“Seasons Greetings” Homemade Gift in a Jar

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer When it comes to holiday gift-giving, there are few things as special as receiving a gift handmade with love. It’s a simple, thoughtful way to show you care, and really expresses the true spirit of the holidays – giving from the heart! Of course, there are all kinds of gifts you can make from scratch – from crafts to candles to body care – but my family’s favorite Christmas tradition is to select a few of our favorite recipes and turn them […]

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Gifts

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By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Toys lay scattered across the floors of my children’s bedrooms. Despite my daily reminders to pick up, chore chart attempts and a rotating toy system that did – for a time – work wonders, my children have no desire to routinely clean their rooms. I can’t say that I blame them. I didn’t want to when I was 4 or 6, either. As much as I think I’d like to help the process along by getting rid of most of their toys, […]

A Creative, Fun and Educational Gift (That Won’t Fill Your House With More Stuff Your Kids Don’t Need)

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I’m not into giving my kids a lot of stuff. Maybe you’re not either. As the holidays draw near, I tend to get a little anxious about how much new stuff will make its way into our home. Even more than that, I care about the type of stuff it is. Blinking, battery-operated, Disney-character emblazoned stuff that screams “I’ll entertain you!! (for a week, until you realize what a boring, stupid toy I am)” is not exactly high on my list of desirables. But stuff […]

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Children

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This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Isn’t Christmas with little ones wonderful? It’s been quite a Christmas here, already. We’ve suffered three broken ornaments (one vintage), one ripped Christmas book, two discovered presents, a missing baby Jesus, and our monstrous tree has toppled over twice. (Don’t worry: two tree stands, […]

Rustic Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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I suppose “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying that I make mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why keep the skins, you ask? Not only does it make the name sound fancier, it also makes for a more nutritious mashed potato. The skins house most of the nutrients in the humble potato, including: vitamin B6 vitamin C potatssium iron zinc phytonutrients fiber In fact, that fiber is especially helping for slowing down the quick carbohydrate burst that comes from starchy potatoes, making them […]

Introducing the 2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

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It’s time for our annual holiday gift guide! Each year we take some of the best gift ideas and compile them into a list to make your holiday shopping a little easier. Christmas is coming up sooner than I care to think about, and I know many of you like to get your shopping done early or (if you’re like me) just need a little nudge to get started. Here are some fantastic gift ideas for just about anyone on your list! How to use this […]

Best Summer Slaw with Kale, Brussels, Apples & Almonds

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Guest post by Dena Norton Happy Memorial Day! Guess who’s coming to my picnic today? This slaw, that’s who. I like traditional cole slaw, but I love this recipe – as in, LOOOVE it. It’s perfect alongside a Memorial Day burger and some oven fries, but it’s also simple enough to throw together for a weekday lunch, and pretty enough to serve when guests come for dinner. I’ve dubbed this slaw, “The Salad of Summer 2014″ and have already decided we will be eating it […]

3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

SO glad I found this post last minute! Now I know what I'm getting for those last-minute gifts! 3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas | keeperofthehome.org

By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’ve been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It’s a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And maybe you still have a person or two left on your list to get a gift for, and you’re running out of ideas and time! Here are a few perfect, last-minute, natural living gift ideas just for you!  3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas image from […]