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 […]

How to Treat Bug Bites Naturally

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  Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Summer is a time for fun and sunshine. Unfortunately, this wonderful season often includes bites and stings from various bugs and insects. Today I’d like to share a few home remedies to help you treat bug bites naturally: Prevention The easiest way to deal with bug bites is not to get them in the first place! Most commercial insect repellants contain DEET, which is a very strong chemical I don’t care to put on  my skin or the […]

Summer Giveaway Week: Win a $75 Gift Certificate to Jenuinely Pure

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If you’re in the process of switching over to more natural, organic products, Jenuinely Pure is a perfect place to begin with products that are similar to the conventional products you’re used to, but with an entirely different (and better) ingredient list! There are plenty of DIY skincare and cleaning recipes out there, but I know that some of you lack the time or the inclination to do so. What you would rather find are truly natural, non-toxic and nourishing products to purchase, with the same […]

A Comparison of Birthing Settings: Home, Hospital and Birthing Center Births

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer With all this talk of birthing babies around here at Keeper of the Home, I asked Stephanie if I could compare three common birth settings: home, hospital and birthing center births.* Whereas a home birth may seem the most natural choice for natural mamas, all three settings have their pros and cons and should be compared, evaluated and prayed through thoroughly before making a decision on where to birth your baby.  Image by eyeliam Home Birth The most natural setting of all […]