• HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

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

Autumn Aromas

One of my favorite signs of autumn is the spicy, aromatic scents of seasonal treats.If you are like me and crave these spicy scents, you will be pleased to know that there are many simple and inexpensive ways to fill your own home with autumn's crisp aromas!

From Our Archives

Hand Sanitizers and Safety

Dear EarthTalk: My pediatrician swears by those gel hand sanitizers for lowering the risk of my family getting sick during cold and flu season. But I've also heard that these products can be dangerous to kids if ingested. Are there any safer alternatives that work just as well?
--Jason Blalock, Oakland, CA

A 2005 study by the Children's Hospital in Boston compared illness rates across a study group of 292 families—half of them got hand sanitizers while the other half were given literature advising them of the benefits of frequent hand washing. The findings revealed that those families who used hand sanitizers experienced a 59 percent reduction in gastrointestinal illnesses and that the increased use of sanitizers correlated to a decreased spread of contagions in general.

Don't wait till it's too late
Oh no -- your toddler has befriended the daughter of the frostiest mom at playgroup! How to deal when you have to spend time with someone you don't particularly care for.
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