• CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

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.

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From Our Archives

Online Scrapbooking

A new generation of parents is bringing the family scrapbook into the 21st century with a fresh, decidedly modern twist: The photo blog. These wildly popular online journals allow parents to record and share their everyday lives through images instead of words.

"This is a great way for families and friends to stay in touch and boost their bonds," says Adam Seifer, the co-founder and CEO of Fotolog.com, the world's largest photo blogging community. "Photo blogs have become an intriguing, real-time window into everyday life."

Once you create your own photo blog, friends and family members will no longer cringe when you jam their in-boxes with dozens of photos of your latest birthday party or amusement park excursion. "I used to get about two or three e-mails a week from my sister with tons of .jpeg attachments of pictures of my one-year-old niece," says Jamie Frazier, 36, of St. Louis, Missouri. "The files were always huge and I felt nervous about downloading them at work. But now I can just go to one site and check them all out at my convenience. It's like one-stop shopping!"

Organizing the clutter before it takes over the house
Brag books with a global reach: Photo blogs. Here's how to set one up, keep it up, and give your family access, with a few tips on safety.
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