How to Render Tallow

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Note from Katie: Please welcome my friend Elizabeth (also a mom of five) to share her tutorial for how to render tallow (beef fat) at home. If you missed it, also check out her recipe for solid … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Eating Real Food on One Salary

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Note from Katie: I've shared my own tips for eating healthy on a budget before and in this post, my friend Kimberly from The Nourishing Gourmet shares some of her best tips for eating real food on one … [Read more...]

2014 Year in Review

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Today is that day when many of us set goals for the next year, make final charitable contributions, start planning for taxes, and maybe drink some champagne and kiss those we love as we welcome in the … [Read more...]

DIY Burlap Garland

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I don't share many craft posts because while I love making crafts with my kids, I typically stick to making lotion bars or homemade soap. In the winter, when it gets too cold for treehouse play or … [Read more...]

Natural + Organic Gift Giving Guide

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I'm still in awe that Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas is just around the corner. I'm trying to hold on to Summer and begrudgingly put away the flip flops and summer clothes two days … [Read more...]

Healthy, Natural Black Friday Sales

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I try to stay home and avoid the craziness of Black Friday at our local stores. This year, that has gotten even easier as several wonderful family-owned companies are offering great sales on their … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of Blogging…

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This week something happened that doesn't happen often. I got mad. Not to say I don't have bad days, but I rarely get in a pissed-off, mad-at-the-world mood. But this week I did. Don't get me … [Read more...]

Homemade Dog Treats (With Coconut Oil)

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I've always been an animal person. I begged for years to get my first dog, Holly, when I was five. We named her Holly because she was born right before Christmas and she was the best Christmas present … [Read more...]

DIY Canvas Photo Print Tutorial

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With our wonderfully busy life and five small children, I often find that I'm usually enjoying (surviving) the moment, rather than taking pictures of the moment. When I do manage to get pictures of … [Read more...]

5 Family Favorites for Fall

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I don't often write random posts like this, but I wanted to share some family favorites that don't fit anywhere else. These are random things I've found that my kids absolutely love or tips I've … [Read more...]