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Thrive Market Giveaway!

Caitlin Webb —  January 24, 2015


I’ve recently discovered Thrive Market, and am happy to see such a place popping up online! It has a product lineup best compared to Whole Foods, with prices and a membership setup similar to Costco (price 25-50% off retail). They also aim to make “healthy living easy and affordable for everyone”, and for every membership purchased, one is given to a low-income family.

And for the readers here – they are generously giving one year membership for free, a $59.95 value! Enter for the chance to have access all year to 25-50% off your favorite organic and natural market items.

I love shopping at my local health food store, but love online shopping even more…so I felt right at home here. I did a little research for you via an order thanks to the kind folks at Thrive and I am really excited to report how wonderful my experience was!FullSizeRender (2)

First of all, the website is gorgeous. I love clean, simple lines and this site balances a full inventory with a surprisingly clean, minimal interface. Easy to navigate and shop – which makes the process faster and much easier than in-store shopping.

The product lineup is pretty extensive. I found all of my favorite teas, baking ingredients/dry goods, snack bars and supplements. There are a few things I may still have to go to my local health food store, like refrigerated probiotics.

Oh – and an important feature – once you have an account, your shopping cart syncs across devices! I love this since I often pause and pick back up later on my iPad.

They have my favorite tea for almost 1/2 price! I actually have paid even more than the retail price they list for it – bad!

A few of my favorites…organic_Moroccan_Mint_tea_-_Thrive_Market

Moroccan Mint Tea
Cocoa Chewy Bars
Pomegranate Rose Hip Argan Oil
Raw Honey
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar




great selection
easy checkout (really, really easy)
beautiful site
great mission
get your organic goods while catching up on Scandal
membership prices

still get your refrigerated items at the store
shipping is average – not fast, not slow
can’t wait for even more products available

So, you can save money while eating clean, healthy foods. And, especially if you live in an area where organic foods are hard to find, Thrive Market is an essential site to check out! I am happy to share the below giveaway. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

From Dad’s Desk:

Since the creation of “Business Casual”, it has been a struggle to balance the fine line between too formal and too casual.  The polo shirt does an excellent job of filling in that gap–it can be worn with jeans, khakis, and in some cases, dress slacks.

Land’s End is introducing their newest member of the polo family–The Original Mesh Men’s Polo.  This is the first major overall since they introduced their version of the polo shirt in 1981.  I think it is reasonably priced and comes in lots of great colors.  It is guaranteed to become a staple of your wardrobe.

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I was lucky enough to get one to field test, and I have to say it performed flawlessly. When I first opened the package, you could see and feel the difference compared to the competitors–some of them very well known names.  In the Virgina heat it kept me cool.  The color was bold (blue), there was enough material to tuck it in, and the collar didn’t curl up–like some of my other shirts.  It laundered well and looked as great as when I first got it.  There are so many new features that you need to go to Land’s End and check them out for yourself.

So, now for the Giveaway.  This will run until June 22, 2011.

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Again, a winner will be chosen on June 22, 2011.   If you are chosen, you will be contacted for your shirt size and address.  Unfortunately, you won’t be able to choose the color or pattern, but you will be getting a great new polo and addition to your wardrobe!


“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Lands’ End and received a polo shirt to facilitate my review, one to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

The Christ of Christmas Download

Heather —  December 22, 2009


Tyndale House Publishers and Christian recording artist and author of 101 Ways to Give This Christmas Away, Matthew West ( ), is offering a free download of the Christmas story from Luke.

You can also download a free copy of the Gospel of John in the New Living Translation.

Go Here: and to download, scroll to the bottom and click on “Download the Christmas Story” etc:)

I went ahead and checked this out and although I am partial to my King James version, I think the reading is uplifting and pleasant. So, download & enjoy!

Some neat ways to share your download include:

  • Family time listening experience (hot cocoa, fire place, Christmas cheer
  • Christmas E-cards (include a link to the download in your Christmas card this year)
  • Posting the link in the comments sections of other blogs you read to spread the word
  • Embed the audio file into your Facebook page or website so it plays automatically
  • Spread the Gospel though Twitter
  • Send the link through a text message or through your smart phone so you can download the file and play it all around town

Autumn Treasures Ebook

Heather —  October 16, 2009

Guys, here is the free ebook I mentioned earlier this week. I reviewed this below. The final version is even better than my review copy! Very colorful and great fun for your children and grandchildren. It is recommended for ages k-4 (although my daughter loved it and she’s prek–and definitely do it with them, that is the fun part for both of us! Check it out:)

Download N Go

Download N Go, Lapbooking: Verb. 1: To acquire knowledge and skills through using really fun hands-on activities and a unit study about a particular topic. Compiling projects from Autumn Treasures in a file folder you can hold in your lap while you sip hot apple cider with mom. (definition, mine)

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Well, I have a confession to make. I have never done lapbooking with my kids. I know my kids love to do hands-on, tactile and kinesthetic projects and I like unit studies, but I am not crafty and the thought of doing lapbooks intimidated me.

Well, I downloaded my e-files from the new TOS “Download N Go” learning series. I got a wonderful surprise!  Apparently I waited just long enough to get all the benefits of lapbooking for my kids, without all the work.  My four year old will be so excited when we go through this process.

With this series, you download two components: five daily lessons and lapbooking activities for each day. You will need a few lapbook supplies, such as file folders, glue sticks, brass brads and coloring materials, but otherwise you are ready to start working as soon as you download.

Within each daily lesson, there are lesson plans, book suggestions, links to videos, recipes, and more. With the lapbooking activities, you get all the pieces you will need to configure your lapbook. The directions are so easy to follow. I love that.  Also, one complaint I have heard from some people is that there can be a lot of busywork in doing lapbooks. With this file, we have so much to choose from and many items look very educational, so I feel good about that.

The suggested time frame to complete your unit is one week. The age range is K-4. With my four year old, I think we will take a little longer, and this can easily be adapted to go longer or even be used for Co-op type classes.

I have the e-book on my laptop, so we can click on the videos and such. I also printed out the lapbooking portion so we can cut out all the pieces for the lapbook.

We have the “Autumn Treasures” lapbook , the first in this series. In this unit, we will be studying Science, History, Geography, Spelling and Vocabulary. We will be taking nature walks, making yummy recipes with fall foods and watching videos. This looks like a wonderful addition to our curriculum. I look forward to getting more of these!

I did receive this free to review. (no pay:) Now, looks like EVERYONE gets this one free:) Click on the photo to get yours.

PS: If you like these and want to buy more, please click on my affilate link for the others, below:

Firefighter_Cover_med_tiltedNote to all moms:) This series is adorable and has many activities to do with your kids. PS: you don’t have to be a homeschool mom to enjoy doing some of these type of things with your kids…these activity books & lapbook  type things are  great for, say, a rainy Saturday or just for “together” time. One of the things I have enjoyed most about being a homeschool mom is sitting and having great stuff to do with them (I admit it, I’m lousy at playing…:)

I reviewed this series a while back and they are all on sale right now. Click here to see the whole series -but this one is free and who doesn’t want to read about firefighters! I can think of a few little guys I’m printing this out for.

Free WannaBe E-Book!

All the kids wonder,
“What would it be like to be a firefighter?”

One of a young child’s favorite field trips is to the fire station. There he’s introduced to Mr. Firefighter, his clunky yet all-important fire suit, the awesome hook-and-ladder truck, and special lifesaving equipment. You won’t want to stop at just a trip to the fire station though! This study covers so much more–a nitty-gritty, comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look into the life of a firefighter!

All this great information and more are in one of our most popular WannaBe Series™ E-Books, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Firefighter. This $8.95 value is yours free. Help your child discover the answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” while learning about becoming a fireman. This could be the spark that ignites the fire of interest for your child–and who knows what path it may take?

And here’s the link (go towards bottom of page):


Smithsonian Museum Day

Heather —  August 27, 2009


Upcoming!! There will be a National Museum Day on September 26, 2009! Families can download an admission card which will give you two free admissions to museums nationwide. Looks like there are some great museums on the lists–go check out your state for the participating museums, here

Go here to print your free pass. or homeschooling families, this may be a great time to plan a field trip–although it is true that many museums are free or discounted if you have proof that you are an educator–always ask.  I have even gotten discounts from private children’s museums with my educator card, here in NC. I hear Virginia is even better…I’m excited about that.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom! If y’all don’t have Money Saving Mom in your readers–you should! I get many tips from this site–including coupons, freebies and even stuff like this museum pass update. OK. Back to moving. YUCK. I hate packing!!

Just a quick note for the teacher in you:) A few fun things showed up in my email this morning! I love free stuff that is also good stuff!


1. Staples. The yearly “Teacher Appreciation Day” is coming! If you are a registered teacher (this includes homeschoolers with ID) they will be giving away gift bags (to first 100 each store) and have other information and specials. A $10 off $50 coupon is also available. Check the site for the date for your state. Ours is August 15th!


2. Usborne Books is offering their “Get Started with Usborne” Kit for only $15 until August 10th. This is crazy! For that you get the starter kit, well–here in their words:

“Join our team this August, and you will receive 10 of our most popular titles, a set of business supplies, including OrderPro (our electronic ordering program), and a 6 month eCommerce Consultant Web Site.” After the 10th, the price increases, but is still less than the usual price. I assume they are getting ready for school. Anyway, I am suspicious of anything that costs money to start…but I have heard good things about this and for $15 you get 10 Usborne books…go here to check it out. I want to do, but I’m moving so I’m not sure about it yet. I have til 8/10!


3. And last, but cetainly not least, Kidthing is at it again! I love this little ereader, game player, etc. I guess their “Summer Sizzles” promos are ending, but looks like they will continue to send freebies for the kids! Today’s freebie is a Back to School animated book, “First Day Jitters” it is available in English and Spanish. (This is also for teachers–homeschoolers go get them:) Enter the code: ktcode-NEA5RAA, in the search space on the Store homepage.

Some Cool Freebies!

Heather —  June 18, 2009

NO time really to post today, but I’ve seen a few nice freebies and almost freebie coming up!

For June 19th (My birthday!!)

–To celebrate the first day of summer–Free tropical smoothies to the first 500 customers wearing flip-flops at Tropical Smoothie Cafe!

–Free Orange Julius light smoothie (with coupon) Coupon can be found here

–Free small A&W Rootbeer float from 2 pm to 8 pm in honor of their 90th Anniversary. Info here

June 20th
Old Navy is doing their super Saturday deal on one item–this week’s item: all Woman’s and Girl’s Ribbed tank tops for $2 each (limit 5). Thanks, Southern Savers!

Since my husband got laid off back in December, I have gotten much braver about going after deals!!

While some specials are not in every area and they can run out, I have had a lot of good luck with these little specials being treats for the kids–We went to Old Navy for example and the $3 T-shirts that Saturday were actually ticketed at $15 regularly–pretty decent quality. We got $60 worth of stuff for $12. With another special, we got 6 kids the free float from Sonic–And, the people there were nice as could be!