3 Easy-to-Make Centerpieces Under $5

Pinecone Centerpiece

  By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be hosting friends and family for dinners, desserts, games, and festivities. Dressing up the table for the holidays can be both inexpensive and fun. Click To Tweet First, you’ll want to enlist the help of your kiddos. Head out on a nature walk and you can gather up the natural supplies together. These centerpieces require you to gather up colorful fall leaves and/or pinecones. The cost of these is […]

How I’m Learning to Make Incredible Artisan Bread (and a Giveaway So You Can, Too!)

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Of all the foods we ate while on our trip, one that stands out most to me was the bread in France. It didn’t matter where we were. Rural town or large city, we would seek out a local bakery and get a fresh loaf each day. Sometimes we chose the large, rounded loaves with a cross etched in the middle. Other times a simple, crusty baguette. There was sourdough, and chewy white loaves, and hearty multigrain breads. So many options, but what they all […]

3 Easy Ways to Guard Your Health Before You Leave the House

3 Easy Ways to Guard Your Health {KeeperoftheHome.org}

  Guest post by Nina Nelson Does your family get sick all the time? It doesn’t just feel like it – you literally say, “we’re sick again” at least twice a month. I’m sorry, friend. I know how it is, really. I used to say the same thing quite frequently. But not anymore. Now, illness just isn’t something that happens much in our home. We’re exposed to a lot of it, for sure. My husband is a paramedic and spends a good deal of time taking […]

Simple DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer for When You're Out and About {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer I’m not a germaphobe. I think dirt is good, and I like to keep beneficial bacteria around. I believe these things strengthen the immune system, which is especially helpful as we come upon cold and flu season yet again. Needless to say, I’m not running around wiping everything clean 24/7, rubbing hand sanitizer on my children’s hands at the drop of a hat, or refusing to enter the public domain for the next six months. We can’t avoid every […]

Cure Coughs Naturally {& 30 Other Home Remedies}

Cure Coughs Naturally & 30 Other Home Remedies {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I’ve never been a fan of medications. Over the counter or prescribed … it doesn’t matter. After being prescribed antibiotics for a good two years of my childhood – and developing severe allergic reactions to them – I’ve preferred treating myself and my family with home remedies when sickness strikes. Since it’s prime time for seasonal sicknesses, here’s how I cure coughs naturally: Eucalyptus oil Every time my children start coughing, I pull out my bottle of eucalyptus essential oil. (Make sure […]

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 […]

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 […]