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 […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]

An Open Letter to the Online Community: Let Kindness Reign

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Blogging is about community. It connects us across the miles. It allows us to share our knowledge, our inspiration, our struggles and yes, our very lives. It is a fabric woven of a diversity of people, and it can be a very beautiful thing. It can also hurt. I’ve been a blogger for over 6 years. At first, it was pure enjoyment, sharing from my life and connecting with readers. Then, gradually, the comments and emails came… the ones that quietly shamed me the ones […]