Weekend Links

The ever-growing stack of boxes and stuff in our garage storage, as we prepare to move…

Links I loved this week:

How to make a simple banner to highlight your goals @ Simple Homemade

Quit “Real Washing” my Clean Eating @ Kitchen Stewardship

How to Make Flax Seed Hair Gel @ Ashley’s Green Life (I’ve heard of this, but haven’t tried it, though I’m dying to)

Keeping warm with roasted red pepper soup @ Simple Bites (I don’t know why I’ve never tried making roasted red pepper soup, even though we really enjoy it)

3 Marriage Habits Every Married Needs- because it’s worth falling in love again @ A Holy Experience

How to Beat Sugar Cravings with Glutamine @ Food Renegade (we’ve used L-glutamine for gut healing, but never for sugar cravings, so I found this very interesting)

2 words the world needs @ Jon Acuff

How to Develop More Discipline (Podcast) @ Michael Hyatt (I love to find good podcasts and read them while I’m doing something tedious like folding laundry- does anyone else do this?)

Why I Gave Up Going to Bible Study {From Mommy Guilt to Mommy Grace} @ The Humbled Homemaker

The Birthday Cake Moral Dilemma (and the solution) @ 100 Days of Real Food (my kids are homeschooled so this isn’t exactly a scenario we would face, but it really does look more at how we live our our “real food” choices and still participate in life with other people who may not share our food values and choices)

This week…

What I’m doing: Packing, packing, packing. Planning, planning, planning. And maybe, just occasionally, eating artisan ice cream (made with ingredients I can actually pronounce!) while I do it all. Announcement coming this week! :)

What I’ve been making: Green tea smoothies in my Vitamix. I use Matcha green tea powder, raw milk, frozen bananas, a bit of Stevia, vanilla, and a small scoop of Maca powder. They’re a delicious afternoon pick-me-up.

What I’m wearing: Bare feet, and the coziest thick yoga-style jacket ever, with this extra large cowl neck that zips really high and makes up for my unfortunate lack of socks on cold days.

What I’m enjoying: Sweet friends and family. So many special times with the people we love.

What treats have you been enjoying lately? Am I the only weird one that likes matcha?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing a link to my flax seed hair gel post! I hope you’re able to give the recipe a try! ( :

  2. Do you have any thoughts about the book cited in the glutamine article, The Diet Cure? I’m having the worst time getting off sugar since Christams. I always blame it on baby-sleepless-night-fatigue, but this is one of the worst times I’ve had getting off of sugar!

    I’m tempted to just buy it but I get a little jaded by what to believe when I’m reading online. The amazon reviews look pretty potisitive. I just really enjoy your site and would trust your opinion. Thanks!

  3. I didn’t know you were moving??? Did I miss something? :) Good luck with all the packing!

  4. Had to laugh when I saw flax seed hair gel. My mom (born in 1914) wrote in her life story: We used to make flaxseed hair setting gel. It was very slimy. Then, after it dried, we combed it and it was wavy and stayed that way for awhile.

  5. So either I missed where you’re moving to OR that is your announcement. I don’t really understand but that’s okay.

    Oh I feel for you…moving…we moved recently and it was really difficult. Hopefully you have some help. God provided for me in amazing ways when I prayed because otherwise I had just my kids and I. Its a hard thing to move with a baby learning how to walk so hopefully your baby is a bit slower mobility wise right now. We’re still getting organized…its going to be a while. I hope it goes well for you!!!

    • Well, we are moving but I haven’t really announced what’s going on yet, so you haven’t missed anything. :)

      It is definitely a lot of work, but we had a packing party with a bunch of friends last weekend and it really helped, so that has made it a bit easier. Kepler isn’t quite learning to walk, but he crawls like lightening so I still have to chase after him. But you’re right, it can be hard to move with mobile little ones that can still get themselves into trouble. I hope you feel settled in soon!

  6. Sorry, me again.. The link is giving me a Page Not Found error..Please help!

  7. Oohh.. Love the collection of reads.. I am totally going to try this flax seed hair gel.. And would you consider me weird if I admitted I have no idea what is Matcha or Maca? :-) Yes, I have some learning to do:-)

    • Nope, you’re not weird. Matcha is a type of green tea, but it’s ground into a powder rather than just steeping the leaves. It’s much stronger and it’s higher in antioxidants. It’s very revered in Japan and used for ceremonial teas. If you’ve ever had something like a Green Tea Cappuccino at Starbucks, they use matcha powder for that. Maca is made from a root that grows in South America and has been traditionally used for hormones/fertility, for energy, endurance, etc. Here’s a good post about it- http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/10/power-of-maca.html.