“Making a Family Home” Book Review & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Book Review
February 19, 2010
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I recently had the opportunity to review a book called, Making a Family Home, by Shannon Honeybloom.  I really enjoyed reading through it!  I love that Shannon invites us into her home and life and tells us how she has made (and how we can make) a house into our home.  I love that she involves her children in daily chores and activities and strives to warm up different parts of the home.  Some of the chapters of her book include “At Home with Children,” “The Front Porch,” “The Playroom,” “The Backyard and Garden,” and more! 

Shannon Honeybloom says, “More than merely a dwelling, the definition of home extends beyond the meaning of a house and contains an additional poetic meaning.  There’s the saying, ‘Home is where the heart is.’  Creating a home for our family can be both a challenge and a pleasure.  Creating a home is a process of imbuing our space with soul and spirit, surrounding our family with love, care, comfort.”

Inside “Making a Family Home,” you will learn:
• How to make your home warm and cozy
• How to support your child’s development at home
• How to involve your children in homemaking – cooking, crafting, cleaning, and so on
• How to create routines that support difficult transitions (bedtime, mealtime, and so on)
• How to get more play and leisure use out of your yard
• How to create a community of support for your family life

MY THOUGHTS

I think this is a great book for families who have a desire to have a home versus just a “house” to live in.  I love that she includes her family in the book.  I love that I can identify with her and her family and that I can use her ideas to make my own house a “family home.”  I give this book a 4 out of 5 rating for overall enjoyment.

GIVEAWAY

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I received a copy of “Making a Family Home” from Steiner Books to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

109 Responses to ““Making a Family Home” Book Review & Giveaway”

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  2. Nikki says:

    I am an old-fashioned full-time homemaker. I cook, I do canning, I bake cupcakes for school, I clean, I do crafts, I sew, I paint, I lay tiles, I do plumbing. I singlehandedly landscaped my entire yard, installing a cottage garden and a vegetable garden from scratch. I toil endlessly toward achieving the goal that this woman claims to have achieved. I want to see how she did it.

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  6. Darcie K says:

    Sounds like a great book, I am particularly interested in How to involve your children in homemaking – cooking, crafting, cleaning, and so on!
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  10. Madonna says:

    What an awesome book. I think this book is just exactly what everyone needs to help bring their families closer so thats why I want to win it. There is a book from 1979 called a Family Raised on Rainbows by Beverly Nye. Its a great book with activities do to as a family also.

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  14. Amy B says:

    I’d love to win this book because we’re planning to remodel and are looking for ideas
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  18. Suburban Prep says:

    I grew up in a large family with 6 younger siblings.
    I would love for this to be a book in my home as a tribute to this way of life.

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  20. Stephanie says:

    I am currently majoring in Family and Consumer Science. I LOVE any kind of book that can improve the life of my family and kids. I would read this book from cover to cover, and no doubt there would be highlighted all over the pages. Writing, math and all of that is good to learn, but the development adn raising of your family and relationships with them are what are most important. 🙂

  21. susan varney says:

    i love a book that teaches how to do things mverno@roadrunner.com

  22. Alicia Webster says:

    Not only do I want this book, but I NEED this book. I am a bit of a failure at creating a warm and nurturing environment. I don’t like to spend money, I am not very creative, and I seem to lack the girly-girly domestic gene, and our home reflects this. We don’t have curtains, our bedding doesn’t match, our decorating style is “minimalistic” because we are afraid to take a risk (or spend a buck for that matter). It is embarrassing to me that our three kids have to live here.

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  28. Linda Kish says:

    I’d like to have it because it sounds interesting.

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  30. Jennifer Short says:

    I’m not married, no kids, but I always love reading books like this because I want to be a 1950s type wife and mother!

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  32. Jennifer says:

    I am curious how she involved her kids in her home

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  37. denise says:

    I would like to win this because I do not feel that my house is a home for my family.

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    great to add into your wedding gift

  41. Teresa says:

    i would like this book b /c no matter how hard i try, our home doesny feel homey or warm and cozy
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  46. Tarah says:

    I would love to win this – we have some rooms I”m still trying to make “cozy”

  47. Wendy M says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to learn more ways to include my children in our homemaking.
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  50. Ani says:

    I want to win because I’m interested and excited to see what ideas she has for making home more fun.

  51. James Coyne says:

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  52. Rachel C says:

    I’d love to win this book because sometimes I just need inspiration for my home.

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  54. chastidy says:

    I like to win this, because I have two toddlers and I want to be the best mom I can be 🙂

  55. Veronica Murillo says:

    I would like to read this book to get inspirations on how to make my home more cozy

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  59. chrissyb says:

    Im a new mom and this would be perfect to read as my son grows up.

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  65. Erma says:

    This looks like a good book.

  66. Ed Nemmers says:

    This would be a magnificent read!

  67. Angela Winesburg says:

    Looks interesting, thanks!

  68. If I won this book, I would pass it on to my daughter who is raising a family, homeschooling and teaching the children the life skills they need.
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  69. Janet says:

    I would love to read this book AND THEN PASS IT ON TO MY DAUGHTERINLAW BECAUSE IT SOUNDS GOOD:0)

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  71. Brittany says:

    I need to be better at routines, hopefully this book has some good ideas

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  78. theodore esteghamat says:

    Sounds like a good book to learn about some family activities.

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  80. Melanie says:

    I love home books!

  81. Trina says:

    I would love to ready the chapter on how to involve your children in homemaking. I want to make sure my son is a good homemaker. I think it is a valuable skill for both boys and girls. My husband is inept in anything related to the home, his momma did everything for her boys and never taught them to be independent. It is a good thing I am a SAHM.

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  87. Pamela S says:

    I would like to win this because I admit our house isn’t particularly “warm:”. I’d love to get some ideas. Thanks.

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  91. heather c says:

    I’d love to win for homemaking inclusion and basic routines. Thanks so much! Looks great!

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  99. Veronica Garrett says:

    I want to win because I want to make my home more cozy. I especially want to do something for my yard. It is a disaster, full of weeks and not inviting at all.

  100. Lily Kwan says:

    I want to win this book because it looks very interesting!

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