A Blessed and Merry Christmas to You!

Love came down on that night so many years ago and gave to the world a Love that no one had ever known. As I snuggle in, cozy with my family, my greatest wish for you this Christmas is for you to know that Love.  May your day be filled with peace and joy and may you pay it forward, this Love, this day and every day more. From our families to yours,  Ann and the Keeper of the Home team

Favorite Christmas Eve Traditions for Celebrating Christ

Since Christmas Eve is just a couple of days away, we thought it would be encouraging to share a few of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions for keeping Christ at the center of Christmas, and even more important, at the center of our lives.

Helping Your Kids Give Great Gifts {Giving Healthy and Thoughtful Presents}

When we realized that Christmas had become commercialized in our home, it inspired us to start helping our kids give great gifts. Here’s our story.

“Seasons Greetings” Homemade Gift in a Jar

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer When it comes to holiday gift-giving, there are few things as special as receiving a gift handmade with love. It’s a simple, thoughtful way to show you care, and really expresses the true spirit of the holidays – giving from the heart! Of course, there are all kinds of gifts you can make from scratch – from crafts to candles to body care – but my family’s favorite Christmas tradition is to select a few of our favorite recipes and turn them […]

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, […]

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, […]

Rustic Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

I suppose “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying that I make mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why keep the skins, you ask? Not only does it make the name sound fancier, it also makes for a more nutritious mashed potato. The skins house most of the nutrients in the humble potato, including: vitamin B6 vitamin C potatssium iron zinc phytonutrients fiber In fact, that fiber is especially helping for slowing down the quick carbohydrate burst that comes from starchy potatoes, making them […]

3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’ve been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It’s a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And maybe you still have a person or two left on your list to get a gift for, and you’re running out of ideas and time! Here are a few perfect, last-minute, natural living gift ideas just for you!  3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas image from […]