Four Steps to a More Peaceful Home

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A peaceful home is something many of us long for. A place where relationships are healthy and spirits are happy, where we can rest our weary bones and just be ourselves. There’s no denying that creating a peaceful home takes work. The road to peace is not smooth or easy, but it’s worthy! I have found the following four steps to lay the foundation for a calm and peaceful home: Create a flexible routine (with plenty of margin) When followed consistently, a routine brings peace […]

How a Visual Schedule is Bringing Order to Our Home

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Inspired by Simple Homeschool’s article on Creating a Visual Schedule for Kids, I realized that this was exactly what our home needed to bring some much-desired peace and order to our days. Too many times each day, I was being asked “when are we eating lunch?” or “why can’t I watch a movie right now?” or “why do I have to do my math before I play outside?”. I was weary of the questions, and I could tell that my kids needed some more structure […]

Q&A Video Blog: Eating Healthy During Summer Travels and in Other’s Homes

In today’s video, I’m answering this question from a reader: How do you handle situations where you know you will be eating at someone else’s home… and the home you are eating at does not eat whole foods? I am trying to get my family on a more whole food/healthy food diet but when we are out at friends or relatives we are served “regular” food.  What do you do when in these situations? For those who didn’t watch the video, here is a quick […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Lessons in Frugality for Children

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer As we seek to train our children well, one of our family’s major learning points is to teach our children the art of frugality.  Frugality is making good choices with the resources God has given you – this includes your brain, as I am apt to remind my children. :-) I have heard many times from other parents, “I just want my kids to have the best I can give them.”  OF COURSE! We all desire our children to […]

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Advertisers everywhere proclaim the germ fighting power of chemical-filled cleaners. Many would have us believe that there is no way to clean and disinfect without a chemical product. And doesn’t every good mother want to rid her home of germs and dirt? May I encourage you not to buy into these messages? A little dirt won’t kill you or your children. While it is true that some germs can be dangerous, so are the chemicals in the cleaners that […]

Finding Freedom with Flexible Routines

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Does a “flexible routine” sound like an oxymoron?  Should “freedom” and “routine” exist in the same sentence? Routines can be pegged as being boring, rigid and stiff.  But a little planning and creative thinking can help you do much more with less time and effort.  A routine is different for every person but it’s a guideline to help you plan your day. The key is to establish flexible routines which… Provide predictability, security and confidence Children thrive on flexible […]

How To Quickly Get Your Home Ready For Guests

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The holidays are in full swing, and along with holidays usually come guests.  It is a blessing to host others in our homes, whether for a week night family dinner, weekend party, or small group Bible study, but sometimes the preparation for guests can become stressful or overwhelming. We get the feeling that we need to have the house perfectly clean and put together before our guests arrive, or we find out that company is coming over on short […]

Home Remedies Carnival: Share Your Resources for Staying Healthy Naturally

After spending an entire month focused mainly on natural home remedies, herbs, homeopathics, real food prevention and more, I still feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. Though most of it isn’t complex (in fact, often home remedies are very quick, simple and inexpensive) it does take some reading, research and trial and error to find the right remedies that suit the needs of your family. Being able to glean from other women and moms, and learn their favorite and tried-and-true remedies helps to take […]