Barefoot Provisions Holiday Giveaway and Discount! Deliciousness for You and Yours this Holiday Season!!!

FINAL PALEO HOLIDAY KIT

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Happy Holidays – the big day is right around the corner and I don’t know about your town, but MY town is currently a gridlocked, cranky-pants, wet with rain, rage filled crazy driving, crying children in cart, long-lined, INSANITY FILLED TOWN at the moment. Don’t you DARE run out of toilet paper right now because you will have to go to your local store and face the madness. This is why I love shopping online this time of year and this is why Holidays for our family is about good food, good wine (for us, not the kids), good music, and good fun. Long ago my mom made us all focus on each other during the Holidays (hard to do when you are 13, yes, but I’m so glad she made US the priority and not STUFF the priority because the tradition of each other and love and music and food is still strong in our family.)  Yes, we do give a few gifts, but we don’t go nuts and I try super hard to not get caught up in the madness, because we all know what stress does, and it just isn’t worth it.

So, when an awesome, wonderful, amazing company like Barefoot Provisions goes to the trouble of creating a nifty little Holiday Kit of scrumptiousness that I can choose from to give to folks in my life or just have around my house for my visitors to happily munch on – I am ECSTATIC with joy and cheer and you should be too – no going out in the madness to shop but instead, just a few mouse clicks and a smile and your goodies are on their merry way to your front door.

Even better?? Barefoot Provisions is giving to one of my readers a FREE Holiday Kit!!!!  That’s right – you can WIN all the goodness you see on this page and that’s pretty dang awesome!! All you have to do is head over to the Barefoot Provisions Facebook page and “Like” them and simply comment on this blog post that you did so and tell me which item in the Holiday Kit looks the yummiest to you and why! The winner will be randomly selected at 11:59pm PST on Wednesday the 17th and announced on Thursday the 18th via email or Facebook!

Another gift from Barefoot Provisions for ALL of you – between today, December 15th – December 22nd my readers can use the coupon code BAREHOLIDAY10 for 10% off your order from anything you decide to purchase from this, their Holiday Collection at checkout!! Now that’s the Holiday Spirit in action!  Enjoy!

FINAL PALEO HOLIDAY KIT

 

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for 2012!

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I love this time of year, I really really do, and thanks to my mom’s genius plan that she put into place years and years ago, I appreciate the holidays even more.  When I was about 12 years old, my mom put her foot down and decided to take a more realistic and sane approach to this often crazy and stressful time of year.  As children, we never had buckets of money laying around.  My dad worked as a school teacher and my mom choose to stay home with us and on a school teachers salary, my mom made up for our one parent income by making most of our clothes by hand, maintaining a year round garden, making all of our food from scratch, and planning our family entertainment around board games or playing music together.  With that being said, Christmas time for us meant being frugal, yet still joyful.

My mom’s “genius plan” that she came up with all those years ago was quite simple.  The kids would get a few gifts, and my parents would donate a little bit of money to a favorite charity.  On Christmas day, when the aunts, uncles and cousins would arrive, we would have a White Elephant Gift Exchange, and some of my favorite holiday memories consist of our entire family laughing hysterically at the funny, thoughtful, or silly gifts that each family member would wrap.  Did any of us feel deprived? No way. The relief of NOT purchasing extravagant or unnecessary gifts for every person in our family was wonderful; and instead we all felt good about buying one simple or funny gift to share and many of us have followed in my mom’s footsteps of giving to a favorite charity.  Of course, and at the holidays especially, I miss my mom terribly; however, I’m so grateful for all that I have learned from her and every year I hold my children a little tighter, grateful to be here with them and hopeful for many more Christmas day’s together with the ones I love.

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My Holiday Ramblings and Our Christmas Menu

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost here.  Christmas again.  I really do love the holidays but  I always find myself feeling nostalgic and a bit emotional as we head towards the 25th of December.  I miss the simplicity of how it used to be when I was little; when my mom was still with us and the innocence of not knowing that someday we would have to face Christmas without her. I miss when my grandma’s house in Huntington Beach, CA would be our warm winter escape from our old and drafty farmhouse in cold Northern California.  I miss the wonderful feeling of when the two week break from school would seem to last forever. [Read more…]

Handmade Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas

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*Another post to enjoy from Katie of Wellness Mama!

It is hard to believe that Christmas is fast-approaching already. If you have other paleo-enthusiasts on your list, or just want your gift to have a positive impact on the person you give it to, handmade gifts can be the best way to go.

After all, what can you get for a paleo enthusiast who doesn’t eat processed foods, works out with minimal equipment, and sometimes even goes barefoot or wears minimal shoes? [Read more…]