Announcing the Winner of the Vitamix Blender Giveaway + Exclusive Coupon Code!



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I know you guys have been patiently waiting for me to announce the winner of the Vitamix blender and NewGreens drink mix giveaway, so here it is!

Congratulations to winner Diane F.! (sweetfudge2@…)

I’m so excited for you Diane–please send an email to within 48 hours to claim your prize.

I wish I could have given a Vitamix to everyone, but that’d be kinda hard. ;) So instead, I have a really, really good coupon code for you—>

Use code VGNPURE to save 20% on all Pure Prescriptions orders*– AND that includes free shipping!

Pure Prescriptions is the company that sponsored this giveaway and they have a ton of amazing supplements. We’ve been putting the NewGreens mix into our smoothies and they are definitely kid and hubby approved.

So, another big congratulations to Diane, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Coupon code expires March 31st, 2014. 

*Excludes Pure Encapsulations, Douglas Laboratories, Seroyal, Thorne Research, Metagenics, Designs for Health, Vital Nutrients, Klean Athlete[Continue Reading]

GIVEAWAY: Vitamix Pro 500 and NewGreens Drink Mixes ($1000 value!)


Disclaimer: I was paid to write this post. However, I only promote sponsors I believe in.

**Congrats to winner Diana F.! (sweetfudge2@…) Please contact within 48 hours to claim your prize!**

It’s the Cadillac of blenders…

And an item that ANY homesteader or real-foodie would LOVE to have in their kitchen. And today I’m giving one away! One lucky, lucky winner will take home a Vitamix Pro Blender of their very own.

And, it gets even better– Pure Prescriptions (the company sponsoring this awesome giveaway) is also giving the winner of the Vitamix eight canisters of their NewGreens Organic drink mix.

vitamix2I have to admit that I was totally impressed as I was reading about these certified organic drink mixes. Not only do they contain 44 active ingredients, but they pack an impressive 20 servings of fruit and vegetables into each scoop! This is the perfect way to add valuable nutrition to all those smoothies you’ll be making in your new Vitamix. ;)

How to Enter to Win:

1. Click on the link below to sign up for the Pure Prescriptions newsletter:

That counts as the first, mandatory entry.

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**Congrats to winner Diana F.! (sweetfudge2@…) Please contact within 48 hours to claim your prize!**

Giveaway only open to residents of the USA and Canada (due to shipping costs). The contest will end on March 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm MST.[Continue Reading]

GIVEAWAY: 12-Pack of Nick’s Sticks Grassfed Beef Sticks ($40 value)


Disclaimer: I was paid to write this post. However, I only promote sponsors I believe in.

Congrats to winner Sue W.! (lswegnar@…….) Enjoy your snack sticks!

If you didn’t win, you can still take advantage of a special coupon code! Use code STICKS to get 20% off all orders! (I’m totally taking advantage of this). Code expires 3/15/14, so don’t wait!

The world of snack foods is a tricky one to navigate…

Many commercially-prepared snack food options are full of junk: MSG, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors, and all sorts of weird ingredients you can’t pronounce.

So when I first read about Nick’s Sticks, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes.

A snack food made from grassfed beef that doesn’t contain a bunch of junk?

No way!

Not only does Nick Wallace, the owner of Nicks Sticks, have an incredible story (from cancer survivor to sustainable farmer!), but he is quickly becoming a leader in the natural food industry with these one-of-a-kind snack sticks.

The most amazing part about these snack sticks is what’s NOT in them:

  • No Additives.
  • No Preservatives.
  • No MSG.
  • No Antibiotics.
  • No Hormones.
  • No Fillers.
  • No Red Dye #3 in the casings (nearly all traditional sticks use Red #3 — yuck!)

Just 100% grassfed beef or free-range turkey (depending on the variety you get) and some Redmond sea salt (they are cured using celery juice). Pretty amazing, huh?

And let me tell you–they taste INCREDIBLE. I ordered a whole box of them and I’m already regretting that I didn’t order more. Prairie Girl (3 years old) and Prairie Boy (1 year old) love them, and hubby is devouring them. I think I’m going to have to hide my stash… Or just order a truckload next time.

And the best part? I get to give a 12-pack of Nick’s Sticks to one of you!… [Continue Reading]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Blogging {Well, Almost…}

how to blog

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately…

…in regards to this whole blogging gig, so I figured I’d take you behind-the-scenes today and talk nuts-and-bolts about running a blog.

Now, I realize this topic may be horrifically boring to some of you, and if that’s the case, feel free to skip this post altogether. Or jump over to this week’s Homestead Barn Hop and peruse all the homesteading posts over there.

But if you are a bit of a blog-nerd like me, then grab that cup of coffee (or tea, or raw milk) and let’s get started!

My Story…

Sometimes I look back at my blogging journey and I don’t know how the heck I got here… As much as I’d like to say that I had the perfectly laid-out vision of what I wanted my blog to be before I started it, that’s simply not the case.

I started The Prairie Homestead on a whim. And honestly? I’m not even sure why… Although I suspect it had a lot to do with my need to share all that I was learning about natural lifestyles and whole foods at the time–and my friend’s and family’s eyeballs were starting to glaze over, so I figured I’d spew it all over the world wide web instead. ;)

Several months into my blogging journey, I realized that I could encourage folks everywhere that homesteading was possible–regardless of where they lived. That gave me a bit more of a direction, and my vision gradually grew into what it is today.

I’m not sure I’d recommend that people follow my exact path to “success” since it’s a pretty crazy one with a lot of detours. I’m sure there’s a faster way to do it, but I’m thankful for my unorthodox journey, since it taught me some priceless lessons along the way.… [Continue Reading]