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

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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

detox chicken soup

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

lavender oat bath

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 […]

Soothing Lemon Ginger Drink for Colds and Congestion

Soothing Lemon Ginger Drink for Colds and Congestion {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When it comes to colds and congestion, ginger and lemon pack a powerful punch.  Ginger warms the body and is known to help with decongestion. It is also thought to boost circulation and the immune system. Lemon is high in vitamin C, has antibacterial properties, and is said to aid in breaking fevers and soothing sore throats. Making a lemon ginger drink is a simple method of fighting off illness and easing symptoms. Click To Tweet How to Make a Soothing Lemon […]

A Day in the Life: Stacy {Mom of 3 Striving for Change While Living in Grace}

A Day in the Life: Stacy  {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer This is my third year writing a day in the life post for Keeper of the Home. And I must say, it feels strange! It’s caused me to reflect over how my life has changed in the past few years and I’m wrestling with a little frustration over the fact that I’m not changing as fast as I’d like to.  When my health fell apart last year (I ended up being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease), my home suffered too. It’s […]

How to Make (and Use) a Plantain Poultice

How to Make (and Use) a Plantain Poultice {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chances are you will encounter some type of insect or bug bite during the summer. There are lots of ways to treat such bites, but today I want to share one very effective treatment that utilizes the wonderful herb, plantain.  Many people hear the word “plantain” and think of a small banana-like fruit. And yes, that is a plantain, but not the kind of plantain I am referring to.  The herb called plantain is actually a green plant, often considered a weed […]

45 Real Food Slow Cooker Meals for the Summer

Chicken crockpot meals

Today Stacy brings you a roundup of 45 excellent slow cooker recipes, categorized by protein type. This is a continuation of Jami’s roundup a few weeks back, where she shared 42 recipes, divided by meal type (breakfast, lunch/dinner, sides, dessert/beverages). Now you can easily fill that crock pot every day for the rest of the summer! I’m inspired myself, actually, to go pull mine out and get dinner started right now (it’s 8am as I write this)! ~ Stephanie  By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer No one wants to […]