$150 VISA GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY, from the Iowa Bloggers!


I have teamed up with 8 of my favorite Iowa bloggers to offer one lucky reader an awesome prize: a $150 Visa gift card. Just in time for the holiday season, flu season, or any other season that is approaching - regardless, we know you'll use this gift card to make your days a little brighter.

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Here are 10 items that I can't live without this fall and winter, which I highly recommend for those of you who strive to make your home a more sustainable, self-sufficient place. 

1. White ceramic compost bucket. My sister gave me this gift for letting her stay at our home for several months while she was in college. I use this bucket daily! There's no smell emitted, and I can just tote the bucket out to the chicken coop and dump the scraps for the ladies. 


2. Heat lamp and bulb for the chicken coop. Last weekend John and I winterized our coop for the ladies. This included caulking the cracks and installing our heat lamp for those bitter Iowa winter days and nights. While we aren't using the heat lamp just yet, I know it will be handy in a few weeks when the weather turns.



3. Rolling pin.  I don't make pies often, but when I do, the crust is from scratch. I do, however, make homemade pizza often, and use my rolling pin (and pizza stone - see below) for a thin and crispy crust.



4. Lodge Dutch oven. This baby was a birthday gift from John this summer, and I am finding this piece of enameled cast iron is perfect for braising meats and slow-simmering soups. I love that I can use it on the stove top and in the oven.



5. Pizza stone. I use my stone for nearly everything in the oven, not just pizza! Any items that I want to bake and get crispy go on this stone. In fact, I store the stone in my oven and leave it in there while the oven is preheating. No more toxic non-stick baking sheets for this girl!


6. Lunch bags. One way we save money is by packing our lunch every.single.day. Lunches are usually leftovers, and we pack them the night before so all we need to do is stuff the containers in our lunch bags. John uses a more manly insulated lunch bag, but here's a version that is super trendy with all my teacher friends right now:



7. Glass Pyrex containers with lids. I also have these Anchor Hocking food storage containers. Not only do I use baking dishes like this for marinading meats, baking, and traveling with food for potlucks, but I recently splurged on some Anchor Hocking dishes for food storage. That's right - no more toxic plastic containers!



8. Essential oil diffuser. I have three of these. THREE! One in our bedroom. One in our dining room/kitchen area. One in our living room. All three are used daily to keep us physically and emotionally healthy. And, this diffuser is very reasonably priced!



9. Thieves and Purification essential oil blends. Last week John got a terrible head cold, and by diffusing these two blends, applying them topically, and cleaning the house and bedding thoroughly, we have been able to stay healthy. I didn't get his cold (yet…) and he's feeling better every day, with great improvement after the 2nd day of his cold.




10. Grace for Each Day. A few months ago we started attending church again - it had been a few years. However, we make efforts to go weekly and are enjoying this time of spirituality. I also purchased this devotional about 2 weeks ago, and give myself about 15 minutes of quiet time each morning before work to reflect on my practices, say a prayer for my friends and family, and center myself for the day ahead.



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23 comments:

  1. I'd use it to start my young living kit!

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  2. I would use it for Christmas!!! Thanks for the chance.

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  3. I would use to start Christmas shopping.

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    1. Do you find the adults on your list ask for a handmade, crafty gift? Because I totally would - you've got talent, girl.

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  5. I love my Lodge Dutch Oven! I just used it last week. And funny thing is that a group of friends and I were discussing essential oils last week. I've never gotten into them but several ladies in my Mom group swear by them.

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    1. Girl, oils have changed the way I view my physical and emotional health. If you ever want some no-nonsense conversation, you know how to get ahold of me :)

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  6. xmass gifts & a shower chair I'v been needing for I'm disabled,Thanks for the chance!!

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    1. Equipment for getting around with a disability is expensive; I know you'd appreciate the chance to win!

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  7. Great list! I have an oil diffuser in my girls' bedroom and they love to sleep with the changing lights and calming smells. I want a dutch oven :-) adding that to my Christmas list!

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  8. I would use it to start buying Christmas gifts for my family!

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  9. I would put it towards my Sun Oven.

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    1. Jealous! I'd love to experiment with making a DIY Sun Oven. Also, if you win, make sure you entered your email address when you entered so we can get ahold of you. (No big deal that you commented anonymously.)

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    2. I have one that I made, difficult to get hot enough to bake bread unless there is FULL sun. And it's very hard to store.

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  10. I would use it to catch up! Maybe get a few oils I've been wanting to try :)

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