Friday, January 10, 2014

Saving with Wildtree

The first questions people always ask me when it comes to Wildtree always surround the prices. 

How can you SAVE money when the food is so EXPENSIVE?!

WHY does it cost so much more than the grocery store?!

Then the simple statement: I cant afford to feed my family this food.

I used to think the same way! I would see prices of $7-$10 for a jar of this or that blend and immediately write it off as "too rich for my blood!" :) To be honest, I still see some of the items as a splurge, but there are definite money savers, not to mention the health benefits. So let's dig in!

#1 Macaroni and Cheese

A kid classic! I don't think I've ever met a kid who didn't love this stuff! 
But, we all know how gross it is. The ingredients list gives it away! It's also not that cheap when you think about it. If your kids are eating this as their entire meal, which...let's face it a lot of kids probably need a box for every two kids. I have 3 kids, one is a preteen, I would need two boxes of this to feed them.

Wildtree offers a product called Kids Cheez, which is essentially the "cheese packet" that comes in the above box but with no preservatives, dyes, MSG, etc. It is an organic, dare I say healthy product.

A jar of this has several servings, so you mix this ^ with a box of this 

And BOOM, you have plenty of Mac and cheese for the family, and it's healthier, AND you have plenty of the blend left over for next time. Another $1 box of pasta will feed your mac and cheese loving kids!

#2 Dip

Another staple in my house is dip. My kids LOVE dip for their pretzels.

So when I got my huge box of Wildtree goodies, the first thing I made was Dill Dip. 


Plus this

Equals dip for days. Many of us keep sour cream in the fridge all the time for various recipes so what this jar of delicious dill dip blend does for me is knock an item completely off my grocery list. Sure it's a $2-$4 item depending on the brand you buy but if it's a staple on your grocery list every week, that savings will add up! Not to mention it's healthier, and you can control the amount you make which reduces waste.

#3 Spaghetti

2 of my 3 kids could eat spaghetti everyday...the third likes it in small doses. Unfortunately for him, majority rules, and mommy like spaghetti too so it's a weekly dinner go to.

This was our go to spaghetti sauce

Because it was healthier, and it tasted fresher than other brands. This retails for close to $4 but I justified the price bc when mixed with a $1 box of spaghetti I was essentially feeding my family of 5 for $1 per meal (before the meatballs and garlic bread). Now this is my go to:

Mixed with

This can costs me about $1.50! So there is another $2.50 savings every week, and it tastes so fresh and delicious!

#4 Pizza

This needs no explanation. I think most people agree that pizza is delicious, and amazing, and delicious. :) Healthy? Well that's a horse or a different color...

It sure is good though! Which is why I'm so thrilled to know that Wildtree offers products that let me feed my family PIZZA, and feel good knowing they didn't just eat their weight in insecticides, preservatives, dyes, GMOs, you get my point.

So, pizza in our house looks like this:

I think it goes without saying that this is much cheaper than delivery.

#5 Dessert

Who doesn't love dessert?! Especially CHOCOLATE! Boxes of cookies and candies are expensive, and we all know they are filled with absolute crap. Delicious crap...but crap nonetheless. A bag of Oreos is about $3-$4, one little candy bar at checkout is almost a buck by itself, and they're just horrible for you! For basically no time at all, you could have this:

All you need are these

And you have a dessert that is made from a certified organic product.

So, there you have it! Yummy food that is good for your family, and saves you money at the grocery store. These meals cost me even less because I signed up as a Wildtree rep and got a HUGE box of food for pennies on the dollar. If you would like to get these savings too, now is the time! During January business kits are half price! Visit: to find out how you can start saving today!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It's Here!!

Yay my Wildtree box arrived today and I'm SO excited to share it with you guys! I had an idea of what to expect but the amount of product, especially full size product, was really shocking!

Here it is, all laid out! Don't you just love food porn?! :)

Here is a list of everything I received:

Full size bottles of: Roasted Garlic Grapeseed oil, European Dipping oil, Butter Grapeseed oil, Zesty Lemon Grapeseed oil, and Natural Grapeseed oil
Full size Quick Beer Bread mix plus 4 samples
Full size Alfredo Extraordinaire plus 4 samples
Mexican Skillet, 4 samples
Just Like Mom's Meatloaf, 2 samples
Full size Scampi Blend
Chocolate Mousse, 7 samples
Full size Wildy Blueberry Jam
Very Berry Cheesecake Blend, 5 samples
Full size Asian Ginger Plum Dressing
Full size Wicked Good Slow Cooker sauce
Full size Organic Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Hearty Spaghetti Sauce mix, 4 samples
Dill Dip Blend, 4 samples
Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Blend, 4 samples
Garlic Galore Dip, 2 samples
Hot Chili Pepper and Garlic Blend, 6 samples
JalapeƱo Pepper Blend, 4 samples
Full Size Taco Seasoning, plus 4 samples
Guacamole Seasoning, 4 samples

And, the most exciting part...the full set of 8 "The Best of Wildtree" Blends!!
-Dill Dip Blend
-Scampi Blend
-Rancher Steak Rub
-Fajita Seasoning Blend
-Garlic and Herb Blend
-Lemon Rosemary Blend
-Cajun Seasoning
-Hearty Spaghetti Sauce Blend

HOLY WOW! That is a LOT of food!! Coming up soon I'll be posting a two week menu plan featuring all Wildtree inspired dinners, snacks, and desserts. It will take me a bit to dig through recipes and put it all together, but it will be awesome!

If you're interested in scoring all the food I mentioned above, plus making money working from home, Wildtree is offering their Business Kit for 1/2 off this month (January 2014) only. Normally it costs $99 plus tax and shipping, but right now you can get it all for $49.50 plus shipping and tax. My total came to $71.02 for a kit valued at $260+ before shipping. I'm convinced I'll save at least $71 on my next grocery haul just by incorporating Wildtree products into my meal plan, but I'll talk more about that next time. :) To join, you need to do the following:

Go to:

Click on "our opportunity" at the top of the page

On the right, click "getting started"

Click the link that says "Wildtree representative agreement form"

Click "representative enrollment"

There you go! You'll be on your way to a fun hobby, or career, whichever you choose...and if nothing else you'll be on your way to getting a HUGE box of delicious organic food like what you see in my picture!! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014


So I get that I suck at this blogging everyday thing...but I think I have a pretty valid excuse this time. 

We're all dying.

Ok, that's a bit dramatic...we all felt like we were dying though.

Remember the "swine" flu? H1N1. Satan in flu form...all that great stuff? My entire family got it. 

On Christmas.

I think we're at the tail end of it now, the boys are still all gunky and whiny, Dave and Kenzi were the first to bounce ears and throat are still sore and I'm using Benadryl as a crutch to pass out at night and stay asleep all night...but I think we'll live. ;)

So the only thing worse than having the your husband having the flu. Men just don't cope we'll with the sicky ickys do they?! Thankfully though, Dave has been a saint taking care of us since he's been feeling better. Poor little Jack has been affected the most. He is still feeling bad but nothing compared to last week. This picture was not his finest moment...

Poor sick little dude. :( 

I have some blog ideas for when we're all healthy again, so stay tuned...and stay warm! 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Introducing Wildtree

A few months ago a friend was looking for party hosts for her new business. I volunteered because I was interested in the products and thought it would be a great way to sample what Wildtree had to offer and we were not disappointed!  The sample package contained lots of yummy mixes that we used on chicken, in meatloaf, a skillet meal...there were even dessert mixes! Everything was delicious and I decided at some point I would give Wildtree a deep look when I had the time.

I ended up getting busy and forgetting the whole thing, as I tend to do if I don't leave reminders for myself EVERYWHERE but I came across a post on Facebook that said during the month of January, all new host packages would be half off. Instead of paying $99 to sign up as a Wildtree rep, the cost was only $49.50! Saving 50% on anything is enough to peak my interest but when it's saving 50% on something I've tried, and that I know I can get behind, the deal instantly became much I took the plunge!!

So, I've never done the "direct sales" thing...but I did manage to fundraiser for my daughters adoption, which was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life! If I can do that, surely I can sell delicious healthy FOOD right?! I'm not looking to become a millionaire, honestly I would be thrilled to just make back the cost of the package and keep up with Wildtree's sales goals ($350 every quarter I believe...I could be wrong...if so forgive me, I'm a newbie!). The most important part to me is sharing a tasty way to eat better. I know I have a lot of pounds to lose, and there are other people with weight loss goals, or just "eat better" goals in general, and this is a great way to get started! I know I'm bothered by the amount of junk that hides out in my kids favorite foods, it bothers me that I can't even pronounce certain ingredients that go into their little bodies, so for my family Wildtree is going to act as one way we get organic, healthy, natural foods back into our kitchen. 

I'm so excited to get my "business package" and see what all they've included for us to use for parties, or send as samples. If you're interested in signing up for yourself, or hosting a party, or if you would like to sample a product or place an order, please don't hesitate to comment and I'll get back to you ASAP! I can't wait to post pictures of the pretty Wildtree box and all the goodies it contains!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Resolution(s)

I have never been a "resolution" type of girl...I figured why set myself up for failure right? This year is different though...I have a lot I need to accomplish and I think starting fresh on the first day of the year is a great kickoff spot.

I'm going to break these resolutions down into "phases" in order to make them more manageable, and to avoid getting carried I tend to do. :)


I really need to Declutter, organize, and deep clean. We need a few indoor upgraded but aside from touch up paint those are on the late-in-the-year or next year to-do list. We will use this year to save up for bigger projects and keep clutter at bay.


- Clean out all cabinets, toss everything we don't use or need into boxes for a yard sale. Organize.
- Redo our homeschool nook. Make it more efficient, toss broken crayons, dried up markers, replace items as needed. Organize.
- Pull out the fridge and give it a good scrub inside and out, as well as behind and underneath. Replacing kitchen appliances is "on the list" but we're going to hold out a bit longer because I also want to paint the cabinets, install tile backsplash, and upgrade counter tops. Gotta save, save, save!
- Same with stove, pull it away from the wall and clean behind, under, and inside and out.
- Take everything off of counter tops and give them a good scrub.
- Go through small appliances, put unused ones in yard sale box.
- Replace plastic plates/tumblers, buy more cutlery since a certain husband leaves my forks at work all the time. :-/
- Clean out deep freezer, toss stuff that has accumulated but no one eats, defrost, pull away from the wall and scrub everything.
- Organize shoe bin, toss too-small shoes in yard sale box. Scrub.
- Replace seat covers on dining set, and buy scotch guard so they don't get ruined in 12 seconds. One of my furniture upgrades is a new dining set. I really want a farm table with 4 chairs and a 2 person bench, matching barstools, and a new hutch. save save so I need to stretch out what I have now! :)
- Give the sliding doors a good scrub, vacuum around the bottom. Another upgrade here...switching to French doors!
- Deep clean pantry, organize.
- Buy/replace a few "staples" (cookie sheets, etc)

So...there is part one, room one! I'll update with progress pics as I manage to get through it!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Dedicated to a Friend

Today one of my favorite people moved to a small town only an hour from me. For the sake of her privacy I won't call her out by name but I can't even begin to explain how happy I am! It's like all the chips that will make 2014 the best year ever are falling into place! 

I met this friend several years ago when we were both struggling to conceive, when we had one kid between the two of us (my Dylan) and over the years we have watched each others families grow, and complete...each of us with one husband, two sons, one daughter, and two dogs. How crazy is that?! 

We've seen each other through cross country moves, husbands changing career paths, difficult pregnancies and NICU babies. Even though we both lack filters and both turn evil when we're PMSing we've never fought. We support each other through marital squabbles, and never trash the others husband...we just listen and offer each other advice. She got me through a lot of difficult times, especially with Kenzi's adoption and open heart surgery, and I hope I've been there for her as much as she's been there for me.

It's always fun to have that friend you can be an absolute nut with, who you can giggle and have inside jokes with, invent completely ridiculous scenarios with, and of course send hilarious meme's to in the middle of the night...because if one of us is up with a screaming child, obviously the other one should be up too. ;) Somedays we chat nonstop during the day about anything and everything, Somedays we get busy doing family stuff and don't catch up til late at night, but I honestly can't remember the last time we've gone more than a day without talking! I never had a sister, and because I married someone so much older than me my husbands nieces and nephew have never called or considered me an aunt. The fact that I'm going to have a "sister" to  bond with and "nephews" and a "niece" to spoil means SO    much to me!!

I have never had a lot of friends, ever. I wasn't popular, I was an awkward ugly duckling and no one really wanted to waste time on me. I would like to believe that I'm a nice person, when someone is deserving of niceness, but I also don't sugar coat my true feelings either. My biggest pet peeve is grown women acting like spoiled little children so if you've been the victim of my ribbing due to your own immaturity, then I sincerely do not apologize. ;) So, I'm either brutally honest with people or I "hide" them online, unfriend them on Facebook, go o it of my way to avoid them like the plague in real life, because to me life is too short to waste it on losers. I guess that not being a cordial "smile and wave even if you can't stand them" can and will severely limit the quantity of people who want to be involved in your life, and that is totally ok! I have a handful of friends who I'm always happy to talk to, listen to, help through times off crisis, and who I know genuinely have my back as I have theirs and that means the world to me. This specific friend is the ONLY one who is now officially "local" and I could not be happier!!!

So, to my dear friend...I'm so happy that you are now a "neighbor" and my hope is that in having a friend close by your life becomes a tad bit easier and that you know you have a support system here. We both know what it's like to feel overwhelmed and alone, living in a place where we have very little family, or none at all at times, no one why happily volunteers to take the kids for the day because they know you deserve a break and because they genuinely want to spend time with their "niece and nephews". I'm so excited to work on DIY projects with you and have lunch's going to be amazing, and maybe even our hubbies will strike up a bromance! Yay for fate landing us together in Tennessee, and yay for 2014 being the best year ever, but most of all...yay for knowing I'm TOTES the 4th girl in that picture ^ and being my friend anyway. :P

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Letting Go

2013 was overall a great year for me. I learned a lot about myself, I learned some painful life lessons, and most amazingly my marriage grew stronger through every up and down. One of the most important things I learned was about letting go. Letting go of anger and hurt, letting go of people who don't play a positive role in my life, and letting go of the guilt associated with burning bridges that needed to be burned. 

I've always struggled with guilt. I'm known for hurting myself emotionally in order to spare others feelings, but that needs to stop, and 2013 taught me that lesson. I hold onto things for far too long, and let things eat away at me long after the person who caused the pain has stopped caring about how their words and actions might dig and sting. I need to work through pain, anger, and the like then release it and move on. Grudges don't help anyone. 

Today I wrote a letter to someone who has been a source of misery for me for a long time. This person is cold, calculating, and ugly inside. I dont know why people like her are placed in our lives, perhaps it's do we develop patience, or a thicker skin, but today her hold on my mood was taken away. I wrote her a letter, then I burned it, then I forgave her for hurting me. She will never hold a place in my life again. 2014 will be different. It will be peaceful, it will be free of the people I've been cordial to out of a sense of necessity. 2014 will be about giving the best of me to the people I love. 

I already feel like I've been set free.