Helping Your Kids Give Great Gifts {Giving Healthy and Thoughtful Presents}

When we realized that Christmas had become commercialized in our home, it inspired us to start helping our kids give great gifts. Here’s our story.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Keeper of the Home!

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 […]

Planning and Preparing a Real Food Thanksgiving Dinner

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time with family and plenty of food. Yet many of the dishes served were made with processed food: Green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and French friend onions, Pre-made rolls, Gravy from a jar, Canned sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and marshmallows, Canned cranberry sauce, Pumpkin pie made with ready-made pie crusts and canned filling. My husband and I both love to cook real food, so a few years […]

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 […]

The Great Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Season with Real Pumpkins

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This October, you can embrace the fall season with pumpkins – and not just your pumpkin spice latte. Instead of focusing on a spooky Halloween, real pumpkins look great – and they’re the source of a lot of family fun. If you’re ready to enjoy fall with the Great Pumpkin, here are 5 different ideas: Visit a pumpkin patch If pumpkins can be grown in your part of the world, try to find a pumpkin patch to visit. Many pumpkin patches […]

20 Christ-Centered Easter Ideas For Families

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When I was little, we always attended my grandmother’s church on Good Friday. They were Lutheran, and it was a somber, holy service. (Except for the time we sang a hymn with the line “I am but a worm” and we giggled all the way home. Until we were punished…) Anyway, the part I will never get out of my head, as long as I live, was the end of the service. The room would get completely dark, and my uncle would […]

“Seasons Greetings” Homemade Gift in a Jar

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 […]