Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rare 30% off any 1 Book on Amazon promo code

I'm excited to see this again! As it rarely ever happens - I think last time was a year ago! And just in time for the holidays!

Books are always - let me repeat - ALWAYS make good GREAT gifts!

And with promo code HOLIDAY30, any one book sold and shipped from Amazon will be 30% off. This promo code lasts through November 29th.

So go look at Amazon Books! And please click through my referral links to help support Sweet Roots!

Not sure what to use it on? Here are a few pairings for children's gifts:

So if you buy this World of Animals encyclopedia (we love ours!) and this Animals Sticker Encyclopedia Activity Book, you'll pay $23.18. Perfect gift for the animal lover in your home!

This is what I will be doing with my coupon code. Since we already have the animal encyclopedia, I wanted to buy the science book and put it together with a science kit for an easy educational gift.
This World of Science encyclopedia is perfect to go with this Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit and with promo code HOLIDAY30, it ends up being $28.86 for both items. Another great educational gift!

Of course, you can also use this opportunity to get something for yourself!

Here are a few items on my wish list! What books are on your wish list?




Humans of New York: Stories is originally $29.99 but is currently on sale for $17.64 and with promo code HOLIDAY30, it will be $12.35 (almost 60% savings!)!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Baked Sweet Potato with Broccoli and Cashew Ceese Sauce (vegan, healthier twist on classic baked potato)

A classic favorite with a nutritious (and vegan) spin.

Fall is always rich with color - the changing leaves, the Autumn sunsets, and the seemingly endless supply of squash and sweet potatoes.

Seriously, what's a prettier orange than the inside of a steamed sweet potato? If there is, I haven't seen it. This kind of vibrancy demonstrates a range of nutrients.

I wrote a haiku in demonstration:
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes orange
Broccoli green (vegan) cheese covered
I like comfort food. it's not perfect but I never claimed to be a poet.

One evening (more like every evening) I needed something that was less than 30 minutes to make. Quick. Nutritious. Effortless.

... so I microwaved my sweet potatoes. *gasp* call out the nutrional police!
But it did only take 16ish minutes to make this. I'd much rather have this quick food than fast food.
Baked Sweet Potato with Steamed Broccoli and Cheese Sauce
Sweet Potatoes
Cashew Cheese Sauce, recipe below
Bake the sweet potatoes at 400 for an hour or until cooked. Alternatively, you can also use your slow cooker or microwave to cook the sweet potatoes.
Steam the broccoli.
Meanwhile, make cheese sauce.

Cashew Cheese Sauce
1/2 cup cashews
2 cups broth
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
3 TB amino acids (sub coconut aminos and punch of salt for paleo version)
2 large carrots
1 TB chia seeds
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of nutmeg, optional
1. Heat the broth over the stove.
2. Blend all ingredients in blender.
3. Pour over baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli.
Do you like my plate? We went to a local pottery painting place! It was very fun and I love getting to eat off something we helped create!

Monday, November 9, 2015

DIY Foaming Hand Soap (Easy and Money-saving)

Have you ever seen how much good quality hand soap costs? We have all bought it but have you really looked at the cost? A necessary evil, no?

I was determined not to buy hand soap again. I reused foaming hand soap bottles until finally, I fell upon these great bottles (thank you, InterDesign!). The trick is the bottle here. These special bottles ensure that you never have to buy hand soap again. They come in chrome, white, nickel, black and bronze (pictured below). 
This is like DIY foaming hand soap for dummies super savvy thrifters. The bottle has two lines on it. First to fill with soap and then to fill with distilled or filtered water. Essential oils (I prefer citrus, tea tree and clove) are a great addition and are naturally antibacterial.
All you need:
A Foaming Hand Soap Bottle (found here )
Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (citrus is nice for bathroom and kitchen)
Distilled or Filtered Water
Essential Oils (optional)

Fill the first line with castile soap. Fill to second line with water. Shake gently. And use!

The result is a great foaming hand soap without a lot of waste.


Move over triclosan! Make room for Essential Oils! According to Sophie Uliano in her book Gorgeously Green , triclosan, the chemical used in most antibacterial products, is carcinogenic and can weaken your immune system. It also can cause birth defects and fertility issues (p 21). Lavender, Tea Tree, and Lemongrass are all effective antibacterials. I buy Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils.
Mountain Rose Herbs


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