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10 Day Give: DAY EIGHT

October 8, 2013

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Jennifer!  

You won a jar of our special homemade skin cream!

In case you haven’t noticed, we take our homemaking very seriously.  We don’t just stay home.  We are homeMAKERS!  We wear that badge with honor.  Never will you hear us say we are “just a mom” or “just a housewife.”  We are not waiting for our kids to grow up so we can get back into the rat race.  We LOVE being home and making home.  There is no other sphere in the world that offers so many opportunities for creativity!

Cooking, baking, fermenting, canning, housework, sewing, dying, crocheting, herbs, natural healing, gardening, carpentry, teaching, writing, design, hospitality, business, finance, music, art, religion, the list goes on and on!  Homemaking is what you make it!

Building our lives and the lives of our husbands and children around the home is key to social transformation.  Everything hinges on the home!  Homemaking is for everyone!

So to celebrate our love of homemaking and to pass on the love to you, today we are giving away a copy of one of our favorite books: Radical Homemakers!

Radical Homemakers

A little teaser from the book: “A women’s place in the workforce has become the norm in the last fifty years, the American household has changes to accommodate the shift. Agriculture rapidly industrialized and generated highly processed foods that supplanted most home cooking; skills were replaced with products, thrift with income, and time with convenience. As the home became increasingly devoid of enterprise and creativity, few could blame women for fleeing the hearth. However, during the same fifty years, our health, happiness and well-being have also dramatically declined. The abandonment of the kitchen, the loss of personal finance skills despite rising household incomes, the relentless increase in busy-ness and the compulsion to replace emptiness and loneliness with consumer products have put us on course for an ecological, social and cultural train wreck….And above all, [Radical Homemakers] were fearless. They did not let themselves be bullies by the conventional ideals regarding money, status, or material possessions. These families did not see their homes as a refuge from the world. Rather, each home was the center for social change, the starting point from which a better life would rippled out for everyone….”

“More than simply soccer moms, Radical Homemakers are men and women who have chosen to make family, community, social justice and the health of the planet the governing principles of their lives.  They reject any form of labor or the expenditure of any resource that does not honor these tenets.  For about five thousand years, our culture has been hostage to a form of organization by domination that fails to honor our living systems, where “he who holds the gold makes the rules.”  By contrast, Radical Homemakers use life skills and relationships as a replacement for gold, on the premise that he or she who doesn’t need the gold can change the rules.  The greater our domestic skills, be they to plant a garden, grow tomatoes on an apartment balcony, mend a shirt, repair an appliance, provide for our own entertainment, cook and preserve a local harvest or care for our children and loved ones, the less dependent we are on the gold.”

READY TO WIN?!  Leave us a comment telling us your favorite part of homemaking!

[This giveaway is now closed.]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2013 4:54 pm

    Being surrounded by my family. 😉

  2. Allison permalink
    October 8, 2013 8:09 pm

    As a mom who just left the work force to be home full time as part of my faith journey I am enjoying every moment! I have to say I’m enjoying experimentation with sourdough right now the most!

  3. Allison permalink
    October 8, 2013 8:10 pm

    Oh and really enjoying prolonged snuggles in the morning with my kids since I always had to leave for work so early!

  4. October 9, 2013 12:06 am

    My favorite part of homemaking is filling my home with warmth and joy through the art of baking! When I can share my love of baking with my children every year by baking a homemade pumpkin pie from scratch it brings me such blessing! All of our senses are engaged as our home fills with laughter, warmth and heavenly smells.

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