• MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

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 and Back to School

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.

Limited time, unlimited fun--with a little planning
Homeschooling moms, it can be done

From Our Archives

Organizational Musings

I have a love/hate relationship with New Years. I love the idea of a fresh beginning, but loathe the feeling of failure that often comes in February (or sooner, depending on the resolution). Since I turned over my organizational leaf last fall, I see no reason to set myself up for another big change. Instead, I will evaluate my progress and think about goals.

How well does it really work?
Clean your kitchen more efficiently and effectively
Tactics for spaces from studio apartments on up