Somewhere along the line, the chain of communication and teaching from mother to daughter broke down. Why? Who knows. But there you are, left trying to figure out how to run a household, get spaghetti out of a prized dress, scrub mold out of grout, knit an afghan in an hour, and make a dinner of culinary perfection.

Not feeling up to the task? Neither were we. But somehow we muddled through and think it’s important to share this info with other domestically disadvantaged Bettys out there.

Amanda – Art and Photography
Caryn – Organization
Jena – Baking
Kellie – Knitting
Leigh – Organization, Scheduling and Knitting
Sharon – General Household and Cooking
Vittoria – Vegetarianism

Domestic Jena
The Cake That Started It All

Born and raised in a kitchen, or so I feel, I have been surrounded by baking. One of my foundest memories of my mom is seeing her bake in the kitchen of our farmhouse in Jarretsville, MD. I was 3, she was tall and beautiful and moving around the kitchen so gracefully. She let me add the sugar to the creamed butter….ooo that taste! The finished product of this particular afternoon was an amazing cake. I knew then I wanted to grow up to be just like her, full of grace and skill with the biggest most beautiful heart one could have.

I have come a long way since that day. I have had many positions in my life, cashier/bagger occassional cream horn filler at a local french bakery, waitress, sandwich maker, retail store manager, bartender, barista, baker, cosmetic artist, floor mopper, realtor, mother and some how along the way, when ever I got stressed I would turn to baking.

I come from a line of family members in the food industry. Though I never thought Id follow in their footsteps, I am happy I have.

Domestic Sharon
It Doesn’t Clean Itself??

You mean someone is supposed to be responsible for getting rid of the dust bunnies? Who?? ME?! Huh. Who knew!

That’s pretty much how I’ve stumbled my way through domestic life. I’m constantly polling friends asking them what their cleaning schedules are, which products they use, tips and shortcuts… anything to help me feel like I’m doing this right.

So as I stumble through it all, I’ll clue you in with what I figure out.

Domestic Kellie
Clickity-clack say the knitting needles!

I’m Kellie, a 30-something work at home mommy of four. Crafting keeps me sane (sort of) and my TV knows few channels other than DIY or HGTV. Knitting is my obsession, but there aren’t many crafty things that I haven’t done or am dying to do. Knitting/crocheting, painting, polymer clay, cross stitching, quilting, sewing, or any anything crafty in between…I do all I can to channel my inner “crafty” Domestic Betty!

Domestic Caryn
Cleaning and Organizing with a Southern Drawl

I was raised in the deep South by a mother who is the most sensual person I know, and a father who has OCD (yes clinically diagnosed!). It’s no wonder that my environment has direct influence on my mental health. Not only does everything have to be in order, but it has to smell good!!!

I get excited with every new Renuzit plug-in scent that comes out. I’ve bought every imaginable device to make your home smell good. I’m not sure anything is any better than boiling apple peels with orange rind…. of course with a handful of cinnamon and cloves tossed in.

I’m a sucker for white trash cooking, storage contraptions and good sheets. I’m on the constant hunt for tricks to make my home “homey” at lightening speed. I hope I can pass on my treasure hunt tricks with you.

Domestic Amanda
I’m So Not My Mother!

When I hear the word domestic, I don’t think of myself, I think of my mom. She is the epitome of domestic – sparkling house, everything in its place with banana bread in the oven. I am artistic, creative and crafty. Being a “right-brained” kind of girl leaves much to be desired when it comes to organization and planning. I would much rather be painting, scrapbooking, knitting or dabbling in photography than scrubbing or disinfecting.

My goal for 2008 is to have an organized house by Christmas. This should be an interesting journey for such an organizationally challenged girl. I’ll keep you posted – maybe I’ll pick up some tips along the way!

Domestic Vittoria
Veggie Tales

My name is Vittoria and I’m a full-time student majoring in Public Relations at VCU in Richmond, Va. I have three kids — a 5 year old boy, a 7 year old girl, and a husband. Yes, you heard me, THREE kids. I try to see the positive in all situations; I’m a “glass half full” kind of person (and my glass is usually half full of rum). I’m a recycling, knitting, vegetarian, who is reluctant to accept the title of “hippy” because quite frankly, I don’t feel like I live up to such a lofty title. But maybe someday (sigh). “Domestic” is another title that scares the hell out of me, but hey, a girl can dream. It reminds me of one of my favorite bumper stickers, that reads: “Go back to your suburb.” Now, I’d be happy to go back to my suburb, except, I live in the city and don’t much care for the ‘burbs. But, since I grew up in a small, southern suburb (with my very domestic mother), I think I may have accidentally brought a little of the suburbs here with me to the city. So, domestic or not, here I come.

Domestic Leigh
What? You don’t do it like this too?

I’m a stay-at-home mom of 2 little boys – and I have to warn you, I have a freakishly-good memory. This memory has always helped me stay organized – at least in a way that made sense to me. But when I got married, I realized that even though my memory serves me quite well, it was leaving my dear, sweet husband (and others) at a loss. So I dove into the world of organization and I haven’t looked back since. It helps me corral all my craft items (what man would not be intimidated by piles of yarn oozing out everywhere?) and helps curb my pack-rat ways, and I’ve recently come to the realization that I can organize my time, too! I’ll bring you along on my journey to organize and schedule…. well, everything in my way!