A Few of my (current) Favorite Things!

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Now that the weather is starting to change (at least here in Michigan) and the kids are back in school, I’m happy to have a little more available time for blogging and sharing with all of you!

To get things rolling, I thought I’d start with an “easy” post about 3 of my current favorite things like products, services and stores!  I think word-of-mouth advertising is the best there is. I will aim to do more of that in the upcoming months with specific products, review and maybe some giveaways!

Here are my current favorites, in no particular order:



Thrive Market

This is a great online store that “Offers the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. The carry over 2,500 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market, all delivered straight to your door at 25-50% off retail prices. Our mission is to make health living easy, affordable, and accessible for every American family.”

I love it! I shop with them every 6 weeks or so to stock up on things I can get from my buyers club. I love their Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese, Canned Wild caught salmon, Ketchup, Mustard, Olives and more!

Here are a few things you need to know:

1. You get to “try it out” for 1 month – you receive 15% off off your first order. Your first order starts a FREE 30-day trial. **However, if you become a paying member right away, you get 25% off of your first order.

2. A years’ membership costs about $5 per month ($59.95 a year). With your membership fee, Thrive Market will sponsor a low-income family so they can get good food, too! I love that part!

3. There is FREE shipping on all orders over $49.95.

*To check it out, consider using my referral link – you’ll get 25% off of your order after you pay for your membership and I’ll get a $25 credit. Thanks in advance! 



Juice Plus

You’ve probably seen me post and blog about this. I am truly loving the health benefits of adding more fruits/veggies to our diet. Probably 95% of us don’t eat the recommended 7-13 servings of fruits/veggie each and every day, so this is a great solution to “Bridge the Gap”.

Having a franchise with the company also means that when it comes up in conversation, I share it with others. Never salesy, pushy or anything like that – just good info so they can make a decision whether it makes sense for their family. That was the case with my friend. She began taking this great “powered produce in a capsule” a while back. With her permission, I’m sharing what she wrote me last week:

So I need to share something that I’m kind of excited about. I had my cholesterol checked at a physical a couple years ago and it wasn’t great. It was over 200 and my doc wanted me to try to get it lower. Both my parents and two of my three brothers are on meds for cholesterol..so more than likely I’m headed in that direction myself…EXCEPT I AM NOT…you see I had blood work done yesterday to check it again and you know what? My numbers were GREAT! Total cholesterol was 125. Last time my triglycerides were a over 250..VERY HIGH! This time…104! I seriously am a little shocked because I’m not gonna lie, I DON’T eat that great. In fact,the only change I have honestly made is to start taking Juice Plus!”

Isn’t it amazing what adding more Real Food (especially Fruits and Veggies) can do?

If you’d like to learn more about it, I suggest watching the “Bridge the Gap” video on my franchise page. – just scroll down a bit. Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or to have me mail samples of the gummies for your kids (the best part is that kids get theirs free for 4 yrs with any purchasing adult amount!)

**I am also looking to work with a few people who might like to share this with others. No minimums/quotas/parties <—love that part. Again, if you are interested in seeing if it might be a good fit for you (never any pressure!), please contact me at melissa @ realfoodeater.com



My Food Buyers Club

I officially “LLC’d” my RealFoodEater Buyers Club! I’m excited to slowly expand this to fill the need for convenient, affordable Real Food for local families! If you live in West Michigan and would like more info, please email me at melissa @ realfoodeater.com . 

Do you have a Food Buyers Club (or Co-op) near you? It’s such a convenient way to “shop” online, placing your order and picking it all up in one place. We get better prices from the sources as we are ordering together as a big group.


What about you? What are some of your current “Favorite Things” (stores, products, etc)??? Please feel free to share in the comments below!






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    February 25, 2016

    I used to organize an organic produce coop out of my home. We ordered certified organic fruits and vegetables every other week and divided them equally 24 ways. It was awesome! I miss those days. We used Heeren Brothers out of Grand Rapids, MI

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      February 26, 2016

      Oh yay! I am not familiar with Heeren Brothers but I’ll have to check them out. Certainly organizing something like this is a lot of work, but it’s so rewarding, too. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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