Using Beans to Keep the Food Budget in Check

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I recently shared a very popular $250 sample grocery budget, and mentioned that one of the ways that I would stretch things out was with the use of vegetarian meals, most of which feature beans and legumes. Katie has written an incredible recipe ebook called The Everything Beans Book (keep reading for a coupon code!), which is chock full of recipes to help even bean-loathing families learn to happily eat more beans, up their nutrition, and keep costs down. And now, I’ll pass it over […]

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

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Guest Post by Janelle  With the holidays approaching fast, many of our minds are turning to the inevitable Christmas party. Entertaining on a budget is challenging. Entertaining GLUTEN FREE on a budget: Even more challenging. But, not impossible. Here are some ideas to help you keep it simple and yet delicious, whether for yourself, or a guest with a gluten intolerance. 1. Go Natural Fruits and vegetables are delicious. Make the most of them. A nice plate full of fruit is a great place to […]

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 […]