Making Mom’s Health A Priority

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Guest Post by Leah When my children wake up in the morning, I sometimes chuckle to myself as I’m reminded of some old horse races I used to watch as a child. The whistle blows, the announcer proclaims, “And she’s OFF!”, and the remainder of the race is spent simply trying to keep up with what’s going on, and preparing for what’s to come around the next bend. While doing my best to nourish precious little bodies, minds, and spirits each day, there are occasions […]

Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Started

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few weeks ago, I introduced myself and talked about my past experience with beekeeping in a post titled “Beekeeping: A matter of the heart”. The response was quite welcoming and many people were interested in getting more information about beekeeping as a hobby. Keeper of the Home invited me back and asked me to put together both a “Beekeeping 101” intro for those of you who are interested in possibly starting beekeeping and another snippet on “Welcoming Honeybees” that […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils, Part 2

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower Continuing on from yesterday’s post on the safe use of essential oils in pregnancy, and the first two oils, Lavender and Bergamot. Using Neroli, Chamomile and Geranium Like bergamot, Neroli is part of the family of citrus essential oils. Also known as ‘orange blossom,’ it requires 1000 blossoms to arrive at 1 pound of oil making it one of the most precious essential oils available. Neroli essential oil is fantastic for skin regeneration making it an excellent choice […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower **Stephanie’s note: I had originally intended to put up a tomato canning tutorial tomorrow, but this post was long, and yet so full of good information, whether you are pregnant or simply want to learn more about the use of essential oils! So it will continue tomorrow, and you can expect the canning post on Monday… see you then!** As botanical products, essential oils smell divine but I’m not sure how much weight people place on their power […]

Insomnia: How to Find Sleep Naturally

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Guest Post by Andrea Lack of sleep is common when you are raising infants. But what happens when your infants have reached their teens and you still can’t sleep? Insomnia affects millions of people but is 41% more prevalent in women than in men. For me, lack of sleep has meant I’m not capable of being the mother I want to be. I’ve found myself drifting off in the afternoons or needing to lie down and power nap – even if for just 15 minutes. […]

Beekeeping: A Matter of the Heart

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few years ago, the Ferry family experienced a traumatic death. We lost all our girls. During the winter, approximately 50,000 honeybees vanished from my backyard. They went into hibernation after Halloween and never woke up. I don’t know where they went, but come spring, there was no one home in either of my hives. As the air began to warm and the flowers started turning their faces to the sun, the hives remained dark and empty. No one was […]

Get Outdoors and Get in That Sunshine!

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Guest Post by Kait Curran Palmer Summer is upon most of the Northern Hemisphere at this point–minus the cloud-covered and still-chilly Pacific Northwest–but for the rest of you lovely people you are kicking off your flip flops and getting to have a grand ole time basking in the warmth of long and sun-filled days. No bitterness here as I sit wearing flannels and a fleece. None at all… Seattle drudgery aside, as the kids are out of school and it is the season for “fun […]

Enjoying the Blessings of Today

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Guest Post by Amy It seems that I have learned so much about myself and my walk with God since becoming a mom! One day I was watching my son, Joshua, eat some crackers. (He absolutely loves crackers!)  When he started eating the ones that I gave him, I noticed that he wasn’t even really enjoying them.  He was shoving them in his mouth as quick as he could so he could get more! When he got more, he still had his eyes on the ones […]