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Green Christmas Gifts Guideby  

Looking for green Christmas gifts? Here are the top 20 gifts we found as we scoured around our favorite merchants and looked for the best.

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How a Cleanse Improved My Life (and Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds!)by  

Cleansing has become an important part of my daily routine. I have more energy, sleep better, think faster, and forget less, to name a few of the benefits. I've also lost 15 pounds so far! As much as I've been trying... Read More

How to Make Your Own Natural Makeup #DIYFriday (with Video)by  

Not so long ago, I discovered that you can make your own natural makeup at home. As it turns out, it’s not even that hard: it’s a DIY project that turns into a fun girls’ day for us. We are using mica powder, zinc oxide, and activated charcoal to make our own natural mascara, lip tints, and powders. Basically they are ground minerals that are naturally occurring in the earth. The bonus is that minerals can be beneficial to your skin.

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12 Ways to Survive Hot Summer Nights without Air Conditioningby  

From your sheets and mattress, to the way you position your fans, here are 12 tricks to help you survive hot summer nights without air conditioning.

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5 Ways to Make Your Own Homemade Produce Wash #DIYFridayby  

Here are 5 simple and dirt-cheap homemade produce washes to help you keep the chemicals off your food (and also an easy guide to help you).

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How to Take Control of Your Mood {When Life Distracts}by  

How do you take control of your mood when life gets in the way and distracts you from your focus?

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Summer Organization Tips for Work-at-Home Moms (and Other Moms Too!)by  

Juggling the demands of working at home calls for summer organization tips! Here are some great resources to help as you prepare for summer and kids being home.

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Using the Peace and Quiet of January to Bring Direction to Your Lifeby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Inhale. Exhale. January’s here. Can you feel the peace? Have you embraced the calm? If your December was anything like mine, you’ve just made it through a Christmas frenzy. So much to do, so many... Read More

Simple Pleasures: A Day in the Life of Elsie, New Momby  

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer I'm just entering the stage of life I always looked forward to the most: motherhood. I've dreamed about these days for a long time, and in April of this year our son was born. Life... Read More

Getting Rid of Junk Will Make You a Better Homemaker (I Promise!)by  

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Do you want to be a better homemaker? Help your living space to breathe by clearing the clutter and eliminating stuff you don't need or enjoy. I had no idea what a difference decluttering would make... Read More

A Minimalistic Approach to Summerby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Whew. The school year is over. Does anyone else want to breathe a huge sigh of relief with me? In many ways, it feels like my family’s been on fast forward since school began last... Read More

4 Steps Toward Simpler Livingby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer With seasons of constant change, I often feel like I'm living in crisis mode, putting out fires and just surviving, let alone living simply. I learned about the natural living lifestyle in the fall of... Read More

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Homeby  

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Several years ago, my husband and I discovered that the clutter in our homes was eating away at our peace and enjoyment. It distracted us, made us grumpy, created... Read More

Healthy Ways To Handle Seasons of Stressby  

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Are you in a busy or even difficult season of life? Are you looking for healthy ways to survive (and even thrive) during these days? Look no further for help! Maybe, in full disclosure, I should first... Read More

Forget About Giving Toys … Choose Experience Giftsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Toys lay scattered across the floors of my children’s bedrooms. Despite my daily reminders to pick up, chore chart attempts and a rotating toy system that did – for a time – work wonders, my children have... Read More

8 Tips for Spending Less and Giving Moreby  

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer A few years ago, our pastor showed a video at church that completely changed my approach to Christmas giving. The video was by a wonderful group known as Advent Conspiracy. They create thought-provoking videos to inspire... Read More

Our Journey to Simple Living (and How to Begin Your Own)by  

Guest post by Elsie Callender  "What can I take to Heaven when I die?" I asked my mom, back when I wore dresses and pigtails every day, and my collection of American Girl Doll accessories was small, but precious. "Nothing.... Read More

When I’m Caught in the Rip Current of People Pleasingby  

Today I'm honored to be a part of Lysa TerKeurst's "The Best Yes" Blog Tour, along with many other fabulous bloggers. Learn more here - http://goo.gl/bQVJW0 Our lives seem to be one bumpy, gravelly mess of road work lately, like we've... Read More

Living with a minimal wardrobe (and loving it)by  

I have two pairs of pants. One black, one dark blue. When one gets dirty, I throw it in the wash and wear the other. If they both get dirty, I can pull out one of my two skirts, or... Read More

What to Do With Your Belongings Once You Purge Your Homeby  

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... Read More

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