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No Flu Shot For Me! Fighting the Flu With Essential Oils {Antiviral Spray Recipe}

By | September 16, 2014

by Virginia George, Contributing Writer Each fall we begin hearing predictions of the coming flu season. Experts speculate whether it’ll be a “bad” season, or just a mild one, and pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies start pushing the flu shot. Last year Walgreen’s came out with the “Arm yourself for the ones you love” campaign, making those of Read More

“Fat” is Not a Four Letter Word: Animal Fats

By | August 14, 2014

By Virginia George, Contributing Writer Last month we talked about plant fats. If you missed that post, I encourage you to read it as well. In it I discussed what fat is, why it’s important, and various considerations when choosing a fat such as taste and smoke point. It will give you some good background Read More

“Fat” is Not a Four Letter Word: Plant Fats

By | July 10, 2014

For years we’ve been bombarded with messages that fat is bad. We invented margarine (which is pretty disgusting if you read the history), built ourselves a food pyramid, and spent millions of dollars on huge campaigns to promote “low fat” and ” fat free” foods. Research is beginning to surface that questions whether the “low fat” and “heart Read More

The Dangers of Sports Drinks {Plus What to Drink Instead}

By | July 7, 2014

Photo Credit: michelle.schrank It’s a hot summer day. Your little man just got done with his tee-ball game and what does the mom who brought snacks hand out? A sports drink! Those boys have been playing hard, so of course they need a little pick-me-up. Inwardly, I cringe whenever I see someone, especially a child, guzzle Read More

3 Breakfast Foods to Reconsider (And Healthier Options)

By | June 26, 2014

  Image by Nana B Agyei Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day? You know that age-old bit of wisdom, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, that little one-liner is actually the subject of much debate, research, and conflicting information. According to medical literature, breakfast is touted as Read More

Homemade Bubble Bath

By | May 7, 2014

  Image by oleg, We’ve always been big fans of bubble baths. However, I’m not a big fan of the long list of ingredients on the bottle. Solution? Make your own! Kid Approved/Mom Friendly Bubble Bath ½ cups Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (or another natural liquid soap) 1 egg white That’s it! Mix it together Read More

What is a CSA?

By | May 1, 2014

By Julia Mangan, Contributing Writer Have you heard people talk about CSA’s but aren’t really sure exactly what a CSA is? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Members of a community agree to purchase a share in a local farm for the spring and summer months (and sometimes fall and winter depending on the farm). Read More

DIY Body Butter

By | April 29, 2014

By Ashlee Bradshaw, Contributor Writer Our skin is our largest organ, it is the first thing people see when they look at us, so people tend to want to keep good care of it. The problem with skin care products today, is that many of them contain toxic chemicals that are actually doing more harm Read More

Kefir Ranch Dressing

By | April 29, 2014

By Robyn, Contributing Writer One of the first things I switched to making solely from scratch was salad dressing.  It was a very easy, early switch to make.  The store brands are loaded with junk that I didn’t want to consume and making your own is so simple.  I’m embarrassed to say before I started Read More

Homemade Sausage: with a hidden superfood

By | April 22, 2014

  There are many reasons why you might want to DIY sausage with all homemade ingredients. It may be difficult to find pastured sausage, it may be more expensive, or you may be trying to avoid sugar which is in many sausages. Or…because you want to hide liver in it. Liver has a lot of Read More

DIY Snack Bags

By | April 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Kat. Kat is a self proclaimed “red-neck country wife” to one wonderfully amazing man, mother to many outrageous children, daughter of the ONE Glorious God. Learning to be more self-reliant & self-sufficient in a semi-homemade, homesteading way! How many bags (baggies) do you go through each and every Read More

Making Postpartum ‘Padsicles’ (Plus Bonus Perineum Healing Spray!)

By | April 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Karli Von Herbulis who lives just outside of Baltimore, MD with her husband Matt and their daughter, Hallelujah, born January 2014! She is the blogger behind Feed Me, Mama, as well as the co-author of Set Apart: Becoming a Woman of Virtue in a Modern World. She is passionate about natural Read More


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