Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first list all the unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. Because trust me, people, I’ve thoroughly experimented with these, too. These may include (but are not limited to) taking it out on your husband and kids, eating potato chips and snickerdoodles way into the night, and […]

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Gifts

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Gifts {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Toys lay scattered across the floors of my children’s bedrooms. Despite my daily reminders to pick up, chore chart attempts and a rotating toy system that did – for a time – work wonders, my children have no desire to routinely clean their rooms. I can’t say that I blame them. I didn’t want to when I was 4 or 6, either. As much as I think I’d like to help the process along by getting rid of most of their toys, […]

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving More

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving More {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer A few years ago, our pastor showed a video at church that completely changed my approach to Christmas giving. The video was by a wonderful group known as Advent Conspiracy. They create thought-provoking videos to inspire change and a shift in mindset when it comes to Christmas. They have four main tenets: Worship Fully Spend Less Give More Love All Before learning about Advent Conspiracy, I had taken a “more is better” approach to giving. I would make long lists of […]

A Creative, Fun and Educational Gift (That Won’t Fill Your House With More Stuff Your Kids Don’t Need)

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I’m not into giving my kids a lot of stuff. Maybe you’re not either. As the holidays draw near, I tend to get a little anxious about how much new stuff will make its way into our home. Even more than that, I care about the type of stuff it is. Blinking, battery-operated, Disney-character emblazoned stuff that screams “I’ll entertain you!! (for a week, until you realize what a boring, stupid toy I am)” is not exactly high on my list of desirables. But stuff […]

How to Make Your Own Furniture Polish

How to Make Your Own Furniture Polish {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Always one to look for safe and simple ways to clean my home, I was really excited to finally discover a homemade recipe for furniture polish. For years I had used aerosol dusting sprays, simply because it was the way I had been taught to dust. Only after I started making healthier choices and greening my cleaning did I search for a recipe for homemade furniture polish. What I found and tweaked is so.very.simple. Really. As you start preparing for holiday get-togethers […]

3 Easy-to-Make Centerpieces Under $5

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  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 TweetPowered By CoSchedule 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 […]

Introducing the 2014 Christmas Gift Guide!

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It’s time for our annual holiday gift guide! Each year we take some of the best gift ideas and compile them into a list to make your holiday shopping a little easier. Christmas is coming up sooner than I care to think about, and I know many of you like to get your shopping done early or (if you’re like me) just need a little nudge to get started. Here are some fantastic gift ideas for just about anyone on your list! How to use this […]

A Day in the Life: Erin {work-at-home, part-time homeschooling mom of 3 girls}

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  By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer This is the 3rd year for me to participate in the Keeper of the Home Day in the Life series (time flies!), and, at first, I was just going to post on our typical daily routine.  After all, in both 2012 and 2013 I posted on a chaotic day–and maybe you all are tired of hearing that from me.  But then I realized: You know what? That’s real life. And I want nothing more than to be real with you […]