5 Ways to Use Oil as Part of a Natural, Skincare Routine

5 ways to use oil

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Switching to non-toxic skin care is a logical step for those wanting to lead a healthy and natural lifestyle. Using natural products on our skin is helpful in reducing the toxic load we carry since the skin so readily absorbs whatever we put on it. Many mainstream skin care products contain a number of harmful substances, such as parabens, phthatalates, and a variety of other synthetic ingredients. Thankfully, creating your own skin care products is not difficult and can […]

First Steps to Eating for Fertility

First Steps to Eating for Fertility

Note from Stephanie: Many years ago, I connected with fellow blogger Donielle Baker through the realization that we shared a common struggle of infertility due to having a diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). What bonded us further was that we were both using real foods, herbal remedies and supplements, and making natural lifestyle changes to address the hormone imbalances of PCOS– and wonder of wonders, these lifestyle changes really worked! While I continued to focus on healthy living and homemaking in general, Donielle saw […]

7 Foods to Avoid

7 Foods to Avoid: Real Food Made Simple from KeeperoftheHome.org

Guest Post by Kresha of Nourishing Joy Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Up until a few years ago, I’d always been rather naive when it came to ingredients in packaged foods. “Surely,” I thought, “they wouldn’t use anything that wasn’t […]

Second Steps Towards Eating Real Foods: Switching Your Food Sources

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! I am so excited to be a part of the Real Food Made Simple series on Keeper of the Home.  I’ve been on a real food journey for over six years now and […]

Homemade Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve enjoyed learning how to make homemade products–like homemade liquid dish soap, homemade deodorant and various homemade food products, like bread crumbs and cream of chicken soup. Today I’m giving you a recipe for a safe antibacterial foaming hand soap. Besides being void of the harmful triclosan found in conventional, store-bought antibacterial soaps, this soap recipe is easy, frugal and 100% natural! The antibacterial ingredient in this soap is thieves essential oil. […]

Real Food Baby Step: Homemade Pantry Staples

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Guest post written by Mandi Ehman This week I’m excited to release my brand new ebook, Easy Homemade: Homemade Pantry Staples for the Busy Modern Family, which is on sale for just $0.99! When I first shared my new cookbook with Stephanie, I described it as “real food-lite.” It’s a bridging-the-gap cookbook for families, like mine, who want to eat healthier and eliminate questionable ingredients from their kitchens but aren’t quite ready to make their own kefir and kombucha or to soak grains. This cookbook […]

Does the GAPS Diet Make You More Sensitive?

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I’ve talked about the GAPS diet on this blog previously, and I know that there are many of you that have been or are currently on the diet. Today we’re privileged to have Caroline share with us. I was blown away to read the blog of this very spunky, knowledgable and passionate 18 year old, and today she has graciously shared some of her own GAPS story with us. Meet Caroline Hi, I’m Caroline! I am 18 years old and I have a passion for nutrition and […]

Homemade Lemon Citrus Produce Wash {Natural, Fast, & Easy}

Homemade Natural Veggie Wash

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer It’s berry picking season and that means strawberry shortcakes, blueberry banana smoothies and berry jams & crisps but if you are like me, you make sure your fruits (and your veggies) get washed before you ever eat or make anything with them. Did you know that simply rinsing them under water does not get all of the contaminants like pesticides, bacteria or even other toxic chemicals off of your produce? You might as well not even rinsed them. In my opinion, I think produce should be washed in the […]