• HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

Diary of a New Homemaker

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.

Jun 1

Soot Sprites, Blackberries, Illnesses

The garden was finished about a month ago.

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 Second Week of August

This week's tips:

  • Tired of hardwood floors? The new trend today is bamboo. It can be dyed a color or kept a natural hue which gives a beach-like feel to your home. But buyer beware: cheap bamboo flooring can buckle and delaminate.
  • If you love tea, start collecting tea items that will enhance your tea-drinking experience when the weather turns a bit cooler. There are tea strainers in various shapes, all sorts of teapots, cups, and trays to make the ritual of sipping tea more fun.

Click through for more tips!

From Our Archives

Fabric Care Made Easy

With so many fabrics used for apparel today it's difficult for most people to know what kind of clothing care is the right care. Easy care? Cold, warm or hot water? Do Not Iron? Dry Clean Only? Understanding fabric care symbols makes life a whole lot easier. And the right cleaning method extends the life of clothes and saves buyers money.

Readying your family for whatever comes
On resolutions, goals, calendars and other topics of organizational interests