Monday, November 20, 2017

Meal in a Jar Packs are on Sale! Perfect for Christmas Gifts!

Meal in a Jar Packs are on sale!
Each Pack makes 11-15 Jar Meals!
Great for Christmas Gifts!

Taco Soup Pack - $136.23
Beef Stroganoff Pack - $119.46
Unstuffed Pepper Soup Pack - $169.52
Sausage Zuppa Toscana Soup Pack - $151.17


to order your items, or contact me and I can place the order for you. (You can call or text me, or just email me your order and contact info and I will call you for payment. Whatever works best for you!)

The ingredients to purchase for each Pack are listed below.
Recipes for each meal are HERE
Items are shipped directly to you!
You can get free shipping on your freeze dried products if you are a Preferred Customer!
(To become a preferred customer, you just need to commit to place 3 orders of any amount in the next 90 days, and it's totally worth it! When you have any order $100 or more, you will receive free shipping on any preferred items, which are the Simple Plate meals and freeze dried foods. You also get 3% back in free food, get access to the monthly coupon, get to shop the big sales a day early, and get special promos throughout the year. I'm happy to help!)
PC means Pantry Can - about the size of a Quart.
FD Means Freeze Dried

Taco Soup Pack
To make 15 quart jars of Taco Soup, you need:

Salt, pepper, and almost 3 cups of Taco Seasoning (Buy in large container from Sams or Costco)

From Thrive:
1 PC Tomato Powder
1 PC FD Chopped Onions
1 #10 can FD Ground Beef (Hamburger)
1 #10 can Instant Pinto Beans
1 #10 can Instant Black Beans
1 #10 FD Sweet Corn
1 PC Green Chili Peppers 

$136.23 for Taco Soup Pack  
$127.34 without the Green Chili Peppers 

Beef Stroganoff Pack
To make 11 quart jars of Beef Stroganoff, you need:

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder

From Thrive:
1 #10 can FD Beef Slices OR 1 #10 can of Ground Beef OR 1 #10 can Shredded Beef
2 #10 cans Egg Noodle Pasta
2 PC Espagnole (Savory Beef Gravy)
1 PC FD Chopped Onions
1 PC Sour Cream Powder
1 Chef's Choice Seasoning Blend
2 Salad Seasoning Blend
$119.46 with Ground Beef (hamburger) 
$150.72 with Beef Slices 
$152.52 with Shredded Beef 
They all taste good, so just pick the one you want. : ) The hamburger is such a great deal right now, so you might want to start with that!

Unstuffed Pepper Soup Pack
To make 11 quart jars of Unstuffed Pepper Soup, you need:

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder

From Thrive:
2 PC Tomato Powder
2 Italian Seasoning Blend
1 PC Beef Bouillon
1 PC FD Chopped Onions
1 #10 can Instant White Rice (Or Instant Brown Rice)
1 #10 can FD Ground Beef (Hamburger)
2 PC FD Red Bell Peppers
2 PC FD Green Bell Peppers

$169.52 for Unstuffed Pepper Soup Pack 

*There was quite a lot of product left over with this batch, and it’s more economical to buy #10 cans of product, so I figured out a double batch of this soup.
To make 22 quart jars of Unstuffed Pepper Soup, you need:

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder

From Thrive:
1 # 10 can Tomato Powder
3 Italian Seasoning Blend
1 PC Beef Bouillon
2 PC FD Chopped Onions
2 #10 can Instant White Rice (Or Instant Brown Rice)
2 #10 can FD Ground Beef (Hamburger)
1#10 can FD Red Bell Peppers
1 #10 can FD Green Bell Peppers

$212.42 for a DOUBLE Unstuffed Pepper Soup Pack 

Sausage Zuppa Toscana Pack
To make 11 quart jars of Sausage Zuppa Toscana, you need:

Crushed Red Pepper and FD Garlic (or Garlic Powder)

From Thrive:
2 PC Sour Cream Powder
1 PC Chicken Bouillon
2 PC FD Kale 
1 PC FD Chopped Onions
1 #10 can Instant Pinto Beans
1 #10 can FD Sausage Crumbles
2 #10 cans Potato Chunks (dehydrated)

$151.17 for a Sausage Zuppa Toscana Pack 

*There was quite a lot of product left over with this batch, and it’s more economical to buy #10 cans of product, so I figured out a double batch of this soup.

To make 22 quart jars of Sausage Zuppa Toscana, you need:

Crushed Red Pepper and FD Garlic (or Garlic Powder)

From Thrive:
1 #10 can Sour Cream Powder
1 PC Chicken Bouillon
1 #10 can FD Kale
2 PC FD Chopped Onions
2 #10 can Instant Pinto Beans
2 #10 can FD Sausage Crumbles
3 #10 cans Potato Chunks (dehydrated)

$243.09 for a DOUBLE Sausage Zuppa Toscana Pack 

to order your items, or contact me and I can place the order for you. (You can call or text me, or email me your order and contact info and I will call you for payment. Whatever works best for you!)

The sale starts Tuesday, November 21st at 8am MST for Preferred Customers
and Wednesday, November 22nd at 8am MST for all other customers.
The sale ends Monday, November 27th at 11:59pm MST.

Sales are while supplies last, so order early in the sale! 
Products are shipped right to your door! 

Earn FREE PRODUCT by sharing the sale with a few friends! 
Just share my email with others, and when they order, you will earn free and half off product! Contact me for more details. No obligation - I'll just be happy to answer your questions. 

Join my Facebook Group where we show how to use Thrive products! It's just a idea page - no sales links are posted there. 
Simple With Thrive Life Facebook Page

Please check out the AMAZING sales, and let me know if you have any questions! I am always happy to help! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! Melissa : ) 
Melissa Coombs

Thrive Life Independent Consultant

803-818-1569 (I love texts!)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Simple Plate Explained

This is for all of those who need a written explanation of things. (I am one of you!)

What is Simple Plate?

Simple Plate Meals are the amazing new meal kits from Thrive Life. They are made mostly with freeze dried foods and are fabulous! (They also have pasta, rice, sauces, and things like balsamic glaze included.) They are fun to cook and most meals are done in less than 30 minutes! Some in 10 - 20 minutes! No chopping, peeling, slicing, dicing or handling raw meat. There is a nice selection to choose from right now, but they will be offering new meals on a regular basis. They do have vegetarian and gluten free options available. 

Here is what they currently have available:

What does a meal look like?
The meal comes in a box like this. 

I even love the cute sayings on the side of the box! 

You get a beautiful color recipe card with easy to follow instructions. And my favorite part is the food is packaged separately with a big number on each pouch that coordinates with the step on the recipe card. Brilliant! Even kids can easily make these meals! 

Here are some of the delicious completed meals!

What is the shelf life of these?
They put a "Best By" date on the box that is about 6 months from the date it was packaged. They will probably last much longer than that, but these meals are intended to be EATEN, not stored! How could you let these delicious meals sit on your shelf and not eat them? :)

How much do they cost?
These meals are ordered in groups of three, and you can choose whatever meals you would like. You also get to choose if you want a 2 person meal or a 4 person meal. The serving sizes are huge and from my experience they feed more than 2 or 4 people, even in my family of big eaters! I noticed that the serving sizes on the nutrition label say 3 servings and 6 servings (according to regulated serving sizes). When my daughter and I made the 2-person Tuscan Style Beef Pappardelle, we each ate a nice sized serving and went back for seconds, and still packed some up for her lunch the next day.

Three 2-person meals cost $50.04. Four 2-person meals cost $66.72, etc. (So it's $16.68 a meal, or $8.34 a serving)

Three 4-person meals cost $89.88. Four 4-person meals cost $119.84. (So it's $29.96 a meal, or $7.49 a serving)

Remember that if that 2-person meal actually feeds 3 people, then your cost per serving goes down! ($5.56 per serving, and even less on the 4-person meals if you make it serve 6) So it just depends on how you stretch the meal. I haven't yet, but I think I will usually serve these meals with a salad or some fruit, or maybe some garlic bread or rolls. I usually have other side dishes like that on my dinner table. If in Utah, don't forget the green jello salad! haha! (I have never served that and never will! Sorry!)

I went through the drive through yesterday for two people and spent $17.15! And we didn't order drinks! It was greasy, unhealthy and unsatisfying. I should have waited until I got home and eaten one of these yummy, much healthier meals. 

How much is shipping?
If you are a Preferred Customer (meaning you commit to order 3 shipments of any amount within 90 days), you will always get free shipping on any of their Preferred Items when your order is $100 or more. Preferred items are the Simple Plate Meals and any of their freeze dried products. (They offer a huge variety of freeze dried products in #10 cans and the smaller Pantry Cans, and some favorite freeze dried munchies in the Snackies pouch.)

If your order is under $100, shipping will be $8.00 on three 2-person meals and $10.00 on three 4-person meals. 

I'm a tight wad and don't want to pay shipping when I don't have to. So I suggest to just become a preferred customer and have your order over $100 (you can order three or more Simple Plate Meals and any of their freeze dried food in cans to make up the $100.) You get free shipping, and all of your money goes to buy food! There is no long term commitment...just order at least 3 shipments within 90 days, and then you can quit, postpone shipments, or order as often as you like. 

How does this compare to other meal kit companies? 
I have tried out FIVE of the other meal kit companies and I have A LOT to say about this, and will write a separate post later with tons of pictures about my experience. (I tried one company at a time, not all at once!) I DID like most of them for certain reasons, but there were many negatives. Many times my shipments would arrive with leaky hamburger blood or raw shrimp juice throughout the whole package, including all over my fresh vegetables! YUCK!

And often my vegetables would arrive bruised and crushed, or they would go bad before I could cook the meal that week. It's hard to see in the pictures how exactly soft, mushy and rotten these veggies were.

And most meals took over an hour to make!! One time after a vacation week I forgot to manage my meal calendars online and ended up with 13 meals on my doorstep within a 2 day period! Yikes! The whole meal kit experience was honestly very fun (I love cooking and trying new meals), but so stressful too! I was relieved to quit my shipments from these companies. Just the huge amount of packaging alone was overwhelming (seriously millions of cold packs, styrofoam, insulated liners, boxes, and other packaging.) We were going to need our own area of the local landfill if we were going to keep ordering these! 

Now I have Simple Plate Meals, and the only real negative so far was that I only ordered three of them to start with and wanted more! It took UPS 5 days to get me more meals because I live 2200 miles away from the warehouse! But my lucky Utah friends can pick theirs up from the showroom or get 1 or 2 day UPS shipping! LUCKIES! These Simple Plate Meals are delicious and fun to cook, most are ready in less than 30 minutes (there's no chopping peeling, slicing, dicing or handling raw meat), these don't spoil on the shelf, and they are less expensive than all of the other meal companies (which are about $9 - $15 a serving.) 

How do I order them?
Well, if you don't love navigating websites, the easiest way to order is to contact me and I will get your order set up for you. I just need to know your contact info (name, phone, email address) and what meals you want, and if you want them to be 2-person or 4-person meals (you can mix and match). Then I can call you for your payment info.

If you want to set it up yourself, see the instructions below. 

I almost always offer a special promo! Please ask me what my current promotion is for becoming a Preferred Customer or Consultant!

Let me know if you have any questions! I am happy to help you! You definitely want to try these meals because you are going to go crazy over them, and they are going to help you love dinner time again! 

Melissa : ) 
Thrive Life Independent Consultant
803-818-1569 (I answer texts quickly!)

To sign up for Simple Plate as a Preferred Customer:

2. Click DELIVERY SERVICE at the top of the page, then click SET UP DELIVERY SERVICE. Now you need to add your name, email address and password to create your customer account (or log in with your existing account.)

3. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page where you see Simple Plate and click ACTIVATE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION.

4. Now you can click EDIT GROCERIES and EDIT MEALS to adjust what you would like in your shipment. You can also edit the date the order processes. If you are not sure yet what you want, just click NEXT and you can adjust your shipment and make changes after your account is set up. 

5. Now enter in your shipping address. Then click the circle next to "Yes, please!" in the Become a Preferred Customer section, and then click the circle next to the 3 Delivery Commitment. Now enter your payment information (nothing will be charged can still choose your groceries and set the date after you finalize the set up.) Now click FINALIZE SETUP. 

6. On this page click MANAGE DELIVERY (or look at the perks for being a consultant.) You will now see a tutorial video at the top left of the page if you need it. Click ADD MEALS and ADD GROCERIES to order the Simple Plate Meals and Groceries that you would like. There is a button there to SKIP either section if you don't want it included in your current delivery. At the bottom of the page you can adjust the date the order processes. Just click the date link and choose the day you would like, or click SHIP NOW.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Introducing Simple Plate! Quicker, Easier, Healthier Meals!

Thrive Life: Simple Plate

Introducing Simple Plate! 

You are going to love these delicious prepped and portioned meals! Perfect for those nights when you need a quicker, healthier meal and don't want to resort to take out or fast food! 

The other night I made Tuscan Style Beef Pappardelle and had a yummy and healthy meal ready for my family in less than 20 minutes! The Tuscan Quinoa Bowl and Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl are FABULOUS, and so is the South Pacific Stir Fry with Pulled Pork! There's also Chicken Bolognese and Gnocchi, Garden Veggie Lasagna, and Chicken Farfalle Pasta Primavera that will make you soooo happy! And there's more meals to come!

You've got to try these!

There's no commitment and you can cancel at any time. 

Step 1: Open Your Box Step 2: Tear, Pour, No Prep Required! Step 3: Cook and Enjoy!

Can’t use your Simple Plate dinner right away? No worries! Simple Plate can be kept in your pantry until you’re ready, and the ingredients will stay fresh. That’s the beauty of freeze dried!

Prepped, portioned, and most meals ready in 30 minutes or less! 
Now that’s simple.

Get Simple Plate

Free Shipping Available!

Preferred Customers receive free shipping on all Preferred items purchased in the delivery service when your order is $100 or more. (Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii are 1/2 off shipping).

Please contact me if you want me to place your order! Or if you need help or have any questions! I am always happy to help!

Have a wonderful week! Melissa : )

Melissa Coombs
Thrive Life Independent Consultant
803-818-1569 (text or call!)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Africa Trip Recap! And $100 of Free Food Promo!

  Cutest children ever! So happy! 

These women work SO hard! I'm in awe of them!

Baby William stole my heart!

Children getting ready for a class to start. This is in the mud and stick structure that parents built for their children 20 years ago. Amazing structure, but I am glad they are getting a new school!
Helping with the foundation for a few minutes. Yes, that woman is carrying HEAVY rocks on her head!! These women are my heroes!
Pics were taken by me, Cindy Witte (me with Baby William), Beverly Velasco (first pic of smiling faces), and Bart Mills (lady with rocks on head)

There are no words to adequately express what we experienced on our trip to Kenya. The people of Muungano have captured our hearts and we are forever changed. I have never seen such happiness and joy from people who have so very little. They are rich in love and determination, and they desire to improve and provide their children with an excellent education.

It was exciting to watch them dig the foundation of their new school, and they have continued to work on it every day since we left the village. They are hoping to have it completed by July 27th so we can show off their finished school when we have our Thrive convention! I was thrilled to see first hand how Thriving Nations is helping people become more self reliant - and YOU are the ones who help supply the funds for these projects! Thrive gives 5% of all profits to fund Thriving Nations, and it's easy to keep adding to this fund by "rounding up" to the next dollar on each purchase you make. The little bit that we do makes all the difference for them! So THANK YOU for your support!

I have been on a special committee to help with Thrive's BIG LAUNCH on July 27th of something you are going to LOVE! I can't share any of the details except - it's EVERYTHING you have been hoping for from Thrive! It will help you love dinner time again! It will make dinner a little healthier, quicker and easier! It will help us all have a better experience in the kitchen and bring families back to the dinner table! 

As a special thank you, here is MY BEST PROMO YET - This is the perfect time to become a part of the Thrive Life family and join my team! If you are going to buy the products, you might as well be your own customer and benefit from your own orders. Your friends and family will love you because YOU can be their Thrive consultant! And if you are wanting to earn some extra income, this is an awesome way to do it! I'm offering $100 of FREE FOOD to anyone who signs up as a consultant from now until July 26th. (For your free food - see the the dinner pack suggestions below.) All you have to do to become and stay a consultant is buy a kit (starts at $129), and keep a minimum $50 monthly shipment. This food is healthy, clean, delicious, and you need this food in your home! It's so worth it to sign up! (Oh - and as a bonus, Thrive is offering you a free can each of limeade and lemonade powder when you sign up by July 21st!) 

Read here for more info and to join my team:

The consultant application is very easy to fill out with your contact info, and there is one place you will need to mark "Sole Proprietor". Once you sign up, please email me what you would like for your $100 of free food. You can pick anything you would like, but you might want to try the Southwest Chicken Dinner Pack or the Pulled Pork Creations Pack...those are kits with recipes and amazing meals! It will help you learn how to cook delicious dinners with Thrive!

Please contact me if you need help or have any questions! I am always happy to help!

Have a wonderful week! Melissa : )

Melissa Coombs

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Walton Feed Group Order is NOW OPEN!

Here is the new price list for the 
SPRING 2017 Walton Feed Group Order!

I'm so happy to start this next order!! I am reminded of how important it is for us to do what we can to be prepared for whatever may come. Just doing a little something can make all the difference! Please help spread the word about this order, and let me know if you would like to head up a group delivery. We can have delivery locations ANYWHERE! (Read below.) All are welcome to join our order! Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested. We have less than 6 weeks before the ordering deadline!

You can order as little or as much as you would like! Walton Feed offers a huge variety of food in #10 cans (about the size of a gallon), #2.5 cans (about the size of a quart), 6 gallon buckets (Super Pails with Mylar liners), and bulk bags and boxes. We get a discount from Walton Feed's retail prices and good truck shipping rates. We will have delivery locations all over the east coast from Florida to New York, and several other areas in the central US and west coast. Anyone can start a group in their area! Groups need a minimum order of 2000 lbs (1 pallet) to qualify for their own delivery. That’s quite easy to do if you spread the word! Let me know if you would like to start a group in your area! We do this order twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

ATTACHED (email me for these forms or if you would like to be on my email list)
Or you can join the Walton Feed Group Order Facebook page to download the forms. Once you join, click on Files and you will see the price lists you can download.)

1 - The PDF Price List is printable and for your convenience only. It can easily be emailed and people can print their own copy. It is in a PDF format, so anyone can open it, regardless of what kind of computer they have.

2 - The Excel Price List is the official price list and what you should use to turn in your order. All you have to do is fill out the contact information in the top left corner, then type in your quantities under Person 1 column. Your order total and weight will automatically be added up at the bottom of the page. Save this to your computer, then you can attach it to an email and send it to your group leader!

3- What Should I Store PDF -  I have attached a form that states recommended foods and amounts. The first page shows a year supply of basics for one person. On the second page I broke it down to a one month supply for one person to help it seem more do-able. This is a great page to copy and use as a handout! The third page is more info and comments if you care to read them. : ) 

The deadline for everyone to have their orders turned in to their group leader is May 9, 2017.  Group leaders need to have their orders to me by May 13th.  Delivery will most likely be in June and July , but it will depend on how many trucks we fill and where we are in line once the order is turned in to Walton Feed. We will not have delivery information until the order is figured out and organized, and trucks are routed. I will email information about delivery and post it as soon as I have it. 


There are 3 options for payment:

  • Checks or cashiers checks can be made to Melissa Coombs or your Group Leader. Follow your Group Leader's instructions! Checks cannot be made to Walton Feed. They do not accept personal checks for our large group order.
  • PayPal payments can be sent to Make sure to click "Pay Friends and Family" so I am not charged a fee. PLEASE include your name, phone number and group/stake name in the comments so I know where to credit the payment.
  • Credit card payments can be taken for orders over $200. There will be a 2.5% fee charged. Walton Feed will no longer accept credit card payments for our order. So if you pay by credit card, I will run the card on my card reader, and I cannot personally pay the fee, so I have to add that on. (Please call me with your credit card information. 803-818-1569.) Make sure your group leader knows you are paying me directly with a credit card so he/she can properly account for all payments. I will be bombarded with phone calls and emails near the deadline time, so it will be easiest for me if I take credit card payments about a week after the deadline.
I have set up a blog for this order! Those who have ordered can log on at any time and see updates and delivery information for this order! This will make it so much easier for all involved! I would highly recommend for everyone who orders, to sign up to receive email notifications when I post a new update. Just click the link below and type in  your email address where it says "Follow By Email".

You can also read some of my posts about food storage and being prepared and see some of my favorite recipes at:

There are so many people talking about food storage and really wanting to do an order. Would you please try to email it out to anyone who might be interested, and let people know about it. Feel free to share it with neighbors, friends, family, church groups, homeschool groups, etc. With all that is happening in the world, it's a good time to make sure we have our food storage and supplies in order. Thanks for all you do to help others be prepared. I know that we are blessed as we serve each other!

We currently have orders in SC, NC, GA, VA, TN, FL, MD, TX, NY, and UT. But we can start an order anywhere! Let me know if you would like to head up a delivery in your area. 

These orders are organized by groups in geographical areas (or Stakes). If you need to know who your Group Leader is, please contact me and I will try to get you in touch with the right person. Or just email me your order and payment and I will add you to the nearest delivery location. Also, the spreadsheet is locked to preserve the formulas and you can email me for the password if you are a group leader. That will allow you to copy and paste orders to create a master group spreadsheet. 

If you are a past group leader, please let me know if you plan to head up an order this time or not. If you want to start up an order in your area, email me and let me know and I will help you get started. Thanks for all of your time and service to help others get prepared!

If you have any questions about this order, please email me and I will be happy to help! Have a wonderful week! Melissa : )

Melissa Coombs