Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

Healthy Lunches Made Easy!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often […]

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 […]

Why this is a post I never thought I’d write

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*It’s rather coincidental, yet so perfectly aligned, that I would feel led to write this post the same week that Jessica’s thoughtful post on such a similar topic went up. I think the message is coming through loud and clear… “grace, always grace”, for all our weaknesses and imperfections and frailty and unanswered questions.* I feel grateful I brought a sweater. The air conditioning chills my feet, bare skin exposed in flip flops. Distracted, I page through a House & Home magazine, once in a while […]

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 […]

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors {Keeper of the Home}

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 grass, watching the clouds blow by, and thinking how absolutely bored I was. I was 7. My summer days stretched before me and were filled with plenty of free time. Now that I’m a mom, I want my own children to experience the same kind […]

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

Your Camping Menu Primer {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Guest Post by Elsie Callender 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 movement, more relaxation. Oh, and camping also gives us plenty of time to savor delicious food! We need hearty fare to bookend days of hiking, canoeing, or seeing sites along the road. Whether you’re grilling, cooking over an open fire, or using […]

What to include in your natural first aid kit this summer

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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 and making our way through Washington and Oregon all the way to the Bay area in California. The original impulse for this trip came out as a result of something called Maker Faire, a massive fair in San Mateo, CA, designed to equip, inspire and […]

Strawberry Chia Muffins

Strawberry Chia Muffins

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 my husband’s decision to quit his job, our routines had been thrown off. We were finding our new normal, and the fun baking activities got put on the back burner. Now my 3-year-old wanted to make something with Mommy. He didn’t care what we made. […]