Wallace Farms Quality

When Justin and I were first married (and in my bachelorette days), we were eating whatever meat I picked up from the grocery store.  I based “health” on the percentage of fat in the meat.  Was it 80/20, 93/7?  I honestly had no idea what I was doing or what anything on the labels actually meant.

Fast forward a few years when our family embarked on this allergy-friendly, real-food journey. As with all labels, I realized there had to be something to what was on meat labels, and sure enough – there was lots learn! Grass-fed, grain-fed, nitrate-free, gluten-free, antibiotic-free…. so many confusing labels!

After much research, we quickly realized the health benefits of grass-fed beef (over grain-fed) and the benefits of supporting local farmers.  In Iowa, the land of GMO corn and soy, I knew I had to do some digging.  One of the first local farmers I came across was Wallace Farms.

Over the years we purchased meat from a variety of Iowa grass-fed farmers, but we always came back to Wallace Farms. (This post back in 2012 talks about ways to find local farmers. We had been using Wallace for sometime at this point.)

The Wallace Farms cattle eat nothing but grass and hay and are never given additives, synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics. Rather, these cattle eat what Mother Nature designed their bodies to digest – grass – nothing more and nothing less.

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Wallace Farms pays attention to soil, grass quality, animal care, and processing. This perfected process really does come through when you’ve tasted other grass-fed beef. Some other grass-fed beef might have a different texture or odor that can be unappealing. We’ve never experienced this with any Wallace Farms product.

For more about the Wallace Farms quality, check out Wallace Farms – How We’re Different. I learned a lot reading this, particularly about how the stress of an animal can impact taste. Fascinating!

Over the years we’ve been able to enjoy most of Wallace Farms offerings.  In fact, I kind of get silly-excited when it’s pick-up day!  Just look at that BEAUTY…

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The meat comes frozen, so I take it right downstairs to our deep freeze once we get home. Our pick-up location is about 8 minutes from our house.

If you’ve never ordered from Wallace Farms, it’s super easy! Register online, order during the open window (NOW for West Des Moines/Waukee), pay online or at pick-up, and pick your order up the following week. (Note: register and order before Sunday, Oct. 26, for pick up next week in Waukee and West Des Moines.)

Pick-up happens at 10 locations across Iowa and 3 in Illinois. Click the nearest location for the order and pick-up schedule for each location.

Also note that NOW is the time to buy your Thanksgiving Turkey! This is a great way to spread the gift of clean eating to your family this holiday.

Curious what to order? Join me tomorrow for my favorite Wallace Farms products.  In the meantime, check them out online and set up your profile so you’re ready to order when your window opens.

Fantastic Fridays

This weekend is all about the chaos!  We have a super busy Saturday with a birthday party at Climb Iowa and a LEGO building gathering at Toys R Us. I’m not sure Finn will be able to handle all the fun :)

Finn and I have been battling this nasty hacking cough all week. Finn’s been taking Zarbee’s at night, in addition to his humidifier and essential oils. I’ve been doing oils and some immune boosting supplements. It’s one of THOSE coughs that once you get takes seemingly forever to get over. Finn brought it home from school and then I picked mine up from Finn. Sharing the love, right? We’re hoping our coughing nights are behind us.

As you head into your weekend, enjoy my most fantastic finds from the web. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.

Fantastic Cough Remedy: I found this mix for our cough earlier in the week. It does help soothe our coughs during the day. This recipes comes from one of my blogger favorites. Gotta check her out. She saves the world with coconut oil. You think I’m kidding? She does!

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Fantastic Compost Lesson: I’m kind of obsessed with composting lately. I think it’s because I skimped on it this summer and am wanting to get back into the rhythm.  There are some areas in our garden we’ll be adding what’s left of our compost to in hopes it will kill the ill that the former owners left in their garden.  Fingers crossed.

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Fantastic Toy Ideas: Has anyone else started Christmas shopping? We’ve been toying with lots of “Santa” ideas, but these are some fun boy ideas for the holiday season. You can never get started too early, right?!  Anything with Legos and superheros are always a crowd favorite in this house!

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Fantastic iPhone 6 Cases: I am so happy to have a new phone! My previous phone was (no joke) 4 models ago and dying a slow, painful death. In recent weeks both the back and front of my old iPhone shattered. Gazelle still graciously gave me $35, but still…. it was time. Now, although the kids know my phone is now off-limits, I still need a case. I’ve never had a phone case before, and I’m kind of sad about it as I have the pretty rose gold iPhone. Something sparkly like this might make it all better :)

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Fantastic Fall DIY: Love this idea. I’m not one for the slop of pumpkin insides, although we’re getting to the age where that kind of mess is destined to happen. For as long as possible, though, I’d like our pumpkin decor to look more like this…

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Fantastic Stain Solutions: The Illinois Extension did a justice to all mothers by creating this guide. Seriously, bookmark it, pin in, print it, frame it. It goes through every possible stain you might have in your home and gives you a remedy for cleaning. I.Heart.Illinois… even if it did produce Blagojevich.

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Fantastic Apple Overview: I always question my apple choice when we go to the orchard or when buying them in the fall for special occasions.  This is such a down and dirty reference for what apples to buy when.

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Fantastic IKEA Upgrades: I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. Now first, I’m not Martha Stewart! I rely heavily on the inner webs to decorate our house, but there’s always been something about IKEA, although cheap and simple, that just seemed too blah in many cases.  Once again, inner webs to the rescue, IKEA has a firm place in my heart as there are so many simple swaps that can be made to pieces to class them up. Paint changes the world. Well, at least it can change a house.

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Fantastic Fall Treat: Some simple swaps could make this dairy-free. And so much yum. I mean, really. That g.l.a.z.e!

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Fantastic Wall Art: I can’t even choose which piece I love most. So simple and so fun.

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Fantastic Grain-free Snack: We are always looking for new snack recipes, particularly grain-free options. If I could get the kids to make these with me, I know they’d chow down. Helping making the food is key in our house, I’ve found! These are Whole30 approved, too.

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Fantastic Onsie: My older brother and his wife are expecting a sweet baby this spring, and I couldn’t be more excited. Finn saw this onsie and instantly wanted to get it for his Uncle Meatball. I mean, how perfect is this?!?

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Fantastic Honesty: If you’ve ever wondered what a group of 2nd graders might think about a six-course $220/plate meal, your question will be answered in this adorable video. The giggles! Oh, the giggles!

 Here’s to lots of adventures this weekend! What’s on tap for you?

My Mommy Mind

  • Justin and I had tickets to the So You Think You Can Dance tour in Ralston, NE, last Thursday. Justin, in case you’re wondering, enjoyed the local brew, Lucky Bucket :) Insanely fun night out!

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  • The following day, we bundled the kids up so my parents and I could take the kids to a local pumpkin patch. They loved it! Finn even did a “made for kids” zip line. Once was enough for that cautious monkey, though. The highlight was the hay rack ride.

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  • My dad and Finn raked and jumped in leaves later that day. This is much more fun for the kids, right? All that raking… not awesome!

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  • This morning we made the slight error sending Justin off to work with the carseats in his car. I noticed this just as we were about to get into our car for school.  Oh boy. Unexpected 30 minutes to play in the rain. They didn’t mind!Rain

What was the highlight of your weekend?