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!

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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

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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)

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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 […]

5 Ways Green Living and Real Food are Connected

5 Ways Green Living and Real Food are Connected

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer  Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? We’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! We all have different paths we are taking toward natural and healthy living. Some of you started with making the change toward real food and are now moving on to other areas […]

Food Is Not Cheap: 4 Steps to Budgeting in Real Food

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Budget Friendly Tips! How To Save Money on Real Food! How to Eat Real Food for Cheap!  These are just some of the topics coming at us from every direction these […]

Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale & Giveaway! {18 Patterns for only $24.95! A $139 value!}

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  Erin from The Humbled Homemaker here–I’m filling in for Stephanie as she gallivants around the globe (literally)! And even though she’s on vacation, she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to tell all of you homemakers and seamstresses about a wonderful, steal-of-a-deal for 18 e-Patterns this week–for only $24.95 (a $139 value!!). The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale and giveaway is sponsored by The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop! Over the past eight weeks a lot of behind the scenes work has taken place […]