All posts by: Allison

Is Crying It Out Ever Okay For Your Baby? Few baby parenting topics are more controversial than sleep training, especially the cry-it-out method. As a mother who practiced attachment parenting with her babies, leaving my baby to cry alone was...
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My Favorite Steak Recipe – Sirloin Steak with Balsamic Onions, Bacon, and Brie Craving a thick, juicy steak?  Well, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you! This delicious sirloin steak with balsamic onions, bacon, and brie will take you to...
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Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie Recipe If you’re searching for a delicious comfort food dinner recipe you’ve come to the right recipe.  One of my favorite comfort food recipes is my easy shepherd’s pie.  It’s filling and warm and perfect for...
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How to Choose a Cover School for Homeschooling In some states homeschooling statutes require that homeschooled students must attend a church school or other private school in order to be within the law. Currently, my state doesn’t have any laws that actually address...
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Several years ago we decided to homeschool year round. There are many benefits of year round homeschooling that our family loves. Because we homeschool year around it may seem like we’re a super-serious, hard academic homeschool family. Actually we’re relaxed homeschoolers...
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56 Free Language Arts Resources for Homeschoolers Language arts is one of my favorite subjects to teach my children. Maybe because I’m a writer? Over the years, I’ve found many great free language arts resources for homeschoolers. We’ve enriched our...
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If you don’t homeschool year round you probably start your school year around August or September like the schools in your area. Even though most homeschoolers have the freedom and flexibility to make their school year as simple as possible,...
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Easy Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Children We all know spending quality time with our children is important.  The quality of the time we spend with our children is more important than the quantity of time we spend...
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Is Attachment Parenting Ruining Your Life? I’ve been practicing attachment parenting since my oldest son was born in 2001. I’d love to tell you that attachment parenting has been some easy-breezy, peaceful-earth-mother experience, but I’d be lying. Dear sweet mamas, attachment...
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Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup – a Nourishing Bowl of Comfort What’s better on a cold winter evening than a nourishing bowl of soup? Not much. I should know. My family eats a lot of homemade soup in the colder...
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How to Get Over Working Mom Guilt If you are a working mom you’ve probably experienced working mom guilt.  Some moms experience it more than others.  Some moms have felt it and made peace.  It’s not easy keeping all of...
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Healthy Homemade Chocolate Milk Syrup Recipe Before I understood what real food really was my boys drank a lot of chocolate milk.  We used both chocolate milk powder and chocolate syrup.  And I thought it was healthy. I mean, it...
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My Favorite Honey Chicken Recipe – Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs I love chicken thighs.  I love their flavor.  I love their texture.  I love their price.  Especially their price. Because saturated fat has gotten a bad rap (totally undeservedly) most...
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Delicious Maple Steak with Apple, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad Confession: When I was a kid I hated steak. I had one bad experience with dry, chewy steak and I swore it off forever. Fortunately, as a young adult, I...
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Is Real Plans Worth It? A Real Plans Review It’s no secret that I love meal plans. If I wasn’t committed to meal planning feeding my family a healthy diet would be a lot more expensive. In fact, having a...
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How To Discipline Your Child Without Spanking – 13 Alternatives to Spanking Your Child If you’ve decided not to use corporal punishment as a form of discipline you may find yourself unprepared for situations where spanking is often used.  Many...
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Low carb lettuce wraps are a versatile way to have a delicious low-carb, keto-friendly dinner the whole family will love. Low Carb Lettuce Wrap Recipes My family loves tacos, but after months and months of Taco Tuesday, we got a...
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Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Oh, ’tis the season, folks!  As we head into the depths of winter, our bodies face the task of fighting off cold and flu germs. The good news is, while our bodies are fighting...
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Does Gentle Discipline Really Work? I first read about gentle discipline when my oldest child was nearing his first birthday.  I’d practiced attachment parenting from the beginning, but hadn’t given much thought to discipline.  I knew from my own upbringing...
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How To Have A Stress Free Morning Routine As A Mom Hey, mama. Is your morning routine a little stressful? A lot stressful? If your mornings are like those of many other moms, you’re flying by the seat of your...
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Low Carb Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Recipe If you’re on a low carb or keto diet you probably already know that zucchini is included in many low carb or keto recipes. With only 6 grams of carbs per medium zucchini it’s...
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Healthy Cherry Vanilla Smoothie Recipe My family loves fruit smoothies. Although there is an endless number of smoothies we can make from various frozen and fresh fruit, we tend to stick to berries, peaches, and bananas for the most part....
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How I Stopped my IBS Naturally My IBS began suddenly after the birth of my first child when I was 22 years old.  At my six-week postnatal check up, I talked with the doctor about my constant stomach upset.  She...
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How to Make Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) When I was on a grain free diet I missed the comfort I got from a plate of buttery or saucy noodles.  When I first discovered zucchini noodles I was thrilled. I quickly found...
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Easy Homemade Toothpaste Recipe As I strive to live 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....
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Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe This cake is trouble, you guys.  I want to make it all the time.  I want to eat it all the time.  I want you to try it so you can join me. This flourless...
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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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Tomato and Avocado Salad – A Simple Summer Recipe Sometimes I get a little overzealous in the summer when produce is at its peak. Sometimes, when the beautiful colors of nature are at their most enticing, I purchase a few...
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How to Stretch a Whole Chicken Into Seven Meals One question I often get from friends, family, and readers is “Is there any way to make a real food diet more affordable?” Of course there is! I’ve written about how...
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Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Have you looked at the ingredients in your favorite body wash?  I have.  It’s not pretty. Check those ingredients on EWG.org. Then, throw that bottle of perfumey blech away. (Or, recycle it if you can!) Once...
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