How to Make Homemade Bone Broth

Don't throw away those chicken or turkey bones! Instead you can easily make a healthy bone broth that you can use in a variety of recipes.

Last year I started to make my own chicken and turkey broth for the very first time. When Thanksgiving came around, I snatched up the turkey bones and made so much broth that I ran out of containers. I literally started to give it away to anyone that would take it. If I can do it, you can to! What is the difference between broth and stock? I've read that stock is made from the bones and broth is made from the meat. I've also read that broth is seasoned and stock is not. I don't think it … [Read more...]

How Clean is Your Drinking Water? {Berkey giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links. My dear beloved readers, today I am super jealous of you. Why? Because you have the chance to enter today's amazing giveaway and I'm not able to enter! I have teamed up with several bloggers from the Positively Real Media Network to give away a Berkey water filter. I have been wanting a Berkey water filter for a couple of years now. They are super well known in the "natural living bloggers" community and seem to be the best free-standing water filter out … [Read more...]

10 Safer Bath and Body Products for You and Your Kids

Unfortunately, we can't trust that every item on the store shelves is safe to use, but here are 10 safer bath and body products for you and your kids. This list covers hand soap, toothpaste, diaper rash cream, shampoo, and more. Trying out these suggestions would be a great first step towards more natural living.

Grace has fallen into the trap of kid marketing. She has started asking me to buy her junk at the grocery store that is decorated with her favorite cartoon characters. I don't deprive my kids of treats, but there are some things I don't want to buy. "Grace, I'm not going to buy that because it really isn't good for you." "If it isn't good for kids, why is it here?" "Some people still buy it and eat it even though it isn't good." I'm starting to lay down the foundation with Grace that … [Read more...]

Say Goodbye to Allergies with Raw Local Honey

Does this natural alternative to medicine really work?

Can allergy symptoms be erased by something as simple as honey?  Can the sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes be cured just by ingesting raw local honey everyday? One Family's Real Life Testimony Heather and her family moved to a new home and were surprisingly met with terrible seasonal allergies.  Heather suffered from watery eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, and a raw throat from all the drainage. During Heather's worst months she tried to keep her symptoms under control with: allergy eye … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Go Green While “Going” {including homemade toilet bowl cleaner}

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Plus 4 More Ways to Go Green While "Going"

This post contains affiliate links. Whether you call it the john, throne, commode, or potty, we all have one and we use it multiple times a day.  An entire post dedicated to the toilet shouldn't be that big of deal.  Yet, I'm cringing a bit inside.  Ok.  Deep breath.  Let's do this.  Bring on the potty talk! 5 Ways to Go Green While... *ahem*  Going 1) "If it's yellow, let it mellow.  If it's brown, flush it down." - I've heard that saying before, but that is not a rule we follow in our … [Read more...]

Most Popular Posts of 2013 from Over 20 Bloggers

The Secret to Saving Money on a New Baby

Today I'm joining with several of my fellow natural living bloggers to bring to you a collection of our most popular posts from 2013.  The following list is divided into different categories, and it contains the top 2 most popular posts from more than 20 different bloggers.  Enjoy! Most Popular Posts of 2013 from Over 20 Bloggers (Mostly) Real Food Recipes Caramel Pecan Cups by The Ezer Wife Homemade Cajun Seasoning by Lexie:Naturals Keylime Cheesecake with Gluten-Free Crust by … [Read more...]

Hand-me-downs for Christmas Gifts?

Hand-Me-Downs for Christmas Gifts | SimplyRebekah.com

Recently my sister-in-law came over to my house with some kid books, DVDs, and toys she wanted to sell online and at garage sales.  I was thankful that she gave me first dibs on her stuff! After I picked out several items, I gave my sister-in-law 2 options: I could pay her for the items and keep them that day. She could keep the toys and give those them to my kids for Christmas this year. She picked the Christmas option and rightly so!  Her shopping is done, it didn't cost her … [Read more...]

61 “Crunchy Mama” Approved Gifts for Kids

Our Favorite Board Books

When I became a mom, I had no idea how hard it would be to come up with birthday and Christmas gift ideas for my kids.  At times I struggle trying to think of what my husband and I want to give them, let alone a whole wish list to hand out to grandparents, aunts, and uncles! I'm thankful that our families hand out wish lists.  It is nice to offer some ideas of things our kids need.  Plus, as a green and crunchy mama, it is great to suggest gifts that I am excited about and toys that I can … [Read more...]

Can Crunchy Mamas Love Disposable Diapers? {giveaway}

Can Crunchy Mamas Love Disposable Diapers?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Honest Company. Can we acknowledge the elephant in the room for a moment?  Yes, I claim to be a green blogger.  No, I don't use cloth diapers.  Can I be a crunchy mama and a lover of disposables??? I have two little ones and when I was pregnant with my first, I did consider cloth diapers.  I had several close girlfriends who were using them and loving them, but I just wasn't convinced cloth diapers were for me.  Our laundry situation … [Read more...]

Amber Teething Necklace: What is it?
And Does it Really Work?!? {giveaway}

Amber Teething Necklace: What is it? And does it really work?!?

This post and giveaway is sponsored by Spark of Amber. What is an amber teething necklace anyway?  I see them all over my Instagram feed.  It seems like every crunchy mama I know has a Baltic amber necklace around their baby's neck, but what is it??? Baltic Amber contains a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory, which can be absorbed through the skin.  Simply wearing the necklace can help ease teething pain and many other ailments.  That might sound like a hoax, but the world's first … [Read more...]