Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Here are over 50 recipes that use chia seeds. All are made with real food ingredients and many of them are also gluten free.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]

Homemade Canned Soup Replacement

Who needs canned soup when you have this simple recipe for cream of chicken condensed soup? It can be adapted to work homemade canned soup replacement for cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup as well.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When I think back to my newlywed days, and all the canned soup we consumed, I cringe a little. As a newlywed, I learned to prepare all manner of meals while clutching my Betty Crocker Cookbook. I followed each recipe step by step, not thinking much about any kind of health ramifications. I just wanted to make dinner for my husband. At that stage of life, I knew very little about real food. But, as time went on and I became […]

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

Homemade body scrubs are easy to make: mix sugar and oil and you're good to go! But, if you add a few extras, you can take this floral body scrub to the next level.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

40+ Freezer Meal Recipes

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer The afternoon and early evening can be a stressful time in many homes. Keeping kids happy and getting dinner on that tables, all while being fatigued from the day, can be difficult. To tell you the truth, I don’t make dinner at dinner time if I can help it! Instead, I do the most work intensive parts of dinner prep at other times. Freezer meals help cut down on some of the burden and are a great time saver for busy moms. A well-stocked […]

What Happened When I Quit Coffee

What Happened When I Quit Coffee {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Coffee. The beverage that seems more like a king than a mere drink. Adored and revered by it’s faithful followers the world over. It’s the one thing that many of us refuse to start our days without. Plus, drinking coffee includes you in a worldwide club where members write about it, think about it, joke about it, and savor it, each and every day. Why? Because it’s good! Coffee is delicious. Especially with cream . . . But I’m getting distracted from […]

3 Steps to a Naturally Healthy Home

3 Steps to a Naturally, Healthy Home {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Giving your home and health a natural living overhaul can be a huge task. One that may seem overwhelming and difficult. When there are so many things to change, it’s hard to know where to start. Today I’m sharing three simple steps that I feel are a great place to begin. Of course, what needs to be changed will be different for everyone, but I think you’ll find these steps doable and beneficial. 1. Replace chemical cleaners with natural ones This […]

Detoxifying Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer The indulgences of the holiday season are coming to a close and many of us are looking for simple ways to nourish ourselves and feel better. A simple soup is the perfect solution to days (or weeks) of overindulgence. Click To Tweet Even if you played it safe and didn’t wander far into sugar land, you’ll still benefit from this nutritious mix of chicken, vegetables and broth. Turmeric and ginger star in this healthy soup, providing immune boosting, detoxifying, and cleansing […]

Make a DIY Bath and Body Gift Basket in 30 Minutes or Less

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Homemade gifts are fun to give, but can seem overwhelming to make.  I’m here to tell you that this does not have to be the case. It’s possible to give something made with your own hands without spending days getting it ready. My favorite method of creating homemade gifts, is the fast and furious approach. I’ve even been known to make 100 gifts in an hour. (And it wasn’t that hard. I promise.) Today I’m going to show you how to make a […]