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Shelf Reliance Mom: April 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Slave to Sugar- no longer!

Many of you who know me personally know that I am currently trying to cut sugar and large amounts of meat out of my life.  I still eat these things, but try to do so in smaller amounts.  (I allow myself sweets at my mother-in-laws house, but not my own;) I am trying to get back to the basics of grains, fruits and veggies.  For any of you who have tried to fight this addiction you might have noticed that it can be pretty tough.  Even when not eating candy, there is plenty of added sugar in EVERYTHING just trying to keep you hooked.  How many people honestly eat only 1 serving of cereal....ever checked out how many grams of sugar are in only 1 serving?  In most cereals there can be as much as a day's worth of sugar in 1 serving! Ouch... and you thought you were being good by skipping out on the pancakes, waffles and French toast.  I saw this new study when I was thinking about it and thought I'd share.

Basically, it found out that 94% of the rats in the study preferred sugar to water or even COCAINE.  I really love to not think that I need something sweet each day or after each meal on some days, so I'm trying to cut down....that is if I don't have someone bring cookies to each meeting :) (They really were awesome, Lisa!) Join me in this quest to cut out sugar from your day.  Give yourself a day or two days a week if you need to have a time to look forward to splurging, then keep yourself honest.  I have found that when I do this, I am more likely to choose healthier things like fruits or veggies as snacks to ease the hunger pains between meals creating an even greater change.

Everyone keeps asking how I've been losing weight lately and the honest to goodness truth is I've been snacking on Freeze Dried food lately rather than Easter candy...Hallelujah!!!  Even if you don't have FD on your side, I'm sure that you can find something that will ease the sugar need so just give it a try!

Win a Free Harvest 72" Self Rotating Shelf or organization system of your choice

Easy ways to earn tickets into this raffle:
1. Follow me on the blog by clicking on the Follow buton. (25 tickets)
2. Like me on Facebook by clicking here. (25 tickets)
3. Join the Q and get 1 ticket for every dollar you commit to the Q
each month by clicking here.
4. Make a purchase online by clicking here (100 tickets)
5. Host an online party and get tickets for each of your friends on the Q.
For each friend that you email contest details to, you will receive another entry.  If you invite FB friends to "like" my page, leave a comment with the number of people whom you invited so I know how many more tickets to give you....honor system.  Example letter below.

Details below.... Contest Ends June 30th

Have you been drooling over an organization system of your choice, but can't afford to make it your own?  Collecting cans to build your Home Store and have nowhere to put them or rotate them?  I would love to help you out!  Now through June 30th, if you establish a Q under me by clicking here you will gain a chance to make that dream come true!  I will be holding a drawing  to include each person who sets up their Q with me for the next month.  For every dollar you commit to the Q, I will put an equal number of tickets in the drawing for you.  For example, if you are doing  a $200 Q, I will submit 200 tickets with your name on them.  You can do whatever amount fits your family's budget.  For all of your tried and true friends of mine who have been around since the beginning.... don't despair.  If you boost your Q to a larger amount, I will give you a ticket for each dollar for which you increase your Q.  Or, if you introduce someone else to the Q, let me know and I will give both you and the friend entries into the drawing.

I know some of you are saying, "But I don't have room for a Harvest 72" shelf.  That's okay. Feel free to dream about any of the other freestanding shelves or some of the cansolidators and I'd be happy to oblige you with ones that would work with your home!

Being on the Q is a win, win, win..... 1. You win by knowing that you are preparing your family for the future. 2. You win the chance to get an organization system of your dreams. 3. You are able to double dip 3 months worth of the Q to a future party or cooking demonstration. View this video to learn how the Q works.

So say you are thinking, I don't know many people who'd like to buy food....well if you just find 2 other people who want to order, lets do a rundown of how this would work.  Say you sign up for a $150 Q, that would already give you $450 in party sales before any product was bought.  If each of your friends were to place an order of $100 that would bring it to $650.  But wait,  if one of them signs up on the Q for $100, 3 x 100 adds another $300 bringing your sales to $950!  You just earned yourself $95 in free retail priced product and $150 in half off!!!  For each one of your friends who would like to do an online party, you'd earn another $100 in half off product. To learn more about how to do this, please visit Host Benefits.  

Let's not forget all of the entries into this drawing you'd get in this example... your $150 Q and their $100 Q would have given you 250 tickets into the drawing for a shelf of your choice!

Not sure you want to be on the Q yet?  Just make a purchase by visiting my site for the first time by clicking here and I will be more than happy to add 100 tickets into the drawing.  Want to just buy the shelf on your own?  You can look at the standard Harvest 72 or any of the food rotating systems that Shelf Reliance has to offer.  I might be able to get you an even cheaper deal if you email me as well.

Are you thinking that you might like to do what I'm doing?  To learn more about becoming a consultant, please visit Join My Team. Want to win a free cookbook? Visit here for more details.

Example Letter
Dear Friends and Family,
I am entering a contest to win a free can rotation system and thought you might be interested in winning one.  It is really easy to earn tickets.  For details, just go to
For each person you forward this to, you also get
another free entry as long as you add to the recipients.  Good luck everyone!

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Host Benefits- We'll give you a reason to party!

Are you ready to Party?

We are always grateful for individuals who are willing to open up their homes to showcase the many wonderful Shelf Reliance products. In order to thank you for hosting a party, we have designed a fantastic Host Benefits Program that rewards hosts with exclusive promotions and programs. We want you to get the most out of your party, so we have included information about the great benefits you can receive.

Free Product You will receive 10% of the total sales from your party in free product. For instance, if your party sales are $800, you will receive $80.00 in free product at retail price.
Half Off: The total sales at your party determines how much you will receive in half off merchandise. For example, if your party total is $800, you will receive $150.00 to spend on products that are half off the retail price. In other words, you only pay $75.00 for $150.00 in product. The chart below lists the 50% off discounts you can earn. 
  • $400 - $799                             Up to $100 (retail price)
  • $800 - $1199                            Up to $150 (retail price)
  • $1,200 - $1,599                         Up to $200 (retail price)
  • $1,600 - $1,999                         Up to $250 (retail price)
  • $2,000 - $2,999                         Up to $300 (retail price)
  • $3,000 - $3,999                         Up to $400 (retail price)
  • $4,000 - $4,999                         Up to $500 (retail price)
The Q: This program makes purchasing Shelf Reliance products easy and affordable for you and your guests. The Q is a wonderful way for you to build your food supply, while maintaining your current grocery budget. It is fully customizable, so you can choose the foods you want and set the total amount you want to spend each month. After you set the parameters for your Q, every month you will receive one shipment of delicious THRIVE foods right to your front door.
The Q benefits the host because he/she will receive triple the credit for every guest that signs up on the Q. In other words, if someone attends your party and signs up for the Q at $100 per month, you would receive a $300 credit as the host.
Q Club: The Q Club is an exclusive rewards program that offers its members fantastic Shelf Reliance discounts, gifts, and other perks. The Q Club membership ensures that you always receive the best pricing on all Shelf Reliance products. A Platinum membership typically costs $79.99, with a yearly renewal fee of $19.99. However, you and your guests will receive the Platinum membership for free for life if the budget is set up for at least $100, at least 2 of your guests sign up for the Q at the party, or if the Q customer signs up as a consultant.
From Guest to Host: If one of your party guests signs up to host their own Shelf Reliance party, you will earn another $100 (retail) at half off.
Double Dip Promotion: If someone buys product at your party, and also signs up to host their own party, you get the credit at yourparty, and they get the credit at their party as well. This prevents people from withholding orders until they host their own party.
8 Steps to a Successful Party
1. Set Goals Set a goal for your party sales total, and choose the products you would like to get with your host benefits. Your consultant will do all they can to help you reach your goal!
2. Invite Your Guests Invite as many people as possible to your party. Typically only one quarter of those you invite can attend, so if you want 10 people to attend, you need to invite 40. Don't rule anyone out. You never know who is interested and ready to begin emergency planning.  Shelf Reliance products benefit everyone, so start inviting today!
Also remember, you can send out an e-vite or post card at least one week ahead of time.  Call anyone who hasn't responded withina couple days to make sure they know about the party. Verbal invites or follow-ups tend to get the best results in attendance.
To access your party account which allows you to send emails, go to On the top-right portion of the page, click “Login”. Enter your information under “Create a new account.” Once the consultant has set up a party page with you as thehost using the same email you registered with, you will see the link “host home” when you log in. Once you click on that link, you will be able to manage your party on-line.
3. Collect Orders  If someone cannot attend your party, ask them if you could take their order. Your consultant will give you a price sheet and order forms you can forward to anyone that would like to pre-order. They may also lend you a catalog for guests to preview. Remember that most people are really excited about the Q, so be sure to introduce it. 
4. Remind Your Guests Be sure to give reminder calls a day before the party.
5. Set up Your Q Go to the Shelf Reliance website and set up your own Q. Then you will be able to help all of your guests get signed up quickly.
6. Prepare for the Party Review the host prep sheet your consultant will send you. Remember, to ask your consultant questions about the products or program ahead of time.
7. Get Excited Shelf Reliance offers so many beneficial products, so how could you help but get excited? Just remember, you want to pass that excitement on to all your guests.
8. Help Your Consultant Make sure your party goes smoothly by helping the consultant collect orders after the party.
Thank you for taking the opportunity to Host a Shelf Reliance Party. We are so grateful to have devoted customers, like you, who are willing dedicate their time to spreading the word about Shelf Reliance. If you have any questions concerning products or programs, please visit our website before your party to familiarize yourself with what we have to offer. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to call your consultant or our knowledgeable customer service department.

***Please note*** I am willing to travel for parties if I can book enough in your area at once. Also, many people like to host online parties.  If you'd like to learn more about either of these options, please write me at

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Shelf Reliance Coupon Code - Package 36% off the party price!!!

****This sale is over now, but if you'd like to learn about the current UNADVERTISED specials running right now that are only available through a consultant email me at and I will email you a flier with the current sales details. To take a sneak peek at the products that will be coming out in just a couple of days (insert applause here...) click here.  

Food and Water Package
Retail $1399.99
Consultant Price $973

Q Club Coupon for April- 25% off of#10 can of Strawberries or more than 30% off of a case of 6 cans.
Retail $26.69
Party $24.09
#10 Q-pon $20.02 
Case Q-pon $102.98 = $17.16 per can

Shelf Reliance just announced today that due to customer demand ... the Food and Water Package Sale got extended to April 30th so if you have a tax return coming in the mail that you just can't wait to put to good use, you can now apply it towards getting some peace of mind for your family!  So if you are wondering how to get the coupon code for this awesome deal, guess what?  I'm your coupon!  This sale is only offered through consultants so you have to call or email me to get this fantastic price.  My email is or call (575)621-0274 to cash in on this sale today.  Wondering what all is in the package? I have it all laid out for you at the end of the page!  Plus, if you sign up to host  an event in your home you will automatically earn that amount double dipped to your event.  That's $97 in free food and $150 in half off product before anyone has even walked into your home!

Is there something else you've been eyeing?  Shelf Reliance doesn't tend to do actual coupon codes because if you buy the food through a consultant you save anywhere from 5-50% off of the retail price.  If you just shop at instead of the regular website, you won't even need a coupon because it will give you these discounts automatically.  The only other way to get a better price is to sign up as a Q customer through me. Q customers save an additional few percentages off of the consultant discount price.  Plus, if you REALLY like coupons, sign up with a Q through me and you will receive one on the 1st of each month that is exclusive to Q customers.  For example, the one for this month is on Strawberries.  It allows Q customers to get the can at a 25% additional discount or a case at over 30% off. For example retail price is 26.69 for one but with the Q Club Coupon its $20.02!!!  If you think that's great a case of them retails for $140.16 but th Q-pon for this month makes them $102.98!!!  That, my friends, is only about $17 per can which is a much better deal than paying 26.69 for one can.  That is the same as getting about 2 of the 6 cans absolutely free.

To find out more about becoming a Q member for free go to and click on the tab that says The Q.  You might also want to view Thrive Q Videos and Host Benefits on my blog to learn more.

Now, for the contents of that awesome package:

  • 6 Hard White Winter Wheat
  • 4 Potato Chunks
  • 6 Elbow Macaroni
  • 6 Six Grain Pancake Mix
  • 3 Cornmeal
  • 3 Quick Oats
  • 6 Instant White Rice
  • 6 Sweet Corn – Freeze Dried 
  • 6 Green Peas – Freeze Dried 
  • 3 Broccoli – Freeze Dried
  • 3 Carrot Dices
  • 3 Mixed Bell Pepper
  • 3 Potato Beads
  • 3 Raspberries – Freeze Dried
  • 2 Strawberries – Freeze Dried
  • 6 Apple Chips
  • 6 Non-Fat Powdered Milk 
  • 4 Chocolate Drink Mix
  • 2 Cheddar Blend
Meats & Beans
  • 2 Bacon TVP
  • 2 Beef TVP 
  • 2 Chicken TVP
  • 2 Taco TVP 
  • 2 Pinto Beans
  • 2 Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Whole Eggs
  • THRIVE Orange Drink
Other Tools Included:
  • Deluxe Wheat Grinder
    • Sturdy and compact
    • Cone shaped burrs are self-aligning
    • Smooth, even milling
    • Creates 1/2 cup of fine flour per minute
    • Create grains at a fraction of the cost of store-bought
    • Stores easily in drawers, cupboards, and other small spaces
    • Adjustable texture settings
    • Stainless steel construction
Water Storage System:
  • 55 Gallon Water Container
    • Barrel is made from high-density polyethylene (food grade/ BPA Free).
    • Barrel comes in blue color to restrict light, which helps to control the growth of bacteria and algae.
    • Barrel weight when full is approximately 480 lbs.
  • Water Pump 
  • Sturdy Bung Wrench - doubles as a gas shutoff tool and provides access to storage barrels of all sizes.
  • Water Treatment Solution 
  • Instructions

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Would you be ready in 10 minutes?

I am teaching a class about 72 Hour Kits and Water Storage tomorrow night and I came across this video:

It made me think...would I remember to grab everything?  Anyone with little ones knows how easy it is to forget even the basic necessary things when you're not in panic mode.  I can't imagine how difficult it must be to do so when your home is about to be destroyed or if there are some scary unknowns in the picture.  But what if I'm not in a disaster prone area?

This video made me think, I might not be in an area prone to disasters, but there are always things that are unexpected that can come up.  PS. I'm not saying, go and buy the product they are selling, just saying think about what you need to do to be ready.

I bought a Shelf Reliance 72 Hour Kit which I love and would highly recommend.  Drew and I were looking to buy the materials separately on their own but found that a backpack alone that was the quality of this one was about $60.  I figured $20 more for everything else I needed was a fantastic deal.  I will be posting info on here soon in case you might be interested in building your own kit. (This is a 2 person survival kit that I'm talking about which usually sells for 160 but you can get it through me for about half off!) If you do have the money, I would highly suggest getting one that is already made so you can have it asap and make sure that you don't forget anything. Whichever way you decide, just get to it!

If you like this post, you may also like the following links: Water Storage72 Hour Kits and what we should learn from the Japan crisis,  AMAZING THRIVE Food and Water Storage Package SALE!!!

In case you're interested in the kit, here's what it contains:

  • 1 Heavy Duty Backpack (1 main compartment, 2 small top compartments, 1 medium compartment, and 2 zipping side pockets).
  • 1 Multi-function Knife (includes scissors, screwdriver, and nail file)
  • 2 (two) 3M®, N95 Deluxe Dust Masks
  • 1 Pair of Industrial Leather Work Gloves
  • 2 (two) 10-hour, Disposable Heat Packs
  • 10 Yards of 2” Duct Tape
  • 2 Bright Sticks (provides up to 24 hours of light, 12 hours each)
  • 2 name brand OB Tampons
  • 1 (one) 50-foot Rope
Shelter and Bedding
  • 1 Tube Tent with Rope
  • 2 Emergency Sleeping Bags – 84”x36” (windproof and waterproof)
  • 2 Ponchos with Attached Hood (one size fits all)
  • 2 Whistles
  • 1 Hand Crank Flashlight/Radio/Siren (no battery or electricity needed)
  • Universal DC Adapter for Portable Electronics (will charge cell phones, portable DVD Players, and any electronics with a DC plug in! Simply plug your DC device into the adapter, and plug the adapter into your hand crank flashlight. No batteries or electricity needed).
  • 1 Notepad and Pencil
First Aid
  • 1 First Aid Booklet
  • 1 Deluxe First Aid Kit Including:
    • 1 Pair of Scissors
    • 1 Ace Bandage
    • 1 Small Roll of Athletic Tape
    • 2 Iodine Pads
    • 2 Large Band-aids (4” x1.75”)
    • 20 Standard Size Band-aids
    • 4 Extra Strength Tylenol Caplets
    • 4 Pepto-Bismol Caplets
    • 2 Blistex Chapstick Pouches (.5g each)
    • 2 Antibiotic Ointment Pouches (.5g each)
    • 2 Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads
    • 1 Ammonia Inhalant Respiratory Stimulant
    • 2 (two) 3” x 2.25” Gauze Pads (2 ply)
    • 2 (two) 2”x2” Gauze Pads (12 ply)
    • 2 (two) 4”x4” Gauze Pads (12 ply)
    • 1 Pair of Tweezers (plastic)
    • 1 Pair of Disposable Vinyl Gloves
Food and Water
  • 12 - 8.45 fl. oz. Coast Guard Approved Emergency Water Servings
  • 2 Coast Guard Approved 3600 Calorie Food Bars
  • 1 Plastic, 8 Liter Emergency Water Bag (not pre-filled)
  • 8 Water Purification Tablets (1 liter per tablet)
  • 1 (one) 2-ply Toilet Paper Roll
  • 4 Tissue Packs (10 tissues in each pack)
  • 2 Toothbrushes
  • 1 Fluoride Gel Toothpaste (.6 oz)
  • 1 Hand Sanitizer(.5 oz)
  • 4 Wet Naps
  • 2 Cloth Wash Towels
  • 2 Re-sealable Storage Bags
  • 1 36” x 36” Heavy Duty Garbage Bag

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Free THRIVE Cookbook Drawing

It seems like its time for another drawing, don't you think so?  Since the most commonly researched item on my blog is the THRIVE cookbook (or Shelf Reliance cookbook)  I thought it would be nice to give one away.  Here's how to enter in just 3 easy steps:

1. Just post this picture on your blog:

2. Make it link to my website

3. Write a short blog entry on why you like Shelf Reliance, what your favorite item is and why you think it is important to get prepared.  Don't forget to email me at to let me know that you posted so I can check up on your post!

4. Become a follower on my blog.

Winner will be announced on June 1st.

Note: If you already have a cookbook, you can win one to give to a friend.