8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

Curbing Consumption with a Clothing Fast

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Ever considered a clothing fast? You won’t want to miss Hilary’s story! Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Until New Year’s Day 2013, retail therapy was one of my favorite pastimes. If I was bored, I loved to window shop. If I was frustrated, I loved to window shop. If I was feeling depressed, I loved to window shop. If I had a rough day with my infant and toddler, I loved to window shop. (Notice a pattern?) Typically my window shopping would lead to […]

Food Is Not Cheap: 4 Steps to Budgeting in Real Food

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Budget Friendly Tips! How To Save Money on Real Food! How to Eat Real Food for Cheap!  These are just some of the topics coming at us from every direction these […]

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! It costs too much to eat real food. I can’t afford it. There is some kind of conspiracy going on – healthy food costs too much…and the cheap food that I […]

How to Be Debt-Free in 2013

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Some of you clicked on this post out of sheer curiosity…you want to see what this kook has to say. After all, it’s not something you really believe. You don’t REALLY think it’s possible to live free from the bondage of debt. Some of you clicked on this post because your heart’s desire is to live debt free – but you’re not there…you want to know how to get there and you need encouragement. You need to hear from someone […]

What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Givers

What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Givers

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Ten years ago, when my husband and I were first married, frugality was a must. If we didn’t pinch pennies, we couldn’t survive — or at least not without racking up a serious amount of debt and financial trouble down the road. So we pinched pennies, did without, and prayed that we’d make it until the next paycheck came in. Times were lean, but God was always faithful. As our income increased, there was the temptation to also increase our […]

A Day in the Life: Diana (Real Food Mama Shopping for the Healthiest Food at the Lowest Prices)

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Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but these past few years have been the most challenging, economically, for my family. When my husband and I had our first child six years ago, we made the decision to sacrifice my career in favor of raising our children at home. Three children later, it’s been an up and down struggle, but through every situation God has provided for all of our needs. What’s been truly amazing is witnessing how our dependance on Him strengthens my […]

The Eating from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge Begins

It’s time to begin the Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge. I’m excited to get going and I hope you are, too! I promised to share my own plan and goals with you, so here’s what I’m planning to do: My financial goal is to save $300 (our regular monthly budget is $450). I plan to do this by saving $150 out of my May budget, and $150 out of June. It’s important to decide how much you will allow yourself to spend. Don’t […]