Winter Giveaway Week: Win a ProPur BIG Water Filter System (valued at $290)!

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There’s no way around it: water is a vital part of our everyday lives. I love to chug down a tall glass of cold (but not ice cold, please!) water to quench my thirst – there’s just nothing quite like it. There’s also nothing quite like the taste of chlorine and sediment and general grossness that all too often comes along with tap water. Blech! I am very thankful to have access to relatively clean water whenever we want it. That is definitely not the […]

Fall Giveaway Week: Win a Royal Berkey Water Filtration System ($283 value)

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There are few things more basic for human survival and health than having clean water to drink.  My experience in the Philippines taught me how much we take it for granted that we do not have to struggle daily to access clean water, or for that matter, to access water at all. Those of us in North America or other developed parts of the world have such an incredible privilege of being able to turn on a tap to find drinkable water, safe from most types of bacteria, parasites, and disease. […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win a Royal Berkey Water Filtration System from LPC Survival ($283 Value)

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There are few things more basic for human survival and health than having clean water to drink.  My experience in the Philippines last spring reminded me afresh of how much we take it for granted that we do not have to struggle daily to access clean water, or for that matter, to access water at all. Those of us in North America or other developed parts of the world have such an incredible privilege of being able to turn on a tap to find drinkable water, safe […]

Healthy Skin Tips and Recipes for the Winter Months

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I’m from Minnesota. It isn’t exactly the North Pole, but it’s getting awfully close. Most of us up here are well acquainted with the dry skin woes, including eczema, cracked and bleeding knuckles, flaking facial skin, cuticle cuts, chapped lips and rough, hard, dried out feet. It’s not pretty. To make matters worse, women are sorely tempted to soak in the sun during the few weeks of summer, reaping more skin trouble down the road as their sun baked […]

9 Toxins to Remove from your Life

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photo credit Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer With my husband being a doctor, I have learned and am constantly learning new information about things in our everyday life that are dangerous to our health and are making our bodies toxic. Although you might not know it, there are environmental, household, food and life factors that play a role in how toxic you are. From the moment of conception to your current age, you have been around “stuff” that has gotten into your body (and even your mind) and could possibly […]

Dirty Water, Clean Water

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Updated: Thanks to my amazing readers rising to the challenge, we will be providing 4 families with clean, pure drinking water for a LIFETIME! How’s that for exciting? :) Water. So critical, so taken for granted. We may talk about staying hydrated enough. Make sure that we are using a quality water filtration system to avoid various toxins and chemicals in our water. But what we take for granted is that we are among the privileged few in the world who can turn on a tap in […]

How to Make Water Kefir

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve digestive health. Water kefir grains are not grains at all, but rather “bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship” (as noted by Julie of Cultures for Health.) The term grains really just describes their appearance. Because the grains feed on sugar, the resulting beverage […]

Gardening with Herbs 101: Where to Begin

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we’re discussing Gardening 101.  What better way to throw off the weariness of winter than with the joyous awakening of the earth around us?  Today I’ll be sharing some tips on gardening with herbs, and next time we’ll talk about what herbs work best in different environments. Let’s start with the basics: WHY should I grown my own? Growing your own herbs is easy to do, and you’ll be amazed at the […]