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

open letter to online community graphic

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 […]

Curbing Consumption with a Clothing Fast

Curbing-Consumption-with-a-Clothing-Fast

Ever considered a clothing fast? You won’t want to miss Hilary’s story! Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Until New Year’s Day 2013, retail therapy was one of my favorite pastimes. If I was bored, I loved to window shop. If I was frustrated, I loved to window shop. If I was feeling depressed, I loved to window shop. If I had a rough day with my infant and toddler, I loved to window shop. (Notice a pattern?) Typically my window shopping would lead to […]

Serving Up the Autumn Harvest with an Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

By Contributing Writer, Michele of Frugal Granola Have you savored the seasonal joy of an autumn harvest as a family yet this year? Here in the Pacific Northwest, fruit trees abound. Festivals at orchards or plant nurseries frequently offer an opportunity for families to experience fresh-pressed cider, taste an assortment of apple or pear varieties, and sometimes even U-pick, along with boxes of fruit to take home! We have apple trees outside our home, and it is a simple blessing of autumn’s arrival. The whole […]

A Day in The Life of A Brand New Stay At Home Mama

A Day in the Life of Diana- A Brand New Stay-at-Home Mama at Keeperofthehome.org.png

By Diana, Contributing Writer Hi! I’m Diana from My Humble Kitchen. I’m a brand new, full-time, stay-at-home mama. I’m just smitten to be able to write that, and I am looking forward to the day when I am able to shake someone’s hand and confidently tell them that my full-time career is home educating my children and serving my family. It was a long road traveled to get here. My husband and I worked on smashing our debt, living simply and, through it all, finding joy […]

Day in the Life: Kresha, a Busy, Work-at-Home Mom

A Day in the Life of Kresha- A Busy, Work-at-Home Mom- Keeper of the Home

By Kresha, Contributing Writer Hi, I’m Kresha. I’m the mom of three children – a 7-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, and a 20-month-old boy, whom you’ll meet through this post. I wish I could say what is written below is not a typical day, but unfortunately I can’t. On this particular day, there were no raw milk runs, no trips to the thrift store, no projects at the church, or visits with friends, all of which are other “regular” activities in our life, but life […]

Coping Strategies During Busy Seasons (Plus My Meal Planning eBook for $0.99!)

kep in cowboy hat with mosaic pieces

Life on the road is more fast paced and full than I expected it to be. Keeping up with our two businesses, homeschooling, the daily cultural challenges of living in a foreign country (i.e. language barriers, grocery shopping, trying to accomplish errands, etc.), and planning our next steps as we journey around the world (accommodations, transportation, research & itineraries) keeps us on our toes, for sure. Add that to trying to make sure we we get out, see and do new things, and have the […]