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

swinging with the 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}

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure Keeper of the Home

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

A 2-Week Aldi Meal Plan Keeper of the Home

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 […]

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activities

How to Intentionally Choose Children's Extracurricular Activities Keeper of the Home

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 the realm of academics, but where is the line? How much is too much when it comes to extracurriculars? I most definitely don’t have all of the answers, but I’m hoping that with careful consideration my family can be more strategic and intentional in this […]

How to Make Holiday Lattes in the Crock Pot {Recipes for 4 Popular Lattes!}

Holiday Lattes in the Crockpot- 4 Crockpot Recipes for Your Favorite Lattes! Eggnog, Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread! | keeperofthehome.org

This post was originally published in December 2012–but we thought you would love a reminder about these delicious holiday lattes you can make in your crock pot!  By Rachel, Contributing Writer There is just something about the holidays that seems to make people want to warm up to a piping hot latte. Did you know you can actually make holiday lattes in the crock pot?! My personal latte favorites are gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice. These really are very simple to make at home, and […]

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Season

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Season-Keeper of the Home

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 recipes. I’m the type that could eat soup all year round, but my husband is a different story. So we make a compromise and eat soup about once per week from about October through March. We’ve been talking about a lot of home remedies this […]

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

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

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 newborn. The girls are now 5, almost 3, and 13 months. Life is still chaotic. Although I can say…since my baby turned 1, the fog is starting to lift! We moved into a new house in August, and I am still getting the house set […]

Is It Wrong for Moms to Work?

Is it wrong for moms to work?- Keeper of the Home

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 among Christians. We are relying on you, the Keeper of the Home readers, to weigh in as we wrestle with these often complex subjects. By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Today I’m addressing what is often another very heated debate: Is it wrong for moms to work? […]