• RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

Diary of a New Homemaker

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.

Sep 22

Me on Family Finance at Mint.com!

I was interviewed on Mint.com!

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

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

Halloween is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Here are some safety tips that might be useful for both kids and parents.

From Our Archives

Housekeepers for Homemakers

Ariel Gore says in one of her books, and I'm paraphrasing here, if you have to choose between spending money on a therapist or spending money on a housekeeper, choose the housekeeper.

I can already hear it, though: "Wait, you're a stay-at-home mom, why on earth would you need a housekeeper?" I'm lucky, if you want to call it that. I have had fibromyalgia and then a heart condition through much of my stay-at-home career, so I have an "excuse." But I heartily recommend housekeeping help for healthy homemakers as well. If you have the money, it's very well spent.

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