March 2011 - Keeper of the Home
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How to Plan Your Garden, Part 2by  

Were you as inspired as I was by Shannon's post on Tuesday? I completely understand what she means about becoming more and more excited each year as she considers what she can grow and preserve. I feel the same way.... Read More

Plan & Plant Now for Sustainability, Freedom, and a Backyard Revolutionby  

I am not an expert gardener and have only spent the last few years taking a stab at preserving what we eat and eating what we preserve. Every year, though, I grow more and more excited because every year we... Read More

Making Homemade Hard Lotion with a DIY Lotion and Lip Balm Kitby  

Last summer, I told you how a hard lotion bar helped my eczema, and gave me back my dry hands. More than 6 months later, I still loving using my hard lotion bars. My only problem is that I'm really... Read More

Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simplyby  

Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Cleaning the bathroom can be one of a homemaker's most daunting tasks.  There are so many cracks and crevices...and the battle against invisible germs and obvious spores seems never ending. My least favorite obstacle... Read More

You Tell Me : What Will You Do (If Anything) About Radiation from Japan?by  

I had intended to write the second installment of the How to Plan Your Garden post for today (don't worry, it's still coming) but between a bout of illness in our own home and all of the conflicting reports that we've been... Read More

Non-Toxic Disinfectantsby  

If you have visited this blog regularly this month, you’ve probably learned a lot of tips for natural, healthy household cleaning.  It’s so important for our health and for our children to use safe, non-toxic cleaners. However, safer alternatives are... Read More

The Simplify Family Life Collection: $450 Worth of Ebooks for Only $47!by  

This week I'm pleased to be a part of a fantastic group of bloggers and authors, including my books in the Simplify Family Life collection ebook sale. Corey from Simple Marriage and Mandi from Life...Your Way have brought together some of... Read More

How to Plan Your Gardenby  

[caption id="attachment_10002" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="From my own garden plans, two of my raised beds with plans for greens, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli."][/caption] In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far... how to... Read More

7 Reasons to Square Foot Gardenby  

Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Spring is right around the corner, literally.  The first day of Spring officially arrives on Sunday! With the arrival of spring, there’s lots of talk here on Keeper of the Home about gardening this... Read More

Cleaning During Stolen Momentsby  

I wish that I could simply set aside an hour or two each weekday to focus solely on house cleaning, in order to keep my home in tip-top shape. Yet when I try, up pop all manner of interruptions. A toddler... Read More

Finding a Local Farmerby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer With spring just around the corner, that means it’s time for outside activities!  Gardening is a big one we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks. But maybe, for some reason, you... Read More

How to Plant a Garden That Works for Where You Liveby  

When I first began, I suppose I had this idea that gardening was the same everywhere... you dug up some dirt, put in seeds, fertilized and pulled some weeds, then enjoyed a harvest. A little naive (or maybe just hopeful),... Read More

Gardening with Herbs 101: Where to Beginby  

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we're discussing Gardening 101.  What better way to throw off the weariness of winter than with the joyous awakening of the earth around us?  Today I'll be... Read More

Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshening Spraysby  

I love the concept of Febreze and other products that are intended to remove odors and freshen things up. Goodness knows that our home has lots of places that can use just such a spray-- the kitchen garbage can, the... Read More

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: Pro-Vaccine and Cautionary Resourcesby  

Guest Post Written by Christina Over the past two weeks, we've been approaching the subject of childhood immunizations, trying to come to the issue logically and methodically in order to make the best decisions for our children: The Thoughtful Parent's... Read More

Better, Cheaper, Safer 4-Way Soft-Scrubberby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Conventional household cleaners = money and toxins down the drain Nowadays, consumers literally throw money down the drain with the industry's household cleaners that really don't even get the job done. But that's not... Read More

Selecting Seeds for Garden Successby  

Shelves stuffed full of beautiful envelopes that seem about to burst with potential. Page after glossy page of glorious looking, boldly colored vegetables. No wonder it's so hard to choose seeds for your garden with all the options out there! Beyond... Read More

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Homeby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Advertisers everywhere proclaim the germ fighting power of chemical-filled cleaners. Many would have us believe that there is no way to clean and disinfect without a chemical product. And doesn’t every good mother want... Read More

So Many Giveaway Winners!by  

Recently we had an awesome week of giveaways!  And now...the winners! The winner of the Naturopathic First Aid Kit, out 3684 entries, is: Amy Hofer (lizziehofer@...) For those who didn't win, Naturokits is offering a coupon code: DCKOTH, for 10% off... Read More

Gardening 101 Series and Heirloom Seedsby  

Spring is fast approaching (are you as giddy as I am?) and our themes this month at Keeper of the Home are right on topic. We'll be sharing about non-toxic cleaning including lots of cleaner recipes, just in time for... Read More

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