8 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Meals Without the Junk

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By Kate, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving’s coming–really, really soon!  And after Thanksgiving we have an onslaught of holiday festivities that will last until we begin 2013.  What we find at these festivities, in whatever form they take is…food. Lots and lots of food. I imagine the average person who eats a Standard American Diet can expect to gain 5 to 10 pounds during this time of year.  Those who eat a traditional diet, especially those who are new to eating real food, may find this time […]

Optimum Fertility…Into Your Forties

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By Natalie, Klejwa, Contributing Writer Because we live in a sin-wrecked world, not everyone will be able to have as many children as they would like. For various reasons that range from unwilling spouses to physical limitations, our families will all be of varying sizes. One thing we can all say with resounding conviction is that children ARE a blessing. And I know that every one of us is grateful for every blessing that we have been enabled, by God’s grace, to birth and raise. […]

Classic Pumpkin Pie {Made with Fresh Pumpkin}

Pumpkin Pie Recipe with Fresh Pumpkin

By Mindy, Contributing Writer I never was a big fan of pumpkin pie during my childhood years.  Every year at Thanksgiving, I would choose cherry or apple pie over the classic pumpkin pie.  I never understood why it was such a big deal around the holidays! Until… I had my first pumpkin pie made out of fresh pumpkin.  Wow!  What a difference it made in the taste and texture of the pie!  I finally had an appreciation for this time-honored dessert that I had never […]

How to Identify and Use Winter Squash

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer While most can identify pumpkin and butternut as varieties of winter squash, many of us don’t know much about other types of winter squash or how to prepare them. Today I want to dive into the world of winter squash and open the door to new eating possibilities. Health Benefits of Winter Squash Winter squash, especially those with darker flesh (like pumpkin and acorn) contain high amounts of carotene. Carotene has been shown to help protect against cancer, heart […]

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 […]

When Food Choices ARE a Moral Issue

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By Mandi Ehman, Contributing Writer A couple months ago I wrote a post called “Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue.” There were several who commented that disagreed with the title of the post…and I actually agree with them! My main goal in that post was to open a discussion about judging other people’s food choices, and I stand by the assertion that it’s not my place to judge what other people choose to eat. On the other hand, what I choose to eat is […]

It’s Ready! The 2012 Christmas Gift Guide (for your shopping pleasure)

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Are you thinking Christmas yet? I’ll confess, I wasn’t really. Until this weekend. As I went through and selected my favorite picks from each shop that is participating in our Christmas Gift Guide, my brain was spinning with perfect ideas for all those on my list. There really is a fantastic selection of items here! How to use this Gift Guide Take a look through now and get some ideas. If you’re ready, go ahead and be one of those awesome, uber-organied people who does […]