These creamy, tropical Pineapple Coconut Popsicles are the perfect frozen treat to celebrate the end of summer!

Creamy Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

These creamy, tropical Pineapple Coconut Popsicles are the perfect frozen treat to celebrate the end of summer! Guest Post by Dena Norton of Back to the Book Nutrition Where did the summer go?? Somehow, it was June, then I blinked, and now September is just around the corner. My mind is racing with back-to-school preparations - everything from buying school supplies to what to pack for lunch (and what NOT to pack), to fast and easy breakfasts and dinners. (Here are over 50 healthy dinners ready in 30 minutes or less!) But I'm determined to relish these final days of summer before … [keep reading...]

Once you settle in to a new school year, it gets tricky to think of creative packed lunch ideas. Here are 25 resources to help give you inspiration!

25 Resources for Packed Lunch Inspiration

Once you settle in to a new school year, it gets tricky to think of creative packed lunch ideas. Here are 25 resources to help give you inspiration! By Hilary, Contributing Writer Now that the lazy, schedule-free days of summer are becoming a sweet memory and students everywhere are heading back to school, it’s time for families to get back in the swing of things. We’re talking homework. Permission slips. Early bedtimes and earlier mornings. Packed lunches. You may be brimming full of ideas for packed lunches right now, but in a month you may need some inspiration. Or, you already … [keep reading...]

If you have a little bundle of joy coming into your house, you're probably rightfully concerned by now. And if so, here are my Top 7 tips to avoid exposing your baby to harmful chemicals.

7 Ways to Avoid Exposing Your Baby to Chemicals

If you have a little bundle of joy coming into your house, you're probably concerned by now. Here are my Top 7 tips to avoid exposing your baby to chemicals. By Jennifer Taylor of Mom Tricks Like many people, I'm concerned about our exposure to chemicals in daily life. These days, you really have to check every label and research every ingredient to make sure you're making a safe choice. And this becomes even more important when it comes to protecting our little ones! When I was researching products for my son, I was surprised (and shocked) at what I found. If you have a … [keep reading...]

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Weekend Reads {August 22, 2015}

If you want to keep up with the reads that give me pause all week long, follow my Reads and Recipes board on Pinterest. If you want to follow along with my personal life, you can follow me on Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter to not miss a post!  Reads I Loved This Week Finding a Family to Adopt My Baby Girl Was Never About "Giving Her Away" @ America Adopts 20 Places You Might Forget to Clean @ Hilary Bernstein Jen Hatmaker on Her Approach to Faith-Based Parenting @ YouTube Growing Up Fast: Why 12-Year-Old Girls Are Having Sex Rougher, Earlier @ Fight the New Drug Stop … [keep reading...]

3+ Ways One Box of Mac 'n Cheese Can Equal Dinner

Easy Weeknight Meal: 3+ Ways One Box of Mac ‘n Cheese Can Equal Dinner

One box of mac 'n cheese can open up a plethora of simple, easy weeknight meal options for your family! And with Horizon Organic's gluten-free mac 'n cheese and a few healthy add-ins, it can pack a nutritional punch!  My firstborn started school last year, and my other two were in preschool. If I learned anything during that first year of having school-aged children it was that having simple meals on hand is a must!  Honestly, there was a time when I would have said I would never be the type of mom who served mac 'n cheese for dinner, but, boy, have I been humbled, and learned … [keep reading...]

Decluttering has changed more than just the look of my home...it's also saved me money by changing my spending habits!

How Decluttering My Home Changed the Way I Spend

Decluttering has changed more than just the look of my home...it's also saved me money by changing my spending habits! By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer One of the most life-altering journeys I've ever been on is one that I didn't even have to leave my home to take. My journey to simple living began in front of my closet, and continued through every area of my home. I purged junk from the bathroom, linen closet, my purse, and every other space that was choked with more things than I could ever use or enjoy. As I opened the airways in my home, purging junk and helping my … [keep reading...]

Replacing your skin care products with ones you make on your own can be an easy switch!

3 Frugal Skin Care Products That Work

Replacing your skin care products with ones you make on your own can be an easy switch! Guest Post by Emily Woosley of Non-Toxic Sweetheart What if I told you that you don’t have to spend your hard­-earned money on beauty products? Would you believe me if I told you that I have gotten better results and more compliments on my skin when I started making my own beauty products? It’s very empowering realizing I don’t need to pay someone for these products that I can make. You can do this too and your skin will thank you. Why did I start making my own skin care … [keep reading...]

we had one of the biggest scares of our life--our youngest daughter, who will turn 3 next week, almost choked on a quarter. My husband had to perform the heimlich maneuver on her. Thank God he knew how.

That Time my iPhone Scrolling Could Have Cost My Daughter Her Life

On one of the last days of our Costa Rica trip this summer, we had one of the biggest scares of our life--our youngest daughter, who will turn 3 next week, almost choked on a quarter. My husband had to perform the heimlich maneuver on her. Thank God he knew how. I know some people might call me a bad parent after reading this post. Some might ask: Why in the world would you let your child play with coins? Some might ask where in the world I was when she was putting coins in her mouth.  I posted a picture of the coins she had in her mouth that night on Instagram, but I didn't … [keep reading...]

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25 Creative Ways to Use Zucchini and Summer Squash

As summer starts to wind down, zucchini plants are really gearing up! Try some of these creative ways to use zucchini and summer squash and take advantage of this frugal vegetable's abundance. By Kristen Smith, Contributing Writer By the time August rolls around, most zucchini and summer squash plants are in hyper-production mode. With such an abundance, zucchini and summer squash become pretty inexpensive to buy. Some gardeners have so much that they are thrilled to give it away! There's even an urban legend that if you leave your cars unlocked at night, you might wake up to … [keep reading...]

Blogging has taken a shift in recent years. The focus is on more pageviews, more money, more fame. How can we grow a deeper community in the internet age?

I Don’t Want to Build an Empire; I Want to Build a Community

The year 2014 was huge for this blog and my business. Social media numbers grew. Subscriber numbers grew. Relationships with other bloggers grew (at least on a surface level). Income grew. And traffic went through the roof to numbers I only dreamed I would one day see. Other bloggers and even real-life friends began putting me on a pedestal. People said things like: "You're superwoman!" "You're famous!" "You have built an empire!" I even had people stop me in real life and say: "Are you Erin from the internet?" Some people felt guilty or like they didn't measure up when … [keep reading...]

After years of dealing with sensitive skin - and acne - I started using 2 ways to exfoliate naturally and improve the texture and feeling of my skin.

2 Best Ways To Exfoliate Naturally

After years of dealing with sensitive skin - and acne - I started using 2 ways to exfoliate naturally and improve the texture and feeling of my skin. Guest Post by Audrey Lefebvre of Castile Soap Bar Sensitive skin is a dermatological issue widespread throughout the world. It can be caused by genetics, unhealthy diets, or lack of skin-cell turnover (exfoliation). Why exfoliate naturally? Exfoliating the skin is an important step in a proper skincare regimen. It involves removing the outermost layer of the skin to get rid of debris and unclog pores. Improper exfoliation … [keep reading...]

I used to stop listening to people talk about healthy eating because I believed healthy choices were expensive. But clean eating on a dime is possible ... and it's not that difficult!

Clean Eating on a Dime

I used to stop listening to people talk about healthy eating because I believed  healthy choices were expensive. But clean eating on a dime is possible ... and it's not that difficult! Guest post by April Lewis of An Apple A Day Wisdom I'm going to shock a few people today. Are you ready? Clean eating can be super inexpensive. Simple as that. It used to be that when I would hear someone talk about healthy eating, organic food, or clean eating meal plans, I automatically stopped listening to their message because I had programmed myself to believe that making healthy choices was … [keep reading...]

If you're in the child-rearing, child-birthing, 30-something stage of life, abnormal is normal. Yes, it's normal when your hormones are out of whack.

To The Mom Who Thinks Her Hormones Are Out Of Whack

  By Jessica, Contributing Writer Dear mom who thinks her hormones are out of whack, They are. The end. Ha! Just kidding. There is more to the post! But seriously - that does sum it up nicely! So many of us women experience hormonal issues! I'm a member of a local "crunchy" Facebook group where moms can post their health questions and concerns, and, oh my goodness ... it is like clockwork! About once a week,  maybe more, one of us will post something that goes like this: "Ladies, help! This week I've been having cramps/bleeding/anxiety/cravings/fatigue/hair … [keep reading...]

Two skills that can be used successfully as life ­hacks to save a busy mom's life, when utilized well.

2 Skills That Can Save a Busy Mom’s Life … Do You Have Them?

Two skills that can be used successfully as life ­hacks to save a busy mom's life, when utilized well. Guest Post by Pat Fenner of Mom's Morning Coffee Ugh. You know the feeling. The alarm clock rings at Oh:Too­Early and immediately your mind is flooded with the day’s “To­Do” list: Household chores Child­care (double this if you have pre­schoolers or babies!) Get the kids to day care or school Get to the office Keep track of after­school activities for the kids Make supper (and maybe shop for it?) and clean up Prepare for tomorrow Even if you work from home, we all … [keep reading...]

Children don't need over the top celebrations ... they just need to feel loved. Parents will appreciate these simple ways to celebrate a birthday.

Simple Ways to Celebrate a Birthday

Children don't need over the top celebrations ... they just need to feel loved. Parents will appreciate these simple ways to celebrate a birthday. Guest post by Rachel of day2dayjoys.com 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 … [keep reading...]