August 2011 - Keeper of the Home

Fresh Hope for Families and Soap Winners!by  

Two exciting things to announce today... Clean water for families The first is that through the 48 hour book sale, we raised almost $220 which is going directly to Compassion International's Water of Life initiative. What that means is that... Read More

Project-Based Homeschoolingby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer This year is going to be our first year homeschooling. I'm excited! My first is finally 3.5 years old, meaning she's old enough for "preschool" now. She also has a strong interest in learning,... Read More

So, Mornings… How Are They Going for You?by  

Have you met my friend, Kat? Allow me to introduce you... She makes a ball cap look great. She loves Tex-Mex food (me, too- except I live in Canada. Drat.) She actually has a chin-up bar in one of the... Read More

Dirty Water, Clean Waterby  

Updated: Thanks to my amazing readers rising to the challenge, we will be providing 4 families with clean, pure drinking water for a LIFETIME! How's that for exciting? :) Water. So critical, so taken for granted. We may talk about... Read More

A Heart For Adoptionby  

[caption id="attachment_12234" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The kids talking to the judge at their adoption"][/caption] Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Adoption is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart.  And for some time now, I’ve been itching... Read More

Ever Get Tired of Natural Living?by  

Do you ever get tired of it all? Have you read an article on nutrition or being green, and found that your eyes began to glaze over as you thought, blah, blah, blah? Does the garbage sometimes seem like a... Read More

Natural Shampoo and Body Bars from Apple Valley Natural Soap (Plus a Giveaway!)by  

Update: Giveaway has now ended. Thanks, all! I have to let you know, I'm a bit of a natural soap junkie. Underneath my bathroom cupboard are baskets, literally full of various kinds of handmade soaps-- ones with oatmeal for scrubbing,... Read More

8 Unique Recipes With Zucchiniby  

Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer About this time of year, people are wondering what to do with all the zucchini that just keeps coming from gardens. Zucchini is nutritious - a great source of fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and... Read More

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Themby  

Herbs fascinate me. These timeless plants have been used by various healers over thousands of years in order to treat symptoms, ease discomfort, improve mood or mental function, fight infection, and so much more. It seems to me that many... Read More

Simple and Fresh Tomato Saladby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer To make a superior tomato salad that is full of flavor, buy locally grown tomatoes that are of different shapes, sizes, and colors. This will make the salad visually interesting as well as delicious!... Read More

Why Every Moment Matters When You’re a Mom (and Giveaway Winners!)by  

Find me this week over at Raising Homemakers, where I share how a difficult loss this summer has encouraged me not to waste a moment of the time that I have as a mother. Winners of My Buttered Life eBook... Read More

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutneyby  

by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Summer, and the fruit it brings, has a way of overwhelming many of us. If you've got a pile of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots or any other kind of fruit sitting in the middle of... Read More

3 Simple Methods for Making Herbal Iced Teaby  

It may surprise you to know that growing up and into my young adult years, I was quite the fan of Nestea powdered ice tea mix. The super sweetened kind that tastes only vaguely like tea, and mostly like tea... Read More

Surviving Early Pregnancy With a Houseful of Littlesby  

I remember when I was pregnant with my first. I was working full time as an ESL teacher, but during my time off? I could put my feet up, take a nap when I was tired, make whatever food I... Read More

Eliza Spurgeon: Legacy of An Apt and Godly Helperby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer A womanly legacy worthy of passing on A while back I began compiling a collection of mini-biographies of Christian women, single, married and widowed, whose lives might inspire us to live godly in this... Read More

Even Real Food Bloggers Get the Blues (and How to Keep Nutrition Up in Busy, Stressful Seasons)by  

**I shared our exciting news the other day, which entirely relates to the re-posting of this post from almost exactly one year ago. Morning sickness, fatigue and some other challenging circumstances have made it a real struggle to put decent... Read More

Four Steps to a More Peaceful Homeby  

A peaceful home is something many of us long for. A place where relationships are healthy and spirits are happy, where we can rest our weary bones and just be ourselves. There's no denying that creating a peaceful home takes... Read More

All Our Little Ducks in a Row (And Baby Makes 6)by  

You know you must be tired when you're a writer and you have exciting news and the only way that you can think of announcing it is to simply blurt it out... We're expecting baby #4! Upon returning home from... Read More

My Buttered Life Ebook: 5 Summer Skin Recipes and a Giveaway!by  

By reading the ingredient list on most skincare products, you would think that it's necessary to have a degree in chemistry and your own in-home lab if you ever wanted to create your own. Sunscreen in particular seems daunting to... Read More

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