I'm Mary Beth!

I'm the doer behind The How-To Home.

My earliest memories are of ‘doing' - gardening, sewing {learning on an old Singer}, helping my Dad build our house {I’m sure he didn’t mind one bit!?!} painting, crocheting, saving scraps of whatever to make stuff later {I hate to waste}, starting my own family newspaper, and some other stuff along the way.

I don’t have much time to create now but the feeling of wanting to create…needing to create…has never been stronger. Most days I just look to see what others are creating and making mental notes of what I want to do and sometimes I actually do it!

I am married. I love my husband more today than yesterday…

He looks so good but how does he smell? How to encourage good hygiene and tips for how to deal with stinky teen and pre teen boys.

I have three sons…each so unique and so wonderful…each bringing a smile to my face every day….

For several years I was a single mom working up to three jobs at a time…working in an office….missing my kids….but now I am home…

I am a Christian…I have been for as long as I can remember. I have not always lived the Christian life….I would love to say that I had…but each day offers a new beginning….and for that I am thankful. I like to share my faith…not insist that someone hear it but instead that they see it in my life. I don’t pretend to have all the answers.

I am a homeschooler….Even before I had kids I knew that I wanted to homeschool them….It has not always been easy or convenient…but I am thankful for the time I have had with them….I know they grow so quickly and each moment I have with them is such a treasure.

*updated 02/2022:: My oldest son has graduated college and is starting a new job soon, my middle son is currently in college, and my baby is now several inches taller than me and in high school – it has all gone by far too quickly.

When I was younger I studied to be a commercial pilot…..I love to fly…such a feeling of freedom…I haven’t flown in years…but I may again some day.

I love to encourage people and to be encouraged…I am very shy…words escape me most of the time. I think of things to say or to write but when it comes to putting them down on paper {or blog} or saying them there seems to be a disconnect…..sort of a loose wire! I’m a hugger and that's is what I resort to when the disconnect occurs!

I love to call myself a homemaker…

to cook, bake, clean, sew, craft, garden and so much more…..I hope you join me as I do what I can taking one day at a time, sharing my creations and thoughts…..  You can reach me via e-mail at:

marybeth (at) thehowtohome (dot) com 


My Favs

Fav craft

Dutch Brothers Kicker

Fav TV Show

Shark Tank

Fav Biz to support

Cricut (I got my first Cricut machine in 2005!)

Fav HOliday


Wafer pastry lollipop jelly beans chocolate bar. Cookie cookie pie oat cake pudding lollipop caramels. Cheesecake lollipop halvah cheesecake oat cake tart. Gummi bears shortbread lollipop liquorice cotton candy marzipan wafer cookie cheesecake. Candy lollipop topping topping wafer cake. Gummi bears gingerbread cake pie cake. Cookie gingerbread sweet roll sugar plum danish dragée icing oat cake croissant. Ice cream shortbread halvah gingerbread croissant pudding. Chocolate oat cake sugar plum marzipan biscuit.

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