• CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

    photo credit: bohomisfit on flickr
  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

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

Fall Thankful Harvest Hanging
Fall Thankful Harvest Hanging

An apple basket pieced wallhanging for autumn
by Mary Wilkins
Editor, Sew What's New

From Our Archives

MUST We Be Friends?

Whether it's your husband's best friend or the parent of your kid's playmate, sometimes you just have to hang out with someone who, like a bad masseuse, never fails to rub you the wrong way. Here, marriage and family therapist David Schreiber, MA, of Westwood, California offers six ways to cope when you're forced to associate with some of your not-so-favorite people.

How well does it really work?
An easy and cheap natural cleaning product
Field trips or simply goofing off, they bring families closer