Hilary Bernstein, Author at Keeper of the Home
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How Homemaking Routines Saved My Homeby  

Looking for a way to make homemaking easier? This wisdom and practical advice may be just what you need!

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The 5 Best Places to Find a Homemaking Mentorby  

Some homemakers happen to know a lot more about keeping a home than others. A mother, grandmother, or big sister might have taught you everything you needed to know. You might have professional cleaning lady or chef experience.

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6 Ways to Help Your Children Eat Their Veggiesby  

Transform your son’s or daughter’s taste buds by trying these 6 ways to help your children eat their veggies.

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Using the Peace and Quiet of January to Bring Direction to Your Lifeby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Inhale. Exhale. January’s here. Can you feel the peace? Have you embraced the calm? If your December was anything like mine, you’ve just made it through a Christmas frenzy. So much to do, so many... Read More

Planning and Preparing a Real Food Thanksgiving Dinnerby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time with family and plenty of food. Yet many of the dishes served were made with processed food: Green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and... Read More

The Great Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Season with Real Pumpkinsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This October, you can embrace the fall season with pumpkins – and not just your pumpkin spice latte. Instead of focusing on a spooky Halloween, real pumpkins look great – and they’re the source of... Read More

A Day in the Life of Hilary: A Work-At-Home Mom of 2by  

This month we're sharing our usual Day in the Life series, where each of our writers let's you have a peek into their everyday lives. I love these posts, because they help you get to know the team here at... Read More

Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Gardenby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget,... Read More

Cool Down with 10 Iced Tea Recipesby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer By this time every summer, I’m searching for easy ways to cool down. I love iced drinks – but after drinking a lot of iced lemon water, I need a little change. Iced teas are a... Read More

A Minimalistic Approach to Summerby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Whew. The school year is over. Does anyone else want to breathe a huge sigh of relief with me? In many ways, it feels like my family’s been on fast forward since school began last... Read More

Build Your Own Healthy Saladby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Salad season is here again! If you're excited to get back to the healthy crunch of fresh foods at mealtime or you're simply trying to add more vegetables to your daily diet, use this guide to pair... Read More

Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Choresby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Each spring I get the itch to start deep cleaning my home. It doesn’t matter if I’m living in a tiny apartment or a house – once the weather starts to warm and the days are sunny,... Read More

How I Overcame My Obsession with Paper Productsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer It’s safe to say that until a couple years ago, I had an obsession with paper products. As I cleaned my home, I HAD to use paper towels. Paper towels for my windows, paper towels for my... Read More

3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nightsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they're spending most at-home hours as dad... Read More

Find Safe Products By Reading Labelsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Ten years ago, I had no idea what was in the products I was using. Granted, I didn’t care what was in my food, personal care products or cleaning products. I was young, healthy … and blissfully... Read More

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Giftsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Toys lay scattered across the floors of my children’s bedrooms. Despite my daily reminders to pick up, chore chart attempts and a rotating toy system that did – for a time – work wonders, my children have... Read More

How to Make Your Own Furniture Polishby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Always one to look for safe and simple ways to clean my home, I was really excited to finally discover a homemade recipe for furniture polish. For years I had used aerosol dusting sprays, simply because it... Read More

Cure Coughs Naturally {& 30 Other Home Remedies}by  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I’ve never been a fan of medications. Over the counter or prescribed … it doesn’t matter. After being prescribed antibiotics for a good two years of my childhood – and developing severe allergic reactions to them –... Read More

What I Wish I Could Have Told My Pregnant Selfby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions; talk to your doctor or midwife about pregnancy, postpartum and newborn concerns. You know how hindsight is 20/20? I wish I had a... Read More

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

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