My Single Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent

One Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent I’m so happy to share with you guys this easy homemade laundry detergent. It’s no secret that store-bought laundry detergent is not the healthiest of products.  From sulfates to dioxanes to fragrances, conventional laundry detergents...
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5 Books for Weight Loss with Real Food

Do you want to lose weight in the new year? I’ve got five books you must read for weight loss with real food. 5 Books to Read for Weight Loss With Real Food A few years ago, I lost 47...
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  • Sweet Potato Frittata

Sweet Potato Frittata

Sweet potatoes are an important part of my family’s real food diet. Did you know that sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse? They contain ample amounts of Vitamins A, B, C and the mineral potassium. And, even though they have...
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Best Art Gifts for Kids

I admit, my arts are music and writing. My husband is all science and sports. We don’t spend a lot of time on art (outside of music) around here because we fill our time with other activities. But, some of...
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10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know

10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know 10.  You can do it.  No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your relationship status, you’ve got this, mama.  It’s what you were born to do.  Once you go...
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Easy Homemade Jell-O Recipe Made with Fruit Juice

Easy Homemade Jell-O Recipe – Bonus! It’s Healthy! Did you know that jello is a healthy treat for kids and adults? Wait! Let me explain: My homemade jell-o recipe is healthy because it’s sugar-free (with no artificial sweeteners!) and made...
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Science Gift Ideas for Kids

 If your kids are as into science as mine are, then you’re going to love this great holiday gift guide for kids who love science. We’ve always tried to get gifts for our boys that were educational so as they’ve...
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  • Children and Force Affection

Why I Don’t Force My Boys to Hug Other Adults (Not Even Grandma!)

We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) When my boys were preschool age and younger, family members would sometimes act offended when the boys refused hugs and kisses.  My husband and I tried to stifle...
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  • Children and Chores

How to Create a Chore Plan for Your Children

How to Create a Chore Plan for Children If you’ve implemented a chore system with your children you already understand the importance of children doing chores.  If you are like me, then you might be hesitant to assign chores to your children...
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Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

Easy Acorn Squash Recipe – Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash I’ve found a new favorite fall recipe!  This quinoa stuffed roasted acorn squash is so delicious and super easy to make.  Although it takes 40 minutes to roast the squash, the...
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Although I am no longer a vegan or vegetarian, I certainly remember how it felt to participate in meat-centered holiday meals with friends and family when I didn’t eat meat.  When the standard Thanksgiving centerpiece dish is a turkey,...
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  • Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Paleo Thanksgiving

Paleo Thanksgiving When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a lovely holiday that meant lots of delicious comforting food.  My father, who was born and raised in the North Eastern US made his homemade turkey stuffing and my mother, who...
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Holiday Gift Guide for Homeschoolers

If you’re looking for some great holiday gift ideas for the special homeschooled child in your life or just want to take advantage of holiday sales to add to your homeschool stash, now is the time! Check out this awesome...
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  • 25 Days 25 Ways to Care

25 Days 25 Ways to Care Contest – Enter Now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Create the Good for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We all know someone who has selflessly given of themselves in a caretaker role. These compassionate individuals step outside...
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  • Easy Butternut Squash Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Butternut squash soup is a family favorite here.  It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s . . . perfect.  And, made with homemade bone broth, it’s incredibly nourishing. I love serving this dish on cool fall evenings...
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  • Easy Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice

Easy Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice Recipe I have a serious fondness for curry dishes.  The warmth and the variety of the flavors in both curry powder and garam masala make me very happy.  Though I never ate Indian cuisine...
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  • How to Save on a Cell Phone Bill

9 Ways to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

I haven’t accepted many guest posts on Our Small Hours lately, but when Stephanie of HowMuchIsIt.Org presented this idea for an article I knew you guys would love it. If you ever feel like you are paying too much for your...
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  • Chocolate Fudge Made With Maple Syrup

Easy Maple Chocolate Fudge

Easy Maple Chocolate Fudge Raise your hand if you love chocolate! When I’m in the mood for chocolate, my easy maple chocolate fudge is my go-to chocolate treat. It’s simple, it’s silky and it’s more decadent and healthy than the...
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  • Best Children's Books About Fall

Children’s Books About Fall

The Best Children’s Books About Fall Oh, sweet Autumn!  It’s that time of year again when we all feel a little more snuggly.  There are few things more precious on a cool fall day than snuggling up with my boys...
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  • Ways to Help a Child Who Daydreams in School

Tools to Help Your Homeschool Child Focus

Happy Fall, Homeschool Mamas! Many of us are the midway point of this semester. The weather is gorgeous outside and sometimes our kiddos would rather be out there than trudging through homeschool lessons. That’s why I’m sharing some great tools...
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  • The Best Real Food Pumpkin Recipes

Real Food Pumpkin Recipes

The Best Real Food Pumpkin Recipes If there’s one food flavor that has the ability to make me feel cozy and comfy, it’s pumpkin.  Pumpkin, combined with the warmth of pumpkin pie spice flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves,...
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  • Best Place to Buy Essential Oils

Five Must-Have Essential Oils for Fall

Five Must-Have Essential Oils for Fall I’ve been using essential oils daily to support my family’s physical and emotional wellness since the spring of 2014.  I am amazed all the time at what a difference they have made for us....
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  • How to Make Risotto Easy Recipe

Pumpkin Risotto

It’s everything-pumpkin season again. I’m sharing my easy pumpkin risotto recipe with you today. You can add it to your fall recipe list along with the amazing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I shared recently. Don’t forget to check out my...
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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Thanks to my pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe my whole house smells like autumn. Yum!   It’s finally fall – even here in the South where fall seems to come a little later each year.  That means, in addition to...
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My Family’s Journey Into Natural Living

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My family’s journey into natural living actually began when I was a child. My mother was passionate about green...
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  • Why I'm Not Encouraging my Children to go to College

10 Reasons I’m Not Encouraging My Kids to go to College

Call the parenting police! I’m not encouraging my kids to go to college. Really, it’s not that simple. Let’s get this out of the way:  We homeschool and we make college prep a priority. It is my responsibility to prepare...
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  • Help for Dyslexia

Four Great Resources for Dyslexia

October is National Learning Disabilities Awareness month, and I’ll bet that at least one person in your life has been affected by a learning disability. I have a family member with dyslexia, so being a part of providing helpful resource...
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  • How to Make Homeschooling Fun

An Easy Way to Make Homeschool Learning Fun

Here’s An Easy Way to Make Homeschool Learning More Fun One of the reasons that we homeschool is so our boys can learn in an environment that supports their individual learning styles. We also strive to make learning as natural and...
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3 Ways to Make Moving More Affordable

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U-Pack. All opinions are 100% mine. Since we married almost 16 years ago, my husband and I have moved three times. We’re currently considering a fourth move within the...
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  • The Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

The Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

Math can be quite the 4 letter word but, with the right curriculum, it becomes an amazing tool that unlocks the world around us. Using the best math curriculum for your individual children is important because each child learns differently. ...
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