Fake Food: Removing Food Toxins

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we are all focusing on Spring Cleaning the Toxins. This is something my family has been working on over the past several years. Late last year, I wrote this post about 9 toxins to remove from your life, they are everywhere so we really have to be mindful if we want to raise healthy families and kids! Most people think about the environment, household cleaners, personal care products, upholstery and carpet and even […]

Toxins in Candles: Sad, But True

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There’s nothing like the gentle flicker of a candle flame, and a warm, sweet scent filling your home to evoke feelings of peace and wellness. Except when that candle is actually filling your home with toxic chemicals and contributing to indoor air pollution.  I know. I hear that sigh, and have sighed myself many times. It can be discouraging. We work so hard to eat healthy, stay fit, and rid our homes and bodies of toxins, only to find that something as simple and innocent […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win a Royal Berkey Water Filtration System from LPC Survival ($283 Value)

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There are few things more basic for human survival and health than having clean water to drink.  My experience in the Philippines last spring reminded me afresh of how much we take it for granted that we do not have to struggle daily to access clean water, or for that matter, to access water at all. Those of us in North America or other developed parts of the world have such an incredible privilege of being able to turn on a tap to find drinkable water, safe […]

Healthy Skin Tips and Recipes for the Winter Months

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I’m from Minnesota. It isn’t exactly the North Pole, but it’s getting awfully close. Most of us up here are well acquainted with the dry skin woes, including eczema, cracked and bleeding knuckles, flaking facial skin, cuticle cuts, chapped lips and rough, hard, dried out feet. It’s not pretty. To make matters worse, women are sorely tempted to soak in the sun during the few weeks of summer, reaping more skin trouble down the road as their sun baked […]

9 Toxins to Remove from your Life

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photo credit Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer With my husband being a doctor, I have learned and am constantly learning new information about things in our everyday life that are dangerous to our health and are making our bodies toxic. Although you might not know it, there are environmental, household, food and life factors that play a role in how toxic you are. From the moment of conception to your current age, you have been around “stuff” that has gotten into your body (and even your mind) and could possibly […]

Children’s Sleepwear: Avoiding Flame Retardant Chemicals

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The warm summer evenings are turning into cool autumn nights. Your children’s closets are probably all set for fall weather, an organization project most of us like to do before the start of the new school year and long before the weather starts to cool down. Where we live, the weather is just getting chilly after a long and mostly warm month of September. My children are turning in their short-sleeved pajamas for warm and cozy long-sleeved and one-piece sleepwear. […]

At Simple Organic: Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Beauty and Personal Care Products

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Ever wondered what the big deal is about using more natural shampoo or soap or even makeup? Maybe it makes sense why we’d want to be careful with the things that actually go in our mouths (ie. food or toothpaste), but why do products that simply go on our skin make a difference? Have you ever received a topical prescription from a doctor, such as an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial cream? Or used a topical pain reliever for a mouth sore (or for your baby’s teething)? […]

The Stain Removal Trick That Saves Kids Clothes, Money, and My Sanity

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This was a good night. A really good night. Johanna LOVES to eat. With her fingers. Exactly what we are eating. While yanking off her bib. My three year old still desperately needs a bib at mealtimes, though he fights it. My 5 1/2 year old ought to wear one permanently. Just for walking, talking and breathing. Here’s her shirt from today: Again, this was a good day. Only a few small paint stains? Bravo! Hip hip hooray! For the longest time, I was just […]