• GARDENING

    growing your own

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

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

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.

Getting your family to help without resorting to gunfire