Domestic Fashionista, the creative online home of blogger Ashley Urke, shortly after I started reading blogs. When Ashley invited me to preview her new ebook, 31 Days of Creative Homemaking for the Modern Day Woman, I was more than happy to oblige. It launches today, and I'll be sharing my thoughts on what Ashley has to say about making a home.
After discovering her blog, I followed Ashley through her engagement, wedding, and life as a newlywed. Her passion for creative homemaking shines through thoughtfully worded posts and a beautifully photographed home. This ebook is so much more than platitudes and pretty pictures. Ashley challenges me to look at the way I define homemaking and to refocus my heart for the home.
As Ashley says, homemaking is more than dusting or laundry or getting dinner on the table by six. It's a "creative process" and you don't have to be a stay-at-home mom to be a homemaker! Single or married, working in the home or out, homemaking is what "sets the tone for your home."
And guess what? You don't have to look or act like June Cleaver to be a homemaker...this ebook examines ways we can look realistically at the expectations and demands of day to day life in the twenty first century.
The premise spoke to me before I even clicked to open the book:
"What if you could love your home a little more, meet your family's needs a little bit better, and slow down just enough to really enjoy your life? And you could have all this for much cheaper than hiring a house cleaner?
All it takes are a few small changes--getting things a little more organized, focusing your heart on what you truly want for your home, and cutting down on housework time to spend it with the people who live in your home instead."
Um, was she writing this directly to me??
31 Days of Creative Homemaking for the Modern Day Woman covers meals, entertaining, housekeeping tips, organization, taking the busyness of life down a notch, and balance. As it goes day by day, it would make an excellent addition to your morning devotions or quiet time!
If you, like me, have been feeling overwhelmed lately with the "Pinterest life" and reconciling all that to what real life looks like (hint: it can be messy), this ebook is for you.
Priced at just $4.99, you can download it to your e-reader or iPad. I also keep the pdf on my laptop because my Kindle Paperwhite doesn't have color photos.
*You can download your own copy here (that is an affiliate link). Please let me know what you think!
Have you struggled with the focus of your home and the busyness of day-to-day life?
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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this ebook for review, but was not paid for this post. Links to the book are affiliate links. All opinions are, as always 100% my own.
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