How to Do a Facial Steam with Essential Oils

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed giving myself the occasional “spa night.” I would pick a night when I didn’t have any lingering chores–or competition for the bathroom–and set the scene for a relaxing, pampering experience. Spa night usually involved a bath with some special bath salts or sugar scrub I’d received as a birthday gift, plus an edible treat, a good book (usually an Agatha Christie mystery), and perhaps toenail painting afterwards. I also liked to […]

Nighttime Body Butter for Dry Winter Skin

Guest post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty In the Mess A chill is in the air. While I love cooler weather, cold weather and I don’t get along. With four children who like to pass germs around, I wash my hands constantly. This leads to dry, cracked, hurting hands. Ouch! I have invested lots of money in lotions and remedies to soothe my poor hands. (And disappointed in most.) I’ve found the best solution is one I can make at home! It’s also great for dry, […]

How to Make Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer If you’re a pumpkin pie aficionado, you’re going to fall in love with this delightful pumpkin-spice spread that captures the delicious flavors of fall with every smooth and creamy bite! This spread also makes a thoughtful gift! Simply spoon it into adorable little mason jars and add some pretty ribbons or twine for a sweet, wholesome gift everyone will love! Lest you think pumpkin butter is merely for spreading on toast, below you’ll find some of my favorite drool-worthy ways you can […]

Bullet Proof Coffee DIY with 4 Ingredients

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer I rarely ever drank coffee, even as an adult. The only exception was driving by a Starbucks on a wintry day and wanting something hot to warm my frozen self. Often I would bypass the coffee and go for a hot chocolate instead. Salted caramel was addicting! I tasted those fall and winter flavors a few years ago and I began looking forward to a peppermint or eggnog latte. Even then, it was just a treat during those cold months. […]

Perfect Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer With just one taste, I’m sure your family will be amazed at just how delicious grain-free baking can be! With its aromatic fall-inspired spices paired with rich pumpkin flavor and light, moist texture, this easy-to-make pumpkin bar recipe is a delight to each of the senses. Developing healthy and delicious recipes the whole family will enjoy – whether they’re living gluten-free or not – is a real passion of mine. It’s the reason I spent an entire year writing and photographing my first published […]

Parmesan Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love a good slow cooker recipe. And this is a GOOD slow cooker recipe. Parmesan red potatoes in the slow cooker only needs to cook between 3 and 4 hours on high, depending on your slow cooker. The quick cooking time means I can get everything in the slow cooker before picking up the kids from school. Then, when all the after school lessons and activities are done, the potatoes are ready for dinner! Start by scrubbing your red […]

Pineapple Upside Down Muffins (gluten-free, grain-free)

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer If you’re a fan of pineapple upside down cake, you’re going to absolutely adore these scrumptious gluten-free, grain-free muffins that taste just like their namesake. Hands down, these slightly sweet, rich pineapple-flavored treats are my personal favorite muffins! As a gluten-free girl living in a house full of grain-loving guys, I’ve made it my mission to find delicious and healthy ways to transform traditional favorites into delightful gluten-free, grain-free creations that everyone can enjoy – whether or not they’re living […]

Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less? The Author of Good Cheap Eats Shares Her Secrets (and Zucchini Fritters Recipe!)

Do you love serving up homemade food to your family but wish it didn’t take so much time? My friend Jessica has become a pro in the kitchen over the years. As a mom of six kids (including teenage boys!), she makes a whole lot of food. She also happens to like really good food, and makes it a priority to focus on unprocessed, wholesome, homemade meals. All of this awesomeness in the kitchen has led to her writing four recipe books, and today I’m talking to her […]