The Vinegar Myth: Why Vinegar is Not a Great Natural Cleaner

The Vinegar Myth-Why Vinegar is Not a Great Natural Cleaner

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Vinegar is a great green and natural cleaner, right? Using vinegar as a multipurpose all-natural cleaner may very well have been one of the first things you read or learned when beginning your journey toward green and natural living. I know it was for me. As soon as I could after learning about vinegar as a natural cleaner, I ran to the store and picked up a 2 gallon jug of white vinegar and an empty spray bottle and came home […]

6 Steps To a Naturally Clean Home {Plus 48 recipes}

6 Steps to a Naturally Clean Home

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer When I first began my natural living journey, it all started with food. I was concerned with eating healthy and what I  put into my body. But it wasn’t long before I realized that the chemicals, lotions, and cleaners that I used everyday can actually seep into our skin and affect us as much or more than the food we eat. I began doing research and it didn’t take long for me to land on The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to […]

Nourish Your Face with Homemade Skin Care

Nourish Your Face Naturally

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer I’m the first to admit that my so-called “wisdom lines” have often tempted me to take drastic measures. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely believe in aging gracefully. But I also think there’s a graceful way to put up a fight. Yet, as much as I want to keep that youthful glow, slathering my face with expensive chemical-laden skincare products is not an option. Why? Because our skin is the gateway to our body. In other words, what goes onto […]

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

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 trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYS

Need some warm-weather activities for little boys? Check out this list of frugal and fun outdoor activities! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer First, a disclaimer: I’m sure these activities would be enjoyed by girls AND boys alike. However, I only have boys! (Until this summer … when we expect a little girl!) I don’t know about your family, but with my boys, when it’s nice outside, we spend nearly all our waking hours outdoors. We don’t have a “huge” piece of property by any means, […]

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version}

7 Day Real Food Menu Plan 20 Minute Meals Version

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Do you want to eat real food but feel like it just takes too much time to cook from scratch? Do you resort to prepackaged convenience foods or carry-out meals because you’re exhausted and just need something quick? I have been there. Wait, I AM there! I have a very active toddler that I homeschool preschool. I’m still waking in the middle of the night to nurse a baby. I run my own business from home. I’m a […]

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Does your family enjoy kale salads? Try serving them this family friendly recipe for Cranberry Apple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and I bet they will! Kale seems to be the “hot” superfood of the day, doesn’t it? My family’s love affair with kale has grown over the years. We started out hiding it in smoothies as a way to get more veggies into our diet. Sure it turned our smoothies green, but with lots of fruit, we got all […]

Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking {65+ Recipes}

Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking

By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but I just feel overwhelmed sometimes when it comes to making healthy meals for my family. After a long day of blogging, cleaning, housework, laundry, bills, and chasing down my very active twin boys, I just don’t have the energy (or the time) to put into making delicious and healthy meals from scratch every night. I know that real food and home cooked meals are the most nutritious way to bring up my kids, and […]