Welcome to Keeper of the Home!

We’re so glad you’re here!

If you are a woman like me, you want the people you care about to live happy, healthy lives.

But let’s face it—living a naturally healthy life is not easy these days.

Does This Sound Familiar?

I know it can be tough to get reliable information you can trust about healthy living, especially when we are all busy women living life every day with family and friends.

We have so little time, it seems, yet we know nothing is more important than the health of those we love.

On top of it all, healthy living can cost a lot if you don’t have time to find the deals and learn the tricks to keep costs down..

All of it can leave you feeling frustrated, as if you’re letting your family down, as if you can never do enough for those you love.

And, let’s be real shall we—it can leave you feeling alone.

I Know How You Feel

I am a busy mother of six–almost all teens now!–and I’ve been part of the Keeper of the Home community for quite a while.

I’m here because of my own passion for healthy living and because of the great work of our founder Stephanie Langford. After 8 years and almost 20 million visitors, Keeper of the Home continues to be one of the leading destinations on the Internet for practical help with naturally healthy living.

Our digital library is filled with thousands of articles, thousands of recipes, and tens of thousands of solutions you can use on a wide range of topics—all designed to make it easier for you and those you love to enjoy a naturally healthy life.

I now lead a team of contributing writers, each of whom has felt the pressures you feel, who continue to produce valuable posts and resources you can use as part of the Keeper of the Home community.

It All Starts with My Family

I’m a Christ follower, praying daily for the eyes of Jesus to see others with the love and understanding only He can give.

I am deeply in love with and devoted to my husband. As a busy mom with several teens, I am always working on patience and clarity!

I’m passionate about my DIY bullet proof coffee (though my husband might use the word addicted) and I’m a coconut oil fanatic even while I’m juggling family life, sports schedules, and working from home.

Every morning I wake in awe of my hubby, feeling blessed to walk this life with him. He is a serial entrepreneur and business executive with a passion for helping men lead their families and he has just started sharing our intentional parenting practices.


As a mama of 6 kiddos, I have had many successes and even more fails.

I recognize the need for moms to share and encourage each other. It is amazing how often I find that women feel alone in rearing kids, being a wife, or just taking the next step on their quest for healthy living and happy homemaking.

I want to make sure that women are getting what they need to make good decisions and to feel good about making those decisions.

That’s why Keeper of the Home exists, because we believe everyone deserves a happy, healthy home.

We’ll send you our latest resource to help you on your naturally healthy living journey when you join the Keeper of the Home community now!

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Wondering what we talk about here at Keeper of the Home? I’d love to tell you.

Real Food

I haven’t always eaten real food. In fact, for much of my life, I ate foods that were decidedly not “real” in any way, shape or form. Growing up on a pretty conventional, standard diet of processed, convenience and refined foods, I had a lot of work to do as an adult.

There are many sites that take a heavier handed approach to teaching you about what it means to eat wholesome, nutrient-dense, life-giving foods, and one of our goals is to avoid that approach.

Instead, we want to offer up the information, along with a heaping dose of grace and real life and celebrating even the small changes, the little victories. Food should be enjoyable and not a difficult or stressful thing. We all need to eat, right?

first steps to real food KOTH

If you’re interested in making the switch to real food in your family, but not sure where to start, we have a great beginner’s guide to eating better. It includes topics like:

As well as a few other in-depth posts on relevant issues for eating well:

It's not hard to make homemade spice mixes...in fact, it's easy AND it saves you money AND it's better for you. Win-win-win! Check out these recipes and instructions!

Or find some tasty whole food recipes that we’ve shared. Here are some of our most popular ones:

Start Here

Or some kitchen DIY tutorials:

And we couldn’t not talk about the real foods I actually buy, and how I would feed my family if we were on a super tight budget:

Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshing Sprays {Keeper of the Home}

We look at ways to make healthier choices in other areas of home management, such as cleaning.

Living in such a toxic world, it’s crucial that we make every effort to keep those toxins out of the places we spend the most time in, and using all-natural cleaning products is one simple way to do that! Sign up for our free email list and you’ll receive a free copy of our ebook Clean & Simple, with 12 recipes using only 7 natural, non-toxic ingredients! 

If you’re looking for more information about natural cleaning around KOTH, we’ve got you covered in this area as well with posts like:

all natural facial cleansers

DIY Beauty? We’ve got that, too.

Many of us here at KOTH enjoy making our own beauty and skincare projects. No, we don’t make absolutely everything, but it is empowering to be able to make many of the products that we would have previously had to buy.

It’s frugal, easier than you think, and you’ll love the comfort of using products with pure and safe ingredients!

heal cavity with nutrition

Using natural home remedies, herbs and more.

Though I’m not opposed to doctors or standard medical care at times (because sometimes it’s necessary and I’m grateful for it), I also believe that quite often, gentler natural remedies work just as well or better, sparing us from the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals.

One aspect of regaining my own health was learning to support and build up my body with herbs, nutrients, exercise and other lifestyle changes, rather than just popping a pill.

As moms who love to research but aren’t certified medical practitioners of any kind, we aren’t qualified to tell you what to do… but, we do love to share what we’re learning, what’s worked for us, and hope that it inspires you to keep researching, learning and seeing what works for your own family.

Take a look at the books we’ve written

Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time

Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time

What’s holding you back from making the switch over to natural, healthier living? Feeling overwhelmed?

A compilation of practical, relevant and easy-to-implement “baby steps” designed to take you on a one-year journey. We lay it all out, step by step, to take the overwhelm and hard work out of it.

Real-Food-book-cover150pxReal Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less

Are you spending too much on groceries? Would you like to maximize your current budget so that you can afford more wholesome, nutritious foods for your family?

A primer for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget, while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods.

Plan it APlan It, Don’t Panic: A Complete Meal Planning Resource

What if you could learn to meal plan in a way that helped you to eat better, while saving you money, time and stress?

You can… for the price of one boxed convenience meal or a fraction of the cost of one night of eating out.

Or check out one of our series of posts:

Traditional Foods (raw milk, old-fashioned fats, meat, fish, fermented foods– the things that have kept people healthy throughout history!)

Gardening 101 (for Beginners)

Preserving Summer’s Bounty

Natural Home Remedies and Illness Prevention


Organization in the Real Food Kitchen

A Month of Routines (a collection of various routines and thoughts on bringing more order to the home– for mealtimes, when Mom’s feeling worn out, in the kitchen, etc.)

8 weeks to a less cluttered home final

We also have resources to help you in your home-keeping journey:

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home (a free PDF guide to help you declutter your home, little by little)

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart}

10+ Natural Cold Remedies {Plus Free Printable}

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version Plus Free Printable Grocery List}

Homemade One-Size Cloth Diaper Pattern and Wipes Recipe

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We’d love to keep connecting with you. Thanks for visiting!

The Basics

What is Traditional Food?

Rising Above Food Wars: Eat for God’s Glory

Even Real Food Bloggers Get the Blues (and How to Keep Nutrition Up in Busy, Stressful Seasons)

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Them

Ever Get Tired of Natural Living?

12 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2012

12 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2012, Part 2

10 Ingredients to Make From Scratch

Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue

Cooking for a Family When One Person Has a Food Sensitivity

Real Food Baby Step: Homemade Pantry Staples

Building a Grain-Free Pantry

The Nitty-Gritty on The Real Food I Buy and Where I Buy It

The Nitty-Gritty on The Real Food I Buy and Where I Buy It, Part 2

Frugal Living with Food Sensitivities

For the Love of Sourdough! Starting a Sourdough Adventure

The Benefits of Taking Your Cod Liver Oil

Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Why I Eat Plenty of Butter

What’s So Great About Raw Milk?

How to Make Fabulous Soup From Scratch Without a Recipe

When Good Nutrition Doesn’t Seem to Help

Simple Ways to Improve your Digestion and Gut Health

Valuing the Nutritional Wisdom of Past Generations

Making Healthy Changes When Your Husband Isn’t on Board

Our Motives for Healthier Living

Where Food Comes From 101

Don’t be fooled by “health food” products!

Dairy Free Alternatives That Work For a Traditional Diet

Serving Our Husbands Through a Nourishing Diet

Serving Our Husbands Through a Nourishing Diet, Part 2

Real Food on a Real Budget: Eat Local, Eat Seasonal

Real Food on a Real Budget: Finding Sources for Purchasing Real Food

Real Food on a Real Budget: Using Cash

The Soy Decoy: Don’t Be Deceived

Cutting Down on Sugar: 21 Ways to Eat Less Sugar

Attitude Towards Sugar

Cutting Down on Sugar: Why Do We Eat It So Much?

How Much Sugar Are You Really Consuming?

Good Nutrition in a Nutshell


Real Food on a Budget

How I Would Improve my $250 Grocery Budget Even More

What I Would Feed my Family on a Monthly Budget of $250

Using Beans to Keep the Food Budget in Check

5 Frugal Ways to Stock Up on Chemical Free Fruits and Vegetables to Preserve

Using Four Frugal Foods from the Produce Section Creatively

What It Means to Vote With Our Dollars

Pennywise Platter Thursday: Simple, Affordable Bread

Compromising to Make the Budget Work

Organic Food on a Budget

Real Food in the Kitchen

Seven Reasons to Love An Important Kitchen Tool for Healthy Food Prep

Using Stoneware for Baking and Cooking

Eliminating Aluminum From Our Homes

Real Food Tips

Cool Meal Ideas for Hot Days

Benefits of a Protein-Rich Breakfast (and a Protein Pancake Recipe)

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

21 Ideas for Celebrating a Simple, Natural Thanksgiving: Eats, Decor, Gratitude

11 Ways to Use Stale Bread

Too Many Holiday Sweets? Give Your Body a Sugar Break

7 Ways to Add More Veggies to Meals You’re Already Cooking

How to Cook Vegetables: Steaming, Pan Cooking and Lots of Tasty Recipes

Creating a Culinary Experience with Cheese

The Mediterranean Secret to Phenomenal Vegetables

How to Make an Amazing Green Salad

Fast and Frugal Snacks Straight From Your Garden

How to Take Advantage of Clearance Produce

10 Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals (And Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe)

Chicken Enchiladas and Salad in Thirty Minutes Flat

HealthIER Camping Food: 7 Tips for Taking Real Food With You

7 Fun Seasonal Snacks

Simple Summer Herbs: Refreshing Infusions

How to Make Water Kefir
Making Homemade Yogurt

Adding Seafoods to Your Diet

Traditional Beverage: Kombucha

Grass-Fed Meats

Getting Started Sprouting Wheat Berries

Liver: Learning to Love (and Cook) This Superfood

How to Make Your Own (Unrefined) Powdered Sugar

Using Sourdough in Wonderful and Unusual Ways

Whole Chickens – Less Waste, More Mouth-Watering Goodness

Taking the Mystery Out of Creme Fraiche (What It Is and How to Make It)

Making Your Own Sprouted Grain Flour

Simple Dinners: Making Meals that Work Together

Baking Day: Filling my Freezer with “Convenience Foods”

Baking Day: Making Progress!

Baking Day Comes to an End

Breaking the Habit with Coffee Alternatives

Raw Milk Substitute for Cultured Dairy Products

The Great Debate- Washing our Fruits and Vegetables

My Top 3

The Dirty Dozen (Making the Most of the Money you Spend on Organics)

Making Your Own Convenience Food Mixes

Making Cooking Easier: Using Your Slow Cooker

“Eating From the Pantry and Freezer” Month

Real Food Encouragement: Whole Wheat Bread

Easy Breakfast Ideas: From Scratch, With Real Food

What Eating Seasonally Looks Like For Us

Meal Planning

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successful

11 Simple Meals for Busy Nights

Tips for School Lunchtime Success

5 Frugal Real Food Meal Ideas

Getting Back in the Swing of Meal Planning (and My Two-Week Plan)

The Well-Planned Breakfast

Planning Weekly to Eat Well

Real Food & Kids

Let’s Talk: Should You Allow Your Kids to Eat Junk at Birthday Parties?

10 On-the-Go Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

Kids, Veggies, and Grace: What to Do With a Picky Eater

Q&A- Healthy snacks and easy lunches for little ones


Plan It-Don’t Panic Series

Real Food and Traditional Nutrition

You Asked For It: Plan It- Don’t Panic! {A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge}

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Week 1 of the Meal Planning Challenge

Plan It- Don’t Panic: The Official Start of the Meal Planning Challenge

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (Plus Grocery Budget Tips)

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 5 (And 7 Ways to Use Those Leftovers)

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge Week 4 (And What to Do If You Mess Up Your Meal Plan)

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Last Week of the Meal Planning Challenge


Eating From the Pantry & Freezer Series

Real Food and Traditional Nutrition

Let’s Save Some Money: The Eat from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge!

The Eating from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge Begins

Eating From the Freezer and Pantry Challenge: Week 1

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 2

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 3

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 4


Does the GAPS Diet Make You More Sensitive?

GAPS Diet While Pregnant

How to Prepare for Going on the GAPS Diet

The GAPS Diet: One Mom’s Experience

An Update on Our GAPS Diet and Related Q&A

The GAPS Diet: What It Is and Why You Might Consider Doing It

The GAPS Diet: Why Our Family is Doing It

Recipes, Kitchen Tutorials & Preserving

Main Dishes

Risotto with White Fish and Orange

Don’t Like Fish? I Bet You’ll Like These Salmon Cakes

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Grean Bean Casserole

Janet’s Tomato Sauce

Lemon Chicken with Dried Figs

Indonesian Rice

Thai Peanut Coconut Sauce (goes with Indonesian Rice above)

Amazing Homemade Hummus

Taco Salad

Sweet and Sour Lentils

Salmon Melts

Fish Coconut Curry

Piled High Veggie Potpie

10 Easy Meals for when You Forget to Plan

Ultimate Nachos: 30 Minute Dinner

10-Minute Lunches: Turkey Wraps

10-Minute Lunches: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Soups & Stews

Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs

Hamburger Soup

Simple Soup for the Spring and Summer

Mushroom Soup with Herbs

Lentil Vegetable Pottage

Spud Special Soup

Simply Super Baby Stew

Chunky Butternut Squash Soup

Scotch Broth

Cream of Tomato Soup

Sides, Salads & Appetizers

Simple and Fresh Tomato Salad

Make Delicious Kale Chips

Pumpkin Pie Casserole: An Autumn Comfort Food

Simple and Fresh Tomato Salad

Homemade Baked French Fries

Amazing Greek Salad

Bean and Brown Rice Salad

Roasted Beets

Broccoli Salad

Black Bean and Avacado Salad

French Lentil Salad

Butternut Squash with 12 Cloves of Garlic

Janet’s Bread and Butter Pickles

Sweet Potato Fries

Garlic Dill Pickles

Deviled Eggs

Sauteed Mushrooms

Papas Chorreadas (Creamy Potatoes)

Dijon Scalloped Potatoes

Bread & Baked Goods

Yogurt Dough: A Versatile and Easy Recipe

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

Simple Wheat Bread

Soaked, Yeasted Whole Grain Bread

Whole Grain Bread

Basic Whole Wheat Bread

Simple, Affordable Sourdough Bread

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes

Apple Cinnamon Muffins


Grain Free Granola: Super Easy, Use What You Have

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes: A Perfect Winter Breakfast

The Battle for a No-Fail Nourishing Popover

The Perfect Omelet {And 10 Delicious Omelet Creations}

Applecado Smoothie

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes and Homemade Pancake Syrup

Protein Pancakes

Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles

The Easiest Sourdough Pancakes Ever

Serene’s Rejuvenation Granola

Homemade Yogurt

Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Smoothies

Raspberry Pina Colada

Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casserole

Desserts & Sweets

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake (A Perfect Fall Dessert)

Dark Chocolate Flourless Pudding Cake: A Sweet Valentine Dessert

Secret Ingredient Brownies

Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Blueberry Maple Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Grain-Free Dehydrated Apple Pie, Sweetened with Molasses

Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake

Carob Delight Smoothie

Limeade Popsicles

Rich Carob Balls

Fruit Leather

“Sugar” Cookies

Incredibly Yummy Egg Nog

Blender Mocha

Janet’s Cheescake

Almond Coconut Crust

Scrumptious Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Fruitcake

Chewy Gingersnaps

Cream Cheese Honey Icing

Cinnamon Scones

Teething Cookies for Baby

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Cream Popsicle


Nut Butter

Raspberry Jam

Honey Butter Syrup

Stephanie’s Favorite Salsa

Creme Fraiche

Dill and Bread & Butter Pickles

10 Real Food Salad Dressing Recipes

Kitchen Tutorials

How to Cook Vegetables: Steaming, Pan Cooking and Lots of Tasty Recipes

Making Your Own Sprouted Grain Flour

How to Make Your Own Lox

How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir

How to Make Fabulous Soup from Scratch Without a Recipe

Simple Sourdough Bread

How to Make Your Own (unrefined) Powdered Sugar

How to Make Nut Butter

What Bone Broth Should Really Look Like

Soaked Tortilla Tutorial

Homemade Beef Tallow: A Simple and Convenient Way to Store It

Video Blog: How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir


Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Recipes and Tutorials to Keep You Busy Until Thanksgiving

How To Peel Peaches and Tomatoes for Canning

Freezing Spinach

Dehydrating Tomatoes

Freezing Raspberries and Strawberries

Freezing Bananas

Blanching and Freezing Vegetables

Canning Pumpkins

Canning Pears

Canning Tomatoes

Drying and Grinding Herbs

Freezing Garlic

Beautiful Blueberries

Home Remedies

Fighting a Cold with Home Remedies

Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub to Relieve Coughs and Congestion

Using Kudzu to Fight a Cold (A Simple Remedy for Children)

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

Boost Your Immune System For the Coming Cold Season Using Real Foods

Herbal Remedies

Using Herbal Powders to Supplement a Healthy Diet: An Alternative to the Daily Multivitamin

Favorite Winter Herbal Remedies: Colds, Coughs, Stomach Viruses, and Headaches

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose?

Naturally Neutralizing Stress: Herbs that Calm

Herbal Honey: A Sweet Holiday Gift

Cold Kicker Remedy: A Tried and True Recipe

Getting Sick = Good Practice with Herbs!


Natural Denistry

Natural Sugars Can Still Cause Tooth Decay

Holistic Dental Care: Looking at the Causes and Prevention of Cavities

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization


Home Remedies: The Basics

Treating First Aid Situations Naturally

How I Stock My Natural Medicine Cabinet

What it Means to Be Well

What is “Real” Health?

Resources and Links for Natural Home Remedies and Illness Prevention

Resources for Home Remedies: What to Buy, Where to Buy

Using Homeopathic Solutions for the Family


Home Remedies

Healing Ear Infections Holistically

How to Treat Bug Bites Naturally

How I Healed My Son’s Skin Infection (Without Antibiotics)

Clay As a Natural Home Remedy (Yes, Really)

What is Adrenal Fatigue and Do I Have It?

Adrenal Fatigue: Help and Resources for Healing

Treating Depression Naturally: Supplements, Herbs and Foods for Feeling Better

Harmful Handwashing: The Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps

Hormone Imbalance: Recognizing and Resolving It Naturally

One Mom’s Guide to Avoiding Swine Flu Naturally

Insomnia: How to Find Sleep Naturally

MRSA: A Safe, Natural, Inexpensive Cure

Q&A: Living with PCOS



Eczema: What is it and what causes it?

Bringing Relief to the Discomfort

How a Hard Lotion Bar Helped My Eczema

Solving the Underlying Causes, Part 1

Eczema: Solving the Underlying Causes, Part 2

Mothering and Encouragement


The Friends and Foes of Motherhood

A Heart for Adoption

Looking Through a Child’s Eyes

Parenting with Humility: From A to Z

Christ in My Kitchen

What Does It Take to Change a Life?

What the Hands and Feet of Jesus Look Like

Hope in the Midst of Trial

We Are So Rich

A Grander Vision

Do the Next Thing

Learning to Live with Less

The Value of Making Small Changes

Cultivating a Servant’s Heart as a Mother

Simplicity and Freedom

Hope in His Goodness

Mothering – Practical Tips

Training Kids to Help in the Kitchen

How Do You Deal With Challenging Behavior? (An Attitude Check for Moms)

11 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Diligent Workers

Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma by Raising Children with a Heart of Gratitude

Five Important Ways to Impact Your Home…and Your World

Encouragement for Mamas of Strong Willed Children

Cleaning During Stolen Moments

Creating A Dinner Time Routine

Starting Traditions as a Young Family

How to Date your Kids (and why that’s so special)

Memorizing Scripture as a Family

Get Outdoors and Get in That Sunshine!


Work-at-home Moms

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 1

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 2


Taking Care of Mom – Encouragement

Eliza Spurgeon: Legacy of An Apt and Godly Helper

Motherhood, Moses and the Beauty of Broken Vessels

Taking a Personal Retreat

Play it Again: I Choose Hope

Goals and Plans for a Slower Season

Carrying Burdens That Don’t Belong to Us

Finding Fulfillment in Being a Mother Only

Routines to Help the Weary Mom

Finding Freedom with Flexible Routines

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

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

The Terrible Thirst of Depression

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

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles, Part 2

I Wasn’t Trained to Be a Mom (But I Can Still Love It)

Why I Love Being a Mom (Let’s Shout it Out Loud)

Dealing with Daily Frustrations

When You Feel Like You’re Failing in Every Way

Spirit-Led Parenting: How Motherhood Calls Us to Lay Down Our Lives

If Motherhood isn’t a Competitive Sport, Then Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up?

From Cube to Farm: Surviving and Thriving as a Stay-at-Home Mom

The Titus 2 Woman: Encourager of New Moms

4 Ways to Take the Drudgery Out of Motherhood

Waiting on God

I’m a Mess, You’re a Mess, We’re All Just Lovely Messes

My Journey to Burnout and Back: A One Year Update

Why I Need Grace

Taking Care of Mom – Health

Making Mom’s Health a Priority

Developing the Exercise HabitHow I “Do It All”

Staying Motivated to Exercise


All Ready for Another Year of Home Educating!

Homeschooling Throughout the Summer

Home Education Schedule for the Fall

How a Visual Schedule is Bringing Order to Our Home

Project-Based Homeschooling

Seven Strategies for Home Schooling Moms

Why Our Family Leans Towards Classical Education

The World is our Classroom

Learning with Preschoolers

Going with the Flow of Learning

Creating Routine with Little Ones

Keeping Kids Entertained While You Work in the Kitchen

Projects & Activites

Cooking With Kids: Ways to Involve Young Children in the Kitchen

A Suburban Nature Walk

Getting Your Kids Outside and Having Fun, Too!

Quiet Time Bins

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

Natural Cleaning

In the Home

Recipe for a Toxin-Free Kitchen: 10 Homemade Kitchen Cleaners

Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshening Sprays

Better, Cheaper, Safer 4-Way Soft Scrubber

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simply

How to Keep a Clean Home: It’s all About Prevention

Conserving Water: Why it Matters and Ways to Do It

Carefree Cleaning

Back to the Basics: Frugal, Non-Toxic Green Cleaning


Natural and Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap Review: 5 Moms Test and Compare

Forget the Bleach: How to Use the Sun to Whiten Your Whites

Natural, Non-Toxic Laundry: Nellie’s Dryer Balls

How to Get Set in Stains Out of (Almost) Anything

The Stain Removal Trick That Saves Kids Clothes, Money and My Sanity

Charting the Way to Successful Stain Removal

Favorite Resources

31 Days to Clean

Healthy Homemaking

Pregnancy & Babies


Surviving Early Pregnancy With a Houseful of Littles

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Sciatica

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Something Fishy

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Heartburn

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: You mean my family still expects to eat while I have morning sickness?

Embryo Adoption: A Unique Option to Give a Child Life

Depression During Pregnancy: My Experience

Treating Depression During Pregnancy, Naturally

Preparing for the New Baby: How a Large Family Gets Ready

Why I’m So Glad I Exercised This Pregnancy

Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (From a Mama Who Learned the Hard Way)

1O Decisions for Parents of Newborns

10 Decision of Newborn Parents, Part 2

Natural Ways to Recover from Pregnancy

A Comparison of Birthing Settings: Home, Hospital and Birthing Center Births

OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider that Works for You

A Healthy Real Food Diet for Pregnancy

Taking Care of Mom After Baby’s Arrival

Managing Your Wardrobe: Pregnancy, Post-Partum and All Those Sizes in Between

An Easy-Peasy Meal Plan for the Pregnant Mom

Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnant

Kepler’s Birth Story: Water, Water, Everywhere

How to Have Natural Childbirth in the Hospital

Johanna’s Birth Story

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Preparing for Labor

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Caden’s Birth Story

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Considering Homebirth

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Considering Homebirth, Part 2

Exercises for Pregnancy and Beyond

Natural Bonding with Baby During Pregnancy

Charting Primer: Using the Sympto-Thermal Method to Predict Ovulation

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils, Part 2

Homemade Belly Butter (All-Natural Pampering for Pregnant Mamas)

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Counting our Blessings!

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Prenatal Vitamins

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: “Labor-Aid” Recipe

Cloth Diapering

Homemade One-Size Cloth Diaper Pattern and Wipes Recipe

Cloth Diapering a Newborn

Healing Rashes While Cloth Diapering

Solutions to irRASHional Problems with Cloth Diapers

Reducing Waste by Using Cloth Diapers

Dispelling the Myths: Why Cloth Diapering is Truly Easier Than it Seems

3 More Reasons That Cloth Diapering is Easier Than You Think

How to Swish a Diaper in the Toilet and Your Other Cloth Diapering Questions Answered

Affording Cloth Diapers on a Low Income


Basic Necessities for a New Baby

Safe and Natural Children’s Toys

Better Bedtimes for Little One

Essential Oils for Baby

Our Experience with Newborn Chiropractic Care and Why You Should Consider It

Herbs for the New Mama

Herbs for the Fussy Baby

Saving Big Money On Your Little Ones

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: 10 Questions to Ask

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: Pro-Vaccine and Cautionary Resources

Learning the Gentle Art of Infant Toilet Training

Adjusting to Life with 3 Little Ones

7 IndispensableThings

Making Mothering Babies Easier: Babywearing


Feeding Babies: A Relaxed, Common Sense Approach

The Nursing Basket: A Breastfeeding Mother’s Help

Diary of Nursing a Low Milk Supply

Organic Gardening and Homesteading


The State of My Garden So Far (Challenges, Mistakes, Pests and All)

It’s Not Too Late to Start a Garden

7 Gardening Lessons from a Novice Gardener

Gardening 101 Series and Heirloom Seed

Selecting Seeds for Garden Success

How to Plant a Garden That Works for Where You Live

7 Reasons to Square Foot Garden

Plan & Plant Now for Sustainability, Freedom, and a Backyard Revolution

How to Plan Your Garden

How to Plan Your Garden, Part 2

How to Plant Garlic in the Fall

Heirloom Seeds: A Frugal and Healthier Option for Gardening

Gardening with Herbs 101: Harvesting Your Herbs

Gardening with Herbs 101: Preserving Your Herbs

Gardening with Herbs 101: What to Grow

Gardening with Herbs 101: Where to Begin

A Year of Herbs: Ginger

A Year of Herbs: Garlic

A Year of Herbs: Dandelions

A Tale of Rhubarb

Getting Organized in the Garden: Seed Starting and Planting Schedule

Organization in the Garden: Evaluating What You Have and What You Need

Reflections on Another Year of Gardening

A Tale of Two Gardens

A Tale of Two Gardens: Part 2

Garlic Galore!

5 Steps to Being a Lazy Gardener

Q&A: In The Garden

Buying seeds for your garden

Sprouts -The easiest greens you’ll ever grow!

Spring gardening, here we come!

A Gardener’s Look at Life

Gardening in Less-than-Ideal Spaces

Naturally Controlling Pests in the Organic Garden


Planning What to Preserve

5 Ways to Use Blueberries this Season

Small Batch Dehydrating for the Summer Bounty

How to Peel Peaches and Tomatoes for Canning

Canning: Not What You Think!

Dry to Preserve: A Quick Guide to Dehydration

Freezing and Using Up an Abundance of Peppers

Play it Again: Canning Pumpkins

When Life Hands You Soggy Pickles… Make Relish!

The Lesson of the Pickles

Preserving Food with the Lactic-Acid Fermentation Method: Sauerkraut Tutorial

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Canning Pears

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Freezing Spinach and Dehydrating Tomatoes

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Canning Pears

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Drying and Grinding Herbs

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Freezing Garlic

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Beautiful Blueberries

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Blanching and Freezing Vegetables

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Tomato Canning Tutorial

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Freezing Raspberries and Strawberries

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Making and Canning Applesauce with Kids

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Considering the Savings

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Recipes and Tutorials to Keep You Busy Until Thanksgiving

What to Do With All Those Summer Berries!

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutney

Go Bananas Preserving!


Backyard Chicken Challenges

Having Vegetables When You Can’t Grow Your Own

Finding a Local Farmer

29 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home (and Save Money While You’re At It)

Frugality in Composting

Composting With Worms

Questions to Ask at Your Local Farmer’s Market

How to Find Local Sources of Meat

How to Find Local Sources of Raw Milk

Chickens Coming Home to Roost – In Our Backyard

Beekeeping: A Matter of the Heart

Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Started

Loving My CSA: Learning to Eat a Variety of Seasonal Produce

Growing a Potted Apple Tree

Natural Weed Killer Recipe

Understanding Communited Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and Their Benefits

Homemaking & Productivity

Scheduling and Productivity

Even Home Organization Has Limits

Seven Strategies for Having More Productive Days

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

How to Quickly Get Your Home Ready for Guests

Your Turn to Get Organized with a Meal ePlanner!

Overcoming Scheduling Challenges: Bringing More Peace to my Day

Creating a Homemaking Binder

Organization for the Disorganized

Q&A: Blogging and Balancing Time

Homemaking and Giving

11 Simple Homemade Gifts

9 Homemade Gift Ideas: Frugal and Fast

Coming Out of My Bubble: Serving Others by Serving Food

A Tour of Our Family Closet (Video Blog)

Q&A: Homemaking and Mothering

Beautifying Heart and Home

Four Steps to a More Peaceful Home

Kitchen Organization

Organization in the Real Foods Kitchen: Making Room for Bulk Storage

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Notes from a Small Kitchen

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Ferments Everywhere

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Planning to Make Food Preparation Happen

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Knowing and Using What’s in Your Freezer

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Menu Planning

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Favorite Recipe Lists

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: My Recipe Binder

11 Alternative Uses for a Coffee Grinder

31 Ways to Use a Mason Jar in Your Kitchen

The Benefits of Eating Down the Pantry

Cutting Down on Waste in the Kitchen: Tossing the Paper