3 Herbal Teas That Build Your Defenses Against Cold And Flu Season

  By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Cold and flu season is right around the corner. What are you doing to build your defenses? Adding any or all of these 3 herbal teas to your natural medicine cabinet can help keep you healthy all flu season long, thanks to their immune boosting abilities. Chamomile Tea If you dread the thought of catching a cold, now is the time to start making a hot cup of chamomile tea a daily habit. Chamomile is most effective when consumed regularly. […]

A Day in the Life: Stacy {Mom of 3 Striving for Change While Living in Grace}

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer This is my third year writing a day in the life post for Keeper of the Home. And I must say, it feels strange! It’s caused me to reflect over how my life has changed in the past few years and I’m wrestling with a little frustration over the fact that I’m not changing as fast as I’d like to.  When my health fell apart last year (I ended up being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease), my home suffered too. It’s […]

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

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 […]

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet (Plus 23 recipes)

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As I scroll through my Pinterest board for home remedies, most of the things I see are flu remedies and cough medicine. While you might need these during the summer, it’s more likely that you will be hunting for bug bite spray, poison ivy salve, and sun burn relief. I decided I needed to update my board (and my medicine cabinet) with all my favorite summer home remedies and recipes. I encourage you to pin these recipes and remedies and […]

What to include in your natural first aid kit this summer

We’re on the road again and we couldn’t be happier. For our family, pursuing adventure together is becoming part of our DNA. The past two weeks we’ve been traveling down the West coast, starting from our home outside Vancouver, Canada and making our way through Washington and Oregon all the way to the Bay area in California. The original impulse for this trip came out as a result of something called Maker Faire, a massive fair in San Mateo, CA, designed to equip, inspire and […]

10 Questions for Expectant Moms to Ask BEFORE the Third Trimester

Christina has been a semi-regular guest poster over the years here at KOTH, and I love her posts for several reasons, but the main one is that she is nothing if not well-researched and thorough. Her meaty posts show off her passion for digging deep into hard, controversial issues, and then using that information to empower women to make their own educated decisions. — Stephanie Guest Post by Christina Szrama As a new doula, I’ve spent the past year learning a lot through trial and […]

Nourish Before You Drain

Somewhere during the past year or two, my enjoyable morning cup of coffee turned into just the start of that day’s addiction. Round one, to pump me up for the day ahead. By just after lunchtime, I would find myself looking for round two, another hit of caffeine to keep me going. My husband lovingly pointed out that if I didn’t get it by mid-afternoon, I was on-the-edge and irritable (and I will confess that I did not respond well to his observations at first). […]

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]