February 2011 - Keeper of the Home

On Things That Bring Me to a Complete Loss For Wordsby  

Words. I'm usually full of them. As I write this post, however, I am entirely lacking in the right ones that will tell you what I want to say. In fact, my usually steady heart now beats frantically with panic... Read More

Recipe: Grain-Free Dehydrated Apple Pie, Sweetened with Molassesby  

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer It seems like so long ago now, but the apples I used to make this pie were picked from my father's apple tree during our visit in August. It was the last day of our... Read More

Getting Back Into a Routine When You’ve Gotten Off Trackby  

Here's how it usually happens: We go through a busy or hard season of life and I get off track of my usual routines, become disorganized, and things feel generally chaotic. So, I spend time putting together an elaborate routine,... Read More

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinationsby  

Guest Post by Christina It's one of the big questions new parents face today, once you've gotten past "were you trying to get pregnant?" (which I still can't believe people ask...) and the less invasive "did you do it all-natural?"... Read More

Hamburger Soup: Hearty, Seasonal, GAPS Friendlyby  

There's something about the heartiness of this soup that makes it feel like such nourishing comfort food to me. Packed with seasonal winter veggies (onions, carrots, turnips, celeriac) and grass-fed beef, this is a meal that truly satisfies, even without grains... Read More

Giveaway Week: Berkey Light Water Filter ($209 value)!by  

Drinking pure water is a pretty hot topic these days. Once the public began to be aware of the toxins in regular tap water, the bottled water industry absolutely boomed in the 1990's and early 2000's. Greener and more sustainable... Read More

Giveaway Week: 2 Nights at Hampton Creek Inn Bed & Breakfastby  

I love eating out, getting away on vacation and staying in beautiful hotels or Bed & Breakfast inns. It's always such a treat. One thing that I don't love, though, is knowing that I am eating foods I wouldn't normally choose to... Read More

Giveaway Week: Living Clay Package from Nature’s Cleansing Clayby  

I first heard about the strange and curious practice of eating clay by reading Nourishing Traditions. The idea was absolutely foreign to me, but intrigued me as I had been learning more about trace minerals and the important part that... Read More

Giveaway Week: $100 of Wholesome Skin Care from Graham Gardensby  

Pure. Simple. Gentle. Those are my requirements for anything that I put on my precious baby's delicate skin. Knowing that undesirable and toxic ingredients in personal care products actually seep into our skin and ultimately into our bloodstream keeps me... Read More

Giveaway Week: Naturopathic First Aid Kit Package ($99.95 value)!by  

Quick... your 3 year old just fell off his bike and scraped up his knee on the gravel really badly. He's bleeding, he's screaming and you're not really sure what to do. You wish you knew of some natural remedies... Read More

Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 5 Yearly Subscriptions from Plan to Eatby  

*Giveaway has now ended* I love to talk meal planning. I have plenty of reasons why I think that meal planning deserves some time and attention in your weekly or monthly schedule. I've also written plenty of suggestions and tips for... Read More

Giveaway Winners: Chai Wrap Tai, ListPlanIt, and Healthy Pregnancy Super Foodsby  

Today I have the winners from three giveaways to announce!  How fun! 1. The winner of the Chai Wrap Tai, out of 615 entries, is: Ashley Juliot (ajuliot@...) Congratulations!  If you didn't win, don't forget to check out all the excellent... Read More

Finding Joy in the Early Morningby  

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised! When you begin the day, O never fail to say, May Jesus... Read More

Finding Freedom with Flexible Routinesby  

Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Does a “flexible routine” sound like an oxymoron?  Should “freedom” and “routine” exist in the same sentence? Routines can be pegged as being boring, rigid and stiff.  But a little planning and creative thinking... Read More

A Sweetheart’s Breakfast: Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes and Homemade Pancake Syrupby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer The heart bone's connected to the stomach bone We don't eat pancakes too often anymore, but for Valentine's Day breakfast I'll be serving these luscious oatmeal pancakes to my hubby. After all, the way... Read More

GAPS Diet While Pregnantby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about adrenal fatigue here, and one of the potential remedies Stephanie has mentioned is the GAPS diet.  Please go back and read her post... Read More

Adrenal Fatigue: Help and Resources for Healingby  

Earlier this week I introduced the topic of adrenal fatigue. Before reading this post, you may want to go back and read the first part in this series to understand what exactly adrenal fatigue is and learn more about many... Read More

Staying Motivated to Exerciseby  

Written by Stacey K, Contributing Writer Once the initial excitement of New Year's goals has passed, the reality of sticking with an exercise plan can become difficult. As keepers of the home, we have much to do every day. It... Read More

Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods eBook: Want to Win a Copy?by  

Am I the only one who has begun a pregnancy with a super-nutritious daily checklist of foods to eat posted on my fridge? 2 servings of orange fruits or veggies, 2 servings of green veggies, 4 servings of dairy, 100... Read More

Creating A Dinner Time Routineby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's been a long day.  You're tired, the kids are cranky, or needy, or fighting, or all three at once, the house looks like a tornado just passed through, and you look at the... Read More

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