42 summer recipes that won't heat up your home!

42 Summer Recipes That Won’t Heat Up Your Home

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As the long, hot, lazy days of summer drag on, I dread starting my oven at night to cook dinner. We have a nice swamp cooler in our house but once that oven gets going (especially to make a 40-minute dinner), our house heats up and it just gets too hot! This summer I’ve been exploring ways to cut down on the heat from my oven and also cut down the time I spend in the kitchen. I want to enjoy […]

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Why I Quit No ‘Poo and My Beauty Routine These Days

When something isn’t working for me, I’m learning to stop the madness. Put down that boring book I’m halfway through. Switch up the daily routine to accomodate when I’m most productive or a toddler’s morphing nap time. Drop that homeschool curriculum that yes, I paid good money for, but is causing tears and friction each time math rolls around. So when the “no ‘poo” method of shampooing only with baking soda stopped working for me, much as I was infatuated with this simple and uber-frugal […]

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

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors

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 […]

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25 Pantry Staples for Last Minute Meals

Image by Larry Hoffman Guest Post by Kate Tietje There’s nothing worse than looking at the clock and realizing you need to have dinner on the table, soon. Only you have no idea what to make.  (Hmm…pantry staples to the rescue!) It happens to all of us.  Some more often than others! With some simple pantry staples, though, you’ll never get caught off guard again.  Sure, dinner may not be fancy.  But it will be healthy, it will be quick, and it will not require […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Dreaming Big…In Motherhood and Beyond @ Inspired to Action What You Have to Do to Come to Peace with This Season of Your Life @ A Holy Experience Healthy Ambrosia Salad with Toasted Coconut @ The Nourishing Home What If We Gave Them the Benefit of the Doubt? @ Life Your Way Naming and framing @ The Art of Simple Lavender-Chamomile Bath Soak Recipe @ A Delightful Home 10 Meaningful Lessons from The Story of the Mexican Fisherman @ Be More With […]

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Growing and Using Fresh Mint {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Growing and Using Fresh Mint

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer If you are someone who has always believed you’ve got a brown thumb, I’d encourage you to try your hand at growing fresh mint. Mint is a prolific grower and therefore it is hard to screw it up. Mint isn’t picky about sunlight. While it prefers a cool, moist spot in the yard, it will do fine in full sun. When picking out a mint to grow, all varieties do equally well. While I prefer the classic taste of […]

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Your Camping Menu Primer {KeeperoftheHome.org}

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

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 […]

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Warm Potato Salad with Bacon, Asparagus and Swiss Chard

You don’t even understand how good this potato salad is. A month or two ago, Ryan and I were out on a date. We had just discovered that our new home came complete with a very responsible teenage girl living next door. After our year of non-stop togetherness with four kids, being able to go out on date nights sounded divine. We found ourselves at Earl’s, a local restaurant chain we enjoy. Not feeling particularly picky, we ordered the seasonal special, which included a steak, […]

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