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

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 […]

Simple, Nutritious Snack Solutions

By Hilary Kimes Bernstein, Contributing Writer Looking for simple, nutritious snack solutions for your hungry children this summer? Try fresh fruits and vegetables. God has a marvelous way of creating snack food to be easily accessible and nourishing. You can curb your children’s hunger by letting them munch on something fresh and natural. You don’t have to worry about getting all Pinteresty cute with your preparation and presentation. If you do, your kids would probably get a kick out of it. But I’ll be the […]

Pea Guacamole Dip Recipe: Guacamole That Stays Green!

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer The first time I made this pea guacamole dip recipe, I served it to my family without telling them what the secret ingredient was. They could taste the avocado. They could taste the tomatoes. They could taste the cilantro. NO ONE detected the peas! On my honor. This guacamole tastes like the real deal. So why add peas to guacamole? They certainly aren’t a traditional ingredient. The benefit to adding peas to guacamole is it will keep the guacamole looking […]

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet (Plus 23 recipes)

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As I scroll through my Pinterest board for home remedies, most of the things I see are flu remedies and cough medicine. While you might need these during the summer, it’s more likely that you will be hunting for bug bite spray, poison ivy salve, and sun burn relief. I decided I needed to update my board (and my medicine cabinet) with all my favorite summer home remedies and recipes. I encourage you to pin these recipes and remedies and […]

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It’s nourishing and also allergy-friendly … no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but it feels like my kids are always hungry! Come to think of it, my husband and I are always hungry, too. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! It can be a real struggle to find foods that are filling and nourishing (and don’t cost […]

Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanser

This post was originally published at Simple Homemade. When I clean my face, I want something that leaves it clean and soft, but I’m very leery of using conventional products that contain harsh chemicals. I’ve been a fan of the Oil Cleansing method for a long time, but I have just one issue with it. I’m a lazy face washer. At the end of a long day, I buck at the idea of spending 4 to 5 minutes going through the process of getting my water really hot, steaming my […]

What to Do With Your Belongings Once You Purge Your Home

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer While many people today are caught in an excessive, materialistic lifestyle, others are embracing minimalism. Aspiring minimalists often have lived with too many belongings and appreciate the freedom that comes with un-stuffing their homes. When purging a home, Lorilee Lippincott suggests asking yourself: Do I really want to keep this? Would I miss it if it was gone? How often do I really use this? Some life events – like moving – can really help jumpstart minimalism. But without an […]

Strawberry Chia Muffins

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer “Mommy, I want to make something with you!” The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With my husband’s decision to quit his job, our routines had been thrown off. We were finding our new normal, and the fun baking activities got put on the back burner. Now my 3-year-old wanted to make something with Mommy. He didn’t care what we made. […]