Thursday, April 05, 2007
More helpful resources for the Keeper at Home:
You can give yourself or your child an education in home economics (family and consumer sciences), if you make good use of the Internet. One source of valuable information is from companies that sell consumer items. As part of their PR campaigns, many companies have established web sites that provide generally informative articles. When visiting a commercial site, don't feel pressured to buy any specific products listed within an article; you do not have to buy a company's to glean helpful information about taking care of your home and family. Some of these sites will offer coupons or discounts, which you may enjoy.
Other helpful sites are run by people who simply have an interest or an education in a subject related to home and garden. (Please be cautious about taking medical or nutritional advice from the web. Remember, anyone with a computer can put information on the Internet, and, thus, individuals are free to make claims whether they are backed up by research or not. When one web site makes a claim, others pick it up, and, thus, there is a lot of medical misinformation that gets spread around the web. But, you can learn a lot about taking care of your family's health if you are wise and discerning about what you read.)
Other helpful sites are run by government agencies, such as extension services. You can be pretty comfortable that these government sites are objective, well-researched, and have no bias towards selling you a product.
Here are some resources to consider. You may find other resources for a particular topic that you like better. These are just here to inspire you to search for the information you need to grow as a keeper at home or to teach your children the basics of maintaining a household:
MISSISSIPPI STATE EXTENSION SERVICE http://msucares.com/
I think this is one of the best online sources from an extension service, but don't forget to check out your local state school extension service for additional helps. This site offers information on about everything from agriculture to food safety to nutrition to preparing an economical wardrobe for each member of your family
UGA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/index.php
I couldn't leave out Georgia's Extension Service, as UGA is my alma mater.
WINN -DIXIE http://www.winn-dixie.com
Check out this site for information about all kinds of things from food safety to how to set a table for various occasions. You will have to keep clicking links to get to the really good stuff. But, it's worth it.
SHOE SHOP.COM http://www.shoe-shop.com/page/shoeinfo
Information about how to take care of shoes, plus definition of shoe parts and symbols.
DAVE'S SHOE CARE: http://www.abasicsite.com/daves/shoecare.htm
This site offers a ton of information about shoe care. However, the business has been sold, so I don't know how much longer the web site will be available. If you're interested in learning more about shoe care or if you want to teach your children about shoe care, you probably want to visit this site right away.
FLOWER ARRANGING FROM HGTV http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_floral_arrangements/article/0,,HGTV_3418_1371171,00.html This particular article is about flower arranging. But, of course, HGTV offers information about a variety of subjects.
AN INTRODUCTION TO FLOWER ARRANGING by SAVE ON CRAFTS http://www.save-on-crafts.com/flowartec.html
Offers a lot of information, but, again, don't feel you have to buy their products to achieve the looks they talk about.
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION http://www.garden.org/home
GARDEN GUIDES.COM http://www.gardenguides.co
WHITE LILLY FOODS http://www.whitelily.com
ARM AND HAMMER BAKING SODA http://www.armhammer.com
SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE http://www.southernliving.com/southern
THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER MAGAZINE http://www.progressivefarmer.com/farmer