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The days are starting to cool off and it makes me want to spend all of my time outside before it gets too cold.  Our family loves to go on hikes, and I’m thinking this is the perfect time for a picnic.

Around here if I wait to make a fancy picnic meal we would never go.  So I turn to the tride and true PB & J.  For my 5 year old this is a dream come true, as this is her favorite meal.  Seriously the kids gets giddy and excited if you tell her that we are having sandwiches for dinner.  For the rest of us, I make it more fun by changing up the jelly.  Smucker’s has a Natural Fruit Spreads line which comes in Concorde Grape, Orange Marmalade, Red Raspberry and Strawberry flavors.

In all honesty picnic sandwich time is the one moment where I break all the mom rules and I am willing to make everyone a different type of sandwich.  We all have to be a YesMom on something, and this is one small moment where my family is thrilled to have exactly what they want.  So for tonights dinner we are having:

(1) PB & Grape Jelly
(1) Marmalade Sandwich (like Paddington Bear)
(2) PB & Red Raspberry

and for my Gluten free husband… he gets cream cheese with red raspberry topping to dip his gluten free crackers into.  The rest of us may help him a bit too!

Wanna join us on a picnic??

The Giveaway:

One Southern Savers reader will win a really nice picnic pack:

-One each: Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads in Strawberry, Red Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, and Concord Grape
Picnic basket (plates and utensils included)
Picnic blanket
Gingham spreader
Bocce Set
$75 Amex gift card
-Printed recipes: Chicken-Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing; Fizzy Grape Spritzer; Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips; Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing; Strawberry-Mint Couscous

To Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me your fun ideas they have for leading a natural lifestyle.

This giveaway is sponsored by Smucker’s, but all opinions are 100% my own.

The winner of this giveaway will be chosen and posted to the Giveaway Winners Page 9/25.

    • momof8

      We love picnics too! All eight of us! PB & J is a huge fav in our home as well.

    • Suz

      We love to be outside, even if we just take our food out to our picnic table (not sure if that qualifies as an actual picnic : )

    • megan

      this is such a cute giveaway! my family is trying to follow a natural plant-based diet and having a vegetarian picnic like this would be a perfect date!

    • Gina

      We love being outside. Also are trying to reduce sugar—using Smucker’s All Natural PB and love their all natural Strawberry. The others taste too sweet now. Thanks

    • Mona

      We make fruit popsicles with almond milk, frozen fruit and some jam. When we go on nature walks, we take them with us.

    • Elle C

      Honestly a picnic is the best natural idea I can think of-a great way to enjoy quality family time outside-just keep the phones and computers away!

    • Nate

      Our family loves to go for walks around the neighborhood and go to the park to feed the ducks.

    • Katy

      I take my kids to the children’s garden and let them dig in the dirt and go fishing.

    • Jamie Buchanan Benningfield

      Growing all the food we can ourself!

    • Laura84coupons

      Turn off the TV, go outside, and sit on the front porch just enjoying the beautiful creation and talking to each other!

    • fink6pack

      We like to do about anything outside. Riding bikes is our favorite!

    • Sherri

      We like to go fishing or go play in the park.

    • Jennifer L. Davis

      I live in the country, so it’s easy to grow my own food. I also can and preserve everything I can. Everyone loves my cinnamon pickles!

    • jenqps

      Go Geocaching!

    • Jennifer

      We love to go camping and garden.

    • sarah

      I make as many products for myself instead of buying my own. They taste better and I know exactly what is in them…no hydrigenated this and processed that!

    • sarah

      I make as many products for myself instead of buying my own. They taste better and I know exactly what is in them…no hydrigenated this and processed that!

    • LoriG

      I like to grow tomatoes and fresh herbs, and my husband and I love hiking, with or without our kids along. Nature is beautiful!

    • LoriG

      I like to grow tomatoes and fresh herbs, and my husband and I love hiking, with or without our kids along. Nature is beautiful!

    • mbates

      We love camping and being outside

    • mbates

      We love camping and being outside

    • srhtabor

      We love taking our 2yr old on a bike ride than finish off at the playground with snacks and enjoy the fresh air.

    • srhtabor

      We love taking our 2yr old on a bike ride than finish off at the playground with snacks and enjoy the fresh air.

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    • martha

      I love to garden-saves time at the grocery store!

    • martha

      I love to garden-saves time at the grocery store!

    • Jessica

      make as many products for myself

    • Kristin S.

      I grind my own flour and to make whole wheat bread. I’m also working on ridding our pantry of anything containing corn syrup. We love to go hiking, camping, walking, biking, etc. We love fall!!

    • Diane Givens

      i love fresh vegetables from the garden.

    • Tamara

      During the summer, I only shop at our local farmer’s markets (we are fortunately to have a different one every day of the week!), and purchasing locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. After the markets close, we subscribe to our local co-op for fresh locally grown veggies.

    • becca

      My youngest is gluten and dairy free so creativity is our friend! We love fresh fruits and veggies in dip or on skewers.. Putting any food on a stick makes the kids giggle and eat like crazy!

    • Allyssa Packett

      Making homemade cleasners and detergents for several years!

    • Teresa

      My husband and I love to picnic in our pasture with the dogs,cats and our horse sticking her nose in our bag to find a special picnic treat of her own!

    • debby

      We live in the “country” as well, so we have a garden. We also have been ridding our pantry of anything we can’t pronounce! The first thing to go was the high fructose corn syrup, but now we’re working on all of those chemical names… We buy as much “natural” and organic as we can afford and coupon as much as we can to save and be able to give too.

    • crately1180 .

      We’re ditching the processed foods and focusing more on fresh vegetables & fruits. I hit my local farmer’s market recently and bought a lot of herbs & spices (for a song!) to help give the food more flavor. I also invested in a steamer and a juicer as part of a continuing effort to embrace more natural foods. As for a picnic? Yes! I’m there—and this will sound crazy, I know–especially in a beautiful old cemetery. Quite peaceful. :-)

    • Emily

      We love to go for bike rides, grow a garden, and try to eat homemade meals every night

    • jlinsey

      My family loves fruit, just about any kind any where made any way especially natural. Aldis is on my weekly stock up fruit schedule as I can’t find any other store to bet their prices.

    • caylie

      We love smuckers and this would be a nice treat.

    • blessedsmith

      trying to eat more whole foods

    • Karen Duncan

      We are a gluten free family and have found shopping only the exterior walls of the grocery store is the best way to stay away from processed foods.

    • Cheryl

      I put vegetable scraps in my garden and use pine straw from surrounding woods to mulch my flower beds.

    • smel111

      Shopping at the farmer’s market and stores that specialize in natural foods. Makes using coupons hard, but it is worth it in the way we feel.

    • Roland

      We make sure that we exercise in some form 4 to 5 days a week.

    • Meg’s

      We love eating a natural diet and using coupons to supplement where we can’t do that!!

    • GG

      we are a family with food allergies, by living a more natural life style we all feel better. We do that by eating a more fresh natural diet.

    • Rhonda

      We pack our son’s lunch each and every school day with his favorite – pb & j and Smuckers. We love it and use it all the time.

    • wendy

      Produce share.

    • Dana Davis

      We are slowly trying to incorporate more natural whole foods in our diet and having a weekly hike at Cheatham Hill with the family. Love the strawberry smuckers! Hope we win!

    • AnointedSaver

      We’ve attempted to cut our processed food consumption and make more food from scratch.

    • Katie

      We walk to and from school everyday instead of driving.

    • Ja’Net

      Me and my family are now “Wheat Free”. It was a easy transition.

    • Felicia Laurente

      My kids have always been vegetable eaters, they are the only kids I know that request brussels sprouts on a regular occasion. We try to shop locally grown produce. My daughter loves to bring her wagon to the farmer’s market and fill it with her favorite foods. It makes her more excited to eat the things she has chosen and carted around.

    • Tina D.

      My grandmother had 3 strokes in January. Eating a more natural diet has made us appreciate good, natural foods. The less processed the better. Luckily she is doing better now. And so are the rest of us!

    • Samantha Rittlinger

      I have a picky eater and he loves pb & Smucker’s jelly sandwiches!

    • stickrn

      eatting healthier and exercising!

    • Christine

      We try to eat food that’s as natural and unprocessed as possible, which is tricky on a tight budget. Shopping with coupons and stocking up at Aldi allows us to use our money on more fruits and veggies.

    • ragen

      have a neighborhood garden

    • Rachel

      We are cutting out processed/pre-packaged foods. Shopping the “perimeter” of the grocery stores has really helped. Also trying to cut down on sugar.

    • d_Rachel

      Since berries are prone to high pesticide residues (and expensive), when we moved in I planted strawberries and a blueberry bush. This year we finally had a blueberry crop– so amazing to be able to just pick it off the tree :)

    • Sasha

      Shopping at the farmer’s market is a great way for kids to see different fruits and vegetables, meet the farmers, and eat delicious local produce.

    • Katie M.

      Eating fresh foods and working out!

    • Antoinette Brooks

      Our family of 8 loves the fruits taste of natural fruit spreads. It’s also a treat for my husband and I who are trying to eat healthier. Thanks to Smuckers for making eating healthy a better experience.

    • allyg24

      we try to eat as much from scratch as possible.

    • cayacoup

      I try to use only eco-friendly products (Seventh Generation is the best) but the biggest thing is I ask myself “How will this affect others/the environment?” I think if people were more conscious of their actions and how it will help/harm others (or even themselves down the road), they would make smarter choices across the board.

    • Karen Harris

      Taking the family to a true farm and allowing them to see how everything works…from milking cows to cutting and hauling hay….truly a blessing..

    • Esther C.

      We have started juicing with our produce. It gives us so much variety in our fruit and vegetable choices. It is a great way to get nutrients. We have also discovered the wonderful texture of all natural peanut butter!

    • Boni

      Drinking water with meals and buying local produce.

    • thompsonmarine

      Just getting outdoors – playing, hiking, swimming.

    • Cindy Gibson Miller

      As grandparents, we want to be around for a long time to enjoy our babies and picnics. We have started walking 3 days a week, outside for 20 minutes or more (rain or shine), reduced carbs and red meat. We also enjoy a salad before the PBJ.

    • bolton1

      eating organic when possible.

    • Rebecca Johnson Anderson

      I love when I am able to grow anything for my family to eat.

    • Diane

      My husband and I like hiking to waterfalls.

    • jenifer

      Staying active together and eating healthier together!!

    • Kayla

      getting outside and doing all sorts of physical activities with my dog and fiance! we try to eat lots of fruits and veggies and drink TONS of water!

    • Sarah

      I try my best to live as natural and organic as possible. However being only 17 I have a limited income. I use this site and others to find the best prices for organic/natural products. For living a healthy life I like to do yoga and go hiking when the weather is nice. I also love to cook my own meals, instead of buying all the junky pre-packaged meals.

    • Michelle Smith

      We love growing vegetables in the summer

    • paprika721

      I try to make simple, made from scratch meals

    • Ann Moore

      grow as much of our food as possible, hunt our food and eating natural foods

    • emileee

      I love growing herbs and veggies. We also picnic alot to save money and enjoy the outdoors!

    • Ariana

      My family loves to go to the park to hike. We also have been cutting down on processed/packaged foods and I make breakfast, lunch, and dinner using as much fresh and natural or organic foods. Trying new recipes and having the kids help is the best.

    • Sara K.

      We love finding and eating at restaurants where they either grow their own produce or use only local ingredients. At home we grow our own food and snack on lots of fruit and veggies instead of pre-packaged foods.

    • spi_cy13

      I would have organic, free range chicken, as well as organic fruits and vegetables for a picnic. Healthy and natural! :D

    • Jessica Hicks

      We like to walk around our neighborhood and also find new activities to do every week.

    • Amanda flake

      I would love to win this giveaway. We are BIG peanut butter and jelly/jammers.

    • Amanda Wilson

      I have vegetable gardens to can from, a compost bin for kitchen scraps and chickens to eat more scraps, bugs, turn the compost and give me eggs!

    • shannon c

      I try to limit our pre packaged, processed foods. We eat lots of fruits and veggies that are locally grown. I also grow my own herbs and try to have a garden every year. We eat very little meat, and when we do, I try to make sure it’s local and organic.

    • Andrea

      We’ve been talking about it for years, but we finally planted a fall garden…can’t wait to eat our own broccoli and spinach. I could make a yummy picnic salad…

    • Rachel

      we grow our own fruits and vegetables

    • supermomDH

      For my hair care and skin care regimens, I am switching to all natural products. For food, I am shopping for organic and all natural foods. I have GREATLY reduced the amounts of pre-packaged and processed foods my children are eating and traded them in for fresh and natural options.

    • Kristi

      We just started a garden and hope to keep it up to start growing all of our veggies

    • juliagoldieday

      We try to do a few little things to do our part: recycling, reusing, growing some of our own food and buying local.

    • Melody Foy

      Planning for our first baby due in January, I’ve collected homemade organic baby food recipes to make, and we’ve also started making our own homemade cleaners & laundry detergents!

    • Elena

      we grow fruits and veggies

    • melissa

      We have chickens, a small garden and have planted some fruit trees in our front yard. I also tried my hand and making some of our jams and jellies this year – mixed berry jam and muscadine jelly – both are really good.
      There are so many natural products to choose from these day and we always try to go with one of those options.

    • chichiwvu

      Smuckers is my favorite jams. we try to reuse and recycle as much as we can. I haven’t been able to plant a garden (and I’m afraid of killing all my veggies with my brown thumb), but I’ve been buying more produce from local stands.

    • DH

      Giving the kids their own fun water bottle to refill… no internet or cable at home- play outside and keeping fresh fruits on hands at all times

    • soundring

      I avoid foods with artificial sweeteners and preservatives.

    • Anne L

      We try to eat healthy, and spend time as a family being active!

    • Elizabeth

      We buy produce from a CSA.

    • paularowell

      Living on the river, fishing, big garden, loving life

    • Xiocastro

      Turn of the TV, get on a bike…pack some water and sandwiches (PBJ sounds fun) and go to any nature trail at a local state park as a family!! Like Paularowell said…Love life!

    • stephc

      being outside and together as a family

    • Tara

      We love eating food that we grow in our garden. :)

    • Mary C.

      We like to walk around our local park while our kids play.

    • cbachmann

      We love going on weekend long walks to the CVS and Harris Teeter. It saves gas and provides us with quality family time and exercise too!

    • SimplyDimples

      We have decided that with a move to a new state it would be a fresh start, so we have started our own indoor garden. (we don’t have a yard) We so far have various herbs, scallions and two pineapples just for fun. We have also gone organic and shop at our local farmer’s market for our delish dish creations. Everything is sooo tasty.

    • jgunter742

      Hunting for our meat

    • uthorns1976

      Take a nice stroll after dinner and even more often when the weather turns cooler. Also, eat more organic fruits and vegs.

    • Jessica Z

      We try to spend as much time outside and buy from farmers markets

    • Rachel

      The biggest change I’m making is growing some of my own foods, and buying lots of local produce. I also try to buy all the organic products that I can, and my next project is making my own laundry soap! This will be a nice way to do things the natural way, plus be cheaper on the budget!

    • amy

      We are trying to eliminate processed foods from our cabinets and buying organic products. We also had a productive summer garden and purchased lots of our produce at the local farmers markets.

    • Jenni Bob

      I plant a garden every summer. This winter I will also plant one. And this year even tho the rain was more than plentiful the cucumbers were good but too large for pickles. I had enough tomatoes and hot peppers for making and canning salsa. Which is all gone now, because my husband loved it and gave some away to his coworkers. Also I used stevia instead of sugar to sweeten the salsa.

    • Cindy

      Going to the gym and eating fresh veggies out of our garden!

    • April Hurley

      We are starting to lead a more natural lifestyle by planting container gardens in our yard, and using water from our rain barrell to feed them!

    • April Hurley

      We are starting to lead a more natural lifestyle by planting container gardens in our yard, and using water from our rain barrell to feed them!

    • joannecash

      I enjoy my garden, my daughter, Miriam, composts…so she had a spaghetti squash voluntarily grew in her compost heap. They ate and enjoyed it. Leading a natural lifestyle helps cut down on a lot of food allergies and food related illness. Food dyes are killers (not literally, unless your allergic), artificial sweeteners are linked to brain tumors. Natural is always best if at all possible. I would love to raise chickens one day. Fun, Fun, Fun Thanks Jenny!!!

    • esess

      getting out and playing with the kids outside!

    • Rita

      Limit all processed foods. Summer is a great time for either growing vegetables or going to the local farmers market. Anything home grown tastes so much better

    • Lauren

      I would love to start a garden!

    • Marcie

      Would love to grow my own veggies

    • Will

      Definitely try to buy organic

    • Noel

      We have chickens for eggs, it tastes so much better than store bougt

    • lucysullivan

      I use non GMO products in cooking

    • ThompsonFarm

      I became an “accidental farmer” this year, in my flower garden I had a FREE tomato plant just show up! My horticulturalist friend told me that more likely a bird or deer left me this gift from eating a tomato last year ….. If you know what I mean! So I was thinking since this area did so well with nurturing my tomato plant that I would plant my very own green peppers, cucumbers and carrots. And I plan on expanding my options next year. This also got my teens involved because my son tilled the dirt and my daughter helped plant. So overall I feel like I am on my way to a more natural lifestyle even if I got an accidental start. Some things just happen for a reason I guess.

    • susan

      We limit processed foods and eat fruits and veggies.

    • donna

      We call our garden an experiment cause we never know how it will turn out!

    • Kristin

      We love gardening..we think it’s fun and love seeing the veggies grow! Plus, we always have something fresh to eat

    • jocda

      To me leading a natural lifestyle would involve taking the family for a hike and packing a lunch for a picnic!

    • Barbara Nethers

      Grab a picnic lunch of Trim Healthy Momma goodies and go to the park. Eat and play!!

    • mami2jcn

      Grow your own vegetables.
      mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    • Maleka Howell

      We like to grow our own Fruits and Veggies and our family outings involve the great outdoors!

    • Lisa

      Camping and living outdoors!

    • Mandy

      We like to can veggies and make our own pizza sauce!

    • Jen

      Picnic lunch+ kindle full of FREE books+ lounge chairs+ bon fire+ hike+ dogs= awesome, fun time :)

    • JessieC

      We like baking zucchini bread using produce from our garden.

    • theaikenparrs

      We go on a family hike every Sunday morning — spending 2 hours in the woods with my 4 boys is about as natural as it gets!

    • CourtneyB

      My sister and I are the only two people from our family living in the south. Everyone else is still in New York. We live 50 minutes away but always meet up for picnics and go camping. Our first activity with all of us and my 5 day old baby at the time was a picnic! We make zucchini slices soaked in chivettas and pasta salad with basil, cilantro, and a ton of other herbs! Everything comes out of my sister’s apartment balcony “garden.” Strawberries, salad dressing made of blended herbs, lemons, and olive oil. I LOVE PICNICS and cooking healthy natural meals for our outings (:

    • MichelleOU

      For Mother’s Day, my husband planted me a garden with herbs, tomatoes, and peppers. I love being able to go in the backyard to grab ingredients for dinner!

    • ajawee83

      We try to grow our own veggies or buy locally and put it up during the summer and fall.

    • Emily R.

      My husband and I buy as much as we can organic, as many whole (vs. processed) foods as possible and do our best to eliminate chemicals and pesticides from our life!

    • andy breuker

      my family spends a good deal of time outside, try to healthier than we have been , and enjoy God’s creation!

    • Tonya

      We grow our own fruit, veggies, and herbs — totally organic. We also visit our local farmers market.

    • angelaccrn

      We have blueberry bushes passed down from my husband’s grandfather. He always had such a harvest of blueberries to pass out to family! Well, our bushes are spreading nicely down the fence-line and this was the first year they produced! So much fun to pick them everyday… we use them for everything… blueberry waffles and pancakes are the favorite picks around our house :)

    • emily

      we try to garden and get lots of exercise as a family…we also avoid GMO’s if possible!

    • Kelly

      Learning how to buy organic and still try to save!

    • Faith

      Grow our own vegetables.

    • esyke623

      It’s always great to let the kids help make the garden, then let them eat what they grew! Really steps up the vegetable consumption!

    • busy mom

      I am just starting on the make my own cleaners journey and learning to can. I plan to have a huge garden next year!

    • Clara

      We grow some of our own groceries as many country folks do but we love to go to the farmers market and support our local farmers.

    • missriza

      The way we try to lead a natural lifestyle and to keep it simple…drink tap water (not the fancy bottled water), grow what we can or buy directly from local farmers, and reuse, repurpose, or recycle.

    • Ari

      Being outside in the garden (flower and veggie)and going to the Farmer’s Market

    • Sara S

      We canned and made a lot of pickles this summer.

    • Pal Ofmine

      Being Natural is the only way to go…I like the freshest food and never let it go to waste. That keeps you healthy so you can enjoy this wonderful earth.

    • Melinda Tam Orlando

      I would love to win this! Having a picnic with my husband, just one month before we welcome our first child, sounds wonderful. And we love using natural products. We own a gym and my husband is a personal trainer as well as we know how important good I friends are.

    • Diana

      I love shop at the produce stand for fruits/vegetables and also get some fresh air.

    • kc

      try to eat healthy with fresh fruits and veg

    • asgcoach

      Fruits and veggies all the way! Fresh or lightly cooked… YUM!

    • Ruth

      Take advantage of local farms! We recently went to a local apple orchard and picked 3 bushels of apples that have been turned into two batches of apple sauce, apple pie, fried apples and lunch snacks! All for $15!

    • Carol

      I limit processed foods

    • Robin Schreiber

      We go on picnics with the nice weather, too. We eat loads of fruit like apples and pears on picnics. They travel well and we enjoy snacking on them as we walk. We also pack mixed nuts and lean jerky. This package looks so nice, we would love to win!!

    • Diane N.

      We have done some container growing this year. The gophers get everything we plant in the ground.

    • Pat Morgan

      Enjoy the fresh fruits as well as the Smucker’s natural fruit spreads. Kids love to help pick fresh fruits and they are more apt to eat what they have picked. Pack a lunch for the park after picking at your local farms or orchards. You can also let them help pick out produce & make a picnic lunch day for the whole family – no tv or games for several hours – just quality time! Start yuoung & it might become a ritual to remember.

    • rachel

      Making cookies together (jam thumbprints — use Smucker’s natural fruit spreads in raspberry!) instead of buying them. Way healthier and more fun :)

    • cher

      Spending time with my brother and his family who live on the opposite coast is always fun. We all eat healthy and my nephew has the best time even over amusement parks just being in the pool.

    • ashleydawn200483

      We love to shop at our local farmers market. The kids love to help pick out which fresh fruit and veggies we are going to buy. They fill my buggy full of fresh produce and I love it!

    • amy w

      Love buying local produce and taking the time to go online and learn new ways to use them to change up the meals.

    • Jea

      We go to the farmers market and pick out items that can be prepared on a grill/eaten at our near by state park for a great outdoor day of fun.

    • melsmayhem

      With a few conflicting diet restrictions in the family, it is so much easier to grill and so much healthier. I have the kids help pick meals and snacks for the week and they have to tell me two fruits and/or veggies they will eat in their lunches. It helps, even if just a little. And, we banned sodas in the house; the kids have to walk a mile each way to 7-11 to get one. That’s helped tremendously!

    • Donna

      Farmer’s markets are great and after you buy things that look so good you have to get creative with them because you don’t know what to do with them

    • Joy Forehand

      I grow my own vegetables and shop at the local farmer’s market. Then I can my vegetables and fruit

    • Tristan Hannah Ambrozewski

      I have to say my family is a HUGE fan of the smuckers natural fruit spread. Since my DD is allergic to treenuts she can eat PB&J’s so we just make jelly sandwiches in our home instead. We have a farm just down the street from us and we love to pick our own fresh fruits and veggies. Just lately, since the weather is cooling down we’ve been getting outdoors more. Our plan during this nice weather is to enjoy it by walking/running/playing outdoors.

    • ProMom

      I’ve been trying to show my son the beauty in nature, he’s 3 1/2 (his words not mine), so we’ve been making a nature collection.

      We visit different types of places (i.e. the river, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga Battlefield) and he gets to bring up to three mementos, no bugs or trash, home to put in his jar (a repurposed peanut butter jar) that reminds him of the place. Now, acorns, leaves, shells, and “pretty rocks” live as treasure on my son’s shelf.

    • Spinner

      I like shopping at farmers markets and cooking what I buy with my home grown herbs (basil, parsley, and rosemary).

    • Deborah Pressley

      My family and I recycle and we use coupons to buy foods that are healthy.

    • Garden Lady

      I love to grow food and flowers without using chemicals. It is good exercise to garden and pulling weeds may not seem like fun, but the results are satisfying when you know that you didn’t hurt yourself with any poisons. Eating healthy food and enjoying the beauty in nature are so good for your body and soul.

    • lisa

      We have a garden and can our food for the winter months we also have chickens for the eggs and process our own beef.

    • Amanda G

      We try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables as often as possible.

    • Erin

      We visit a blueberry farm in the summer and freeze them for the year. Then in the spring we pick strawberries to freeze.

    • Jenn Smith

      We have our own garden & try to eat mostly fresh fruit

    • wendyof

      Lots of fresh fruits and veggies!

    • Barbara

      Love taking the grandkids to pick strawberries, blueberries and apples. So much fun and good to eat.

    • Bee

      Going to the lake.

    • michelle

      I use honey instead of sugar in my fruit smoothies

    • Lonnie

      We try to eat as little processed food as possible, including fresh vegetables and fruit when we can.

    • Robin

      It’s tree shaking time in Tennessee. My family takes times (gently) shaking the pear tree to drop some pears down for homemade pear “butter.” Once the pears start dropping around you, and some times on you, it’s hard not to laugh. Good times.

    • Debbie

      Been canning all summer.

    • amy

      we eat alot of fruit that we grow around here. They help pick it and they help eat it!

    • DawnM

      We take lots of walks together & spend a lot of time in our garden.

    • katie

      Trying to eat fresh fruits and veggies.

    • Mycroft

      Started to make my own freezer jam about a year ago. Still love it!

    • Allison

      Family bike rides and picking out fresh produce to eat at the local farmers market.

    • kyfong

      In living a natural lifestyle I like to each whole foods as much as possible and go for lots of walks and bike rides instead of driving

    • Elizabeth

      we have a garden and try growing as many of our own veggies as possible. We also purchase a grass fed cow every 18 months. We know who and where and how it was raised.

    • CouponingMom4life

      Our family enjoys gardening together! My youngest (Age3) loves to pick our organic strawberries straight out of the garden (we rinse at the hose)!


      This is our first year at trying to live a homesteading lifestyle. There is a lot that we still have to learn. We enjoy fresh veggies from the garden and eggs from the chickens.

    • I’m trying to eat less pre-packaged and processed foods and cook with more fresh food at home.

    • Beth

      starting a raised garden bed

    • Patty

      Gardening and trying to eat more fruits and veggies. Also going for walks in the park and trying to recycle more.

    • AmyB

      We eat as many organic, whole foods as we possibly can. We try to follow the rule: If it doesn’t come out of the ground, or have a mother, don’t eat it. :)

    • Ashley Parrott Dunham

      For me, organic gardening on a small scale at home has helped me to prepare and consume more natural foods. I only have space and lighting for a few plant varieties per season, but I get a good yield and find that having fresh foods on hand encourages me to shop for other fresh foods to complete my dishes.

    • mommyking

      we just spent time with friends we haven’t seen in a couple of years. They invited us to pick pears from their trees at their new home. I have been making homemade pear sauce for the FAM and sharing our excess pears with family and friends. It doesn’t get much better than catching up with old friends, picking fresh fruit, trying a new recipe, and sharing the bounty!

    • cuponesyahorros

      We go every week to the local farmers market, and try to eat non procesed food. We love to go to pick your own fruit and vegs, and have a good time together doing that.

    • Jan

      We hang our laundry on the line as much as possible and planted a small garden.

    • Rebekah

      Trying to eat more fruits and veggies! Friend raises chickens for eggs and has garden that we help her with! :)

    • Shawn

      We eat more fruits and veggies and even grow our own. I make homemade laundry detergent and bar soap and we have had no skin issues since.

    • Sue

      The comforters and clothes are washed in a machine but hung out to dry and then given a 10 min spin in the dryer to fluff them up.

    • Debra

      Walks in the park or biking in the neighborhood and communities are great options. Preparation of organic and less processed foods are always a great addition to any day!

    • Rachel V

      We take walks daily and eat a ton of fruits, still working on getting more veggies into the mix

    • Naomi

      I breastfeed my baby, wash dishes by hand, hang my laundry, fight with our garden, hoping to start canning while we buy produce when it’s cheapest if we can’t grow it. I think it would be fun to have bees and chickens :)

    • Mike Tollefsrud

      Trying to Smucker it all up and spread it around…problem is our Kroger is not yet carrying this Spreadable SMuckers yet. How can I picnic around the river without Smucker Spreadable?

    • mike

      made it a routine to get all the kids involved in walking around the block with us and they love it

    • lizbister

      I like to use my own herbs from our herb garden

    • megan

      we have recently started a garden and now mainly eat what we grow!

    • Josh

      I use as many fresh and natural ingredients as possible!!

    • sandra

      Im trying out new recipes with using things we grew in the garden.

    • Kerri Horton

      I’m doing a fun science project with my kids to teach recycling. How long does it take items to decompose? We put different household items in a jar, cover with dirt, and leave outside for 2 weeks. Soon my kids will see bottle caps, fruit skins, newspaper, etc after 2 weeks….ew! But what a fun way to understand how important it is to recycle, reduce, and reuse! Just because you throw something away, doesn’t mean that it goes away!

    • Donna

      I’ve been buying more produce at the Farmer’s Market.

    • drjay

      I have stopped buying most products with corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, and have started keeping a continuous supply of fresh fruit and berries (I love the Driscoll’s program and the target mobile fruit coupons)… I am finding it a lot easier to eat healthy now that I am using southern savers to get good deals on organic and natural products. My daughter also loves having picnics and tea parties with mommy in the afternoon under the shade tree in our front yard.

    • Amber Winebarger Riley

      We are canning our veggies from the garden!

    • Jennifer

      We’re starting a garden :))))

    • Jillian Mayifar

      My daughter and I are cooking together using fresh veggies far more often. Some days we stay away from meat all together.

    • Kishak20

      We have spent all summer gardening, canning, freezing and preserving so to enjoy all the benefits of our garden until next year!

    • jen

      I have been eating more fruits and veggies and trying to stay on a paleo diet.

    • southernrach

      I have been slowly trying to change our foods to more natural (although the kids still love their processed junk on occasion). We buy Smucker’s grape jelly as it is my son’s favorite and it is nice to know I don’t have to worry about that being unhealthy or unnatural. My youngest daughter and I actually “picnic” everyday as we wait to pick up her big sister from playschool. I keep a towel in the van and we pack her Dora lunchbox with yogurt and grapes and cheese (and sometimes a cookie for dessert) and we’re ready to go!

    • gingerbiz

      We enjoyed working and harvesting from our garden. We feel better eating fresh unprocessed foods and we love being outside.

    • becca

      we take walks as a family after dinner

    • patti

      swim on your back and look at beauty from a different angle

    • Amy

      We don’t buy junk food, if we are craving something sweet we go out for ice cream.

    • VP22

      I like experimenting with new (to me) fruits and vegetables that I did not eat in the past.

    • dlbandjeb

      We have been only buying organics or natural items as much as possible and family active activities!

    • lisa fowler

      While hiking, we like to pick berries and eat them along the trails. The kids get a big kick out of it and we really can get them to eat their fruits by doing so.

    • Elizabeth Bryan

      My husband and I have been avoiding buying sweets and we work out together 5-6 days/week. On the weekends we enjoy going to a local park with trails or to the mountains for a hike–it’s great exercise and a lot of fun!

    • Making “natural” things unique makes them much more fun. We like natural living, but we like it more if we do it up our way!

    • PJ

      Our family project this summer was diverting the guttering into barrels to create our version of a cistern. It works great! We used rainwater collected to water all of our flowers and vegetables.

    • clk_mom

      I am trying very hard to plan all of our meals, even lunches, so we don’t end up with so much take out/fast food with all the processed ingredients.

    • Jennifer

      Trying to eat less processed foods and getting out in nature as much as possible.

    • Ash Johnson

      I started a vegetable garden in my backyard.

    • Betty B.

      We got our kids involved in planting a garden this year and my boys have been loving eating all the veggies that we’ve gotten from it. Everyday they check on the garden :)

    • mellamobug

      Mountain biking on the Pinhoti Trail followed by a nice dinner with the grass fed steaks from Fresh Market.

    • janclip2save

      We had a square foot garden this year. I collected rain water in five gallon buckets to water the garden with. I got the buckets free from Ingles.

    • Sandy

      One of the best things I ever did was to invest in a couple of family coolers from “31” when they were on sale and have them monogrammed. We have two sizes. With three out of six of us being totally gluten-free now (one child has a serious wheat allergy and two of us just feel WAY better), we’ve all become much pickier about eating out. We used to eat out a couple times per week, but now hardly ever. We haven’t been to a McDonald’s in three years, and the only places my kids don’t go “yuck” over are Chick Filet and Chipotle. We’ve finally gotten the hang of remembering to pack snacks and meals for when we’re going to be on the road all afternoon running to home school outings or basketball games. Everyone in our family has their own stainless steel Contigo bottle, and everyone is in the routine of filling their own water bottle before we leave the house. Having our cute coolers always cleaned up and ready to go with their own spot in the pantry has been the best thing to help us retrain our habits.

    • Vivian

      We do not buy soda and canned/microwaveable food. We try to buy organic food when there is a good deal!

    • Denise

      We live in Phoenix, so for about half the year no one wants to picnic outside under the blazing sun. We hold special picnics in the living room – complete with picnic cloth and picnic foods.

    • buddybabs

      We started growing our own vegetables. It’s fun for the kids and so much healthier.

    • kim spelman

      i love your site…lets see, my kids might be grown, but they still ask me to make them snacks when their over, their favorites being a pb & j sammi with Smuckers Raspberry jam, a fresh but apple or banana, some cheezits, and homemade cookies or brownies..we live near a beautiful lake, so i will throw em a treat together, with a couple bottles of water, & they take Blitzy the family dog down to run and chase the ducks while they enjoy – mom’s snack…no fast food for these boys…:)

    • Anita Shipley

      We try to limit sweets/treats to once a week and have healthy snacks available.

    • sweetk3346

      We collect our fresh eggs from our flock of chickens. They are the best I have ever tasted!

    • Charity

      We try to eat healthy foods.

    • Lisa Brown

      eat organic, healthy food, take walks outdoors and get fresh air into the lungs for health.

    • Teresa

      We don’t eat at fast food restaurants!

    • Ifer Waugh

      When I think about that I think about the “older” days. Not so old because it is how I grew up. Picking things fresh from the gardent and canning them. Having chickens and cows for milk and eggs. Freeze things for the winter and having them until sping. When we moved away I asked my Mom where we would get milk after we moved. she smiled and said from the grocery store. Never tasted the same. Now my friends are asking me how to can.

    • Toni

      My family likes junk food but I make them delicious whole-grain brown rice-based, legume-based vegan meals once in a while despite the fact they may not want them. In case my husband does not want the vegan meal, I have a different meal “in the wings” waiting as a substitute for him. (At least I can get the good stuff down him sometimes this way.) At suppertime I try to make many vegetable sides to go with the main dish, including things like squash or sweet potatoes (sometimes as baked fries), vegetable salads, and various frozen vegetables. I buy fresh berries almost every week in season–USA-grown only. Even if it is a small package or two, it is better than none. We eat them alone raw or sprinkle them on our salads. We filter our drinking and cooking water as well as run it under ultraviolet light to kill the living organisms in it. When I buy bread from the grocery store, I only buy bread made with unbromated flour (such as Pepperidge Farms). My husband likes meat with every meal, so I use wild-caught cold water salmon, Mahi, Haddock, or some other good fish once or twice a week. I wish I could afford organic meats such as organic grass-fed beef, but I can’t do this very often. I cut down on meat by doing things like mixing it with beans for tacos or with extra rice in stuffed cabbage rolls (galumpki).

    • melissa

      We make school lunch everyday to be healthy-

    • Stacey Moody

      Every time we go to Ingles or Kroger we go on the “manager green tag special” look out in the produce, meat, and organic section! It is kinda like “I SPY”, but the store host it every time we go. ;) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    • Summer Chesshir

      We have made it a habit to walk to school when possible, pack our own school lunches most days, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, recycle, and reuse what we can. We also donate and buy gently used clothing.

    • Summer Chesshir

      We have made it a habit to walk to school when possible, pack our own school lunches most days, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, recycle, and reuse what we can. We also donate and buy gently used clothing.

    • Sara

      We visit the farmer’s market, re-use when we can, and turn trash into “Treasures” with art projects! :) And this Smuckers natural jelly is our go-to for store-bought jams when Grandma’s homemade jam runs out! We plow through it quickly since PB & J is a family fave :)

    • Mook Lisa

      We grow as much of our own fruits and vegetables as possible, have chickens for eggs, raise our own organic beef.

    • We buy from the local farmer’s market and try to eat more fresh (not processed) food. We also use natural cleaners! :)

    • We buy from the local farmer’s market and try to eat more fresh (not processed) food. We also use natural cleaners! :)

    • We buy from the local farmer’s market and try to eat more fresh (not processed) food. We also use natural cleaners! :)

    • Brandi

      We re-use anything we can. We buy local products and groceries. This doesn’t only help keep our family healthier but it also benefits the local community.

    • Brandi

      We re-use anything we can. We buy local products and groceries. This doesn’t only help keep our family healthier but it also benefits the local community.

    • Terry

      We try to get some exercise in each day and limit the sweets!

    • frances

      We have a small backyard garden (best tasting tomatoes in years), compost, freeze fruits before they go bad, make our own laundry detergent, and always pack a lunch. Small things do make a difference!

    • Sandy J.

      Trying to get exercise in as much as possible!

    • Sunsand

      We have a container garden. My 7 year old helps tend the garden so that he can be an active part in eating healthier.

    • couponangels3

      My family has had a difficult time cutting back on the sweets. We are all trying to eat better. But when it comes to the P & J sandwiches those are the backbone of our survival! Candy and cookies go away but the Peanut butter with Smucker’s are here to stay!

    • kimberly

      walking together

    • CPreacher

      We have been trying to cut out processed foods and sugars. Go straight to the source!!

    • Tim Kittleson

      We compost all of our scraps and recycle whatever we can. Saving money by only having garbage pickup once a month!

    • Leslie

      Our favorite desserts are fresh fruit (that is why we love Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spread)!

    • Jessica

      I have been recycling everything! Using old containers for storage and other things. I walk to school and work often and I also eat only unprocessed foods.

    • Melissa

      I do as much as possible to live a natural life we cloth diaper make homemade babyfood use cloth paper towels make out own products as much as possible

    • Tammy

      I try not to eat foods with preservatives. I also try to limit red meat and incorporate fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs into our diet as much as possible.

    • Scottish1996

      I try to eat local organic as much as possible. I teach my godchildren about organic by doing taste tests between organic and non organic food they have at home. They always seem to choose the organic and are really surprised it has ore flavor. Plus they learn more about where it comes from by using a map and pins to show how far it traveled and the impact on the environment.

    • Elizabeth

      I know it is not all that unique, but I try to live a natural life by focussing on natural foods. I find that when I try to give my family natural, minimally processed foods, that tends to carry over in other areas of life as well. Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads are a favorite at our house for this very reason!

    • Elizabeth

      I know it is not all that unique, but I try to live a natural life by focussing on natural foods. I find that when I try to give my family natural, minimally processed foods, that tends to carry over in other areas of life as well. Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads are a favorite at our house for this very reason!

    • romy

      we eat only natural unprocessed food, my kids love marmalade sandwich, thanks

    • Britney

      Join a CSA. Always a good idea.

    • Tabathia

      Instead of eating out so much, we often start by cooking at home and often use organic poultry and healthy seasonings

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    • Kristian W

      We now make our own laundry detergent, dish detergent, and body wash. It is cheaper, healthier for us, and healthier for the environment. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    • My family tries to eat lots of fruits and veggies and spend lots of time outside.

    • Annette Wilder

      Every year for science projects we examine the products that we use around the house. It’s lots of fun and we all learn something at the same time. We have examined our energy usage, and what appliances use the most energy (we found out that we saved $25 a month by just unplugging our microwave). We built a clothesline to save energy. Our focus is not only on eating healthy but reducing our electric energy usage, because that is a more natural way of life.

    • Amy Bentz

      I just started removing all items with artificial colors from our diet. I also buy organic as much as possible. Hoping little steps will add up to big health benefits!

    • smtrueunc

      We don’t eat much processed food and are gradually cutting out more of it. We try to replace it with fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve stopped buying ‘cream of’ soups’ and make my own and I hope to stick with making our own waffle/pancake mixes (which we eat alot of)

    • Sara

      I actually got some of the Smuckers Natural Jams with coupons a few weeks ago. My husband was inspired and went to the store to get canning items. He wound up with pie filling instead of jam–delicious, but he’s decided to leave the jamming to smuchers. We’ve moved on to canning veggies.

    • Trish S

      We eat lots of fruits and veggies. I take my toddler outside a lot to the park and zoo. I buy more organic food now than before as I have been able to find more coupons for it lately.

    • Laura Taft Coblentz

      With 6 of our 7 kids still living at home, we REALLY enjoy the fruits (pun intended) of our labor. Yesterday we picked 28lbs of pears and 68 lbs of apples from our trees. We enjoyed the laughter and memories as we picked, washed, peeled and sliced the apples making batches of apple crisp for the freezer and enjoying a warm batch together. :)

    • B Perry

      My husband plants a great garden each year and we freeze our excess to use throughout the months to come.

    • Lynn Kramer

      With our busy lives we act like children and have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch during the week. Jif Peanut natural peanut butter — smooth for hubby and crunchy for me — because it has less sodium than Skippy (though I love that one too), Smuckers jelly in various for my hubby and just grape for me, and Pepperidge Farm 15 grain bread (no additives). Add a healthy something (like yogurt) and it’s amazing how long we can both go before we get hungry!

    • MichelleB

      Our family has cut out the processed foods and sugars. We are eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and taking walks and doing more outside activites to stay active and healthy.

    • Logansmom318

      Growing our own fruits and vegetables works great for us. I’m also planning to make my youngest’s baby food when he starts eating. I love all the easy ways there are to be healthier and frugal at the same time! :)

    • Melissa

      I plan on making my son’s baby food when he is old enough to eat solids. I also grow some of my own veggies, and want to expand from there.

    • Melissa

      I plan on making my son’s baby food when he is old enough to eat solids. I also grow some of my own veggies, and want to expand from there.

    • Christina Young

      We visit our local farmer’s market and buy potted herbs, fruit and vegetables, and grass fed beef.

    • Jen Zim

      my son can not have any artificial colorings or preservatives. so i am always looking for true natural products not just something that says natural !! he would eat pb&j breakfast, lunch & dinner if allowed :)
      we try to alternate jelly flavors and keep him limited to one pb&j per day.

    • Guest

      we have an organic garden!

    • Ashley C

      I do yoga daily and am working with teaching my kids to build their confidence


    • Ashley C

      I do yoga daily and am working with teaching my kids to build their confidence


    • meredith

      We try to workout as a family – doing fun physically active things to stay healthy together

    • Kat

      As an extended family we have been growing vegetables and fruits. We live were we can have a garden all year. The most exciting thing is to watch a child grasp the idea that vegetables and fruits come from plants and trees, not a can.

    • amber

      I think a little family veggie garden is fun and educational

    • sheena Davis

      definitely having a garden helps with a healthy lifestyle!!

    • pan_102

      Get outside as much as possible.

    • erint

      Cooking meals and including the family in the preparation helps us to have quality time. This also helps us eat better and more natural. What a wonderful way to spend time together!

    • Kraig Le Fevre

      We love Autumn! My family enjoys the cool, crisp weather and all the beauty of the richly colored foliage, by walking, hiking and getting outside as much as possible for bonfires and other adventurous activities!

    • Amanda

      Where ever we go, we always pack a picnic. Depending on how long we’re gone and what we’re doing determines what we pack. For small day trips, we’ll do the sandwiches and fruits with bottled water. If its a big trip to the amusement park, we’ll add pretzels/nuts and a desert option to keep the family energy up. It saves money and keeps us from giving in to the french fries and fried corn dogs. The family knows the drill so we don’t even get requests when we pass by the tempting food stands or various fast-food joints. Its a great way to eat healthy on the go and save money. I know it takes more preparation to pack meals ahead of time but I try to think about the meltdowns we’ve avoided by always having food/drink on hand. Also, the the stress avoided by not dropping $12 on a hot dog that tastes like cardboard in moment of desperation. Love the idea of switching up the jelly!

    • D Schmidt

      We are thinking of growing our own fruit and vegetables and removing processed foods from our diets mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

    • Deb

      Buy produce from farmer’s market and cook from scratch more versus eating out.:)

    • Andi

      Going for a family picnic, playing outside instead of video games, and focusing on each others instead of phone, electronics, etc.

    • EP

      We cook on Sunday for the next two days it saves on time and we spend more time together.

    • OHerin

      We make leading a natural lifestyle fun by allowing our children to be part of the process. Whether it is sewing seed in the garden, gathering eggs from the chicken coop, shopping for fruit for tomorrow’s lunch, or flipping pancakes in the morning, our young children take an active roll. Crooked rows of corn, bruised fruit, the occasional cracked egg, and flour on the kitchen floor, ..all are small prices to pay for teaching our children the satisfaction of living close to the land and making healthy food choices.

    • One fun way to go natural is learn how to grow some food and make it a family event. Everyone has a hand in it.

    • meg

      we have started an herb garden for all our recipes!

    • We started a small garden. Its surprisingly fun and keeps us eating healthier since we don’t want to waste our hard work :)

    • Tammi Ulaszewski

      Our family leads a natural lifestyle many ways. We go to the local farmers market to get our fruits, vegetables, and meat. We make our own bread. Almost every night despite our busy schedule we eat dinner as a family and talk about our day or things going on. We have a local trail that we hike, bike, ride scooters. We also enjoy getting involved in reenactments it is a good way to show our children how life was before video games and electronics. In this busy fast pace world we live in it is hard to be natural, but I feel my family does many activities that fits this.

    • julieinGA

      I work as well as homeschool my kids so time is a premium. Our natural lifestyle includes home-cooked meals from fresh ingredients. I cook and freeze meals on Saturdays for the whole week. It only takes a few hours and saves GOBS of time during the week . . . just heat and eat.

    • Christine B

      Joining a CSA guarantees that we always have plenty of fresh, natural food in our fridge

    • Lynne

      We try to lead a natural lifestyle by not buying products with high fructose corn syrup.

    • Jill Brown

      Enjoy the outdoors as much as possible

    • sinjen L

      get off the computer and go outside, and drag the kids, minus their cellphones with you.

    • Ayisha

      A healthy lifestyle is from the inside out. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are perfect because they are high in protein. A good eventful day out is gathering the kids together with a picnic lunch and going to the mountains to wonder around and learn about the things in nature the kids are not aware of. Also, feeding them a healthy but tasty lunch and them knowing that not only is it good but good for you. So the family is all together out in nature and eating good food to fuel them for the way down the mountain.

    • MJSmith1970

      My family are big sports players. We love softball and volleyball outside. We love to go hiking and a picnic is icing to the cake. We love PB&J sandwiches and the kids love them. They all have high energy levels and the sandwiches are such a great way to keep the fuel going naturally.

    • lil A’s mom

      we like to go on hikes this time of year!

    • emma

      My family loves to spend time together walking.