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 […]

Ever Get Tired of Natural Living?

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Do you ever get tired of it all? Have you read an article on nutrition or being green, and found that your eyes began to glaze over as you thought, blah, blah, blah? Does the garbage sometimes seem like a more convenient option than the compost? Do you just want to break down and buy toothpaste that doesn’t cost $5 a tube? Sometimes I do. And I’d venture to guess that I’m not the only one. Today at Simple Organic I’m exploring what I call […]

Getting Back Into a Routine When You’ve Gotten Off Track

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Here’s how it usually happens: We go through a busy or hard season of life and I get off track of my usual routines, become disorganized, and things feel generally chaotic. So, I spend time putting together an elaborate routine, making all these amazing plans of how I will be more on the ball, more disciplined, more structured, and I will get our home, kids and myself back on track. Anyone want to guess what happens mere weeks (or even days) after I try to […]

What is Adrenal Fatigue and Do I Have It?

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Considered the “stress syndrome” of the 20th century, adrenal fatigue is still an under-diagnosed and little understood condition. More people than ever before are battling with chronically depleted adrenal glands, yet it is unrecognized by most doctors. Perhaps you have struggled for a long time with always being tired, for reasons you just can’t quite understand. Maybe several years of stressful circumstance after stressful circumstance have left you frequently sick, irritable, worn out or depressed. You might have pushed yourself physically too hard for too […]

Naturally Neutralizing Stress: Herbs that Calm

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer We all have those moments of random stress, moments that leave us drained, exhausted, and with a lingering feeling of depression.  This month at Keeper of the Home, we’ve been addressing ways to find a balance in our lives, both physically and mentally. On Monday, Stephanie addressed natural ways to approach depression, and she mentioned several herbs that can help to calm our senses in the midst of stress.  I’d like to elaborate further on some of them, and explain why […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles

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The response to this month’s honest discussions of burnout, fatigue, depression and general health and wellness has been so tremendous. Thank you all for sharing in such real and vulnerable ways. I’m humbled that you would share so much of yourselves and these very personal experiences. I think that it’s so important that we as women truly share our stories with one another, rather than continuing to pretend that we’re all “just fine”. Fellowship, encouragement, growth and healing happen best when we drop our defences and our perfect […]

My Journey to Burnout: Proof That I Really Can’t Do It All

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Burnout. It’s a word that highly ambitious and driven people like myself often think that we are immune to. I have struggled with over-achieving and perfectionism for almost as long as I can remember. At the tender age of 12, I worked a steady babysitting job every morning and after school, while balancing schoolwork, private music lessons, city orchestra and serving in my church. Even in my 3rd and 4th years of university, I maintained a very full course load with a high GPA, volunteered […]

Real Food Makeover: The Startup Family

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This week’s makeover is for the Startup Family. Meet Kim, Jim and sons Matthew (16) and Stephen (14). How They Currently Eat: I am so pleased to introduce you to the Startup family, because I admire what they are doing. Mom is aware of just how much their diet needs to change, and I think it is so courageous and admirable of her to sign up to do this Real Food Makeover. Kim, you’re amazing in my books! Their diet includes a lot of starch […]