Why I’m So Glad I Exercised This Pregnancy

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From my 4th month of pregnancy onwards, most early mornings would find me sneaking downstairs in the dark, donning sweatpants, a t-shirt and hoodie. After drinking half a glass of water, then filling my large glass back up to the top, I entered my private exercise studio, otherwise known as my husband’s freezing cold, converted-garage music school studio. Pointing the space heater directly at me (until I warmed up enough each morning to push it away), I would stick a pregnancy exercise video in to […]

Benefits of a Protein-Rich Breakfast (and a Protein Pancake Recipe)

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with so many choices (and conflicting information), it can be difficult to know what to serve our family. While cereal or toast may seem easy and convenient, these high-carbohydrate choices lead to elevated blood sugar levels which drop quickly and soon leave us feeling tired and hungry. Research shows that a breakfast high in protein actually stabilizes blood sugar and prevents hunger for a number […]

Homeschooling Throughout the Summer

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer When I tell people that we homeschool year round, I usually get one of two responses.  I often hear from homeschooling families, “Oh, we try to do that, too.”  And then I often hear, “Why on earth would you do that to yourself and your poor kids?” Well, don’t feel too sorry for my kids.  They are managing just fine.  In fact, summer time is our favorite time of the year to do school. Let me tell you all […]

What’s So Great About Raw Milk?

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Once upon a time, milk was not such a complex or controversial subject. Cows grazed on green grass. Healthy, well-fed, and free to roam, they produced a nutrient-dense, thick, white liquid which was relished either straight from the cow (raw) or turned into cultured dairy for short-term storage or delectable hard cheeses for long-term storage. It was neither heated to death at ultra-high temperatures, nor were its fat molecules shaken until they shattered into minuscule pieces. It was not demonized as a health hazard, declared to be […]

Grass-Fed Meats

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer Buying meat at the store can be quite confusing.  On top of having to choose a proper cut of meat to suit your needs, there are many grade labels that may add to the confusion: organic, prime, choice, select, etc.  However, there is one term I would like to highly encourage you to pay attention to when buying meat: grass-fed. What is Grass-Fed Meat? Grass-fed meat is actually a traditional food, and it is exactly what it sounds like.  […]

The Benefits of Taking Your Cod Liver Oil

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Are you looking for ways to improve your homemaking skills? How about some new recipes? Or maybe you really need some inspiration for your faith, your mothering, your marriage… What if you could get all these things and more, in one HUGE awesome package of digital resources (plus $200 of bonus freebies) for less than $30? The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is 95% off of retail value and worth almost $900! Interested? Read more here! I know. Cod liver oil. Yuck. Half of you just made […]

Developing the Exercise Habit

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Every new year many of us vow to exercise regularly and get in shape for good. Some wish to shed the extra pounds that crept on over the holiday season, others want to improve heart health, or simply feel more energized. Whatever your reason, striving to exercise on a regular basis is a worthy goal. Exercise boasts many benefits beyond making our outsides look good. Such as: Mental clarity Increased ability to deal with stress Boosted serotonin levels leading […]

The Benefits of Sleep: 8 Tips for Getting Quality Sleep

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Written by Stacey Taggart, Contributing Writer The importance of getting a good night’s sleep is understated in our busy society.  The expectations that we have of ourselves and others are increasing, and in an effort to do all and be all, we end up burning the candle at both ends. Being deprived of sleep is very detrimental to us physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. “Sleep isn’t a luxury… It’s a biological necessity!” – Unknown The Benefits of Sleep We know what a lack of […]