Parenting During the Launching Season

Guest post today! I would like to introduce you to my friend Jennifer, a fellow blogger and mom who shares a desire to live naturally and with intentionality.   I am a mother of 4 and the oldest is now 16.  I was kind of broad-sided this past fall as we jumped into the next season of life, the season of…

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Jack O'Lantern Cuties

  So simple and easy, but super fun and no worries about all the excess sugar and everything else we want to avoid during these sugary holidays. This is another project that is fun for kids to be involved in! Having a big bowl of jack-o-lantern to munch on during your Halloween party is terrific…

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Chocolate Dipped or Painted Apricots

I love having “food crafts” for my kids to work on. Having the kids help with preparing food is great on so many levels! Gets them in the kitchen so they’re comfortable with “cooking” Builds wonderful memories Fills the creativity need Gives them something to work on Helps them enjoy giving to others (we always make treats…

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The Ultimate Clutter Free Gift Giving Guide

  Earlier this year, I wrote an entire series of clutter free gifts ideas and they have been more popular than I ever anticipated! Clutter from gifts has become overwhelming to many of us, especially to parents of little ones, who have to try to teach gratitude among overabundance and teach good stewardship with poorly…

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How I Cured My Infant's Eczema

  I had an interesting reader question this week, and I thought it best to answer in a post, in case others have the same question: Hi Rachel, I love your blog, your commitment to Jesus, and your desire to inspire others with the freedom that comes from minimalism! I read your recent recipe post…

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Halloween Fruit Kabobs

Anytime we take the time to make something special for the children in our lives, they enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be full of sugar, artificial colors or have some character on it. Kids notice when we take time out of our day just for them. It’s actually more meaningful to make something simple like…

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Dairy Free Caramel Apples

  For the last few months I’ve been gluten free and dairy free. Our youngest son, currently 10 months, had horrible eczema and as long as I avoid gluten and dairy, he’s fine. (Click here to read more about our eczema journey.) It’s definitely been challenging not having dairy- I love cheese and butter! But…

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Harvest Parfaits

  Being a foodie and particularly a real food foodie, I’m always bothered by the excess of sugary junk that gets devoured on Halloween. No one, and I mean no one, needs that much candy, let alone the chemical additives that are included to it to make it taste acceptable. Our kids don’t eat a lot…

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Declutter and Organize Kid's Closets

Closets tend to be one of those places where we stuff everything we don’t want to deal with. But they are really a useful space, allowing items to be stored here, rather than out in the open. The more space we can keep in our closet the easier it is for kids to keep their…

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What Our Homeschool Day Looks like

I believe any form of schooling/education can work  and produce good individuals. There isn’t one right way for everyone, and it doesn’t matter how much we shelter or how much freedom we give to our children, they will still make their own decisions. Success in parenting is: having a relationship with our children and that…

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Simple Children's Birthday Parties

    As the years have gone by, it seems like kid’s birthday parties have gotten more and more elaborate. With having 6 kids, I had to set some boundaries fairly early for attending and having birthday parties: How many birthday parties should my child attend? When my older kids were young, money was pretty tight and…

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101 Real Food Snacks to Add to a Sack Lunch

  Having a stockpile of goodies to stick in the kid’s lunch boxes makes putting the lunches together simple and fun. Having a variety means more eating and less trading as well. Ok, so the main part of lunches are taken care of (see 101 Simple Sack Lunches for the Busy Family here), but what else do…

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101 Simple Sack Lunches for the Busy Family

  Having a list of lunch ideas for the coming school year makes the days a little more exciting and it’s healthy for the kids to get more variety in their lunches. Homemade lunches can give kids a lot of bragging rights and it definitely makes them feel special and cared for. And gluten free lunches…

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Curbing the Children's Craft Clutter

  Children’s crafts and paper projects have a way of filling every area of the house. It’s cute stuff, so we tend to allow it: Once, our younger kids wrote every family member’s name on a 3×5 card and taped it above their bed. It was cute! I had a “I [heart] MOM” on my headboard…

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18 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Teens

Another installment in my gift-giving series! Teenagers can often be difficult to gift to and when I see all the “teen gift suggestions” I just want to slap the list makers! Seriously- my teens do not need more video games or cheap nail polish. I spend enough time trying to get my boys off of their electronics, I don’t…

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