Keeping a Morning Routine During Busy Seasons

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I just recently had my fourth baby.  My oldest turned 5 a couple of months ago. As you can imagine, it’s pretty busy around here!  I have been lucky enough to have my husband stay home for two weeks (as he has after each baby), and my mother came to stay for two more weeks. So I had help from at least one other adult during the first month. I know a lot of moms don’t have that kind of […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 2 Year-Long Memberships to Plan to Eat

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Meal planning is such a must for busy moms and homemakers. Even as we’re spending a year traveling around the world (yes, really- you can read about it here), I’m still realizing the need for it. Just this afternoon, I drew up a list of the foods I’ve managed to stock up in our small, temporary pantry and kitchen. I took that list and went straight to my Plan to Eat account. Last spring, I mentioned that I had been finding my Plan to Eat […]

Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More!

How to Cut Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Plan Ahead to Save Your Sanity Meal planning is key to success and efficiency in the kitchen. We all probably know this. But you have to be intentional about it, […]

New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Have to Be Cliche

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By Kate, Contributing Writer We’re coming up on the end of December, and the end of 2012, pretty rapidly. A lot of people are starting to think about New Year’s resolutions. Still others have given up the practice…they consider resolutions to be silly and cliched and generally a waste of time. The majority of people will eventually break their New Year’s Resolutions. In light of that, it does seem like maybe they are just a cliche. After all, it’s not really a “magic time” when […]

Tackle Housekeeping with Your Kids

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Let’s face it, girls. Keeping the house clean probably isn’t on anybody’s top ten favorite-things-to-do list. Yet do it we must.  And the feeling you get when you survey the results (even if it only lasts for five minutes) is peaceful satisfaction. But getting the motivation to hop-to-it is hard to come by when there are so many other, more intriguing things to do.  We need an attack strategy. And if you have kids, you’ll want to get them involved in the […]

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life (plus 100 free copies!)

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I’m the queen of making lofty goals that never come to fruition. Being a particularly ambitious and driven person, I tend to shoot for the starts. I write up fancy plans, reorganize my schedule, print up pretty calendars and goal charts and dive right in. None of this is bad; in fact, being goal oriented and aiming high is a good thing! The problem is that my exuberance often exceeds my capability to follow through. Time and again, my lofty plans fall flat. Over the […]

A Day in the Life: Stephanie (Home Business and Homeschooling with Children Ages 7, 5, 3 and baby)

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My days are full to overflowing. As if being a mom to four little ones didn’t keep me busy enough, our household also stays buzzing with: homeschooling our family business, Resound School of Music (the office is based out of our garage) our other family business, this blog that you happen to be reading :) gardening and preserving, as well as cooking plenty of real foods Tonight my husband and I made a video montage of our children to send to the grandparents, and watching […]

A Day in the Life: Work-At-Home Mom with 3 Kids (4.5, 3, 1 and pregnant)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I’m a busy mom. Obviously I’m not alone!  Is there really a way to be a mom and not be busy?  Probably not.  I guess if you’re rich and you can afford a live-in nanny…but how many of us are in that boat?  I know I’m not! I am the owner of the Modern Alternative family of websites (there are now four — Modern Alternative Mama, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Modern Alternative Pregnancy, and Modern Alternative Health) as well as mommy […]