Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stress {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first list all the unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. Because trust me, people, I’ve thoroughly experimented with these, too. These may include (but are not limited to) taking it out on your husband and kids, eating potato chips and snickerdoodles way into the night, and […]

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Children

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This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Isn’t Christmas with little ones wonderful? It’s been quite a Christmas here, already. We’ve suffered three broken ornaments (one vintage), one ripped Christmas book, two discovered presents, a missing baby Jesus, and our monstrous tree has toppled over twice. (Don’t worry: two tree stands, […]

When I’m Caught in the Rip Current of People Pleasing

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Today I’m honored to be a part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour, along with many other fabulous bloggers. Learn more here - http://goo.gl/bQVJW0 Our lives seem to be one bumpy, gravelly mess of road work lately, like we’ve living in a construction zone. It’s this season of transition we’re in–  trying to get planted in a new community, changing up how we do homeschool, settling in to a recently purchased home, and moving forward with some big business changes. Along with that, we’ve […]

5 Books Every Child Should Own

5 Books Every Child Should Own {KeeperoftheHome.com}

Looking for some new reads for your little ones? Check out my list! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t have many vivid memories from my pre-teen years (gratefully, perhaps?). But a few memories randomly stick out, oddly clear and poignant in my mind. For one, I’m perched on the peach-colored chair in the living room, my little miniature dachshund beside me. And I’m reading. And laughing. Hysterical, nose-sniffling, tear-jerking laughter. Stacked up beside the chair was the reason: nearly a dozen Garfield the Cat […]

When “Natural” Isn’t Working: Hope For the Discouraged Crunchy Mother

When "Natural" Isn't Working: Hope for the Discouraged Crunchy Mama {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When my son was 18 months old, I put him down for his afternoon nap. Nothing unusual, except he had a bad cold, and was feeling yucky. Thirty minutes later, I heard him wake up, uncomfortable. When I walked into the room, I was shocked at what I saw. He was coughing – not just coughing – gasping through every breath. His ribs and neck muscles were retracting. He was trying to talk, but had to gasp before every couple […]

Kid DIY Craft Ideas for the Home

Kids DIY Craft Ideas for the Home

By Rachel, Contributing Writer  When you have young children, it’s fun to have them help with decorating the house. And, no, I don’t mean coloring the walls with crayons–but getting them involved with crafts. My kids, 5 and 6, love making things, whether it’s with Legos, creating story books with white paper and pencils or coloring. And they also love when I make the time to make crafts with them. Countless times we have made Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts. Crafts are my go-to gifts […]

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortune

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Looking for some creative ideas for girls’ night this New Year’s Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn’t really need) much of a social life. And then I was a mom. Somehow it’s taken long days spent with two adorable, exhausting toddlers to realize: You know, I really like grown-ups. I enjoy stimulating conversation. I crave it, actually. I’m really lonely without it! I remember the exact moment it hit me. I […]

Simple Christmas Craft: Candy Cane Striped Nails

Simple Christmas Craft Candy Cane Striped Nail

By Andrea, Contributing Writer This simple Christmas craft for candy cane striped nails is a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the tree while remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The nail is a reminder of the reason Christ came to us: to die on the cross that we might be reconciled with God. The red stripe is a reminder of the blood He shed for us. Start by making a quick trip to the hardware store. There you should be able to find 6-inch […]