• HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

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

"Preschool" at Home

"I'm homeschooling?" An overwhelming thought for some! But don't be frightened by the word. Working with your child at home can be an exciting journey into lifelong learning for both you and your toddler, even if you decide to place your child in school when kindergarten time comes along. And it's a good way to "dip your toes" in the waters of homeschool to decide if this is what's right for your family.

Keeping It Home, Part Two
Organizing the clutter before it takes over the house

From Our Archives

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."

Organizing the clutter before it takes over the house
Up to our elbows in dryer guts!
Limited time, unlimited fun--with a little planning