Take Charge of Your Health Now

September 10, 2014 by Roxanne | 6 Comments | Filed in Holistic Lifestyle

Yes, it’s true. I am giving away a no-cost 30-minute real food phone strategy session. Keep reading to find out how…

Today I have something fun and exciting to share with you. For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter you already know that my 7 Day Real Food Challenge was selected to be part of an exclusive bundle sale called The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Here is why I am excited about this sale. This is not just any bundle sale that packs in a ton of stuff you’ll never use, it’s a sale that could actually help you achieve your health goals. The purpose of this bundle is to create change and health transformations for the people who buy it – not to cram a bunch of useless stuff into a package and say there are “X” amount of books or a certain $$ amount of stuff you can get. It’s so much more then that.

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full! Click here for more info or to buy now.

As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to StayAtHomeYoga.com and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for TheJoyfulGiraffe.com, Strawesome.com and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

We know you’re eager to see exactly what’s included in this bundle, so head on over to the website, where you can see the full list of eBooks, eCourses, and bonus offers.

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

I’m also adding in a few of my own bonuses to anyone who purchases this bundle from me!

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 *To redeem the bonuses, simply e-mail a copy of your receipt to me at Roxanne {at} theholisticmama {dot} com

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post, if you click them and make a purchase I will earn a small commission and for that I thank you because that is how I can keep this site running. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

No purchase necessary to enter the two giveaways for the 7 day real food challenge workbook and the 30 min call with me. Enter here.

What eBook or eCourse are you most excited about trying in this bundle sale? Please share in the comments of this post!

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Paleo Garlic & Herb Cracker Recipe

September 4, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Healthy Recipes

garlic herb cracker

Crackers are one of the things a lot of people miss on the paleo diet. Since most crackers are made from grains they are a no-no on this diet. These crackers are made from almond flour so it is approved for grain-free diets like paleo or GAPS diet. It also has a good amount of some really healthy herbs. Both garlic and basil have antibacterial qualities. Basil is also very high in vitamin k, a vitamin important for blood clotting (especially important for pregnant mothers).

My son turned 1 year in August and since then he has developed a much bigger appetite for solid foods then he had before. However, he is a bit picky about his food choices so I have been experimenting with a lot of new things. He definitely likes to feed himself so this cracker recipe has been one of my recent successes with him. It is great on its own or even better with homemade hummus on top (although this linked recipe is not paleo, hummus can be made with zucchini instead or chic peas to make it paleo-approved).

Paleo Garlic & Herb Crackers

  • 3 1/2 cups Almond flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. basil
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 pastured eggs

Mix together all of the dry ingredients until well combined. In a separate bow, whisk together the melted oil and the eggs. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix with your hands to get it well combined. Place parchment paper on the counter and roll out half of the dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares. Transfer the paper onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes. Let cool before removing from the cookie sheet and repeat with second half of the dough.

Store at room temperature in an air tight container like a mason jar.

Here is my son enjoying one of these crackers!


Have you ever made homemade crackers? What is your favorite recipe?

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


4 Reasons Why Your Mattress Could be Toxic

August 28, 2014 by Roxanne | 5 Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living

http://theholisticmama.com/?p=6628Our world is full of toxins today – they are everywhere. Many parents are aware of this now and are trying to at least minimize the toxins inside their homes. Switching to green cleaning products, using zero VOC’s paints, and changing from plastic food storage containers to glass are some of the ways that many of us parents have started to eliminate toxins in our homes. However, one household item in particular that has probably been overlooked is your mattress.

There are a number of reasons why conventional mattresses are very toxic and could even be causing health problems. Here are the top 4 reasons:

#1 – Flame Retardants

As of July 1, 2007, all U.S. mattresses are required to be flame retardant. As a result, manufacturers are coating them with highly toxic flame-retardant chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), Boric acid, a toxic respiratory irritant used to kill roaches, antimony, a metal that may be more toxic than mercury and formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. What is even worse is that this does NOT have to be disclosed in any way.

PBDEs are certainly not something we want emitting from a mattress on which we spend 1/3 of our lifetime. They have already been outlawed in Canada and Europe. This toxin builds up in your body over time, and what you absorb or inhale does not go away. This is very concerning because of the health problems PBDE is associated with  such as brain and reproductive damage, decreased sperm quality, thyroid problems and even cancer at high levels.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has studied chemically treated mattresses and found that the chemicals do, in fact, leech from the mattress. A person sleeping on a chemically treated mattress will absorb .8 mg of antimony every night, an amount that is 27 times more than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is safe. 

#2 – Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is often part of the flame retardants in mattresses and it is also used in the adhesives that hold together different pieces of the mattresses. This is a potentially toxic substance and has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers.

#3 –  Pesticides

Non-organic cotton is grown with pesticides. In fact, cotton uses more insecticide than any other single crop. These pesticides are causing illness too. In a 2002 study of pesticide illnesses in California, cotton ranked third among California crops for total number of worker illnesses caused by pesticides. If these chemicals are causing worker illness we probably don’t want to be breathing in its emissions all night long.

#4 – Polyurethane

Since the 1960s, most mattresses have been made of polyurethane foam. Polyurethane is a petroleum-based material that emits volatile organic compounds that can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation. This is the material that most conventional memory foam mattresses are primarily made from and it is also part of the padding in coil mattresses.

How can we avoid these toxins?

This is overwhelming, I know. I get sick to my stomach every time I look at this information. These things apply to most mattresses that are sold today but there are some alternatives.

Natural Latex Mattress

Natural Latex is a safe alternative to the popular polyurethane memory foam mattresses. 100% Natural latex begins as a liquid, extracted by ‘tapping’ live rubber trees that grow in tropical climates around the world. This process is just like tapping a Maple tree for the natural sap; trees are not harmed and they provide a sustainable resource for natural latex. The liquid is then washed carefully and whipped into a latex foam material and formed into the layers of a natural latex mattress. The best quality natural latex mattresses are then wrapped in organic cotton and wool. The wool layer gives the fire retardant protection that is needed to meet the standards for fire protection because wool is naturally fire retardant.

I have done a lot of research for natural latex mattress options. Many of the options available are very expensive or don’t have all of the quality standards that I am looking for in a mattress. Plushbeds.com has a high-quality natural latex mattress called the Botanical Bliss Collection which is made of 100% natural latex, organic cotton, and Joma New Zealand wool. I personally own a set of their natural latex pillows which I absolutely love (read my review here).

Right now Plush Beds is having a huge Labor Day Sale so if you have been thinking about upgrading to a non-toxic natural latex mattress this would be a great time to take them up on this offer. The sale includes…

  • $1,200 off all latex mattresses
  • Free Egyptian Sheet set
  • 2 Free 100% natural talalay latex pillows
  • Free Shipping
  • Free Returns (100 night trial period)

Organic Cotton & Wool Coil Mattress

Some people really prefer the traditional coil mattresses over latex. A few safe and chemical free options do exist. If you are shopping for this type of mattress look for one that is made of organic cotton and/or wool. Some non-toxic coil mattresses are made of organic cotton and have a wool wrapping (for its natural fire retardant properties) and some of them are 100% wool.  When researching options for coil mattresses be sure to ask if there are any other chemicals in the mattress such as any possible adhesives that hold the parts together.

These type of mattresses are not easy to find and often (but not always) require a prescription from a Doctor or a Chiropractor. There are a number of online retailers that offer organic coil mattresses. I personally own an organic cotton and wool crib mattress for my children that I purchased online from EcoChoices.

Being aware of these toxins is not easy because once you know about this it’s impossible to go back. Most likely you’ll never want to buy a conventional mattress again. When this information first came across my computer screen I wanted to immediately throw out every mattress in my house and replace them – but I was not financially able to do so. The important thing is that you now know how to make an informed mattress purchase. Take this slow, try not to stress out about it (I know it’s hard not to), and just replace the mattresses in your home one by one.

Were you aware of the toxic chemicals in mattresses? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


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