Childhood is all about exploring and learning to love gardening. Don't force time with your toddlers and preschoolers in the garden. Rather, play into their curiosity and make being with you in the garden fun.

10 Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Garden

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Being in my garden is one of my favorite things to do. I love the smell of fresh dirt and feeling the mist from the water hose as I spray my vegetables on a hot summer evening. I love planning what vegetables to grow and where I will put my herb garden. I love working with my hands and the ache of my back from tilling the soil. I love the silence and disconnect from technology. And I especially love […]

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15 Tips for a More Enjoyable Pregnancy (from a soon-to-be mom of 5)

In many ways, pregnancy gets easier the more you’ve done it. You learn what works for you, you learn to relax, and perhaps most of all, you learn that it’s just a season and a relatively short one at that. An expert I’m not, but my last pregnancies have been better than my first ones and I know better than I used to how to make it through with a smile on my face. Because of that, I want to share what I’ve learned with […]

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products (Plus a Special Offer This Week Only!)

This week’s top deals: Far and away, these bundles that we put together a few times a year are one of the BEST deals out there! Our Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available this week only, and it includes 100 helpful, practical, inspiring and encouraging eBooks, printables, audio and eCourses on topics like: Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself Finances… build a budget […]

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Confessions of an imperfect homemaker (and how I survived my darker days)

I vividly remember this one lovingly-but-terribly prepared stir-fry that I served to dear friends just months after having my first baby and becoming a full time homemaker. The beef was so tough and badly cooked, you had to chew, chew, chew, and take a huge gulp of water to try to get it to go down. How they got through that awful meal so graciously, I just don’t know. Then there was the time about a year and a half later when my husband was […]

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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. - Thomas Moore {Keeper of the Home}

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4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking Course Being a homemaker can be a challenge! Are you struggling with managing your own home? Are you feeling alone and aren’t sure where you can get some help? Be sure not to miss out on the 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking eCourse that will streamline your homemaking and make your days of managing a home less stressful! In this eCourse, you will learn: how to never get behind on laundry again, how to wake up each day to a […]

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If you haven't taken a bath in a while, I encourage you to think twice. Here are 5 circumstances when I would definitely consider taking a detox bath...

The Top Five Occasions When You Should Take A Detox Bath

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I used to think baths were for kids. Who takes a bath when they can take a speedy shower, after all? However, I have recently gotten over my reservations with taking baths. Change that – I have recently become addicted to taking baths. Detox baths, to be specific. Now I make up excuses and squeeze in the time, because I have found it incredibly rewarding. If you, too, haven’t taken a bath in a while, whatever the reason – I encourage you […]

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

This week’s top deals: FREE Mini eCourse: 4 Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking Homemaking can be extremely overwhelming to women just starting out in this role and sometimes even for women who have been trying to keep the home for years! If you’re feeling this way or just want to get some ideas for stress-free homemaking, you’ll want to check out these videos! This completely free course was created by an experienced mom and homemaker who has definitely been there and regularly teaches women how to get their homes back […]

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If you're wondering how to make Greek-style yogurt, don't worry. It's not only easy, but it’s also a great way to save money and avoid the unhealthy additives found in many commercial brands.

How to Make Greek-Style Yogurt in 5 Easy Steps! {No Straining Required}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Thick.creamy.delicious! Three words that definitely describe Greek Yogurt, which is why so many of us are huge fans of this custard-like probiotic treat. Yet, each time I attempted to make it, I found myself frustrated by the straining process required to achieve its classic thick texture. My frugal tendencies cringed at how much yogurt was wasted in the straining process, and my neat-nick alarms were blaring over the mess of cleaning out the yogurt-laden strainer. Of course, I don’t want my issues […]

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