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Homemaking Books

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Confessions of an Organized Homemaker

Shiloah Baker, The Homemaking CottageWelcome Gentle Reader,

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You know that moment when you feel unappreciated?  Or, how about the day(s) that you wish you could quit?  Those days it seems like everything is falling apart in the house, the messes are multiplying, the laundry is piling up, the family is hungry and you’re sick of cooking.   How is it that everyone else’s life seems more glamorous than yours?  

Friend, we have been there so many times and back more times than we can count. 

The difference between housekeeping and homemaking is significant.  The latter is creating the environment of love, peace and joy.  Housekeeping is encompassed in homemaking.  Homemaking includes care of the home, family, body, mind, and spirit; your’s and your family’s.

Think of the Homemaking Cottage as your place of refuge.  We feature thousands of articles to inspire you when you need it.  On those days that you want to give up, we offer the pick-me-up you need.  Whatever your need is as a mother, wife, friend, homemaker, you’re sure to find it here.  

Becoming a subscriber will bring you the full 16 year archives of articles.  Become part of us and allow us to fill your needs.

-Shiloah Baker, Homemaking Cottage & Co.



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Essentials for Teeth: Oil Pulling and Toothpaste with Essential Oils

Oil Pullling and Toothpaste with essential oilsWhen I first heard about oil pulling, I was skeptical but willing to try it. When I left CO I was avoiding 10 fillings in my teeth. I took a year to move, have baby Courtney and recover. During this time I inconsistently did oil pulling and consistently brushed with On Guard (essential oil based) toothpaste. When I went in today, I have ONLY 2 cavities to fill!!!

A Pattern for Homemaking

A Pattern for HomemakingThe difference between housekeeping and homemaking is significant. It is important to identify our strengths and our weaknesses.  When we can identify our weaknesses we can strive to make them strengths.  When we know the values and qualities of good homemakers we can strive to attain them and reach to greater heights.

Hometown Feel: Being a Good Neighbor

Hometown feelI’ve always loved the feel of a close knit community, being good friends with your neighbor, and knowing that borrowing a cup of sugar from time to time is welcome.  I love seeing old black and white television reruns of days when the ice cream man was your friend, and women wore skirts and aprons, and everyone supported everyone.

5 Things I’ve Learned from Living in Europe

 living in europeThere is nothing quite like the old world.  I love being an American and the newer, richness of the history based in America.  I love my freedom.  I love our luxurious and blessed lifestyle.  On the other hand, I love experiencing Europe.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

fire shut up in my bonesPassion, in my world, sometimes looks like Christmas tree pajamas, old Vans, and a hand-knit lap blanket keeping me cozy at the local library.

Choosing Better Books

Choosing Better BooksWe all know reading is good for us.  But are all books created equal?

A few weeks ago I saw a book on a recommended reading list.  I don’t remember exactly what it was, but I found it at the library soon after, so I picked it up.  I scanned the pages to see if I could gauge whether I’d be interested in it.  I read a few paragraphs and it went something like this:

What You Need to Ask While Shopping for a Bank

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Moms: Continuing Your Education

Moms: Continuing Your EducationIf you’re a mom like me, you go to great lengths to make sure your children do well in school and get a good education.  You ensure they complete their homework...

Feeding Your Family Nourishing Foods, Part Two: Establishing Guidelines

Food for the familyThe realization that followed was one I couldn't ignore and, to this day, dictates what I allow into my home and on to my plate: Gluten-free.  Low-fat.  Low-sodium.  Dairy-free.  Sugar-free.  These words alone do NOT mean "healthy" and the food they label is not necessarily what your body needs.

Feeding Your Family Nourishing Foods - Part One: The Paradigm Shift

Nourishing FoodsConfession: Once upon a time, in a life before children, I was a food snob.  Truly the worst kind of food snob.  The kind who decided whether or not we could be friends based on the contents of your grocery cart.

Lucy Webb Hayes: A First Among First Ladies

Lucy HayesLucy Webb Hayes, wife of the 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was the first wife of a president to be officially called, “First Lady”, a term coined by the American press.



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