Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Pear and Ginger Slow Cooker Oatmeal

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer If breakfast time in your house is anything like mine, there’s a prerequisite that it be quick and easy. Even on our “slow” mornings, making breakfast just isn’t something I want to take the time to do, despite the fact that I love sitting down and sharing breakfast with our kiddos. So, lately I’ve been relying on the slow cooker to provide morning meals that don’t take any thought or time to prepare. Just serve and go! It started when […]

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how to deal with sugar cravings

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]

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20 Nourishing, Whole Foods Dinners That Kids Will Love!

20 Nourishing, Whole-Foods Dinners That Kids Will Eat!

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Y’all, I am far from being the perfect parent. I yell more than I should. At times, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Sometimes, anxiety just plain gets the best of me. And, I’m not spending time reading the Bible nearly as much as I’d like – the perpetual struggle (sigh). So believe me, no obnoxious “mommy pride” from this girl. But can I share with you one teensy, little victory, that my husband and I are probably inordinately proud of? […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: Two smoothie recipes: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Buzz and Green Pina Colada @ Simple Bites Time Savers for Busy Moms @ A Delightful Home Time Does Not Heal @ Heavenly Homemakers Encouragement for the Woman Who Has Bitten Off More Than She Can Chew @ Young Wife’s Guide Does Garbage Decompose? The Myth and What You Can Do About It @ Life Your Way Let’s Talk About Healthy Living Burnout @ Red and Honey A North American Lent: When You Want to […]

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How smoggy skies in China changed the way our family shops

How Smoggy Skies in China Changed the Way Our Family Shops

Three seemingly inconsequential words. Made in China. They’ve meant different things to me over the years. At first, those silver stickers on the bottom of inexpensive products reminded us of that rapidly growing nation across the Pacific and its manufacturing boom. At some point, “Made in China” began to mean lower-quality, cheap items that were likely to break. More recently, I became wary of toxins, like mercury, in my little one’s toys, and I became a more vigilant, worried mother, doing my best to keep […]

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5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family’s favorite memories have been created when we plan “dates” with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each child individually. This might be a “girls only” afternoon with my daughter, an outing with my oldest son, or maybe Daddy taking out his little girl. Here are a few of our ideas that we’ve enjoyed; each are frugal enough to repeat often! Art/Craft Afternoon […]

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ArtOfSimplePodcast

Is Our Family Really “Wildly Unconventional”? Listen and Find Out!

During the last two weeks of our year-long journey around the world, I had the opportunity to spend an hour talking with one of my dear friends, Tsh Oxendreider of The Art of Simple. We eagerly gabbed about our family’s journey, everything from the size and contents of our children’s backpacks, how we moved towards an unschooling/worldschooling philosophy and what “school” looked like on the road, how we booked a gazillion plane tickets, what type of housing we found around the globe, and why we’ve […]

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How to Intentionally Choose Children's Extracurricular Activities Keeper of the Home

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activities

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children’s extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond the realm of academics, but where is the line? How much is too much when it comes to extracurriculars? I most definitely don’t have all of the answers, but I’m hoping that with careful consideration my family can be more strategic and intentional in this […]

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