Cheerful Tips for Brightening Gray Mornings

cheerful tips for brightening gray mornings

By Michele, Contributing Writer  If you’re in the midst of the “bleak midwinter,” with cold, dark mornings and gray days, it can be challenging to get the day moving in the right direction. Whether you’re struggling with grumpy children or tackling the day’s projects, a few simple sensory additions might brighten your day. I’ve spent my entire life residing in the Pacific Northwest (including several years in Alaska), so I’ve had my share of gloomy mornings, when curling back into the cozy quilts wasn’t an […]

3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

SO glad I found this post last minute! Now I know what I'm getting for those last-minute gifts! 3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas | keeperofthehome.org

By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’ve been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It’s a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And maybe you still have a person or two left on your list to get a gift for, and you’re running out of ideas and time! Here are a few perfect, last-minute, natural living gift ideas just for you!  3 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas image from […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

Banana Crème Brulee Oatmeal Bake (GF, DF)

Banana Creme Brulee Oatmeal (GF, DF)

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Perfect on a cool crisp morning, or any time you’re in the mood for a hearty delicious breakfast, this easy-to-make oatmeal bake is packed with creamy banana flavor reminiscent of its namesake! Whether it’s a special occasion or not, you’ll feel like it is with each scrumptious bite. That’s why this is one of our favorite breakfast recipes to serve when we have guests. Simply double it for an easy, yet impressively delicious breakfast-bake that everyone will enjoy! Banana Crème Brulee […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

time saving tips for natural cleaning

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]

Three Household Products That Have Changed Our Lives (and 50 ways we use them)

3 Common Household Products That Will Change Your Life!

By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I’m a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited, but my passions have…shifted. You know what I really think is amazing these days? The three magical ingredients! Give me any household dilemma, and I’m almost positive I could solve it using vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil! Except tantrums. I haven’t quite figured out […]

Curbing Consumption with a Clothing Fast

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Ever considered a clothing fast? You won’t want to miss Hilary’s story! Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Until New Year’s Day 2013, retail therapy was one of my favorite pastimes. If I was bored, I loved to window shop. If I was frustrated, I loved to window shop. If I was feeling depressed, I loved to window shop. If I had a rough day with my infant and toddler, I loved to window shop. (Notice a pattern?) Typically my window shopping would lead to […]

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?- Keeper of the Home

By many people’s standards, I suppose my children don’t have that many clothes. I certainly don’t spend a lot of money buying clothes, and we sometimes have lean seasons where we run a bit low on boy’s shorts or wish we had just a couple more girl’s short sleeved shirts. The closet you see above is the hanging portion that contains three of our children’s shirts, sweaters, dresses and skirts (plus a few fancy dresses that hang above). What you see is basically what we […]