Homemaking: The Truth About Cast Iron Pans

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 cooking, here are 10 reasons to buy and use a … Continue reading Homemaking: The Truth About Cast Iron Pans

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

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 homicide in a princess-themed flophouse. Teach your children how to clean … Continue reading Ten Minutes From Doom to IKEA Clean. Prepare to Laugh.

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

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

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,’” Temple told ABC News of the sewing machine. Temple dusted … Continue reading How a North Carolina Mom Turned Lolly Wolly Doodle Into a $10M Clothing Empire

A Clean House is a Sign of a Life Misspent

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 manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength … Continue reading A Clean House is a Sign of a Life Misspent

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

“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: I do, deep in my heart, view working for a living … Continue reading Olmstead: Don’t Disdain Stay-At-Home Moms

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

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 would think I was joking but I already told you … Continue reading 7 Important Things Slate Misses In Its Attack On Home-Cooked Meals