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

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 really intrigued by the idea of how they worked, but not so keen to fork out $40-$100 on a diffuser to go along with the already somewhat pricey oils. For those who can’t afford to (or don’t want to) buy a diffuser, but still want to experience their […]

Struggling to Get Your Kids to Eat Real Food? Here’s How Our Family Did It

By Ann, Contributing Writer Believe me, I know that getting your kids to eat real food is not always easy. For my husband and I, it’s been trial and error… a lot of error on my part, but through grace and patience, together we are getting there. You see, we married almost four years ago, blending two families. We each had three kids (yes, I know, the modern day Brady Bunch right? More on THAT later…) and each family had different eating habits. Thanks to my midwife, […]

10 Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Garden

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Being in my garden is one of my favorite things to do. I love the smell of fresh dirt and feeling the mist from the water hose as I spray my vegetables on a hot summer evening. I love planning what vegetables to grow and where I will put my herb garden. I love working with my hands and the ache of my back from tilling the soil. I love the silence and disconnect from technology. And I especially love […]

Eczema That Disappears When We Travel? What’s Up With That?

While traveling overseas, I’ve noticed something peculiar. Our youngest daughter’s eczema, a constant source of irritation while in North America, simply disappears elsewhere in the world. It’s curious to me, because our diet is not nearly as careful while traveling as it is at home. Our grains are rarely sprouted or sourdough (in fact, we frequently eat regular wheat when we travel, since we can’t find alternatives like spelt or kamut). We usually can’t find raw milk. We eat far less fermented foods, other than […]

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Gifts

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Toys lay scattered across the floors of my children’s bedrooms. Despite my daily reminders to pick up, chore chart attempts and a rotating toy system that did – for a time – work wonders, my children have no desire to routinely clean their rooms. I can’t say that I blame them. I didn’t want to when I was 4 or 6, either. As much as I think I’d like to help the process along by getting rid of most of their toys, […]

A Creative, Fun and Educational Gift (That Won’t Fill Your House With More Stuff Your Kids Don’t Need)

I’m not into giving my kids a lot of stuff. Maybe you’re not either. As the holidays draw near, I tend to get a little anxious about how much new stuff will make its way into our home. Even more than that, I care about the type of stuff it is. Blinking, battery-operated, Disney-character emblazoned stuff that screams “I’ll entertain you!! (for a week, until you realize what a boring, stupid toy I am)” is not exactly high on my list of desirables. But stuff […]

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Children

This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Isn’t Christmas with little ones wonderful? It’s been quite a Christmas here, already. We’ve suffered three broken ornaments (one vintage), one ripped Christmas book, two discovered presents, a missing baby Jesus, and our monstrous tree has toppled over twice. (Don’t worry: two tree stands, […]

A Day in the Life: Leigh Ann {A Work-at-Home Mom Relying on Grace}

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It had been a long night. I made it 30 years without pulling an all-nighter. But we were down to the wire, and we had to get the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers to market on time. It was 5:30 a.m. before I crawled into bed for a prayerful couple of hours of sleep before my children woke from a full night’s rest ready for a new day. The cost of being a work-at-home-mom can be steep at times. […]