Simple, Safe Cold and Cough Tea

Safe, Simple Cold and Cough Tea

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Nobody likes getting colds.  That runny nose, the pounding head, the congestion — everyone wants to get rid of these unpleasant symptoms as soon as possible! There are many commercial products on the market.  We choose not to use any of them, and, in fact, doctors have said in the last few years that they’re not even safe for kids under 6! They don’t really address the root cause of the cold.  They stop the symptoms, which may actually prolong […]

A Day in the Life: Kate, a Homeschooling WAHM of 4

A Day in the Life of Kate- a Homeschooling, WAHM of 4 at Keeperofthehome.org

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These posts are always so fun — I love getting a peek into others’ lives!  I hope you’re enjoying it, too! I wrote a similar post last year, but my kids were younger, I had fewer of them (our fourth joined us this past March) and my business wasn’t as busy.  Our life looks a bit different now! Where We Are As I mentioned, I have four kids.  They are 5 1/2, 4, 2 and 6 months.  My oldest is […]

Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Life

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I first started eating real food, I was pretty strict. I would not buy any white sugar or white flour.  I would not use wheat (spelt, then grain-free).  I was convinced all that stuff was “poison” and I was pretty proud of my high standards. Fast forward four years. Yes, I buy white flour and white sugar (although I try not to use it too often).  Yes, I use wheat.  Yes, I buy the occasional packaged item (but I do […]

A Modern Alternative Mama’s Two-Week Meal Plan

Modern Alternative Mama's Two-Week Meal Plan- Keeper of the Home

By Kate, Contributing Writer This is an average meal plan in our home.  We have four kids who are 5.5, 4, 2, and 4 months (the baby doesn’t eat with us yet).  Our goal right now is to increase the quality of food we are eating while keeping our budget down. I create meal plans two weeks at a time and save them on my computer, as well as printing a copy and sticking it to my fridge.  I literally have over three years’ worth […]

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One of the aspects we enjoy most about the summer is the warm weather.  As soon as the sun starts peaking out and tendrils of warmth drift through the air, we are ready to go outside! We’re a bit past that now, seeing that it’s the middle of June.  We’ve had our fair share of 80+ degree days and a lot of humidity as well.  While it hasn’t deterred us — yet — it has definitely modified some of our […]

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big “DIY-er” and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can.  Sometimes, it doesn’t last past that initial experiment — I really only do it that one time.  Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again. Some […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Keeping a Morning Routine During Busy Seasons

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I just recently had my fourth baby.  My oldest turned 5 a couple of months ago. As you can imagine, it’s pretty busy around here!  I have been lucky enough to have my husband stay home for two weeks (as he has after each baby), and my mother came to stay for two more weeks. So I had help from at least one other adult during the first month. I know a lot of moms don’t have that kind of […]