• ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

Diary of a New Homemaker

May 8

A Stroke

It occurred in early December.

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

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

A Greener, Healthier Cafeteria

Dear EarthTalk: How can we get schools to offer healthier and more eco-friendly cafeteria food to our kids? I don’t have time to bag a healthy lunch every day.
-- Leslie Morris, Richmond, VA

Now that many schools have stopped selling sodas and other unhealthy vending machine items to their students, improving the nutritional quality of cafeteria food is on the agenda of many parents and school administrators. And luckily for the environment, healthier food usually means greener food.

From Our Archives

Know Your Tools: Refrigerator Maintenance

Is your refrigerator running? Well then you better...dust it! Ha! You thought I was gonna say--never mind.

Yeah, your fridge needs dusted, and not just the top (though if yours is anything like mine...ick). The fridge needs regular maintenance, including dusting, and I have some tips to help keep your fridge running efficiently. And "efficient" means using less energy, hence cheaper to run and better for the planet. And what do we say at TNH? Yes! Saving energy is patriotic! Who knew cleaning the fridge was an act of patriotism!