Preparing for the New Baby: How a Large Family Gets Ready

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By Contributing Writer, Brandy Ferguson As a homeschooling mom of seven, and now getting ready to meet our eighth son in a matter of days, I’ve never been busier in my life! With so much on my to-do list added to my already full schedule, I admit to having moments of brief panic in which I think to myself, “what if I don’t get it all done before I go into labor?” or…”what if the boys’ rooms look like THAT when the baby arrives!?!”  or…”what […]

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 […]

Liver: Learning to Love (and Cook) This Superfood

Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer Organ meats are one of those traditional foods that are harder to get behind than butter, for example. In fact, organ meats were one of the last things recommended by the Weston A Price foundation that we decided were important, not because they aren’t more nutrient-dense than most foods but because we were squeamish. The thing is, eating organ meats just makes sense and I believe it to be better stewardship of our foods. Most of us still don’t butcher […]

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 […]

Preparing My Heart for Christmas

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It’s been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and discouragement. We’ve lost family and friends to cancer, and heard of more diagnoses just recently. Walked through financial difficulty, legal issues and infertility with close friends. Saw the end of a loved one’s marriage. Faced continued health challenges for my husband, and our two youngest […]

How To Quickly Get Your Home Ready For Guests

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The holidays are in full swing, and along with holidays usually come guests.  It is a blessing to host others in our homes, whether for a week night family dinner, weekend party, or small group Bible study, but sometimes the preparation for guests can become stressful or overwhelming. We get the feeling that we need to have the house perfectly clean and put together before our guests arrive, or we find out that company is coming over on short […]

Natural Bonding with Baby During Pregnancy

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Guest Post Written by Michele When I was pregnant with my son, we chose not to do regular ultrasounds and other prenatal testing. This choice was met by surprise from many women, who assumed that an ultrasound/testing was essential for their information, “peace of mind,” and bonding with their unborn baby. I am not writing this to offend, but hope that in sharing my experiences, it will encourage you to find joy in the simple, traditional pursuits of natural pregnancy. I personally believe that ultrasounds or other tests should […]

A Simple Plan for Healthy Food: The GNOWFGLINS Fundamentals eCourse

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Edit: Wardeh just sent me a link to watch a video sneak peak! Learn how to make Soaked Muffins and get a feel for what this eCourse will be like. Let Wardeh show you how to make soaked muffins! Image by Elena Ho All those who read Nourishing Traditions for the first time and felt entirely overwhelmed, raise your hand! (Yes, that’s my hand raised along with all of yours!) If there’s one thing that I hear over and over again from the women that […]