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Life Without Plastic Back To School Essentials

Where has the summer gone? It’s so hard to believe that many kids will be headed back to school soon. I know we’ve been plugging along with our schooling here… slowly but surely we are getting through our On The Banks Of Plum Creek Academic Adventure as we’ve had some unexpected chaos come up this summer… more about that soon.

Many kids will be needed packed lunches for one reason or another and as you know we did the Plastic Free Challenge last month and we did really well with even though I didn’t get to post a lot about it. Just because July is over it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to stop using so many one time use plastics. I remember the lunch packing days with the plastic sandwich bags and all but over at Life Without Plastic they have all kinds of plastic-free alternatives for lunches. Why not check them out and see if you find anything that interests you? Change starts with one thing at a time and I know in our house I have been slowly replacing plastic items with more durable glass and/or metal items.

Heres a few of the items they have available on the site:

  • Container Back to School New Everyday Container: The perfect sandwich and lunch container. It fits neatly in a backpack, is made of 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel and is completely airtight. It is the perfect size for a sandwich and a side salad, a sandwich, and chips, a large salad… you name it.
  • Lunch BagWool Insulated Natural Lunch Bag – Olive Trim: (also available in orange trim) This bag has been loved by our customers for years now. The bag and lining are 100% unbleached certified organic cotton and the insulation is 100% wool. This one has an olive trim that is hand-dyed with all-natural, non-toxic vegetable dye.
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Watertight Food Storage Container – 8cm: The perfect size for yogurt, dips, a little snack of fruit, you name it. Lid & container made of 18-10 food grade 316 stainless steel. Safe for you and safe for the environment.
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Watertight Food Storage Container – 14 cm: For little meals, salads, bigger snacks, this container is our go-to size. It is made of a high-quality 18-10 food grade 316 stainless steel. Airtight and perfect for school.
  • SPORK  Stainless Steel Foldable Spork: Its size and convenient organic cotton carrying case make it the ideal school lunch accessory. Our Spork (Spoon + Fork) is made of 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel; pouch made of certified organic cotton and printed with all-natural, non-toxic vegetable-based inks.
  • PPC Reusable Thermal Insulated Bottle PPC Reusable Thermal Insulated Bottle:  The bottle is double-walled with a lid that is vacuum-sealed to prevent leaks and keep your beverage exactly the temperature you want it. It keeps drinks chilled up to 24 hours and warm for up to 12 hours. The best part about this bottle is that it is safe; its 100% BPA-free and phthalate-free making it healthy for your day-to-day use.

They have a ton of great products so why don’t you head on over to the site and check them out… you may still have enough time to order a few items before school starts back too and your family can be a leader in the Plastic-Free movement!

Want some more plastic-free/zero waste ideas? Check out my Zero Waste Ideas Pinterest Board for some great ideas on ways to go plastic-free!


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Cozi Family Organizer + 2019 Back to School Planner!

You guys have been read about how much I love our online Cozi Calendar. It helps to keep this crazy Momma from losing her everloving mind! (Well, for the most part it does.) I love that I can access it from anywhere and I can add users to it so EVERYONE can access it for doctor’s appointments, outings, and Mr. Awesome’s favorite thing – dinner plans.

It’s so easy to signup and set up that anyone can do it. They have been adding lots of great new features to make it even simpler as well. They have a ton of checklists and such that you can access to help keep your chaotic life organized… if it can help us, it can help anyone! Check out this new Back-to-School Planner!

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Now FREE with Cozi – the snazzy 2019 Back-to-School Planner. Cozi is the free and easy-to-use family organizing app that keeps everyone in sync. Get the free app and make this the most organized school year ever! #promo

If you are using your computer then try this link:

Create a free Cozi account and you’ll also get the 2019 Back to School Planner!


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[STARTS MONDAY] These experts could help you start a keto diet!

We’ve teamed up with Dr. David Jockers for The Keto Edge Summit, starts THIS Monday –>Register for free now!

Tens of thousands will learn from the expert wisdom so important to leveraging the mighty power of KETONES to first return to health, then thrive in life!

Will you be there? You should be. “Keto” is one of the MOST SEARCHED words on the internet today, and for good reason…

Ketones help you burn fat for energy, powerfully reduce inflammation and show promise in preventing and eradicating diabetes, cancer, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and many, many other health concerns!

These are the experts you definitely DO NOT want to miss on Monday!
+ David Jockers, DNM, DC, MS: Top 7 Benefits of a Ketogenic Lifestyle
+ Drew Manning: Fit to Fat to Fit with Keto
+ Isaac Jones, DC, BS: Keto For High Performance
+ Rodney Habib: Using Keto To Help Our Pets
+ Joe Anderson, PhD: Testing Ketosis and the Fat Burning State

1. Register immediately to make sure you’ll see the free talks!

2. [SALE ENDS MONDAY! SAVE UP TO $40] Support the mission to help the world heal when you buy the expert talks to learn from at your OWN pace (thank you)!

When you purchase the talks, you gain long-term access to learn from them at your own pace, plus access to the transcripts AND you unlock the bonus eBooks and eGuides from the amazing speakers!

See you at this important learning event!

Be sure not to miss these expert talks, free gifts and — if you’d like to keep these talks in your health library — take advantage of the sale prices before Monday!


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Check Out Kirby’s Korner Shop on CafePress!

We are excited to announce that we have a ton of new products available on Cafe Press and we are working on getting more added shortly! Get some ‘Mr. Awesome’ or ‘Mrs./Ms. Amazing’ gifts for your special person while you’re there!

Check out our shop HERE!

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What are ketones (and are they healthy)?

If you’re up-to-date on health news or follow anyone in the health field, you’ve likely heard the term “ketogenic diet.” After all, it’s one of the most searched terms on the internet today.

The goal of the ketogenic lifestyle is to adapt the body to utilize FAT as its primary fuel source instead of SUGAR. Sounds good, right?

—>>Learn more about keto when you register for The Keto Edge Summit! 

For our ancestors, eating three meals a day just wasn’t a thing. Instead, they’d hunt and forage for the foods they could find.

When there wasn’t food, they wouldn’t eat.

Sometimes they’d go for days without food. To sustain life during times of scarcity, the body is thought to have developed the ability to utilize fat as an alternative fuel source.

We don’t have to hunt or forage for food; we’ve become “sugar burners.”

Today, there’s an abundance of food available to most of us at all times. We regularly eat three meals per day with intermittent snacking between them.

This kind of frequent eating, along with an overemphasis on carb-rich and sugary foods, causes a REDUCED ability to burn fat.

As these sugar-laden foods damage our bodies, we rely MORE on sugar and lose the ability to produce ketones — as a result, massive blood sugar spikes, inflammation, hormone imbalance and ultimately many of the chronic diseases that plague us today.

In a traditional nutrition course, you’d learn that sugar is the body’s PRIMARY fuel source, while fat is secondary.

Hmmm.

What we’ve learned now: fat can be a healthier and more sustainable source of energy.

—>>Don’t miss The Keto Edge Summit (online and free) when you register today!

Luckily, by adopting a more ketogenic style of eating, you CAN reverse damage to your body and revert back to the efficient fat-burning machine you were meant to be!

Join me when you register now!


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Can everyone on the planet benefit from “keto?”

As a young doctor at the age of 28, Dr. David Jockers developed skin cancer.

He knew his lifestyle, although it was better than most other people, was part of the problem.

So, he began following a ketogenic diet and lifestyle. Amazingly, in 6 months the cancerous nodule had vanished.

He also noticed, within weeks, he felt significantly more energy, mental clarity and improved performance.

Dr. Jockers became a firm believer in the ketogenic lifestyle, and has spent much of his time since then understanding how YOU can leverage this powerful tool… so much that it has become his life’s mission.

—>He brings this wisdom to you at The Keto Edge Summit — register for free now!

Dr. Jockers believes everyone on the planet could benefit from the ketogenic lifestyle. Every day he works with clients from all over the world who have a wide variety of health challenges and goals… and they are seeing improvement and progress by living a ketogenic lifestyle.

He’s even seen those with a TERMINAL diagnosis get their lives back through a ketogenic lifestyle.

We’re truly fortunate that Dr. Jockers has gathered the top researchers, practitioners and lifestyle coaches to bring you the truth about keto — because it could be the BIGGEST breakthrough in health in THIS century.

—>>That’s why I encourage you to register for The Keto Edge Summit now!

The ketogenic lifestyle may help you reduce suffering and give back the life, energy and vitality you’ve been seeking! Learn more when you register today!


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Back To School Sale at Productive Homeschooling Starts Wednesday!

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Productive Homeschooling site or not but if you homeschool then you should probably go check them out. They have thousands of notebooking pages on every subject and area that you can imagine.

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP SALE

Please note: This sale does not apply to monthly or yearly membership options.

  • When: Wednesday, July 24 – Friday, July 26
  • Where: ProductiveHomeschooling.com
  • What: Save $20 on LIFETIME ProSchool Membership w/Page Generator … $147 $127

The LIFETIME ProSchool Membership includes:

  1. all current & future printables and notebooking pages
  2. all current & future homeschool helps & tutorials
  3. lifetime access to the online Page Generator tool (quickly add your own topic/images to our printables)

What are you waiting for? Head on over and check out the deals they have going on right now! Be sure to share this with all of your homeschooling friends as well.


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9 ways a KETOgenic lifestyle can improve your health!

Free quickstart guide on starting a keto diet!

Get Dr. David Jockers’ powerful Keto QuickStart Program eGuide, and set the right foundation to start your keto journey!

—>>Click here to download this Keto QuickStart guide!

As a doctor of natural medicine, Dr. Jockers’ has used the ketogenic diet and lifestyle for over 10 years to help many of his clients improve their overall health.

People are using it to lose weight, improve their energy and brain function and so much more! Imagine, finding a diet and lifestyle that allows you to feel super energized, break through food cravings and addictions and improve your mental clarity!

This amazing quickstart program includes 3 guides (PDFs) and 4 videos to get you started with a ketogenic lifestyle!

50% who begin the keto lifestyle feel great and see tremendous results, another 50% really struggle and never get keto adapted which is why Dr. Jockers’ developed this guide to help you get the right foundation and start to your keto journey.

When you grab this free program, you’ll also save a seat on August 5th for the start of the free, online The Keto Edge Summit — over 30+ experts learning to leverage the mighty power of KETONES to first return to health, then thrive in life!

—>>Click here to gain IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the Keto QuickStart guide!

You can truly get started on better health today!

Don’t miss out on Dr. Jockers’ powerful Keto QuickStart Program eGuide, when you click here to grab it now!


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The Family Camping Handbook

The Family Camping Handbook will show you how to survive and even thrive out in the woods with young children. You can bring your babes and your real food, too!

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The Family Camping Handbook is 25% off with code “25offcamping” (now through 7/10):

Click here to check out this deal!

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Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Just in case you haven’t read about the Wildcraft game or the Learning Herbs books in any of my previous posts I’m going to share this with you now. My kids have absolutely been loving the Herb Studies we’ve incorporated into our Kirby’s Kids Academic Adventures. Recently I came across the Herb Fairies book series that they are enjoying as well. When I purchased the book series Amazon had recommended this game, Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, as others had also purchased it. I did buy the game and my kids love it!

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Wraps

These things are amazing and good for you too! You could add a variety of other things to them but they are so easy and simple to make I’m sure they’ll be added to our menu plans on a regular basis. This recipe is for one to two people but can easily be doubled or tripled to fit your family.

You can prep a lot of these ahead of time to make these super easy to throw together. These also work great for any meal or as a quick snack when you need a little boost.

Chicken Bacon Avocado Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 oz cooked and seasoned chicken breast or canned chicken
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced thin
  • 1-2 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • lettuce, sliced thin
  • mayo, sour cream, or salad dressing of choice
  • 2-4 tortillas, flatbread, or Wonder Wraps p. 204 Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Directions:

Spread a thin layer of mayo or sour cream on your wrap. Add the remaining ingredients as desired. Fold and enjoy!


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9 ways a KETOgenic lifestyle can improve your health!

The ketogenic lifestyle is here — it’s one of the most searched terms on the internet today!

It’s not just because people are searching for it that gives it merit; it can actually create remarkable, beneficial changes in the body that dramatically improve your wellbeing.

The ketogenic lifestyle isn’t only for helping with weight loss goals. It can also provide increased energy, performance and help your body overcome certain health conditions, from moderate to severe.

—>>Register for The Keto Edge Summit now, and gain the knowledge you need to address your health challenges!

Here are 9 ways a ketogenic lifestyle can benefit you…

1. Reduced inflammation
A ketogenic lifestyle drastically lowers inflammation due to the reduced amount of free radical production that occurs when burning ketones for energy instead of glucose. This allows for more energy production and a more efficiently functioning body, as well as a heightened ability for the body to heal.

2. Improved Fat Burning
By definition, being in a state of ketosis means you’re burning fat for energy. If you have excess body fat, you’ll be able to burn it at a much more efficient rate.

3. Mental Clarity & Sharpness
Neurological inflammation is insidious and has been linked with depression, anxiety and poor cognitive function. A reduction in inflammation due to a ketogenic lifestyle can be helpful for neurological disorders and generally improve mental performance.

4. Abundant Energy
Increased energy from a ketogenic lifestyle is due to less inflammation, upregulation of mitochondrial biogenesis, more ATP per molecule of ketone and more stable blood sugar.

5. Clearer Skin
Skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis are often rooted in chronic inflammation or autoimmunity. While other factors should also be addressed, following a ketogenic lifestyle can also help to quickly lower inflammation and accelerate healing.

6. Reduced Cravings
Getting into a state of ketosis balances blood sugar, provides the brain with stable energy and completely eliminates cravings. In fact, people in a ketogenic lifestyle often say they barely think about food between meals.

7. Mitochondrial Biogenesis
Most of us have been using sugar for energy our entire lives, this is what our mitochondria are comfortable with. During the transition phase, old and weak mitochondria die off to stimulate the growth of new and stronger mitochondria for more energy production, in many cases.

8. Anti-Aging
Because mitochondria have such a profound impact on energy production, inflammation levels and gene expression (and therefore the overall function of the body), promoting mitochondrial health can be of great benefit when it comes to anti-aging.

9. Reduced Risk of Chronic Disease
A ketogenic lifestyle may protect your body against a wide array of disease processes. The combination of anti-inflammatory effects along with improved mitochondrial function simply allows the body to heal and mitigate disease processes more effectively.

—>A ketogenic lifestyle could help you address: cancer, autoimmune conditions, depression, anxiety, neurodegenerative processes, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease…

This list could go on, but you’re probably beginning to understand the benefits of having healthy mitochondria.

—>>Join me at The Keto Edge Summit, and learn how to implement this potentially life-changing knowledge into your life!

I want you to lead a healthy, energetic life — this health event could be the knowledge you’ve been seeking to do just that!

A ketogenic lifestyle can improve your health in MANY ways. And, as always, when you learn just one thing from a free health event like this, that single thing can unlock the next level of health and happiness in your life. I hope you find the key to that lock at this event!

Register for free now!


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