Confessions of an imperfect homemaker (and how I survived my darker days)

Dirty dishes piled in kitchen sink, close-up

I vividly remember this one lovingly-but-terribly prepared stir-fry that I served to dear friends just months after having my first baby and becoming a full time homemaker. The beef was so tough and badly cooked, you had to chew, chew, chew, and take a huge gulp of water to try to get it to go down. How they got through that awful meal so graciously, I just don’t know. Then there was the time about a year and a half later when my husband was […]

4 Simple Steps to a Sustainable Household

Over the last several years, I've made lots of changes to create a more sustainable household. It all started with a few simple steps that anyone can take to create a more sustainable household.

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer Over the last several years, I’ve made lots of changes to create a more sustainable household. And while I’d love to tell you that it all began as a means to reduce my family’s footprint and do our part to save the planet, it really started because we needed to save money. You see, we were in debt, had two small kids and one on the way. I worked at a job I hated, but couldn’t quit and we knew that […]

How I Overcame My Obsession with Paper Products

Making the switch from disposable paper products to reusable cloth products can be a long - but worthwhile - process.

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer It’s safe to say that until a couple years ago, I had an obsession with paper products. As I cleaned my home, I HAD to use paper towels. Paper towels for my windows, paper towels for my bathroom (sinks, bathtub and toilet), and paper towels for my kitchen — used to clean countertops and to dry freshly washed produce or hands. I frequently replenished the boxes of paper tissues in my bathroom, and restocked our toilet paper with the cushy, quilted, multi-ply varieties. I […]

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Pinterest Overwhelm

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By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer If you were to search my Pinterest boards, you’d see a lot of DIY  recipes for healthy living. Homemade soap, salves, cleaners, beauty products – you name it, I’ve pinned it. But I’ll let you in on a little secret … I don’t make most of the recipes I pin. At one point, that would have stressed me out so much. I would have viewed it as one big, overwhelming, never-ending to-do list. Now, I do DIY a lot of stuff. Pretty […]

3 Easy-to-Make Centerpieces Under $5

Pinecone Centerpiece

  By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be hosting friends and family for dinners, desserts, games, and festivities. [Tweet “Dressing up the table for the holidays can be both inexpensive and fun.”] First, you’ll want to enlist the help of your kiddos. Head out on a nature walk and you can gather up the natural supplies together. These centerpieces require you to gather up colorful fall leaves and/or pinecones. The cost of these is free. The […]

A Day in the Life: Erin {work-at-home, part-time homeschooling mom of 3 girls}

swinging with the girls

  By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer This is the 3rd year for me to participate in the Keeper of the Home Day in the Life series (time flies!), and, at first, I was just going to post on our typical daily routine.  After all, in both 2012 and 2013 I posted on a chaotic day–and maybe you all are tired of hearing that from me.  But then I realized: You know what? That’s real life. And I want nothing more than to be real with you […]

A Day In the Life: Hilary {Homeschooling, Work-at-Home Mom of 2}

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  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer As I write this Day In the Life post, my family has just started our school year. As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of 2, I’ve tried to create an ambitious daily schedule to fit all my work in during the year, but this is the first day I’ve actually put it into practice. I discovered – as usual – that life has its own rhythm and while I may have good intentions, I can’t schedule every part of my life. This […]

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

Our Journey to Simple Living (and How to Begin Your Own) {KeeperoftheHome.org}

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. You don’t take anything with you when you die,” Mom gave me the truth, straight up. Surely… “What if I have things in my pockets?” “Nope.” “What if I’m holding my blankie?” “No, your blankie will stay here.” I reluctantly accepted this, yet my first […]