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Review - Tropical Traditions Raw Organic Honey

A few weeks ago, my recipes for the best (gluten free!) oatmeal raisin cookies and Wonder Bars were chosen to be in the Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Recipes booklet and I was awarded $100 in gift certificates to Tropical Traditions for payment for my recipes. Awesome, right?!

I went on a little shopping spree and I picked up this 15 pound pail of raw organic honey to get us through the winter. We use honey medicinally (as well as liberally on our toast), so I knew it was going to be a great investment.

This honey is amazing. When I popped open the lid, my girls and I dove in and had a few (medicinal, of course!) spoonfuls. It is creamy and mild - but not boring; sweet but not...

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Hey Laura, tell me about Manuka honey

I’m researching Manuka Honey, as the next thing I want to add to our daily health regimen and medicine cabinet. I already know that raw honey is a powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibiotic…pretty much it’s a super hero in your cupboard! Manuka honey is even more powerful because it is especially high in the antibacterial component methylglyoxal. I want to upgrade to Manuka honey for immune boosting purposes; I’ll keep our local raw honey for eating (it’s relatively cheaper), but I’m hoping my children will take to Manuka honey better than spoonfuls of cod liver oil (although, I must say one of them actually loves her fish oil!).

Manuka honey is made from the flowers of...

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Hey Laura, what’s a good quality but inexpensive kitchen knife?

A friend asked me to find her “a decent santoku knife that will not cost me an arm and a leg?  A knife that will do the job but not a knife that will impress knife lovers.”

A good, sharp chef’s knife is a kitchen essential, but it amazes me how many people don’t invest in their tools! If you are serious about cooking, you will save yourself so much time, energy, and frustration if you invest in a good knife. You don’t need an entire block of high-end knives. Ideally, you should have three: A 8-10” chef’s or santoku knife, a 5-10” serrated bread (or “utility”) knife, and a 3” paring knife. You can get away with just the chef’s or santoku knife, though.

So here are my...

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Coupon code for $5 off at Angelina Organic Skincare!

Hey friends,

I’m not posting right now because there is this weird legal issue with some spammer threatening a ridiculous lawsuit for something *they* maliciously did to *my* site. I’m not sure about the details (because my wonderful husband is taking care of it for me) but it’s stupid and annoying and makes me want to hide.

But I did want to come out of hiding and share this awesome coupon code with you!

Get $5 off your next Angelina Organic Skincare purchase! (Click the link: works online and in-store.)

The fine print is that if you use that link, I will accrue some store credit myself (whee!), and I bet when you make a purchase, you’ll get your own code to share with friends on...

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Steal of a Deal! 50% off at Angelina Organic Skincare

I’m in the throes of our last few days of packing to move! Only 6 more days until we are on our way home to Central Oregon.

In the mean time, I’m purchasing a couple of these great 50% off coupons from Angelina Organic Skincare. I love her stuff and use it almost exclusively, so this is a great deal for me; I’ll be dropping by to stock up on face lotion as soon as I get into town!

If you’ve never tried anything from Angelina’s, this is a pretty risk-free way to check it out. I love the bath fizzies and shower scrubs. The Skin Doctor is absolutely the best thing for dry, cracking winter skin.

If you call or email Angelina’s, they can probably set you up with some custom sample packs, so...

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Hey Laura, help me buy an art set

“An Art Lover at Heart” writes:

Can you recommend any reasonably priced, high quality art sets?  I am in search of two for christmas, one for an adult, one for a child.  I am thinking of sets that contain at least a few of the following:  watercolors, colored pencils, oil pastels, markers, crayons.

While you are at it, can you tell me some of the best brand names in art supplies?  Particularly of oil pastels?  Thank you!


A little about oil pastels
I really had to look around for this info. I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, so I didn’t have any clue about what brand is better than others! Wikipedia came to the rescue with this little explanation of “grades” of...

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