Are We Hurting or Helping Our Kids With Overprotective Helicopter Parenting?

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I remember the summer I was nine. Living in Maple Ridge, a small suburb of Vancouver, Canada, I had the utmost freedom. My bicycle took me everywhere. It whisked me away to imaginary play as a princess in the woods, or to build forts in a friend’s backyard, or a water fight at the school playground, or sometimes just to the corner store eight blocks from my house in search of baseball cards and sour soother candies. There was a great sense of empowerment. Oh […]

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the “homegrown revolution” and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one’s own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

Spirit-Led Parenting: How Motherhood Calls Us to Lay Down Our Lives

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I vividly remember those weeks so many years ago, when I began my journey as a brand-new mom. I was clueless. I spent my pregnancy reading all sorts of good books but I somehow skipped over the very important topic of “what to do with your crying/hungry/needy bundle of joy once they are OUT of your womb“. My initial weeks and months as a new mom were utterly bewildering to me. I read everything from the strict schedule-and-sleep-training books all the way to books on […]

Plan & Plant Now for Sustainability, Freedom, and a Backyard Revolution

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I am not an expert gardener and have only spent the last few years taking a stab at preserving what we eat and eating what we preserve. Every year, though, I grow more and more excited because every year we are learning, producing, and preserving more. I have learned that amazing things can happen when you simply choose to work at producing and preserving foods rather than spending time doing other things. I have been greatly encouraged and informed by the new book Surviving Off […]

Introducing Home Remedies Month and My Thoughts on Meeting Joel Salatin

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I’m so excited to announce to you the theme for October here at Keeper of the Home! All month, the great majority of the posts from both myself and my contributing writers will focus on simple, safe and effective home remedies or preventative measures that you can take to avoid getting sick. Every mama needs to know that avoiding the Tylenol, Vaporub or antibiotics this winter is easier than she might think. We’ll have posts on cold and flu prevention (and even cavity prevention), children’s […]

Simplicity and Freedom

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s been a little over a year that I have really been pursuing this “frugally green” lifestyle.  I still feel very new to it, there is so much I still want to learn about, changes I want to make, and areas that I want to grow in. But, in other ways, it feels like I have always been on this journey.  Now, it’s sometimes hard for me to remember what it was like to wash my hair with conventional […]