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 […]

DIY Hall Tree

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When we bought our new home, it didn’t come with a coat closet. Bummer. We did have the Jesus closet, but alas, He’s gone somewhere else (thank you, yard sale!). But a girl just has to have somewhere to hang her coat and purse. Laying a purse on the floor is just begging a toddler to reach in and play with your dental floss…or make “notes” on your checks. Being a HUGE advocate of all things Pinterest, I set off […]

DIY: How To Use Instagram To Create Lasting Memories of Your Children

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It’s Make it Yourself Month at Keeper of the Home.  Being a real foodie, I contemplated sharing a diy food project. However, I do so much of that at my blog, that I wanted to share something different here that I think you’ll all enjoy. I have to be honest with you.  I’m not that crafty. Yeah, every once in awhile I pull out the big guns and head over to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. Although, I often get light headed just walking through their […]

Homemade Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Over the course of the past couple years, I’ve enjoyed learning how to make homemade products–like homemade liquid dish soap, homemade deodorant and various homemade food products, like bread crumbs and cream of chicken soup. Today I’m giving you a recipe for a safe antibacterial foaming hand soap. Besides being void of the harmful triclosan found in conventional, store-bought antibacterial soaps, this soap recipe is easy, frugal and 100% natural! The antibacterial ingredient in this soap is thieves essential oil. Thieves […]

Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub and Body Butter

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Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s getting to be that time of year again when I sometimes like to smell a little bit festive.  Ya know…aside from the ordinary scent of oatmeal, honey, and whatever my toddler ate for lunch.  As the gift-giving season approaches, too, I’m glad to have these two fantastic recipes for making the most delicious-smelling body scrub and body butter ever! I’ve already made my own batch, of course, and I need to go get some more half-pint mason jars so […]

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

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Cleaning your teeth with dirt sounds pretty oxymoronic, right? You might be surprised to know that clay toothpaste actually leaves your teeth feeling very clean. One of the things I like best about it is that it doesn’t contain glycerin, which doesn’t clean but actually coats your teeth. This coating, while it may sound like a good thing, prevents teeth from being able to remineralize and can actually weaken teeth over time. Many of us have gotten off of conventional brands of toothpaste and switched […]

Make Your Own {Pure and Simple} Diaper Rash Cream– No More Desitin!

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If there’s one thing that us moms can be especially picky about, it’s what we put on our precious baby’s skin. I’m the same way. I only want to use the most gentle and natural products possible whether it’s laundry soap, castile soap, sunscreen, or lotion for my little ones. Diaper cream is a tough one for many moms, because rashes can hit hard and they need something effective. Desitin is a popular thick, creamy, zinc-oxide based diaper cream that is a standard on change […]

Homemade Teething Tea for Babies

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I have tried all kinds of methods for soothing teething. With my oldest two, we relied on Hyland’s teething tablets and then either chamomilla (my oldest) or belladonna (my second).  These worked.  We have also used an amber teething necklace with both my second and third.  The amber necklaces definitely seem to take the edge off for them, but when they’re just about to get a new tooth, they’re just irritable and achy enough not to sleep well and […]