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20 Christ-Centered Easter Ideas For Familiesby  

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When I was little, we always attended my grandmother's church on Good Friday. They were Lutheran, and it was a somber, holy service. (Except for the time we sang a hymn with the line "I am but... Read More

Best Classic Eggnog – Easy, no-cook, refined sugar freeby  

Guest post by Dena Norton Eggnog seems to be a love-hate thing. Well, starting now, it's a love-LOVE thing. This easy, classic eggnog recipe is thick and rich, with the perfect amount of natural sweetness and warm holiday spice --- eggnog fans... Read More

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stressby  

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first... Read More

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving Moreby  

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer A few years ago, our pastor showed a video at church that completely changed my approach to Christmas giving. The video was by a wonderful group known as Advent Conspiracy. They create thought-provoking videos to inspire... Read More

10 Ideas for Celebrating Christ at Christmas with Young Childrenby  

This post was originally published in December of 2012 but we find these suggestions to be a great list to revisit each year for inspiration and ideas as to how to introduce the holiday season to your little ones! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing... Read More

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timelineby  

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak I'll be the first to admit --- this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside "healthy" recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and... Read More

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)by  

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Mmm, pumpkin donuts! The aroma of sweet pumpkin pie spices filling the air with subtle maple syrup undertones is enough to wake even the sleepiest sleepy heads in our home. Combine these irresistible fall treats with a side of... Read More

3 Easy-to-Make Centerpieces Under $5by  

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be hosting friends and family for dinners, desserts, games, and festivities. [Tweet "Dressing up the table for the holidays can be both inexpensive and fun."]... Read More

Cinnamon Apple Salad Recipe: A Perfect Holiday Side Dishby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer My mom is a great cook. She grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ohio with vegetables from the garden, fruit from their fruit trees, fresh milk from their cow with real cream and homemade... Read More

Celebrate Fall with 35 Favorite GF Pumpkin Recipesby  

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Pumpkin and I have had a great relationship ever since I first met this handsome "gourd." I remember picking out my first plump round pumpkin as a preschooler and watching my mom turn that hard, rough sphere of... Read More

Cure Coughs Naturally {& 30 Other Home Remedies}by  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I’ve never been a fan of medications. Over the counter or prescribed … it doesn’t matter. After being prescribed antibiotics for a good two years of my childhood – and developing severe allergic reactions to them –... Read More

11 Fresh and Unique Green Salad Recipesby  

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  There's just something so right about a fresh, in-season, mouth-watering green salad in the summer, don't you think? I was raised by a mother who believed in eating seasonally, which meant that I never even knew... Read More

How to Pit and Freeze Sweet Cherries & 18 Unique Cherry Recipesby  

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer One of our family's most favorite things to do in the summer is to visit local U-pick farms and spend the day enjoying the beauty and bounty of God's creation. We have fun and work together... Read More

Chocolate Avocado Popsiclesby  

By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer The middle of summer means a lot of heat, sun and hopefully fun. In the midst of summer business of swim lessons, vacation Bible school, and staying up later, we love to have fun outside. We go... Read More

3 Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Beat the Heatby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer I grew up drinking sweet iced tea made from your standard black tea. And when the sweet tea pitcher ran out, someone was sure to throw a fit. Sweet tea was a part of... Read More

25 Healthy & Delicious Summer Salads {Plus 5 Tips for Creating The Perfect Salad}by  

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer The warmer weather of summer lends itself to lighter meals like deliciously fresh summer salads. They’re not only a satisfying and refreshing way to beat the heat, they’re also simple to put together, and can... Read More

16 Ways to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Remember the summers of your childhood? Did you spend long days outside? Were they spent riding bikes, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, or building sandcastles? Mine were. I can remember lying on my back on the... Read More

Growing and Using Fresh Mintby  

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer If you are someone who has always believed you've got a brown thumb, I'd encourage you to try your hand at growing fresh mint. Mint is a prolific grower and therefore it is hard... Read More

Your Camping Menu Primer (With 50+ Food Ideas!)by  

For the adventurous, camping is one of the best summer excursions. It carves out time to do the things we want - but often fail - to do in everyday life: live more simply, closer to nature, with less technology, more... Read More

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon, Asparagus and Swiss Chardby  

You don't even understand how good this potato salad is. A month or two ago, Ryan and I were out on a date. We had just discovered that our new home came complete with a very responsible teenage girl living... Read More

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