Jessica Smartt, Author at Keeper of the Home
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A Two-Week Real Food Dairy-Free Meal Planby  

I have now nursed three babies. (By the grace of God, by the way ... it never came easily to me!) And do you know that for EACH baby, I had to take dairy out of my diet for one reason... Read More

My 10 Favorite Real-Food Recipe Sitesby  

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have recently started meal-planning for the month. It is just amazing to look at the month of meals, PLANNED, in my calendar! While it is a bit of... Read More

Allergy-Friendly Menu for Spring and Summer Entertainingby  

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer We are eagerly, painfully, awaiting the coming of warm weather here in the southeast United States. It has been COLD! We love to have friends over during the warm-weather months and I'm always looking for easy,... Read More

The Top Five Occasions When You Should Take A Detox Bathby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I used to think baths were for kids. Who takes a bath when they can take a speedy shower, after all? However, I have recently gotten over my reservations with taking baths. Change that - I have... Read More

20 Christ-Centered Easter Ideas For Familiesby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When I was little, we always attended my grandmother's church on Good Friday. They were Lutheran, and it was a somber, holy service. (Except for the time we sang a hymn with the line "I am but... Read More

One Hour + Two Stores = 30 Dinners {Planning a Month of Meals}by  

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer If you're like me, if you hear the words "plan all your meals for the month," you want to run away screaming. Recently I started wondering, though...would monthly meal planning save me time from running back... Read More

How I (Finally) Had A Natural Childbirthby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I just had my third baby, and I (finally) had a natural childbirth. Induced and with Pitocin, even. Virtual high-five, anyone?? This was not easy, but I had planned it for a long time. I had horrific... Read More

“But I’m Too Tired To Workout!” {Exercise Tips For Exhausted Mamas}by  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Before I start writing this post where I tell you I haven't worked out in 18 months, first let me defend myself. I used to run marathons. Okay ... half marathons. I ran half marathons. I used... Read More

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stressby  

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first... Read More

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Childrenby  

This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing... Read More

A Totally Overwhelmed Day In The Life: Jessica {Mom of three: 5, 3, and 2-week-old}by  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer If you read my title, you might be thinking: of course it's an overwhelming day. She has a 2-week-old baby!! Was she thinking it would be otherwise!? And you're right! When Stephanie told us that September would... Read More

5 Books Every Child Should Ownby  

Looking for some new reads for your little ones? Check out my list! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don't have many vivid memories from my pre-teen years (gratefully, perhaps?). But a few memories randomly stick out, oddly clear and... Read More

When “Natural” Isn’t Working: Hope For the Discouraged Crunchy Motherby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When my son was 18 months old, I put him down for his afternoon nap. Nothing unusual, except he had a bad cold, and was feeling yucky. Thirty minutes later, I heard him wake up,... Read More

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)by  

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It's nourishing and also allergy-friendly ... no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don't know about you, but it feels... Read More

16 Amazing Citrus Recipesby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Citrus fruits satisfy a deep longing within my soul. Okay, that might have been a tad dramatic. But there's something about citrus fruits - oranges, grapefruits, even lemons. They just taste wonderful to me. I... Read More

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYSby  

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I'm sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only... Read More

20 Nourishing, Whole-Foods Dinners That Kids Will Eat!by  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Y'all, I am far from being the perfect parent. I yell more than I should. At times, I'm addicted to my iPhone. Sometimes, anxiety just plain gets the best of me. And, I'm not spending... Read More

25 Chores Your 2-4 Year-Old Should Be Doing (And How To Get Him/Her To Work)by  

Curious what chores your toddler or preschooler can do? Here are some tips! I have two boys, ages four and two. They're wonderful, and I love them immensely. But a few weeks ago, I had a phone conversation with my... Read More

What is Fair Trade Coffee, and Should You Buy It?by  

By Jessica, Contributing Writer  This month Stephanie challenged us to think deeply about a "tough" food issue. Fair trade coffee stuck out to me, not because I'm an expert - but precisely because I am not. I love coffee, I buy coffee... And... Read More

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortuneby  

Looking for some creative ideas for girls' night this New Year's Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn't really need) much of a social life. And then... Read More

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