Dandelion: a Nutritious Healthful Weed

Dandelion Healthful Weed

Written by Hillary, Contributing Writer The humble dandelion is often looked down upon for being a weed.  It is a weed, but a nutritious healthful weed.  By definition, a weed is a wild plant growing where it is not wanted; "a plant in the wrong place".  Many desirable, delicious, nutrient-dense plants are technically weeds.  Once you see the goodness, you will not snub the dandelion any longer. Dandelions - all parts except the stem - are full of vitamins, minerals … [Read more...]

5 tips for Smoother, Happier Mornings

5 tips for smoother mornings

Written by Lydia @ Frugal, debt free life, Contributing Writer A school bus rolled by my house this morning. I was sitting at my desk reading my emails, sipping a cup of coffee when I heard the tell tale sound of a diesel engine rumbling down the road. Is it back to school time already? A quick glance at my Facebook feed filled with smiling faces in fresh school uniforms or holding up newly-minted backpacks confirmed it. Even for those of us whose children aren’t yet school-aged (or in my … [Read more...]

Five Books to Read During Seasons of Grief

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer Tomorrow is one month since I gave birth to my son. Except it was not the joy-through-pain experience that I have had three times before. This time my baby was born stillborn at twenty-two weeks. Wholly unexpected and wholly devastating. We have experienced a lot of emotions over the past month, of course. Our children are young, so they can switch from being sad their brother is gone to waging transformer battles in the … [Read more...]

A Need for Relationship with Other Moms

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This may be surprising if you knew me five+ years ago, but over the past 3 to 4 years, since around the time we moved from one to town to another, I have went back to my introverted self. I'm not sure if introverted self explains it, but the comparison trap, am I good enough, I'm too shy, have so much to do at home, whatever the excuse is. Holding back, not taking a risk.  We were busy, starting a business, kids starting preschool, then on into elementary school. Encountering … [Read more...]

Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza {for a Large 16 inch Pizza}

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

One thing I love is pizza, I mean who doesn't??? There's something nostalgic about it, you bite into a cheesy piece of deliciousness and your tastebuds erupt with excitement and fun memories.  We have pizza night on Friday nights, a lot, not always but I'd say at least 1-2 times per month. You can make pizza healthier, for one, done't get delivery, make your own. For the crust, you can use whole wheat (if it's sprouted, even better) use sourdough, use a gluten free flour or even a … [Read more...]

The Succesful Transition from Summer to School

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Written by Kari, Contributing Writer Getting ready for the new school year means many things in our home. Our sleep schedule has to change, our chores change, we supplement differently and we have to ease back into a daily routine. Summer offers such freedom and opportunity to be laid back and relaxed. The kids can sleep in if they want (although mom keeps her 5:30am wake up time), we don't have to eat breakfast right away, we can chill inside during the afternoon heat and watch a … [Read more...]

All Shook Up: Fun Homemade Whipped Cream

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Written by KT @ One Organic Mama, Contributing Writer I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of sugaring up the kids with whipped cream and candy - BUT - this was fun, they had to work for their whipped cream :) AND it was super easy.   When I was in my last few weeks of pregnancy, a few months ago and getting outside with the kids for physical activity has been a challenge! It is easy to send them outside - but they like when they have a task or when I am out there with them :) this … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Electronic Devices are Hurting our Kids

5 Reasons Electronic Devices are Hurting our Kids

Some studies suggest that kids are spending over 6 hours a day using electronic devices, which includes TV, computers, mobile devices, video game consoles and music systems. Whoa... that is CRAZY!! Extensive research has been conducted to establish the effects of these devices on kids. The findings of these studies show that there are both positive and negative effects. However, there are more negative effects since regular and overexposure to these devices can negatively affect the minds of … [Read more...]

Simple Ideas for Celebrating a Birthday without the Junk

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Birthdays come once a year, per family member, but for me, I often feel all rushed and hurried like it snuck up on me.  Some might call this procrastination (ahem!) ;) and others might call this the "creative last-minute" adrenaline rush.  When celebrating birthdays in our family, I typically do something special on the day and have a birthday party later on. I did this for our daughter Julia's recent Frozen Birthday Party since her birthday in a few days after Christmas, we … [Read more...]

5 Tips For a Successful Homeschool Year

5 Tips for a Successful Homeschool Year

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer Today is the first day of our new school year. Today the books are out again, all fresh and crisp. Everyone is excited, and everything is new - for now. But within a few weeks - maybe even days - the newness wears off and my children will wonder how they got duped by those pretty, crisp-covered books again. Sound familiar?  After 20 years of homeschooling, we still sometimes struggle. But along the way, I've learned a … [Read more...]