Zaycon Foods

Today I want to share a quick little word with you about an awesome food movement. Have you heard of Zaycon Foods? No? Okay, let me share with you what they are all about!

“Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company based in Spokane, Washington. The company was founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. 

You see, we knew all the farmers who had the best stuff around. Thanks to our experience in the grocery industry, we knew how to quickly move that great stuff from point to point, preserving its freshness, taste, and nutrition.

 

So we asked ourselves: “Why are there middlemen involved? Why aren’t we just getting this food directly from the farms to the people who are going to eat it?”

 

That idea grew into the company we are today.

 

When we started off just a few short years ago, we offered only a few meats in a few areas. But thanks to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response we’ve gotten from all of you, Zaycon has grown like wildfire!

 

We now offer a wider range of fresh foods – from milk to berries to salmon filets – to an ever expanding list of regions. If we have not been to your area yet, let us know and you can bet we’ll be there soon. And if we’ve already been through a dozen times, you know we’re coming back again, too!”

 

Here is short video about how they get their products straight to their customers.

We just put in our order for their upcoming 93/7 Ground Beef and Applewood boneless Ham, (which I would do soon by the way, if you are interested in ordering from them) and can’t wait to pick it up! If you want to check out their site just click here.

Have you ever purchased from Zaycon Foods or anyplace like them before? Please tell us about your experience below.

Whole Food Budget Challenge

I have had many people tell me that they would love to eat like we do. Nothing but whole foods. But they then say that they just can’t afford to right now, maybe later in their life when they have more money (probably has something to do with the fact that we are poor college students, and almost everyone that we associate with, are as well).

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First, I want to say that we don’t “eat whole” 100% of the time. We are still in the adjusting process of this whole experience, we by no means are perfect at this. Just check out todays lunch Instagram, we had a mixture of frozen homemade pasta sauce and store bought, becuase I didn’t make enough to last us until this summer last year, partially becuase we only have so much freezer space (oh pressure cooker I would love it if you magically showed up on my doorstep). Someday I hope that we are at 97% or above but for now we eat whole (meaning we do not eat pre-packaged processed foods, rather we make things from scratch etc etc) around 60%-70% of the time. But whenever I do eat processed foods my body is really starting to feel it, equaling bad headaches and a fog that overcomes my being. Not pleasant.
Second, I want to say that we are broke too! We set aside a larger portion of our budget for whole food shopping, but it is still restricted. I wanted to challenge myself this month though and keep to a tight budget and still eat whole foods in the process!
I set the budget to $200. But my budget plans might get messed up a little becuase we are going to have my parents, brother and his girlfriend staying with us this weekend and they have to eat too.
What do you think of this plan? Impossible? Do-able? Is the budget too high? Or too low?

Our Monthly Gift from the Earth

I have been asked by the lovely Larissa Dickson to be a co-contributor at the blog Everything doTERRA. She has really created an awesome space there to learn so much about Essential Oils! I am honored to work with her! Today I posted about our monthly gift from the earth. Here is a sneak preview:

“Each month we are blessed to receive products from doTERRA, and because doTERRA literally means gift of the earth, that is what we call our exciting package that arrives on our doorstep. We take part in the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP), which is an awesome incentive for Independent Product Consultants (IPC’S) which you should check out here. The longer you stay with the program the more points you receive back for your orders. It does max out at 30%, but the credits build very quickly and you can use those credits to reduce the cost of your oils and even get them free! We are saving up our credits to use them in a large chunk.

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This was our order this month! Normally we get more…”

Make sure to click-through and see what we got this month, and all the other great things she has available!

 

Our Little Oily Life

I feel like a lot of my posts lately are sharing with you all of the new things we are doing in our “Nourishing” life. I hope you are not tired of them yet we just think these new things we are doing are all just so exciting! And today I’m going to share with you one of my favorites!

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About seven months ago, some of our friends introduced the hubby and me to essential oils. I had heard of aromatherapy growing up (though I didn’t really know what was used in it), and more recently I had vaguely come across essential oil references in the health literature I had been reading.
The only thing I knew was that lavender was my favorite scent and Frankincense and Myrrh (I didn’t know they were essential oils) were two of the three gifts given to Jesus Christ by the three wise men. They explained what essential oils were (the life-blood of plants), and that because they are not made synthetically (which makes their basic structure a mirror image of what ours is and, consequently, incompatible with ours) they work with our bodies to produce some pretty amazing results. When they said that we were like, O…K… …so what does that mean?
Basically it means that you can use these oils to help your body heal from certain ailments naturally. I sure liked the sound of that, but the hubby silently asked the question, “Yeah, but does it really.” It turns out that they had just signed up to be Independent Product Consultants with doTERRA, a company that has the highest grade of essential oils available to mankind. They are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade making them the best of the best, and safe enough to be consumed interally and even used on infants and children. Not something that you can say about most OTC medicine’s.

They gave us some samples to take home including: Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, DigestZen, and Deep Blue Rub. Two nights later, Little Man, broke out in a fever in conjunction with him teething and I wanted to try the Peppermint to help alleviate his symptoms. I asked our friends for some guidance and applied the peppermint as needed to the Little Man. Immediately he started cooling down and we were excited by the results. We started using the essential oils more and more and when the hubby asked for some peppermint to relieve his headache, before even trying the Tylenol, I knew he had come around to the idea that they work. Not long ago, we decided to sign up as Independent Product Consultants as well to get our oils at wholesale price, and the rest, as they say, is history. We already have so many great stories to share and that is what, every so often, I will do. These essential oils are improving our health one day at a time and we have opportunities to witness the little miracles that come from them every day.

If you are interested in learning more about doTERRA essential oils check our our website here. It has information about essential oils and doTERRA as a company, and if you are interested in purchasing any oils or other products you can also do so there. There are some pretty awesome promotions this month that doTERRA is offering.

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During February, you can save 10% on the essential oil Whisper. “Whisper is a perfect balance of several CPTG® essential oils unified to impart beauty, femininity, and allure. Whisper’s subtle fragrance, once applied, mingles with your individual scent to enhance the essence that is all your own.” It’s pretty awesome, it really does create a perfect scent for you!
The product of the month is Oregano. This is an excellent oil because it is antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic to the respiratory system, antiviral, and an immune system stimulant. It kills everything from Candida to Whooping Cough, Ebola to Staph infections, and from MRSA to the Plague. The product of the month promotion is simple, you only need to place one monthly Loyalty Rewards order totaling 125 PV or more.  Make sure it is scheduled to ship on or before the 15th of each month, and your order will include a free product! We love taking advantage of these great deals to get free oils!

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They also have this great promotion for a limited time. Stainless steel roller balls that you can put into the oil bottles themselves to make your own “rollers”. I would jump on this deal if you want it, because when they are gone they won’t be back for awhile, if at all.

If you would like to purchase your oils at wholesale price, get free oils, and also potentially have a side-business (it can do anything from pay for your oils, to replacing your full time job, if you work at it) then either click here or email me at thesnickerplum@gmail.com for more information.

One last thing, if you are interested in learning more about essential oils and live in the Rexburg, Idaho area we are going to be co-hosting a class this Saturday, February 15 at 5:30 PM, please email me for the address. I am really excited for this class and we will also be doing a giveaway! If you are not in this area but would like to attend either this class through Skype, a class at another time, or a class in your area, email me and we will find a class that works with your schedule/location.

I promise I will not spam the blog with doTERRA posts, but I wanted to have the links and dates available if you were interested.

I am excited about this journey that we are on, and can’t wait to share it with you along the way.

From my Family, to Yours..