Weekend Links

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Links for this week: Can Children Still Run Free in 2014 @ The Art of Simple  (similar in theme to my post this week, Are We Hurting or Helping Our Kids With Overprotective Helicopter Parenting?) To the Wife Trying to Get Her Husband to Eat Real Food @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs Why Rest Takes Courage @ (in)courage Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe @ Mommypotamus 5 Ways to Say No @ Live Well Spend Less Carmelized Green Beans @ How Does She?  Blueberry Mini Muffins […]

How to Make (and Use) a Plantain Poultice

How to Make (and Use) a Plantain Poultice {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chances are you will encounter some type of insect or bug bite during the summer. There are lots of ways to treat such bites, but today I want to share one very effective treatment that utilizes the wonderful herb, plantain.  Many people hear the word “plantain” and think of a small banana-like fruit. And yes, that is a plantain, but not the kind of plantain I am referring to.  The herb called plantain is actually a green plant, often considered a weed […]

Costco Membership Benefits: Buy Real Food for Less

Costco Membership Benefits: Buy Real Food for Less {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Do you belong to Costco? If not, have you wondered if the Costco membership benefits are worth it? With 90% of all Costco members renewing their membership each year, it’s easy to make a case that Costco has a lot of happy, loyal members who value their membership benefits. I happen to be one of those card carrying, annual membership renewing, Costco members. About once a month I grab a monstrous sized cart, flash my membership card at the door, and […]

Top 8 Essential Oils for Home Use

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Guest post by Nina Nelson There are some crazes I steer as far away from as possible. Beanie Baby collections? Nah. Mullets? Shudder. Any comeback of ’90s fashion? No thanks. But essential oils? I’m shouting from the rooftops how much I love them. (OK, so mostly I’m just casually talking about them from my little corner of the web – I am an introvert, after all). Why am I so in love with essential oils? First, they’re a natural alternative to so many synthetic options. […]

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 I Quit No ‘Poo and My Beauty Routine These Days

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When something isn’t working for me, I’m learning to stop the madness. Put down that boring book I’m halfway through. Switch up the daily routine to accomodate when I’m most productive or a toddler’s morphing nap time. Drop that homeschool curriculum that yes, I paid good money for, but is causing tears and friction each time math rolls around. So when the “no ‘poo” method of shampooing only with baking soda stopped working for me, much as I was infatuated with this simple and uber-frugal […]

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 […]