A Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}

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

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I captured our day in the life on the first day of school for my girls. This first day of school is extra special in our house because my oldest daughter is a senior this year. Just typing that brings me to tears. My goal for this year is to soak up every moment I have with both girls at home. So this is how our day goes: 5:45 a.m.  I’m out of bed and head straight to the coffee […]

A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

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The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

Healthy Lunches Made Easy!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often […]

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Fast, Easy & Healthy Back-to-School Breakfasts {with 70 recipes!}

busy mom's guide to fast, easy, healthy breakfast

With back-to-school already in full swing for some Americans, and starting up in less than 4 weeks here in Canada, it seemed like we should talk about breakfasts for those busy school mornings. Especially for those that need to get out of the door by a certain time, but even for those of us who need to get a move on with our homeschool day, it’s oh-so-tempting to throw another breakfast of toast or store-bought cereal on the table and call it done. Of course, […]

8 Ways to Use Clay as a Natural Remedy

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This post was originally published in August of 2012, but the tips and advice are still timely, especially in the summer months! Of all things, did you ever think that I would tell you to go eat some dirt? Well, mark your calendars. Today’s the day. Stephanie has officially gone off the deep end. Bizarre as it may sound, clay has actually become one of my favorite go-to remedies for health and healing over this past year. This summer I have been surprised to find […]

Why this is a post I never thought I’d write

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*It’s rather coincidental, yet so perfectly aligned, that I would feel led to write this post the same week that Jessica’s thoughtful post on such a similar topic went up. I think the message is coming through loud and clear… “grace, always grace”, for all our weaknesses and imperfections and frailty and unanswered questions.* I feel grateful I brought a sweater. The air conditioning chills my feet, bare skin exposed in flip flops. Distracted, I page through a House & Home magazine, once in a while […]

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors {Keeper of the Home}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the grass, watching the clouds blow by, and thinking how absolutely bored I was. I was 7. My summer days stretched before me and were filled with plenty of free time. Now that I’m a mom, I want my own children to experience the same kind […]

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts! But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure. When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which […]