Hi, there! I'm Kresha, founder and creator of Nourishing Joy.

If you long to get real food on the table more often, raise your children to be compassionate and rigorously inquisitive, live free of the toxins and chemicals that surround us in our daily lives, and make a difference in the world – then you're at the right place.

This site is chock full of articles, tutorials, and resources to help you work smarter, not harder, both at home and as a parent so you can focus on what's important and have plenty of room for JOY.

Welcome - I'm so glad you're here!

Who Are We?

In 2010, Kresha Faber founded Nourishing Joy to champion the burgeoning real food and natural living movements. Back then, there were only a handful of natural living sites and Kresha wanted to share her own passion, tips, and resources so that choosing a natural lifestyle could be seen as a simple, desirable, viable option.

Years later, natural living and healthy eating have become much more mainstream and Nourishing Joy still welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. Our resources have been featured on dozens of popular blogs and media outlets, including Today.com, Mother Earth Living magazine, Nourished Kitchen, and The Kitchn.

In 2013, Kresha was invited to write the book, The DIY Pantry, for Adams Media (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and she has been a featured speaker on numerous online summits, discussing everything from breastfeeding to healthy school lunches.

The DIY Pantry features simple, delicious homemade versions of your favorite store-bought foods. With The DIY Pantry, you can break free from processed foods and learn to make healthy meals without spending hours in the kitchen or breaking the bank.

From homemade taco shells and freezer pizza to irresistible treats like Black-and-White Sandwich Cookies and homemade cola, this book shows you how to stock your pantry with all the ingredients you need to make all your favorite foods.

Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores around the world.

But most importantly, all these years later, we're still passionate about living life intentionally and thoughtfully - in fact, even more so, as life for so many seems to be growing busier and more cluttered.

And we still hold fast to our name that reminds us of what it's all about - no matter how healthy you eat or how well you keep your home, what is life without JOY?

(In fact, our official business name takes it even further: legally, we're known as "Ethical Green Living, LLC," because we want to be known as the company that champions ethical, eco-friendly choices in every part of life.)

We're here to make your natural living, parenting journey EASIER. Our mission is to equip and inspire you so you can feel confident and refreshed and live with a clear sense of purpose and joy.

Get to Know Us!

 

Here's one particularly fun video filmed by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship, discussing solutions for dealing with picky eaters.

What Makes Us Unique?

We know you want to live life well. You want to make healthy meals from scratch, you want to make time to read with your kids, you want to make your own remedies and homemade pantry staples and protect your family from toxic chemicals.

But it's hard to do any of those things well if you're exhausted, frazzled, or just trying to keep your head above water day after day.

There's just so much - how do you do it all?

Simply said, you don't. Or at least, not the way you may think.

And this is why we are unique:

First, our underlying motto for pretty much everything here at Nourishing Joy is "Easy Plus One" (Easy +1).

This is simply the concept that whenever your habits are comfortable and familiar (namely, EASY), that's the time to add one new habit. Not ten. Not five. Just one. Basically, only add new habits to your life at a pace of Easy +1. And one by one, all those things you've been longing for are made reality in a way that is overwhelm-free, building joy and confidence along the way.

Second, we're holistic. We're not just a real food site. We're not just a sustainable living site. We're not just a parenting site. And we most certainly understand that sometimes life goes sideways and the best intentions go flying out the window. We purposely offer a wide range of articles and resources so that we can help you carefully craft and think through your whole lifestyle and are able to steward your resources well.

Here at Nourishing Joy, our most important mission is to help you gain a clear vision for what’s important in YOUR life, then equip you so you can move forward intentionally.

Don't believe us? Take our Fresh Start e-course, which walks you through the process step-by-step.

Click here for more info

(Save $10 by using code IMNEWHERE, which will work anytime except in December and January when we run the course live.)

And most of all, one of our core beliefs is that every one of us is here for a reason. Every single one of us is on this earth with a beautiful purpose - whether we know what it is or not - and we each have a unique set of strengths and gifts that we're meant to share with the world. In fact, the world NEEDS the gift that only you can give.

So we consider it a holy, sacred privilege to help equip and inspire you so you can do whatever it is that you do best and make this world a more beautiful, just, and joy-filled place.

"I want to make healthier meals, but I'm not sure where to start."

10 Simple Changes to Make Your Family Healthier

10 Real Food Goals

31 Cheap, Last Minute Real Food Dinner Ideas

Healthy, Kid-Tested Barbecue & Picnic Condiments

How to Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Processed Foods to Make Them Healthier 

 
Featured Resources:

The Tired & Hungry Cook's Companion - your real food meal planning solution

Traditional Cooking School - take the stress out of cooking! The Traditional Cooking School takes away the overwhelm so you can delight your family with delicious, nutritious meals that are simple and easy-to-make (even if you're working around food allergies or special diets).

"I want to use essential oils and natural remedies, but I want to make sure I'm using them safely and effectively."

"I want to give birth naturally and take care of my baby in ethical, eco-friendly ways."

Nourishing Foods for Labor & Childbirth

Treating a GBS+ Pregnancy Naturally

Breastfeeding: Tips for Getting Off to a GREAT Start

Is Cloth Diapering Automatically the Most Responsible Choice? Let's Take a Look at the Facts

5 Easy Tips for Babywearing in Winter

 
Featured Resources:

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth 

The Mama Natural Birth Course - I won't hold back my absolute enthusiasm for the EXCELLENCE of this one-of-a-kind course. If you are pregnant - no matter how many children you've already given birth to - make this course a #1 priority as part of your pre-natal care.

"I want to raise creative, thoughtful children and build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with them."

10 Exceptional Family-Friendly Movies to Watch with Your Kids

31+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children

Raising Thoughtful, Engaged Citizens: A Father's Reflections

25 Days of Service Advent Calendar

6 Creative Ideas for Summertime Hospitality

 

Featured Resources:

Power of Moms library of resources - from busting clutter to building robust family systems, Power of Moms has an entire academy of home-changing books, webinars, and courses

Kids Cook Real Food e-course - this unique course is a great way to spend time together AND give your children the vital skill of knowing how to cook real food

"I care deeply about my family's health and want to take a natural approach, but I feel a bit overwhelmed."

"I want to know the old time skills for a sustainable life, but I'm not sure how to make them work for me in my modern life."

"I just want easy, tried-and-true, healthy recipes that everyone in my family will love. What do you recommend?"

"I'm just exhausted. Where do I start?"

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