July 2011 - Keeper of the Home
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Training Kids to Help in the Kitchenby  

Knowing how to prepare real, whole foods is an absolutely necessary life skill that every child should learn. Children who are not taught the basics of food preparation will end up defaulting to processed, packaged foods, simply because they haven't... Read More

How a Visual Schedule is Bringing Order to Our Homeby  

Inspired by Simple Homeschool's article on Creating a Visual Schedule for Kids, I realized that this was exactly what our home needed to bring some much-desired peace and order to our days. Too many times each day, I was being... Read More

Winner of the Cloth Diaper Gift Certificate!by  

Apparently, my readers love cloth diapering! This giveaway went crazy, with 1363 entries. And now, the winner of a $75 gift certificate to Sweet Little Blessings (a wonderful source for all of your cloth diapering needs): Shannon (comadrona82@) Congratulations, Shannon! For... Read More

How to Swish a Diaper in the Toilet and Your Other Cloth Diapering Questions Answeredby  

This post marks the end of our short, but hopefully helpful, series on dispelling some myths about why cloth diapering is actually easier than you think. I asked you for your cloth diapering questions, and you really let me have... Read More

Homeschooling Throughout the Summerby  

Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer When I tell people that we homeschool year round, I usually get one of two responses.  I often hear from homeschooling families, “Oh, we try to do that, too.”  And then I often hear,... Read More

Feeding Babies: A Relaxed, Common Sense Approachby  

This post was originally published over a year ago, but I continue to find questions on feeding babies and introducing solids in my inbox, so I thought that this was worth re-posting. And with another year to see how Johanna... Read More

Sunburn Soothers: Herbal Remedies for Summer’s Ailmentsby  

Written by Meg, Contributing Writer Herbal Remedies for Sunburn Once your skin is burned and there’s no turning back (or when your skin has been overexposed to hot, drying sun and wind or chlorinated swimming pools), use the same herbs,... Read More

3 More Reasons That Cloth Diapering is Easier Than You Thinkby  

Last week, I began to dispel some commonly held myths about cloth diapering. I began with two of the biggest myths, that cloth diapering is more expensive and that it is more disgusting. The reader response was fantastic and I... Read More

The Friends and Foes of Motherhoodby  

Motherhood isn’t easy.  There are many ways to describe motherhood - joyful, challenging, unique, consuming, wonderful, exhausting, humbling, rewarding - but easy isn’t one of them. As mothers, our greatest privileges and our greatest joys in life also happen to... Read More

Giveaway: Win a $75 Gift Certificate to Spend on Cloth Diapers & Supplies!by  

Note: Giveaway has now ended. Winner will be announced shortly. Considering the popularity of the cloth diapering series that I began on Monday, where I am dispelling common myths about cloth diapering and sharing just how easy it really is,... Read More

Winners of Berkey and NaturoKits Giveaways and a Chance to Win a Lacto-Fermentation Course!by  

Summer is a time for days at the park, kids running through sprinklers, and long days spent with good friends and family. In the midst of enjoying these summer days, hosting homestay students, beginning to preserve (strawberries yesterday, more to... Read More

Rising Above Food Wars: Eat for God’s Gloryby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer A question - "How do I keep the issue of personal food choices in godly perspective?" A few weeks ago, I received an email from a young woman asking me how to avoid alienating people who... Read More

Dispelling the Myths: Why Cloth Diapering is Truly Easier Than it Seemsby  

I've been cloth diapering for over 6 years, but I still sometimes find myself surprised by the strange looks and the mistaken opinions that most people have when the topic arises. I want to dispel some myths in what will... Read More

Planning What to Preserveby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Are you new to preserving food -- or maybe just curious about it?  Maybe you'd like to give it a shot, but don't really know where to start. I was in your shoes last... Read More

The State of My Garden So Far (Challenges, Mistakes, Pests and All)by  

Challenges or not, I couldn't give up gardening if I tried. Watching my plants grow, from a tiny seed into delicious food is just so rewarding (like this brand new broccoli head above, which we'll be eating in a another... Read More

Cool Meal Ideas for Hot Daysby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's 90 degrees outside and the last thing that's on your mind is cooking, much less turning on the oven!  As summer kicks in full time, I find myself less and less motivated to spend... Read More

5 Ways to Use Blueberries this Seasonby  

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Full of flavor, sweet and nutritious, a blueberry in season is one of summers greatest pleasures. Fresh blueberries are delicious on their own and need no special preparation. However, they do go bad quickly,... Read More

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