Emily McClements, Author at Keeper of the Home
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A Two-Week Summer Meal Planby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's the time of year where the local Farmer's Markets and our gardens have begun to overflow with the season's harvest which make it the perfect opportunity to incorporate a wide variety of produce into... Read More

Simple Homemade Ranch Dressingby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Whether a topping for salad, a dip for crudités, or a way to get your kids to eat something they might not otherwise eat, ranch dressing is a staple for many families. But as those... Read More

9 Simple Ingredients That Will Clean Your Entire House!by  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer If you had to guess off the top of your head, how many cleaning products would you say you have in your house right now? You probably have a couple in the kitchen, several in... Read More

Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe: A Perfect Holiday Side Dishby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer My mom is a great cook. She grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ohio with vegetables from the garden, fruit from their fruit trees, fresh milk from their cow with real cream and homemade... Read More

How to Pit and Freeze Sweet Cherries & 18 Unique Cherry Recipesby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer One of our family's most favorite things to do in the summer is to visit local U-pick farms and spend the day enjoying the beauty and bounty of God's creation. We have fun and work together... Read More

The Vinegar Myth: Why Vinegar is Not a Great Natural Cleanerby  

Vinegar is a great green and natural cleaner, right? Using vinegar as a multipurpose all-natural cleaner may very well have been one of the first things you read or learned when beginning your journey toward green and natural living. I... Read More

One-Pot Wonders: 23 Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishesby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's 4:30 pm. Your stove is covered with the remains of pots and pans from last night's dinner, and the kitchen sink is bursting with the day's dishes because you forgot to empty the dishwasher this morning. You've... Read More

How to Help Your Kids Kick the Screen Habit With a “No Screen Month”by  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I don't know about you, but for some reason when February arrives I feel the strong need to hit the reset button for our family. I'm sure it's the time off over the holidays, and... Read More

Child Labor and the Chocolate Industryby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I settled in on the couch with my laptop and a few pieces of candy leftover from our Christmas stockings to watch two documentaries exposing the rampant use of forced child labor on cocoa farms... Read More

Moving Forward on Your Natural Living Journey This Year!by  

By Emily, Contributing Writer My green and natural living journey began, probably like many of you, when I became pregnant with my first child, just about seven years ago. I started out slowly, changing things like our cleaning products, ditching... Read More

3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideasby  

By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I'm sure you've been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It's a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And... Read More

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!by  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I'll be the first to raise my hand and admit... Read More

An Unexpected, Spontaneous Family Dayby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As I sat down to write this day in the life post, I thought: "This was not really a 'typical' day for us, but, honestly, who has typical or normal days when you have little... Read More

From Chaos to Calm: Finding a Pre-Dinner Routine That Works for Your Familyby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As we head into fall, one of the things that might need some attention and re-working after a more relaxed summer is your pre-dinner and dinner prep routine. This can be a time of day... Read More

What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn’t So Simple?by  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Too many times over the past year my husband and I have looked at each other in exasperation and exclaimed, “TOO MUCH STUFF!” It happens when... ...our laundry pile has stopped fitting inside the hamper... Read More

How to Begin and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routineby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer At the beginning of this year, I signed up to run a half marathon on June 1 with my sister. I was six months post-partum after my third baby, still at least 20+ lbs above... Read More

Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mamaby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's 5:00 pm. I've been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away.... Read More

Simple Steps to Safe and Natural Personal Care {And 18 Homemade Beauty Recipes}by  

By Emily, Contributing Writer As you're beginning your journey toward more green and natural living, one surprising thing you will most likely encounter early on is the truth about the dangerous chemicals and toxins lurking in the personal care and... Read More

28 Delicious and Healthy Grain-Free Snack Ideasby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Grain-Free, paleo, primal and gluten-free diets seem to be everywhere these days. All you have to do is scroll through Pinterest for a while and many of the recipes you're likely to see will boast... Read More

5 Ways Green Living and Real Food are Connectedby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer  Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? We're running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer... Read More

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