My love of BendSoap and 30 reasons I use it in my “NEW” Natural Home

Stephanie’s note: I’m pleased to introduce you today to Jennifer, who works on our Keeper of the Home team, connecting naturally-minded companies and products with our conscientious readers! I’ll let her share her story with you… A few years ago I had a life altering experience that changed my life forever. I was exposed to Toxic Black Mold in a previous home I lived in. Needless to say it’s been an uphill climb for my family and I, as we’ve struggled with our health and […]

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

The Top Five Occasions When You Should Take A Detox Bath

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I used to think baths were for kids. Who takes a bath when they can take a speedy shower, after all? However, I have recently gotten over my reservations with taking baths. Change that – I have recently become addicted to taking baths. Detox baths, to be specific. Now I make up excuses and squeeze in the time, because I have found it incredibly rewarding. If you, too, haven’t taken a bath in a while, whatever the reason – I encourage you […]

Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Chores

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Each spring I get the itch to start deep cleaning my home. It doesn’t matter if I’m living in a tiny apartment or a house – once the weather starts to warm and the days are sunny, I feel compelled to get rid of the dust and cobwebs in my home. Some years I have all sorts of time and energy to dig in and clean. But most years, I don’t. I’m tired or busy or I just don’t feel like spending […]

Easy DIY Cuticle Cream

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Cuticles are supposed to be soft. Mine are anything but. Thanks to cold, harsh weather, my cuticles are dry and cracked and messy. But the weather isn’t the only reason my cuticles dry out. I find if I’ve washed a lot of dishes, spent a day in the garden, or handled a lot of paper, I end up with dry cuticles. The problem with dry cuticles is once they crack, you can easily get an infection. Not to mention it’s uncomfortable. […]

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Pinterest Overwhelm

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer If you were to search my Pinterest boards, you’d see a lot of DIY  recipes for healthy living. Homemade soap, salves, cleaners, beauty products – you name it, I’ve pinned it. But I’ll let you in on a little secret … I don’t make most of the recipes I pin. At one point, that would have stressed me out so much. I would have viewed it as one big, overwhelming, never-ending to-do list. Now, I do DIY a lot of stuff. Pretty […]

Ways to Use Clearance Produce

We originally published this post in June of 2012, but with an increase in food prices in recent years, the advice and tips that Erin offers here are still very useful! Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Since this season is all about incorporating more veggies into our diets and eating from our pantries and freezers, I thought it would be a prime time to share one of my favorite frugal grocery shopping tips: how to take advantage of clearance produce. You can stretch your weekly produce allowance a lot […]

3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nights

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they’re spending most at-home hours as dad and mom – date nights may even be pushed aside. Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to wait for dates until there’s a break in schedules. But sometimes a break doesn’t come for months. In some hectic seasons, my husband and I […]