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.

night before thanksgiving

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:

Saturday Bargains Christmas Edition

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The Advent and Christmas season is one of my favourite times of year. I love the time to focus on intentionally celebrating Jesus, the hope we have in him, family and friends. Over the past few years Advent has been a beautiful and meaningful time for my family of girls in Mexico.

We always welcomed the Christmas season with decorating the house, putting out our Advent wreath, Advent “Calender” and reading our Jesse Tree Devotional. Even though I was in a house of deaf girls I enjoyed blasting my Christmas music none stop. 🙂 When I was packing to move back to the States one of the things two of the girls asked me to leave was the Advent wreath. We never know the impact our intentional traditions will have on our children.

In light of this Sarah and I thought it would be fun to search out Christmas deals, so this is the Christmas edition of Saturday Bargains. Please remember that these are affiliate links and the prices are all subject to change at any time, so always double check the price before purchasing.


willow tree nativity

This is the nativity set that Sarah owns and loves. I think the Willow Tree characters are so simple and beautiful. This set is 31% off right now. I also almost bought it myself. nativity fabric calendarIsn’t this the cutest thing? I love the pockets and the advent style of this nativity. It’s 49% off right now. I could easily see this being a great conversation starter with kids each day as you talk about the different parts of the nativity all culminating in the birth of Jesus.little people nativityThis nativity set by Little People is 46% off. It’s a #1 best seller. I know my kids would love to have this. I could see them reenacting the nativity story for many years to come.nativityHere is another one for the kids. It’s 33% off with great Amazon reviews.


christmas carolThis Christmas classic is FREE on Amazon right now. These free books don’t last long.

joy of giving berenstein bears

The Berenstain Bears are very popular at our house. This book on the Joy of Giving is only $3.03 right now.

humphrey's first christmas

I have never read this book before, but after reading the review and comments I really want to. It’s a story about a camel named Humphrey who is upset that his blanket is missing. He later finds out the very special reason his blanket is missing, and it has to do with a baby. Only $4.63 on Amazon right now.

legend of st nicholas

Here’s a fun resource for teaching your children about the history of Saint Nicholas. 22% off right now.

legend of christmas tree

Why do we decorate Christmas trees? This book explains the legend. 23% off.
legend of christmas stocking

Ever wonder why we stuff stockings at Christmas? This book gives a beautiful story that will help your children focus on God this season. 24% off.legend of candy cane

Noticing a theme here? Here’s a great story that we actually reference in our Christmas devotional that gives a fun explanation for the stripes on a candy cane. 25% off.crippled lamb

This story is absolutely beautiful. Sarah and Scott reference it in their Christmas devotional and it is part of their giveaway right now. It is part of my personal collection and it’s one of the best Christmas books out there, in my opinion. 27% off. Years ago I helped write and direct a play based off the story so it holds and even more special place in my heart.

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Robin Joes Gunn is one of my favourite authors. You may remember me mentioning the lesson in grace that I learned from her. These two delightful books are each 60% off. A couple meaningful lessons from these books have stayed with me since I first read the books.advent storybook

This advent storybook with beautiful illustrations is 30% off.

the best christmas pageant

If you have children old enough to read chapter books, this is a must-read. It’s 38% off right now and sure to be a hit. My mom read it to us almost every year growing up!

greatest gift

This devotional has all 5 star reviews and is written by the same author as the highly popular book 1,000 Gifts. It’s currently 37% off. It’s on my wish list this year!

MTAH Giveaway Bundle

Right now you can enter this giveaway to win a copy of Sarah’s  Christmas devotional and three children’s books that go along with it. This giveaway ends today, 11/15/2014 and has low entries. Enter here.


nativity movie

This beautiful portrayal of the nativity story is a tradition in many households. Right now it’s 50% off at just $7.49.It’s favourite of my girls that made an appearance throughout the year.

the christmas candle

This sweet movie by Max Lucado is 47% off.

charlie brown christmasThis movie needs no explanation, except that it’s 55% off right now.

christmas classics

I grew up watching these classics and I know a lot of you did too. Right now they are 40% off. This was my Karen’s favourite movie until she turned 12!


jessie tree

This is a wooden Jesse tree and can be used along with the Jesse tree devotional. It’s only $3.75 plus shipping.


Right now on Vitacost, all Frontier items are an extra 15% off. Stock up on spices and flours for your Thanksgiving and Christmas baking. I used this discount to order a bunch of organic herbs for making our own vitamins. You seriously can’t beat this deal. If you have never used VitaCost before, you can sign up through my link and get a $10 off a $30 coupon which makes the deal even sweeter. Once you log in, click on the deals link on the top right hand corner and then scroll down until you see the Frontier deal.



Listen to your favorite Christmas songs from the top Christian artists. Only $8.15

So nostalgic. Only $4.99.josh groban

Beautiful Christmas songs, only $8.48.



Saturday Bargains is Here (and it’s Not Even Saturday)

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Hey all! for the next couple months Sarah of Simple Life, Abundant Life asked me to join her in this awesome thing called “Saturday Bargains”.

So, do you ever get confused on days of the week? Yup, been there done that. Sarah and I decided to make you all feel a bit better about those times when you forget what day it is and share all the deals we found two days late….You’re welcome, feel better now? 😉

We are splitting up the work to find the best deals around the web in the areas of real food, natural health, faith, and family.  It’s great for you and it’s great for us. It is great for you because maybe we already found something you have been looking for! Now you don’t have to scourge the web and stores to find. It’s also great for us, because if you purchase anything by clicking through any of our affiliate links, then we will get a tiny percentage of the sale.

So here you go! I hope you like some of these great finds! Please note that these are the prices as of posting. They may change.


I keep dreaming of making my own baked donuts. Ever since I had an apple cider donut at Apple Hill a few weeks ago I have been wanting to try out this soaked whole wheat apple cider donuts. You can too if you snag this great deal!

Do little finger puppets get any cuter? This little family would make a fun birthday gift or stocking stuffer! At only $2.48 that makes them 84% off!

Are you one of those people who only listen to Christmas music after Thanksgiving? I have to admit that I listen to it off and on through out the year. The day after Thanksgiving you will hear little else in my house until after the Epiphany! At $0.89 you can enjoy over 13 hours of music the whole season long!

There was a time where I never would have seen myself using a kitchen scale. I was surprised at how handy I found it to be! If you’ve been looking for one this Digital Kitchen Scale is 70% being sold for $14.99!


Love ice cream? Me too! I make it all the time, you would too if this beauty was in your kitchen. I bought mine from Amazon about 4 years ago and love it! You can get this one 50% off! That makes is $49.51. Your family will thank you once you start whipping out tasty treats like Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream! Maybe you can add it to your Christmas list this year.

My girls loved Frozen! The first time I saw it was at a theater in Mexico in Spanish. If you girls are anything like mine were then they are sure to love this book, plus it’s $2.17 right now making it 46% off!

Who doesn’t like the Princess Bride? It’s selling for 70% off. $5.99 is a great price for a Blue-ray!

There are few family movies that I like more than Courageous. This was a huge favourite in my house since it came out. I only wish I could have gotten it for $5.00 too!


Need a new vacuum? This beauty is 60% off!

I’ve just recently jumped into the world of Vita-Cost. You want to join me? If you sign up tthrough my link you get $10 off your first order of $30 or more. You can share it with your friends and earn $10 for each person that signs up. Here are a couple deals that caught our eyes this week.

Coconut-Secret-Coconut-Aminos-Soy-Free-Seasoning-Sauce-851492002047If you can’t have soy sauce, Coconut Aminos are the way to go! You can get a bottle for only $4.15, that’s 44% off!

Kirks-Natural-Castile-Soap-Original-639844100081I love castile soap! You can use it to make your own dish soap, laundry soap or just your everyday soap. You can get 3 bars right now for $3.02!!! That’s just over $1 per bar.


Win a Royal Berkey Water Purifier

My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don’t really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap. Living in Mexico for 10 years really opened my eyes to the need for clean water and made me realize how blessed those living in the States are.

But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in that water? Traces of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, pesticide residues, and volatile organic compounds can be found in our drinking water!

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This is why the bloggers of Positively Real Media are so excited to be teaming up to bring to you a Royal Berky 3.25 Gallon Stainless Steel Water Purifier giveaway sponsored by United Environmental Solutions!

About The Berkey

Berkey water purifiers are truly unique water purifying systems. According to UES, they are able to remove red food coloring from water while still allowing beneficial minerals to remain!

As free-standing units that put the power of gravity to use, the Berkey systems don’t use any electricity. This makes them excellent systems to have on hand while camping or during power outages.

Positively Real Media is giving away a Royal Berkey

While whole house filtration systems can be fantastic solutions to the problem of residual water contamination, they are simply out of the budget for most families. However, a Berkey system is a fraction of the cost and can filter 4 gallons of water per hour, making it a great fit for families!

If you want to ensure that your family’s drinking and cooking water is as clean and pure as it can be, a Berkey may be just what you need!

Win A 3.25 Gallon Royal Berkey!

The bloggers of Positively Real Media, a network of naturally-minded Christian bloggers, are thrilled to be able to offer one of our readers a 3.25 Gallon Royal Berkey Stainless Steel Water Purifier, valued at $300! Many thanks to United Environmental Solutions for providing this fanatic prize to one blessed reader.

Just use the Rafflecopter form below to get your entries in!

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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.



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.