Friday, April 25, 2014

What I'm Buying on Amazon: A New Approach for Deals

First, I'd like to say "oops" on the whole not sharing last Sunday's brunch, but there's a good reason for me not doing it.  We didn't have brunch.  Har!  I know I'm off to a GREAT start there.

Unfortunately for me, I've been down sick with a cold and a residual cough and larangitis for weeks.  And double unfortunate for me, Easter ended up being one of my "the fatigue is taking me down hard" days, so I didn't get up in time to make brunch.  We did have ham, gratin potatoes and salad with home made ranch dressing for lunch/dinner that day, though, if you want to imagine that in your mind.

Anyway, onto the post for today.  I've been asked over e-mail quite a bit (which in me terms that means I get about four random e-mails a year) asking if I'd consider posting up deals again like I used to do when I ran a coupon blog, but with a focus on organic and all natural foods.  My response is always, "Man, I don't have time.  Sorry."  Which is true.  A lot of people don't realize how much TIME shopping obsessively on Amazon all the time is and posting up deals fast enough for people to take advantage of them sometimes is even harder.  When I ran a coupon blog...well blogging WAS a full time job on top of my mom job, and I suffered burnout after a while.  Honestly, I really don't want to go back there.

But, the mouse on the treadmill of my mind starting running the other day, when I made a comment on Facebook about a new product I bought to try on Alvah and it finally came to me that I might not be able to share with you all the great deals that come along, but I COULD share with you what I, in fact, am buying from Amazon.  Since it is one of my favorite all time places to shop, I figured this might actually not only be a good way to show you where some deals might be had, but also to perhaps spread the word on some great products that I've been trying out (I try new products constantly in an effort to get nutrition down my kids).

So, here is what I got in a box from Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  By far the break out wonder in this shopping trip was the Great Lakes Beef Gelatin.  I have been following Paleo Parents on Facebook and they had a post talking about the health benefits of gelatin that they shared one day.  Intrigued I read through it where they went through the various kinds of gelatin they used and what they did, etc.  When I read the words, "Flavorless", "Cold Water Soluable", "Grassfed", and "Beef" in the same sentence I clicked on the link and ordered the gelatin without even LOOKING at the price tag.  No joke.  Why?  I'll get to that in a later post, and I'll review the results in another post too, but yeah, spoilers is that the product was SO worth it!

I also got Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog in the same box and was so thrilled!  I've been wanting that book for months, but it took me a while to scrimp and save the pennies to get it.  And it was worth the wait!  This book is the ultimate pork resource, gives you healthy recipes to make and the photography in it is astounding!  Since I am ending up rendering my own lard (curse you corn additives!!!), I was happy to get this book so that I had an idea HOW to get started to do just that.  It is now in my "Favorite cook books" cabinet and I plan on it staying there.

I bought PediaSmart Organic DAIRY Vanilla Complete Nutrition Beverage Powder as a hopeful, sneaky, means of hiding some nutrition from my daughter.  I'm planning on adding it to milk shakes, sprinkling it in ice name it.  By hook or by crook my children are going to eat healthier.  I'm determined.

I have been really happy and impressed with Pamela's Products Artisan Flour Blend.  I bought it off of Amazon about a month ago, mainly to see if I could FIND a decent AP Gluten Free Flour Blend that suited our dietary needs and it actually works pretty darned good in the recipes I've tried so far.  So, I bought another bag of it.  By the way?  WAY cheaper on Amazon than buying it at Fred Meyer.  Just saying.

The Authentic Foods Sorghum Flour was because I was out and trying to find it locally is not easy.  And I love that it is super fine grind...I've had good results with it so far.

The Now Foods Psyllium Husk Powder is for messing with.  I'll get into that later if it actually results in some good food *laugh*.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism is another book that I had in my Amazon cart for quite a while and finally ordered.  It is a book similar to Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent Prison in that it is a series of essays written by an autistic boy.  I found the book informative.  I still prefer Ido in Autismland because Ido explains things so well and going through that book I've discovered a lot of tips to help Alvah out in day to day life, but The Reason I Jump is another book that I see myself keeping for a long time as it is an easy book to read, explains a lot of the inner workings of an autistic mind and at the same time pleads with the reader to understand and forgive troublesome behaviors in autistic children.  I'll definitely read the book again, and recommend it to anyone trying to understand autistic behaviors a bit better.

Note:  This post contains affiliate links.  I am a proud associate, and if you order through the links on this post I get a small amount of money from Amazon as a way to thank me for spreading the word about their products.  The opinions and feedback about said products, however, are entirely my own. 

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