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.

Black Friday Lilla Rose and Bulk Herb Discounts

I hope all those living in the States (or those celebrating elsewhere) had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was so excited to spend the day with my family in the States. It’s been a few years since I was able to be with them. That alone is a reason to be so thankful.

I am also thankful for you, my awesome readers. I am blessed by you even if we haven’t met. If we have met I am doubly blessed!

Today is another day to spend with my family before we all head off to various areas again but I wanted to hop on a let you know about a few sales from some of my favourite shops.

Are any of you thinking about braving the madness of Black Friday? Why not check out some of these great sales from the comfort of your own home? What’s better than waiting in long line? Try sitting at home in your PJ’s and drinking a cup of coffee while scoring on deals for Christmas and for keeping your family healthy. Now that is what I am talking about!

Plus you are supporting small businesses that I love and this blog as well. I earn a small commission off of any purchases you make through my links at no additional cost to you! It’s a win-win.

Lilla Rose

I use Lilla Rose Flexi Clips in my hair almost everyday! I feel in love with them about five years ago and have never considered using any other clip in my hair ever since. This weekend you can save up to 50% off these amazing clips!


Which Flexi would you add to your winter wardrobe?

Bulk Herb Store

Bulk Herb Store is my go to place for herbs, books and videos. I found this jewel of a store back in 2008. I have been pleased with everything I have gotten there. They also have very prompt shipping which is great when you are waiting on pins and needles for your products to arrive. Check out the great Black Friday specials and the sales are good for the month of November. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY14! to get your discounts for today only!

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What more do I need to say? I do a large majority of my shopping on Amazon. There are AMAZING deals today and for the rest of the weekend.


If you have been wanting to get a AquaVida whole home system now is the time to do it. They retail for about $5,000.

It is only $1349 until Monday at midnight. They are limited to the first 15.


Today from doTERRA when you buy a 15mL bottle of On Guard you receive a free bottle of On Guard Beadlets! Use the code SKU:p006201 to order.



thredUP is my favourite place online to buy cloths.They are gently used cloths that you would never guess weren’t off the rack at a store. With the holidays approaching it’s a great time to check out their “new” cloths for holiday gatherings and presents. The have things for kids, things for moms, what’s not to love? When you use my code http://www.thredup.com/r/JK6SGC you get $10 off your first order. I also get $10 off. After you sign up you can earn $10 off cloths your friends buy through your link!


Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha

Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha- www.NourishingSimplicity.org

Remember that decadent chocolate whipped cream I shared with you last week? I found another amazing way to use the delightful treat a real food salted caramel mocha. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for all things dark chocolate and coffee. The numerous versions of hot cocoa, mochas and faxuccinos can attest to that. Tempting you a bit? They’re all on my recipe page. :)

Last year I shared my salted caramel fauxccino at The Nourishing Gourmet so it was only fitting that I also share the cool weather version that I have been enjoying for over a year with you as well. Most things I share here are quite nourishing. This delightful coffee is not one of them. It’s made with real food ingredients but it’s definitely a dessert saved for a special treat.

Everyone one needs a special treat now and then right? Of course! This rich mocha top with chocolate whipped cream, dark caramel sauce and a sprinkle of coarse real salt is divine! The salt slowly melts into the caramel and whipped cream, infusing the drink, balancing with sweet with just a touch of salt.

Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha
  • 1 cup raw milk
  • ¼ cup strong coffee (or two shots of espresso)
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1-2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS caramel sauce, warm
  • chocolate Whipped Cream
  • Pinch of corse real salt
  1. Heat the raw milk over low heat. Don't allow the temperature to rise above 110 degrees F or you will kill all the good things in the milk.
  2. In a mug or small dish mix the cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt until you make a thick paste.
  3. Add the cocoa paste, 1 TBS caramel and coffee/espresso to the milk. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Top with chocolate whipping cream, the remaining caramel sauce and a pinch of salt.

 What is your favourite mocha? Do you make it at home? If you do please share it with us in the comments!

Satuday Bargains

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It’s been a quite day here. I savored the rain and cleaned house while Sarah and her family went camping in the freezing weather with some friends. Despite the cold I think it sounded fun. It’s been WAY too long since I last went camping.

Enjoy these Saturday bargain deals. Remember these are affiliate links and the prices are subject to change at anytime, so always double-check the prices.


This sweet movie is only $5.69 right now. I remeber watching this with friends back in high school,  I still love it today!

spiralizer This spiralizer is a quick and easy way to turn vegetables into noodles. Or to make your salad really fancy. Either way it’s 64% off right now!dear mr knightleyThis Kindle book maybe one of my top favourite fiction books of the year. Hat tip to Emily Gardner for sharing it with me. It is only $2.99 right now. That’s 81% off.
blendtecCostco has a great deal on the Blendtec Total Blender Classic with Wildside Jar and Twister Jar. Through tomorrow (11/23/2014), it’s only $359.99. It usually retails at $799.99. I bought this same model (in red why? because it’s so fun) from Costco last winter. I LOVE it!! It is worth the investment. I eyed it for about 4 years before taking the plundge.strawsI have these straws and love using them. I also love how it reduces the amount of plastic my family is exposed to. Right now they are 73% off.

mayflowerOnly $5.38 right now. Take a historical look with your kids at what it would have been like to sail on the Mayflower.
nourishing traditionsThis book is a must read. It completely changed the way I view fat and really helped propel me into the world of real food. It is much more than a cook book. Right now it’s 32% off. It was my first “big step” into nourishing foods. It is definitely a book that is handy to have around at all times to use as a reference.

ina may I have never read this book, but it is definitely one that is on my list. It’s 28% off right now at only $12.99.vanilla steviaThis vanilla stevia is made with real vanilla and a glycerine tincture of the Stevia herb (not the processed powdered stuff). It’s 48% off for a pack of two. Remember, a little bit goes a looooooong way. I LOVE using it in my Americanos.

pilgrimsThis looks like a fun way to learn about the pilgrims with your kids. Only $3.99.

thanksgivingThis one is also only $3.99.

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We have this book and my children LOVE it. They love the pictures and the rhyme, even though they aren’t familiar with the original Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. It’s also only $3.99.lodgeWe never would have survived our camping trip if it wasn’t for our cast iron. I won’t divulge just how much bacon and eggs we cooked over the camp fire, but our cast iron never lets us down. This set is currently 57% off. krupsThis espresso maker is 68% off. You can never have too much espresso. Yes you can. No you can’t. (This is the conversation I have in my head everyday.)address Right now Zulily is having a sale on a bunch of really fun and trendy address stamps. They are $19.99 each which is discounted from the original $50 price (although who would really spend $50 on a stamp?! Not this lady!). I think these would make a fun stocking stuffer for family and it would definitely reduce the amount of time it takes me to address Christmas cards! The way Zulilly works is you have to make an account with your email address to look at the deals. Don’t worry, they won’t spam you. Once you’re in just type stamps in the search bar on the top right and they should pop up. After you create an account, if you share it with your friends, you can get a $15 credit if your friends buy something. That would practically pay for the stamp! Here’s my link: http://www.zulily.com/invite/kstanley602

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving- www.modernalternativemama.com

Thanksgiving is all about traditions. There’s the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie; I could go but you get the picture. Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, thankfulness and food. Loved ones gathering around the table to enjoy one another’s company is near to my heart.

It is a hard time to be a real foodie. It’s easy to want to just go for it and dig in since it’s one time a year. At the same time there is something that screams in my body,  “This is NOT what food is supposed to be like!”

Have you been there? Rest assured that many of us have. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning how to recreate your family’s tried and true favourites to be real food that nourishes the body? There are so many real foodies out there that have paved the way for you! Find links to all the recipes at Modern Alternative Mama!

Simple Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup aka Apple Cider Concentrate

Looking for a fun way to give your pancakes or coffee a fall twist? Then apple cider syrup is your answer. It is one of the easiest things I have ever made. It has 1 ingredient, apple cider. It can’t get easier than that right?

I wish I could take credit for this awesome syrup but really it was inspired by a dear friend of mine when we were living in Mexico. She made pumpkin pancakes drizzled with apple cider syrup for the kids one year. They were so amazing that I still remember how they tasted almost 10 years later!

This simple apple cider syrup is straight apple cider simmered for about two hours until it has reduced in size forming a concentrate. It is wonderful syrup but it is also a handy way to keep apple cider in the fridge when you don’t have a lot of shelf space. When you want a cup of cider you simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the syrup to a glass of water and there you go, apple cider! You can always add a dash of cinnamon for an extra special fall treat.

Apple Cider Syrup- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Simple Apple Cider Syrup
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  1. In a medium-sized pot simmer the apple cider until it has reduced in size to 1½- 2 cups. Stir occasionally.
  2. Strain and save in a glass jar.
  3. It will stay fresh in the fridge for at least 1 month.
  4. Use on top of pumpkin pancakes, in coffee or to make apple cider/juice.
  5. To make apple cider stir 1-3 tablespoons of the syrup into 1 8oz glass of water.