• HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • 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

Three Girl Scout Troops, Two Girls (Plus Mom)

Some Mondays, my weekly calendar, posted on the large white dry erase board, is covered with activity. Five different colors, one for each family member makes quite a rainbow. I've even got the dog's schedule written in light yellow. (I don't want to make his activities look too imposing.) It still seems like too much.

From Our Archives

The Dirt on Anti-Bacterial Soaps

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that anti-bacterial soaps are no better at preventing infections than plain soaps and that they are actually harmful to the environment?
--Avery Bicks, New York, NY

University of Michigan researchers reviewed numerous studies conducted between 1980 and 2006 and concluded that antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan as the main active ingredient are no better at preventing infections than plain soaps. Further, the team argued that these antibacterial soaps could actually pose a health risk, because they may kill beneficial bacteria and also reduce the effectiveness of some common antibiotics, such as amoxicillin.

The one thing in your life that should suck
Kids in the kitchen
Voluntary simplicity by the numbers