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smaller steph with kepler on top of bat mountainNew to Keeper of the Home? Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here! 

I know it can be challenging to find your way around a new website. Allow me to show you around a little!

First of all, learn about Keeper of the Home and what we’re all about or more about who I am, as well as the other fabulous writers who contribute here.

You can also read about my time blogging for Compassion International in the Philippines.

Wondering what we talk about here at Keeper of the Home? I’d love to tell you.

Real Food – What is is, where to buy it, how to cook it, and how to do it on a budget

I haven’t always eaten real food. In fact, for much of my life, I ate foods that were decidedly not “real” in any way, shape or form. Growing up on a pretty conventional, standard diet of processed, convenience and refined foods, I had a lot of work to do as an adult, when I began to take back my health after being diagnosed with a serious disorder.

There are many sites that take a heavier handed approach to teaching you about what it means to eat wholesome, nutrient-dense, life-giving foods, and one of our goals is to avoid that approach.

Instead, we want to offer up the information, along with a heaping dose of grace and real life and celebrating even the small changes, the little victories. Food should be enjoyable and not a difficult or stressful thing. We all need to eat, right?

first steps to real food KOTH

If you’re interested in making the switch to real food in your family, but not sure where to start, we have a great beginner’s guide to eating better. It includes topics like:

As well as a few other in-depth posts on relevant issues for eating well:

17 Homemade Spice Mixes

Or find some tasty whole food recipes that we’ve shared. Here are some of our most popular ones:


Or some kitchen DIY tutorials:

And we couldn’t not talk about the real foods I actually buy, and how I would feed my family if we were on a super tight budget:

Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshing Sprays {Keeper of the Home}

We look at ways to make healthier choices in other areas of home management, such as cleaning.

Living in such a toxic world, it’s crucial that we make every effort to keep those toxins out of the places we spend the most time in, and using all-natural cleaning products is one simple way to do that! Sign up for our free email list and you’ll receive a free copy of our ebook Clean & Simple, with 12 recipes using only 7 natural, non-toxic ingredients! 

If you’re looking for more information about natural cleaning around KOTH, we’ve got you covered in this area as well with posts like:

DIY Beauty? We’ve got that, too.

Many of us here at KOTH enjoy making our own beauty and skincare projects. No, we don’t make absolutely everything, but it is empowering to be able to make many of the products that we would have previously had to buy.

It’s frugal, easier than you think, and you’ll love the comfort of using products with pure and safe ingredients!

Using natural home remedies, herbs and more.

Though I’m not opposed to doctors or standard medical care at times (because sometimes it’s necessary and I’m grateful for it), I also believe that quite often, gentler natural remedies work just as well or better, sparing us from the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals.

One aspect of regaining my own health was learning to support and build up my body with herbs, nutrients, exercise and other lifestyle changes, rather than just popping a pill.

As moms who love to research but aren’t certified medical practitioners of any kind, we aren’t qualified to tell you what to do… but, we do love to share what we’re learning, what’s worked for us, and hope that it inspires you to keep researching, learning and seeing what works for your own family.

Take a look at the books I’ve written

Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time

Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time

What’s holding you back from making the switch over to natural, healthier living? Feeling overwhelmed?

A compilation of practical, relevant and easy-to-implement “baby steps” designed to take you on a one-year journey. We lay it all out, step by step, to take the overwhelm and hard work out of it.

Real-Food-book-cover150pxReal Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less

Are you spending too much on groceries? Would you like to maximize your current budget so that you can afford more wholesome, nutritious foods for your family?

A primer for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget, while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods.

Plan it APlan It, Don’t Panic: A Complete Meal Planning Resource

What if you could learn to meal plan in a way that helped you to eat better, while saving you money, time and stress?

You can… for the price of one boxed convenience meal or a fraction of the cost of one night of eating out.

Or check out one of our series of posts:

Traditional Foods (raw milk, old-fashioned fats, meat, fish, fermented foods– the things that have kept people healthy throughout history!)

Gardening 101 (turnings seeds into food on your plates!)

Preserving Summer’s Bounty

Natural Home Remedies and Illness Prevention

Real Food Family Makeovers (4 regular families share their struggles and get a real food “makeover”)


Organization in the Real Food Kitchen

A Month of Routines (a collection of various routines and thoughts on bringing more order to the home– for mealtimes, when Mom’s feeling worn out, in the kitchen, etc.)

We also have resources to help you in your home-keeping journey:

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home (a free PDF guide to help you declutter your home, little by little)

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart}

10+ Natural Cold Remedies {Plus Free Printable}

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version Plus Free Printable Grocery List}

Homemade One-Size Cloth Diaper Pattern and Wipes Recipe


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