The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

How Smoggy Skies in China Changed the Way Our Family Shops

How smoggy skies in China changed the way our family shops

Three seemingly inconsequential words. Made in China. They’ve meant different things to me over the years. At first, those silver stickers on the bottom of inexpensive products reminded us of that rapidly growing nation across the Pacific and its manufacturing boom. At some point, “Made in China” began to mean lower-quality, cheap items that were likely to break. More recently, I became wary of toxins, like mercury, in my little one’s toys, and I became a more vigilant, worried mother, doing my best to keep […]

5 Easy Ways to Brighten up Your Home…with Plants!

Brighten up your home this winter, with plants!

By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer In these rainy cold months of being stuck indoors all the time, I start to get in a slump. I get the winter blues and long for the days of bright flowers and sweet springtime sunshine. But until then, I’ve found that with just a few plants (and some intentional planning) I can drastically brighten up and improve my home and my mood! If you have never gardened before, then it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to start. As you begin […]

Child Labor and the Chocolate Industry

An Ethical Response to Child Labor in the Chocolate Industry at KeeperoftheHome.org

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I settled in on the couch with my laptop and a few pieces of candy leftover from our Christmas stockings to watch two documentaries exposing the rampant use of forced child labor on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast of Africa. The candy I was savoring? You guessed it – mass-produced mini chocolate bars. My stomach churned as I realized the irony. Chocolate. Rich and sweet and delicious. A luxury. And yet not really. The average American consumes about 11 […]

Moving Forward on Your Natural Living Journey This Year!

Moving Forward on Your Natural Living Journey This Year! at KeeperoftheHome.org

By Emily, Contributing Writer My green and natural living journey began, probably like many of you, when I became pregnant with my first child, just about seven years ago. I started out slowly, changing things like our cleaning products, ditching paper towels for reusable cloths, and eventually cloth diapering our new daughter. As I was just starting out and learning about green and natural living, I went searching for information. I wanted to learn from others who were already living this way and could share […]

The SMART Way to Make Healthy Resolutions You Can Keep!

How to Make SMART Resolutions

Is your natural living journey running into obstacles that you’re not sure how to overcome? Would you like to be able to get immediate answers to your specific healthy living questions from like-minded women? The Coffee Table Conversations Online Conference may be just the thing you’ve been looking for! Read more about it here! By Kelly, Contributing Writer What is it about a brand new year that makes us feel compelled to make resolutions for change? Perhaps it’s because the start of a new year brings hope. It’s […]

What is Fair Trade Coffee, and Should You Buy It?

What is fair trade coffee? And should you buy it? This AMAZING post explores just that! A must read!

By Jessica, Contributing Writer  This month Stephanie challenged us to think deeply about a “tough” food issue. Fair trade coffee stuck out to me, not because I’m an expert - but precisely because I am not. I love coffee, I buy coffee… And I always feel a twinge of guilt when I bypass the “fair trade” section for something more affordable. I decided it was time to get to the bottom of the issue. What exactly is fair trade coffee? Does it really matter if I buy it? This is not an […]

3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

SO glad I found this post last minute! Now I know what I'm getting for those last-minute gifts! 3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas | keeperofthehome.org

By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’ve been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It’s a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And maybe you still have a person or two left on your list to get a gift for, and you’re running out of ideas and time! Here are a few perfect, last-minute, natural living gift ideas just for you!  3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas image from […]