Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)

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Snow is lovely. Except when it delays my flight home from Pennsylvania by 24 hours, keeping me from my family. These things just happen, though, and so here I sit in the Harrisburg Sheraton hotel, attempting to come up with a suitable meal plan filled with simple meals for a week of transitioning back to regular life and coming home to an empty fridge! Unexpected circumstances and hectic times don’t have to mean that we can’t still meal plan effectively. By definition, the whole purpose […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 4 (And What to Do If You Mess Up Your Meal Plan)

The other night, I went to make dinner after a very busy afternoon out, and realized that most dreaded of mistakes. The meal plan on the fridge said “Roast beef”. The large roast was sitting downstairs. In the freezer. Frozen solid. Did I mention it was 5pm? Despite my best intentions (like planning for meal prep and trying to look regularly at my meal plan throughout the week), mistakes still happen. Meat doesn’t come out of the freezer. We forgot to buy pasta at the […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)

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Welcome to the 3rd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! How are your meal plans coming along? Is it getting easier to put them together? Do you find that you are saving money? Time? Dinnertime sanity? I’d love to hear how the challenge is going for you! Our Favorite Japanese Recipe: Okonomiyaki (As-You-Like-It Savory Pancakes) Although I promised more grocery budget tips, I found that I had so much to say on the topic (yes, that’s why I wrote the book- […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (Plus Grocery Budget Tips)

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Welcome to the 2nd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! I was so excited to see so many of you participating actively in the challenge, whether by sharing a link to your own meal plan or simply posting your meal plan up on the Facebook page. I personally love the accountability of this challenge and how all of you spur me on to keep going. I took a look through quite a few of the meal plans for my own inspiration […]

Affording Cloth Diapers on a Low Income

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Guest Post Written by Erin Odom After Keeper of the Home’s recent series on cloth diapers, you may finally be thinking: Hey, I CAN do this! She makes cloth diapering seem so EASY! But have the upfront costs of modern cloth diapers frustrated you? I’ve been there. And I found a solution. Image by chahad My Story It wasn’t long after the birth of my second daughter when I realized my family would barely be able to afford diapers for both our children, since our […]

How to Swish a Diaper in the Toilet and Your Other Cloth Diapering Questions Answered

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This post marks the end of our short, but hopefully helpful, series on dispelling some myths about why cloth diapering is actually easier than you think. I asked you for your cloth diapering questions, and you really let me have it! I couldn’t answer every single question, but I tried my best to make sure that all of the various topics were addressed, so here goes nothing… Q. So, my question is: what detergent do you use? Do you use this for all your laundry? […]

Dispelling the Myths: Why Cloth Diapering is Truly Easier Than it Seems

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I’ve been cloth diapering for over 6 years, but I still sometimes find myself surprised by the strange looks and the mistaken opinions that most people have when the topic arises. I want to dispel some myths in what will be a short but hopefully clarifying series on cloth diapering. In my experience I have found that using cloth dipes is simply not: More expensive More disgusting More time consuming More inconvenient For hippies only :) Today I will begin by addressing two of the […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Lessons in Frugality for Children

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer As we seek to train our children well, one of our family’s major learning points is to teach our children the art of frugality.  Frugality is making good choices with the resources God has given you – this includes your brain, as I am apt to remind my children. :-) I have heard many times from other parents, “I just want my kids to have the best I can give them.”  OF COURSE! We all desire our children to […]