• GARDENING

    growing your own

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

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

From House to Home Fourth Week of July

  • Be sure your property is sufficiently lit at night so you can use your outdoors for nighttime dining, chats, cocktails, etc. Place bulbs discreetly along the sides of the house, along walkways, and sometimes in trees to diffuse the light.
  • Buy enough Citronella candles, lanterns and other aids to discourage bugs from visiting when you dine outside.
  • Think about adding a front porch or verandah to your home. It adds an attractive look and can become a gathering spot for your neighborhood, like the old-fashioned stoops where city dwellers used to gather.

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From Our Archives

De-Stress Your Mornings

For most moms, mornings are a mad dash to get everyone up, dressed and out the door -- if your kid's shoes match, all the better. However the a.m. hours don't always have to be so hectic (we promise). Try just one of these tips tomorrow and you'll start to feel (almost) serene.

Kids in the kitchen
Creating community around the bonfire
Learning to let go of perfection as a goal