• HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

Diary of a New Homemaker

Aug 16

How to Keep Up with a Tomato Vine

We had a garden this year, for the first time in many.

Jul 8

Top 5 Reasons I'm Choosing Sleeveless This Summer (Despite My Arms)

I've never liked my upper arms. I've been overweight most of my life, and I've always been ashamed of my body.

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.

Summer

Lavender Wands

When we were planning our new backyard several years ago, the designer said, "So I hear you want lavender. How many plants?" I told her, when you think you have too many, add five more and you'll have made a good start.

In my mind, you can't have too much lavender. The waving fields of it in Provence are my idea of heaven. The question is, once you've got all this lavender, what do you do with it? One answer is, make lavender wands. These are pretty, functional items that are fun to make, are great gifts, and leave your hands smelling terrific to boot when you finish making them.

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Chilled, healthy and different!
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From Our Archives

13 Steps to a Great Garage Sale

In summer, garage and yard sales blossom like wildflowers all over our neighborhood. I bet it's the same in yours. If you're thinking of getting in on the action, go for it! It's a great way to clean out your house and make a little money on the side. Here are thirteen steps to garage sale success.

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