Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gardenuity Gift Guide 2014

How cliché is it to start this blogpost with "it's that time of year again....." That's pretty over used no?
 
Or here, wait- how is it that time of year again? This has been the fastest year of my life with the birth of our third son this past August. Good grief. He will be going off to college before I know it. ��

So here we go...it's that time of year again! I want to offer up some ideas for you for garden inspired giving this year. Why garden inspired? Because our food is basically no longer food anymore what with the genes from other species inside and all the toxic pesticides and all. Ron was right, "Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do (plus you get strawberries!)"

Gardening is empowering. In fact I feel like aside from reading, it's the most empowering activity in which you can partake. Growing your own food, free of pesticides and GMOs, puts a ton of power in your hands. The power to feed hungry bellies truly nourishing food and even the power to heal. Why is that such a big deal? That will be my next blogpost I'm quite sure. For now, it's a big deal simply because every time you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it. 


That's huge. Don't let anyone fool you about food quality not being a big deal. It's arguably the biggest deal there is in terms of health. Real food and toxin free products will change gene expression (It's a field of study called epigenetics... My FAVORITE subject and anther post to come!). The end.

So now, after my favorite tangent, back to garden inspired gift giving.... If pure food and pure ingredient products are important to you, for yourself and your loved ones, then Gardenuity gives you great options! If you are not familiar with this company then you can go here to check out my review.

I went ahead and put together a Gardenuity Gift Guide for 2014 and organized it by price point. Over 50 items are $30 or less!
 

You can go here to see the gift guide. 

I also made a little video of some gift pairing ideas. Forgive the overall quality, I did this in my home in a very short window of (all three children occupied) time and my professional video crew was washing their hair, haha!

You can view the video here or here:
 
Let me know if you have any questions about any of the products or if you need help with ideas for anyone on your list! You can reach me at mostlycrunch@gmail.com.

***Be sure to order by December 10th to ensure it arrives in time for Christmas!***

Have a great holiday!!




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gardenuity Review

If you have heard of Gardenuity and are looking for the real scoop, this is your stop. If you haven't heard about them then this Gardenuity Review is your chance to learn about them and see if you'd like to become a customer or a associate.


They launched in the spring of this year (2014) and are founded by a group of passionate individuals with many years of direct sales experience. 

I had been talking to a friend of mine about how we wished there was a gardening direct sales company. I kid you not, a few weeks later I came upon Gardenuity by total happenstance. I contacted the company directly to get more information after checking out the website which showed an exciting array of "garden inspired" products.

They offer patio to plate gardening systems in the form of "grow bags" and "grow boxes". So basically, it's container gardening in genius reusable bags that allow for optimal root growth. They offer organic, nonGMO vegetables, herbs and fruits. They also have an indoor sprouting box. 

Their other product lines include body care, food & flavors, candles, living decor and tools & amendments. The body care line is free of PABAs, phthalates, and other toxic ingredients. They use real food to flavor their sea salts. The candles are nonGMO soy with lead-free wicks, no petroleum or other garbage ingredients. Plus they are infused throughout with essential oils, not just on top like most other candles.  

They offered a "Founding Associate" tier during their first few months where those who joined would be part of a group that would be able to test new products, evaluate programs and give feedback that could help shape the company. 


Since this was right up my alley and essentially exactly what I had been hoping for, joining was a no-brainer. One of the first things I tried to impress upon them was how important it was to clearly indicate that it was organic nonGMO food since that was my very first question and I knew it would be the same for most of the people in my social circles. Not two days later they added something to the main page of their website! Then I immediately started my list of ideas that I would love to see in a company like this and sent them off. I got an amazingly heartfelt and positive response expressing deep appreciation for my input and ideas. What I learned from those two experiences in my first few days was that 
1) They DO "get it" (it = the importance of nonGMO, pesticide free, pure ingredient everything)
2) They do appreciate and listen to their founding associates and
3) My ideas (and my husband's ideas) were in alignment with the direction the company wanted to go

With that I was on my way, sharing it with everyone I knew. My team grew to 30-something in about a month's time. That made clear that I wasn't the only one who saw what I saw in this new company and that it is just as important as I thought for these kinds of products to be available. 



They experienced a little bit of a hiccup with shipping in the first couple months that are easily chalked up to growing pains. No big deal. The customer service has been great from the start. Response time has been very good with a few instances of delay but nothing outrageous. 

Most recently the company is in the process of being bought completely by those who envisioned its existence. To get started they partnered with investors, as many companies starting out do. Their success has allowed them to purchase it in its entirety which will allow for full on forward movement with their plans and goals. In my communications with the leaders, I have no doubt that their commitment of excellence to their associates and customers, the brand, and the concept has not wavered and I look forward with child-like anticipation to what I'm calling "Gardenuity 2.0". 

I recently finally had a chance to make a video on the what and the why of Gardenuity, you can see that here:
 

If this Gardenuity Review has perked your interest and you would like further information on the products or the opportunity, please feel free to contact me here or at mostlycrunch@gmail.com.







Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Natural Cures Summit Free Gifts Review

Wow.

The summit is free. As soon as you sign up for it you get an email with your free gifts: 3 videos and a cookbook. 

The first thing I did was flip through the cookbook to see if I approved �� and I do.

I don't even know where to begin with these videos. They are fantastic. 

Dr. Tom O'Bryan "Secrets to Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity"
1) Wheat, barley and rye have the bad (worst) gluten. 
2) Grains have been hybridized to have more gluten...in the past 50 years it has increased 50% (this means the wheat of today IS NOT what it used to be)
3) Amino acid structure of wheat and the ancient wheats (that some feel are better/ok to eat without ill effects) is similar enough that the body recognizes it as gluten and makes antibodies 
4) Sourdough and sprouting...problems with the studies that say this is better for you or a way to eat the grains is that they didn't check for antibodies within test subjects, just went by symptoms
5) The article that had its fuel based in its sensationalistic title ("Is gluten just a fad?") was based on a blogger who read the title of a study and didn't understand the actual study. 38 centers for gluten related disorders in Italy all did studies...slam dunk study of all of these show it is an actual problem.
6) Large relationship to autoimmune disease. Gluten is the biggest environmental trigger that pulls on our health chain per se. If you are sensitive to it, every time you eat it, it pulls on your chain and eventually that chain will break at the weakest genetic link (M.S., fibromyalgia, thyroid, arthritis, lupus, etc) and manifest as that disease.
7) Just because you feel better (no bloating for example) eating a certain food (sprouted grains or A2 milk for example) DOES NOT MEAN you are not having an immunological response to that "better" food. You might feel better but your immune system might still be trying to fight the fight and 20 years down the road you develop Parkinson's or any other autoimmune disease. (all depends on your genetic weak link) Need to ask the immune system (with the RIGHT blood work)
8) An awesome explanation of how gluten causes thyroid disease! Watch this video!
9) I'm buying his Gluten summit now. It's focus is the relationship between gluten and autoimmune diseases.



Suzy Cohen, RPh "Top 10 Natural Caures for Diseases You THINK You Have"
1) Drugs are the biggest rip off. Biggest secret ever played on patients. Drugs cause stolen nutrients which causes symptoms/side effects that your doctor doesn't recognize so you are put on another medication. You are healthier than you think you are!
2) Acid blockers and antacids are THE biggest nutrient thieves. They steal every nutrient because the affect the pH in the gut, particularly magnesium
3) Statins, steroids and thyroid medications are the other huge ones
4) Methylation is the bodies sanitation system. If you can't methylate, you have trouble removing toxins, leads to misdiagnosis. Antacids and birth control make this problem way worse. (Hello! Spent 16 years on birth control and popped antacids like candy when I was pregnant with my first child....and 2 years ago I learned I have one copy of MTHFR mutation. Sigh.)
5) Diabetes (type 2) can be healed FAST!
6) I need her "Drug Muggers" book because this is fascinating. (will I say that about everything? Yes probably)


Sayer Ji (Greenmedinfo.com) "Top 7 Miracle Herbs and Supplements"
1) pubmed.gov is paid for by your tax dollars, GO AND LOOK at the countless studies that compare a pharmaceutical drug with a natural traditional compound.
2) He spent 5 years methodically indexing the natural medicine research on pubmed and then created Greenmedinfo 
3) Medication is a patented chemical that blocks symptoms which usually causes another symptom because it causes toxic poisoning in the body
4) FDA/FDC defines anything you take to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure a disease as a drug. Can take cherries for osteoarthritis (which Michigan State University proved to be as good as NSAID like Ibuprofen or naproxen) and that is a violation of the law. (OMG, FDA, really, just Suck it Trebek). In Florida if someone at a health food store recommends that you take curcurmin to reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, it's a Class B felony! FDA has Napoleonic version of the truth. If they don't explicitly define something as therapeutic then by implication that something is not considered legal for said condition. 
5) Tides are changing because of social media because BigPharm doesn't own the Internet, can't hide information from us like they used to. You have access to the truth. You have a choice to discover that truth. "Information is the currency of democracy." Thomas Jefferson.
6) He went over the amazing benefits (and mentions how many studies done on and showing these benefits) of coconut oil, black cumin seed oil, garlic (CLINICALLY PROVEN TO KILL MRSA), turmeric/curcurmin, honey (Honey is on the highest order of medicine) and Frankincense oil (study shows it kills ovarian cancer)
7) Talks about how we need to revamp our understanding of cancer. It is not caused because of some byproduct of gene mutation and cells that replicate like mad. "It's not about trying to find a natural substance to prevent cancer. It's about removing the cause....The cure is you removing the cause" (Bad food and chemicals)
8) 20 MILLION studies on www.Pubmed.gov that you have laid for with your tax dollars....go look at how the SCIENCE SUPPORTS THE TRADITION NOT LATENTED CHEMICALS!


I love this summit and it hasn't even started yet!! There will be 30 presentations from 30 experts. It starts on Monday, October 6th and it's FREE. 


In true health, 
Karrie

Friday, September 26, 2014

It's a Keeper: Crap Free Chocolate Cake with Cheesecake-y Frosting (Paleo Cake, Vegan Frosting)

Um...yum.

Elena's Pantry "Easy Black and White Cake" (minus the white) plus Swiss Paleo's "Cream Cheese Frosting" (minus the coconut oil) equals our chocolate birthday cake from here on out! Anyone else picturing how to write out that equation for real?

It's just so good! And the frosting can be made alone and just used as a fruit dip. Mmmmmm....

Ok so here's the recipes, which are essentially the recipes I mentioned above but with a couple changes.

Easy Crap Free Dark Chocolate Cake 
  • 12oz dark chocolate bars (I used 70% and 88%)
  • 1 cup almond milk (Elena's recipe calls for coconut milk, I just didn't have any additional)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2.5 cups blanched almond flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips or chunks (optional)
  1. Melt the dark chocolate and almond milk in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Once the chocolate is completely melted, remove the saucepan from heat.
  3. Scramble eggs in a separate bowl then stir them into the saucepan containing the chocolate/almond milk mixture
  4. Stir in almond flour, salt and baking soda
  5. Once everything is combined add in chocolate chips/chunks if you are going for a CHOCOLATEY CHOCOLATE cake. Mmmmm
  6. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with oil of your choice (I used coconut oil)
  7. Pour batter into the dish and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Time may vary; when a toothpick is coming out pretty clean, it's done.
  8. Cool completely before adding frosting

Cheesecake-y Frosting/Dip
  • Coconut cream from 1 can coconut milk (refrigerate can overnight then use the "solid" cream and save the liquid for another recipe)
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 6 Tablespoons cashew butter (I used this, otherwise I make it)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
 
1. Blend everything together until nice and creamy
2. Enjoy as a dip with strawberries, etc OR frost the cooled cake above then set in refrigerator for an hour before eating (so the frosting can firm up a bit)
 
The original recipe calls for 1/2c butter or ghee and 1/2c coconut oil. I wanted this to be dairy free and wow, I don't know what it is but I no longer like the taste of coconut oil. If I taste it in something then I just can't enjoy that food. Weird. 
 
I will get better pictures one day. This is actually the second to last piece from the whole cake. Figured I needed to get SOME kind of picture up! 
 


 
 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Natural Cures Summit!! (Oct 6-13th)

This is my summit!

Ok well, if I were in a different place right now (read: not the ring master of a three boys under 5 circus, amirite?) I would be hosting this. After having learned how to run such a thing of course, yipe!

Anyway, you get my point....I.love.natural.cure.anything. This is one of my big passions. I am so so so very excited about this summit. I may or may not have goosebumps at the thought of the information they will be sharing! 

Learn secret cures to naturally heal your body from 30 unique presentations! The Natural Cures Movement includes natural remedies and treatment protocols for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis, leaky gut (if you eat wheat you will want to catch this one), inflammatory bowel disease, Lyme disease, thyroid diseases and more. The home remedies and natural cures you will discover could help you begin a path to better health and disease prevention! Plus, it’s FREE and online from October 6-13. 2014. Freeee!
  
This event will provide you with all of the healing information you need:
  • From the top doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and health experts in the world
  • To learn the best natural remedies and treatment protocols
  • To use plant-based medicine for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease  
Register for FREE now at the following link:
  
Take your health to the next level when you join Dr. Josh Axe, founder of one of the top 25 natural health websites in the world (DrAxe.com), and author of The Real Food Diet Cookbook. It’s his mission to educate millions around the world in order to help them transform their health. That's my mission too, but I'll start realistically with hundreds around the world, HA!
  
Here are a few of the incredible presenters:
  • Dr. Joseph Mercola, Take Control of Your Health & Insulin
  • Dr. Josh Axe, Natural Cures for Leaky Gut
  • Sayer Ji, 10 Food Medicines That Could Save Your Life
  • Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity
  • Katie Wellness Mama, The Coconut Oil Cure
  • Suzy Cohen, RPh, Natural Remedies for Thyroid & Autoimmune Disease
  • Vani Hari, How to Cure Yourself Despite Food Companies and Your Doctor
I love the local representation here! Dr. Mercola and also Dr. Majors who is the chiropractor fm Romeoville (IL) that reversed his stage FOUR bone cancer!

With 30 expert presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and did I say FREE) resource is intended for you or someone important to your life!
Register for The Natural Cures Summit today!
  
If you register today, you'll have access to the following FREE GIFTS...
  
Watch the first two talks of the summit:
  • Dr. Tom O'Bryan, Secrets to Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity
  • Suzy Cohen, RPh, Top 10 Natural Cures for Diseases you THINK you have 
I watched these and already learned so much! If you missed Dr. Tom's free talk on the Hashimoto's Summit, be sure to listen to this talk of his as soon as you register. And if you take statins, thyroid medication, steroids, birth control or any other medications really, you will be wowed by Suzy Cohen's talk. I learned a bit about what taking birth control for years did and problems I have now that are likely a result of the nutrients it robbed from my body for 16 years. 

And the last free gift is the “Go Naked Cookbook” by Dr. Josh Axe and Cynthia Pasquella. This eBook contains 100+ gluten-free recipes that support healing naturally. I've been peeking at this and not sure what to make first! I might make one smoothie recipe a day until the summit starts! Clever name, "Go Naked".... Here's an idea of what that means:


  
Come listen to The Natural Cures Movement from October 6-13, 2014Register for FREE at the following link today:
  I’ll see you at the Natural Cures Movement!  I am fully geeked out over this and it doesn't start for another another couple weeks!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hashimoto's Summit: I finally Got One

Well my mom and I got the all access digital package for this summit (I would kind of buy this for every single summit if it could! I'm am info hoarder. There. I said it.) because she has Hashimotos and I don't want it And I'm all for getting the most info in one spot, amirite? 

Anyway today is the last day to get it for only $67 (I think they let you do two payments too) if you have Hashimotos or suspect you do or like me you don't want it or want to learn learn learn! Been amazing info so far! To be clear the event is over but I am working my way through the information. It's nice to be able to go through it at my own pace which is a snail's one these days. But our 6 week old is becoming more aware and flashing me smiles....that's good stuff! Twenty minutes here, ten there, two here...I will take the info however I can get it.



Here's what you get with this:
  • All 22 Hashimoto’s Institute Audio Sessions
  • Printable transcripts of the Sessions
  • All 6 Bonus Day’s Audio Content
  • Printable Transcripts of the Bonus day
  • Incredible bonus items from our experts that will support your healing 
I like when a bunch of experts get together and give me the info I look for on my own! Midnight tonight 9/22, the price goes up to $97!

Access the package here!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

And Just Like That Perspective Changes

Right around the time that my husband got back to the hospital to bring #3 and I home, our friend (who was also our next door neighbor) lost his life in a freak bicycle accident. We didn't learn until a few hours later at dinner, when my husband had a chance to call a mutual friend of theirs back.

Shock and disbelief. What? Wait. What?? Tears.

I can tell you that almost a month later, I still can't really believe it.

He was a truly great guy. He and his wife came from Lithuania. They were already living here when my husband (boyfriend at the time) bought this lot and started building the house. They had their second boy not long after our house was finished and my husband moved in. When we were married and had our first and then our second (boys too) my husband took them over at only a couple days old to show them off and then have a celebratory beer. And so it was planned again this time, only this time it never happened.

They are old world. We loved how they never ate out or ordered in because they remained true to their roots and didn't "get" this American food thing. Their boys, now teenagers, are full of old school behaviors and respect. They've done such a great job with them. It just breaks my heart that they have to finish growing up without him.

Every time I look out the front or the back, I'm reminded that he's gone and it just doesn't make sense. Still. He was only 42. He was full of life. Had no debt, had his house paid off...we looked up to him, my husband especially, even though he was only a few years older than us. He was a great example of how to live....and that really hit us since his passing.

We're just different....in good ways. Our perspective, particularly on priorities, has definitely changed. Those things we used to think were important, wow, they just AREN'T. I have so many interests, so many things I want to do. And I was always looking for how to squeeze them in to my days. I still have all the same interests but I don't have a need to squeeze them in. My husband and my boys are all that I feel the need and desire to focus on. It has made my days much happier, let me tell you. I spent the greater part of the last three years feeling pretty conflicted a lot of the time. Trying and trying and trying to find the balance. I will get to all those interests again some day but I don't feel any pressure or rush like I did before. When I'm not nursing #3 seemingly all day, I will decide which interest will be my mental outlet....because I'm no dummy �� three boys...yes I will make sure to get a break.  

Speaking of the boys, our neighbor's passing timed with our son's birth seems to have made for some double whammy in terms of a real change in perspective and priorities. His death kind of opened the door for us to live again, or live more...and then a new tiny life in the house on top of it. Lots of newness in here. Plus even if I didn't have the "revelation" per se to want to put everything else aside, it kind of seems like I would have no choice anyway. I mean he will be a month old tomorrow. I still have some phone calls to return. And who knows what else seemingly super simple tasks to do. I think I even have texts to reply to. It doesn't get much more simple of a task than that and yet I haven't had a chance. 

I hate how things like this tend to fade. Remember the whole tone of the nation after 9/11? So united. We looked at life differently. We slowed down. Who's still living every day with those lenses? Some people I'm sure. Who knows if this will fade. Life tends to do that but it definitely feels like there's been a fundamental change that isn't going anywhere. 

I invite you to slow down and live every day like someone left the gate open! Hee! LOVE this pic!