Lori Alexander: Does Your Home Look Loved?

| August 26, 2017

“…We finally met the man who owned this home and he said his mother used to live there but it was a rental now and the renters had destroyed it. He said there was an inch of mold in the refrigerator, they stole some of the carpet, and left the home a wreck. He told […]

Homemaking: The Truth About Cast Iron Pans

| November 3, 2015

Cooks seeking alternatives to toxic non-stick cookware often find themselves in a bind. Stainless steel, which seems to be the healthiest alternative, is expensive, and it does not lend itself well to cooking eggs, pancakes and other dishes that non-stick cookware typically excels at. If you have not yet discovered the benefits of cast iron […]

Ten Minutes From Doom to IKEA Clean. Prepare to Laugh.

| June 9, 2015

Pledge week and school references aside, busy homeschool households can thrive on this cleaning method. Does your child live in a room that could serve as a set in the crime drama “CSI-Magic Kingdom”? It’s mind-boggling to imagine how it went from looking like the beautiful IKEA showroom you designed to what now resembles a gruesome, triple […]

9 Things We Can Learn From the Royal Birth

| May 3, 2015

Yesterday morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a little girl, the soon to be named royal princess, who is now fourth in line to the throne of England. Although the royal family is very private, there are still many things that we can learn from her birth. Read the rest here

Stay-At-Home Mom Of Six Built Coolest Laundry Room Ever…For Only $400

| April 7, 2015

Recommended Resources Decorative Paint & Faux Finishes 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Gardening) Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: with 350 Projects and 2000 Photos (Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide) Rustic Decor and Design Examples: Beautiful Rustic Home Ideas & Examples That Will […]

DIY: The Shirt Skirt

| April 6, 2015

I developed an idea in my head I thought just might be crazy enough to work. The next chance I had to steal away alone, I made a beeline for Goodwill. I found exactly what I was looking for, got my purchase for half-price, and excitedly headed home. The Hubs thought I was a little […]

How a North Carolina Mom Turned Lolly Wolly Doodle Into a $10M Clothing Empire

| April 2, 2015

Brandi Temple was a stay-at-home mother of four in Lexington, North Carolina, with a sewing machine that was collecting dust when she turned her talent into a $10 million clothing line. “My husband bought it for me for Mother’s Day and it was a joke because he said, ‘Are you ever going to use it,’” […]

A Clean House is a Sign of a Life Misspent

| March 31, 2015

You have probably heard the saying before: A clean house is a sign of a wasted life. Whatever else the phrase means, it expresses some of the frustration and the sense of futility that attends life in this world. I thought of that saying when I spotted this proverb: “Where there are no oxen, the […]

Olmstead: Don’t Disdain Stay-At-Home Moms

| November 28, 2014

“I have a secret disdain for people who stay at home.” Thus writes Dan Kois in an article for Slate, describing the ”stew of envy, disrespect, thankfulness, and resentment” he feels toward stay-at-home parents (mothers, more particularly). While he tries to give stay-at-home parents (SAHP’s) the benefit of the doubt in some instances, Kois’s article really boils down to this sentiment: […]

7 Important Things Slate Misses In Its Attack On Home-Cooked Meals

| September 5, 2014

Editor’s note: We’re not advocating feminism with this piece. I suppose that is obvious but just in case you are new here, to point number 4, no feminism at all is a dandy solution. Amanda Marcotte, a feminist who blogs at Slate’s XX, wrote an article headlined “The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner.” You […]

The Simple Cook

| May 5, 2014

Pinterest is driving me insane. Seriously. Between the food artistry “pinned” and available for anytime viewing and the large variety of food blogs at my disposal – I’m going nuts.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2014–Now Available for a Limited Time for 95% Off!

| April 23, 2014

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. […]

What a Grandma With Vision Will Do.

| January 17, 2014

The resulting “cabin” had 2 stories. Anna Wallace  Not many people understood why Monica Smith began working on her 8×10 shed in the back yard… and then they laughed when they realized she was turning it into a tiny cabin. It seemed strange that she was putting so much effort into just a shed. But it […]

What is a Stay-At-Home Mom Worth?

| January 17, 2014

I think these numbers are low considering the calculations do not take into account many things a woman does at home outside of these 10 categories. And quite often we go far beyond what many of these categories allow for setting up better foundations and practices. But it’s insightful. Recommended Resources Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, […]

The Farm Wife Speaks

| August 26, 2013

“The editors of the Farmer’s Wife compiled the letters from the sixty-eight contest winners into a small booklet entitled, “Do You Want Your Daughter To Marry A Farmer?” In the following pages you will read excerpts from many of the winning letters. While the focus of the letters was obviously not about the changing American […]