• MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

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 Third Week of August

  • If your kitchen is small, mirror the backsplashes to expand space rather than use a solid material such as tile, wood or laminate.
  • If space is at premium in your abode, consider covering a long wood table with glass to double as a desk, dining table, sideboard or bar.
  • To break up space in a child's room in a pragmatic way, use a three-paneled cork board. This serves as a screen and doubles as a bulletin board on which to post precious artwork.

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From Our Archives

Housekeepers for Homemakers

Ariel Gore says in one of her books, and I'm paraphrasing here, if you have to choose between spending money on a therapist or spending money on a housekeeper, choose the housekeeper.

I can already hear it, though: "Wait, you're a stay-at-home mom, why on earth would you need a housekeeper?" I'm lucky, if you want to call it that. I have had fibromyalgia and then a heart condition through much of my stay-at-home career, so I have an "excuse." But I heartily recommend housekeeping help for healthy homemakers as well. If you have the money, it's very well spent.

First steps in encouraging kids to help clean up
Don't throw it out--clean it up