Haul Video: Vitacost Natural, Organic, Gluten-Free Food

*I purchased all of these items and receive no compensation from Vitacost for this post, although post may include affiliate links. What follows are my honest opinions*

If you read my post about Barganic Alerts you know that I am really passionate about making natural, green-living choices accessible to anyone who desires to make them. Throughout my evolution as a parent and as a person, one of my goals has been to seek out healthier foods, which for us includes prioritizing organic foods, avoiding GMOs, and respecting our gluten and dairy sensitivities. This can add a lot to our food cost bottom line, but it is well worth it to me; better health is priceless.

The desire to buy the best food that we can afford has moved me to research the resources available to us in our community and through the interwebs to stretch our dollars. There are a few online retailers that I have found who offer very competitive pricing on high-quality natural, organic, and food allergy-friendly food items. Vitacost is a retailer that I shop with often for supplements, personal and home care items, and nonperishable foods. Not only is the value very good, but they offer an extensive range of products that are not always available to me locally.

Recently I got an email from Vitacost promoting a 20% off all food and beverages sale. This was the motivation that I needed to place a big order. I also went through ebates and earned an additional 4% off of my purchase. You can see the complete haul video above.

There were a few items that I bought that were not included in the sale. Specifically, the raw, organic honey was actually part of a buy one, get one 50% off special, making it an even better deal. The Spry gum was not part of any additional sale beyond the regular Vitacost price, but we needed it and by piggybacking it onto this order, it shipped free.

In the video I talk about a few things that I wanted to link to to if you wished to learn more. First, I mentioned that I store my bulk grains in large food-grade plastic buckets with Gamma Seal lids. They provide an air-tight seal that keeps out moisture, critters, and prolongs freshness. They are a workout to get on the bucket at first, but after the initial set-up they are very easy to open and close. I love them.

I also mentioned a few recipes in the video that I make using some of the products that I ordered. These include my versatile gluten free flour mix, my favorite green smoothie, and my gluten free/dairy free banana bread with hemp seeds and chocolate chips.

I encourage you to do your own research to see how pricing compares to what is available near you. To give a sense of the prices during this deal, I have provided a sample of my purchase prices below. The promotion is no longer active, but Vitacost frequently offers various deals. You can sign up for their emails to be alerted of sales.

Prices are before tax and do not reflect the additional rebate received through ebates. For ease of comparison, I have converted pricing for “bulk” items into price per ounce or per pound as appropriate.

Lundberg Organic short grain brown rice $1.72/lb.
Arrowhead Mills organic brown rice flour: $1.52/lb.
Vitacost potato starch $1.60/lb.
Vitacost tapioca starch $1.60/lb.
Nutiva organic raw hemp seeds: $0.60/ounce
Glutino GF crackers: $2.74/box (4.4 oz.)
Ener-G GF pretzels: $2.39/bag (8 oz.)
Kinnikinnick GF graham crackers $3.29/box (8 oz.)

So what do you think, are these prices a good value for your area? If you want to give Vitacost a try, you can save $10 off your first purchase through this link. Do you have any healthy food resources to share?

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Barganic Alert! 20% off Cosmic Box

Crunchy Parent Barganic Alert! 20% off Cosmic Box-subscription box sale, coupon code

February is right around the corner, and Cosmic Box wants to share the love. They are offering 20% off your first month when you sign up for a subscription using the code COSMICLOVE. There are a few more days to sign up for the February box (which is almost sold out). Once those are gone subscriptions will start with the March box. Cosmic Box has also announced that beginning with the February box, they will now be including goodies to balance your chakras.

If you would like to see my prior reviews to get a sense of what Cosmic Box includes in their spirit-enchancing, cosmically positive subscription, you can check those out here.

Are you going to take advantage of this deal?

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Barganic Alert: Holistic Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Deals Continue

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. I had a great afternoon and evening with family and good friends. It was particularly special to see all of the little friends and cousins running around and playing together. It brings me great joy to start to make happy memories in our new home.

The deluge of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals is in full force. I will try to post deals that I think are significant and may be of interest for those looking to make healthier and more natural choices this holiday season and into the new year. Please share any deals that you may find in the comments.

Subscription Box Deals:

You all must know by now that I love crunchy-friendly subscription boxes, and I think that they make great gifts or gifts-to-self. The following subscriptions are all featured on my Ultimate Guide to Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes. You can find out more about each one there.

1. Beauty Heroes green beauty subscription is offering 10% off all gift subscriptions with the code CELEBRATE. Deal ends 11/30. See my Beauty Heroes reviews here.

2. La Ritzy vegan green beauty subscription service is offering 40% off your first box for any new subscription using the code BF40 . Deal ends 1/1/2016. I just received my first La Ritzy box this month (review to come) and have been enjoying the mix of skincare and cosmetic items included.

3. Love Goodly green lifestyle subscription box offering 20% off sitewide with code CYBERLOVE.

4. Yogi Surprise yoga lifestyle subscription box offering 25% off regular or jewelry subscriptions with code BLACKFRIDAY today only.

5. Causebox socially conscious lifestyle box offering 10% off subscriptions with code BLACKBOX valid 11/27 only through 11:59pm PST.

6. The Honest Company offering 50% off first subscription bundle with code BUNDLE50

7. Cuisine Cube is offering $10 off your first artisan, vegan, or gluten-free cube with code THANKSCUBE10.

8. Glowing Beets green beauty box is offering 50% off first box to new subscribers with code NEW50 and 30% off all shop purchases of $35+ with code GB30 through 11/30

9. Farm to People offering 20% off sitewide on their small-batch, non-GMO, humanely-raised food products with code blackfriday. Can be used on gift subscriptions (including gifts to self).

10. Healthy Surprise offering 20% off sitewide with code blackfriday25. Includes their gluten-free, GMO-free, and Paleo snack boxes.

Green Beauty:

1. Kahina Giving Beauty offering 20% off entire luxe skincare purchase with code KAHINA20 through 11/30.

2. 100% Pure is offering 40%-65% off on their Black Friday mystery bags. New customers may also qualify for $30 off $60 purchase through link provided. Ends today at 11:59pm PST.

3. W3ll People offering 20% off sitewide and free shipping on their green beauty cosmetic items. Deal runs through 11/30 at 11:59pm PST.

4. S. W. Basics green, natural skincare and body care items are all on sale up to 30% off today only. Use code VIP10 for an additional 10% off your purchase.

5. Birchbox is offering 25% off purchases with code BIGDEAL and 30% off for Aces members with code ACESONLY . Although Birchbox carries conventional beauty brands as well, they have great products from many green beauty brands including One Love Organics, Kahina Giving Beauty, Alima Pure, Inika, 21 Drops, and more.

6. Pharmaca is offering 30% off their health and wellness brands today only with code FRIDAY . Some exclusions apply, but includes great brands like Acure, Eminence Organic, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Motherlove, Pangea Organics, Suki, S. W. Basics, Zhena Gypsy Tea, Plan Toys, and Melissa & Doug.

Toys, Goodies, and Kid Things:

1. Natural Candy Store is offering candy specials on many holiday favorites. Some deals include 15% off gluten free, vegan, organic peppermint bark and 25% off organic English Toffee. As always, all candies are free of food dyes and artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, and they come highly recommended by the Halloween Fairy.

2. hanna Andersson offering all of their organic cotton longjohns (pajamas) for $20 through cyber weekend (regularly priced at $40-$46). All other items are an additional 15% off online and 25% off in stores.

3. CP Toys is offering 20% off your entire purchase today only with code CPT15TF. Although they carry a range of toys from more natural to more conventional, some of my favorite items include Tree Blocks and child-size tools, perfect for little learning hands to gain skills.

4. Magic Cabin, a popular natural toy resource for Waldorf, Montessori, and open-ended natural toys is offering up to 50% off on a selection of items in their Black Friday collection. Click through the link to see the complete range of items included.

I hope that you find some great deals that allow you to uphold your values without blowing your budget.

**Barganic Alerts are an effort to spread awareness about affordable crunchy goods and services (and here’s why). They are not endorsements. 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 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


mararie / Foter / CC BY-SA

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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Barganic Alert: Goodebox Offering Bonus Boxes of Green Beauty

Goodebox bonus boxes

As the weather shifts with the change of seasons, our skincare routine and cosmetic color selections tend to evolve as well. Just in time for autumn, Goodebox is offering a variety of limited edition Bonus Boxes to bring some fresh, new options to your green beauty collection. With six choices available, it is easy to find a box (or boxes) to help you embrace fall. All boxes are $30.00, with free shipping, and include at least one full size item. These look like great deals. Click on the individual boxes below for complete descriptions and to order.

Refresh & Renew
Your Night Out
Feel Nourished
Be Bold
Surprise Me
Surprise Me, Again!

These boxes are one-time purchases and will not initiate a Goodebox subscription. To learn more about Goodebox’s subscription service and other great green subscription box options, check out the Crunchy Parent Ultimate List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes, just updated for fall.

**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 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-Beauty Heroes Awesome Spoiler and $10 off your first box

Kahina Giving Beauty at A Night for Green Beauty

A sampling of Kahina Giving Beauty products at A Night for Green Beauty

I may have been living under a rock, but Beauty Heroes is a subscription service that just came across my radar and hasn’t even been listed yet on my Crunchy Parent List of Crunchy-Friendly Subscription Boxes (fall update will be soon though). Actually, when I first heard of Beauty Heroes, I thought that they were in the U.K. and unavailable to me. No idea why I thought that, but I did.

Thank goodness that I figured it out because Beauty Heroes is a subscription service offering 100% non-toxic, luxurious, green beauty products. They just released their spoiler for their September box and it is amazing. Kahina Giving Beauty is an elite green beauty brand with a conscience and a wonderful social mission. Their products only use the highest quality natural ingredients like prickly pear seed oil, sea buckthorn, aloe vera, and coffee; with argan oil as their signature ingredient. They source their argan oil from cooperatives of Berber women in Morocco, providing them with social and economic freedom. Kahina Giving Beauty was one of the very impressive brands at A Night for Green Beauty this year, and I have been using their facial cleanser regularly since the event.

Beauty Heroes has released their spoiler for their September box and it will include a FULL SIZE bottle of Kahina Giving Beauty’s Eye Serum (yes, that’s a $78 value) and (there’s an and) a travel size bottle of Kahina Giving Beauty’s moisturizing Facial Lotion (value $37.00), for a total box value of $115. For real. Better yet, order now using code HEROLOVE and get $10 off the regular $39 box price for your first box (shipping included). Yes, if you did the math that is $29 for $115 of luxe green beauty skincare.

Beauty Heroes allows you to skip a month if you choose for any reason and you can cancel at any time. I have a feeling that this is going to be a new favorite subscription for me.

What do you think, are you grabbing one? The September Beauty Heroes box can be purchased anytime before September 15th, but according to the Beauty Heroes site, the quantities may be limited.

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More Crunchy Giveaways: Cloth Diapers, Menstrual Cups, Wool Dryer Balls, and More!


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I am amazed by all of the great crunchy giveaways that I’m seeing everywhere. Where were these when I was building my cloth diaper stash? I’m excited to see menstrual cups becoming more widely accepted, they really are the greatest thing since sliced bread, if you ask me (and sometimes I sing their praises when people don’t even ask). Cloth dryer balls too? So simple and natural, yet I hear so effective. I must admit to not having tried them yet, even though I’ve made scads of wool balls for play (two-part tutorial here and here if you want to make your own). I’ll be crafting some plain ones for dryer use soon after we move into our new house next week, and I am happily reunited with all of my fluffy wool. Saving energy by cutting dryer time will be much appreciated on that electric bill. But enough of my chit chat, go enter and win yourself some great prizes. Good luck to everyone!

1. Cloth Diaper Geek and Green Planet Baby Giveaway: Win one of two prize packages; the winner’s choice of either a Diva Cup menstrual cup and a Glad Rags cloth pantyliner or a Glad Rags Daytime and Nighttime Set Total Value: not stated Enter Until: Friday August 7th

2. Cloth Diaper Whisperer Pink Lemonade Menstrual Cloth Giveaway: Win a $25 Pink Lemonade Menstrual Cloth Prize Package. Total Value: $25.00 Enter Until: Wednesday August 5th.

3. Dirty Diaper Laundry Lena Menstrual Cup Giveaway: Win a Lena Cup Menstrual Cup Total Value: approximately $39.95 Enter Until: Thursday August 6th.

4. Keeper/Mooncup Giveaway: Win a Keeper or Moon Cup Menstrual Cup Total Value: approximately $35.00 Enter Until: Monday August 31, 2015 at 10pm EST.

5. Not Quite Crunchy Mommy Wooly Naturals Wool Dryer Ball Giveaway: Win a set of six organic wool dryer balls. Total Value: approximately $25.00 Enter Until: Wednesday August 12th, 12:00 AM CST.

6. Grinning Cheek to Cheek Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Giveaway: Win a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper of your choice. Total Value: not stated Enter Until: Monday August 10th,11:59 PM CST

7. Latched on Mom Kushy Tushy Giveaway: Win a Kushy Tushy AI2 Cloth Diaper. Total Value: $24.99 Enter Until: Tuesday August 18th

8. Viva Veltoro Accessorize Your Stash Giveaway: Win a prize package featuring Buttons Cloth Diapers, LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls, and Spray PalTotal Value: over $150.00 Enter Until: Monday August 17th,10:59 PM CST

**Some of the above may be affiliate links. I don’t actually think that any are, but ‘m not 100% sure, so I’m going with better safe than sorry on this one**

**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 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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