5 Ways to Feed Your Family Organic on a Budget

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Moms like us are always looking for ways to keep our families happy and healthy. Homemade meals, fresh snacks, and lunches packed with love are just the start. 

If you are a mom on a healthy mission like me, you might prioritize eating organic as well. Organic foods are produced with less pesticides and other toxins and can often have more beneficial nutrients than conventionally grown foods.

Personally, I wanted to reduce the amount of toxins my family was consuming for many reasons but doing so without a plan has the potential to break bank! 

But it doesn't have to! 

You can absolutley include organic food in your family meal plan without breaking your weekly food budget. I want to share with you some simple ways to do just that.


Here are 5 ways to

feed your family organic on a budget:


1. Know the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.

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You don't have to buy EVERYTHING organic. If you know which produce is the dirtiest (contains the most pesticides and other toxins), you know which produce to prioritize. The dirtiest produce is a great list to start buying organic. If you know which produce is the cleanest (contains the least amount of pesticides and other toxins), then you know which produce you don't necessarily need to buy organic. 

If it is a choice between one of the other, your Dirty Dozen list should go organic first.

Here is the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list to get you started.


2. Shop Your local Farmers' Market.

Your local Farmers' Market can be a treasure trove of less expensive organic foods. Without having the expenses of packaging, shipping, and marketing products to different stores over long distances, local markets usually feature area farmers who are just trying to sell their latest harvest, including organic farmers. Most of the time, this is much less expensive than organic foods in your supermarket.

Want to find your local Farmers' Markets? Click here. 



3. Plant a Garden.

You really can't get less expensive than growing your own! Besides saving money on organics, you get the added satisfaction of cultivating your own food. One of our personal favorite sources of seeds is Seed Saver Exchange. Definitely worth checking out. 


4. Reverse Meal Plan.

Instead of selecting recipes and then shopping for all of your ingredients, first see what is on sale. Shop for discounts and sale items first and then get creative with your bounty! This is a great way to save money. 

This can be a little scary at first but did you know there are websites like this one where you can search recipes by ingredients? That might help! (This is one too!


5. Coupons! 

I know what you are thinking, healthy, organic foods rarely have coupons in the Sunday paper. However, coupons for organic foods are out there. Companies like Organic Girl, Earthbound Farm, and others will send you coupons upon request! Check them out! 


Saving money on organic is possible. Try these 5 tips will help you feed your family organic on a budget. Which one of these strategies is first on your list to try?





Moms Together: Why a Mommy Mastermind Could be Everything You Are Looking For!



When I first became a mom, it was the happiest, most overwhelmingly beautiful time in my life. 

Joy, upon joy, upon joy.

It was also somewhat terrifying and isolating. 

What do I do? Why is she crying? What foods do I try and when? Am I going to break her!?! 

I mean, oh my goodness, I made a human! And now I have to care for her!  


It was all all I could think about.  


I planned, analyzed, read, planned some more, all in between clawing for some sleep, scraping together some meals, and stressing myself out about doing everything wrong.  


Feeling like I didn’t know much as a new mother was kind of normal. (Sometimes I feel like I don’t know all that much as a now experienced veteran mom) Eventually things started evening out, I could put a child down for a nap, throw in some laundry, chop up something for dinner, and maybe even sit down for 5 minutes.

I suppose things become manageable enough that I added a couple more kids into the mix.

Much of the mommy years thus far are a blur but one thing has been true in the beginning and is still true now, that I wanted to get this motherhood thing as close to “right” as I can. I want to feed the kids the best foods, stimulate their brains, love them up, support their individuality, push them to explore, take them on adventures, reduce the toxins they are exposed to, fill them with positivity,... 


Oh my lord, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. 


But we all have big goals as moms, right? 


Maybe those goals shift, change, or get replaced with time, experience, and circumstance, but we all have loving intentions of raising happy and healthy humans.  

I know that staying the course on those intentions comes with challenges, so hang on. I am about to get to how TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE OUR HEALTHY MOMMY GOAL EASIER! 


Now, if you could allow me a second to go off on a mini tangent, I promise it will make sense pretty quickly:

Since becoming a mom, I have started an amazing business that brings me so much joy. After I launched my business all those years ago, I knew I would need a few things to be successful: accountability, support, a place to bounce ideas and receive meaningful and loving feedback. 

So, I began a mastermind group for women like me as a way to find and give the support it takes to reach those business goals. It is one of my favorite things and has made a huge difference to me as an entrepreneur. (Keep that in mind as we move forward now.) 


Now back to this mommy thing....


Recently, I was speaking with one of the inspiring moms and entrepreneurs that I am lucky enough to call a friend, Saima Yousuf of The Heart Of Art. I realized during our conversation that as a mom, I really wish I had a motherhood version of my business mastermind group. I mean, think about it:

I’ve been rocking this motherhood thing for over a decade now. I still might not have all the answers but I do have the blessing of experience. That experience has helped me realize that motherhood can become an extremely isolating experience loaded with errands, carpooling and stress... and a whole lot more.


But there is a flip side!


Motherhood offers us a rich community experience that we can share with other moms. We can become a part of something bigger, something we do not have to go through alone or even have all the answers to on our own!


Indeed the greatest resource we have as moms is our mom community.


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What if you could get together once a week with like-minded moms in a supportive environment?

What if we could talk about topics relevant to moms like us, whether it be about raising a healthy family, making time for self care, short cuts to food shopping and food prep for the week, or any of the millions of other things we could talk about...?

What if we could share ideas, make a plans, stay accountable, and get support? 


I don't know about you but I am thinking... AWESOME!  


And from this brainstorm I am so pleased to announce the launch of...


Moms Together, a weekly Mommy Mastermind

focused on healthy family life but SO MUCH MORE. 




Moms Together will meet once a week 10am on Sundays at The Heart (a re-envisioning if the space formerly known as The Heart of Art) located at 2374 Nottingham Way. 



 Moms who could use some supporting with healthy living, but also love to supporting other moms as well. Moms who need new ideas, accountability and a chance to talk through a plan for the coming week. 



 Moms Together members will reap so many benefits of being part of a supportive community of moms who are building a healthier, happier life.  

Benefits include:  

  • being a part of a supportive and inspiring community
  • sharing new ideas and strategies
  • goal setting/ creating intentions for the week ahead
  • healthy hacks for saving time


Topics include- 

  • healthy meals on a budget
  • meal planning  
  • food prep
  • picky eaters
  • self care
  • detox ideas
  • healthy hacks
  • stress management
  • ...and more


If this sounds like the support and inspiration you need to rock your mom life, come join us for a HUGE Open House on April 15th where we will give out great special offers on the Moms Together Sessions. If you can’t make the Open House, click here to stay posted on updates including schedules, discounted rates and more! 


Moms Together is a fun weekly mommy mastermind for rockstar moms like us. I hope to see you there!  






Our 5 Read Alouds for This Week


Reading has always been a priority in our home. Books are often gifts, we try to model good reading habits for the kids, and my husband and I spend lots of timing reading with our kids. Even though my oldest is in 4th grade I still include a read aloud at most morning breakfasts, and even squeeze in a little chat about what we read. 

These habits didn't happen overnight. We built them up one piece at a time. If you are reading this I am guessing reading is pretty important to you, particularly as a parent, too. Maybe you even want to add in a new reading habit.

Whether you have a few minutes in the morning like we do or if you prefer a read aloud before bed, I highly recommend reading to your kids well beyond their toddler years.

In our family we have many favorite books that we have read over and over again. There are brand new books that we read for the first time together. When a movie based on a novel is coming out, we read a little bit of the book every day and then celebrate by going to see the movie version. All in all, I try to make reading a normal, special and fun part of the kids' lives every single day. 

When I find a book that is inspiring and thought-provoking I keep it close. It might become something of a touchstone text in our loves. A handful of those books are what I want to share with you today.

Here are 5 inspiring and thought-provoking books you can consider adding to your list of books to read to your little ones:

This book is close to a spiritual text for us. Beautifully describing how we are all connected to each other, to nature, and to the moon & stars, I just adore this book. I love how this book takes such big ideas and makes it poetically kid-friendly. This book is at the top of my list. If you only want one new book, make this the one.



This book is deep and we loved it when we read it once... then twice... then again and again. Each time we read it one of my children is bound to point out a new observation or connection they make. Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, this is a book both adults and kids will enjoy. 


This story scored big points just for having an adorable panda named Stillwater as a main character. Stillwater tells each of the other characters amazing short stories, each with a lesson or message you can talk about with your family well after the story is over. Besides the enchanting stories being told, the illustrations are captivating on their own. 

I Believe In Me is a book of affirmations that we often use as a source of mantras. We have read through this book many times and my kids are familiar with the many phrases within it like, "I am whole and perfect just the way I am," and "I make friends easily". My kids take turns flipping through this book to find a phrase that might be a family mantra or find their own mantra based on a personal need. Our copy of this book is pretty well worn out as we use it almost daily. 

Kids need heroes and I think Malala Yousafzai is one of the best. This book talks about many social situations in the world today and will encourage thought-provoking conversations with your children. As a parent, this book helped me discuss Malala's fight in a kid-friendly way. This book makes my eyes well up every time, Malala's story is so inspiring. 


There are thousands of inspiring books out there that we should all read and this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are looking for a new book or two to add to your home library, this is a great place to start. 

Do you have an addition to the "must read" list? I want to hear from you. Add a comment below with a title we should check out! 


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