10 Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Garden

Childhood is all about exploring and learning to love gardening. Don't force time with your toddlers and preschoolers in the garden. Rather, play into their curiosity and make being with you in the garden fun.

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Being in my garden is one of my favorite things to do. I love the smell of fresh dirt and feeling the mist from the water hose as I spray my vegetables on a hot summer evening. I love planning what vegetables to grow and where I will put my herb garden. I love working with my hands and the ache of my back from tilling the soil. I love the silence and disconnect from technology. And I especially love […]

Confessions of an imperfect homemaker (and how I survived my darker days)

Dirty dishes piled in kitchen sink, close-up

I vividly remember this one lovingly-but-terribly prepared stir-fry that I served to dear friends just months after having my first baby and becoming a full time homemaker. The beef was so tough and badly cooked, you had to chew, chew, chew, and take a huge gulp of water to try to get it to go down. How they got through that awful meal so graciously, I just don’t know. Then there was the time about a year and a half later when my husband was […]

Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Chores

Whether you have a lot of time or a little time to clean, use this handy checklist of spring cleaning chores to tackle your home.

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 […]

4 Simple Steps to a Sustainable Household

Over the last several years, I've made lots of changes to create a more sustainable household. It all started with a few simple steps that anyone can take to create a more sustainable household.

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer Over the last several years, I’ve made lots of changes to create a more sustainable household. And while I’d love to tell you that it all began as a means to reduce my family’s footprint and do our part to save the planet, it really started because we needed to save money. You see, we were in debt, had two small kids and one on the way. I worked at a job I hated, but couldn’t quit and we knew that […]

How I Overcame My Obsession with Paper Products

Making the switch from disposable paper products to reusable cloth products can be a long - but worthwhile - process.

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer It’s safe to say that until a couple years ago, I had an obsession with paper products. As I cleaned my home, I HAD to use paper towels. Paper towels for my windows, paper towels for my bathroom (sinks, bathtub and toilet), and paper towels for my kitchen — used to clean countertops and to dry freshly washed produce or hands. I frequently replenished the boxes of paper tissues in my bathroom, and restocked our toilet paper with the cushy, quilted, multi-ply varieties. I […]

One Hour + Two Stores = 30 Dinners {Planning a Month of Meals}

If you're like me, if you hear the words "plan a month of meals," you want to run away screaming. Yet it has definitely saved me money. time and money. AND I don't feel that feeling every week, "Ugh...I have to plan our meals again..."

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer If you’re like me, if you hear the words “plan all your meals for the month,” you want to run away screaming. Recently I started wondering, though…would monthly meal planning save me time from running back and forth every week to five different stores? I have a young baby, so time is definitely limited around here. Could planning all the dinners AT ONE TIME save me some time? [Tweet “Could planning a month’s worth of dinners AT ONE TIME save time? […]

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Pinterest Overwhelm

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Pinterest Overwhelm {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

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 […]

3 Steps to a Naturally Healthy Home

3 Steps to a Naturally, Healthy Home {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Giving your home and health a natural living overhaul can be a huge task. One that may seem overwhelming and difficult. When there are so many things to change, it’s hard to know where to start. Today I’m sharing three simple steps that I feel are a great place to begin. Of course, what needs to be changed will be different for everyone, but I think you’ll find these steps doable and beneficial. 1. Replace chemical cleaners with natural ones This […]