• RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • 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

Conquering the Homeschool Invasion

It begins to creep in slowly and then seems to overtake you--stacks of books, math manipulatives in the bathtub, colored pencils in the silverware drawer. And the papers...ALL of the papers. Your kitchen begins to look like a mad scientist invaded it and you can't find the door to the fridge because of the layers of Art Projects and A+++ reports on "Birds of Prey." (Thank heavens they outgrew that topic!)

If you are realizing it's time for all out warfare on the Homeschool House Invasion, you may be looking for some ideas on where to begin and how to reclaim your 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."

Voluntary simplicity by the numbers
Tactics for spaces from studio apartments on up
Lighten up!