Barganic Alert! Wildcraft Cooperative Board Game for Kids on Sale through Saturday

Once each spring, LearningHerbs, the online herbal learning resource, opens up its Herb Fairies book series and learning program. The children and I signed up this past April and have been thoroughly enjoying reading the story of each month’s herb fairy. Asher in particular loves the books and I marvel at how well he remembers the names, stories, and herbal benefits associated with each herb fairy.

Asher's coloring sheet of Arc, the Burdock Fairy. We completed reading the story yesterday.

Asher’s coloring sheet of Arc, the Burdock Fairy. We completed reading the story yesterday.

The kids delight in being able to identify herbs growing wild all around us as we walk through our neighborhood, play in the back yard, or look around at their school. It has been such a nice way to instill an awareness, appreciation, and reverence for plant medicine that is abundant in our environment.

Wildcraft cooperative board game from LearningHerbs

Although the Herb Fairies program will not be available again until next spring, LearningHerbs is currently offering a limited time sale on Wildcraft, their Herbal Adventure cooperative board game for kids. Like the Herb Fairies books, the board game focuses on herbs and combines fun, cooperation, and education to teach children about herbs and their medicinal uses as well as ethical wildcrating, all while working together to achieve a goal (in this case, gathering huckleberries and returning to grandmother’s house before nightfall so that she can bake a pie).

Our family has always preferred cooperative games to competitive “winner” and “loser” games, especially for young children so this is a great fit for us. The artwork on the game looks beautiful and the game had great reviews on Amazon as well. I know that the kids will love playing it. I actually purchased it back in July when LearningHerbs was promoting a similar sale on the game. I have been keeping it tucked away for the fast-approaching holidays. I imagine that the kids will be excited to receive a game that will continue to expand their understanding and appreciation of herbs, and it will be nice for them to have a cooperative game to play during the break when we all have more time at home together.

The current promotion runs through Friday November 20th. The game price is reduced to $19.99 plus shipping and adds a bunch of fantastic bonuses to sweeten the deal, including a webinar with Aviva Romm, How to Make Rootbeer video (which Alina is super excited about), Herbal Roots Zine Kids Activity Magazine, Mentoring Kids & Nature Connection with Jon Young (mp3), and the Herb Fairies Activity Pack, and an e-book from herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt to support children’s health during cold & flu season

So, are you going to grab one? I can’t wait for ours to open ours and start playing.

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Barganic Alert: La Ritzy Vegan Beauty Subscription offering 1 month free


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You don’t need to hang around here too long to know that I love crunchy, natural subscription boxes. In my experience, moms in particular tend to table their own needs and forget to take care of themselves; and people interested in greening up their lives often don’t know where to find the right products or how to try them in an affordable way. Subscription boxes that are carefully curated to send products that fit with your values and needs are like a gift of nurturing to yourself or to someone you love, and a great way to try new brands and products.

I am always on the lookout for new subscription services that may appeal to healthy, green people to add to my Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. Recently, a relatively new subscription box caught my eye. La Ritzy is a cruelty-free, vegan beauty subscription service that sends 4-5 sample and full-sized items in their box each month. Although they do not specifically brand themselves as a green beauty subscription, I have noticed that they tend to work with natural, organic, green beauty brands.

In celebration of Halloween, La Ritzy is currently offering new subscribers one month free with a 3-month subscription purchase. Enter the code HLWN3 at checkout to receive three months of La Ritzy for $50.00, including shipping. That brings the cost of each box down to $16.67/month. La Ritzy has already revealed that their November box will have a retail value of over $100 and will include this full-sized Palmetto Serum, packed with nourishing botanicals, as well as this GlamNatural Finishing Powder.

I just could not resist trying La Ritzy knowing that I will receive product value in the first month’s box alone that doubles my total cost for three months. I did not find the official details on the site as to when the code ends, so I would not wait too long if you are interested in taking advantage of this promotion. Are you going to get in on this sale?

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Kings Road Apothecary 3-day Fall Sale

Crunchy Parent Barganic Alert: Kings Road Apothecary 3-day fall sale

As seen in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, King’s Road Apothecary is a indie herbal company owned by herbalist Rebecca Altman. KRA offers a subscription service of wildcrafted and handmade products through their monthly surprise boxes. The Kings Road Apothecary site also sells other handcrafted seasonal herbal products to support a healthier, happier body inside and out with items such as teas, elixirs, and salves; candles, oils, and serums.

In celebration of her upcoming birthday, Rebecca is offering 15% off all orders now through Monday night. Just enter the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout. Subscription boxes qualify for this promotion, and I noticed the September, October, and November boxes were all still available as of this writing, as are a handful of six-month subscription shares. In addition to the subscription boxes, services such as a private consultation with a custom made elixir; best-selling products like the Busted Joint Ointment; and subscription box favorites such as Coconut & Vanilla Sugar Scrub and Kava Kava & Palo Santo Massage Oil are all available to purchase.

To get a sense of what to expect from the Kings Road Apothecary Surprise Boxes, you can see my unboxing and reviews from prior months here. I will be reviewing the October box in the days ahead, but spoiler: it smelled wonderful and was a box filled with relaxation.

Are you going to take advantage of this sale? what are some of your favorite KRA products or healing and nourishing herbs?

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Free Herbal Learning Course with Rosalee de la Foret


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If you follow me on Twitter, you saw that I was already taking advantage of this Barganic Alert today. Clinical herbalist Rosalee de la Foret is working with Learning Herbs to offer a free video learning opportunity as well as the tools to help connect you more meaningfully to your herbal studies. By using hands-on, experiential learning, Rosalee is helping all herbalists and even novice herbal “dabblers” to connect to herbs and to people. This deeper knowledge will help to better inform choices when selecting the right herb or herbs for the person and the ailment or concern, rather than just using a “vending machine” approach to dispensing herbs.

This 30-minute video will walk you through an exercise to help you develop a good practice for assessing herbs and their fit for a person and health need. It will also give you the guidance and tools to identify the constitution and energetics of the individual and the plants in question.

It looks like there will be more videos to come, but so far I am loving the opportunity to connect with herbs more deeply and to enhance my learning from a skilled teacher, all for FREE.

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Yuzen Fall Favorites Sale

Yuzen Fall Favorites Sale Box

As seen in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, green lifestyle subscription Yuzen offers quarterly boxes of natural and green beauty, snack, and home products to bring zen and mindfulness to your life. On occasion, Yuzen offers special, limited edition boxes at sale prices.

Right now, Yuzen is offering a limited edition Fall Favorites Box. The cost of the box is $24.00. There are six items in the box, including:

ZENTS Mandarin Ultra Rich Shea Butter Soap (5.7 oz bar)
TORIE AND HOWARD Organic Lemon & Raspberry Hard Candies (2 oz)
SHEA MOISTURE Replenish & Rejuvenate Hand Cream (3.2 fl oz)
NUBIAN HERITAGE Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Body Wash (3 fl oz)
NUBIAN HERITAGE Honey & Black Seed Deodorant (2.25 oz)
COWGIRL Extreme E Serum (.25 fl oz)

This is a single box purchase and will not start a re-billing subscription with Yuzen. So if you want Yuzen to help you embrace fall with some of their favorites, be sure to grab one of these boxes. They are limited edition, so when they are gone, they are gone.

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Frontier Co-Op Wholesale Buying Club & Haul Video

As I’ve mentioned before, I love doing Barganic Alerts because they make living a more natural, “crunchy” lifestyle more affordable. I think that if you have want to make healthier choices relative to how you eat, clean your home, care for your body, etc., than finances should not stand in your way. In that spirit, I wanted to share what has been a wonderful money saving find for our family for many years; the Frontier Co-op wholesale buying club. (Please note that I am not affiliated with Frontier and this post is not sponsored in any way).

Frontier Co-op is the company behind the aromatherapy and personal care brand Aura Cacia, as well as the natural and organic herb, spice, and mix lines Frontier, and Simply Organic. Through the Frontier Co-op, you can purchase items from these lines as well as from over 250 other brands making natural and organic food, personal care, home care, green beauty, clothing, supplement, and more items than you can imagine. I tell people that it is like going to your local health food store and looking on the left side of the store only. Frontier doesn’t carry the fresh produce and perishable food that the local HFS store has off to the right, but just about anything else that you’d find at the local HFS, you’ll find at Frontier.

What sets Frontier apart is that the wholesale pricing is generally far less than you’ll find elsewhere paying full retail. In addition to the regular wholesale pricing, they also have monthly sales where a selection of items are an added percentage off; sometimes as much as 30% off the wholesale price. Accordingly, I try to stock up on our staples (toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, dish soap, laundry soap, organic spices, etc.) when they go on sale. You do not need to buy items in large quantities, but you do need a minimum order to qualify for free shipping. There is an annual membership fee of $10, or you can purchase as a non-member for a 5% up-charge.

I have been a member buying with Frontier for about ten years. At different times, I ran co-op groups through mothering.com, with friends from our Waldorf school, and with family members. The minimum order is low enough that it usually doesn’t take too many people to put together an order.

There are occasions when I can find a given item for less from other online retailers, or locally with sales and coupons. Generally though, Frontier has the best deals for us, and it makes using healthier products easier on our budget. I love, and frequent, our area health food stores for my fresh and perishable goods, to shop sales, and for items that we need on the spur of the moment. Shopping Frontier for the non-perishable household staples makes the budget stretch for other things like organic eggs, meats, and produce, quality supplements, or healthcare choices not covered by insurance.

What I purchase from Frontier varies with each order. Their catalog is positively enormous, and I can’t even venture to guess how many thousands of items they must offer. To give you a sample of some of the products that they carry and that we order, I recorded a haul video of my unboxing the other day. I do not typically order so much candy. The Halloween Fairy heard that I was placing an order and asked if she could add some items to it. In the spirit of a co-op it seemed wrong to say no.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments. Do you participate in any co-ops in your community?

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Barganic Alert: Vegan Cuts Limited Edition Goddess Box

Vegan Cuts Goddess Box

Vegan Cuts is one of the many crunchy-friendly subscription box services featured in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. They source and send quality, 100% cruelty-free cosmetic, skin care, and beauty products to their monthly subscribers. On occasion, Vegan Cuts curates limited edition themed boxes available for purchase individually.

You may have read in my fall subscription box update that Vegan Cuts has recently spun off a sister subscription box company, Goddess Provisions. The first GP box shipped out just this week (I’ll be posting my review in the days ahead). For those who want a sense of the vegan goddess vision, Vegan Cuts and Goddess Provisions have co-curated a limited edition Goddess Box. The box is filled with jewelry, aromatherapy products, and even enlightened chocolates to inspire and delight your inner goddess. Box price is $39.00 and ships free to the U.S. The box features 13 items worth almost $150, including:

Buffalo Gal Organics Goddess Perfume – 5 ml
Curandera Remedies Kali Aromatherapy Oil – 3 ml
Dark Days Chocolate Moon Patty – .25 oz
ZenBunni Chocolate Lost Salt of Atlantis bar- 1.7 oz
Dirt Goddess Super Seeds Wildflower Seed Bombs (3 balls)
Dirty Hippie Cosmetics Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket – 27 mm, locket only
Dynomighty Floral Fractal Mighty Wristlet
Hi Wildflower Botanica Hanalei perfume – 2 ml
MantraBand Silver Love and Light Bracelet
NOVICA Shamballa Bracelet – Adjustable, fits approx 6″-9″
Vegan Cuts Crystal Nail File
Wise Oak Herbs Sleepy Luna Mister – 1 oz
Your Joyologist Own Your AwesomeTM Affirmation Cards – 3 surprise cards

Note: Crystals and candles pictured are not included

See link above for more item photos and details, as well as to purchase. This is a one-time box purchase and will not start a re-billing subscription with Vegan Cuts. Boxes are ready to ship immediately.

Although I haven’t posted my first Goddess Provisions unboxing video or review yet, I will say that I discovered some great brands, and found some new favorites. I can only imagine that a Vegan Cuts/Goddess Provisions super-sized collaboration box will be a great way to pamper the goddess in you life (or your own inner goddess). Are you going to take advantage of one of the Vegan Cuts limited edition Goddess boxes? Have you signed up to try the new Goddess Provisions box or are you waiting to see a review first?

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Vegan Cuts Fall/Winter Style Box

Vegan Cuts Fashion Style Box

Vegan Cuts is one of the many crunchy-friendly subscription box services featured in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. They source and send quality, 100% cruelty-free cosmetic, skin care, and beauty products to their monthly subscribers. On occasion, Vegan Cuts curates limited edition themed boxes available for purchase individually.

Vegan Cuts is currently offering a Fall/Winter Style Box filled with jewelry, cosmetics, and accessories to keep your look on trend and in style as the seasons change. All items included are cruelty free and vegan. Box price is $49.00 and ships free to the U.S. The box features 6 items worth over $150, including:

Badala Kalenjin Charcoal Druzy Earrings – 12mm diameter
Della Turban Headband – Various Colors – 18″ circumference
Deux Lux Zip Wallet – Various Colors – 7.5″ × 4″ × 1″
Gleam by Melanie Mills Lip Radiance in Pop my Cork – 0.176 oz
Pacifica’s Supernatural Eye Shadow Trio – Various Colors
Pewilben Mini Sleek Black Vegan Leather Bangles – 8″ (Set of 3)
BEETxBEET coupon

See link above for item photos and details, as well as to purchase. This is a one-time box purchase and will not start a re-billing subscription with Vegan Cuts. Boxes will start shipping the week of October 26th.

I love the look of these items and the idea that a few color changes and accessories can really help freshen up a wardrobe for a new season, and those druzy earrings are gorgeous! Are you going to take advantage of one of the Vegan Cuts limited edition Fall/Winter Style boxes?

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: BuddhiBox Limited Edition Vegan Beauty Box

BuddhiBox Limited Edition Vegan Beauty Box

BuddhiBox is one of the many crunchy-friendly subscription box services featured in the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. They send a monthly box of 4-6 items designed to enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle. They also offer a quarterly jewelry subscription. To see my Buddhibox unboxings and reviews, look here.

On occasion, BuddhiBox curates limited edition themed boxes available for purchase individually. Right now, BuddhiBox is offering a limited edition Vegan Beauty Box. Priced at $49.95 (shipping included), the box is focused around the yoga principle of Ahimsa (non-violence to all living beings). It includes 7 cruelty-free, vegan beauty items for your skin, hair, lips, and eyes, with a total retail value of $115. All items are made in the USA. Boxes are limited.

This is a one-time box purchase and will not start a re-billing subscription with BuddhiBox. Are you going to take advantage of one on the BuddhiBox limited edition vegan beauty boxes? I for one am very curious to see BuddhiBox’s take on vegan beauty.

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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Barganic Alert: Free Webinar with clinical herbalist Rosalee de la Foret-holistic & herbal support for the immune system


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As I write this I have one child home from school nursing a cold. Every week seems to bring a new cough, sniffle, or sore throat to some member of the family. We’ve hit that time of year when our immune system is challenged in all directions.

Just in time for the (seemingly endless) cold and flu season, clinical herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret is partnering with Hawthorn University to offer a free online webinar, Stay Healthy This Season: Top Herbs for Your Immune System . The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 4:00pm PST/ 7:00pm EST.

During the live webinar, Rosalee will discuss herbs that support the immune system to help you and your family stay healthy throughout the fall and winter seasons. She will also share tips on how to shorten the duration of an upper respiratory infection, and will debunk some common myths associated with popular herbs like echinacea and goldenseal. The webinar will include practical tips and recipes to help keep you healthy and strong all year long.

Be sure to register for the webinar so that you don’t miss out. Registration is encouraged even if you cannot view the webinar live (because perhaps you’ll be up to your ears in witching hour/dinner/bedtime activities). The webinar will be recorded and available for preoccupied registrants to view at a later time. If you want to start learning right away, Rosalee offers this article describing the different types of coughs and how to respond to them with herbal plant medicines.

Will you be signing up for the webinar? What are some of your favorite herbal remedies for coughs and colds?

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services. They are not endorsements, nor am I compensated in any way. They tend to be time-limited, and often go quickly. To make sure that you are always in the know, subscribe to CrunchyParent.com to receive emails of all Barganic Alerts as soon as they are posted**

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