Free Seventh Generation Dish Tabs and a $10 Credit for Natural Cleaning Supplies (for all KOTH readers!)

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As naturally-minded mamas, we’re all doing the best we can to use safer home and beauty products. But as busy moms, it can be so helpful to find ways to cut down on our errands and shopping time. I know that these days, with four kids, homeschooling, working from home part time, and another baby on the way, I can seriously use all the help I can get! This month I was asked to try out a new-to-me service called ePantry and I’m excited to tell you […]

Finally! A cough syrup I’m happy with!

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Cold and cough season sure is upon us, isn’t it? Like many of you, we do our best to: Pump up our immune systems through real food to minimize how much we get sick in the first place Use many simple, effective home remedies to deal with illness when it does happen. We eat foods like raw garlic and fresh citrus, cut out all sweeteners, stay extra hydrated, enjoy warm herbal teas with raw honey, among other things. We turn to natural, herbal store-bought remedies […]

Elegant Rose Boutique Review (Natural Beauty, Hair & Skincare for the DIY Challenged)

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Many of our Keeper of the Home readers are big on DIY, and I can understand why. You can create your own products, customized just the way you like them, with ingredients you know are safe and pure, for much less than you can buy them for. But, it’s not for everyone. Many of you want the home-crafted quality in your beauty products, but you’re overwhelmed at just the thought of making them yourself.  I do really enjoy tinkering around in my kitchen, creating skin […]

Blendtec vs. Vitamix: Which Blender is Better?

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If you’re going to spend a big chunk of money on a high-quality blender, you want to make sure it’s going to do the job and do it for years to come.  For most of us, an expensive purchase like a Vitamix or Blendtec high speed blender is a carefully-made decision, and a purchase for which you’re likely to spend time saving up for. Ultimately, the cost is worth it in my opinion. It was 8 years ago that I first saved up to purchase a Vitamix […]

Are You Using That Kitchen Knife Properly? How I Learned to Save Time (and My Fingers!)

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I’ve occasionally been known to spend a happening Friday night puttering around my kitchen making things like laundry soap and homemade deodorant. I’m a party animal. What can I say? Still, I surprised myself by happily spending two hours taking a free online “mini” knife skills class until I finally realized it was almost midnight! Truth be told, I’ve never thought much about the way that I cut food. Sometimes I’ve frustrated myself, struggled to do a job properly, nicked myself in the process, or ended […]

A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

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The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts! But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure. When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which […]

What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

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As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]