Deeply Rooted :: The Spring Cleanse + Giveaway

I've had my eye on this cleanse for awhile now...and I'm so excited to share it with you! If you've been around for a bit, you know that I've been passionate about good, whole foods for a long time. There is a wealth of my favorite archived recipes and thoughts about food at my blog, Happy Foody. Green smoothies are my fave...and I even sell Vita-Mix Blenders cuz I'm obsessed with mine!  (pssssst...check out the new personal sized blender! so cute.)

Since Emma was born, my dedication to healthy foods has taken a backseat to just surviving life with 3 littles. I happily and intentionally started eating meat and fish again during my pregnancy (after 7 years as a vegetarian), and loved it. Many of you have inquired about that...and the simple answer is that I was sick of following rules regarding my food. I wanted to eat intuitively, and not have to bring my own food to people's houses. I wanted to take part in what they had lovingly prepared. I know that not everyone has the luxury to make that choice. But I did...and it's been very fulfilling. 

With that said...I'm in a rut. Understandably, with our house remodel (and no kitchen), we have fallen into bad habits with "easy" (and unhealthy) foods. Lots of prepared/processed food. Pizza. Eating out a lot. Can you say chips and dip? Mmmmmm. I know that for the most part, we still eat much differently than most people. We don't fry anything. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. Farm eggs. Organic if there is a choice. Almond milk is my BFF. Heck, we even ate only raw foods for almost a year.

But I'm longing for more nourishment. More greens. More depth. More planning. Less throwing something together at 6pm. 

I could try to do this by myself. But it's going to be WAY more fun to jump into this gentle 10 day cleanse with Stephanie and kick-start our eating habits for the spring. And...I'm hoping that I have a new kitchen by then!

I asked Stephanie a few questions about the cleanse...and here is what she said.

I love how you approach cleansing from a seasonal standpoint. How is the Deeply Rooted program tied to the seasons and what will the focus of the Spring Cleanse be?

I have been running cleanses for a few years now and immediately recognized the necessity of connecting our needs for inner healing with the seasons. When we look at traditional Eastern healing practices there is a direct correlation between the seasons and specific organs in our body that need extra support during a particular time. For example, in the Winter cleanse we focused on nourishing the bladder and the adrenal glands. For the Spring we'll be paying special attention to our livers and our gall bladders.

 Each cleanse menu is different, focusing on seasonal nourishing foods that help us gently cleanse our bodies and revitalize our hardworking organs so that we can live with more radiance and health. There is a reason for every vegetable, fruit, nut, seed and herb to be on the menu. In this year's cookbook, participants will see familiar foods like strawberries, asparagus, fresh herbs and other spring favorites and learn how to work with them in simple yet inventive ways.

During the cleanse the focus isn't just on food either. Each daily support letter I write also includes season specific self care practices and tips on how to address our emotional state from a seasonal standpoint. I love showing women how connecting to what nature has to offer on our plates and in our bodies allow us to feel more grounded and centered.

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You seem so connected to the natural world, How do you show others how to reconnect outside of the kitchen and what are the benefits of that?

What I love about this course is that it is so not just about the food! I want women to get excited to nourish and pamper themselves. One of my mantras is "Beauty every day is a non-negotiable". We can bring beauty into our lives in so many different ways: Creating new self care practices, letting go of limiting beliefs, finding a tribe of like minded women to support and be supported by, discovering new ways to adorn our bodies and even our homes.

Each season allows us a brand new opportunity to reconnect back to ourselves. I almost feel like it a rebirth of sorts and in spring even more so! When we connect with the season we are connecting with ourselves. Cleansing allows us to see who we truly are when our patterns are disturbed and we are asked to stretch ourselves out of our comfort zone and into new places.

What advice would you give someone who feels a little apprehensive about joining in on a cleanse?

Oh my goodness, I used to BE one of those people! I thought cleanses were long, harsh and built on deprivation. I also thought that cleanses were for people who were already eating healthy or meditated 8 hours a day or had massive self control. I had so many misbeliefs about cleanses, what they were, why you would want to do one and who you had to be in order to participate in one. I loathe restriction but wanted a way to heal my body in a beautiful way, so I built a cleanse that honors those desires. My cleanses aren't an experience you have "to get through". I am highly skilled in the kitchen and have developed an immense menu, full of delicious dishes for all times of the day. I am passionate about making healing food taste amazing, never bland or boring. Many of my past cleanse participants are surprised at how tasty cleansing can be and don’t even miss the foods we are eliminating.

Cleansing, especially for the first time is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself! I won't lie, it's not a walk in the park the first 3-4 days but you come out on the other side feeling seriously amazing. Most women discover something new about themselves in the process as well. With me you'll get tons of support and in our private online forum which is full of women who love cheering others on.

 So it seems like your program focuses on abundance, yet we are eliminating a lot of foods for 10 days. How do you marry abundance with elimination during the cleanse?

First, I like to think that what we are doing as a "Gentle Cleanse". This program is not about fasting, crazy restriction or powering through feeling hungry all day long. I’ll show you how to take away while giving you tons of options and I'll show you how to add back in, in a way that allows you to get the answers you seek. There are plenty of ways to get your essential proteins, fats and nutrients along the way, while still eating cleanly. I think that most participants are surprised to see how tasty eating clean can be and that this program is so NOT based in "boot-camp mentality". It's totally possible to approach something big like this from a loving and gentle standpoint and STILL have it be incredibly effective.

Another way I focus on abundance in a time of elimination is to show women all the others way we can nourish ourselves. Sometimes what we are starving is for is really the permission to just. sit. down or take a long soak in a hot bath with candles all around us. I adore sharing alternative ways of taking gentle, loving care of ourselves. It might me a new yoga position, a guided meditation, reminders to go slow or extra encouragement to get outside in the sun for a bit. Seasonal cleansing is self-care in one of it’s highest forms.

Stephanie is generously giving one of my readers a FREE spot in this cleanse! All you need to do is comment below on why you would enjoy doing this cleanse with us, and I will choose a winner at random on Wednesday, April 16. Join us for some Deeply Rooted fun!

If you are ready to jump in right now...use the button below to take advantage of the discount for Nesting Gypsy readers. Just $40!!


Stephanie Perkinson is a certified holistic health & lifestyle coach and owner of Wellness by Design. She teaches women how to live "in-season" by introducing them to the magic that each earth-phase holds. She gently guides her clients back to balance on their plates, in their bodies and around their homes. She believes that with loving support, every{body} can find it's way home and become deeply rooted wherever it may be. At Wellness by Design she brings to life online group programs that embrace beauty, creativity and nature as vital stepping stones to radiant wellness.

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Feathering the Nest : WINNER

It's time to feather our nests friends! So excited to announce this's Rebeca from Carried on the Wind! Prepare to be inspired mama!

I'll be in touch soon! For the rest of you...jump on over and register for this course now as it begins Monday! Remember to use the code NESTINGGYPSY to receive 15% off. Happy Feathering!

Feathering the Nest : GIVEAWAY

Home. Just saying that word aloud brings such peace to my heart. Home has taken on many different faces for us over the years, but my passion for creating a space we LOVE has continued to burn bright and strong. 

I am always on the search for resources and inspiration regarding homemaking, so when I found this delicious course crafted by Stephanie & Leah, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more! Here is what they had to say about adding a little love to your home!

How can creating a space we love make a difference in our everyday life? 

Our surroundings have a profound effect on our daily lives...from the new linens you picked out for your bedroom to the piles on the dining room table. Depending on what it is, it can make us feel whole and nourished or scattered and drained. We want to help you get in tune with yourself and connect areas in your life that you want to improve with the corners of your home. When we "feather" it's not just about cleaning and organizing, we are taking a look at what you are choosing to surround yourself with, what you are allowing in. Together, Leah and I enjoy helping others figure out how to honor beloved items and let go of things that don’t lift us up. Doing this can breathe new life into your space. 

Can you offer a few tips for cultivating creativity and beauty into daily life? 

Creativity and beauty are often borne out of simplicity. The more space we gift ourselves with, the more we can relax into the beauty that is already there around us. Keeping a gratitude journal can help us all to slow down and notice the little things that happened through the day and made us smile. We have learned that less is truly more when it comes to feeling creative in life. Sometimes saying “no” a little bit more often allows us to have more unstructured time to relax, play, and simply enjoy how the week or weekend wants to unfold. And when in doubt, turn to nature. We are always inspired by going to the coast and collecting shells and rocks, or taking long walks and noticing the smallest things that pop up along the path.

What is your favorite way to bring more of yourself into your living space?

We adore the way that creating an altar or vignette that you absolutely adore looking at on a dresser, bookshelf, or small table can bring a blossoming energy to your dreams and desires. An altar is a place to connect with what’s most important to you through a physical and visual reminder you walk by daily. Your own personality and instincts are the only guides you need to create a collection of objects, totems, and perhaps words, that remind you of what is most important to your soul. If you are hoping to attract something into your life, such as a partner, a soul-satisfying career opportunity, or greater prosperity, an altar can be a way to maintain your focus on these desires. You can create any kind of altar that calls to you. I like to bring natural objects into my home, like feathers, shells, driftwood, and beach stones, as a way to connect more fully with the earth. I am always reminded to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel a surge of gratitude when I pass by these sacred objects.

What's one simple tip we can implement now to create a more nourishing space?

Give your entryway some love! When you arrive home and open the door it never feels good to trip over a pile of shoes or a backpack. Instead, you could create a beautiful landing space for all that goes in and out of your home with pretty bowls for your keys or cellphone and a new tray for the mail. Perhaps a small basket on the floor can hold items like sunblock, a scarf or an umbrella.

Hang a coat hook for every person in your home so they feel welcomed. When we give any area in our home some love and attention, it gives back to us (and we show you exactly how that works in Feathering the Nest). We feel calmer, happier and ready to take on tomorrow's adventure.

How can our homes support our dreams and soul’s desires? 

When our homes are in balance, we create an environment that nourishes us from the inside out. Spaces that are arranged to enhance the flow of energy and are accented with things of beauty that we truly cherish bring us joy. This supports us in all of our other pursuits outside of the home, like work and community activities. Stephanie and I both believe that when our homes reflect our soul’s true desires, it amplifies them and you feel more relaxed, supported, and alive. And we also believe that creating that kind of sanctuary is something we can all do if we follow our intuition and our hearts.

About Feathering the Nest:
Feathering the Nest is a beautiful, two week journey created to guide you into making your home into a beautiful space that mirrors the love & dreams you hold in your soul. Your guides, Stephanie Perkinson & Leah Kent, help you connect with your deepest desires & favorite things and show you how to make your house into a nurturing soul-space. Feathering the Nest begins on March 17th.


Is your heart longing to feather your nest in a way that brings life and simplicity? I know mine is and I can't wait to apply these yummy ideas to our new home. 

Enter now to win a spot in this course and start showing YOUR home some love!


Leave me a comment below and tell me one your favorite ways to feather your nest. What have you done lately to create a space you love?! If you have a photo, include a link!

This one has a quick turnaround! Enter to win by Saturday, March 15 at noon MST. I'll announce the winner later that day! And then the course begins Monday.  

If you're ready to jump right in and start feathering your nest, go directly to their site and enter discount code “NESTINGGYPSY” at checkout for a 15% tuition discount.

Happy feathering everyone!