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When “Natural” Isn’t Working: Hope For the Discouraged Crunchy Motherby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When my son was 18 months old, I put him down for his afternoon nap. Nothing unusual, except he had a bad cold, and was feeling yucky. Thirty minutes later, I heard him wake up,... Read More

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

Your Camping Menu Primer (With 50+ Food Ideas!)by  

For the adventurous, camping is one of the best summer excursions. It carves out time to do the things we want - but often fail - to do in everyday life: live more simply, closer to nature, with less technology, more... Read More

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

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... Read More

Strawberry Chia Muffinsby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kidsby  

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... Read More

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYSby  

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... Read More

5 Ideas for Frugal Dates with Your Kidsby  

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... Read More

How to Intentionally Choose Children’s Extracurricular Activitiesby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

12 Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Yearby  

I’m probably my toughest critic. As we planned for and embarked on this one-year journey around the globe with our young family (kids ages 8, 5 ½, 3 ½ and 11 months at the time of departure), I had high... Read More

Entertaining For Food Allergies: A Whole-Foods, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Meal Planby  

In need of a whole foods, allergy-friendly holiday meal plan? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer Do you have family or friends with food allergies? It can be tricky feeding folks on special diets, but I can help! Unfortunately,... Read More

Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Childrenby  

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!  By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud... Read More

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentivesby  

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele's frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos... Read More

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

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... Read More

Ten Creative Christmas Letter Ideasby  

By Natalie, Contributing Writer "It's the MOST wonderful time of the year!" Can you hear the music? For some of us, it's time to figure out if we'll send out Christmas cards, letters, family pictures,or all three. Sending out a... Read More

Thanksgiving Meal Planning Made Easyby  

By Kresha, Contributing Writer I love big feasting holidays. I love the excuse to gather with people I love to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, I love the little traditions that spring up over the years, and... Read More

10 Tips for WAHM Wannabesby  

Are you a WAHM Wannabe? You won't want to miss these 10 tips for WAHMs!  By Natalie, Contributing Writer Wanna be a Work-At-Home-Mom? If you’ve ever dreamed of cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship within the sphere of your home by... Read More

An Unexpected, Spontaneous Family Dayby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As I sat down to write this day in the life post, I thought: "This was not really a 'typical' day for us, but, honestly, who has typical or normal days when you have little... Read More

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