• HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

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

Back to Unschool

The sales are a fading memory, as are the news stories showing wide-eyed six-year-olds entering the brave new world. Kids have begun to figure out their new routines. This year, as we have for the past few, my daughter and I celebrated instead of going back to school.

From Our Archives

The Power of Lists

I'm working on routine. Not a schedule. When I schedule myself, I end up trying to cram something into every single minute of my life--and, of course, failing miserably.

What has been working for me lately is a list. I have two files I keep open on my computer, one called "to do," and one called "days." The "to do" file is non-dated things to do, including constants.

What to do when you're out of options
A daily quick cleaning routine makes the difference
Little spaces look bigger when you're organized