Curbing Consumption with a Clothing Fast

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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 […]

Is It Wrong for Moms to Work?

Is it wrong for moms to work?- Keeper of the Home

This summer we are taking some time to discuss some current issues that are on our minds–issues that we do not know how to answer. So far, we have explored the likes of birth control, thyroid problems, and wealth accumulation among Christians. We are relying on you, the Keeper of the Home readers, to weigh in as we wrestle with these often complex subjects. By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Today I’m addressing what is often another very heated debate: Is it wrong for moms to work? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teach Your Child to Love Vegetables: Gardening with Children

Childs hands holding vegetables

By Diana, Contributing Writer I’m always so excited to share a bit about my passions here at Keeper of the Home.  Recently, I’ve enjoyed sharing a couple of posts on budgeting in real food and cooking with seasonal vegetables that both nourish and taste phenomenal. Many of you have started to follow me on instagram where I frequently post pictures of my ridiculously good lunches for kids. As you can tell, I enjoy loading up my children’s diets on vegetables.  A frequent question that I get is, […]

When the Line Between Need and Want Gets Blurred (and the preposterous numbers of ways to use a stick blender)

line between need and want blurred

They say necessity is the mother of all invention. After our first 6 weeks of traveling, I’d have to say that living and traveling internationally has proven that true time and time again. For example, take our first rental apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contained one lone frying pan. With its oddly warped and convex bottom, there was no way to keep it flat on the burner, and thus, no way to heat it evenly (or hardly at all). Enter the urgency of four […]