Simple, Nutritious Snack Solutions

By Hilary Kimes Bernstein, Contributing Writer Looking for simple, nutritious snack solutions for your hungry children this summer? Try fresh fruits and vegetables. God has a marvelous way of creating snack food to be easily accessible and nourishing. You can curb your children’s hunger by letting them munch on something fresh and natural. You don’t have to worry about getting all Pinteresty cute with your preparation and presentation. If you do, your kids would probably get a kick out of it. But I’ll be the […]

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, […]

Making it Easier to Take Healthy Snacks On the Go! (Win a$100 Gift Certificate to Sweetbottoms Baby)

I think every mom has her reasons behind the products she chooses for her home, but here are a few of mine: Avoiding toxins, as much as possible, for healthier development of little bodies. Choosing responsibly-made products our family can buy with a clean conscience Opting for quality reusable products over disposables to reduce our earth-burden. We’d like to leave Creation as clean as we can. Those reasons form the basis behind a lot of what I use with my babies and children, including cloth […]

20 Nourishing, Whole-Foods Dinners That Kids Will Eat!

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Y’all, I am far from being the perfect parent. I yell more than I should. At times, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Sometimes, anxiety just plain gets the best of me. And, I’m not spending time reading the Bible nearly as much as I’d like – the perpetual struggle (sigh). So believe me, no obnoxious “mommy pride” from this girl. But can I share with you one teensy, little victory, that my husband and I are probably inordinately proud of? […]

Kid DIY Craft Ideas for the Home

By Rachel, Contributing Writer  When you have young children, it’s fun to have them help with decorating the house. And, no, I don’t mean coloring the walls with crayons–but getting them involved with crafts. My kids, 5 and 6, love making things, whether it’s with Legos, creating story books with white paper and pencils or coloring. And they also love when I make the time to make crafts with them. Countless times we have made Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts. Crafts are my go-to gifts […]

Child Labor and the Chocolate Industry

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer I settled in on the couch with my laptop and a few pieces of candy leftover from our Christmas stockings to watch two documentaries exposing the rampant use of forced child labor on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast of Africa. The candy I was savoring? You guessed it – mass-produced mini chocolate bars. My stomach churned as I realized the irony. Chocolate. Rich and sweet and delicious. A luxury. And yet not really. The average American consumes about 11 […]

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC. This is a monumental crisis when you consider that obesity leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems and fatty liver disease. (source) Have you ever tried to lose weight? You know it is hard. […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]