If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the ways you're just failing, take a step back. Breathe. Then try these four steps toward simpler living.

4 Steps Toward Simpler Living

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer With seasons of constant change, I often feel like I’m living in crisis mode, putting out fires and just surviving, let alone living simply. I learned about the natural living lifestyle in the fall of 2009 after debilitating sickness threatened to take my quality of life. I grew up on the very SAD American diet, and I didn’t know a thing about natural living. Not a single thing. When I did dive in, I found the water deep and the information fascinating. […]

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

This week’s top deals: Giveaway!  Win a One-Year Pro Subscription to Once a Month Meals worth $170.  The giveaway ends this Wednesday, May 27, 2015 $10 credit + a FREE soy candle from ePantry! ePantry may be new to many of you. It was new to me earlier this year. I’ve just started using it the last while and I have to say that so far, I’m really happy with it! Basically, it’s a simple subscription service where you customize your orders (and how often you want to […]

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Who needs canned soup when you have this simple recipe for cream of chicken condensed soup? It can be adapted to work homemade canned soup replacement for cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup as well.

Homemade Canned Soup Replacement

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When I think back to my newlywed days, and all the canned soup we consumed, I cringe a little. As a newlywed, I learned to prepare all manner of meals while clutching my Betty Crocker Cookbook. I followed each recipe step by step, not thinking much about any kind of health ramifications. I just wanted to make dinner for my husband. At that stage of life, I knew very little about real food. But, as time went on and I became […]

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Weekend Links

Want to fill your freezer and fill your schedule? This week we’re giving away a 1-year Pro Membership to Once a Month Meals – go get entered here! Links for this week: Into Iraq #2: What the News isn’t telling You & Why We Can’t Afford to Pretend It’s Not Happening @ A Holy Experience When You’re Tired and Just Tempted to Parent on Cruise Control, Do This Instead @ Lisa-Jo Baker Stress Relieving Lavender Lemon Balm Iced Tea @ The Nourishing Gourmet Chasing the Right […]

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Homemade Iced Tea Popsicles

Like all kids, mine love nothing better than a cool snack on a hot day. A common summertime treat around our house is popsicles. Since popsicles are so easy to make, we stick with homemade ones, rather than buying them. Sometimes we make them out of a smoothie-type blend of frozen fruits, with things like coconut milk or yogurt blended in for creaminess. Ice cream or frozen yogurt recipes also taste amazing poured into popsicle molds instead of an ice cream maker. I’ve also been […]

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Once A Month Meals Giveaway: Win a 1-Year Pro Membership Subscription to Simplify Your Meal Times!

Want to fill your freezer and free your schedule? Then you’ll love today’s giveaway from one of my favorite online resources, Once A Month Meals! Once-a-month cooking is a wonderful way to keep your freezer stocked with ready-to-eat meals. All you have to do is pull them from the freezer, heat them up and you’ve got a nourishing, home-cooked meal on the table for your family. The problem, however, lies in being able to find recipes that convert to freezer cooking, making grocery lists, and […]

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

This week’s top deals: List Price $249.99 On Sale $159.99  Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL771) Includes a traditional blender, food processor, individual smoothie cups and more. FREE shipping. Up to 80% Off Spices, salts & Rubs at Abe’s Market.  Check out all their organic spices, sauces and condiments!  FREE shipping on orders over $49. As Low As $7.47-$8.83 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent, Lavender, 34 Fluid Ounce is on sale for $13.59.  Save 30% when you clip the coupon. (you must be logged in).  Save […]

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Many readers wish they could make homemade sprinkles ... today I'm sharing the recipe!

How to Make Colorful Homemade Sprinkles (plus DIY yellow cake mix!)

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer While I was writing my book, The DIY Pantry, it was essential to me that the book include the staples that people actually USE regularly in their kitchens. A few things were obvious, like taco seasoning and ketchup, but of all the vast array of foods we eat, what’s actually essential? And perhaps more importantly, what are the items people really want to skip at the store yet still want to have available as they cook? So I asked my readers […]

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