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Homemaking Books

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Confessions of an Organized Homemaker

Shiloah Baker, The Homemaking CottageWelcome Gentle Reader,

Are you new here?  Please start here and then go here.  

Pleased to meet you! I'm Shiloah Baker, mom to 10 great homeschooling kids. I'm into all things natural and am an Energy therapist with Lifeology. Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Advocate with Doterra Essential Oils. Editor-in-Chief of the Homemaking Cottage & company.  Some of my favorite things are my husband, religion, life, classic books, children, red lipstick, jewelry, and beautiful things.

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.  

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The Homemaking Cottage and Deluxe Edition is a great resource for all busy women. I love the inspiration and practical tips provided for everything from simply being a woman to maintaining optimal health to entertaining with flare.  I love that you can stop by and find multiple articles on just what you need at that particular moment along with the ability to request an article on a specific subject. Shiloah Baker has done a beautiful job with this website! ~Suzy Strempke, Owner of Growth In Action

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A Pattern for Homemaking

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