Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookies

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookies | keeperofthehome.org

By Diana, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year where the warmth of my oven brings forth sweet treats and smiling faces.   My boys and I, coated in flour, sugar and everything sticky, find delight in baking holiday treats. Of course we have our traditional favorites like polvorones, bunuelos, and turron de navidad that my boys always seem to ask for as soon as large snowflakes turn to blankets of snow. Besides our traditional favorites, we also spend time making buttered sugar cookies to ice […]

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Children

12 Christmas stories to read to children

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!    By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud in the afternoon and at bedtime (and if you read to the end, I have a couple of bonus recommendations in that category). But the younger children find beautiful picture books especially delightful–particularly during the Christmas season. There are so many lovely Christmas stories […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that when my kids are in the kitchen with me that we often waste more time than save. And yet, over the past six months or so, I’ve really begun to see that with a little teaching, help, direction and then ongoing supervision (while I’m […]

Ten Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

10 Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

By Natalie, Contributing Writer “It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!” Can you hear the music? For some of us, it’s time to figure out if we’ll send out Christmas cards, letters, family pictures,or all three. Sending out a Christmas letter doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are ten creative Christmas letter ideas. 1. Have a child write it. Even if they are young, a child’s perspective, along with their singular spelling habits, can be quite entertaining. You can type it up when […]

How to Host an Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party

How to Host an OCC Packing Party

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer For the past few years, I have loved being able to participate in packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child with my kids. I usually let each of them choose the items at the dollar store, we decorate a card and pack the boxes all while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot beverages. It’s been a tradition of trying to teach them to care about others around the world that might not have as much as they do. And […]

One Chaotic Day in the Life of a Mom with Three Kids

One Chaotic Day in the Life of a Mom with Three Kids

By Erin, Contributing Writer In last year’s Day in the Life post, I confessed that I was in the midst of a very chaotic season. I had three kids; my oldest was a new 4, and my youngest was a newborn. The girls are now 5, almost 3, and 13 months. Life is still chaotic. Although I can say…since my baby turned 1, the fog is starting to lift! We moved into a new house in August, and I am still getting the house set […]

An Unexpected, Spontaneous Family Day

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As I sat down to write this day in the life post, I thought: “This was not really a ‘typical’ day for us, but, honestly, who has typical or normal days when you have little kids at home?!” Am I right?! This was a Monday–a day that turned out much differently then I had originally expected but became so much more than I could have even planned for. Keeping an openness and spontaneity is so important to my husband and […]