Day Hiking with Kids

Day Hiking with Kids

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer One of our family's favorite things to do together is to get out in the woods and explore. Sometimes we venture farther off into the mountains or state parks, other times we keep closer to our home and stick to nearby environmental centers and local parks.  It's a free and fun, and a great source of exercise for all of us.  There are times when fatigue or forgetfulness make me prefer the comfort and ease of staying home, … [Read more...]

How to Find Heart Strength When Pain Sears Deep

Why? What had happened? Why had we ridden this roller coaster of worry and peace only to finally end up here? I was helpless in the arms of my loving Father.

  Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.' " (Lamentations 3:21-24, ESV) The familiar pink line confirmed what I had already suspected: we were expecting our tenth baby. I was excited to see it again because … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Homemade Brown Sugar

Quick and Easy Homemade Brown Sugar in the Vitamix

Written by Contributing Writer, Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life It's true that too much sugar isn't good for you, but I'm not likely to completely give up on the occasional sweet treat.  Instead, we focus on limiting sugar in our day to day diets and choosing healthier alternatives to processed desserts.  Making our own treats is healthier and it saves us money to boot. I've also found that I can simplify my grocery shopping and save more money by learning to make own of the basics … [Read more...]

The Healthy Lifestyle I Have Chosen

Written by Imperfectly Pamela, Contributing Writer 9+ years ago I decided to treat myself better.  My food choices were crazy & fitness was, well, there was no fitness. I had also just had my 3rd child & knew there needed to be a change.  My oldest son had made a couple, very innocent comments about my weight.  Things.needed.to.change. I started slowly with some walking dvd's (Leslie Sansone anyone?).  They were 20-30 minutes.  Totally doable with … [Read more...]

A Few of my Favorite Things {April Edition}

A few of my favorite things {April 2015}

I really enjoy getting to know some of my favorite bloggers from "behind the scenes." Ya know, what they're doing in REAL life.  I enjoy how to's, DIY ideas, 5 ways to... and so on but I also like to know that other bloggers, that they are just like me, real moms who have beyond blessed days and also have days they struggle and are in need of encouragement just like you and I, just trying to figure this thing out. Some of my favorties are Erin from The Humbled … [Read more...]

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

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Written by Contributing Writer, Kari at Living Strong, Health & Wellness Cleaning. We all have to do it and if you think about it, this is a constant activity in our lives. Whether we are personally the ones cleaning our homes or someone else is, the fact is, you have to use cleaners. Unfortunately, the cleaners most people have in their home are extremely toxic and dangerous to our health. If you think about how often cleaners are used in our home, you can get a good picture of … [Read more...]

1st Birthday Canvas

Baby Canvas Art #Birthday

I absolutely love getting crafty.  Between part-time homeschooling, activities, and the regular day to day tasks I feel as though getting crafty has been put on the back burner. I have been more focused on getting the chores done, working around naptime, and so much more that I have forgotten to have a little fun.  So my mission as we enter Spring and on into Summer, is to have more fun!  And getting crafty is so much fun to me and my kids love it as well. So I … [Read more...]

How To Attract Butterflies and Birds To Your Yard

How To Attract Butterflies & Birds To Your Yard

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer I love spring! It's my favorite season of all. When the dull gold-green grass brightens to vibrant, fresh green and the tender leaves begin sprouting on trees and bushes, I get eager to turn my attention outdoors. The garden calls, and I'm ready to clean out dead leaves that have littered the beds, repot plants that need larger homes, and bring some fresh new color to the garden and yard. And on the days I spend many hours … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do to Get Your Garden Growing

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Written by KT @ One Organic Mama, Contributing Writer  It's been a LONG winter here in Central MA.  We had over 100 inches of snow, and the remnants of it still remain in my yard and covering my garden.  It has been 50 degrees the past few days, yet still we have about 1 foot of lingering snow/ice/sand/yuck.  The kids think it's summer, they are running around with water guns, riding their bikes in the driveway, and splashing in the mud.  I am focusing on getting the … [Read more...]

Lemon Meringue Pie for Spring

lemon meringue pie

Written by Reelika @ Financially Wise On Heels, Contributing Writer Around Easter-time, we always look for simplicity, quality family time and enjoying special treats. As a total baking fanatic, I love to bake something delicious that entire family can enjoy.  Lemon Meringue Pie for Spring There are several lemon meringue recipes available, but my absolute favorite is the one I am sharing with you today.  What’s your favorite pie for Spring? … [Read more...]