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10 grocery shopping tips for a whole foods approach by now, you probably know that i eat a whole foods, plant based diet (especially if you follow the dinner ideas posts or recipe page!). one of the ways that i make eating this way possible, is by following a few rules at the grocery store and farmers market. some may seem obvious, others a little wacky, but below are the top 10 tips i follow when shopping for grub.

10 reasons to blog ahead (1) buy whole ingredients. look for items that contain only one ingredient in them (squash, polenta, quinoa, soybeans). if you must buy items that have more than one ingredient, look for a short ingredient list (6 or less ingredients) that contain nothing but whole foods. basically, if you can’t pronounce or grow it yourself – then don’t eat it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (2) stay on the outskirts of the store. buy shopping the outer edges of the store, you’ll be much more inclined to pick up fresh ingredients, and steer clear of the packaged and processed foods.


10 reasons to blog ahead (3) buy a foreign ingredient. i seriously do this nearly every time i go to the store! pick up a new fruit or veggie that you’ve never cooked with before, and i promise you’ll find some new favorites.


10 reasons to blog ahead (4) go to the farmers market. do the bulk of your shopping at your local farmers market and use the grocery store to supplement it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (5) check the country of origin. most fresh produce and packaged goods will let you know where it came from. the closer the better!


10 reasons to blog ahead (6) look for color. the more colorful your cart the healthier you’ll be (and colored cardboard doesn’t count!).


10 reasons to blog ahead (7) shop organic. you, your family and our planet will be much healthier for it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (8) shop what’s in season. know what’s in season in your area and eat locally. watermelons should only be eaten in the summer, and butternut squash only in the winter.


10 reasons to blog ahead (9) minimal packaging. look for items that either have no packaging (fresh produce and bulk items) or come with minimal packaging.


10 reasons to blog ahead (10) 10) look for alternatives. start noticing the alternatives that your local store or health food store carry. do they have almond milk? coconut creamer? earth balance butter? coconut oil? research the healthier alternatives and start using them.


do you have any favorite shopping market tips? i would love to hear them, i’ll meet you in the comments section!

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jenna lou designs giveaway

January 9, 2012

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happy monday lovelies! to get your week started well, i’ve got a wonderful giveaway for you from the fabulous jenna lou designs!

jenna lou designs giveaway

jenna lou designs comes from our fellow rooster and homemaker at heart, jenna lou. she specializes in handmade handbags and wallets, and recently added a gorgeous line of iPad/e-reader cases and extra large messenger bags. what makes it even more special? jenna allows you to choose your own fabrics from a gallery with over 250 designs!

today, jenna lou is offering a $50 shop credit to one lucky winner to be used towards anything in her online boutique!

here’s how you enter!

comment here letting us know what your favorite item is from jenna lou designs. to enter twice, you may “like” jenna lou on facebook and leave another comment here letting us know you did so.

the nitty gritty:

giveaway ends sunday, january 15th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator and announced here on monday. good luck!

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cyber monday sale happy cyber monday, folks! as i’m sure you’re getting bombarded with sales from every direction, here are a few more to consider! (you can never have too many sales, can you??)

- take 30% off any advertising spot or package (just e-mail me!)

- take 30% off handmade aprons and tea towels in my etsy shop, the kitchen roost.

- take 30% off handmade wool felt pillows in my (other) etsy shop, home to roost.

today only!

cyber monday sale

visit modernemotive for calendars, notepads and holiday tags reduced by 10%, 15% and 20%!


visit oh, buckets and use code XMAS2011 for 20% off all in-stock items AND all in-stock buckets will be only $10!


visit the dometic peacock for handmade hats and accessories and the domestic peacock photo for 20% off both stores!


visit suzi’s farmhouse for 20 percent off wine crates and chalkboards!


visit freshie and zero for 25% off everything plus free shipping!

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visit the little moss house for 15% off all terrariums!

are you having a cyber monday sale that i missed? please feel free to share in the comments section, and happy shopping!

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cyber monday specials!

November 29, 2010

Posted by in holidays

happy cyber monday, lovelies!  today i thought i would share with you some online deals shared by other handmade artists.  first up, is a little discount for my etsy shops!

enjoy 20% off both of ghtr’s etsy shops, home to roost and the kitchen roost until midnight tonight, cst.  discount will be refunded promptly via paypal.

10% off everything at la famille at home! use coupon code BEMERRY at checkout.

15% off at city chic country mouse! use code THANKS2010 at checkout.

get 50% off at bluestar fuzzies and bluestar ink from until 11:59pm cst, on all items in both shops!  just enter the coupon code CYBERMONDAY50 at checkout.

20% off all orders at both alicia bock photography and her etsy shop, ends at midnight. enter code WINTERLOVE at checkout.

20% off at oh, buckets until 10pm cst- enter code XMAS2010 at checkout!

20 items on sale for $20 each at spool no. 72! ends at midnight pst, all sales final, while supplies last.

10% off airport love story and school girl crush using coupon code “happyholidays” at checkout, plus buy 2 get 1 free anytime at beads in flight!

25% off your entire purchase at green rainbow! use coupon code GCYBER.


having your own cyber monday special?


whether you’re having a sale or just want to share your favorites, please let us know about them in the comment section!

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hello lovelies! did you have a happy thanksgiving? i spent the entire day cooking with my mom, and today i’ll be doing the same with my mom-in-law.  before i dash off to more great food, i wanted to pop in and share a little special with you!

for black friday and cyber monday, enjoy 20% off both ghtr etsy shops: home to roost and the kitchen roost, valid friday nov. 26th through monday nov. 29th at midnight. discount will be refunded promptly via paypal. happy shopping!

having your own holiday sale? please share yours or your favorites with us in the comment section!

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