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My love of BendSoap and 30 reasons I use it in my “NEW” Natural Homeby  

Stephanie's note: I'm pleased to introduce you today to Jennifer, who works on our Keeper of the Home team, connecting naturally-minded companies and products with our conscientious readers! I'll let her share her story with you... A few years ago... Read More

Our Journey to Simple Living (and How to Begin Your Own)by  

Guest post by Elsie Callender  "What can I take to Heaven when I die?" I asked my mom, back when I wore dresses and pigtails every day, and my collection of American Girl Doll accessories was small, but precious. "Nothing.... Read More

What to Do With Your Belongings Once You Purge Your Homeby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer While many people today are caught in an excessive, materialistic lifestyle, others are embracing minimalism. Aspiring minimalists often have lived with too many belongings and appreciate the freedom that comes with un-stuffing their homes. When... Read More

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solutionby  

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the... Read More

3 Easy Ways to Make a House a Home (Urban Tickle Review & Giveaway!)by  

image credit By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  We've spent the entire eleven years of our marriage traipsing around the country (and even the globe). We started out in a tiny bachelor basement apartment, with a white bed sheet hanging from the... Read More

Kid DIY Craft Ideas for the Homeby  

By Rachel, Contributing Writer  When you have young children, it's fun to have them help with decorating the house. And, no, I don't mean coloring the walls with crayons--but getting them involved with crafts. My kids, 5 and 6, love... Read More

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaningby  

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... Read More

Three Household Products That Have Changed Our Lives (and 50 ways we use them)by  

By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I'm a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited,... Read More

Becoming a Good Steward of Your Homeby  

Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Since leaving my parents’ house for college 19 years ago, I’ve called 13 different places “home.” I can assure you that I’ve become quite the pro at packing and unpacking. Some of these homes... Read More

Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mamaby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It's 5:00 pm. I've been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away.... Read More

Keeping Your Home – When You’d Rather Have a Different Oneby  

By Natalie, Contributing Writer I Dreamed a Dream I've always dreamed of living in the country.  Always.  I loved visiting my grandpa's big farm every summer and building make-believe homes out of old wheels and pots and other rubbish lying... Read More

Raising Kids on Real Foodby  

Written by Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we're running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better. Our goal... Read More

Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More!by  

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we're running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is... Read More

How to Be Debt-Free in 2013by  

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Some of you clicked on this post out of sheer curiosity…you want to see what this kook has to say. After all, it’s not something you really believe. You don’t REALLY think it’s possible to... Read More

50 Christmas Morning Breakfast and Brunch Recipesby  

By Diana, Contributing Writer Christmas is my favorite day the year.  I'm a stickler for tradition on Christmas Day. Each year, my boys and I wake up in the darkness of the early morning.  I put on a pot of... Read More

Tackle Housekeeping with Your Kidsby  

By Natalie, Contributing Writer Let's face it, girls. Keeping the house clean probably isn't on anybody's top ten favorite-things-to-do list. Yet do it we must.  And the feeling you get when you survey the results (even if it only lasts for... Read More

What Our Children Are Teaching Us About Being Giversby  

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Ten years ago, when my husband and I were first married, frugality was a must. If we didn't pinch pennies, we couldn't survive -- or at least not without racking up a serious amount of... Read More

Beyond Nourishment: Food and Family Traditionsby  

By Courtney, Contributing Writer With Christmas drawing near, we're planning and preparing for time with family and friends, sharing the joy and wonder of the season with them. Many of these get togethers are centered around food. After all, aside... Read More

The 3-Gift Christmasby  

Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When our first daughter was born, we gave great thought to how we would celebrate Christmas. It was our desire to make sure she knew the REASON for the Christmas season. We didn’t want her growing... Read More

Making A Family Gratitude Journal {A Simple Thanksgiving Tradition}by  

By Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer Throughout history, many cultures have held celebrations of thanksgiving to recognize their gratitude for what they have. Most often, traditional thanksgiving celebrations have been held during harvest time in the fall. In the United States... Read More

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