Rustic Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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I suppose “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying that I make mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why keep the skins, you ask? Not only does it make the name sound fancier, it also makes for a more nutritious mashed potato. The skins house most of the nutrients in the humble potato, including: vitamin B6 vitamin C potatssium iron zinc phytonutrients fiber In fact, that fiber is especially helping for slowing down the quick carbohydrate burst that comes from starchy potatoes, making them […]

3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’ve been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It’s a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And maybe you still have a person or two left on your list to get a gift for, and you’re running out of ideas and time! Here are a few perfect, last-minute, natural living gift ideas just for you!  3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas image from […]

The Best Homemade Holiday Gifts-in-a-Jar

Homemade Holiday Gifts in a Jar

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is to make homemade gifts in a jar. And the wonderful thing is, they’re as much fun to make together, as they are to give to others! Simply layer the ingredients of a treasured recipe in a jar, then add a festive ribbon and tag, and there you have it – a thoughtful gift made with love. Homemade gifts are not only a personal way to show your family and friends you care, but they also make thoughtful, […]

Ten Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

10 Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

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 Christmas letter doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are ten creative Christmas letter ideas. 1. Have a child write it. Even if they are young, a child’s perspective, along with their singular spelling habits, can be quite entertaining. You can type it up when […]

Weekend Links

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I’m sorry for skipping weekend links last week, but I was busy enjoying the holidays with my family and hanging out with Spiderman, my hero. Don’t you like his big muscles? Links I loved this week: Motherhood Really Does Matter @ Grace Full Mama 20 questions for a New Year’s Even reflection @ Simple Mom (just because New Year’s has passed doesn’t mean you can’t still work through these thought-provoking questions) The 1 Person You Need to Unfriend in 2013 @ Inspired to Action Are […]

Using Symbolism to Teach My Children the True Meaning of Christmas

Using symbolism to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas

Guest post by Beth of Red & Honey “After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matt.2:9-11 […]

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I hope that you’ve all had a restful and memorable time with your family during the Christmas season! Our holidays were relatively uneventful, but still wonderful. My husband and I took a couple days away the week before Christmas to do some dreaming and goal-setting for the coming year. Then we spent a quiet week preparing for our holidays, which included an evening with my family, Christmas Eve worshipping with our church family, Christmas day with our children focused on thankfulness and generosity (not to […]

Too Many Holiday Sweets? Give Your Body a Sugar Break

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Am I the only one who finds the holidays a struggle with all of the sugary temptation? I’m over at Simple Organic, talking about an important thing that we can do to help our bodies combat the sugar overload… Holidays are a time for indulging. We stuff ourselves on turkey feasts, swear that we couldn’t eat another bite, and then happily inhale a scrumptious piece of pumpkin pie. We attend multiple social functions, each one presenting its own array of sweet treats or special drinks. […]