8 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Meals Without the Junk

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By Kate, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving’s coming–really, really soon!  And after Thanksgiving we have an onslaught of holiday festivities that will last until we begin 2013.  What we find at these festivities, in whatever form they take is…food. Lots and lots of food. I imagine the average person who eats a Standard American Diet can expect to gain 5 to 10 pounds during this time of year.  Those who eat a traditional diet, especially those who are new to eating real food, may find this time […]

Optimum Fertility…Into Your Forties

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By Natalie, Klejwa, Contributing Writer Because we live in a sin-wrecked world, not everyone will be able to have as many children as they would like. For various reasons that range from unwilling spouses to physical limitations, our families will all be of varying sizes. One thing we can all say with resounding conviction is that children ARE a blessing. And I know that every one of us is grateful for every blessing that we have been enabled, by God’s grace, to birth and raise. […]

Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat}

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Written by Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I’m always on the look out for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I’m sure you are, too–especially if you read Keeper of the Home frequently. With all the gluten intolerances, food allergies and reduced sugar guidelines so many readers face today, I’m glad to be able to make quick substitutions like these: You can also substitute 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of pure powdered stevia. (Not truvia or another similar brand; those are equal substitutions and often have fillers in […]

Homemade Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve enjoyed learning how to make homemade products–like homemade liquid dish soap, homemade deodorant and various homemade food products, like bread crumbs and cream of chicken soup. Today I’m giving you a recipe for a safe antibacterial foaming hand soap. Besides being void of the harmful triclosan found in conventional, store-bought antibacterial soaps, this soap recipe is easy, frugal and 100% natural! The antibacterial ingredient in this soap is thieves essential oil. […]

Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub and Body Butter

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s getting to be that time of year again when I sometimes like to smell a little bit festive.  Ya know…aside from the ordinary scent of oatmeal, honey, and whatever my toddler ate for lunch. As the gift-giving season approaches, too, I’m glad to have these two fantastic recipes for making the most delicious-smelling body scrub and body butter ever! I’ve already made my own batch, of course, and I need to go get some more half-pint mason jars so […]

When Food Choices ARE a Moral Issue

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By Mandi Ehman, Contributing Writer A couple months ago I wrote a post called “Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue.” There were several who commented that disagreed with the title of the post…and I actually agree with them! My main goal in that post was to open a discussion about judging other people’s food choices, and I stand by the assertion that it’s not my place to judge what other people choose to eat. On the other hand, what I choose to eat is […]

Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnant

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When you’re pregnant, especially in the beginning, ordinary life may be difficult.  When you have a job, other kids, or any semblance of a life, you can’t just take time off!  Many pregnant women feel the need to keep pushing ahead, keeping up with their responsibilities, and pretending (as much as possible) that they aren’t exhausted and sick.  But you know what?  That’s really not the best plan. We recently announced that we are expecting baby #4.  Yes!  Modern […]

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose?

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose? {keeperofthehome.org}

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last summer, my husband spent a few hours cleaning up our yard.  We had a lot of vines growing everywhere, some of which were poison ivy.  We were worried the kids would get into it, so he took care of it.  Unfortunately, he’s very sensitive to it, and despite an immediate cool shower and other precautions, he came down with a very bad case of it.  It took a couple weeks to heal, and it was even bad enough […]