Homemade Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

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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 […]

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but my desire for not-so-healthy treats goes crazy in the summertime. With so many social gatherings, there’s opportunity galore to indulge. Ice cream, picnics, birthday cakes aplenty (in my family, at least!), and more! Last summer when I began loving coffee, I developed an (unfortunate?) love for Starbucks as well. When I am exercising self-control, I order a plain classic cappuccino. When I decide to treat myself, I get a sweetened latte or a cold lemonade. Then […]

67 Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

67 Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer After my first child was born, I started making  my own homemade, all-natural cleaning products. My purpose in making homemade, all-natural cleaners is two-fold: 1. It saves me money. 2. I can control the ingredients, which allows me to eliminate the toxins found in the majority of store-bought household cleaners. I started out with a basic vinegar-water, all-purpose cleaner, which is incredibly easy to put together and only pennies to make! It is still one of my favorites. A few […]

How to Make Healthy Ice Pops & Frozen Treats

Say Goodbye to the Ice Cream Man: Homemade Frozen Treats

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Growing up, there were few things more exciting during summer than hearing that little ditty playing that meant only one thing … the Ice Cream Man is coming! Soon he’d be rounding the corner of our street, and so my little brother and I would make a mad dash inside the house to plead for some cash – and quick – so we could make it back outside in time to get our hot little hands on a cool, refreshing ice […]

How to Make an Herbal Wreath

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer My mother-in-law is very talented when it comes to arranging flowers and making wreaths. I’ve admired her skills for years, but never ventured into wreath-making myself because I thought it was too difficult or time consuming. Recently, I asked my mother-in-law to help me make an herbal wreath and was surprised to find it quite easy. We took pictures along the way and recorded the instructions so you could make an herbal wreath, too. I hope you will because […]

Homemade Freezer Smoothies

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer In this house, smoothies are a regular thing. I make them almost daily as either a snack or a supplement to a meal. I can’t just eat a smoothie and call it done – or I’m hungry in an hour. Breastfeeding, anyone? I’ve seen those awesome “smoothie kits” at the grocery store sold in the frozen section. However, they are kind of expensive, considering they only feed two…and who am I kidding? I can drink that WHOLE THING. I repeat […]

Homemade “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix: Simple, Healthier Cornbread, with Three Variations

Homemade Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix_ Simple, Healthier Cornbread, with Three Variations

Guest Post by Jessica Smartt After I moved to “the South,” I realized a few things about Southerners: They say “y’all,” and you will, too, if you live there long enough. They don’t know a stranger. They love their cornbread. I enjoyed the first two, but the cornbread? I was never all that impressed. That is, until I had a Jiffy corn muffin. And the world stood still. Moist, crumbly, sweet – delicious on its own, but just perfect paired with chili (even in the […]