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 […]

Creative Ideas For Girls’ Night: How To Build Real Community Without Spending a Fortune

Creative Ideas for a Girls' Night Out

Looking for some creative ideas for girls’ night this New Year’s Eve? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer I used to feel like an introvert. I enjoyed (but didn’t really need) much of a social life. And then I was a mom. Somehow it’s taken long days spent with two adorable, exhausting toddlers to realize: You know, I really like grown-ups. I enjoy stimulating conversation. I crave it, actually. I’m really lonely without it! I remember the exact moment it hit me. I […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

How to Make Holiday Lattes in the Crock Pot {Recipes for 4 Popular Lattes!}

Holiday Lattes in the Crockpot- 4 Crockpot Recipes for Your Favorite Lattes! Eggnog, Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread! | keeperofthehome.org

This post was originally published in December 2012–but we thought you would love a reminder about these delicious holiday lattes you can make in your crock pot!  By Rachel, Contributing Writer There is just something about the holidays that seems to make people want to warm up to a piping hot latte. Did you know you can actually make holiday lattes in the crock pot?! My personal latte favorites are gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice. These really are very simple to make at home, and […]

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 […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

time saving tips for natural cleaning

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 […]

Curbing Consumption with a Clothing Fast

Curbing-Consumption-with-a-Clothing-Fast

Ever considered a clothing fast? You won’t want to miss Hilary’s story! Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Until New Year’s Day 2013, retail therapy was one of my favorite pastimes. If I was bored, I loved to window shop. If I was frustrated, I loved to window shop. If I was feeling depressed, I loved to window shop. If I had a rough day with my infant and toddler, I loved to window shop. (Notice a pattern?) Typically my window shopping would lead to […]

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

taco seasoning edit KOTH2

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 […]