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What is Fair Trade Coffee, and Should You Buy It?by  

By Jessica, Contributing Writer  This month Stephanie challenged us to think deeply about a "tough" food issue. Fair trade coffee stuck out to me, not because I'm an expert - but precisely because I am not. I love coffee, I buy coffee... And... Read More

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaningby  

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner... Read More

Three Household Products That Have Changed Our Lives (and 50 ways we use them)by  

By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I'm a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited,... Read More

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Seasonby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Fall finally arrived in North Carolina this week, and instead of short sleeved shirts and flip flops, we're finally donning the comfortable hoodies and fur-lined slippers. And now it's time to break out the soup... Read More

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndromeby  

By Andrea, Contributing Writer Do you suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome? Achy back, bloating, cramping, tender breasts, and headaches are all unpleasant symptoms associated with menstruation. In our house, there are three menstruating women. Our symptoms, and the severity of these... Read More

5 Real Foods to Help You Prevent a Cold or Flu and My Puchero Andaluz Recipeby  

By Diana, Contributing Writer One of the most important things I've learned over the years, especially since having children, is that optimal nutrition and care for our body's well being is the key to staying healthy during the cold and flu... Read More

5 Home Remedies for a Sore Throatby  

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Need some home remedies for a sore throat? Today, Stacy is giving five! Sore throats are miserable, aren't they? Not being able to swallow comfortably and basically feeling that your throat is on fire . . .... Read More

What To Feed Kids With Asthma: An Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan for Kidsby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Looking for an anti-inflammatory meal plan? Today, Jessica has you covered! A few times a year, my husband and I go to bed with a lump in our throats. We listen over the monitor for... Read More

How to Become a Real Food, Natural Homemaker {Plus 2 recipes}by  

By Jami Balmet, Community Manager When I was first discovering what it means to eat healthy - I mean, really healthy - none of this tofu, low-fat junk - I felt like I was in over my head. How had I... Read More

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Themby  

This post was originally published on August 18, 2011. Although our traveling "medicine" kit is big enough to sink a ship and full of things like herbal tinctures, essential oils, clay, arnica cream, and all sorts of other goodies, I am sorely... Read More

Why Is It So Hard to Have Self Control With Food?by  

I probably shouldn’t write this post. Beside me sits a small bowl of homemade treats from the freezer, which I certainly don’t need but definitely want. I fully intend to eat them. If you could taste what I’m tasting (creamy,... Read More

How to Begin and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routineby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer At the beginning of this year, I signed up to run a half marathon on June 1 with my sister. I was six months post-partum after my third baby, still at least 20+ lbs above... Read More

67 Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Recipesby  

After my first child was born, I started making  my own homemade all-natural cleaning products. My purpose in making homemade all-natural cleaning recipes is two-fold: It saves me money. I can control the ingredients, which allows me to eliminate the... Read More

5 Ways to Detox Your Laundry Routineby  

By Erin Odom, contributing writer It wasn't long after I started my natural living journey that I realized that I needed to detox my laundry routine. Most conventional laundering supplies contain dyes, perfumes and many other toxins.  At first, I... Read More

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)by  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big "DIY-er" and I love to try anything I run... Read More

What are the Benefits of Skin Brushing?by  

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer When I first read about skin brushing several years ago, it took me a while to grasp the concept. I didn't really understand what it was or why anyone would want to do it. The... Read More

Simple Steps to Safe and Natural Personal Care {And 18 Homemade Beauty Recipes}by  

By Emily, Contributing Writer As you're beginning your journey toward more green and natural living, one surprising thing you will most likely encounter early on is the truth about the dangerous chemicals and toxins lurking in the personal care and... Read More

25 Uses for Tea Tree Oilby  

Today we're talking about an essential oil that you've probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners here at Keeper of the Home: tea tree oil. Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that's... Read More

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safetyby  

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We're lucky to have a... Read More

How We Reversed Asthma Symptoms in our Familyby  

  Guest Post by Daniele of Domestic Serenity Many moms can relate to dealing with children's health issues.  In some way, we all act as Dr. Mom in treating often minor and manageable illnesses. Our family has faced ups and... Read More

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