Introducing: The Healthy Maven Shop!

September 8, 2014

I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am for today. After months of planning I am thrilled to finally announce the official introduction of The Healthy Maven Shop!

THM ShopHaving a shop on the blog is something that I have wanted for a long time, but after a short stint with Amazon Affiliates (I didn’t like how it looked on the blog and it wasn’t user-friendly) I thought the idea wasn’t feasible, so I gave up.

Cue Parsel, an e-commerce platform making it easy for bloggers to sell products on their sites! Parsel allows you to sell anything, yes anything that is already being sold on the internet. Their system is extremely user-friendly and within minutes you can start selling the products you love from your own website.

How Does it work?Parsel uses a super cool technology, which allows bloggers to easily select items that they love and start selling them immediately from their own blog. The shop doesn’t redirect you guys to a bunch of different outside links, but rather allows you to search and potentially purchase the things that I use and love in my own life, all in one place. Parsel manages all of the sales so bloggers, you aren’t responsible for the shipping and handling. All you have to do is add the products you love and they handle the rest!

My favourite tool is the shop widget, which you will slowly see being added to posts. It’s a little box of the bottom of each post which will show you exactly what products I used to make a recipe and also the food props, which I used! This will allow you to quickly check them out and should you decide to buy them, you can do so immediately. Pretty sweet, right?

Here’s an example of the widget that will be used in tomorrow’s post. Can you guess what the recipe is?!



why did I want a shop?Two reasons.

1) I get a lot of questions about different types of kitchen appliances, camera tools and food props that I use for my recipes. Having a shop will not only answer these questions immediately, but will also allow you to purchase them if you so desire, right on the spot.

2) As you know, I recently announced that I am now blogging as my full-time job. Part of this effort requires me to expand and explore different ways to make an income, while still being able to do the job that I love. For every sale I make, I earn a small amount of commission. It’s no sweat off your back as you might be purchasing the item anyway but it would go a long way in helping me to keep my head above water as a small business owner. So instead of buying that slow-cooker through a big-wig like Amazon, try buying it through me. There’s no difference in price!

I would be eternally grateful if you had a look through The Healthy Maven shop over the coming weeks as I begin to expand its collection. Everything included is either something I love and/or has received the official THM stamp of approval. This is also a new venture for me so I would love your feedback. Let me know if there are any ways in which you think I could improve the shop or items you wish to be included.

check it outIf you have a blog or a large digital following, Parsel can help you too. Visit parsel.me to get your own Shop now!

Are you an online shopper? What products would you include in your shop?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 8, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Can we buy you?

    This is an epic endeavour, D!!!!! I love how we can do the additions with each post! You should legit have a kitchen area with all your key ingredients for the e-book.

    gilt and ASOS were my online shopping addictions. Yesterday- ebay. oops.

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    September 8, 2014 at 6:24 am

    This is SO COOL! Can’t wait to see what you include in your shop. This is especially great with the holidays coming up. If you do any posts on any great kitchen stuff as gifts I would definitely think people may buy from your site for holiday shopping. Just a thought!

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    Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy
    September 8, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I don’t know if my blog is big enough to start something like that yet(I’m still using amazon at the moment) but I like the design of your shop, so maybe I’ll switch one Day!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    September 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Wow that’s awesome! I’ll have to check out that service 🙂 Its perfect for sharing all your favorite things!

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    September 8, 2014 at 7:33 am

    How exciting! I can’t wait to spy on all your favorite kitchen items. 🙂

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    shashi @ runninsrilankan
    September 8, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Way way too cool, Davida!!! Excited for you and I have been looking for a food processor and know who to go through when I make up my mind! And thanks for the info on parsel too!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    September 8, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Oh how cool! I’ll definitely scope out all your stuff. I’m a big online shopper. I love coming home to packages sitting on my doorstep 🙂

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 8, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I love that you were able to find a service to make the shop work – that’s so cool!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    September 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Love it, lady! I wasn’t all that impressed with Amazon either, but Parsel looks spiffy. And have no idea why, since shopping wears me out like crazy, but I’m not a big online shopper. The only thing I buy on a regular basis is my favourite tea, and that’s only because I can’t find t here and legit can’t imagine going without it. I do love getting packages, though — it’s like Christmas 😀

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    September 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

    WOAH! You are awesome, lady!! I love this idea and am (like always) super impressed with your resourcefulness. Gah- I have SO much to learn from you! And I apologize for the lag-time on your email reply, I’ll be typing it up today!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    September 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    This is sooooo cool and thanks so much for sharing all about it! I’m currently using amazon and I think I’ve made maybe 3.00 in two years and it’s not user friendly at all. Can’t wait to check out Parsel!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    September 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This is so awesome! I hope it’s a major success for you! 🙂

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    September 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    this is pretty awesome!

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    September 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This is so cool! I agree Amazon is not great. I love the look of your shop! You are doing such an awesome job as a ful time blogger. I’m so impressed! 🙂

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    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers
    September 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    How cool! I tried Amazon Affiliates for a little while, but it wasn’t so awesome.

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    September 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Woah, this is so exciting!!! I’ve never heard of Parsel before but I need to check it out ASAP because it sounds like a fab way for us bloggers to keep our head above water, like you said. And how awesome that we only need to go one click away to find a Healthy Maven approved product / book / appliance… very exciting on all fronts!

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    September 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    This store is really cool and it looks so easy too. Thanks for sharing lady!

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    September 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    So cool that we can get the same items for the same prices as Amazon – I would much rather help you (even if it is in a tiny way) than Amazon!!!
    And, I’m excited to see what all types of gadgets you use!!!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    This is so cool Davida! Congrats!! I’ve seen Amazon affiliates and similar things on blogs, but never a widget like that, such a clever idea. If I had a shop it would be all yoga lifestyle stuff. And young adult novels. I take that back, it would be all clothes, because that’s what I’ve missed buying more than anything these past few years.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! And I think it will definitely be really helpful for readers to easily buy the products you recommend that they’re interested in. I took a peek around your shop and it looks like there’s some great stuff on there. Loooove Le Creuset and my Cuisinart food processor too. 😉

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    September 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    What an awesome addition!! Way to go D!

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    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    September 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    How interesting, I’ll definitely check it out! I’m not seeing much use for Amazon affiliate either. Good luck Davida!

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    Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff
    September 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Um thanks a million! I added a shop but used amazon so I need to change it not. I’ve never heard of parcel but it looks way better

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    September 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Love, love, love this… about to go creep/shop now (because you know I’m addicted to online shopping…)

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    September 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Yaaaas, girl! I agree with Arman— we should buy Davida time shares.
    So thrilled for you and inspired by you for taking on this new facet of THM! You’re the coolest.

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    September 11, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I used to be an online shopper before the Hubby quit his day job and went back to school. Now my paycheck goes to the water bill, the farmers market and if there’s anything left over, his tuition. Damn Hubby. Ah well, I wouldn’t change a thing because loving what you do trumps money any day of the week.

    The idea of a shop is fabulous. For real. Way to think outside the box and I can’t wait to check it out and not spend any money. Sorry buddy, but it two years when we’re both employed….watch out now!

    P.S. What does affiliate mean for bloggers? I’ve got someone reaching out to me about being an affiliate and I don’t know what it actually means for me.

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    Geoff Stevens
    September 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    This is hardly new. Framestr has been doing this fee free for about a year. and their commission structure is much more simplified.

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    Amber Kristine
    December 14, 2014 at 3:14 am

    I found you through pinterest today and man I’m glad I did! Lots of great posts and I’m amazed by this!!! I’ve wanted to recommend products that I love but didn’t want a bunch of salesy posts. I think this is the perfect solution. I’m very excited for what will come and thank you for this post about it! 😀

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