50 Homemade Gift Ideas {and DIY Packaging tutorials}

50 Homemade gifts

By Stacy, Contributing Writer I’ve always thought that homemade gifts bring a sense of love and care with them. Knowing that someone took the time to create something with their own hands has a way of making you feel special. It’s also good for the gift-giver. Working hard to prepare a gift warms the soul. It can be a little stressful, too. So, might I encourage you to choose homemade gifts that are simple? Below I’ve listed homemade gifts that are fairly quick and easy to […]

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that when my kids are in the kitchen with me that we often waste more time than save. And yet, over the past six months or so, I’ve really begun to see that with a little teaching, help, direction and then ongoing supervision (while I’m […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]

Three Household Products That Have Changed Our Lives (and 50 ways we use them)

3 Common Household Products That Will Change Your Life!

By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I’m a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited, but my passions have…shifted. You know what I really think is amazing these days? The three magical ingredients! Give me any household dilemma, and I’m almost positive I could solve it using vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil! Except tantrums. I haven’t quite figured out […]

Homemade “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix: Simple, Healthier Cornbread, with Three Variations

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Guest Post by Jessica Smartt After I moved to “the South,” I realized a few things about Southerners: They say “y’all,” and you will, too, if you live there long enough. They don’t know a stranger. They love their cornbread. I enjoyed the first two, but the cornbread? I was never all that impressed. That is, until I had a Jiffy corn muffin. And the world stood still. Moist, crumbly, sweet – delicious on its own, but just perfect paired with chili (even in the […]

Easy Quinoa Pancakes (Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free)

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By Mindy, contributing writer Fluffy, easy, nutritious, delicious, and low-glycemic pancakes…what more could anyone ask for?! These simple pancakes make a great breakfast when you have leftover quinoa from supper the night before. Quinoa is more gentle on your blood sugar than most other grains, and it also happens to be delicious! (Note: Quinoa is technically a seed, but it is commonly referred to as a grain.) If you like quinoa then you will love these easy, simple pancakes. However, if you are not fond […]

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big “DIY-er” and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can.  Sometimes, it doesn’t last past that initial experiment — I really only do it that one time.  Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again. Some […]

Can’t Garden? Grow Herbs!

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By Diana, Contributing Writer A great kitchen garden begins with herbs. Fresh herbs add flavor and freshness to a dish – they add color and vibrance.  Fresh herbs can turn the ordinary into something spectacular – like this eggplant bechamel. Besides their wonderful flavoring to dishes, one of my favorite things about fresh herbs is how incredibly easy they are to grow at home.  Even if you’ve never started a garden before, or lack the space, growing herbs will make you feel like a master gardener! […]