When I’m Caught in the Rip Current of People Pleasing

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Today I’m honored to be a part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour, along with many other fabulous bloggers. Learn more here - http://goo.gl/bQVJW0 Our lives seem to be one bumpy, gravelly mess of road work lately, like we’ve living in a construction zone. It’s this season of transition we’re in–  trying to get planted in a new community, changing up how we do homeschool, settling in to a recently purchased home, and moving forward with some big business changes. Along with that, we’ve […]

5 Books Every Child Should Own

5 Books Every Child Should Own {KeeperoftheHome.com}

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 poignant in my mind. For one, I’m perched on the peach-colored chair in the living room, my little miniature dachshund beside me. And I’m reading. And laughing. Hysterical, nose-sniffling, tear-jerking laughter. Stacked up beside the chair was the reason: nearly a dozen Garfield the Cat […]

What’s Helping Me Conquer Our Runaway Grocery Budget

What's helping me conquer our runaway grocery budget - Keeper of the Home

I bet you’d never guess the tools I find most useful when it comes to sticking with and maximizing our grocery budget. You might think it has to do with meal planning. Or perhaps a kitchen appliance like a grain grinder or crockpot. Maybe it’s planting a garden or using my farmer’s market. Or finding ways to get great bulk prices. Actually, it’s so much simpler than that. Almost too simple and it barely seems worth sharing EXCEPT that I so often forget to do […]

How do you raise kids without all the clutter?

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It’s a perpetual struggle as parents. Having kids bring a whole lot of joy, noise, and it seems, clutter. Is it inevitable? Are we destined to step on legos, find dirty t-shirts under the sofa, rainbow bands all over the floor of the minivan, doll paraphernalia strewn about the family room, and army men in with the pots and pans? I’ve been mulling around ideas and possible solutions a lot over the past couple of years, and the answer I come to most frequently is […]

How we took our family of six around the world for a year

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In 2013, our family of six embarked on an epic journey. For one year, we lived nomadically, wandering from continent to continent, country to country, exploring, adventuring, learning, seeking, bonding, delighting and relishing in the daily discoveries that travel can bring. It was a phenomenal year, one that we dreamed of and prepared for long in advance. When we speak with people about our travels now that we’ve we returned home, they usually ask three things: How many countries did you go to? (Answer – […]

{Special Edition, Read Your Heart Out} Weekend Links

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Welcome to a special edition of Weekend Links. Today I want to introduce you to the women whose ebooks and other resources are a part of this week’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Instead of our usual links from around the web, I’ve given you a smorgasbord of links all about homemaking! The twelve categories below are the same categories included in the ebook bundle. It includes 84 resources like ebooks, printable packs, ecourses and audio files, all intended to help, encourage, inspire and equip you as […]

17 Tips That Make it Easier to Eat Grain Free

17 tips that make it easier to eat grain free

Although grain free isn’t a long term lifestyle choice for us at this point, in different seasons and circumstances, we go back to it as a way of resetting our bodies, aiding digestion, and coping with specific health challenges. I know that we’re certainly not the only ones trying to eat grain-free, less grains, gluten-free or some variation thereof. So many of you are right there, making these kinds of dietary changes, just like we are. When you’re used to living in the land of […]

Everything you need, one HUGE, awesome package (The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is BACK!)

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THIS SALE HAS NOW ENDED. Hopefully we’ll be doing another one next year! By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! Our team has spent months pouring over the details of this, our 4th eBook bundle, to make sure that it was our best ever. I really believe it is. Not only is this a completely fresh collection of ebooks and other resources (unique from any other bundle we’ve offered before), BUT it also includes our biggest and most exciting […]