Strawberry Chia Muffins

Strawberry Chia Muffins

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer “Mommy, I want to make something with you!” The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With my husband’s decision to quit his job, our routines had been thrown off. We were finding our new normal, and the fun baking activities got put on the back burner. Now my 3-year-old wanted to make something with Mommy. He didn’t care what we made. […]

An All-Natural, Homemade Oven Cleaner

An All Natural Homemade Oven Cleaner

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love to clean. Since I have two young children, my ideal of a clean house has greatly changed over the past seven years, but I still enjoy cleaning – especially spring cleaning. Each March, April and May I gladly welcome the warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and longer days by thoroughly cleaning each room in my home. I love the dusting, polishing, vacuuming, purging and reorganization that my chores bring. But I dread one chore in particular. I just […]

Nourish Your Face with Homemade Skin Care

Nourish Your Face Naturally

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer I’m the first to admit that my so-called “wisdom lines” have often tempted me to take drastic measures. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely believe in aging gracefully. But I also think there’s a graceful way to put up a fight. Yet, as much as I want to keep that youthful glow, slathering my face with expensive chemical-laden skincare products is not an option. Why? Because our skin is the gateway to our body. In other words, what goes onto […]

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I’m sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only have boys! (Until this summer … when we expect a little girl!) I don’t know about your family, but with my boys, when it’s nice outside, we spend nearly all our waking hours outdoors. We don’t have a “huge” piece of property by any means, […]

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version}

7 Day Real Food Menu Plan 20 Minute Meals Version

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Do you want to eat real food but feel like it just takes too much time to cook from scratch? Do you resort to prepackaged convenience foods or carry-out meals because you’re exhausted and just need something quick? I have been there. Wait, I AM there! I have a very active toddler that I homeschool preschool. I’m still waking in the middle of the night to nurse a baby. I run my own business from home. I’m a […]

One-Pot Wonders: 23 Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes

One Pot Wonders

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 4:30 pm. Your stove is covered with the remains of pots and pans from last night’s dinner, and the kitchen sink is bursting with the day’s dishes because you forgot to empty the dishwasher this morning. You’ve been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted lately and don’t have a plan. So, what do you cook for dinner tonight? I have to admit that in this season of life of chasing and cleaning up after little ones, endless days inside because of below freezing temperatures, […]

Menu-Planning Made Easy! (Plan to Eat Review & Giveaway)

PTE Banner-for-KOTH

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Maybe you’re like me, and the Plan to Eat logo is a familiar friendly ad from your visits here to Keeper of the Home. I’ve been curious what Plan to Eat is actually about, and jumped at the chance to review it. I was pleasantly surprised! I knew Plan to Eat was a digital meal-planning site (pretty smart of me to figure that out from the title) but to be honest, I had a few reservations. Even though I’m a […]