How we took our family of six around the world for a year

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In 2013, our family of six embarked on an epic journey. For one year, we lived nomadically, wandering from continent to continent, country to country, exploring, adventuring, learning, seeking, bonding, delighting and relishing in the daily discoveries that travel can bring. It was a phenomenal year, one that we dreamed of and prepared for long in advance. When we speak with people about our travels now that we’ve we returned home, they usually ask three things: How many countries did you go to? (Answer – […]

2012 Christmas Gift Guide at Keeper of the Home

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Christmas gift guides have been around a long time. But, this year we’ve decided to take what makes us stand out in the blogosphere (providing inspiration, information and resources for a natural, healthy lifestyle) and use it to ease your search for the perfect gifts to complete your list. Do you prefer to buy gifts that are handmade? Eco-friendly? Made with pure ingredients? Sustainably made or sourced? Support small business owners? Our goal is to build a list of great companies that carry just the […]

A Day in the Life: Natalie (Our First Day of School…With Nine Kids)

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer Here we are, minus the baby, gathered around the table for lunch. Praying. It’s something I do a lot. I need to. I’ve got nine kids. I started my 15th year of homeschooling on September 4th, and this is the day I’ve chosen to share with the KOTH readers this month. The Perfect Plan So for starters, here’s my hopeful PLAN for our school day: 6:00 Wake up, exercise, Bible study and prayer, shower and dress. 7:00 Fill orders […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 3

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Did you miss the first two posts in this series? Find them here and here.  Let’s continue on with the practical, shall we? Making Work More Productive Part of the balancing act is learning to work smarter, not harder. This includes developing the ability to see what doesn’t need to be done, and not just learning to do too many things more efficiently. Doing unnecessary work “efficiently” is still a waste of time! Here are some productivity tips that work for me: Batching. Rather than processing emails […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 2

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This post is part of a 3 part series. Read Part 1 and Part 3 here. As I shared last week, I think that working-at-home is an amazing and viable opportunity for many women who wish to (or need to) work but still want to remain at home with their children. Today, I want to get really practical and start sharing some of the things you can do to really make it work for you. There’s no denying that it is a challenge to manage […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom

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This post is part of a 3-part series. Read Part 2 and Part 3 here. As someone who has a firm conviction that being home with my children and keeping my home is the best thing that I could possibly do in this season of life, I never really considered any sort of career or business work once that first sweet baby arrived. Becoming a work-at-home mom was not part of my original plan. I love the idea of focusing only on my home, my children […]

Is Compassion International a Good Investment? A Husband’s Perspective.

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**Many of you may have realized that I was blessed to have my husband, Ryan, come with me on my trip to the Philippines last week. Though we hadn’t originally planned for him to join me in writing, he was so impressed by the answers to all of his questions (someone on our team referred to him as the Barbara Walters of Canada!), that he simply felt compelled to write and tell you what he found.** Growth in business does not happen by accident. Everything […]

It’s (About) Time for a Change

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Photo credit robyn michelle-lee lifestyle photography There’s a change coming. It’s been coming for a long time and I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long. I need to apologize to you all. For the past two years, I have been a member of the BlogHer ad network. I need to state right away that there is nothing wrong with BlogHer or with any other blogger who is a member of their network. Not in the slightest. They’re fantastic ladies, a great ad network and […]