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3 Easy Ways to Cultivate a Tradition of Givingby  

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... Read More

50 Scrumptious Salad Recipesby  

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!... Read More

Ways to Use Clearance Produceby  

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... Read More

12 Ways to Go Disposable Freeby  

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,... Read More

The Ultimate Natural Remedies Round-Upby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

A 2-Week Aldi Meal Planby  

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... Read More

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activitiesby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children's extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond... Read More

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Seasonby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Fall finally arrived in North Carolina this week, and instead of short sleeved shirts and flip flops, we're finally donning the comfortable hoodies and fur-lined slippers. And now it's time to break out the soup... Read More

One Chaotic Day in the Life of a Mom with Three Kidsby  

By Erin, Contributing Writer In last year's Day in the Life post, I confessed that I was in the midst of a very chaotic season. I had three kids; my oldest was a new 4, and my youngest was a... Read More

Is It Wrong for Moms to Work?by  

This summer we are taking some time to discuss some current issues that are on our minds--issues that we do not know how to answer. So far, we have explored the likes of birth control, thyroid problems, and wealth accumulation... Read More

Why Are So Many Women Suffering with Thyroid Problems?by  

This summer we are taking some time to discuss some current issues that are on our minds--issues that we do not know how to answer. We are relying on you, the Keeper of the Home readers, to weigh in as... Read More

5 Unconventional Uses for Crock Potsby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I was a child, I thought the crock pot was for one meal alone: roast beef. Oh, I am sure my mother used it for other meals, but for some reason the common Sunday... Read More

67 Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Recipesby  

After my first child was born, I started making  my own homemade all-natural cleaning products. My purpose in making homemade all-natural cleaning recipes is two-fold: It saves me money. I can control the ingredients, which allows me to eliminate the... Read More

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routineby  

By Erin Odom, contributing writer It wasn't long after I started my natural living journey that I realized that I needed to detox my laundry routine. Most conventional laundering supplies contain dyes, perfumes and many other toxins.  At first, I... Read More

5 Practices of Natural Motheringby  

Please note that today's post is not intended to make any mother feel "unnatural" or that this way of mothering is "better" than or superior to other ways. I am friends with plenty of mothers who do not chose these... Read More

10-Minute Lunches: “Tea Room” Chicken Saladby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I've always loved chicken salad. To me, it's the perfect feminine tea party food. Give me chicken salad, a freshly-baked croissant, a cup of fresh fruit and a spot of hot tea, and I can... Read More

17 Homemade Spice Mixes {with Recipes and Why You Should Use Them!}by  

Welcome to Keeper of the Home! Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? We have a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to... Read More

Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale & Giveaway! {18 Patterns for only $24.95! A $139 value!}by  

  Erin from The Humbled Homemaker here--I'm filling in for Stephanie as she gallivants around the globe (literally)! And even though she's on vacation, she didn't want to miss the opportunity to tell all of you homemakers and seamstresses about... Read More

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