Simple Summer Skin Refreshers

Simple Summer Skin Refreshers

By Andrea, Contributing Writer Summer is the time of year when more of our skin is exposed to the world. It’s also when we spend the most time in the sun and the heat. And time spent in the sun and heat is usually time spent sweating. Whether your skin is pale or dark, dry or oily, the summer can take a toll on it. Spending time outdoors can lead to breakouts, dry, flaky, red skin or even heat rash. The good news is: there […]

30 Sensational Summer Salad Recipes

30 Sensational Summer Salad Recipes

By Diana, Contributing Writer Summer is officially here!  During this season, my family eats lighter meals which includes an abundance of salads made with the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables from the farmers market or my own backyard. Often, we get stuck and salads become green lettuces with tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese.  Really, salads can be made in a hundred different ways. From vegetables, to fruits, cheeses, legumes, nourishing fats, and vinaigretts – you can build them anyway you’d like. Pick what’s in season. Add some vinegar and […]

How to Make Healthy Ice Pops & Frozen Treats

Say Goodbye to the Ice Cream Man: Homemade Frozen Treats

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Growing up, there were few things more exciting during summer than hearing that little ditty playing that meant only one thing … the Ice Cream Man is coming! Soon he’d be rounding the corner of our street, and so my little brother and I would make a mad dash inside the house to plead for some cash – and quick – so we could make it back outside in time to get our hot little hands on a cool, refreshing ice […]

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One of the aspects we enjoy most about the summer is the warm weather.  As soon as the sun starts peaking out and tendrils of warmth drift through the air, we are ready to go outside! We’re a bit past that now, seeing that it’s the middle of June.  We’ve had our fair share of 80+ degree days and a lot of humidity as well.  While it hasn’t deterred us — yet — it has definitely modified some of our […]

Backyard Bucket List (73 Frugal & Creative Backyard Activities for Kids)

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By Beth, Contributing Writer There are a bajillion ideas out there for super-duper fun things to do in the summer with your kids. Go to the zoo, go camping, exhibitions and fairs galore, summer camps, and the list goes on. Sometimes, though, you need to be a little more low-key. A little more mama-doing-laundry-while-the-kids-amuse-themselves-in-the-backyard. The stuff of regular-people life, ya know? We can’t all be traipsing all over the country exploring and taking in the sights. Many of us also can’t afford a ton of […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Freezing and Using Up an Abundance of Peppers

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I don’t pretend to be a master gardener. In fact, my thumb is more black than green. But one vegetable that always seems to flourish in my garden is the pepper. And, despite my limited abilities, my family always ends up with an abundance of them! Thankfully, peppers freeze extremely well, and there are lots of great recipes that call for peppers that you can implement in your kitchen all year round. Health Benefits of Peppers Besides being fairly easy […]

Blueberry Maple Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream

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Summer wouldn’t truly be summer without homemade ice cream. This dairy-free recipe is delicious for those who eat dairy AND for those who don’t. We all love it! Here’s an excerpt from my post today over at Simple Homemade: This recipe came about when we were first learning to eat dairy-free for the sake of two of my children. I was sorely missing ice cream, but was worried that anything I tried to make would be dismal failure and wouldn’t come close to satisfying. I am so […]