October 2011 - Keeper of the Home
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Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)by  

Snow is lovely. Except when it delays my flight home from Pennsylvania by 24 hours, keeping me from my family. These things just happen, though, and so here I sit in the Harrisburg Sheraton hotel, attempting to come up with... Read More

Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Seasonby  

Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It's that time of year again.  The season that many moms dread for their families - cold and flu season. Each year I review my old list and research new ways to try and keep... Read More

Healing Ear Infections Holisticallyby  

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Last year this time, I prided myself on the fact that my 2 year old had never had a full-blown ear infection. A strong proponent of breastfeeding and having nursed her until she was... Read More

11 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Diligent Workersby  

As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by... Read More

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 5 (And 7 Ways to Use Those Leftovers)by  

Can you believe we've been consistently meal planning together for over an entire month now? I don't know about you, but after a summer of inconsistency, in both my planning and in the meals I was serving, it feels good.... Read More

Treating Depression During Pregnancy, Naturallyby  

This post is the follow up to last month's post on Stacey's experience with Depression in Pregnancy. The first post was intended to bring awareness to the issue and offer hope and encouragement, and this second post takes a closer... Read More

Family Friendly and Pregnancy-Safe Liquid Herbal Products: TriLight Health Review and $100 Giveawayby  

I'm a big believer in using herbs to naturally and gently treat many health concerns, as well as to nourish the body with additional nutrients. The easiest form of herbs for most amateurs is usually dry herbs, made into simple... Read More

Winners of Desires of My Heart Ebookby  

The two winners of the Desires of My Heart ebook and hand-stamped necklace giveaway are: Kristy (rnkristy1@) Sara (s.timm@) Congratulations! This insightful devotional ebook is only $0.99 (yes, you read that right!) and available in PDF, Kindle and Nook formats.... Read More

Why I Need Graceby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last month, I wrote about dealing with challenging behavior.  I wrote out my absolute best intentions in that post -- how everything would be in a perfect world.  I'd be happy and patient and... Read More

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 4 (And What to Do If You Mess Up Your Meal Plan)by  

The other night, I went to make dinner after a very busy afternoon out, and realized that most dreaded of mistakes. The meal plan on the fridge said "Roast beef". The large roast was sitting downstairs. In the freezer. Frozen... Read More

Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbsby  

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our Valley finally began it's annual cooling trend last week. After several months of nearly 100 degree heat, we were able to enjoy a rainstorm, complete with chilly temperatures and a delightful nip in... Read More

Treat Yourself to Healthier, Real Food Desserts (A Giveaway!)by  

Does eating healthy, real foods mean giving up all desserts and other sweet treats? I definitely don't think that the eating well and enjoying dessert have to be in opposition to one another. In fact, it's really about the ingredients... Read More

3 Tips That Will Truly Help You to Manage Your Grocery Budget Betterby  

Once upon a time, there was this girl who was very careful with her budget. So careful that her husband trusted her implicitly, and she carefully maintained her grocery budget with cash each month, so as not to overspend. She... Read More

How to Make Delicious Kale Chipsby  

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer I have been hearing about kale chips a lot lately. Growing up in a traditional American home I was raised eating potato chips at 4th of July celebrations, picnics and just because sometimes, a lot... Read More

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)by  

Welcome to the 3rd week of the Plan It- Don't Panic Meal Planning Challenge! How are your meal plans coming along? Is it getting easier to put them together? Do you find that you are saving money? Time? Dinnertime sanity?... Read More

Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake (A Perfect Fall Dessert)by  

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Fall is a wonderful time to make desserts with ingredients that are only fresh this time of year. Cranberries and apples are perfectly ripe and so very tasty in season. Don't you just love... Read More

Desires of My Heart Devotional Book and Scripture Necklace Giveawayby  

One thing that really stands out to me about women (and maybe just people in general, but I notice it strongly in myself and my own gender) is that we crave control. We want things to go our way. In... Read More

Children’s Sleepwear: Avoiding Flame Retardant Chemicalsby  

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The warm summer evenings are turning into cool autumn nights. Your children’s closets are probably all set for fall weather, an organization project most of us like to do before the start of the new... Read More

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (Plus Grocery Budget Tips)by  

Welcome to the 2nd week of the Plan It- Don't Panic Meal Planning Challenge! I was so excited to see so many of you participating actively in the challenge, whether by sharing a link to your own meal plan or... Read More

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