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By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 30, 2010

An email I got this month that I appreciate and want to share:


I wanted to share a Mother’s Day gift idea I came up with using your recipe books.

My husband and I are watching our finances right now and we were trying to come up with a way to do something special for our mothers. One lives an 8-hour drive away, the other lives a 22-hour drive away, so it’s difficult to find inexpensive ways to celebrate the day. In addition, my father’s birthday is coming just a week after Mother’s Day! Talk about expensive!

So, with some creativity and your GreenSmoothie.com resources, I put together some fun gifts. I made the “Gooey Chewy Caramel Corn,” “Chia Snowballs” and “Candy Bar Fudge.” I put them in tupperware containers, wrote out the respective recipes on purple index cards and taped them to the containers, put a bow around the containers, included a nice card and a $5 book I purchased for each person. I shipped them yesterday (USPS flat-rate boxes made this affordable–the fudge is HEAVY!) and cannot wait to hear how they like them. For three gifts, we spent a total of $60, including shipping!

Thanks to your wonderful Holiday Favorites recipe book, my mother, mother-in-law and father will be receiving gifts they will actually like, be exposed to healthy food that tastes GREAT … and my husband and I got away with spending very little!

I also wanted to make a quick comment regarding this whole Mercola debate. I have been following Mercola for about 9 years. He’s opened my eyes to many things and I trust him as a valuable health resource. If I have questions as to whether something is truly healthy, I check his site. However, when I read his site and emails, I get nervous, anxious, and a “there’s no way I can do this” feeling. The frustrated perfectionist in me can’t handle hearing about the 101 things I need to change on a daily basis. I’m sorry, but I cannot invest a few hundred dollars in changing out my doorknobs so they hold on to less germs!

Your program, website and emails, on the other hand, give instruction that is do-able and affordable. I actually get motivated and encouraged just looking at your website (rather than anxious and depressed!).

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for providing the service and information you do. I continue to spread the word about your site and program.

Thank you!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why don’t you just call or send a small card. It is not necessay or economical or provident living to give a huge gift for every occasion.

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