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Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)by  

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It's nourishing and also allergy-friendly ... no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don't know about you, but it feels... Read More

Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanserby  

This post was originally published at Simple Homemade. When I clean my face, I want something that leaves it clean and soft, but I'm very leery of using conventional products that contain harsh chemicals. I've been a fan of the Oil Cleansing... Read More

Homemade Custard Ice Cream {Without a Machine}by  

Guest Post by Elsie Callender Did you know that you can make homemade ice cream without a fancy machine? It's easy, and only adds a little extra hands-on time. And for this rich, custard-based ice cream recipe, a bit of stirring... Read More

Supercharge Your Nutrition with Swiss Chardby  

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Like most families, we have our share of picky eaters. I’m sure you know what I mean, and if you don’t, count yourself blessed. Despite my best efforts, somewhere around the age of 8 or... Read More

5 Ways to Eat Kale You (Likely) Haven’t Thought Of Beforeby  

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer In my final year of university, all graduates were encouraged to attend a multi-course dinner hosted for the sake of teaching its graduates some basic etiquette. This wasn't an act of compassion for society at... Read More

Strawberry Chia Muffinsby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer "Mommy, I want to make something with you!" The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With... Read More

An All-Natural, Homemade Oven Cleanerby  

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love to clean. Since I have two young children, my ideal of a clean house has greatly changed over the past seven years, but I still enjoy cleaning – especially spring cleaning. Each... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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,... Read More

Nourish Your Face with Homemade Skin Careby  

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... 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

25 Frugal, Creative Outdoor Activities for BOYSby  

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... Read More

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

  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... Read More

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigretteby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

Savory Enchilada Pot Pie (GF, DF)by  

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Enchiladas were a real favorite of mine before I went grain-free and recently, after a little whining about how much I missed them, my brilliant 11-year-old son asked a simple question, which eventually led to... Read More

Family Craft: Hand-painted Mugsby  

By Stacy, Contributing Writer When the cold days of winter seem to drag on, a family craft can be a welcome distraction. Yes, crafts can be messy, and even a little chaotic, but the act of working together to create... Read More

Simple Christmas Craft: Candy Cane Striped Nailsby  

By Andrea, Contributing Writer This simple Christmas craft for candy cane striped nails is a quick and inexpensive way to decorate the tree while remembering the true meaning of Christmas. The nail is a reminder of the reason Christ came... Read More

The Best Homemade Holiday Gifts-in-a-Jarby  

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... Read More

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideasby  

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny... Read More

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