• GARDENING

    growing your own

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

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

Homeschooling for Beginners

Ae you considering homeschooling your children? While there is more information out there about homeschooling than ever before, you may not know where to start. So let's take a look at homeschooling, from a beginner's perspective.

"Homeschooling" in a legal sense means that one or more children of not more than 2 families are instructed by parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household. The laws that define homeschooling vary from state to state, and country to country.

From Our Archives

All About Washing Soda

We're always trying for two things around here: healthier living. and saving money!

It's why we go through so much vinegar and baking soda. We use vinegar to clean our unfinished wood floors and our windows, as well as in the laundry, and we use baking soda in the laundry and elsewhere.

I read about using washing soda as a hand dishwashing agent, and of course, I had to try it. As it happens, we have a HUGE bag of washing soda, aka soda ash, in the basement. I used it for dyeing cotton, and it was a component in the dishwasher powder I make. So we got a jarful out of the basement and conducted some quick dishwashing tests.

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