The Busy Mom’s Guide to Fast, Easy & Healthy Back-to-School Breakfasts {with 70 recipes!}

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With back-to-school already in full swing for some Americans, and starting up in less than 4 weeks here in Canada, it seemed like we should talk about breakfasts for those busy school mornings. Especially for those that need to get out of the door by a certain time, but even for those of us who need to get a move on with our homeschool day, it’s oh-so-tempting to throw another breakfast of toast or store-bought cereal on the table and call it done.  Of course, […]

10 Easy Meals for when You Forget to Plan

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer We all know that the best way to eat healthy meals while staying on top of your food budget is by meal planning.  This is something that Stephanie has talked about often, and she has even written a book about the subject. However, for one reason or another, there are bound to be times that we fail to plan a meal every once in a while. This has actually happened a lot to me lately!  I am 20 weeks pregnant […]

Chicken Enchiladas and Salad in Thirty Minutes Flat

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I looked at the clock in horror.  How could it be 4:30 already?  My husband would be coming home soon, and I had to feed him and eight kids at 5:00.   What to do? Thank goodness I write for Keeper of the Home.  Knowing I had this “Thirty Minute Dinner” assignment coming up, I had a few ideas swirling around in my head.  All I needed was that golden opportunity, and why, here it was, slapping me in the […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 5 (And 7 Ways to Use Those Leftovers)

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Can you believe we’ve been consistently meal planning together for over an entire month now? I don’t know about you, but after a summer of inconsistency, in both my planning and in the meals I was serving, it feels good. Really good. We’re eating better, saving money, and there are certainly less panicked dinner hours because I have a plan and I use it. It also enables me to take advantage more often of one of my favorite meal-making techniques… leftovers! Leftovers are a busy […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 4 (And What to Do If You Mess Up Your Meal Plan)

The other night, I went to make dinner after a very busy afternoon out, and realized that most dreaded of mistakes. The meal plan on the fridge said “Roast beef”. The large roast was sitting downstairs. In the freezer. Frozen solid. Did I mention it was 5pm? Despite my best intentions (like planning for meal prep and trying to look regularly at my meal plan throughout the week), mistakes still happen. Meat doesn’t come out of the freezer. We forgot to buy pasta at the […]

Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simply

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer Cleaning the bathroom can be one of a homemaker’s most daunting tasks.  There are so many cracks and crevices…and the battle against invisible germs and obvious spores seems never ending. My least favorite obstacle in the bathroom is the shower/tub.  (Yes, I would rather scrub the toilet!)  It’s just so big and has a ton of surface area. However, a few years ago, I took up cleaning houses to make extra money for my family. It was during that […]

Cleaning During Stolen Moments

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I wish that I could simply set aside an hour or two each weekday to focus solely on house cleaning, in order to keep my home in tip-top shape. Yet when I try, up pop all manner of interruptions. A toddler who needs help on the potty or simply a snuggle from mommy. A 6 year old who needs help with her math word problems. A request for a snack to bring with him as my husband runs out the door. Interruptions and distractions are a normal part of this season […]

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 […]