• RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

Diary of a New Homemaker

Sep 22

Me on Family Finance at Mint.com!

I was interviewed on Mint.com!

Aug 16

How to Keep Up with a Tomato Vine

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

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

From House to Home 9/18/07

  • Before you buy new clothing for fall, clean closets and check what you need. You may be surprised by how much you own, especially if you alter or clean items.
  • Celebrate one new occasion in September, such as Grandparents' Day.
  • Convert a family room into a music room with soundproof walls using wool felt on the walls that are padded to muffle the sound. A handsome complement in the room might be leather floor tiles and a comfy chair in which to listen to your favorite tunes.

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Separating 'Mom' from 'Leader' makes it more fun for everyone

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Your Kids Can (Want to) Help!

Ever wish you had two extra pairs of hands to help with the dishes and the dusting? You do have them! They are not attached to your body (at least not now) and they do not belong to your husband.

They are your children! But how does one get them to pitch in?

A daily quick cleaning routine makes the difference
More than what cleaners to use--what cleaners to avoid