Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts! But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure. When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which […]

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. […]

How we took our family of six around the world for a year

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In 2013, our family of six embarked on an epic journey. For one year, we lived nomadically, wandering from continent to continent, country to country, exploring, adventuring, learning, seeking, bonding, delighting and relishing in the daily discoveries that travel can bring. It was a phenomenal year, one that we dreamed of and prepared for long in advance. When we speak with people about our travels now that we’ve we returned home, they usually ask three things: How many countries did you go to? (Answer – […]

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids

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By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer The days are getting longer and the snow is finally melting, which means it’s time to get outside and play! After a long winter, I’m beside myself excited to get outside with my toddler and baby. Whether you’re taking a hike, going camping, or just spending free time outdoors, nature lends itself to many learning opportunities for your children. Why You Should Make Getting Outside a Priority Explore creation Time in nature points to our Creator. Since getting outside invites […]

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, […]

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kids

By Michele, Contributing Writer Some of our family’s favorite memories have been created when we plan “dates” with our kids! Although we love experiencing adventures together as an entire family, we try to occasionally carve out one-on-one time for each child individually. This might be a “girls only” afternoon with my daughter, an outing with my oldest son, or maybe Daddy taking out his little girl. Here are a few of our ideas that we’ve enjoyed; each are frugal enough to repeat often! Art/Craft Afternoon […]

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activities

How to Intentionally Choose Children's Extracurricular Activities Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Dance, gymnastics, art, music, drama, sports, scouts, choir: Today our children are busier than ever. How can we, as parents, intentionally choose our children’s extracurricular activities? No doubt, there are many benefits in activities beyond the realm of academics, but where is the line? How much is too much when it comes to extracurriculars? I most definitely don’t have all of the answers, but I’m hoping that with careful consideration my family can be more strategic and intentional in this […]

The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).

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It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days in an apartment with a kitchenette can bring it out in me. Sometimes it finds me scrubbing laundry by hand in hotel room sinks as the hands on the clock reach up towards midnight. Other times it results in an over-stocked fridge with more fresh […]