2017 Health Nut Christmas Gift Guide

Last year the gift guide I posted was such a huge hit that I had to do it again!  I broke it down into price points this year from least expensive to “break the bank and spoil your person rotten”.

Make sure you check out last years post too for even more ideas!

High quality chocolate!  I am hard pressed to pick a favorite brand so I included a link HERE to PaleobyMaileo, a site that carries only the cleanest varieties.  All Paleo approved too.  Some of my personal favorites are… Hu Kitchen Cashew Butter and Pure Vanilla Bean Dark ChocolateHeavenly Organics Double Dark Chocolate Honey Patties, and Eating Evolved Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups in Mint flavor (like a healthy york peppermint patty!).  Stuff the stocking with these babies!

Jem nut butters come in two sizes and multiple flavors.  The 1.25 oz jars are perfect for travel, your lunchbox or desk.  Plus the smaller size means you can try the flavors out before purchasing a large jar of it.  Loaded with super foods like maca and camu powder, these nut butters are a perfect stocking stuffer!

Charcoal bar soap!  I have an addiction to natural, clean beauty soaps and charcoal bars top my list!  They are amazing for helping clear up any skin issues and leave your skin smelling clean.  This particular one is inexpensive and has squeaky clean ingredients.

Dryer Balls are amazing! I’ve been using them for years and love them. They eliminate the need for one of the most toxic things in a home…fabric softener.  Yuck. “Hedgehog Dryer Balls, White – Set of 4 – The reusable hedgehog dryer ball reduces drying time, fewer clothes wrinkles and less static cling.”

Epsom salt! Anyone into living a healthy lifestyle would appreciate Epsom salts to soak in the tub with. Plus they’re inexpensive and you can doctor them up but putting them in pretty glass jars with some essential oils! It’s detoxifying and adds much needed magnesium!

Stasher bags!  These silicone storage bags are multi purpose and healthier for you and the environment.  You can use them to sous vide, put them in the microwave, fridge, freezer, and are dishwasher safe!  They come in multiple sizes and colors too.  (I basically want them all!)

Reusable organic cotton produce bags!  I hate using all those plastic produce bags at the grocery store, but I also hate sticking my produce in those dirty, gross carts!  This is the perfect solution.  These bags can be washed, and are very affordable too!

Know Brainer coffee creamers!  I purchased these last year for a vacation and immediately fell in love with them.  The mocha flavor is the only one I’ve had but it was delicious! They are made with MCT oil, clarified grass-fed butter and come in individual little packets.

Green Beauty Makeup like a beautiful red lipstick from Crunchi is the gift that keeps on giving all year.  Lipstick is one of my favorite makeup items and since it is applied to the lips can very easily be ingested.  Be sure to use a brand that is safe and free of harmful chemicals.  This brand is touted by all the green beauty gurus on the internet because it lasts, works, and is safe!  The color Serendipity is calling my name!

Jade Beauty Rollers are more than just for “beauty”.  They also help increase blood flow and lymph drainage, reduce tension headaches, help release sinus congestion, AND reduce the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and so much more.  It’s so pretty too!  Use the code “LUCKYJADE” to get $7 off.

Perfume that won’t mess with your endocrine system, give a headache, or cause cancer…it does exist!  This sampler “minibar” set of Strange Invisible Perfume is the PERFECT gift.  With 7 different scents to try, plus a $50 gift card towards a full size bottle after you choose the one you love most, this gift is sure to be a winner.  I haven’t worn perfume in years because of how toxic it is, but this one is right up my alley!

Luxurious, natural, cruelty free makeup and skincare products that actually work are at the top of my list.  Beauty Heroes has a monthly subscription service that includes over $90 worth of high end, clean beauty products for a fraction of the price!  I have been dying to try this service!  I’m secretly hoping my husband gets me this for Christmas.  They also have hundreds of other truly amazing products, from all price points to pick from without using the subscription.

A powerful food processor!  For anyone who cooks, at all, this is one tool that is an absolute must and can’t live without!  Breville is a known and trusted brand that lasts and works.  This particular model is 11 cups and has a powerful 1000watt motor.  Any chef/cook/foodie would love this!

The Oura Ring is undoubtedly one of the coolest new gadgets for tracking health.  It measures your movement, steps, sleep, heart rate, body temperature (eliminating the need to take a basal body temperature!!), respiratory rate and SO MUCH MORE!!  They are coming out with 3 beautiful new designs in April but are taking pre-orders now.  This is the IT gift this year for anyone who is a health nut.  Use code “HIH” for 15% off at checkout.

A Breville Smart Oven does it all!  “13 Pre-programmed settings include: Toast 9 slices, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, Pizza, Proof, Airfry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook, and Dehydrate.”  Yes, it does ALL that!  Which totally justifies it being front and center on the counter.  It would be an absolute perfect gift for any cook, but especially for someone short on space because it does the job of at least 5 appliances.  

What’s Up Wednesday #7


I-am-on-a-roll!  Ok, maybe not totally…but two posts in a month, yay me!  I don’t know about you, but summer flew by way too fast!  My kids start school in less than two weeks. I’m still on summer vacation mode and trying to squeeze out every last bit of summer I can with my family.  In the last 6 days we have been to a dairy farm and the zoo!  I made it a goal of mine to do at least one “field trip” a week with them this summer; as well as attend Mass at least once a week on a weekday.  I think for the most part we succeeded!

A few days ago I dove into a lifelong goal of mine to read the whole Bible in less than a year.  Pinterest didn’t fail me with a quick search for a Catholic one year Bible challenge. I’m three days in and about 4 days ahead.  While I’d love to be an overachiever and get it read in 6 months, I know life happens so I’m giving myself grace.  Anyone up for joining me in this challenge?  If so, comment below and we can support each other!

Gardening updates…Our garden is still thriving!  After figuring out the proper way to cut basil and keep it from going to seed, my basil plant has just exploded and I couldn’t be happier about that!  I have been making pesto like crazy and freezing it in silicone ice cube trays.  Zucchini chips keep my dehydrator running all the time but oddly every time I go to eat some 4 other little hands have already inhaled them all.  I’ll take that as a mom win.   My tomatoes are still green, but getting huge!  Our watermelons are getting bigger by the minute and we will have enough to feed a small army!  The acorn squash are nearly the size of my head but not quite ready for picking (still not golden inside (we checked a few)).  I have so many cucumbers that I started making cucumber and fresh mint infused water, with my berkey water, in a glass pitcher. So good!


Lastly for this week…I started reading the book Woman Code.  My hormones have always been a battle for me.  After I had my second daughter I was diagnosed with endometriosis.  Though I’m positive I had it many years before that.  Three years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and recently through self research I’m pretty sure I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).  So you can say it’s been a battle.  I’ll be making an appointment with my doc very soon to further discuss all of it.  Back to the book Woman Code, it’s been highly recommended by many people for anyone suffering with hormonal imbalances or a desire to keep your hormones healthy!  Something I didn’t realize until the last few months was that PMS is in fact NOT normal despite common knowledge that it is.  Women shouldn’t have to suffer these symptoms just because people say it’s normal.  IT’S NOT.


Expect to hear more from me as I dig into more research these next few months on the hormone topics!  I started charting my basal body temperature for more info my body can give me for free (minus the $10 BBT thermometer)!  Also, if you suffer from PCOS and haven’t checked out Janny Organically then you’re missing out!  Get over there and read this article she wrote that is so in depth and helpful!  I plan on printing off a bunch of it to bring to my doc appt.


Until next time…may God’s blessings rain down upon you like springtime showers.

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Save Money on Paleo Foods by Shopping at Aldi


I won’t sugar coat it, eating a strict Paleo diet can be more expensive than a standard american diet (SAD).  There are definitely ways to cut costs and make it work with your budget though.  Like eating a diet heavy in vegetables and avoiding processed foods (even the Paleo kind!).  I wont get too in depth with it since there are literally entire blogs by people about just this subject.  What I will tell you is that you should be doing some of your shopping at Aldi!

Seems kinda crazy right?  In the past Aldi was laden with pretty much only junk food.  Things have really taken a turn though and the tides have changed.  As of January 1, 2017 Aldi has committed to removing 8 pesticides from all items in their stores.  As well as really increasing the amount of organic and gluten free items they carry.  Sure I can’t get all the items I need from their, but being able to go every few weeks and stock up on certain things has helped keep my grocery budget in check.

I took a trip there yesterday and picked up some things.  Below are pics and prices for what my store offers.  There are still many more things that are Paleo at Aldi than what I was able to snap pics of.  So be sure to check it out and save yourself some loot!  Side note:  be sure to bring a quarter for the grocery cart (no worries you get it back when you return the cart!) and bring your own bags too!

They don’t have a huge produce section but they actually offer quite a bit and a section of it is even organic.  One way I save money is by working off the dirty dozen and clean 15 list from the EWG.  I buy the produce listed on the clean 15 and only organic for those on the dirty dozen.

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Organic bananas= $.59/lb  Avocados= $.59/each  Cabbage= $1.09  Green onions=$.69/package  Cauliflower=$2.29

Seafood should always be purchased wild caught and not farmed.  Basically farmed seafood are swimming in a concentrated pool of their own filth.  Juuust let that sink in for a second.  Gross.  Aldi carries wild caught salmon, scallops and a few other fish such as tilapia.  They are even sustainably caught!  Heck yeah!

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Wild caught jumbo scallops=$9.99/12oz     Wild caught pink salmon fillets $7.39/2lbs

Pasta sauce can get really pricey when you start getting into organic no junk added sauces.    I’ve seen many jars upwards of $6-8/jar!  Ideally we’d all make our own but lets be real, most of us aren’t going to do that.  I’m hoping to this summer but until then I will keep buying the Aldi organic brand and add some extra dried herbs and olive oil to make it taste homemade.

Organic pasta sauce $1.99/jar

Frozen produce is not only a cost saver, it also can be a lifesaver on busy nights or when the fridge runneth empty!  They don’t have a huge selection but they have brussels sprouts and even organic berries!

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Frozen Brussels Sprouts $.99/bag 12 oz

A new find was this salsa!  They have always carried some really cool varieties but they only recently came out with an organic one and with pretty clean ingredients!

Organic Salsa $2.29/jar

I normally don’t shy away from healthy oils for cooking. I use a generous amount in my food.  However, there are times that using an oil spray is just needed, such as on a waffle iron, or in a muffin tin.  Every oil spray I have seen, that doesn’t also have soy lecithin in it, (Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray does have this) is about $5/bottle.  I was so excited when I spotted this olive oil spray that only has olive oil in it and a steal at $2.49!!

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Olive oil spray $2.49/bottle

Nuts are typically something most Paleo people keep on hand.  Aldi offers a wide selection of them, just be sure you buy raw ones that don’t have added oils.  They also have cashew butter and almond butter!

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Shelled Pistachios $4.99/6oz bag

This past year I discovered I don’t react to goat milk products!  It’s been so wonderful being able to eat goat cheese and goat milk yogurt.  I usually snag a few goat cheeses while at Aldi and found a cool red wine variety this trip!

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Red wine infused goat cheese $3.99   Garlic and herb goat cheese $1.99

A few other things to grab…

  • Coconut oil
  • Guacamole
  • Raw honey
  • Organic applesauce and squirt applesauce pouches
  • Organic baby food pouches (I take these when we travel for times there is literally nothing else to eat)
  • Rice pasta
  • Kerrygold cheese varieties
  • LaCroix is even there on occasion!
  • Organic ketchup (it has added sugar so if you’re looking for squeaky clean Paleo, skip it)

They are always getting new products in and have one time specials so there are many more things than just the ones I listed!  Check them out and let me know what you think!

2016 Health Nut Christmas Gift Guide


I am so excited to share this post!  It is loaded with really amazing gifts for any health nut in your life, both men and women alike.  The items marked with an asterisk * by the number would also make great stocking stuffers! 


1)  Bioshield Smart phone Quantum Protector Shield     This is something that is at the top of my list!  Our cell phones and tablets are constantly emitting EMF radiation that disrupt our body in many negative ways.   This shield simply sticks to  your phone case and gives complete protection from EMF’s without disrupting service.  At only $19.99 it’s a steal!

2)  Defender Laptop Shield      This is the laptop equivalent to the shield for your cell phone.  This one is a little bit pricier but if you or someone you love is always sitting with your laptop on your lap, it’s definitely worth the investment.  Especially if you are looking to have children.


3) Yoga mat    A great gift to go along with this would be a gift certificate for yoga classes!


4) Yoga Wheel    I have this exact yoga wheel and LOVE it.  I didn’t realize how much I would use it, but it’s truly amazing.  It helps open your back by laying on it and rolling.  As well as doing plank rolls to strengthen your abs.  The possibilities are endless.

5) Essential Oils and Diffuser   Something any natural living person can’t live without is their essential oils and a good diffuser.  It’s also nice to have multiple diffusers for different rooms in the house.  The link will take you to my sister-in-laws essential oil Facebook group, she can help you order and pick oils for your needs!


6) Acupressure Mat     I received this last year for Christmas and use it all the time.  Similar to acupuncture, it helps reduce back pain, muscle tension, and stress.  While increasing circulation, energy, endorphins and improving sleep.  Not bad for a cushioned mat that only costs $19.99!


7) Rebounder Mini Trampoline    Rebounding has many benefits, such as increasing bone density, detoxifying the lymphatic system, increases muscle tone, balance and coordination.  All while being gentle on the joints.  There are many rebounders on the market, I linked to one that was decently priced.


8) Glass water bottle    BPA free is great, but most companies that make plastics have just swapped that out for other plastics that are just as harmful.   One way around this is to use glass, or stainless steel.  I own a water bottle similar to this one and love it.  It also helps keep your water tasting like water and not plastic!

9) Stainless Steel water bottle    I own two of these awesome water bottles.  We used them at Disney in July (100° + weather) and it kept the water icy cold all day!  Plus it has a little mesh ice screen so as you drink ice doesn’t fly up the bottle to smack you in the face.  Even better this can be used HOT or COLD!   It doesn’t sweat or burn your hands.  Prices range from $13-$22 and they are worth every penny!


10) Shower Filter    This is also at the top of my wish list.  Eventually I’d like to get a whole house water filtration system, but until then a shower filter is a great investment.  Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs what we put on it, including shower and bath water.  Hot water only opens our pores allowing more to be absorbed.  If you click the link, it will take you the description with more info about the benefits of this than I could put in this post!

11) Berkey water filter    Known as the best drinking water filter on the market, this baby is worth its weight in gold.  A quick google search would land you on hundreds of blog posts as to why this is a need.  Be sure to purchase the fluoride filters to go with it too!


12) Fitbit-Blaze    Much like an Apple watch, the Fitbit Blaze does many of the same things and comes in some really pretty colors (or manly if it’s for a guy!).  This is at the top of my wish list this year!  You can also purchase different bands to dress it up or down or just change the style.

13) Foam Roller    Indispensable tool for anyone who works out, or wakes up feeling tense and achy.  I love my foam roller and use it all the time.


14) Himalayan Salt Lamp   These have become pretty widely available and with good reason.  They have tons of benefits!  I have one in every room of our house.

15) Dry Skin Brush  Dry skin brushing is an incredible tool to add to your healthy lifestyle.  It helps detox, reduce cellulite, wrinkles and exfoliates dry skin.  I wrote a blog post last year on its benefits.  Here’s the link.

*16) Electric Hand Milk Frother    I have a travel size milk frother that I use every day.  I would love to use my ninja to make my blended coffee but it wakes everyone up.  One like this is great because it still does a great job of frothing the milk, and blending things like MCT Oil until it’s good and creamy!  At only $12.99 this is great for any coffee lover!


*17) Badger Lip Balm   Every woman loves lip balm and these are incredible.  They have great, all natural ingredients and really moisturize without feeling greasy.


*18) Beeswax Essential Oil Candles     Most candles have artificial fragrances and are made with petroleum.  Both of which are seriously bad for us.  Finding high quality candles that are made with either non-GMO soy, coconut oil, or beeswax can be difficult but they are out there and worth the money for someone who loves candles.


*19) Blue Blocker Glasses    These may look super dorky but they serve an amazing purpose.   Quoted from the site “Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses feature an orange lens with Spectrum Control Technology (SCT) to absorb 98%+ of your computer’s blue light. This improves your focus, reduces eye fatigue, and helps inhibit vision problems like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.”  They also make other styles that are varying price points (and better looking).

*20) EarthPaste toothpaste    This is the only toothpaste I use!  It only has 5 ingredients that are all safe for consumption.  The majority of toothpastes on the market are laden with things that are unsafe and cause more harm than good.  This makes a great stocking stuffer, and given to the natural living person they will appreciate the thought behind it.


*21) High Quality Chocolate     Do I really need to explain this one?  Chocolate.  Without the bad ingredients.  Also, be sure you buy chocolate that is NOT processed with alkali.  That removes the flavonoids (aka the good stuff that makes chocolate healthy!)


*22) Tulsi Tea   This tea, also known as Holy Basil, has endless benefits and is really delicious too!  If you or someone you love has trouble falling asleep they make a nighttime blend that is truly magical!


*23) Charcoal Bar Soap   Women love luxurious bath products.  This charcoal bar is no different and it has benefits like removing impurities from the skin.


*24) Acure Brightening Facial Scrub   I’ve been using this face scrub for a few months now and love it!  It makes my skin so soft and smooth and has a great rating on EWG site.

*25) Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet    Also at the top of my wish list!  Not only is this bracelet really pretty, it serves a purpose!  It’s an essential oil diffuser.  You simply put a drop of whatever scent/oil you want on the felt pad and it’s like wearing perfume!  Without all the endocrine disrupting, cancer causing ingredients of regular perfume.  Plus essential oils have health benefits.  The link will take you to this exact bracelet but there are many other styles available.


*26) Mini Car Essential Oil Diffuser    One more fun way to use your essential oils is with a car diffuser.  I have this and it definitely makes driving more enjoyable.


*27) Subscription to Paleo magazine   A subscription to any favorite magazine!  There is just something special about holding an actual book or magazine in your hands compared to reading a recipe off a computer.  However, you can also get a subscription for a kindle for those peeps that prefer that!