Backtalk Tackles the Recession, Mom-Style

This week on Backtalk, we're covering the topic on just about everyone's minds right now:  our economy. ...more


Funny you mention that, Liz.  We are going to be discussing that one one of our ...more

Backtalk Tackles the Recession, Mom-Style

This week on Backtalk, we're covering the topic on just about everyone's minds right now:  our economy. ...more


I only took issue with the fact that $5 dinners might cost you more than $5 if ...more

Affordable petite clothing - How Old Navy keeps me from looking like an elderly politician's wife

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Old Navy. Many years ago, when I was but a wee young thing, I was diagnosed with a mild case of scoliosis, and sent to an orthopedist. Upon meeting me, he examined my x-rays and informed me that my condition would correct itself...but not before loudly exclaiming, "Whoa! You've got some birthin' hips there! Totally out of proportion for your frame! Hope you grow into those, sweetie!"  ...more


I am 5'3 1/2 (ACKNOWLEDGE THE HALF) and wear the same size.  It is soooo ...more

Teaching Your Kids to De-Clutter

There are many good reasons for a mom to get herself and her family organized, of course.  We all know that life runs more smoothly when you have a plan, when you remember where you put the kids' spelling lists, and when you don't run out of milk at 7:45 on a Monday morning. ...more

I so need to go through all of my medicines. How many half filled tubes of bacitracin does one ...more

The Unfitted Kitchen: Throw Back to a Simpler Time

I love looking at photos of other people's kitchens and reading about how they renovated them. It is funny because I don't actually enjoy cooking, but still on any given night my entire family will be in the kitchen with me as I try to prepare dinner. It really is the heart of the home, as tired and worn out that cliche might be. A new trend in kitchen design is actually a throw back to the way kitchens used to be. The Unfitted kitchen. In the unfitted kitchen you will not see walls of matching upper and lower cabinets or vast expanses of counter top. The unfitted kitchen uses separate individual pieces of furniture for storage, adding a more "homey" feel to the kitchen. ...more

Done, Alanna. Thanks.


Notes From the ...more

Holiday Gift Guide For the DIYer

So you just bought a house and you are going to be doing some work on it. But you own no tools, save one of those tiny kits from IKEA, and have no idea where to begin. Here is a list to get started and pass on to your parents, friends, acquaintances, anyone who might buy you a present this holiday season. In no particular order: ...more

My husband chopped his thumb off with the miter saw. It is a very dangerous power tool. I ...more

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Last weekend we rented a drum sander to refinish the floors in my 10 yr old son's bedroom. The final steps in a room that has taken way too long for us to redo. ...more

but our other floors were in really rough shape. Layers of paint, uneven floorboards, etc. ...more

Digging the Dirt: It's Harvest Time...

It's been a while since I've a large gardening blog roundup. This is a time when the work outside overrides the need to write about it inside. But as the days grow shorter, the blogposts are getting longer again. So let's see what's happening in the gardens of the world: ...more

I have such high aspirations every year for having a garden. I think once my kids are a bit ...more

Face It, Winter is Coming

We bought our old house in the spring of 2003. A huge behemoth of a house. You know when you buy a house you are all starry eyed in love and tend to gloss over the downsides of buying a house that needs every single room renovated. Like the fact that you will be spending every weekend working on it for years or until you drop dead. Which you will wish for on more than one occasion. ...more

I am hoping for myself too, Liz! 30 years might kill me!



Flickr Stories - True Tales and Snapshots

I'm fond of taking pictures, but I am not a photographer. The noble endeavor of photography is an activity best avoided by non-arty philistines like me. I do, however, think of myself as an old school snapshot taker who loves to take pictures to tell a story. I am such an old school snapshot taker that I used to own and wield the lazy woman's snapshot machine, a Kodak Instamatic camera. ...more

I love the long stories that peple attach to their photographs at flickr. It makes you see that ...more