STOP! Do NOT Buy This Product!

Well, at least don’t buy it until Tuesday June 3rd!  That’s when Save-on-Foods has their customer appreciation day and you can get 15% off your entire purchase when you spend $50* or more.

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The product I’m telling you to wait on is Adams Peanut Butter.  This 100% natural and sugar-free peanut butter is excellent and I wait until it goes on sale during the week of 15% off Tuesday before I stock up: can’t get much better than $2.97 per 500g jar.  Unless you have a coupon too!

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*Coupons are considered a form of payment here so just make sure you buy $50 worth before coupons.

5 Well.ca Natural Care Sale Products I Love

Well.ca has some natural care sale items on their website right now.  I wouldn’t consider these as stock up prices, but if you’re in need, check them out!

1. Naty Diapers/Wipes by NatureCare.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders over $25.

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I tried these diapers when I found them on clearance at Superstore for $5.  That is definitely a stock up price, but this price is decent especially since it’s shipped right to your front door.

  • 100% chlorine free
  • Based on biodegradable materials
  • Biodegradable back sheet film based on corn
  • 100% GMO free
  • Newborn sizing fits babies up to 10 lbs

2. Weleda Skin Care Products.
20% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the diaper and skin cream on my babies and love it!  The smell of calendula is calming and the ingredients are gentle and result producing.  Weleda has excellent adult products as well.

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3. Earth’s Best Food and Chlorine-Free Diapers.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.b5e1722778e68240cf06142965ec7ede_ra,w403,h403_pa,w403,h403I actually haven’t tried this product, but if I ever need to use formula it’s on my list!

3. Aleva Naturals Bamboo products.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the baby diaper wipes and have found them to be gentle and excellent quality.  From time to time I’ve seen them on sale at London Drugs.

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  • Maternity and baby natural skincare products.
  • Developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist.
  • Natural and organic ingredients.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Teas.
Select teas on sale.

I have tried almost all their teas and am very impressed with the quality and taste.  This tea can also be bought at Two Mothers in Edmonton.

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All Earth Mama teas are naturally caffeine free, in biodegradable, easy to brew tea bags. 100% recycled and recyclable cartons. Steep, sip and enjoy!  USDA Certified 100% Organic and Certified Kosher teas formulated for pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

5. Aden + Anais Organic Cotton Swaddling Wraps.
30% off until June 1st.  Free shipping!

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I already wrote about how much I love these swaddling blankets, but wanted to remind you that the sale ends in just two days!  Great price for these blankets.

Organic Sheets Clearance Sale

Right now, Sherwood Park Target has a few different organic cotton sheets and pillow cases on clearance for $34.99 (regular $49.99.  Pillow cases are clearing for $9.99.).  It’s very likely that if no one picks these up that the clearance price will go down even further: Target has clearance prices that can go up to 90% off!  I’m going to wait around to see if these sheets get to 50% off, then I’ll scoop up a set.

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Saving on “Alternative” Food and Health

That was a weird title, but it kinda sums up what I’m about to post.

Last night I went to the post office to mail things.  I had just fed the baby so knowing that he wouldn’t need me back immediately, I wandered the aisles searching for coupons: I found so much more.

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Organic peanut butter came out to $1.99 each!

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Excellent price for rice milk!

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I’m not a big fan of soy, but if you drink it, you can’t beat $0.99 for organic soy milk. The almond milk is on sale too!

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Check the expiry dates before stocking up on clearout items!

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If you use homeopathic products…

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80% savings for the Tri-Vi-Sol. There are coupons out there for this product!

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$1.99 for 2pk of organic baby soap! I bought two boxes, used a $2.50 coupon when you buy 2 products and got 4 bars of soap for $1.49!

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Gluten-free animal crackers.

If any of these items are on your list, check out the Sherwood Park Mall Shoppers Drug Mart!  Don’t forget to bring your rewards card so you can earn points for future purchases!

 

Aden and Anais Organic Baby Blankets

Anyone who has tried Aden and Anais blankets are almost guaranteed to love them!  We have tried the classics and bamboo, but now we will be trying the 3 pack organic cotton muslim blankets because they are on SALE for only $50.99 (regular price $59.99)!  That makes each blanket roughly $16, which is the same price as their regular priced non-organic blankets! I have never, ever seen the organic blankets on sale anywhere so we’re very excited about this!

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“For countless generations, mothers have swaddled and cared for their children. aden + anais® has gone one step further to bring you soft, organic cotton muslin swaddling wraps. Luxuriously soft, it is the ideal fabric to use on delicate baby skin. All aden + anais swaddling wraps are available in fashion forward prints that say as much about your style as they do about the traditions that bind mothers together around the world.

Features:

  • Includes three 47″ x 47″ pre-washed organic cotton muslin swaddles
  • Breathable: Helps reduce the risk of overheating
  • Practical: Easy to care for – machine washable
  • Versatile: works as a stroller or nursing cover, changing pad cover, tummy time blanket and more!”

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While still considered “pricey” for baby blankets, these will last you forever and if they are anything like the bamboo and original, they will just get softer and better over time.

Thanks to a mom in my mom’s group for the tip!

10 Healthy and Quick Snack Options for the Busy Mom!

I had my third baby two weeks ago.  Having three children three and under is a huge blessing but keeps me incredibly busy.  As I sit here typing this post, I’m inhaling “lunch” (aka smoothie, Larabar and chocolate: don’t judge) and praying that the three babies stay sleeping for another hour.  Since I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and enjoy a meal (unless my husband is home) I have had to find quick, easy and healthy snacks to munch on during the day.  Here are a few of my go to snacks:

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Having ready made smoothies on hand is literally a life saver.  It can be a quick and healthy breakfast (pour into a glass and add a bit of yogurt or just drink straight from the bottle like I do), an easy low-sugar booster, an afternoon snack or part of dinner.  The best price for the 946ml bottles is $3, unless you price match flyers across Canada (another huge blog post needed to explain that).  You can also order coupons from them by simply going to their contact page.  My favorite flavours are: Berry Boost, Blue Goodness, Multi-V Goodness, Mango Lemonade and Amazing Mango.  As I’m writing this post I discovered that they now carry breakfast smoothies: now I’ll have to hunt them down.

2. Larabars

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These.  Are. Amazing.  Such simple ingredients which provide a powerful pack of nutrition and will fill your belly!  The main ingredient is dates and then they add a bunch of other yummy goodness.  The price is definitely up there, but worth every penny especially if you buy them when you have the PC Plus Natural Foods offer.  They have many flavours to choose from, but my favorites are: coconut, cashew, peanut butter, and cherry!  You can get a multipack 18 count box of the coconut, cashew, and peanut butter from Costco for about $17.  At Superstore they have a box of 16 (one flavour per box) for $16.  You could also redeem your Shoppers Drug Mart points to get a box for free…

These are perfect for throwing into your purse when you’re on the go, munching on while you’re nursing, or as breakfast at 2pm while hiding in your bathroom to get a few minutes of alone time.

3. Popcorn

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Please, oh please, oh please buy the Angies Tri-Coloured Popping Corn from Costco.  We really should be encouraging them to keep this GMO-free item in stock and the only way to do that is to keep buying it!   Regular price is $10.99, but it has gone on sale for $7.99.  Pop some popcorn in advance for a snack the next day.  It’s quick, easy and delicious.

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If there is simply no time to be popping corn, buy this from Costco instead.  Delicious, ready-to-go and $5.99 for a huge bag.  It goes on sale for about $3.99.

Check out Annie’s website for more info on their products.

4. Bananas

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Seriously the easiest fruit to eat.  No preparation needed, just peel and chew.  The natural sugar content in it will give you a quick pick up and the density of it fills your belly.  Bonus: organic bananas are CHEAP!  They usually range from $0.77/lb-$0.99/lb.

5. Coconut Milk

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So this is delicious in coffee, but I have found it’s a relatively filling snack option when I’m in a hurry. Pour a glass, drink, done, move on to change three poopy diapers.  Eat a banana with it if you have an extra 5 seconds to spare.

Costco is a great place to get it: 6x1L pack for $10.99 or on sale for $8.49.

6. Fruit Bars
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Another quick and easy fruit option.  Throw it in your diaper bag, have a few tucked away with your nursing gear and enjoy.

Costco sells an 18 pack for $19.89 but they go on sale for $15.89.

7. Trail Mix

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Any sort of trail mix is just awesome to keep you energy levels up.  I fill a little baggie with about a handful and can eat it in the car, shopping or, again, while nursing (I basically nurse the big man all. day. long.).

8. Almond or Peanut Butter

photo9I’m the kind of person who can eat peanut or almond butter by the spoonful.  I absolutely love it and it’s a great source of protein.  I regret not buying more than one jar of almond butter when it was on sale at Costco.  Thankfully Adams peanut butter (500g) regularly goes on sale at Save-on-Foods.

9. Greek Yogurt

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Ummm, any kind really, but I am quite partial to Liberte Lime and Liberte Mocha.  I know, I know, the flavoured ones are not as healthy as the plain, but I’ll admit I indulge in these delicious treats when they are on sale.

10. Water

It’s not really a snack, but keeping hydrated is super important as a mom especially if you’re nursing a baby.  Fill up a water bottle and carry it with you ev-er-y-where!

The best place to buy a huge tub of plain greek yogurt is Save-on-Foods.  Their large tub of Krema Greek Yogurt goes on sale for about $9.  Check out Krema and Liberte’s Facebook pages because they often have coupon giveaways!

That’s basically the list of quick snacks that keep me powering through the day right now.  What are some that you enjoy?

Homemade Pita Chips

Homemade snacks are great because they are generally more cost efficient and you know exactly what is going into your food.  Something I haven’t made for a long time is pita chips, but they are a quick, easy and delicious treat (a great substitute for potato chips).  When I have nothing prepared for lunch, I like to rely on these chips, hummus and fresh veggies.

First off, gather your ingredients: you will need olive oil, pitas (fresh from a local bakery if possible!), spices (I’m using this organic no-salt seasoning spice from Costco) and parmesan (optional but oh so tastey):

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I eyeball all my ingredients, but usually start with a little bit of this and that, then add more to taste.  Pour a little olive oil into a bowl then add your spices.  Cut your pitas into triangular pieces then add to bowl.  Make sure all your pita pieces are well coated with oil and spice, but not so much that they are dripping.  Turn your oven on to broil.

photo(71)Lay the pita chips flat onto a cookie sheet (if they overlap a bit that’s ok).  Add salt and pepper if you’d like.  Broil for 2 minutes, flip, then broil for 1 minute or until golden brown.  Keep your eye on these while they are in the oven as they can burn VERY quickly.

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Let cool and seal in an air tight bag.  They will go stale within a couple days so eat them quickly! Enjoy!

If you have a good home made hummus recipe please share it with me.

25% Back When You Buy Free-From Meats!

Quick!  I must write a post while all the children are sleeping!

PC Plus has a great points rewards promotion for this week:

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This is a fantastic time to stock up on meats ESPECIALLY if they have the 30% off clearance stickers.

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Select free-from meats also have their own in-store points rewards as well!

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Absolutely take advantage of this great offer to stock up on great meat and points!  Happy shopping!