us talk about this super awesome End of Summer eBook Bundle: 30 Real Food & Healthy Living eBooks for only $39 (a $650 value) and available only through Tuesday, September 10th. That is a 90% savings. Boom.

Simply Salads by Season (written by Kristen Michaelis from the blog Food Renegade) is one of my favorites in the bundle. In my opinion, it’s a perfectly put together book for quick and simple salads with a real food focus. This book is the best because:

  1. The recipe ingredients are all real food items.
  2. The book provides guidance on sourcing the best possible ingredients.
  3. Simply Salads is organized by seasonal ingredients, which makes meal planning easier and cost effective.

Simply Salads by Season

A few salad dressing recipes that caught my eye:

  • Homemade ketchup – used as an ingredient in some of the dressings or great as a condiment for anything else you are eating at home
  • Ranch dressing – no more bottled, store bought dressing or powdered “homemade” versions!
  • Dill vinaigrette – just yum.
  • Homemade Worcestershire sauce – which is super awesome because we put a dash of this in just about everything. The store bought version contains corn syrup or sugar from GMO sugar beets. No, thank you.

I looked especially close at the fall salad recipes since that is the season we are heading into. Apple cauliflower chopped salad, Avocado grape salad with pecans, and Kale & Brussels spouts salad, oh my! Just to name a few.

For just a short time, you can buy this book as a part of the End of Summer eBook Bundle – that is 30 eBooks for only $39! Less than $1.50 per book. Click here to check out the deal and the other great books that are included!


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and/or believe will add value to our readers. we are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

30 Real Food & Healthy Living E-Books for only $39 (a $650 value!)

5 Sep

Update: This sale has been extended through Wednesday, September 11th at 11:59pm Pacific. Don’t miss out!


You wont want to miss this 7 day promotion: End of Summer E-Book Bundle available Wednesday September 4th through Tuesday September 10th.

For the cost of books in the store, this is a steal of a deal and you don’t have to leave the house to get them. We only like to promote things that we ourselves would use or purchase and this book bundle is one of them.

This End of Summer E-Book Bundle is loaded with books including 23 BRAND NEW E-Books and 7 Returning Favorites.

eBook Bundle

Here are the books in this End of Summer E-Bundle line up:

1. DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes by Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus (NEW)

2. Simply Salads by Season by Kristen Michaelis of Food Renegade (NEW)

3. Feed Your Fertility by Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich (NEW)

4. The Sleep Solution: End Your Insomnia Naturally by Emily Benfit of Butter Believer (NEW)

5. Processed Free by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body (NEW)

6. Pain Free by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body

7. Get Your Fats Straight by Sarah Pope of The Healthy Home Economist (REVISED)

8. Love Your Body by Elizabeth Walling of The Nourished Life (NEW)

9. Quit PMS by Lauren Geertsen of Empowered Sustenance (NEW)

10. Real Food Survival Guide for Busy Moms by Lindsey Gremont of Homemade Mommy (NEW)

11. Grain-free Desserts Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen

12. Sustainability Starts at Home by Dawn Gifford of Small Footprint Family (NEW)

13. Natural Cocktails by Kendahl Millecam of Our Nourishing Roots

14. Have Your Cake & Lose Weight, Too! by DaNelle Wolford (NEW)

15. Real Fit At Every Age by Julie de Lagarde of Real Fit Mama (NEW)

16. Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger

17. Beyond Broth by Jill Tieman of Real Food Forager (NEW)

18. Gluten-free Vegetarian by Hannah Healy of Healy Real Food Vegetarian (NEW)

19. Kick the Weight with Keto by Kim Knoch of The Eat Fat Lose Fat Blog (NEW)

20. The 30-Day Heartburn Solution by Craig Fear (NEW)

21. From Scratch by Shaye Elliott of The Elliott Homestead (NEW)

22. The Granny Plan by Kathy Block of Granny’s Vital Vittles (NEW)

23. Healer by Joseph Dispenza (NEW)

24. Three Weeks to Vitality: The Ultimate Cleanse by Mary Vance (NEW)

25. Grain Free Meal Plans for Fall by Cara Comini of Health, Home & Happiness

26. Real Food Ingredient Guide by Kelly the Kitchen Kop

27. 30 Days of Simple Suppers by Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism

28. Culture Your Life by Louise Kane Buckley of Loula Natural (NEW)

29. Nourishing Our Children by Sandrine Love

30. Eating Additive Free by Christy Pooschke of Completely Nourished

As you can see from the book list, there are lots of AWESOME health related book topics! Multiple reads for the health-conscious foodie! We’ve been able to review the books and they look FABULOUS!

Purchase now and Save 90% – pay only $39 (a $650 value)!

Again, this is a short End of Summer E-Book Bundle Promotion: Sales extends from September 4th through Tuesday, September 10th.

If you sign up for a VGN Premium account you can save an additional 25% (only $29!) on this E-Book Bundle along with continued savings on all future e-book bundles, classes, and other VGN offerings! Sweet!


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and/or believe will add value to our readers. we are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Blemish Busting Bentonite Clay Face Mask

8 Aug

My skin is super confused lately. I’m not sure if I got too much sun on vacation or if it’s high stress levels or what, but my skin needed a little tough love. I could tell it was a bit oily and irritated with some random breakouts. No bueno.

I have a bag of bentonite clay that I wanted to find a good skin care use for. Bentonite clay is great for the skin because it absorbs toxins and adds beneficial minerals. Some people even take bentonite clay internally as a way to detox the body.

Another powerful skin product is apple cider vinegar. It works well as an astringent and also does a good job of drying out breakouts. Some people use it as a toner to fight blemishes, so I thought it would be perfect in this face mask recipe.

Blemish Busting Bentonite Clay Face Mask |

You may notice that your skin appears a bit pink or red after you wash off the mask. This goes away shortly, if it happens at all (sometimes my skin gets red and sometimes it doesn’t) and what is left is smooth, clean, detoxed skin. When my skin is breaking out, that’s usually gone in a day or two after using this mask.

If you are looking for something for more sensitive skin, consider using water in place of apple cider vinegar for making this mask.

Do you use bentonite clay for beauty products or for detoxing?

13 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

1 Aug

Coconut oil is seriously the best. The benefits of this healthful oil include:

  • Antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • Supports the immune system
  • Supports the thyroid gland
  • It works great as a skin moisturizer
  • It can be heated to a high temperature when cooking without oxidizing

Read more here.

13 Ways to Use Coconut Oil |

Some people shy away from using coconut oil when they are cooking certain foods because they are worried it will change the taste of their end product, in a bad way. Like, give it too much of a sweet or tropical flavor. I agree and use coconut oil only in certain dishes for cooking, but there are so many awesome ways to use coconut oil.

  1. Use it to pop popcorn and sprinkle with a little Himalayan salt
  2. Prep cake pans, muffin tins, pie plates, and baking sheets by coating them with coconut oil, instead of cooking spray
  3. Plop a tablespoon of it in your smoothie and blend away
  4. Slather it on your skin as a soothing moisturizer
  5. Use it as an ingredient in homemade sunscreen
  6. Put it on scrapes or bites as an anti-septic ointment
  7. Use it as lip balm
  8. A little smoothed through your hair can help tame any frizzies
  9. Use it on baby’s bum as a diaper cream
  10. Use it as a nipple cream after nursing
  11. Froth up a spoonful of coconut oil in your coffee
  12. Combine coconut oil and sugar cane crystals for a moisturizing body scrub
  13. Mix coconut oil and baking soda for a natural toothpaste

What’s your favorite way to use coconut oil?

Here are some great recipes that include coconut oil:

Macadamia Nut & Coconut Encrusted Mahi Mahi

Lyla’s Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

Tamanu Oil Hand Lotion

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats

Maple Apple Muffins

July Link Love

11 Jul

I hope everyone is getting into their summer groove. The past few days I have really been appreciating the warm evenings when the sun is going down. You can hear the birds chirping, getting ready for their slumber, and see all of the green trees and plants take on beautiful shades from the soft light. Summer nights are one of my all time favorites. Here are our link loves for July. I hope you are enjoying some of your favorites of summer time!

This sounds like a good sunburn trick. Obviously, you don’t want to get burned, but if you end up with a little too much sun, this is definitely worth a try! How to Heal a Sunburn Overnight with Two Ingredients

I love fresh juice. You don’t know what you’re missing until you try juicing your own fruit and vegetable juice. You’ll never go back. Summer is a great time to try juicing with all of the fresh and local produce. This afternoon energizer looks mighty delicious. I could probably have it anytime of the day though!

Homemade cantaloupe ice cream? Talk about a perfect summer treat!

July Link Love

Rhubarb is one of my favs, so whenever I see a new recipe with it, I need to make it. This looks like a fun twist on a rhubarb cake. Rhubarb Skillet Cake with Jaggery Crumb

Anything on the grill during the summer is a winner in my book. These spiced beef kebabs with lemon and herbs look fantastic!

This hearty summer salad looks awesome! Avocado, eggs, and bacon…sounds like my kind of salad!

I find that at times we have way too many greens in our fridge. This is a perfect way to not let them go to waste! Yum! Tasty Recipe for ALL Your Tough Garden Greens

I hope July finds you enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends!