3 Easy Ways to Cultivate a Tradition of Giving

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer  ‘Tis the season for baking, caroling, and gifting for our loved ones, and it’s also that time of the year when many will look outside of their families and considering giving to others in need. My husband and I always have made it a goal for our family to minister to others together. However, when we had three babies back-to-back and six years of diapers, breastfeeding, and middle-of-the-night wake-up calls, lugging our three little ones to both local homeless shelters and […]

50 Scrumptious Salad Recipes

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer  From fresh-from-the-veggie-garden salads to fruit salads to pasta and potato to meat to salads with an international flair, check out these 50 scrumptious salad recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings all year long! Fresh-from-the-Veggie-Garden Salads Apple, Quinoa and Kale Salad @ The Greenbacks Gal Apple Walnut Kale Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette @ Red and Honey Build Your Own Healthy Salad @ Keeper of the Home Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette @ Keeper of the Home Gorgonzola and Toasted Walnut […]

Ways to Use Clearance Produce

We originally published this post in June of 2012, but with an increase in food prices in recent years, the advice and tips that Erin offers here are still very useful! Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is all about incorporating more veggies into our diets and eating from our pantries and freezers, I thought it would be a prime time to share one of my favorite frugal grocery shopping tips: how to take advantage of clearance produce. You can stretch your weekly produce allowance a lot […]

12 Ways to Go Disposable Free

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer  One of the easiest transitions to living a more natural life is to reduce using disposable products. Not only does cutting back on using disposable products minimize your exposure to toxins found in plastics and bleached paper, but it is also an eco-friendly way to save you money! The most important thing in learning to live a healthier life is to take one baby step at a time. These 12 ways to go disposable free can get you started. Perhaps some families […]

The Ultimate Natural Remedies Round-Up

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I’ve never been thrilled about using conventional medications, and over the past 7 years my family has transitioned to using mostly natural remedies for any ailment that comes our way. I want to be clear in that I think there is a time and place for antibiotics and other conventional medications. But our family’s rule of thumb is to always try the natural route first. [Tweet “Most of the time, whatever ailment we are suffering clears with the natural remedy! “] I hope […]

A Day in the Life: Erin {work-at-home, part-time homeschooling mom of 3 girls}

  By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer This is the 3rd year for me to participate in the Keeper of the Home Day in the Life series (time flies!), and, at first, I was just going to post on our typical daily routine.  After all, in both 2012 and 2013 I posted on a chaotic day–and maybe you all are tired of hearing that from me.  But then I realized: You know what? That’s real life. And I want nothing more than to be real with you […]

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts! But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure. When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which […]

A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I don’t keep it a secret: I love Aldi. My love affair with the discount grocery chain began during my newlywed days. My husband and I were struggling to figure out how to make our budget work, and a friend tipped me off on how much she saved by shopping at Aldi. Aldi? “Get real”, I thought. “Is it dirty inside? Is the food really…good?” But I was delighted when I discovered that the food did indeed exceed our expectations […]