Let’s Talk: Should You Allow Your Kids to Eat Junk at Birthday Parties?

Here’s the scenario: Your young son or daughter has been invited to a friend’s birthday party. You know this family to some degree and are aware that their eating standards aren’t the same as your family’s. The party will likely include white-sugar and food-dye cake, chips, pop and candy in the goodie bag, all foods which are standard no-no’s in your own home. What do you do in this situation? Remember that birthday parties like this happen only occasionally, you eat well at home 90% […]

Giving Above and Beyond This Christmas

Although I think we would all agree that Christmas is a season for giving, we often restrict that giving to family and friends. Yet this season offers us a beautiful opportunity to show the love of Christ in a very tangible way, as we give beyond our personal relationships. Not only do we have the chance to reach out and bless others who might not otherwise receive anything, but we can also do it together as a family, teaching our children about generosity and showing […]

11 Ways to Celebrate Christ this Christmas

As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As followers of Jesus, keeping Christ as the center of my family’s Christmas celebrations is key. Now, I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong to decorate with snowmen, buy presents, throw parties, eat lots of (good!) food or even play Santa Claus (although […]

O Worship the King: Evaluating Our Christmas Traditions

    Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer It is finally Christmas time again!  Oh how I love this time of year!  I love the sights and smells and the time with family.  I love how people seem more neighborly at Christmas, and I love to see how my little ones’ eyes light up when they see Christmas lights. But one thing my husband and I have grown increasingly aware of over the past few years is that our love for Christmas traditions should pale […]

Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year again.  The season that many moms dread for their families – cold and flu season. Each year I review my old list and research new ways to try and keep our family as healthy as possible.  It’s hard enough when a family of four or five gets sick.  But when you are a large family of nine or ten (or more), it’s even tougher as the illness just seems to circulate through the home, hitting […]

Healing Ear Infections Holistically

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Last year this time, I prided myself on the fact that my 2 year old had never had a full-blown ear infection. A strong proponent of breastfeeding and having nursed her until she was almost 2, I just knew my milk had protected her from ever really getting sick. And I just knew it would protect my newborn as well. I never imagined how sick my new baby would be most of the winter and into the spring. And […]

11 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Diligent Workers

As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer About a year ago, I was exhausted by the amount of work I had to do to keep everything running smoothly with my ever growing family. (We’re at six kids now!)  And I was feeling burdened that my kids needed to […]

Family Friendly and Pregnancy-Safe Liquid Herbal Products: TriLight Health Review and $100 Giveaway

I’m a big believer in using herbs to naturally and gently treat many health concerns, as well as to nourish the body with additional nutrients. The easiest form of herbs for most amateurs is usually dry herbs, made into simple teas, poultices, baths and that sort of thing. However, the most effective form of herbs is usually a tincture, which is a powerful liquid extract made from either a single herb or a combinations of herbs. Tinctures are absorbed better and faster, and tend to provide […]