Healthy, Crunchy, Hippy Me (Plus a GIVEAWAY!!)

hippy Tonight I had a house party for Healthy Child, Healthy World. I frankly can’t remember how I signed up, but it involved products from Yo Baby and Seventh Generation, two companies I already support and buy from so it seemed like a good fit. We watched a powerful video about keeping our children safe from toxins in the environment and in their food and I was struck by how far I have come in a year. Let me break it down for you.

  • I bake all our bread from scratch
  • I belong to a CSA
  • I buy all organic, local, grass fed beef, chickens, and dairy
  • I hired a cleaning company that uses all natural products to clean my house
  • I am about ready to start a major purge in my house of plastic toys
  • We have thrown out all plastic storage containers and bottles and replaced with BPA free
  • I use only reusable shopping bags
  • I cook almost all our food from scratch and try and use local, organic food when possible
  • I replace my beloved cleaning wipes with non-toxic alternatives
  • I bought local, in season produce and canned, froze and made jam from it
  • I stopped shaving my legs and armpits

Ok, that last one was just to see if you were paying attention. I still shave. Please don’t check my legs in the winter.

You guys, I just started these changes gradually in January. It wasn’t really a “resolution”, but I had seen and read too much to ignore things anymore. So we just started doing a few things at a time and look where we are now. Nothing was overnight, nothing was drastic. Everything was a baby step here and there that adds up to a lot of changes over 8 months.

As my friends and I sat around tonight everyone talked about changes they have made in their families. I was relieved to see everyone had areas they still needed to probably make changes to, but everyone WAS making changes. It was so encouraging and empowering.

One of the big reasons I started to make changes was because of several blogs I began reading that had different lifestyles than me. Lifestyles that I frankly at one time would have written off as “out there” and “crazy. But little by little they won me over to their crazy, crunchy ways. And I love them for it.

One of those bloggers is a local West Michigan girl, Kelly, over at Kelly the Kitchen Kop. And if you want to dip your toes in the world of “Real Food”, she has the perfect way for you to do it. Real Food For Rookies is an online e-course starting on September 16th with 12 weeks of online classes including videos, downloadable audios, and written materials. But unlike real school, you can watch those classes at your leisure and you have access to them for life. You don’t really have to be a “rookie” to sign up for the class, as I learned very clearly tonight, we all have more we can learn. Here is Kelly to tell you all about the class.

Enrollment ends on Sept 5th and only costs $10 a class. You can sign up from Real Food For Rookies here. And yes, it an affiliate link, but I have been asked to promote other things many times and haven’t because it wasn’t a good fit for me or my readers. I really believe in Kelly and what she is teaching and I know you will learn a ton. I know I have so much more to learn.

If you want to learn, Kelly has generously offered one of my readers a FREE e-course. HOLLA!! That is a $120 value. To enter, leave me a comment telling me why you want to take the course. For extra entries (leave a SEPARATE comment for each one):

Winner will be chosen on Monday August 30th at random. Good luck!!


  1. I can’t see the video but I do know of Kelly! I found her recently when I was doing some research on coconut oil. We started making small changes a couple of years ago and then just became stagnant last year when we moved here. I’d really like to start back up on making changes in the way our family eats!
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  2. I’d love some help making some more small changes that will add up.

  3. I really want to start making my own bread for my family, but they like the taste of store-bought bread for their sandwiches.
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  4. I follow you on twitter.
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  5. Those are a LOT of changes. I’m hoping to integrate a couple of them over the next few months. But I can’t promise that I’ll be giving up plastic…
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  6. I may be looking for a cleaning person/company in the next few months and was wondering if you could share the name of yours. I think it’s really great they use all natural products.

  7. I have been making the exact same changes since January myself. It was after I watched Food Inc. I’d love to win this to learn even more!

  8. I now follow Kelly on Twitter. @lavonnelong is my username.
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  9. I already follow you on Twitter. @lavonnelong is my username.
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  10. I am a Facebook fan already.
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  11. nicolerenae says:

    I know I need to make some changes to our families diet and I don’t know where to start! I’ve made some very small ones, but some more direction would be very helpful!

  12. nicolerenae says:

    I like the Diaper Diaries on facebook!

  13. This isn’t a contest entry, just a regular comment. :)

    I SO know what you mean about these changes gradually creeping into our lives. The other day I was unloading groceries from my reuseable shopping bags and farm-share box, reminding myself that I needed to take our diapers out of the washer and hang them up to dry, and I thought WHO AM I???? Crazy huh. :)
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  14. Holly Williams says:

    Jill, You are amazing what you have accomplished in 8 months!

    I would love to learn and start with baby steps. This is awesome. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Holly Williams says:

    I subscribe to double “D” !

  16. I would love to win this because I dabble in healthy eating and home cooking for a while, then go back to my old ways, and on and on. I always say I want to take a course like this but then the cost scares me away, which is actually crap because I know I spend more than what this costs on junk food and Starbucks.
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  17. I subscribe via google reader.
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  18. I like the Diaper Diaries on Facebook.
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  19. Christie says:

    So I’m not quite ready to quit shaving (and I don’t think my hubby would want me to!!) But I really do need to make some changes to our lives to help protect our earth. I hope this video series of classes would motivate me to start with the necessary changes!

  20. You helped to inspire me to start baking our own bread. :) I love it. I have a lo with severe eczema which we believe is mainly related to food allergies (He’s only 9 months…so its still a bit of guess work). I’m trying to learn to live a dairy and gluten-free life. Tough. Any nuggets of wisdom that I would learn from the class would be wonderful!
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  21. Jill,

    First off, so great for your family. It is a lot of work to make those changes, but so worth it. I have a few questions. First, where do you buy your meats/dairy from? Also, do you still get your eggs at the farm near church and are happy with them? Lastly, any bread making tips in terms of making it easier? I have a bread maker I use a lot, but more to go with soup, etc. We use 4 different types of breads in our home due to food allergies and I think starting to make our own bread is a great solution, but a “daily loaf” seems a bit overwhelming.

  22. One thing for our family is making homemade ice cream..that’s a good change right?? :) I’m slowly implementing fresh veggies, buying free range, organic chicken, and get local milk in glass bottles (yum!). Sounds like a fantastic web-inar!!
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  23. Janice says:

    I have been slowly transitioning into the NT lifestyle but I feel that each step is such a learning process. I think that this class would break down some of the basics for me and give me the confidence to do much more.

  24. This course would be so great. I’m just at the start of my real food journey and need all the help I can get!!

  25. I’d love to take that class – mainly because I’m sure I read some of the same blogs you do, and you’re right, they’re pretty convincing. You just can’t ignore the facts sometimes.
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  26. I follow Kelly on twitter

  27. and of course I follow you on twitter (you’re one of my favorites :)

  28. Nicole H. says:

    I would love this as I have been working the last year to get rid of the chemicals in our diet (even though I caved and got a frozen pizza yesterday for lunch). I always knew the importance of diet and exercise, but since my dad’s sudden death, I KNOW how important preventative health is. People call me crazy, but telling you – you lose someone like that and your view changes. Sorry I missed the party – I would LOVE to catch up with you and learn more. We were back in Missouri with family.

  29. I’m glad I came back over here to look up the link for Kelly’s video b/c I forgot to add my extra entries comments!!
    I follow you on Twitter, of course!
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  30. I follow Kelly on Twitter!
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  31. Annnd, I like you on Facebook!
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