The Wonderful World of Herbs (Herbal Academy Review & Giveaway!)

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I’ve loved herbs ever since I first started learning about them. We try to avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible in our family, and beyond eating real, whole, nourishing foods and avoiding toxins and chemicals as much as possible, we use herbs (and other supplements) to boost our health and treat illnesses, as much as possible. My study and love of herbs began about 5 or 6 years ago, and since that time, I have gradually built a small library of herbal resources, read about […]

Do You Ever Feel Alone in Your Natural Living Journey?

Do you ever feel alone in natural living journey?

You read blogs, you follows all sorts of healthy websites on Facebook, you see all the new recipes and natural living tips on Pinterest… you’re genuinely working at making changes and following through on living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle. But it’s hard. Especially when you’re new to this, and you have so. many. questions.  Do you ever feel alone in your natural living journey? Do you wish you could just pick someone’s brain or listen to other women talk about what works for them, how […]

12 Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Year

12 things my children learned while worldschooling

I’m probably my toughest critic. As we planned for and embarked on this one-year journey around the globe with our young family (kids ages 8, 5 ½, 3 ½ and 11 months at the time of departure), I had high hopes and even higher expectations for what their homeschooling would look like. After all, we were a hard working, determined, classical-education loving family. Certainly we could do this! Then reality set in. Traveling with four young children is awesome, exhilarating and absolutely worthwhile. Also, it […]

I Wasn’t Trained to Be a Mom (But I Can Still Love It)

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Sometimes I end up rummaging through past posts for one reason or another, and a post that I have written (and forgotten about) will jump out at me and I am freshly inspired by whatever it was that spurred me on to write the post in the first place. The quote below is from just such a post that I re-discovered a few weeks ago. It was called “Rejoicing in my Role“, and it keenly expressed a challenge that I still deal with, more than […]

How to Plant a Garden That Works for Where You Live

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When I first began, I suppose I had this idea that gardening was the same everywhere… you dug up some dirt, put in seeds, fertilized and pulled some weeds, then enjoyed a harvest. A little naive (or maybe just hopeful), I now know that there is more to making a garden work in your specific neck of the woods. This is part of our Gardening 101 series, where we’re covering a lot of basics, and I certainly don’t want to complicate things. But I do […]

7 Gardening Lessons from a Novice Gardener

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Growing your own organic vegetables is a great way to provide your family with nourishing and frugal food.  Last summer was my first real attempt at growing our own food in a garden. Although it did not go nearly the way that I envisioned, I learned some important lessons that I am excited to put into practice this year. I know many of you reading are seasoned gardeners, much more knowledgeable than I am, but if you are a […]

In the Kitchen- Real Food Basics eBook (Interview and Giveaway)

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Are you still new to real food or making slow but sure changes? Would you love to have a simple, affordable resource that will give you more info, more resources and more recipes and kitchen how-to’s? Many of you have already met Kate as one of the fantastic contributing writers here at Keeper of the Home, or perhaps you’ve visited her blog, Modern Alternative Mama. Passionate about sharing the things she has been learning, and that have changed her family’s health dramatically, she has written […]

A Gardener’s Look at Life

Written by Anne Elliot, Contributing Writer I’m not much of a gardener, but over the last few years, I’m been attempting a little bit more each summer. It started three summers ago when I planted just a few things in a small bed in the back yard. A friend of mine had been gardening for years, and she came over and helped me figure out what to do when. My backyard was too shady for things to grow well, but it was a good start […]