How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotion

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This post was originally published in June of 2008, but this topic is always an important one as the days grow longer and the summer sun returns each year! I have a small list of things I never thought I would make myself, and sunscreen happens to be on that list. It feels good to prove myself wrong, and realize that yet another product that felt so elusive and out-of-reach to me is actually dead easy to make. Last week, a friend and I gathered in my […]

How to choose a natural, non-toxic nail polish

How to choose a natural, non-toxic nail polish

Just because I can’t reach (or barely see) them past my 9-month pregnant belly, doesn’t mean I don’t like having cute, painted toenails in the summer time. I’ve never been a huge fan of fingernail polish, because I find it chips too easily with cooking and cleaning, but I’ve always loved to keep my little piggies brightly polished. Painted toenails helps my feet to look pretty and makes me feel more put together and cheerful. Sometimes it’s the little things, right? What I’m not so […]

Homemade Iced Tea Popsicles

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Like all kids, mine love nothing better than a cool snack on a hot day. A common summertime treat around our house is popsicles. Since popsicles are so easy to make, we stick with homemade ones, rather than buying them. Sometimes we make them out of a smoothie-type blend of frozen fruits, with things like coconut milk or yogurt blended in for creaminess. Ice cream or frozen yogurt recipes also taste amazing poured into popsicle molds instead of an ice cream maker. I’ve also been […]

Once A Month Meals Giveaway: Win a 1-Year Pro Membership Subscription to Simplify Your Meal Times!

Once A Month Meals Giveaway! {Keeper of the Home}

Want to fill your freezer and free your schedule? Then you’ll love today’s giveaway from one of my favorite online resources, Once A Month Meals! Once-a-month cooking is a wonderful way to keep your freezer stocked with ready-to-eat meals. All you have to do is pull them from the freezer, heat them up and you’ve got a nourishing, home-cooked meal on the table for your family. The problem, however, lies in being able to find recipes that convert to freezer cooking, making grocery lists, and […]

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home {Keeper of the Home}

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Several years ago, my husband and I discovered that the clutter in our homes was eating away at our peace and enjoyment. It distracted us, made us grumpy, created extra work and messes, and just generally detracted from our lives. During that season, we began to really tackle all the stuff in our home and view it with new eyes. We asked questions like: Do I truly find this beautiful or useful? How long […]

The Benefits of Cooking and Baking with Stoneware

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This post was originally published in 2010, but with more and more people looking for safer alternatives to their non-stick cookware, this is a great topic to revisit! With all that I’ve been learning over the past few years about toxic materials in my various pots, pans and muffin tins, it has been so refreshing to find a safe alternative that I love using! I’ve discovered that high-quality stoneware easily meets all of my qualifications, being 100% safe, durable and effective. I have slowly been […]

The 5 Best Natural Remedies for Beginners

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Are you eager to start making the switch over to natural remedies, but unsure of where to start? I know that when you’re first getting started with the world of herbs, essential oils, alternative medicines and so on, it can feel daunting. Walking into a health food or vitamin store is an exercise in overwhelm. And googling what you’re trying to find out can be even worse! Growing up, we took Tylenol for headaches, Nyquil for colds, Neosporin for cuts, and Pepto Bismal for stomach-related […]

15 Tips for a More Enjoyable Pregnancy (from a soon-to-be mom of 5)

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In many ways, pregnancy gets easier the more you’ve done it. You learn what works for you, you learn to relax, and perhaps most of all, you learn that it’s just a season and a relatively short one at that. An expert I’m not, but my last pregnancies have been better than my first ones and I know better than I used to how to make it through with a smile on my face. Because of that, I want to share what I’ve learned with […]