A Day in the Life: Jessica, Mom of Two (4 and 2)

A Day in the Life of Jessica- Mom of 2 at Keeper of the Home

Written by Jessica Smarrt, Contributing Writer Hi! I’m Jessica! I’m a stay-at-home mommy to two boys, four and two. I’m a little nervous about this post. I wish I were homeschooling ten kids and fermenting kombucha in my free time, but I’m not there (yet). Yet life is still busy and full. Hope you enjoy a glimpse into our day! 6:45: The boys awake. I say my prayers in bed and try to stay alert. I know, I know…I should get up and have coffee first, […]

Becoming a Good Steward of Your Home

Becoming a Good Steward of Your Home

Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Since leaving my parents’ house for college 19 years ago, I’ve called 13 different places “home.” I can assure you that I’ve become quite the pro at packing and unpacking. Some of these homes have been dorm rooms; others have been tiny apartments – one rental that I nicknamed my “Munchkin Apartment” was actually a half-story, boasting ceilings that were a mere six feet tall – and I’ve been blessed to move into two actual houses. When I think […]

What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn’t So Simple?

What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn't So Simple?

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Too many times over the past year my husband and I have looked at each other in exasperation and exclaimed, “TOO MUCH STUFF!” It happens when… …our laundry pile has stopped fitting inside the hamper and has, instead, exploded over the top, down the sides, and all over the floor of our room. …our kids seem to have dumped out every container of toys that they own and then whine and complain when we tell them it’s time to clean […]

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?- Keeper of the Home

By many people’s standards, I suppose my children don’t have that many clothes. I certainly don’t spend a lot of money buying clothes, and we sometimes have lean seasons where we run a bit low on boy’s shorts or wish we had just a couple more girl’s short sleeved shirts. The closet you see above is the hanging portion that contains three of our children’s shirts, sweaters, dresses and skirts (plus a few fancy dresses that hang above). What you see is basically what we […]

Finding Simple Living Values

Simple Living Values

By Michele, Contributing Writer A life of simplicity sounds nice, doesn’t it? But what does that really mean? Stories abound of families selling everything to live off the land, leave a small footprint, travel lightly, or other endeavors. But does that sound simple to you? Maybe… But perhaps not. Our family has lived various versions of the above scenarios at different times, but life changes, as seasons come and go. It’s obviously a lot of work to till a garden, scrub dishes by hand, chop […]

Simple ways to connect with your kids when you’re already tired

simple ways to connect with your kids

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer We know that kids need quality and quantity time with their parents in order to connect with them. We know the value of tying heart strings between us. But what’s a mom to do when she is already exhausted? Motherhood is not for wimps. Meeting the needs of children can be draining at times. Add to that pregnancy, a little morning sickness, a newborn, or just general life stuff, and you can get tired pretty quickly. As someone who […]

Benefits of Line Drying

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By Contributing Writer, Stacy Myers When we moved into this house, we were tickled pink to find that it came with a clothesline. Having lived in a townhouse in town for 8 years, I was eager to have yard space where I could do things like line-dry and raise chickens. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, livin’ the country life once again. I grew up on a farm, and I fondly remember my mom and my grandmother putting laundry out to dry every day. There is nothing on this earth […]

Gardening Tips for Beginners: Resources to Help You Dive Into Gardening With Courage!

Gardening for total beginners

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I am not a gardener. I feel that in order to gain that title, one must successfully keep a plant alive for more than a month. Ahem. It’s, uh, on my bucket list… If grocery stores all went away I’d probably starve to death. I am NOT a gardener. I stayed at my sister’s house while she was gone for six months and killed every one of her houseplants through either neglect or over-zealous watering. (I maintain that if the […]