My 3 All-Time Favorite Soups (Plus a Cheeseburger Soup Recipe!)

Check out the delicious cheeseburger soup recipe that Beth is sharing with us today! By Beth, Contributing Writer I think my absolute favorite thing about this glorious golden autumn season is the reintroduction of soups back to my menu. I love soups of all kinds. In my opinion soup probably the easiest thing to play around with for a cook that likes to tinker with recipes. They are so forgiving and versatile. The possibilities are pretty much endless, and they are difficult to mess up. […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold, and Flu

Want to make your own homemade herbal throat lozenges? Today, Kresha has you covered! By Kresha, Contributing Writer For nearly two decades, I had a favorite brand of cough drops that went with me everywhere. During that time, I had a pack of cough drops in my purse or in my rehearsal bag (I’m an opera singer when I’m not blogging and mothering) pretty much constantly. Trouble is… I turned the package over a few years ago and realized what was actually IN said favorite […]

How to Become a Real Food, Natural Homemaker {Plus 2 recipes}

By Jami Balmet, Community Manager When I was first discovering what it means to eat healthy – I mean, really healthy – none of this tofu, low-fat junk – I felt like I was in over my head. How had I lived my whole life and didn’t know all of this stuff? I felt like I was learning how to cook, run my kitchen, and be a homemaker all over again. But now I was doing it with my twin boys crawling around my feet, trying […]

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but my desire for not-so-healthy treats goes crazy in the summertime. With so many social gatherings, there’s opportunity galore to indulge. Ice cream, picnics, birthday cakes aplenty (in my family, at least!), and more! Last summer when I began loving coffee, I developed an (unfortunate?) love for Starbucks as well. When I am exercising self-control, I order a plain classic cappuccino. When I decide to treat myself, I get a sweetened latte or a cold lemonade. Then […]

67 Homemade, All-Natural Cleaning Recipes

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer After my first child was born, I started making  my own homemade, all-natural cleaning products. My purpose in making homemade, all-natural cleaners is two-fold: 1. It saves me money. 2. I can control the ingredients, which allows me to eliminate the toxins found in the majority of store-bought household cleaners. I started out with a basic vinegar-water, all-purpose cleaner, which is incredibly easy to put together and only pennies to make! It is still one of my favorites. A few […]

How to Make Healthy Ice Pops & Frozen Treats

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Growing up, there were few things more exciting during summer than hearing that little ditty playing that meant only one thing … the Ice Cream Man is coming! Soon he’d be rounding the corner of our street, and so my little brother and I would make a mad dash inside the house to plead for some cash – and quick – so we could make it back outside in time to get our hot little hands on a cool, refreshing ice […]

How to Make an Herbal Wreath

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer My mother-in-law is very talented when it comes to arranging flowers and making wreaths. I’ve admired her skills for years, but never ventured into wreath-making myself because I thought it was too difficult or time consuming. Recently, I asked my mother-in-law to help me make an herbal wreath and was surprised to find it quite easy. We took pictures along the way and recorded the instructions so you could make an herbal wreath, too. I hope you will because […]

Homemade Freezer Smoothies

By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer In this house, smoothies are a regular thing. I make them almost daily as either a snack or a supplement to a meal. I can’t just eat a smoothie and call it done – or I’m hungry in an hour. Breastfeeding, anyone? I’ve seen those awesome “smoothie kits” at the grocery store sold in the frozen section. However, they are kind of expensive, considering they only feed two…and who am I kidding? I can drink that WHOLE THING. I repeat […]