About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is a dorm “mama” to a gaggle of amazing girls ages 10 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She believes that life was meant to be lived barefoot with lots of open space to roam and play. Katie is passionate about nourishing food, herbs and simple living. She can often be found with a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of dark chocolate while she writing, reading and living life.

Baby Steps to Healthy Living


Hello all! Today is the last day to buy The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle! The sale ends at 11:59pm (EST).

Last night I had a party on facebook with some fun prizes. It was great to chat with some of you about healthy living and learn from each other! The winners are at the end of this post. There is still one more giveaway that is pretty awesome that will be open until this Tuesday at 8:00am (PST). I love being able to content with readers and get to know you a bit. I think that may be my favourite part about blogging, the relationships that are built. You are all such a blessing!

It’s never a good idea to go all in when it comes to leading a healthy life. You will end up burned out and feeling more unhealthy than when you started. That’s why baby steps are such an important thing. Diving in head first may work for a bit but talking everything at once is a bit much.

Eventually you will get to a point where you are doing more of the things you want to do but it comes from taking things one step at a time. There are many things that I would LOVE to be amazing at but I’m still not there. Take gardening for example. Yes, I have gardened over the years but it was never a huge success. Hopefully I will get to a point where I have a beautiful garden like my Grandpa Stanley’s but for now I will be happy with my herbs and a vegetable plant or two.

Baby Steps to Healthy Living

Baby steps to healthy living will look different for everyone. We are all in a different part of our healthy living journies. Please don’t compare yourself to some one else. Comparing either breeds discouragement or pride, neither of which are good things.

I want to share with you a few things that I started with, slowly adding things as I went. Step by step is they way to go. The little changes won’t feel nearly as overwhelming as sudden huge changes. Husbands and children will  generally respond better to baby steps as well. Remember to have grace on yourself and your family.

  • Look through your cupboards and get rid of some of the packages that have the  longes ingredient lists.
  • On your next trip to the store add a few new healthy products to your cart that you have been wanting to try.
  • Eliminate unhealthy oils and replace them with a healthy fat.
  • Think of one over-the counter-drug you have in the house and replace it will herbs or an essential oil.
  • Think of the cosmetics and beauty care products you use the most. Slowly as time and finances allows replace your chemical filled ones with natural ones you have bought or made yourself.
  • Look through the cupboards. Those are full of toxins as well. Find a natural replacement for each product at a time.
  • Get active. This could be taking a walk around your neighborhood. Taking your kids to the park and pushing them on the swing.

Before you know it you will find yourself adding more and more changes to your routine. You will feel more healthy and have more energy as well!

Please remember it’s baby steps not a race. It is fun if there is a friends who wants to join you along the way. You can be an encouragement to each other and inspire each other on with what you have learned!

You have heard me say that the Healthy Living Bundle is an amazing deal, which is true. It is amazing. It occurred to me that you might be feeling overwhelmed by the size of the bundle. The beauty of a sale like this is that you can pick and choose what you are going to read and learn from.

Gardening might not be your thing but allgery friendly cooking is. There is a wonderful set of books all about that. You can even get a gluten-free sourdough starter in the bonuses. If you used just those recourses it would be worth it.

Even though I think everything sounds amazing I have NO way to read all of them right now. I decided to pick just a few things I want to learn about right now. The others will wait until I find time. Some might just not get cracked open. (Or I guess, clicked open since they are digital.)

What I am focussing on right now:

  • Natural Soap Making
  • The Nourished Metabolism
  • Feast!

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Books I hope to read over the winter:

  • The Art of Gardening
  • The Gardening Note Book

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Spring Time:

  • Vintage Remedies Essential Oils Course

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Facebook Giveaway Winners!

Giveaway #1 Sheila Rutter Anderson
Givveaway #2 Sherry Lynn England

Giveaway #3

  1. Deann Furey
  2. Tabatha Finch
  3. Sarah May
  4. Sharon Volkman

Giveaway #4 Joy Manley

Giveaway #5 Alyssa Buchholz

Congrats to you all! Please email me at nourishingsimplicity (@) gmail (.) com so I can get your prizes to you! If I don’t hear back by 8:00 pm (PST) today (Monday the 15th). I will pick new winners. Thank you all!

Weekend Links and Things

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I’ve always found weekends delightful. In the midst of cleaning, running errands and such there is still bit of time to unwind after a busy week. Sundays are my favourite. My girls and I would frequently have tea outside after church if the weather was agreeable and just enjoy being still for a bit. (Okay who and I joking, two girls and I might have been still for a few minutes but everyone else was running around laughing and playing and soon as the ya had drunk their fill of tea.)

I love to snatch a bit of time even if it is in the evening to curl up with a cup of coffee and read for a bit. If you are lacking something to read might I suggest a book or two from “The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle”? There are so many to pick from. The photos in some of the recipe books will make you wish they would just pop off the page and into your hands.

I’ve been pouring over the books from the bundle but I have also been reading a couple great pieces around the web that you are sure to enjoy.

Favourite Links

Hope for those with an un-finsihes to do list @ Mason Jar Values

How to Relax with Chamomile @ Bulk Herb Store

Favourite Deals

Note: This should be me sitting there under a tree looking all “fallish”. Instead you might catch me taking a dip in the pool since’s it’s going to be 101 today, sigh, someday autumn will come. Regardless of I’m still enjoying the best deal of this time of year and enjoying it tremendously!

 


Simple Meals Friday #99 (Win a Healthy Living Bundle)

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Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker in the morning or in a skillet as a quick, last-minute dinner. What are your favorite to prepare slow cooker meals, skillet meals, freezer meals, soups, salads, drinks and desserts?

We want to know the foods to turn to when you are short of time. It’s great to learn from and be inspired by others. When you share your recipe on this link-up it will show up on all 3 of the host’s sites. If you don’t have a blog, no problem, you can also share your recipes in the comments.

Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post. It is only live for 1 day!

I wanted to take a moment to share with you a bit about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It covers a wide verity of topics I am passionate about and that you will see discussed here at Nourishing Simplicity. There are books about children’s health, a course about essential oils, cookbooks and two amazing videos from Bulk Herb Store. Sarah, one of our hosts has a book in the bundle about the dangers of food dyes, I can’t wait to dig into that one and share it will friends.

The books that I am most excited about are the ones that talk about real food on a budget, menu planning and easy to prepare meals. I know many of you could use a boost in these areas, I know I sure can. That is what is so great about the bundle. The authors are getting real about thing that help them and that they are passionate about. They are just waiting to help you along the way!

Meet Your Hosts

  1. Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Katie of Simple Foody
  3. Sarah of Simple Life Abundant Life

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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1. Meat and Potato Skillet from Worth Cooking

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2. Elderberry Infused Herbal Honey from Strangers and Pilgrims

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3. Vegan Red Lentil and Apple Soup from Avocado Pesto

Are you ready to link-up?


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Menu Planning Resources to Save You Money

Menu Planning Resources to Save You Money

Public service announcement, real food is not cheap!

Okay, now that we’ve covered that, let’s move on. I was recently chatting with a few readers on our facebook page (if you’re not over there I’ve love you for you to join us!) about what the hardest thing about cooking more real food was. The overwhelming response was money. It’s true real food isn’t cheap.

It’s hard living in a society where the average household spend about 13% of their income on food where as families that are trying to feed their families non-processed foods have to spend much more. Did you know that about 60 years ago the average house hold spend 34% off their income on foods? Back then there was far less processed junk out there to lure people in and convince them that it was okay.

When my parents were growing up most families still ate home cooked meals. Sure restaurant, freezer meals, cereal and other connivence foods were out their but it was not nearly as common to make those items staples. They were special treats. My mom remembers how spacial it was on the very rare occasion when my grandma would let their family of 9 pick out a freezer meal to eat. Restaurants were a every few years experience for them so freezer meals were extremely special. The thing is that my grandma only bought them a couple of times a year.

The rest of the year was filled with good, yet simple home cooked meals with just a few sweets sprinkled in the mix. Looking back my grandma sure had it right.

A simpler way of life is what I am all about but at the same time I acknowledge that it is HARD to slow down. Shops are open later, our work hours are different from what they used to be and sports teams have about a million more practices.I get that. That is why I think menu planning is a must for anyone. Even a single gal.

Top 5 Reasons to Menu Plan

  1. You save money
  2. You eat better
  3. You save time
  4. You are more aware of what you have
  5. It allows for flexibility

I have gone back and forth with menu planning. Every time I plan out my meals a week or longer in advance, I eat better and waste less. Please tell me that I’m not the only one that has found a squishy vegetable in the back of the drawer or a fuzzy container mystery food in the back of the fridge. They thing is I wish I was alone in that. When ever we waste food we are wasting time and money.

Food going bad is money down the drain. It also is a waste of your time for preparing it or a waste of time of the person who grew it. Please don’t feel bad bout the times this has happened to you, remember I’ve been in the same boat. The goal is to get out of the boat.

With constant menu planning you will find that you save money, eat more nourishing and waste less.

“Okay, so that’s all good Katie Mae but how do you expect me to start?”

I’m so glad you asked! I’m sure by now some little birdie has told you about this thing called “The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle”. If they haven’t, what rock have you been living under? ;) All the same I’m excited to share some resources that are in it that will help you make a grocery budget ( ’cause those things are important), menu plan, make nourishing and tasty meals all  while saving money!

There are so many awesome blogs out there written by even more awesome and amazing people that I am privlagded to call my colleges and friends. They are ready to help you along the way to successful menu planning and saving money on real food.

I just got down reading Tiffany’s 22 Days to a Fresh Start ($1.99 value) and loved it! It reminded me of ways I need to cut back on waste so I can have a fresh start as well. Meal Planning Made Easy! ($7.95 value) written by the sweet Kelly of The Nourishing Home is chalked full of helpful hints and tips to menu plan like a pro. The good old List PlanIt ($5.00 value) is just that, glorious lists to put what you’ve learned from these two ladies into practice!

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Once you’ve got a budget in place and want to start planning meals you need recipes right? Never fear, there are so many great options to pick from! I haven’t read each cookbook yet but that’s okay. (I may just end up passing them along for some else to enjoy.) I want to point out my tried and true favourites.

I am a fan of almost everything Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet creates. She is a sweet woman with a talent for creating nourishing meals that are so good! I own both of her print books about Salads and Soups and her ebooks as well. A few meals in Everday Nourishing Food ($4.99 value) are a bit more on the gourmet side, look those as a healthy and cost-effective way to have fancy meal out that would cost SO much more. Kimi, also has a simple and regular fair in her book that follows eating with the seasons, another great way to save money on food.

Shay’s book From Scratch ($9.99) is a jewel. I love to sit and look at the pictures from their farm and kitchen. She teaches you how to make tasty meals in your own kitchen. I’ve had the print edition for over a year now and love it! Learn from Shay how to make basic staples that you may be used to buying from the store.

Mandi’s Easy. Homemade. ($5.99 value) is just that! Think of something buy in a store, coffee shop or restaurant and I bet she’s covered it! You are never going to want to buy bread crumbs, mayo, pesto, chocolate syrup or seasoning mixes again. These are so much better for you, cost less to make and taste a gazillion times better.

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Just these 5 books together would cost over $35 and it would be well worth it but with the bundle sale you get these 6 books plus 74 other resources and $200 worth of bonus products for $29.97! For that price it’s okay if every resource isn’t what you want or need. You have the freedom to pick and choose what you want to download to keep. If you want you can always gift the ones you don’t want to a friend. This sale is 95% off the regular price of everything together.

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is Here!


We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

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 8am 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!

Bonuses


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!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

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?

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

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!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses

Fitness

Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes

Seasonal

Special Diets

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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.