What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

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As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

Menu-Planning Made Easy! (Plan to Eat Review & Giveaway)

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Maybe you’re like me, and the Plan to Eat logo is a familiar friendly ad from your visits here to Keeper of the Home. I’ve been curious what Plan to Eat is actually about, and jumped at the chance to review it. I was pleasantly surprised! I knew Plan to Eat was a digital meal-planning site (pretty smart of me to figure that out from the title) but to be honest, I had a few reservations. Even though I’m a […]

The Wonderful World of Herbs (Herbal Academy Review & Giveaway!)

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I’ve loved herbs ever since I first started learning about them. We try to avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible in our family, and beyond eating real, whole, nourishing foods and avoiding toxins and chemicals as much as possible, we use herbs (and other supplements) to boost our health and treat illnesses, as much as possible. My study and love of herbs began about 5 or 6 years ago, and since that time, I have gradually built a small library of herbal resources, read about […]

The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

3 Easy Ways to Make a House a Home (Urban Tickle Review & Giveaway!)

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image credit By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  We’ve spent the entire eleven years of our marriage traipsing around the country (and even the globe). We started out in a tiny bachelor basement apartment, with a white bed sheet hanging from the ceiling to divide our “bedroom” from the “living room.” Since then we have lived in a grand total of nine different places – a smorgasbord of apartments and houses, big and little. It can be really tough to make a boring old apartment or a […]

Making it Easier to Take Healthy Snacks On the Go! (Win a$100 Gift Certificate to Sweetbottoms Baby)

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I think every mom has her reasons behind the products she chooses for her home, but here are a few of mine: Avoiding toxins, as much as possible, for healthier development of little bodies. Choosing responsibly-made products our family can buy with a clean conscience Opting for quality reusable products over disposables to reduce our earth-burden. We’d like to leave Creation as clean as we can. Those reasons form the basis behind a lot of what I use with my babies and children, including cloth […]

Organize Your Life With a ListPlanIt Subscription (Review + Giveaway!)

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I love organization, but my life is seldom organized. I’m an orderly person who’s not very orderly. Can anyone else relate? Needless to say, it can be frustrating sometimes. I have plenty of excuses: “I keep up with it in my head.” (Hmmm.) “I’m too busy to be organized.” (Tyranny of the urgent, anyone?) “Every time I get really organized, someone else/life/reality messes it all up. Why bother?” What it really boils down to is that I haven’t found a […]

Maple-Walnut Pie Recipe (MightyNest Review + Giveaway)

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s Spring Giveaway Week! Mighty Nest is a favorite go-to for healthy bakeware, cookware, kids lunch gear, and much, much more for your family and home. Plus, their Mighty Nest for Schools program generously supports the school of your choice when you buy any of their high quality, eco friendly, healthy gear, by donating 15% of your purchase.  Enter the Mighty Nest giveaway below to win a Total Pie Kit for yourself plus $100 for your school! A free afternoon […]