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11 Herbs and Spices for the Holidaysby  

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... Read More

A Thanksgiving Gift Exchangeby  

Written by Sherri Cook, Contributing Writer The day after Thanksgiving when friends jokingly ask me if I'm finished with my Christmas shopping, I can always surprise them with an answer in the affirmative. At my house, not only have we finished... Read More

Starting Traditions as a Young Familyby  

When you first get married and have children, the holidays take on new meaning. Maybe you have memories of awesome traditions you had growing up (opening a present the night before Christmas, going caroling, having a big dinner with Grandma... Read More

Gingerbread Fruitcake: A Holiday Tradition Improvedby  

If there's one running joke at any Christmas celebration, it's fruitcake. I personally happen to love fruitcake, complete with the shiny oddly colored faux-fruits. But once you know what kind of strange alterations those fruits have been through, it tends to take... Read More

Simple Organic: 5 Clutter-Free Gifts to Give This Christmasby  

Still looking for some simple (and maybe last-minute) gifts to give? Find me over at Simple Organic this week, where I share 5 Clutter-Free Gifts to Give This Christmas. Giving gifts can be pure joy. For those of us who... Read More

First Love – Let it Be First at Christmasby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer The First Christmas Happened Because God Loved God - very God - became a babe all because of divine love. Christmas exists because of God's eternal, infinite, sacrificial love for those Jesus came to... Read More

Family Traditions that Keep Christ at the Center of Christmasby  

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Singing Christmas carols, lighting the Christmas Tree, putting out the Christmas decorations, lighting the Advent candles, giving and receiving gifts, rejoicing in the birth of our Lord and Savior. Christmas is such a special... Read More

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipesby  

[caption id="attachment_8422" align="alignnone" width="520"] Quinoa Stuffing at The Nourishing Gourmet[/caption] I thought of this recipe roundup again as I was pondering all of the amazingly delicious and nourishing recipes that are available throughout the blogosphere for the holidays this year.... Read More

Chewy Gingersnaps (No Gluten, No Grains, No Dairy)by  

These cookies may be "free" of a lot of things (gluten, grains, dairy) but they do definitely have some things in abundance: ginger, protein, taste, yumminess. Since we have two little munchkins who don't do gluten or dairy at all,... Read More

Green Bean Casserole (The Real Food Way)by  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Green Bean Casserole is a staple side dish for many holiday dinners. Tasty green beans, creamy white sauce, and a crunchy topping, make it a well-loved family favorite. Unfortunately, many recipes include canned condensed... Read More

Preparing My Heart for Christmasby  

It's been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and... Read More

Green Christmas: Hard Lotion Bars and Fabric Gift Bagsby  

Wouldn't it be nice to stay away from the mall and the big-box stores this holiday season? To support some smaller companies, and be able to choose more natural, earth-friendly and unique gifts for your loved ones? Green Christmas is... Read More

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishesby  

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock... Read More

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casseroleby  

I grew up eating a "wife-saver" casserole each Christmas morning, with eggs and bacon and Corn Flakes crumbled on top. It was delicious and hearty, and best of all, my mom could make it the the day before and pop... Read More

Homemade and Frugal Christmas Ideasby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Christmas is coming…soon!  It’s a huge, commercial, and expensive holiday. Many families spend well over $1000, and some far more than that, on Christmas presents and paraphernalia every year.  For families who are trying... Read More

Looking Forward: An Advent Calendarby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer What and When is Advent? The word "advent" means arrival or coming in Latin. Specifically, it relates to the coming of the Christ at the incarnation. Advent is celebrated in the weeks leading up to the... Read More

Holiday Card Making with Kids Using Recycled and Re-Purposed Materialsby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It never ceases to amaze me just how much joy a simple act of kindness can bring. A thoughtful card often takes very little effort, yet provides so much encouragement. Taking the time to... Read More

Whole Foods for the Holidays: A Real Food Progressive Dinner!by  

With both Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about holiday menus! Serving food that is both nourishing and frugal (and still delicious!) is absolutely possible and our family and friends will thank you for it. I’ve... Read More

Celebrate with Joy: Epiphany and Reflections on Transforming our Christmas Celebrationsby  

I found this year to be one of our most meaningful Christmas seasons so far. It has been such a blessing to begin implementing even a few new things into the way that we celebrate the birth of our Savior.... Read More

We Are So Richby  

**I've returned from a much needed week-long computer break and I'm glad to be back! We had a very blessed Christmas, rejoicing in our Savior's birth and enjoying special times with family. I'll post just a little bit this week... Read More

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