Sometimes the local grocery doesn’t carry what I need like a specific brand of food pouch for the baby, and I don’t need 50 billion units of them from Costco. I also don’t need 60 protein bars. What about you? I found out about Thrive Market from Leah at Mamavation several months ago. I never got to activate my membership until now.
Thrive Market and Abe’s Market: Healthy Products Delivered
Thrive Market and Abe’s Market deliver many healthy products at a lower cost than Amazon – whut. I did some price comparisons with products that are relevant to me. All three sites offer free shipping over a certain order amount. Note – some products are more expensive and you’ll want to order from Amazon. Be the conscious shopper! (At the time of publishing, these were the prices for each product.)
GoMacro Macrobars – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
These bars are great meal replacement bars, especially if you’re looking for non-GMO, vegan bars. I try a lot of protein and snack bars out because when I’m on the go with the baby, I sometimes miss meals. So I throw bars in my backpack (aka diaper bag) and a water bottle and I’m safe from getting the shakes. (Stupid body.)
Episencial Playful Wash
This brand was started in 2008 and founded by a mom. I learned of Episencial at the Pregnancy Awareness Month event last year. The formula is super gentle and doesn’t dry out skin.
Baby Food/Snack Pouches
Unfortunately there isn’t a product that all three carry across the board (that I buy). So I’ll do comps against Amazon.
Gogo Squeeze Apple Apple 4-pack
I really really really didn’t want to introduce these squeeze pouches but I have to admit, they are really great emergency or on-the-go snacks. I also buy packs of “meal pouches” when I know she may not eat what we eat when we go out.
With Gogo Squeeze and other fruit combo pouches, I have to watch out for the sugar content. I give half a pouch to her around snacktime and we save the rest for the next snacktime or next day. Spawn’s at a point where she needs more protein, fiber, iron and fat over sugar.
Plum Sweet Corn & Carrot and Turkey
One of the more savory pouches we give Spawn are these Plum pouches. I’ve tried these and they’re gross. I wonder if it’s the flavor that is appealing to her. (There’s none.) We’ve tried other pouches and she likes a few. (They all taste gross to me.) Alas, these are great as backup meals.
Tiny Footprint Coffee – Whole Bean, Medium Roast
Abe’s Market only carries this in a 3-pack, and Amazon carries this in a 2-pack. Amazon does sell this whole bean in a large 3-lb bag, which would be comparable to Abe’s 3 one-pound bags, for $36.62. It’s a wash unless you prefer three separate bags over one large bag.
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion
If I had a million dollars, I’d buy Weleda for my face, all the time. I’ve gotten samples of their lotions before and a little goes a long way. I wish they could throw in some SPF in their lotions but doing so may ruin the formulation. So I’ll throw on another layer of SPF on my own. I’ve seen great results using their products, and they smell wonderful.
Bambo Nature Diapers – Size 4 (pack of 30)
I love Bambo diapers! They’re soft and gentle for Spawn’s butt. They’re eco-friendly and made of allergen-free and chemical-free materials. But they’re also more expensive than big brand diapers. I usually buy a pack every month to switch it up between big brand diapers – just to give Spawn’s skin a break. (Once again, if I was a millionaire, she’d live in these instead of the big brand ones.)
This is just a small sample of the products all three sites offer. I think there is merit to both Thrive Market and Abe’s Market for healthy products. Depending on what the product is and how much of it you are purchasing, one or all of these sites are going to work for you. Thrive Market and Abe’s Market sometimes don’t carry the products – they’re sold out, so I’d alt-N to Amazon to get my items there. The free shipping is such a great incentive, especially for someone like me who can’t always drive out to multiple stores with a baby in tow. (Have you tried to put in and take out a baby from a car seat over and over and over again? It’s not fun.)
Note: Thrive Market is currently having a special promo: you get two months’ free membership and $25 off your first order of $49 or more. (The usual membership is $59.95, so you’re saving a bit of cash and getting $25 off. If you were to just order once, you’d be getting a major bargain of an order!)
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