The Wonderful World of Herbs (Herbal Academy Review & Giveaway!)

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I’ve loved herbs ever since I first started learning about them. We try to avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible in our family, and beyond eating real, whole, nourishing foods and avoiding toxins and chemicals as much as possible, we use herbs (and other supplements) to boost our health and treat illnesses, as much as possible. My study and love of herbs began about 5 or 6 years ago, and since that time, I have gradually built a small library of herbal resources, read about […]

Kid DIY Craft Ideas for the Home

Kids DIY Craft Ideas for the Home

By Rachel, Contributing Writer  When you have young children, it’s fun to have them help with decorating the house. And, no, I don’t mean coloring the walls with crayons–but getting them involved with crafts. My kids, 5 and 6, love making things, whether it’s with Legos, creating story books with white paper and pencils or coloring. And they also love when I make the time to make crafts with them. Countless times we have made Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts. Crafts are my go-to gifts […]

Family Craft: Hand-painted Mugs

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer When the cold days of winter seem to drag on, a family craft can be a welcome distraction. Yes, crafts can be messy, and even a little chaotic, but the act of working together to create something beautiful is fun and fulfilling (as long as you keep things fairly simple). Besides being simple, the nice thing about making hand-painted mugs is that the end product is useful and not just clutter (which, let’s face it, some crafts are)! How to paint […]

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but my desire for not-so-healthy treats goes crazy in the summertime. With so many social gatherings, there’s opportunity galore to indulge. Ice cream, picnics, birthday cakes aplenty (in my family, at least!), and more! Last summer when I began loving coffee, I developed an (unfortunate?) love for Starbucks as well. When I am exercising self-control, I order a plain classic cappuccino. When I decide to treat myself, I get a sweetened latte or a cold lemonade. Then […]

Simple Steps to Safe and Natural Personal Care {And 18 Homemade Beauty Recipes}

Simple Steps to Safe and Natural Personal Care {With 18 Homemade Beauty Recipes}

By Emily, Contributing Writer As you’re beginning your journey toward more green and natural living, one surprising thing you will most likely encounter early on is the truth about the dangerous chemicals and toxins lurking in the personal care and beauty products you use every single day. This knowledge can be somewhat shocking and overwhelming at first. I know it was for me! I specifically remember what I first thought upon hearing about the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Database, where they score personal care products based […]

DIY Children’s Chore Chart

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer I’m not sure about you, but I am very visually minded. You can TELL me how to do something and chances are I’ll flub it up every time. But, SHOW me how to do it, and I will probably flub it up–but with style. When it comes to housework and the like, I do better when I have a list. Wouldn’t that likely hold true for my 3.5 year old? Tell a child to feed the dog and she probably […]

Finger Knitting: The Perfect Winter Craft for All Ages

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By Mandi, Contributing Writer We recently discovered finger knitting and my 7- and 8-year-old daughters are having so much fun knitting these fluffy yarn ropes. This is a cozy winter craft and also a great activity for road trips, time spent in waiting rooms and more. And it’s so easy to do: Start by holding the end of your yarn tightly between your thumb and first finger. Then begin weaving the yarn over and under your fingers. When you get to your pinky, wrap the […]

DIY Hall Tree

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When we bought our new home, it didn’t come with a coat closet. Bummer. We did have the Jesus closet, but alas, He’s gone somewhere else (thank you, yard sale!). But a girl just has to have somewhere to hang her coat and purse. Laying a purse on the floor is just begging a toddler to reach in and play with your dental floss…or make “notes” on your checks. Being a HUGE advocate of all things Pinterest, I set off […]