Celebrating New Year’s with Children

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer If you have little kids, chances are your New Year’s celebrations don’t look like they used to. You probably don’t go out to a party or have friends over until 1 or 2 in the morning. In fact, you might be like me – I went to bed around 10 the last couple of years! Oops. :) Of course, there’s also the possibility of getting a babysitter and having a nice night out anyway, especially if your kids aren’t […]

Holiday Blessings From Our Family to Yours!

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Abbie at just over 6 years old has a Christmas wish this year and she’s been singing it to anyone who will listen, “All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth, my 5 front teeth, my 12 front teeth!” Her lovely toothless smile is now missing 5 teeth, with one more wiggly one, which could leave the poor girl with a gap of 4 missing teeth in a row! I keep telling her to stop losing teeth or she’s going to have to […]

A Thanksgiving Gift Exchange

Written by Sherri Cook, Contributing Writer The day after Thanksgiving when friends jokingly ask me if I’m finished with my Christmas shopping, I can always surprise them with an answer in the affirmative. At my house, not only have we finished the shopping, we’ve also finished the wrapping as well as the unwrapping. How do we do this? It’s certainly not because we’re an ultra-organized family! We have simply chosen to have our gift exchange at Thanksgiving instead of at Christmas. The results?  We find more every […]

Starting Traditions as a Young Family

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When you first get married and have children, the holidays take on new meaning. Maybe you have memories of awesome traditions you had growing up (opening a present the night before Christmas, going caroling, having a big dinner with Grandma on Christmas Eve…whatever your family did).  These traditions made your holidays special, and you want to make the holidays just as special for your children. Of course, your husband likely had his own traditions growing up, too.  And they may have been different from yours, […]

Winners of the Bulk Herb Holiday Tea Giveaway

Congratulations to the 5 winners who will each be receiving a Holiday Tea Collection from the Bulk Herb Store: Jessica (jlp91326@) Krisssa (krissamorey@) Holli (bornquick@) Jon (Jonlomas@) Iryna (irynaiv@) If you didn’t win but you’d love to try some of the Bulk Herb Store’s Holiday Tea for yourself, there are two coupon codes available for the rest of December: $4 off Holiday Tea Collection with code DECHTC $2 off Black Spice Chai Tea with code DECBSC

10 Posts I Didn’t Write in 2010

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Tonight I’ve been sipping on tea and taking a leisurely stroll through my gorgeous new heirloom seed catalogue… hard to believe that this year is already drawing to a close and that I am beginning to think forward to next spring and summer. It is also stunning to me that another year has flown by here at Keeper of the Home and I am now onto my 4th Christmas of blogging. As you have read posts day in and day out over these past several […]

Gingerbread Fruitcake: A Holiday Tradition Improved

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If there’s one running joke at any Christmas celebration, it’s fruitcake. I personally happen to love fruitcake, complete with the shiny oddly colored faux-fruits. But once you know what kind of strange alterations those fruits have been through, it tends to take all the joy out of it. Here’s one of my favorite recipes for a delicious alternative to white flour, processed sugar, and fake fruit. The spice from the gingerbread is the perfect complement to the sweet fruit pieces and crunchy nuts. Just a note: this cake […]

Simple Organic: 5 Clutter-Free Gifts to Give This Christmas

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Still looking for some simple (and maybe last-minute) gifts to give? Find me over at Simple Organic this week, where I share 5 Clutter-Free Gifts to Give This Christmas. Giving gifts can be pure joy. For those of us who are attempting to live more simply and sustainably, however, giving and getting more stuff often isn’t. We’ve already discussed ways to cut down on the waste associated with all the gift trimmings, but what about with the actual gifts themselves? How about giving some clutter-free […]