You can’t ruin a baby {grace for the mom feeling confused & overwhelmed}

Feeling overwhelmed and afraid? New momma, don’t fear – you can’t ruin a baby! Here’s grace for new moms, and any other mom feeling confused and stressed! Note: This post might not be saying what you think it is. It tells my story of mothering, but it isn’t prescriptively telling you to do it my way. In fact, the moral of this post is to stop listening to everyone else and mother your baby the way that feels right to you… and with that out of the […]

20 Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes That Will Fill Your Home with Cheer

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer This time of year, the sense of home and holiday cheer is SO tied in with the smells of the season. That pumpkin pie baking in the oven… The smell of hot cocoa rising from your mug after a hike through the snow…. That fresh Christmas tree scent of a tree that was just brought in from outdoors…. Now, despite the fact that I recently compiled and published a printable guide on how to use essential oils safely, the one […]

5 Natural Remedies for Constipation

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I’ll never forget what my doctor told me at my 2-year-old’s well baby check. There are two things as a parent you can’t control: What goes in and what goes out. Such words of wisdom! At the time we were dealing with a picky eater, so controlling the amount of fiber she was eating was impossible. This manifest itself in an unhappy, constipated toddler. We’ve dealt with constipation in our house off and on ever since. Now that she […]

Bullet Proof Coffee DIY with 4 Ingredients

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer I rarely ever drank coffee, even as an adult. The only exception was driving by a Starbucks on a wintry day and wanting something hot to warm my frozen self. Often I would bypass the coffee and go for a hot chocolate instead. Salted caramel was addicting! I tasted those fall and winter flavors a few years ago and I began looking forward to a peppermint or eggnog latte. Even then, it was just a treat during those cold months. […]

Peppermint Detox Bath Soak

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Why don’t I do this more often? That’s what I ask myself on those rare occasions when I decide to take a bath. Baths aren’t the most practical for getting clean quick. Taking one requires us to slow down, to carve out time for ourselves. Even though many of us would say we reserve our evenings for relaxation, we’re still too occupied to consider spending twenty minutes soaking in the tub! For my part, after supper I often attempt to […]

How to Make Garlic Ear Oil to Treat an Ear Infection

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Garlic is well-known for it’s strong antibiotic properties. Useful in treating colds, flus, sore throats, and poor digestion, garlic is also antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. As you probably know, garlic appears in many home remedies. It is one of the essential ingredients to have on hand when creating your natural home pharmacy. I especially enjoy using garlic to make a garlic poultice which is helpful in administering garlic to those who can’t stand the flavor or have an upset stomach and can’t swallow much of […]

Our awesome trick for taking away Halloween candy (without a fight)

There are a lot of differing views on how Halloween should or shouldn’t be celebrated, but I think as moms who work hard to prioritize our family’s health, avoiding a bagful of tooth-rotting, immune-system crushing candy is pretty high on the list.  But whether you allow your kids to trick-or-treat, or attend a local fall or harvest carnival, chances are there will be candy. And gobs of it.  After years of not celebrating the day at all, our family opted last year to let our kids dress […]

Simple Steps for Creating a Natural Medicine Cabinet

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer When my family first started transitioning to real food, I was so overwhelmed with all the different “start here first” options that nearly gave up. I ended up writing “22 Days to a Fresh Start”– a (free) short guide to help other families transition to real food on a budget. In that eBook I shared that the easiest way to get rid of the junk was to eliminate hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Fast forward a few years when one of my […]