• RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

Diary of a New Homemaker

Sep 22

Me on Family Finance at Mint.com!

I was interviewed on Mint.com!

Aug 16

How to Keep Up with a Tomato Vine

We had a garden this year, for the first time in many.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn, Back to School and Halloween

Spice Up Your Child's Lunchbox

After two months in first grade, my daughter was as tired of eating sandwiches as I was of making them. Tuna fish, egg, ham, peanut butter. Day after day. How boring can it get? Even pickles couldn't lift our spirits.

"Pack a hot meal in a thermos," said grandma. But the thermos came back almost full. My daughter only has 15 minutes for lunch. She can take her sandwich outside in the playground if she wishes, but dragging a bowl of spaghetti isn't an option.

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Fabric Care 101: How to Depill a Sweater

Why is it that by April, that sweater you unwrapped during the holidays has those pesky pills under the arms and along the sides? Pilling occurs when fibers break down, separate, and then clump together in little balls. Pilling can occur on wool, cotton, cashmere, even polyester garments, usually at a point where two fabrics rub together.

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