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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Why I argue in front of my kids (sometimes) @ The Art of Simple The courage to rest @ Conversion Diary 10 Allergen-Free Treats for Easter @ The Humbled Homemaker Waiting Tables, Day Twenty-Nine: Why Confessing Our Sin to Our Children is So Important @ Megan Tietz You Say It Like It’s a Bad Thing @ Simplicity Parenting Build Your Immune System the FUN Way: Simple Herb-Infused Popsicle Recipe @ Kitchen Stewardship Follow Your Heart, Mama @ Life Your Way 1 […]

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Nourish Your Face Naturally

Nourish Your Face with Homemade Skin Care

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer I’m the first to admit that my so-called “wisdom lines” have often tempted me to take drastic measures. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely believe in aging gracefully. But I also think there’s a graceful way to put up a fight. Yet, as much as I want to keep that youthful glow, slathering my face with expensive chemical-laden skincare products is not an option. Why? Because our skin is the gateway to our body. In other words, what goes onto […]

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DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

Making a DIY version of dishwasher pucks was something I stumbled upon completely by accident – like many good things, of course. Over at DIY Natural, Matt and Betsy had shared their very excellent dishwashing detergent recipe, which includes citric acid for shine and non-cloudy glassware and which does its job well. The problem is, citric acid is hydrophilic – that is, it loves water, and thus when mixed in the recipe, it attracts moisture like crazy and if you don’t stir the mix every […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Monday Health & Wellness: 7 Tips for Communicating Respectfully @ Modern Alternative Mama Feeling Overwhelmed? Get Ready for the Embracing Self-Care Series! @ Live Renewed Homemade Peppermint Patties @ GNOWFGLINS On gratitude @ The Art of Simple Friendship: A Piece of Cake @ (in)courage Simple Chicken Tandoori with Curry Cauliflower Rice @ Health, Home, & Happiness What You Have to Know About Who You Really Are @ A Holy Experience We want greenhouses but do not get them. @ Jon Acuff Happy […]

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

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 and baby. Whether you’re taking a hike, going camping, or just spending free time outdoors, nature lends itself to many learning opportunities for your children. Why You Should Make Getting Outside a Priority Explore creation Time in nature points to our Creator. Since getting outside invites […]

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What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

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25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

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 have boys! (Until this summer … when we expect a little girl!) I don’t know about your family, but with my boys, when it’s nice outside, we spend nearly all our waking hours outdoors. We don’t have a “huge” piece of property by any means, […]

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