One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

time saving tips for natural cleaning

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]

Three Household Products That Have Changed Our Lives (and 50 ways we use them)

3 Common Household Products That Will Change Your Life!

By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I’m a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited, but my passions have…shifted. You know what I really think is amazing these days? The three magical ingredients! Give me any household dilemma, and I’m almost positive I could solve it using vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil! Except tantrums. I haven’t quite figured out […]

My 3 All-Time Favorite Soups (Plus a Cheeseburger Soup Recipe!)

Cheeseburger Soup: SO easy yet SO yummy!

Check out the delicious cheeseburger soup recipe that Beth is sharing with us today! By Beth, Contributing Writer I think my absolute favorite thing about this glorious golden autumn season is the reintroduction of soups back to my menu. I love soups of all kinds. In my opinion soup probably the easiest thing to play around with for a cook that likes to tinker with recipes. They are so forgiving and versatile. The possibilities are pretty much endless, and they are difficult to mess up. […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold, and Flu

Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold and Flu

Want to make your own homemade herbal throat lozenges? Today, Kresha has you covered! By Kresha, Contributing Writer For nearly two decades, I had a favorite brand of cough drops that went with me everywhere. During that time, I had a pack of cough drops in my purse or in my rehearsal bag (I’m an opera singer when I’m not blogging and mothering) pretty much constantly. Trouble is… I turned the package over a few years ago and realized what was actually IN said favorite […]

25 Oatmeal Recipes Perfect for Back-to-School Breakfasts

25 Oatmeal Recipes

By Andrea, Contributing Writer In the next few weeks, the kiddos will be heading back to school and it will be important to give them a healthy breakfast so they can focus on learning. Oatmeal is an inexpensive breakfast staple. I can often find organic oats on sale at the bulk bins for just $0.49/pound. That means I can afford to add some extras like dried fruits and nuts to help make it taste better and boost the nutrition. Besides being cheap, oatmeal is high […]

Homemade Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

how to make raspberry frozen yogurt

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Frozen yogurt has grown in popularity over the years and is often hailed as a healthy treat. Sadly, it is often not healthy at all. A lot of commercially-made frozen yogurt (including yogurt at some popular stores that is touted as “homemade”) contain ingredients such as corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and food coloring (just to name a few). They are also often loaded with sugar. All this adds up to a treat that is far from healthy. (If you’d like to […]

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?- Keeper of the Home

By many people’s standards, I suppose my children don’t have that many clothes. I certainly don’t spend a lot of money buying clothes, and we sometimes have lean seasons where we run a bit low on boy’s shorts or wish we had just a couple more girl’s short sleeved shirts. The closet you see above is the hanging portion that contains three of our children’s shirts, sweaters, dresses and skirts (plus a few fancy dresses that hang above). What you see is basically what we […]