A Day in the Life of Ann: Mom of 6 {3 Boys, 3 Girls, 5 Teens}

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer To prepare for this post, I read through several of the other writers’ previous Day in the Life posts to get an idea of how they are formatted and written as this is my first of this series. I wasn’t prepared for the flood of emotions that came forth as I relived memories of snuggling up to my little ones with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, staying in jammies on rainy days and jumping in mud puddles. My […]

Simple Pleasures: A Day in the Life of Elsie, New Mom

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer I’m just entering the stage of life I always looked forward to the most: motherhood. I’ve dreamed about these days for a long time, and in April of this year our son was born. Life is so very different now, but it’s beautiful and full of simple abundance. I’ve had to learn how to hold my plans loosely, because I never know what Little Dude and the day will bring. Unpredictability is good for me, though, as I’ve held to my […]

Getting Rid of Junk Will Make You a Better Homemaker (I Promise!)

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Do you want to be a better homemaker? Help your living space to breathe by clearing the clutter and eliminating stuff you don’t need or enjoy. I had no idea what a difference decluttering would make to my homemaking, but it’s been profound. A few years ago, I turned “simplifying” from a minor hobby into a serious pursuit. My husband and I examined every item we owned, and decided that there was an awful lot we could live without! Decluttering was […]

Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Garden

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget, I choose perennials because they’ll come back year after year – and they’ll multiply. How to save money with perennials This is the perfect time of year to search for perennial sales at your local garden center. Greenhouses want to sell their merchandise before the […]

A Minimalistic Approach to Summer

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Whew. The school year is over. Does anyone else want to breathe a huge sigh of relief with me? In many ways, it feels like my family’s been on fast forward since school began last August. And I’m tired. Even though I homeschool my two children, our year’s been jam-packed with co-ops and lessons. Strangely enough, I tried to be intentional with our plans this year,  yet somehow we ended up with at least one family member having some sort […]

4 Steps Toward Simpler Living

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer With seasons of constant change, I often feel like I’m living in crisis mode, putting out fires and just surviving, let alone living simply. I learned about the natural living lifestyle in the fall of 2009 after debilitating sickness threatened to take my quality of life. I grew up on the very SAD American diet, and I didn’t know a thing about natural living. Not a single thing. When I did dive in, I found the water deep and the information fascinating. […]

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Several years ago, my husband and I discovered that the clutter in our homes was eating away at our peace and enjoyment. It distracted us, made us grumpy, created extra work and messes, and just generally detracted from our lives. During that season, we began to really tackle all the stuff in our home and view it with new eyes. We asked questions like: Do I truly find this beautiful or useful? How long […]

10 Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Garden

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 […]