Creating a Family Organization Center

Have you ever wished you had a place in your home where you could keep your whole family organized—a central hub from which everything emanated—an air traffic control center of sorts? We call them family organization centers and they’re all the rage on Pinterest these days. We’ve pinned a few ourselves. Believe it or not, they’re not that difficult …

Emergency Preparedness

We live in a comfortable age – much of our lives are electronic, automated, and wireless, from our office work to our communications with friends and family. But even though our well-insulated air-conditioned buildings keep out most of nature’s inconveniences, sometimes nature still gets the better of us. Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes can all …

Prep For Outdoor Entertaining

Summer is around the corner and the warm weather is beckoning us outdoors for barbeques, parties, family and neighborhood gatherings. But these fun outdoor escapes can quickly become stressful if you aren’t adequately prepared. How often have you found yourself dashing into the house to grab something while the food was cooking on the grill? …

Gifts for Mom

By Sarah DeVoll What comes to mind when you think of past Mother’s Day presents? For me, it’s purple thread and caramels. As a little girl, I used to wander through the local Ben Franklin store, looking for the perfect gift. Spools of thread were a favorite. All those gorgeous colors in the tiered thread display promised …

Make Summer Great

Let’s face it – we’re creatures of habit. From the time the alarm goes off in the morning until the end of the workday, much of our time is already planned out in a daily grind, with few opportunities for spontaneity. No wonder kids look forward to summer – it frees them from the tired …

Kitchen Ins-and-Outs

Few rooms in the house have more uses than the kitchen. It’s the room where you prepare food, reheat food, wash dishes, and store an incomparable amount of things – from fine china to food supplies to the assortment of rarely-used appliances on top of the fridge. Manage it all with some smart organization. One …

Get Out Of The Coop

By the time spring arrives, many of us are ready to crawl out of our skin. As much as we love winter, it doesn’t take long to start feeling cooped up. Spring is our chance to get out and do something. That usually means creating something wonderful in our yards. I grew up with a …