5 Tips for Planning Healthy Lunches Kids Love!

5 Tips for Healthy Lunches Kids LOVE!

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Back-to-school season is almost here! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! In fact, taking the time to get organized and plan healthy lunches for your kiddos not only ensures they have something wholesome to fill their little tummies – research clearly shows that children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted […]

A Modern Alternative Mama’s Two-Week Meal Plan

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By Kate, Contributing Writer This is an average meal plan in our home.  We have four kids who are 5.5, 4, 2, and 4 months (the baby doesn’t eat with us yet).  Our goal right now is to increase the quality of food we are eating while keeping our budget down. I create meal plans two weeks at a time and save them on my computer, as well as printing a copy and sticking it to my fridge.  I literally have over three years’ worth […]

Four Steps to a More Peaceful Home

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A peaceful home is something many of us long for. A place where relationships are healthy and spirits are happy, where we can rest our weary bones and just be ourselves. There’s no denying that creating a peaceful home takes work. The road to peace is not smooth or easy, but it’s worthy! I have found the following four steps to lay the foundation for a calm and peaceful home: Create a flexible routine (with plenty of margin) When followed consistently, a routine brings peace […]

Planning Weekly to Eat Well

Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer I was recently looking at the Vision Forum for books and noticed their tag line. It reads, “Where there is no vision the people perish”. What a powerful statement. When I applied that to my family it had deep meaning as well. What things does my family need in order not to perish? Food, shelter, love…and apparently a vision. Whose vision? God’s, of course, but also mine as their mother. Do I have a vision for my family or […]

How to Plan Your Garden, Part 2

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Were you as inspired as I was by Shannon’s post on Tuesday? I completely understand what she means about becoming more and more excited each year as she considers what she can grow and preserve. I feel the same way. Spring is positively pregnant with possibility when it comes to envisioning my garden and what we will eat from it. With that in mind, let’s continue to talk garden planning. Last week I went through the initial steps of determining what you want to grow […]

How to Plan Your Garden

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In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far… how to select seeds for better success, growing herbs, gardening based on where you live, square foot gardening. I know that the process of planning what and how much and when and where to plant everything can be one of the most daunting aspects of gardening. It’s a place where a lot of people get stuck. They’ve got an idea of things they’d like to grow, they know where the […]

Finding Freedom with Flexible Routines

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Does a “flexible routine” sound like an oxymoron?  Should “freedom” and “routine” exist in the same sentence? Routines can be pegged as being boring, rigid and stiff.  But a little planning and creative thinking can help you do much more with less time and effort.  A routine is different for every person but it’s a guideline to help you plan your day. The key is to establish flexible routines which… Provide predictability, security and confidence Children thrive on flexible […]

How to Prepare for Going on the GAPS Diet

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Just today I was over at a friend’s house and as I said “no thank you” to the offer of coffee, I casually mentioned we had just started a special diet. She asked which one, and (as a mom of children with special needs) when I said the GAPS diet, she responded with a knowing “Ohhh. I’ve heard of it, but it’s way too intense for me.” Yes, I agree. It really is intense. And work intensive. But thankfully, still entirely possible! I’m sure it […]