“Seasons Greetings” Homemade Gift in a Jar

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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

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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

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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

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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

SO glad I found this post last minute! Now I know what I'm getting for those last-minute gifts! 3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas | keeperofthehome.org

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 […]

Simple Christmas Craft: Candy Cane Striped Nails

Simple Christmas Craft Candy Cane Striped Nail

By Andrea, Contributing Writer This simple Christmas craft for candy cane striped nails is a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the tree while remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The nail is a reminder of the reason Christ came to us: to die on the cross that we might be reconciled with God. The red stripe is a reminder of the blood He shed for us. Start by making a quick trip to the hardware store. There you should be able to find 6-inch […]

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Molasses Cookies

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By Diana, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year where the warmth of my oven brings forth sweet treats and smiling faces.   My boys and I, coated in flour, sugar and everything sticky, find delight in baking holiday treats. Of course we have our traditional favorites like polvorones, bunuelos, and turron de navidad that my boys always seem to ask for as soon as large snowflakes turn to blankets of snow. Besides our traditional favorites, we also spend time making buttered sugar cookies to ice […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]