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8 Ways to Use Essential Oils Without a Diffuser (plus a way to get 3 free bottles!)by  

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer Do you love essential oils, but you're not ready to spend a whole lot of money on them yet? I hear you. When I first started using oils a number of years back, I was... Read More

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Barsby  

Stephanie's note: In a week, our family will be embarking on yet another "free" diet. You know the kind - free from gluten and grain, free from dairy, free from sugar, free from our usual favorites and convenience and ease.... Read More

A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)by  

The school year is upon us. And didn't it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We're trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It's called Innovations, and it... Read More

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Childrenby  

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!  By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud... Read More

Review of Trim Healthy Mamaby  

By Natalie, Contributing Writer Sporting a hefty 619 pages, Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett is one of the newer healthy eating reads on the block, having been released in August of 2012. You might benefit from... Read More

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?by  

About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the "homegrown revolution" and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one's own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually... Read More

Making A Family Gratitude Journal {A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition}by  

By Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer Throughout history, many cultures have held celebrations of thanksgiving to recognize their gratitude for what they have. Most often, traditional thanksgiving celebrations have been held during harvest time in the fall. In the United States... Read More

DIY: How To Use Instagram To Create Lasting Memories of Your Childrenby  

It's Make it Yourself Month at Keeper of the Home.  Being a real foodie, I contemplated sharing a diy food project. However, I do so much of that at my blog, that I wanted to share something different here that... Read More

Freezer Cooking for the Busy Mom (Two Hours and Ten Meals? Yes, Please)by  

A common sentiment when it comes to eating real, whole, from-scratch foods is that (while we know they're good for us) they can be time consuming to prepare. It's a real deterrent for a lot of people who want to... Read More

Dealing with Daily Frustrationsby  

Don't you love it when a post comes and smacks you right in the face? I read this post last week when Lysa first sent it to me, and then again yesterday as I set it up to post. Wouldn't... Read More

From Cube to Farm: Surviving and Thriving as a Stay-at-Home Momby  

Guest post written by Heather Bryant Once upon a time I used to wear a suit to work. Each morning I would plod through a labyrinth of cubicles to my lowly station where I would sit for hours on end... Read More

Spirit-Led Parenting: How Motherhood Calls Us to Lay Down Our Livesby  

I vividly remember those weeks so many years ago, when I began my journey as a brand-new mom. I was clueless. I spent my pregnancy reading all sorts of good books but I somehow skipped over the very important topic... Read More

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: Pro-Vaccine and Cautionary Resourcesby  

Guest Post Written by Christina Over the past two weeks, we've been approaching the subject of childhood immunizations, trying to come to the issue logically and methodically in order to make the best decisions for our children: The Thoughtful Parent's... Read More

Simple Food {for winter} : Nourishing, Seasonal Recipesby  

The idea of seasonal eating is coming back into vogue, as notions of local food and "100 mile" eating spread. A small portion of the general population is beginning to realize that out-of-season foods like fresh lettuce from California, avocados... Read More

Preparing My Heart for Christmasby  

It's been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and... Read More

Real Food on a Real Budget: Using Cashby  

This week I will be running some excerpts from my new book, Real Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less. They will be short selections from a few different chapters, just to give you an idea... Read More

Celebrate with Joy: Epiphany and Reflections on Transforming our Christmas Celebrationsby  

I found this year to be one of our most meaningful Christmas seasons so far. It has been such a blessing to begin implementing even a few new things into the way that we celebrate the birth of our Savior.... Read More

Goals for the New Yearby  

Image by goodcatmum There's something about the New Year that offers such a fresh start. It always feel to me like a perfect time to make some changes, try something new, or set some goals for myself. I love that... Read More

Celebrate with Joy: Week 3by  

Image by ishane For this week's Celebrate with Joy post, I'm going to take a pause from giving more ideas or activities for adding to your Christmas celebration. Instead, I would like for you to be encouraged and inspired as... Read More

Celebrate with Joy: Week 2by  

Image by ishane It's Week 2 of making this holiday season more meaningful using the book Celebrate with Joy! How are your Advent activities going? We've been enjoying our special devotions (or "learning about Jesus' names", as my daughter says)... Read More

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