Tropical Delight Smoothie

tropical delight smoothie

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer   There is something about summer that brings with it the need to make me feel like I live near the ocean, palm trees and an abundant supply of coconuts. The truth is, I live in the foothills of Colorado - which I absolutely love - but it doesn't bring with it the euphoria of ocean waves and coconut beverages!   This is where I use our love of smoothies to fulfill this need for all things tropical. Everyday during the hot months of Colorado, we … [Read more...]

20 Home Remedies for Outdoor Fun

If you have been taking advantage of the extra free time, beautiful weather, and nearby fun outdoor recreation spots so far this summer, chances are your family has had a need for bug repellant, sunscreen, or pain relief. Rather than spraying or lathering on chemicals that could be harmful to our bodies, especially after so much repeated use over the summer, here are twenty DIY remedies that can be easily made at home. Even if you are an essential oil newbie like myself, you can … [Read more...]

5 Summer Fruits to Get Into Your Freezer NOW

5 Summer Fruits to Get Into Your Freezer NOW

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer One of the many reasons to love summertime is the wide array of fresh fruits that are available. Enjoying them fresh is so wonderful, but the season seems to be too short, so the next best thing is to get them preserved for enjoying throughout the year. My very favorite way to preserve summer fruits is freezing. Here's 5 yummy summer fruits that freeze easily and well, and some delicious ways to enjoy them: 1. … [Read more...]

4 Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids

4 outdoor activities

Written by Lydia @ Frugal, debt free life, *NEW* Contributing Writer I feel like Summer is the ultimate time for frugal fun. There are so many activities and events you can participate in as a family. And what is MORE frugal than your own backyard? I am big believer in free play. Free play is pretty much my best friend. However, I do want summer to be a time of learning and enrichment for my little ones, as well. Today I thought I would share some ways you can make outdoor time learning … [Read more...]

Quiet Nights! Stop Snoring Naturally

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  Written by Kari, Contributing Writer Sometimes certain subjects aren't exciting to talk about, but they affect our lives in more ways than we know. One of those is snoring. Yes, snoring and this is something that I have had to deal with in my 15 years of marriage. After 15 years of trying almost every way to eliminate this problem, it is FINALLY solved and we've had two months of snore-free nights. Now, I want to share with you how we got to this amazing place of peaceful and restful … [Read more...]

How to Pull Off a Simple – Yet Special – Father’s Day

How to Pull off a Simple - Yet Special - Father's Day

  Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer Father's Day is just around the corner. Have you made plans yet? When you have several young children, it can sometimes be a challenge to pull together a big celebration. Thankfully, celebrating special days doesn't have to be big or complicated. Just putting a little "heart' into them can make even the simplest plans memorable. If you still have small children who need lots of help with Father's Day, you'll … [Read more...]

Over the Rainbow {First Birthday Theme}

Over the Rainbow {1st Birthday Theme}

I cannot believe we actually have a ONE year old! Granted she's the 3rd baby, but only a few short years ago, I didn't know if we would have any more babies, then I got pregnant and after 40+ weeks she was welcomed into the world at home on March 5, 2014.  London is a vibrant little lady. She's full of life!  She adores her big brother and sister, she's into everything. Her laugh is contagious and only smiles when she feels like it (Hum, wonder what kind of teenager she'll be) … [Read more...]

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...]