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Celebrating New Year’s with Childrenby  

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... Read More

A Thanksgiving Gift Exchangeby  

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... Read More

Starting Traditions as a Young Familyby  

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... Read More

Gingerbread Fruitcake: A Holiday Tradition Improvedby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

First Love – Let it Be First at Christmasby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer The First Christmas Happened Because God Loved God - very God - became a babe all because of divine love. Christmas exists because of God's eternal, infinite, sacrificial love for those Jesus came to... Read More

Family Traditions that Keep Christ at the Center of Christmasby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Singing Christmas carols, lighting the Christmas Tree, putting out the Christmas decorations, lighting the Advent candles, giving and receiving gifts, rejoicing in the birth of our Lord and Savior. Christmas is such a special... Read More

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipesby  

[caption id="attachment_8422" align="alignnone" width="520"] Quinoa Stuffing at The Nourishing Gourmet[/caption] I thought of this recipe roundup again as I was pondering all of the amazingly delicious and nourishing recipes that are available throughout the blogosphere for the holidays this year.... Read More

Chewy Gingersnaps (No Gluten, No Grains, No Dairy)by  

These cookies may be "free" of a lot of things (gluten, grains, dairy) but they do definitely have some things in abundance: ginger, protein, taste, yumminess. Since we have two little munchkins who don't do gluten or dairy at all,... Read More

Green Bean Casserole (The Real Food Way)by  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Green Bean Casserole is a staple side dish for many holiday dinners. Tasty green beans, creamy white sauce, and a crunchy topping, make it a well-loved family favorite. Unfortunately, many recipes include canned condensed... Read More

Using Four Frugal Foods from the Produce Section Creativelyby  

Written by Cara, Contributing Writer As we have been focusing on eating grain free meals to help with some health issues, I've had to learn how to shop for other foods besides grains that are filling, healthy, and easy on... Read More

How to Make Your Own (Unrefined) Powdered Sugarby  

Every once in a while, since we switched over to using only unrefined sugars, I miss that fluffy, powdered, white sugar that makes such delicate icings and special treats. Though I have seen some organic icing sugars, I have never... Read More

Preparing My Heart for Christmasby  

It's been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and... Read More

Green Christmas: Natural Kids Toys and Gifts for Guysby  

This is the last of the 3-day Green Christmas event, and today I want to share with you some options for children and the men in your life (because goodness, aren't they always the hardest ones to buy for?)... Oompa--... Read More

Green Christmas: Organic Women’s Clothes and Reusable Glass Strawsby  

Welcome to Day 2 of Green Christmas, where I'm featuring some great "green" companies and products for more sustainable gift giving this holiday season! You can learn more about how and why I decided to run this series and what... Read More

Green Christmas: Hard Lotion Bars and Fabric Gift Bagsby  

Wouldn't it be nice to stay away from the mall and the big-box stores this holiday season? To support some smaller companies, and be able to choose more natural, earth-friendly and unique gifts for your loved ones? Green Christmas is... Read More

How To Quickly Get Your Home Ready For Guestsby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The holidays are in full swing, and along with holidays usually come guests.  It is a blessing to host others in our homes, whether for a week night family dinner, weekend party, or small... Read More

How to Plant Garlic in the Fallby  

Garlic has stolen my heart as an organic gardener, because it is hands down one of the easiest and most reliable crops that I've grown so far. For some reason, I initially had this idea that garlic was only for... Read More

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishesby  

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock... Read More

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casseroleby  

I grew up eating a "wife-saver" casserole each Christmas morning, with eggs and bacon and Corn Flakes crumbled on top. It was delicious and hearty, and best of all, my mom could make it the the day before and pop... Read More

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