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Large Family Logistics: Real Food on a Budget {GUEST POST}

November 17th, 2014 · Frugality

Large Family Logistics (Three Tips for Real Food on a Budget) :: via Kitchen Stewardship

The following is a post from Georganne Schuch of Mom To Many Girls.

Feeding a family, especially a large family, requires the financial savvy of an accountant, the gourmet finesse of a chef crossed with the flexibility of a short-order cook, and the organizational skills of a project manager. And that’s just for starters. Once you stray into the territory of healthy eating or real food foraging or whatever the vogue phrase-of–the-day is, you need to mix all of the above with the tenacity of an inventor. Thomas Edison just thinks he had it hard when it took him 2,000 tries to invent the light bulb. He obviously wasn’t in the same ballpark as today’s field of allergy-free bakers.

So, how does a larger than average size family keep their grocery budget below the GDP while trying to eat as healthily as possible? First, you do the best you can. Let’s get real. Barring a life-threatening allergy, no one can be expected to get it right all the time. We moms are juggling a lot of balls. Meal planning and prep are just two of many things we do to serve our families on a daily basis. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you pick up a package of pre-sliced cheese or throw in a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies. Sometimes, just a few minutes saved keeps your sanity intact.
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DIY Postpartum Healing Ice Packs

November 15th, 2014 · Green Living

Homemade Postpartum Ice Packs

You’ll know if you might ever need this post. Smile 

Head on over to Life Your Way today to read a little bit about Gabriel’s birth story (I’m still motivated to write out the whole thing sometime soon, but man, do the days fly by!) along with a recipe for homemade ice packs for postpartum soreness – they’re splendid for stitches and perineal support.

Here’s the post with instructions for how to make postpartum ice packs…

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Has Morning Sickness Got You Down? Learn the Ultimate Secret Remedy {GUEST POST}

November 14th, 2014 · Natural Health

The Unknown Morning Sickness Remedy :: via Kitchen Stewardship

The following is a guest post from Emilie from The Toups Address.

Down for the Count

That is me during the entire 1st trimester of my pregnancies, and this one was no exception.

Nausea, vomiting, dizziness and total general fog! It’s no fun and any momma that has experienced these horrible symptoms knows exactly what I’m talking about.

I mean how am I going to take care of these two toddlers daily with 24/7 stomach virus symptoms with no end in sight? [Read more →]

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Nourish Your Spiritual Life with Advent (And Avoid the Holiday Burnout)

November 12th, 2014 · Mary and Martha Moments

Nourish Your Spiritual Life with Advent (And Avoid the Holiday Burnout) :: via Kitchen Stewardship

This post is from KS contributing writer Haley Stewart of Carrots for Michaelmas.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then the whirlwind to Christmas Day begins–parties, concerts, family engagements, travel. Did you know that traditionally, the holiday cheer didn’t begin until Christmas Day? December the 25th is just Day One of a twelve day season of Christmastide that doesn’t end until January 6th!

Does that make your head spin? Some of us are beginning to already feel the holiday stress in the air. Twelve days of Christmas after we’ve already been Jingle Bell Rocking for weeks doesn’t sound appealing, it sounds exhausting. But maybe the problem isn’t with the twelve days of celebration, maybe the problem is that our culture has lost the beautiful season of Advent amidst all the hustle and bustle.

Most families are completely wiped out by December the 26th. We stuff ourselves with holiday cheer from Halloween to December the 24th, and we’re ill by Christmas. We jump right into feasting well before Thanksgiving and by the time Christmas actually gets here, we’re sick to death of the holidays and are itching to get the tree out to the side of the road as soon as the presents are unwrapped.

So what’s the solution? Not celebrating? Just ignore the holiday? By no means. We want to celebrate Christmas and we should. After all, the Incarnation of Christ is a feast of feasts. The solution to holiday burnout is simple, but it’s difficult to practice because it flies in the face of the holiday madness. Let me introduce you to my good friend, Advent.
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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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