Monday, June 20, 2011

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my Midsummer's Eve Giveaway. Many of you know me from my book review site I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. If you follow me there you may know that my son has been quite sick. He has never received an official diagnosis. Many illnesses and diseases have been thrown around but there were never any concrete answers. The first doctor we saw basically told us to put him on medication and leave him on it for at least 6 months despite the terrible side effects.

I've always been a little on the alternative side: not a huge fan of doctors or medication so this treatment was not ok with me. Although I know doctors have their place I've come to believe much of our illnesses and problems come from our lifestyle most especially the way we eat.  This led me to start researching for alternatives to the medication the doctor wanted my son on.  I was surprised at the wealth of information I found and am grateful to have found some wonderful  new doctors who have helped us get him off medication and figure out what is really going on with him.

We've made some drastic changes in our home the past 3 months. We're moving towards a whole foods diet and using vitamins and minerals instead of medication. No sugar, no processed foods, lots of fruits & vegetables. Amazingly enough my son is doing fine. In fact he's better than fine and  is better than he has been in a long time. Not to mention I've lost 20 lbs without exercising, my kids are sleeping through the night and my husband noted that he no longer has heartburn or indigestion. So even though the illness has been a huge trial, it has also been a blessing because it led us to make these changes that have so positively impacted our life.

One of the things we have done is to start drinking green smoothies. Now let me tell you I am not a fan of vegetables. But I knew I needed to start eating more of them and getting my kids to eat more of them so I started making green smoothies to disguise them.  What I found out was I loved green smoothies and now crave them. It's rare that a day goes by without a smoothie.

I had the chance to attend a class given by Robyn Openshaw recently and purchased several of her books. I ended up with a digital copy of The Big Book of Green Smoothies as well as a paperbook copy

I'd love to get someone else enjoying green smoothies so I'm giving way my paperback copy. I have flipped through and tried a couple of the recipes. So this book would be considered used but is still in great shape.

I encourage you to take a look at Robyn's site or check out one of the many other smoothie sites that are on the internet.

Giveaway open to US only.
To enter just leave a comment on this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inspired Kathy

The Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop runs until Midnight on June 24th. Be sure to stop by and enter all the other giveaways.


  1. Wow! I would love to win a copy of this book! I'm glad you found a safe way to treat your son's illness without all the harsh medications!


  2. That's awesome. This post could have been written by my sister. We both believe the same as you do. There is so much we can do with our diets that can change our state of health. I have been wanting to try these fruit/vegi smoothies for some time. I think I really need to get on that!
    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

  3. Great giveaway. Thanks so much.

  4. Sounds great good luck with your son, we have allergies to food and other things that cause issues with everyone. lisapeters at yahoo dot com

  5. Great giveaway! Thanks.


  6. I'd love to win this book! Glad that you found solutions to your son's allergies.


  7. I would love to have this book.

  8. I'm so glad your son is doing better. I would love to try out the recipes in this book!
    thanks julie


  9. This looks like a fabulous book! Please enter me.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  10. sounds like a great book! thanks! amazing_alex.0818ATyahooDOTcomsounds like a great book! thanks! amazing_alex.0818ATyahooDOTcom

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Please add my name to the list of those who would like to win!

    jbafaith2001 at yahoo dot com

  13. Sounds like a great book! I would love to start working more fruits and vegetables into our diets, and smoothies might just be the way to get my husband to like them!


  14. This sounds like a really good book :D My son likes "some" vegetables but it would be great to get him to eat some of the ones he doesn't like to get more nutrients :) Would love to win this book :) swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com :) thanks for the giveaway :D

  15. Great Giveaway!

    velvethubler at yahoo dot com

  16. Sounds interesting. I too am NOT a fan of veggies, so I am taking your word that these taste good, LOL:)

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

  17. Thank you for being apart of the blog hop, I wish you and everyone else the best of luck to run a smooth blog hop! I'm so glad your son is better and that everyone in your family is doing really well, thanks to vitamins and a good diet! I'm not a fan of veggies either, although I do like broccoli, which is odd xD Keep up the healthy lifestyle! (:

  18. We have become so complacent to the use of medications. Thank you for offering up something that is more natural and not full of preservatives (or as many anyway.)


  19. Thank you! GFC Krystal Larson I love herbal remedies...medication doesn't solve everything edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  20. I hope he's feeling better

  21. Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! We are trying to be healthier but also struggling to make an easier switch to the healthier way of life. Thanks so so much for the chance! wilsondev at gmail dot com

  22. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Sweetums82red at gmail dot com

  23. Thank you for the giveaway!


    GFC Follower-AimeeKay

  24. Sounds great! Count me in, please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  25. Thanks for the chance to win!
    melodiousrevelry (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mary_reiss @

  27. I'd love to try the smoothie book.

  28. Very inspiring! I NEED to have proper food in my home ... I'll have to take on your motto as well may not be easy but it sure is worth it! Thanks. :)

    Glad to hear your son's better ... and the rest of the fam also.

  29. Thank you for the giveaway!

    sweetums82red at gmail dot com