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Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stressby  

  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... Read More

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Childrenby  

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... Read More

A Day in the Life: Stacy {Mom of 3 Striving for Change While Living in Grace}by  

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer This is my third year writing a day in the life post for Keeper of the Home. And I must say, it feels strange! It's caused me to reflect over how my life has changed... Read More

A Day in the Life: Rebecca {Mom of 2 and Work-at-Home Virtual Assistant}by  

By Rebecca, Contributing Writer There really is no such thing as a "typical" day in my house. I grew up without a mom, so becoming a mother four years ago was quite challenging to me in that I didn't have an example of... Read More

A Day in the Life: Leigh Ann {A Work-at-Home Mom Relying on Grace}by  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It had been a long night. I made it 30 years without pulling an all-nighter. But we were down to the wire, and we had to get the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers to... Read More

A Day in the Life: Erin {work-at-home, part-time homeschooling mom of 3 girls}by  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer This is the 3rd year for me to participate in the Keeper of the Home Day in the Life series (time flies!), and, at first, I was just going to post on our typical daily... Read More

A Day in the Life: Rachel {Jam-Packed Busy Mom of 3}by  

By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I've been a mom for 7 years now and in no way am I am expert, but I am getting much better at this gig than I was when I first became a mom. A few... Read More

A Day In the Life: Hilary {Homeschooling, Work-at-Home Mom of 2}by  

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer As I write this Day In the Life post, my family has just started our school year. As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of 2, I’ve tried to create an ambitious daily schedule to fit... Read More

A Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}by  

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I captured our day in the life on the first day of school for my girls. This first day of school is extra special in our house because my oldest daughter is a senior this... Read More

5 Books Every Child Should Ownby  

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... Read More

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

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,... Read More

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

Your Camping Menu Primer (With 50+ Food Ideas!)by  

For the adventurous, camping is one of the best summer excursions. It carves out time to do the things we want - but often fail - to do in everyday life: live more simply, closer to nature, with less technology, more... Read More

What to include in your natural first aid kit this summerby  

We're on the road again and we couldn't be happier. For our family, pursuing adventure together is becoming part of our DNA. The past two weeks we've been traveling down the West coast, starting from our home outside Vancouver, Canada... Read More

Strawberry Chia Muffinsby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer "Mommy, I want to make something with you!" The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With... Read More

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kidsby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer The days are getting longer and the snow is finally melting, which means it's time to get outside and play! After a long winter, I'm beside myself excited to get outside with my toddler... Read More

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYSby  

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I'm sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only... Read More

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kidsby  

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family's favorite memories have been created when we plan "dates" with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each... Read More

Is Our Family Really “Wildly Unconventional”? Listen and Find Out!by  

During the last two weeks of our year-long journey around the world, I had the opportunity to spend an hour talking with one of my dear friends, Tsh Oxendreider of The Art of Simple. We eagerly gabbed about our family's... Read More

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activitiesby  

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children's extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond... Read More

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