Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year again.  The season that many moms dread for their families – cold and flu season. Each year I review my old list and research new ways to try and keep our family as healthy as possible.  It’s hard enough when a family of four or five gets sick.  But when you are a large family of nine or ten (or more), it’s even tougher as the illness just seems to circulate through the home, hitting […]

Healing Ear Infections Holistically

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Last year this time, I prided myself on the fact that my 2 year old had never had a full-blown ear infection. A strong proponent of breastfeeding and having nursed her until she was almost 2, I just knew my milk had protected her from ever really getting sick. And I just knew it would protect my newborn as well. I never imagined how sick my new baby would be most of the winter and into the spring. And […]

Children’s Sleepwear: Avoiding Flame Retardant Chemicals

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The warm summer evenings are turning into cool autumn nights. Your children’s closets are probably all set for fall weather, an organization project most of us like to do before the start of the new school year and long before the weather starts to cool down. Where we live, the weather is just getting chilly after a long and mostly warm month of September. My children are turning in their short-sleeved pajamas for warm and cozy long-sleeved and one-piece sleepwear. […]

Benefits of a Protein-Rich Breakfast (and a Protein Pancake Recipe)

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with so many choices (and conflicting information), it can be difficult to know what to serve our family. While cereal or toast may seem easy and convenient, these high-carbohydrate choices lead to elevated blood sugar levels which drop quickly and soon leave us feeling tired and hungry. Research shows that a breakfast high in protein actually stabilizes blood sugar and prevents hunger for a number […]

Feeding Babies: A Relaxed, Common Sense Approach

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This post was originally published over a year ago, but I continue to find questions on feeding babies and introducing solids in my inbox, so I thought that this was worth re-posting. And with another year to see how Johanna has responded to this style of feeding, I can say with even more certainty that this approach has helped her to develop into an easy-going, independent and un-picky eater. Hooray! When I had my first baby, I was strangely eager to feed her “real” food. I couldn’t […]

What’s So Great About Raw Milk?

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Once upon a time, milk was not such a complex or controversial subject. Cows grazed on green grass. Healthy, well-fed, and free to roam, they produced a nutrient-dense, thick, white liquid which was relished either straight from the cow (raw) or turned into cultured dairy for short-term storage or delectable hard cheeses for long-term storage. It was neither heated to death at ultra-high temperatures, nor were its fat molecules shaken until they shattered into minuscule pieces. It was not demonized as a health hazard, declared to be […]

The Benefits of Taking Your Cod Liver Oil

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I know. Cod liver oil. Yuck. Half of you just made a face as you read the title of this post. Bear with me, okay? In the midst of a month exploring traditional foods, I couldn’t hardly not cover this most important elixir, considered both a food and a supplement. If I could recommend only one supplement to every family, it would be this one. If my family were to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to bring one superfood to consume, in […]

Home Remedies Carnival: Share Your Resources for Staying Healthy Naturally

After spending an entire month focused mainly on natural home remedies, herbs, homeopathics, real food prevention and more, I still feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. Though most of it isn’t complex (in fact, often home remedies are very quick, simple and inexpensive) it does take some reading, research and trial and error to find the right remedies that suit the needs of your family. Being able to glean from other women and moms, and learn their favorite and tried-and-true remedies helps to take […]