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8 Ways to Use Clay as a Natural Remedy

This post was originally published in August of 2012, but the tips and advice are still timely, especially in the summer months! Of all things, did you ever think that I would tell you to go eat some dirt? Well, mark your calendars. Today’s the day. Stephanie has officially gone off the deep end. Bizarre as it may sound, clay has actually become one of my favorite go-to remedies for health and healing over this past year. This summer I have been surprised to find […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: The Secret Relief You Have to Know When You’re Overwhelmed @ A Holy Experience On Gender Roles, Equality and the #BoyMom Hashtag @ Life Your Way  Fabulous Fail-Proof Fruit Custard @ Kitchen Stewardship  How generous are you, really? @ The Art of Simple  Women Hold Up Half the Sky @ Jen Hatmaker  Waldorf Tuna Salad @ Red and Honey The power of the written word @ The Art of Simple  secret sabbath: a gentle invitation to once-a-month rest @ SortaCrunchy  What special […]

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25 Healthy Summer Salads Tips {Keeper of the Home}

25 Healthy & Delicious Summer Salads {Plus 5 Tips for Creating The Perfect Salad}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The warmer weather of summer lends itself to lighter meals like deliciously fresh summer salads. They’re not only a satisfying and refreshing way to beat the heat, they’re also simple to put together, and can easily be adapted based on what you have on hand. Perhaps the best part about salad is it’s a wonderful way to showcase a variety of fresh seasonal produce, and thereby provide a nutrient-dense meal that almost everyone enjoys! If you’re looking for some fresh […]

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

*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 […]

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Actually Use

Welcome to our newest weekly feature, Real Deals! I know that, like me, you want to buy the best products possible (and support great companies) while still sticking with your budget.  Starting this week, we’ll be bringing you a weekly roundup every Tuesday of the best deals we can find on real foods, organics, eco-friendly and fair trade products, and other items that fit into a natural living lifestyle, like herbs, vitamins, cloth diapers, helpful ebooks, and more.  Most deals are online, since our readers live all […]

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When "Natural" Isn't Working: Hope for the Discouraged Crunchy Mama {KeeperoftheHome.org}

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

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 […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Seasonal Living {How I’m Learning to Number My Days} @ Accidentally Green The Great Challenge Facing All Women  [and Why Women Need to Stop Judging Each Other] @ A Holy Experience Honey Garlic Drumsticks (A Simple Summer Crockpot Meal) @ The Nourishing Gourmet Why Can’t I Just Be Good? @ Visionary Womanhood Real Food Road Trip {Eat Well, Spend Less} @ Kitchen Stewardship DIY Hair Growth Serum Recipe @ Wellness Mama Finding Solitude As a Mom @ Dirt and Boogers  How to Love […]

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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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