Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Started

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few weeks ago, I introduced myself and talked about my past experience with beekeeping in a post titled “Beekeeping: A matter of the heart”. The response was quite welcoming and many people were interested in getting more information about beekeeping as a hobby. Keeper of the Home invited me back and asked me to put together both a “Beekeeping 101” intro for those of you who are interested in possibly starting beekeeping and another snippet on “Welcoming Honeybees” that […]

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Recipes and Tutorials to Keep You Busy Until Thanksgiving

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Preserving season is in full swing! I’ve taken a brief break from it myself the past couple of weeks, after a busy bout of preserving in July. Now it’s time to jump back in with both feet, as I get set to tackle pears, peaches, tomatoes, pickles, herbs, apples and probably more. Wanting to provide you with a very extensive resource for all your real food, summer preserving, I scoured the web so that you don’t have to. These recipes are made with whole foods, […]

Back to the Basics: Frugal, Non-Toxic Green Cleaning

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer If you are somewhat new to going green, or are just beginning to dabble in homemade and non-toxic cleaning, you may be a little overwhelmed about where to start, what products to use and where, and how to get rid of toxic cleaners from you cupboards once and for all. The thing that I love the most about homemade, green cleaners is how simplified my cleaning cupboard, and cleaning routine in general, has become. Gone are the days of […]

Results and Thoughts on the Survey: Breastfeeding vs. Return of Menstrual Cycle

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At long (long) last, time to analyze this survey on Breastfeeding vs. Return of Menstural Cycle that just blew me out of the water with all of the responses it received! So… what is the relationship between breastfeeding and the post-partum return of fertility? I thought that the answer would become more clear, but although I feel like there are some definite trends and general aspects of the relationship between the two, overall my answer would have to be “Well, it really depends…”. How’s that […]

Healing Rashes While Cloth Diapering

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer There are many reasons to choose cloth diapers for your baby.  Many mums choose cloth to aid in the prevention of diaper rashes. Cloth diapers are breathable, allowing air to flow freely through them.  This  constant air movement provides a natural, dry environment without using harsh chemicals next to baby’s skin.  In most cases, rashes are “gone with the wind”. Unfortunately, not even using cloth guarantees a rash-free childhood for your little one.  Rashes in the diaper area can […]

How a Hard Lotion Bar Helped my Eczema

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I’ve struggled with dry, itchy and painful eczema on my hands for a long time. Some things have made a big difference (like cod liver oil, eating less sugar, keeping my stress down and my sleep up, wearing gloves, etc.). Other things have never really made much of a difference, including the zilllion types of lotion that I have tried over the years. We tried almost everything and though some lotions helped a little, none of them really gave the relief that I needed. Until […]

A Tour of our Family Closet (Video Blog)

When I knew that we were moving to a new house with a much larger master bedroom closet, I made the happy decision to create a “family closet” rather than continue to keep everyone’s clothing in their own rooms. What, you ask, is a family closet? It’s a rather unique concept that I learned about initially from larger families, where all of the clothes for the whole household are stored in one convenient place. Why use a family closet? There are many reasons, but the […]

How to Get Set In Stains Out of (Almost) Anything

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Stephanie’s note: Have you begun to notice a theme here this month? We’re talking about laundry strategies, hence the posts on stain removal, one of the biggest questions that I get in regards to natural laundry care. Find charts for successful stain removal, and the trick that saves my sanity and my kid’s clothes. Coming up are cloth diapering tips, a tour of our Family Closet and a mom’s laundry detergent consumer panel in September! Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Stains are a big […]