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. […]

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 […]

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet (Plus 23 recipes)

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As I scroll through my Pinterest board for home remedies, most of the things I see are flu remedies and cough medicine. While you might need these during the summer, it’s more likely that you will be hunting for bug bite spray, poison ivy salve, and sun burn relief. I decided I needed to update my board (and my medicine cabinet) with all my favorite summer home remedies and recipes. I encourage you to pin these recipes and remedies and […]

Frozen Banana Bites: The Perfect Summertime Treat!

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer In just a few more days, summer will officially arrive, and we simply cannot wait! In anticipation of “no more pencils, no more books” … we’ve already dusted off the ice cream maker and of course, our ice pop molds. That’s because making homemade frozen treats is one of my family’s favorite summertime traditions. In fact, the ice cream man has given up on visiting our neighborhood since my boys and I whip up a never-ending supply of delicious ice pops […]

Perfect Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer I absolutely love granola bars. They’ve been a favorite snack since I was a kid. Whether it’s a road trip, camping, hiking, a toddler snack in the diaper bag, or just to have something on hand for a mid-afternoon energy slump, granola bars always seem to fit the bill. They’re that lovely combination of protein from the nuts, quick sugar from the maple syrup and dried fruit, and long-lasting energy from the oats. I also happen to love peanut butter, […]

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It’s nourishing and also allergy-friendly … no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but it feels like my kids are always hungry! Come to think of it, my husband and I are always hungry, too. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! It can be a real struggle to find foods that are filling and nourishing (and don’t cost […]

Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanser

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This post was originally published at Simple Homemade. When I clean my face, I want something that leaves it clean and soft, but I’m very leery of using conventional products that contain harsh chemicals. I’ve been a fan of the Oil Cleansing method for a long time, but I have just one issue with it. I’m a lazy face washer. At the end of a long day, I buck at the idea of spending 4 to 5 minutes going through the process of getting my water really hot, steaming my […]

An All-Natural, Homemade Oven Cleaner

An All Natural Homemade Oven Cleaner

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love to clean. Since I have two young children, my ideal of a clean house has greatly changed over the past seven years, but I still enjoy cleaning – especially spring cleaning. Each March, April and May I gladly welcome the warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and longer days by thoroughly cleaning each room in my home. I love the dusting, polishing, vacuuming, purging and reorganization that my chores bring. But I dread one chore in particular. I just […]