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Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/28

Every Saturday we bring you a blog rendition of some of our favorite things going on this week in our own world and in the paleo world at large in a Weekend Wrap-Up. Every week we will feature our favorite paleo recipes from our archives and from other paleo bloggers that are  on our minds lately, as well as a few coupons for products we personally love, and some suggested reading for things we found interesting this week. Let’s do this thing!

The Rollercoaster continues…

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This week started with Stacy and Matt going on actual rollercoasters and has continued with the rollercoaster theme. While the amusement park was a wonderful and weird experience, going out berry picking the next day with friends was just as fun (SO many photos on the blog and Instagram if you wanna check it out). We brought home so much fruit and had a truly wonderful time! But we came back home to the unfortunate news that Stacy’s grandfather, her last remaining grandparent, had passed away. The rest of the week has been a crazy whirlwind of preparing for his funeral with Stacy’s mother who lives with us. Our boys ended school on Wednesday, each with sterling reports home. Finian, in particular, literally aced kindergarten, a feat not seen by either of his parents. Cole, meanwhile, did well on all his first SOL tests, with a a mind for history, like his dad.

Sometimes life is like this, giving you joy and stress and sorrow and celebration in equal doses. They say that you cannot experience sweetness without first tasting bitter. This week has certainly reminded us of that. We are hoping next week brings us back to our regular routine and allows the boys to enjoy their official start of summer break!

Our Favorite Paleo Parents Archive Recipe of the Week:

Fruit Pizza

We can’t help but be stoked about our newest recipe for dairy-free, nut-free, grain-free, paleo and AIP friendly Fruit Pizza! When we got home this past week from picking fresh fruit at a local farm, we had so many berries that we wanted to make something special to enjoy it. Well, inspired by hanging with Predominantly Paleo, Mother of the Genius Yuca Dough, and by the recent guest post Tasty Yummies did on how to make dairy-free cream cheese, we decided there’s only one thing to do: make a fruit pizza! This is bound to be a Fourth of July staple for years to come!

 Fruit Pizzas by Paleo Parents

The Best New Recipes in Paleo of the Week:

Just a few short years ago, paleo recipes were hard to find, but now there is such an abundance of great, real-food blogs. We hope you enjoy them!

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Best New Paleo Recipes of the Week:

Brined and Seared Pork Chops on Stupid Easy Paleo
Paleo Pasta by Paleo Cupboard
Chilled Blueberry-Rosemary Soup Recipe by Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers 
Chicken Kiev by The Domestic Man
Sweet Potato Daikon Gratin by Strictly Paleo…ish!

Coupons and Special Deals!

When we find deals on things we love and use anyway, we like to take advantage. So of course we pass on these great deals to you when we find them! Every week we’ll highlight some products we think you’ll find useful, interesting, or just plain awesome! Remember, you can always see what we recommend on our sidebar! We REALLY appreciate you shopping though the links on our blog or newsletter, as it supports the costs of running the blog without resorting to advertisers of things we can’t control.

 

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 Abe’s Market is having some awesome sales this week PLUS they are offering FREE SHIPPING through June 30th. Abe’s has all sorts of yummy paleo snacks, like kale chips, paleo treats, nude bars, cashew butter, bulk organic spices, grassfed beef jerky, Caveman Cookies (our favorite), plus lots of other gods for your home and for personal and baby healthcare. They also have lots of high quality gluten free products if your family isn’t fully paleo, but still looking for great gluten free options. They sell cloth diapers, organic feminine products, organic and gluten free toiletries, reusable snack bags for packing kid’s lunches, and a TON more. I could spend hours browsing on their site, and what I love is that all the ingredients of a product and the background on the company who makes it is listed for everyone to see. You can even enter “paleo” in their search tool and find new snacks and products that way! Happy Shopping! 

THIRD BEAR CANDLES

Each Third Bear Candle is hand-poured into reusable glass jars, using sustainable 100% soy wax (because we’re certainly not going to eat that soy!), phthalate-free fragrance oils, and all natural wood wicks. If you want a discount and to support Wounded Warrior Project while experiencing the joys of clean-burning, nostril-pleasing candles (the definition of win-win-win), just click this link and enter the promo code ‘PALEOFREEDOM’ at checkout.

 

cappellos coupon

 We are pretty big fans of Cappello’s Grain Free and Gluten Free Pasta, and also their Primal Palate paleo cookie dough! They don’t often run specials, but right now they are offering 10% off with discount code ‘Primal Papa’

 

sox box coupon

You might have noticed that Stacy loves to wear High Knee Sock while she is training for StrongWoman. They protect her shins, and they are also fun because of all the cool things you can say with just your socks! Stacy loves the fun socks from thesoxbox.com and she snagged you this discount code for 5% off your order with code: “stronglikestacy” (plus 20% goes to wounded veterans!).

 

Recommended Reading

16 Things That Affect Your Gut Bacteria by Mark’s Daily Apple

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If you haven’t been reading Mark’s Daily Apple, this is a great place to start. In this article, Mark talks about 16 things to do, eat, avoid, and/or heed to improve gut health. Even though I have read so much about this particular topic, whenever I stop by Mark’s site, I always learn something new, or I am at least reminded of something I knew but had forgotten. Mark always links to his sources and previous posts he has written that can help clarify some topics you might not be familiar with, and I really appreciate his eloquent writing style.

Recommended Product of the Week

Paleo by Season, by Peter Servold

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 This book just arrived on our doorstep this week, and we are in love. There are plenty of books out there that can teach you the paleo basics, but Peter Servold’s approach to food is completely different and we can’t get enough. There are some simple dishes in this cookbook, however there are plenty of challenging recipes for the established cook and foodie. New flavors, new ideas, and a chef’s approach is what this book is all about and we can’t recommend it enough. We will be posting a full review on the blog soon, but for now let us just brag about how much we are blown away.

Upcoming Events!

Strongman Intro Class Event

Join Stacy and the NOVA Strength and Conditioning StrongMan family for a FREE and open to the public strongman workshop – all levels of fitness welcome, it is very scalable!

NOVA is a woman owned gym and NOVA StrongMan is led by patient, competent, skilled and strong Coaches Mike Lusby and Dustin Payne who are both going to Nationals this year! Join us as we help everyone get acclimated to the “toys” of the sport and discuss scalability for different levels of fitness, goals, etc.  If you’ve been wanting to try but nervous for ANY reason, here’s the perfect chance to join in an open, inviting environment! RSVP and get more info HERE

 

Stacy will be speaking twice at this year’s Ancestral Health Symposium:
August 8, 2014, 11:25 am – Ancestral Health for Women in the Modern World: the HPA Axis Meets the HPT and the HPG Axes (or why we recommend women eat carbs) with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom & with Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo on August 8, 2014, 3:15 pm – Specific Requirements and Health Benefits of Strength Training for Women

You can register for the Symposium here: http://www.ancestralhealth.org/registration

Instagram ♥

There’s also been a lot going on over on Instagram, go check it out so you don’t miss out! You can catch glimpses of our every day life, with plenty of heavy lifting, our boys being #totesadorbs and all the delicious things that Matt cooks for our family!

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