All posts by: Allison

We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) As toddlers and preschoolers my boys often refused to hug relatives they rarely saw. Sometimes our less mature family members acted offended when the boys refused hugs and...
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One Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent It’s no secret that store-bought laundry detergent contains ingredients that aren’t great for the environment and our bodies.  From sulfates to dioxanes to fragrances, conventional laundry detergents are sudsing up a toxic soup in your...
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Does Common Core Math Work? Does common core math work? Yes and no. We’ll talk more about that in a minute. If you’re here for the new math help for parents, scroll to the bottom of this article for those...
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30 Frugal or Free Homeschooling Resources I’ve been homeschooling for over a decade and, with the exception of the first year when I spent nearly $1000 on a packaged curriculum that we hated, I’ve mastered homeschooling for free or frugally....
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How to Buy Contact Lenses Without a Doctor’s Visit – A Simple Contacts Review It happened again. I ran out of contacts lenses before I could get an appointment with my eye doctor to renew my prescription. I’m a busy...
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How to Have an Easter Without Candy Several years ago when our family first began our real food journey, we decided to skip giving our kids candy at Easter. We were just a month or so into our new way...
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My Simple, Natural Homemade Mouthwash Anytime I can save money and make my daily routine greener and more natural, I do. That’s why I’m so excited to share the easy homemade mouthwash recipe I created. When I began my transition...
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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Since I switched to a simpler, more natural lifestyle, I’ve replaced many personal hygiene products with natural and/or homemade alternatives. Homemade toothpaste was one of the first and the easiest natural hygiene products to replace. (See...
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Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets I don’t know if you’ve heard, but dryer sheets are kind of toxic. Yes, even the fragrance free kind. Of course, I know I can’t completely eliminate all possible toxins from my home. However, when...
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How to Make a Homemade Sourdough Starter Authentic homemade sourdough bread begins with a fermented, thick, gloopy substance called a sourdough starter. It might sound (or look) unappealing, but let me tell you, homemade sourdough starter is the first step...
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Is Salt Healthy? Healthy salt? Isn’t that an oxymoron? We’ve all heard the conventional dietary rule that tells us to avoid salt in our diets because it’s unhealthy. In fact, several years ago – before I began my real food...
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56 Free Homeschool Math Resources After we spent way too much money on our first set of homeschool curriculum only to discover we hated it, I decided to create my own homeschool curriculum. While I love shopping for new, affordable...
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56 Free Homeschool Reading Resources Fortunately for homeschooling parents there is no shortage of free homeschooling reading resources! Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  There are so many online resources that are completely free.  We’re fortunate to live...
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Yes! You CAN Work Full Time and Homeschool Your Children Maybe you’re here  because you work full time but you’re interested in homeschooling. Maybe you already homeschool but you need to work outside of the home. No matter your situation...
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Healthy and Simple Soaked Pancakes What’s more comforting on an easy Sunday morning than a stack of warm pancakes spread with butter and drizzled with maple syrup? Well, nothing – unless your belly isn’t comforted by foods made with wheat...
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What Happens to Your Body in the First Week After Giving Birth Written by Kandice Kelso I told myself after the birth of our first son, “I will always remember these moments and cherish these first few weeks forever.” My...
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Easy Kid-Friendly Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe You need a new ground beef recipe. What? How’d I know that? Because I can read minds. Okay. Not really. The truth is that I heard your family protesting yet another meatloaf all the way...
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Free Homeschool Planning Printables Homeschool planning is one of the most fun, but most time-intensive parts of homeschooling, in my opinion. Some homeschool moms, like myself, love homeschool planning and some homeschool moms just want to get through it as...
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My Favorite Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Remember the days before you knew about real food when you could – completely without guilt – dump a bag of frozen chicken nuggets on a baking sheet and call it dinner? Yeah.  Me,...
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Easy Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Are a Dinner Winner When my family began our real food lifestyle we stopped buying frozen processed dinner foods. So, when the boys asked for that standard childhood favorite – chicken nuggets – I...
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Simple Soaked Oatmeal Recipe – a Healthy, Real Food Breakfast You’re probably here for one of two reasons. Either you were searching for a soaked oatmeal recipe because you know it’s the healthiest, tastiest way to make oatmeal OR you...
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How to Save Money on Groceries Without Using Coupons Several years ago extreme couponing was all the rage. Thankfully, most couponers I know today have a more moderate and balanced approach to couponing. As well, many former extreme couponers like...
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How to Practice Attachment Parenting with Multiple Children Let me be the first to admit: Attachment parenting multiple children gets a little tricky sometimes. When my oldest was born and I discovered attachment parenting I gave it my all. I...
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Delicious Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe There are few things more sensory-pleasing than biting into a slice of pizza, feeling the snap of the crisp crust as it gives way to a chewy interior, and tasting the delicious tang of sourdough....
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A New Favorite Chicken Recipe – Honey Balsamic Chicken I have a new favorite chicken recipe – It’s my delicious honey balsamic chicken recipe.  I’m excited to share it with you. I’m not exactly sure where the inspiration for this...
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How to Make Waffles from Soaked Wheat Flour When my family transitioned from a Standard American Diet to a real food lifestyle I quickly learned the importance of sprouting, soaking or souring grains before eating them. I also quickly learned...
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Gluten Free Cream of Broccoli Soup Have you ever checked out the ingredients listed on a can of cream based soup? I have and it’s not pretty. That’s why I created an easy gluten free cream of broccoli soup recipe...
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How to Handle Embarrassing Breastfeeding Situations Let’s face it – nothing about breastfeeding is easy. Whether it’s struggling with the discomfort of breastfeeding, helping your baby find a latch you can both live with, dealing with public perception, or finding...
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Attachment Parenting Results After 18 Years Have you ever wondered about attachment parenting results past the first few years of life? I know I wondered about this when I was a new mom. My oldest son will be 18 this...
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