Sun Basket: Healthy Cooking Made Easy

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I was recently contacted by Sun Basket to try out their meal delivery service and am excited to share my experience with all of you. Please know, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own and even though I received a complimentary Sun Basket box to test out, I was not compensated in any way to write this review.

What is Sun Basket?

Sun Basket is a new healthy meal kit service that delivers organic ingredients and delicious, easy-to-make recipes for cooking at home. Sun Basket makes it easy to cook healthy, with Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options, plus healthy breakfasts. Get 3 recipes per week for 2, 4 or 6 people, delivered to your door in recyclable packaging that can be shipped back – free- for reuse. Recipes are created by Executive Chef Justine Kelly, formerly head chef at James Beard award-winning restaurant The Slanted Door in San Francisco.

My kitty, Frankie, was curious about the Sun Basket box.
My kitty, Frankie, was curious about the Sun Basket box.

 

Sun Basket food:

  • Organic non-GMO produce from the best West Coast farms
  • Sustainably sourced, hormone-free meats and seafood
  • Easy, healthy 30-minute recipes designed for minimal cleanup
  • Recipes developed by an award-winning San Francisco chef
  • All recipes are approved by our in-house nutritionist

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Sun Basket meal plans:

  • Healthy meal plans including: Paleo-friendly, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options, plus breakfast
  • 3 recipes per week, with meal plans for 2, 4 or 6 people
  • Choose any meals you like each week. You can even double or triple up on a recipe. Currently shipping to CA, OR, WA, CO, UT, AZ, NV and ID

Sun Basket packaging:

  • Carefully packaged to stay fresh in the box for 8 hours after delivery
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Free delivery and free return shipping so we can recycle and reuse the materials

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My Sun Basket Meal Review:

Naturally, I opted for the paleo meal options, which included kale, butternut squash and Italian sausage soup, braised chicken arrabbiata with celery root mash, and steak with purple sweet potato and roasted red pepper sauce. This is the first time I’ve ever experienced a meal delivery service and I must say, it was awesome. Everything was delivered in one organized box and it was all fresh! Ingredients were already measured out for recipes and in individual bags (meat was separate though), so it was easy to keep track of everything.

Kale, butternut squash and Italian sausage soup

All the recipes were delicious, especially the soup and chicken arrabbiata. We were actually surprised how incredible they tasted — even better than we imagined. I’ve actually made the soup again on my own since then. The sweet potato and steak meal was alright, but we both had a lot of grizzle on our sirloin steaks, especially Jesse. I think it would have been better with a different cut of beef. The roasted sweet potatoes and mushrooms were great though.

I can totally see myself using this service again. I enjoy cooking and creating on my own, but this is so handy and a nice break from having to think about what I’m making for dinner. It’s also great for getting new and easy recipe ideas. For those of you with extra busy schedules, lack of direction or motivation in the kitchen, not knowing what to eat, poor cooking skills, etc., I highly recommend trying this out. Sun Basket makes it so easy. And, it’s good! The meals actually look like the pictures too!

Interested in trying Sun Basket for yourself? Visit HERE to learn more and sign up now to receive $30 off your first box!

For more information, please visit https://sunbasket.com/home or Facebook, InstagramPinterest or Twitter.

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New York, I Love You

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Grafitti I spotted in the Lower East Side.

I recently got back from an incredible trip to New York City and am still feeling high from all the excitement and energy. I’m almost at a loss for words as to how amazing this trip was. I went for a wellness/self-care/inspirational conference called, “I Can Do It!,” with a good friend (two other friends also joined us for the conference piece), but had extra days before and after to explore. The entire experience made me feel so alive, revived, grateful, loved and more connected to myself. I came out of my shell a bit, learned a lot, observed, wandered, bonded and reminisced. It was also the first time that I really took a girl’s trip and I realize that it’s something I need to keep doing. It was amazing. Also, I totally loved NYC and am definitely not done with that city. My friend and I are already planning our next trip back, but we plan to stay in Brooklyn next time. We’re shooting for late September or early October of next year. Meanwhile, we did and saw a lot on this trip, and there was no shortage of amazing food and drinks.

Oh, and the first night we arrived, I found out that I passed my Yoga Tune Up® written exam! It was an awesome way to kick off my trip, especially because I worked so hard on it. If you recall, I did the week-long, in-person piece of the teacher training back in October. Anyway, I’m pretty stoked about all of this and what’s to come!

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Grand Central Terminal. This place is magical.
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Flatiron building.
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More cool graffiti in the Lower East Side.
Dinner at Cookshop after the first day of the conference. This place was incredible.
Dinner at Cookshop after the first day of the conference. This place was incredible and came highly recommended by a friend of mine who recently moved from Manhattan to Portland.
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Rockefeller Center. The tree is under that construction on the right. They were getting it ready!
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NBC Studios
Got to reconnect with this great lad who now lives in Brooklyn. We go back to high school!
Got to reconnect with this great lad.

During my trip, I also got to spend some time with my cousin, Carol who lives in Brooklyn. My friend and I dined with her on two different occasions and she also gave us a little driving tour around parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Additionally, I was able to catch up with someone I was very close with in high school and part of college (we also dated for a long time), who also lives in Brooklyn (he’s in the pic above). Visiting with him was definitely a trip down memory lane and we shared so many laughs. We were both much younger and in a different place in our lives the last time we interacted, but it almost felt like time hadn’t skipped a beat — except that we’re both in a much better place now. It was very special.

A misty walk through Central Park.
A misty walk through Central Park.
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My friend, Heather, me, and my cousin, Carol at Extra Fancy in Brooklyn (Williamsburg, specifically). This is where my friend works and he whipped us up some amazing cocktails.
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Katz’s Deli! I ate some awesome pastrami and pickles here. It’s a nuthouse inside, but the pastrami is epic.
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Chelsea Market.
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Getting ready to dine at Hu Kitchen.
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The Highline. A city park up above, on old railroad tracks. It’s really cool.

Meanwhile, below you’ll find some awesome stuff I jotted down at the conference, and there’s much more too! All the speakers were incredible and I gathered so much from each and every one. The conference was seriously chill-worthy. The picture below is of Dr. Christiane Northrup during her talk. I also got to hear from Cheryl Richardson, Nancy Levin, Mike Dooley, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Kris Carr, Nick Ortner, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Gabrielle Bernstein and Dr. Barbara De Angelis. Dr. Wayne Dyer was also supposed to be a presenter, but as some of you may know, he passed away a few months ago. There was a touching tribute for him on the first day of the conference though. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what I have to share below.

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Dr. Christiane Northrup at the I Can Do It! conference.
  • Sensitivity is a great gift. Protect it! It’s okay to be sensitive. Care for it, so it can flourish and bring even better art to the world. Desensitizing does not support our creativity.
  • Internal conversations get passed down generationally.
  • When you ask the universe to support you, take action when it does. Set intentions and act on them!
  • The voices in our head keep us small. The voices in our head want to keep us “safe.”
  • Our present moment choice predicts our future. It’s our crystal ball.
  • Give ourselves space to be with the unknown. It’s in the unknown where opportunities and possibilities exist.
  • Our belief systems are put into place by the age of 11!
  • Age is just a mindset. It’s constant thoughts. We need to step out of the “age cage.”
  • The moment you believe you’re a victim is the moment you lose power.
  • You are a master of your genetics. You are not a victim of your heredity.
  • If people are in harmony with you, then your energy and their energy entangle. This = good vibes. Bad vibes = losing power, energy is out of harmony with your energy, energy is weak.
  • Vibration is the primary communication between all organisms.
  • Change the picture in your mind and your mind is completely changed.
  • Life is uncertain and in that uncertainty is where we find joy — where the magic is.
  • Say yes to your life. Say yes to your passion. Say yes to using your voice.
  • Life is not something that happens to us — we happen to life.
  • If you don’t address traumas, they’re going to keep coming up in your life. Traumatic events get locked in the body. We need to go back and rewrite the events. We need to heal. “If you want to clean the house, you have to see the dirt.”
  • All the negative aspects we think are previously coded events.
  • We think 60,000 – 70,000 thoughts in one day. 90% of those thoughts are from the previous day.
  • By the time you’re 35 years old, you’re on autopilot 95% of the time.
  • Miracles are natural and when they’re not occurring, something has gone wrong.
  • Live the path of choosing again moment-to-moment.
  • Sometimes, spirit shakes us awake with things that get our attention. This is out of love!
  • We are wired for greatness, for maximum capacity, for maximum light. Our circuits get unplugged and we forget to plug back in. It’s not because we’re not capable.
  • Shift from thinking of things you’re doing as good or bad to, “what’s the vibrational impact?” Cultivate expansion and eliminate contraction. Think to yourself, “what am I choosing in this moment? What’s a more enlightened choice I can make right now?”
  • Be a force of love.
  • The hardest thing about change is not making the same choices you did the day before. It’s gonna be uncomfortable.
  • Be defined by a vision of the future instead of a memory from the past.
  • Lean towards joy and you will be led. If you’re ready to create more success in your life, make joy a priority. Be deeply grounded in that joy. Joy is your birth right!
  • Show up for your light.
  • The greatest gift we have is giving voice to our truth. And, when we do, there is no wrong way to live our life.
  • Whatever you didn’t get from your mother and father, you’ll probably try getting from your significant other.
  • We draw people that reflect back to us.
  • Reclaim what we’re not taking responsibility for in ourselves. Every time we point a finger, there’s three fingers pointing back at us.
  • You always have the strength to choose how to engage. Be open for what’s coming.

Halloween Essential Oils Promo

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Hey friends! I want to let all of you know that I am currently running a sweet Halloween deal and it’s one that won’t rot your teeth or your gut! Through October 31st at 11:59 p.m. PST, anyone that joins Young Living as a member and signs up for a Premium Starter Kit with me will receive a FREE 15 ml bottle of Clove essential oil, plus $20 worth of reference materials. Clove is a wonderful oil to diffuse during the fall and winter to support the immune system, and can even be used for cooking (pumpkin pie, anyone?). Its aroma is spicy, warm and comforting.

To take advantage of this promo, please email me at paleoinportland@gmail.com with HALLOWEEN typed into the subject line. Do this once you checkout and confirm your Young Living order. For detailed instructions on how to sign up, visit HERE. Or, if you’re ready to sign up now, visit HERE. Make sure my Young Living member number, 2225243 is in both the enroller and sponsor box when you sign up. Also, if you’re not already in my secret essential oils Facebook group and want to be, join HERE.

Please note, this deal is for U.S. residents only.

August Essential Oils Promo!

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*THIS PROMO HAS NOW ENDED!*

As some of you may know, I’m a dedicated user and lover of Young Living essential oils. I love that I’m able to use them to make my own products (cleaning, beauty care, etc.) and support whole body wellness.

With that said, if any of you are interested in getting started with Young Living essential oils, there is a great deal going on right now. Now through August 31st, if you join Young Living as a wholesale member and order a Premium Starter Kit, you will receive $10 off your kit! This new and improved kit is valued at over $300 and you can get it for $150 (with the home or dewdrop diffuser option). This literally never happens!

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This is a rare opportunity in and of itself, but I am sweetening the deal! If you sign up with me, use the promo code AUGUST31 to receive the following welcome gift:

  • A beautiful diffuser necklace! Put a drop or two of oil on a slice of cork or a leather disc and enjoy the fragrance all day long.
  • Abundance Roll-on. Contains Orange, Frankincense, Patchouli, Clove, Ginger, Myrrh, Cinnamon and Spruce. Open up the possibilities that life offers, and supports digestion, respiratory health and immunity.
  • $20 worth of reference materials. This will teach you how to use your oils in your daily life.

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These FREE bonuses are worth $40. Factor in the $10 discount on the kit, and it’s an incredible deal!

Step-by-step instructions on how to sign up to get your discounted kit and my bonuses are below.

If you’d like to learn more about Young Living and the Premium Starter Kit, visit the essential oil page on my blog.

How to sign up for your Young Living Starter Kit:

  1. Go to the Young Living sign-up page.
  2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (This will get you the discount). Fill everything out and create your password and pin.
  3. Pick the Premium Starter Kit and choose your diffuser. Skip the Essential Rewards stuff for now unless you’re really ready to do it.
  4. Confirm your order. I have had many folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and show you your order again, and will then make you enter your payment information again.
  5. Once your payment is confirmed, send me an email at paleoinportland@gmail.com with the promo code AUGUST31 in the subject line. Then, I’ll get your goodies sent to you right away!

Remember, this offer is only good through August 31st! Sign-up now before it’s too late! 

*Please note: deal is for U.S. residents only.

24-Hour Flash Essential Oils Deal!

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Been thinking of getting started with essential oils? Today may be your day! If you sign up for a Premium Starter Kit with me in the next 24 hours (technically you have a little more than 24 hours), you will receive a 15 ml bottle of Orange essential oil AND a 400-page essential oil pocket reference guide FREE as a welcome gift from me! This deal ends tomorrow, April 30 at 10pm PST.

Orange essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit, while providing a calming effect on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind. I love diffusing it in my home diffuser and also rubbing it on my feet at bedtime.

The Premium Starter Kit includes 11 Young Living Essential Oils, (Lavender, Citrus Fresh, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Stress Away, Thieves, PanAway, Purification & Joy), a Home Diffuser, samples of oils and the antioxidant drink Ningxia Red, an aroma glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll-on), plus information about the oils.

All of this is valued at over $300, but you can get it for $150!

Learn how to get started with essential oils HERE

OR if you are ready to sign up with my member number #2225243, click HERE

Join my private essential oils Facebook group HERE

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Intro to Essential Oils Class in PDX

If you live in the Portland area and are interested in learning more about essential oils, I am hosting a FREE class on Sunday, February 1st at 1:30 p.m. The class will take place at Studio Blue in NW Portland. Arsy of Rubies and Radishes and Katja of The Savory Lotus will be presenting the class. If you want to come, please RSVP at the link below. Also, you are welcome to bring guests — just be sure to add them to your RSVP please! The class will last 90 minutes to two hours. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Hope to meet some of you there!

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-essential-oils-portland-tickets-15095517098

On another note, if you don’t live in the Portland area, but are interested in getting started with essential oils, please visit here for more details. You are also welcome to email me at paleoinportland@gmail.com

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Holiday Highlights

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First off, I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing and fun holiday. Ours was wonderful and lots of new memories were made. We spent Christmas Eve with friends, did our own thing on Christmas day (and talked to family back home in Michigan), and went out with another friend to celebrate the day after Christmas.

On another note, Penny D. was the winner of the Paleo Eats giveaway, which I announced last Tuesday morning. Penny, I still have not heard back from you, so please email me ASAP with your mailing address at paleoinportland@gmail.com. If I do not hear from you by end of day on Wednesday, December 31, I will be picking a new winner.

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Anyway, here are some random photos from Christmas. I didn’t take too many, but thought I’d share the handful that I did take. We enjoyed pork tenderloin with apples, onions and a hard cider sauce for dinner, along with cauliflower/parsnip mash and kale sautéed with chanterelle mushrooms. Oh, and we made French toast with the sweet bread from Paleo Eats for breakfast that morning and it was incredible! We ate ours with butter and a little raw honey on top, and a side of bacon. Sadly, I didn’t snap any photos of it…or really any food for that matter.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a happy New Year! Jesse’s birthday is New Year’s Eve and he’s planned some fun festivities during the day — climbing, go-carts and a shooting range (this part is still TBD). That night, we’ll go out to dinner with some friends. Aside from that, I have a recipe in the works that I plan to make on New Year’s day. Hopefully, it’ll turn out well, so I can share it with you all. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted one!

Cheers!

Getting a last minute gift for our kitties on Christmas Eve.
Getting a last minute gift for our kitties on Christmas Eve.
Amazing honey toffee shortbread cookies. Made these last year too.
Amazing honey toffee shortbread cookies. Made these last year too.
Opening presents on Christmas morning.
Opening presents on Christmas morning.
In addition to their new scratching post, the kitties enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper on Christmas morning.
The kitties enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper. They love their new kitty condo too.
The beautiful necklace Jesse gave me. I gave him lots of hints about this one!
The beautiful necklace Jesse gave me. I gave him lots of hints about this one!
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Our tree, which is only decorated on the top third.  You know…cats.
At the Multnomah Whiskey Library the day after Christmas. Incredible place!
At the Multnomah Whiskey Library the day after Christmas. Incredible place!