Getting Healthy With Thrive Market


Have you guys heard of Thrive Market yet? It’s a new membership-based online market full of all the natural, organic and non-GMO food, beauty items that you love at 25-50% off retail prices. I decided to give it a try when I discovered that they offered a free one month trial PLUS an extra 25% off your first order PLUS free shipping for orders over $50. I liked the idea of it even more when I discovered they followed a one-for-one model — for every person who subscribes to Thrive Market they give a free membership to a low-income family giving them access to great nutritional items for less. What a great thing!


On Friday I placed my first order. We’ve started a new gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO eating plan so this was a great place for me to stock up on some great pantry basics. We’re also trying to avoid toxins, chemicals and parabens in our hair and skin care as well as cleaning supplies so I decided to grab a few things that I was out off.

In full disclosure, I ordered 16 items for $109 — with 25% off and free shipping my grand total was $84.25. I had a few higher priced items including some moisturizer, almond butter, organic raw cashews and organic grass fed ghee, so I felt like this was a good price. We have a camping trip coming up in a few weeks so I also wanted grab a few items for hiking snacks thus the granola bars and jerky treats. They’re aren’t things I would normally buy but I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to find gluten free granola bars and I knew that the jerky was a great deal. You can see everything I got here.

Thrive-inthebox Thrive-stuffSome of the other things you can find at Thrive Market includes:
-canned fruits and veggies
-non-GMO corn items
-baby food
-diapers and baby accessories
-hair and skincare
-home cleaners
-baking supplies
-shop by category such as paleo, gluten-free, raw, vegan, moms, staples

I also thought it would be fun to do a bit of a price comparison to see if I really saved money. Check it out: PrintAs you can see I save money on everything other than the almond butter which cost about $1.50 more on Thrive than the price I found on Amazon, but overall the savings were pretty significant! And I didn’t have to leave my house! I love the thought that I could get all my pantry staples this way and save my grocery runs for things like fresh produce, meat and cheese. I’ll definitely be keeping my membership to Thrive with this kind of savings.

If you want to give Thrive Market a try just use this link ( to their page and then let me know what you think! Remember, your first month of membership is not only FREE but you also get an extra 25% off your order plus free shipping over $50. Try it for yourself!


The Long Way Round

betrulygladIt’s been about a year since I shared with the world about our fertility struggles. It was one of the scariest and most vulnerable things I’ve ever had to share and at the time I wasn’t even sure if it was a wise decision; but I felt a little holy nudge and so I obeyed. Since then, the outpouring of love, support and PRAYER has blessed us beyond belief. Friends have courageously shared their own fertility struggles with me, allowing me to pray for them and believe with them. There is a time to keep things to yourselves, but sometimes there is a huge blessing in letting those around you help you carry your burden.

So I guess this is just a bit of an update of sorts as well as hopefully some encouragement for others of you who are in the waiting game, believing for something with no clear end in site. Can I tell you how this is all going to end? With God being FAITHFUL.

In the past year we’ve rediscovered what true community looks like and it is beautiful. Friends truly being family — praying, believing, and fasting with us and for us, celebrating the good and mourning the bad, being a source of joy and fun, helping each other when we need it and just truly showing LOVE. And it’s changed us. It’s contagious. We want to be the blessing that our community has been to us.

Unless this month turns out otherwise (and we’re believing it will), we are still in the baby waiting game. We haven’t changed much in our lives other than taking a natural approach to fertility — things like diet and herbs. We don’t feel called to try any mainstream fertility methods like IUIs or IVF at this point. We are still FULLY believing that God has a baby for us and so we wait. And believe. And hope. And pray pray pray. It’s not always pretty or easy. Some months it just plain sucks (hello running out of church in tears on mother’s day!) but we keep pressing on and pressing in and believing that “God is able…the do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).”

cat-bikini-3(photo from Waiting For Baby Bird)

I know that some of you out there can relate. Maybe you’re also waiting for a baby after years of infertility. You’ve been poked and prodded, analyzed and labeled “unexplained.” You’ve changed your diet, your water filters, your exercise routine, your vitamins, your stress levels all the try to prod your body to just do what it’s supposed to you. Meanwhile, you’ve watched friend after friend after friend “accidentally” fall pregnant TWICE and deliver healthy babies while you’re still waiting for that first time.

Or maybe it’s not a baby you’re waiting for or praying for but something else. A husband. A job. A broken relationship. A new direction in life. Do you ever feel like those around you are getting quick miracles while you’re on the long way round? I certainly do. It can be easy to look around and compare, but I believe that God truly has something special for those of us who are getting our miracles on the long way round (and believe me when I say that over 3 years feels like the looooong way round!). He hasn’t overlooked us, instead He is using us for His glory to be displayed. When I think of it that way, it’s more of a blessed responsibility than a burden, right?

So before I go, I want to share with you this AMAZING SERMON by Charlotte Gambill. My sweet friend Caroline from In Due Time sent this link to me last week and I pretty much wept as I listened to it. In fact, I loved it so much that I listened to it again a few days later. Charlotte takes a look at two stories in the Bible — one where someone gets an instant miracle and another where they have to go the long way round — and brings them into beautiful perspective. She also talks about her own struggle with infertility. There is beauty in the wait, sweet friends. Pretty please, find time to listen to this encouraging message this week.


For those of you who are still in the wait, be encouraged! This year I’ve seen one friend get pregnant after being told that her husband has NO sperm and two other friends fall pregnant and carry healthy babies after multiple miscarriages. God is willing and able! And as always, if you want prayer, please let me know and I’ll pray for you.


Some fun links you might enjoy from my favorite mommas-to-be bloggers:
* 5 THINGS YOU WISH YOU COULD TELL YOUR FERTILE FRIENDS (what I wish my friends would read)

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3 Step Roasted Chicken

3 step roasted chickenAfter eating my weight in chocolate this weekend from all of the Easter festivities and fun, J and I are back to healthy eating (and a few pieces of leftover chocolate when needed). Lately I’ve been following less recipes and instead have been making quick and easy dinners that I can just throw together with whatever is in the pantry and fridge. And lately I always try to have a whole chicken or two in the freezer.

Enter the roasted chicken.

Like many people, I was initially intimidated by the chicken roasting process. After all, some recipes require all sorts of complicated instructions from the tying of legs together, rubs, brines, stuffings and other complicated measures that make it seem like roasting a chicken is near rocket science. Thankfully it isn’t. And while I absolutely LOVE a brined chicken, I rarely plan far enough in advance for that.

Today I’m excited to give you the easiest, quickest way to roast a chicken. This seriously could be the easiest thing to make. Trust me! In fact, it’s so easy that you can finish it in just three steps. The finished chicken will be full of flavor with a golden crispy skin and moist and delicious meat. It’s so good that I think it might become my go-to entree for when we have friends over for dinner! Just add a side salad and you have a meal!

Are you ready?

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– defrosted whole chicken
– a lemon
– olive oil or butter
– salt and pepper
– fresh herbs of your choice — my favorite combo for chicken is rosemary and thyme
-cast-iron skillet or roasting pan

Get Cooking:

Step 1 – Prepare the chicken.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Preheat your oven to 425° F. Take out your chicken, remove whatever is inside it (gizzards and usually a freshness packet – I just toss all of this), rinse the chicken inside and out and pat it dry. Place the chicken in a skillet or roasting pan and rub it generously all over with olive oil or butter. I like to separate the skin from the body with my fingers and try to rub some oil or butter in that in-between space as well. Sprinkle the chicken with a generous amount of salt and pepper inside and out, then stuff the insides with the lemon (cut into slices or wedges) and a bundle of fresh herbs. It’s ready to cook!

Step 2 – Quick roasting. The secret to a crispy but moist chicken is to start hot and then finish cooler. With your chicken all prepped and ready, place the skillet or roasting pan in the oven for 15 minutes at 425°F

Step 3 – Cook until done.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetAfter your 15 minutes is up, turn the oven temperature down to 375°F and continue to cook your chicken for 45-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 190°. Larger birds might take an extra 10-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy while it’s still warm!