• MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

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

One-Day Get-Aways

Yes, that's the sound of the school bell again, but don't despair--you and your family can still build in a fun variation of the family vacation on the weekend or their next day off. Mini-vacations offer the same spirit-renewing benefits as their longer counterparts. The LaClairs of upstate New York said that one-day trips are a good match because "they fit into our time schedule and budget."

From Our Archives

Organizing Small Living Spaces

When space is at a premium, you need to take advantage of every scrap of it you can squeeze out. It is possible to find "a place for everything" even in tiny living quarters. And these tips can apply to the biggest mansion, since stuff seems to expand to fill whatever space we do have.

Field trips or simply goofing off, they bring families closer
Ten tips to make moving out--and moving in--easier