February 2012 - Keeper of the Home

10 On-the-Go Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlersby  

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I've never met a toddler who didn't like to snack!  Who can blame them?  Snacking is fun! Although I feel like it's important for children to have three nutritious meals a day, I also feel... Read More

Moving to a More Natural Lifestyle: Ramblings of a Former Coupon Queenby  

Guest Post written by Stacy Myers. Hello – My name is Stacy and I used to be a coupon addict. No…really. I would take my coupon binder camping – in the woods – with all of nature – and no electricity.... Read More

A Comparison of Birthing Settings: Home, Hospital and Birthing Center Birthsby  

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer With all this talk of birthing babies around here at Keeper of the Home, I asked Stephanie if I could compare three common birth settings: home, hospital and birthing center births.* Whereas a home birth... Read More

Risotto with White Fish and Orangeby  

Guest Post by Therese of Artistta This is one of my family's favorite meals, especially my children. It's packed full of nutrients with the homemade fish stock I use as a base and has the extra benefit of a wonderful,... Read More

Natural Ways to Recover from Pregnancyby  

[caption id="attachment_14381" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Me and my son, Jacob, right after birth."][/caption] Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Post-pregnancy, there's a lot going on.  You have a brand-new baby to get to know, learn to breastfeed, and care for.  You... Read More

Baby Boy is Here!by  

Some of you may have seen the announcement on Facebook late last week, but just to make it official... Our newest son was born at home on Wednesday, February 15th at 9:07pm! A birth story with more details is coming,... Read More

10 Decision of Newborn Parents, Part 2by  

Guest poster Christina began by sharing the first 5 decisions... today she continues on with 5 more decisions for parents of newborns. Please note: We do our utmost to offer the best and most accurate information that we can, but we... Read More

Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (From a Mama Who Learned the Hard Way)by  

The following question came in my e-mail box a couple of months ago: I am a mother of a one-year-old girl, and I am due with our second in June 2012. :) After I had my daughter, I was told... Read More

10 Decisions for Parents of Newbornsby  

Guest Post by Christina Szrama Getting to the birth of your child took a dozen medical decisions at least, some small, some large.  Well, your baby’s been born, you’re recovering (or trying to), and the decisions just won’t let up. ... Read More

A Baby Shower Giveaway- $172 Value!by  

So here I sit, waiting for my sweet baby to arrive (yes, I'm overdue once again). I hoped to have baby news to share by now, but instead, I have a little surprise for the rest of you... As contributing... Read More

The Nursing Basket: A Breastfeeding Mother’s Helpby  

  Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The birth of a new baby brings an abundance of joy and excitement...and lots of rest, for both mom and baby. Frequent nursing keeps a new mother from extending herself too much, forcing her... Read More

Secret Ingredient Browniesby  

  Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Everyone loves brownies or at least everyone that I know. There is something about that rich, chocolate-y, fudge-y taste. Most brownies are about 400+ calories per serving, loaded with unhealthy fats and are carb... Read More

How I Stock My Natural Medicine Cabinetby  

If you were to come over to my home and complain of an ailment, or your child got an injury while visiting, you may be surprised to see me open up my "medicine cabinet" and proceed to pull out various... Read More

Using Beans to Keep the Food Budget in Checkby  

I recently shared a very popular $250 sample grocery budget, and mentioned that one of the ways that I would stretch things out was with the use of vegetarian meals, most of which feature beans and legumes. Katie has written... Read More

Let’s Talk: Should You Allow Your Kids to Eat Junk at Birthday Parties?by  

Here's the scenario: Your young son or daughter has been invited to a friend's birthday party. You know this family to some degree and are aware that their eating standards aren't the same as your family's. The party will likely... Read More

Essential Oils for Babyby  

Essential oils make home remedies quick and easy to prepare. With a select few on hand you will be able to create all manner of healing products and all-natural cleaning supplies. When it comes to using essential oils with infants... Read More

Why I’m So Glad I Exercised This Pregnancyby  

From my 4th month of pregnancy onwards, most early mornings would find me sneaking downstairs in the dark, donning sweatpants, a t-shirt and hoodie. After drinking half a glass of water, then filling my large glass back up to the... Read More

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