Celebrating New Year’s with Children

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer If you have little kids, chances are your New Year’s celebrations don’t look like they used to. You probably don’t go out to a party or have friends over until 1 or 2 in the morning. In fact, you might be like me – I went to bed around 10 the last couple of years! Oops. :) Of course, there’s also the possibility of getting a babysitter and having a nice night out anyway, especially if your kids aren’t […]

A Thanksgiving Gift Exchange

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 the shopping, we’ve also finished the wrapping as well as the unwrapping. How do we do this? It’s certainly not because we’re an ultra-organized family! We have simply chosen to have our gift exchange at Thanksgiving instead of at Christmas. The results?  We find more every […]

Starting Traditions as a Young Family

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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 on Christmas Eve…whatever your family did).  These traditions made your holidays special, and you want to make the holidays just as special for your children. Of course, your husband likely had his own traditions growing up, too.  And they may have been different from yours, […]

Family Traditions that Keep Christ at the Center of Christmas

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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 and magical time of year; filled with family traditions and warm memories.  But, it is also a busy and full time, where we can easily get swept up by all that we “have” to do, and miss out on truly celebrating the Reason that we […]

Looking Forward: An Advent Calendar

Adorable! Just think about all those old Christmas cards you could employ for this calendar.

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 day we set aside to remember the birth of the Messiah. It begins four Sundays before December 25, whether that Sunday is in November or December. This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th. However, when using an Advent calendar, counting down the days till […]

Using Homeopathic Solutions for the Family

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Are you enjoying this month of natural remedies and illness prevention? If you’ve missed any of the posts, you can find them all here. I was just wondering what you use for your children in place of tylenol and motrin. We typically don’t bother treating our kids fevers until they get over 101, and fortunately that rarely occurs. But we have been struggling with managing our children and infants pain for both teething and leg aches/growing pains. Do you have any natural pain killers that […]

Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning Guide (A Giveaway)

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Guest Post Written by Michele of Frugal Granola Have you been inspired by this “Month of Natural Home Remedies & Illness Prevention” on Keeper of the Home? I love the wealth of wisdom all the writers have contributed, to assist us in blessing our families! If you are wondering where to start, and how to incorporate natural remedies into your homemaking routines, I would love to invite you into my kitchen with a glimpse into my new book, “Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning […]

The Lesson of the Pickles

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer As I am writing this, I am currently working on my third batch of pickles.  I’ve been buying cucumbers from the farmer’s market and making all kinds of pickles, although garlic dill is definitely my family’s favorite.  Pickles are just such a tangy and refreshing treat! This is my first summer to try canning, drying, and freezing enough food to put away for the rest of the year. Last summer, I did some canning, but nothing more than a […]