Making a Family Home – Book Review and Giveaway (Closed)

Making a Family Home Book CoverLife gets busy these days doesn’t it? Time flies by, kids grow so fast…

When I received an email asking if I was interested in reviewing Making a Family Home by Shannon Honeybloom, I was definitely interested.

Making a Family Home is a book filled with Shannon’s tips for creating a warm, intimate and inviting atmosphere for you and your family. The book is filled with beautiful, colourful photos and she shares what she did to make their house into a home for her family.

At the beginning of the book she writes that “many mothers, in their modern isolation from families and traditions, have lost a sense of how to care for young children and for their homes.” I don’t disagree with much in this book, but I disagree with that statement. I think that the disconnect today comes from the rat race…

We are so busy now, there are so many avenues by which to get sidetracked and caught up in. There is the phone, email, faxes, twittering, facebooking, and (insert your favorite time waster here).

For example, if you don’t harvest your crops on Farmville on time, they wither (you know what I’m talking about!). If you don’t post on some forums, you get deleted (note to those forums I am a part of, please don’t delete me, that was just an observation)! The list goes on and on.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everything, getting unwrapped is the hard part. And as we get wrapped up, the important things start to suffer. We start to make quick, processed dinners. We throw a video on to babysit our kids and we (insert your short cut here).

I found this book to be very insightful both as a book on families and for home decorating. In part of the book, Shannon talks about her children’s sensory issues. This helped me to realize that my daughter has some sensory issues with sound and movement. She has a couple of toys that she hates due to the sound they make and how they move. It makes her cry. She also hates it when the sound level in the house gets too high. So we are trying to work around her; vacuum when she is out, turn on loud appliances when she is in another part of the house etc.

This book goes room by room and talks about why they have it set up the way they do. They use a lot of handmade toys and they have a lot of crafts around instead of big ticket toys. It is a back to basics book that is a great read for anyone who is trying to bring the focus back to their family. You can buy this book from either or for about $20.

You can also visit Shannon’s blog at Honeybloom at Home for more posts and useful tips.

I also have one (1) copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader…

To enter:
Tell me what your favorite childhood memory is and leave a way of getting a hold of you if you win. *You must do this for any additional entries to count.

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This contest is open to Canadian and US residents and runs until 12pm MST on Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

* I received this product for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.

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11 comments… add one
  • Sheri Feb 9, 2010, 7:00 pm

    Comments are now closed for this giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered.

  • KarineKiki Feb 8, 2010, 10:18 am

    My favourite childhood memory..sad to say, was working for my parents. lies here. I worked from a very young age and hardly got paid, but I LOVED every minute of it!! Miss working there to this day!!

  • Tannie's Chatter Feb 5, 2010, 3:36 pm

    My favorite childhood memories were my birthdays. My mom would hide my presents and I would get to have birthday parties with my friends and games, etc. I had to so much fun!

  • 409cope Feb 5, 2010, 3:21 pm

    My favorite childhood memory is going fishing with my father and having a picnic afterwards.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Anonymous Feb 3, 2010, 7:54 pm

    My favorite childhood memory is spending summers at the family cottage with everyone together.

  • Wanda Feb 3, 2010, 4:46 pm

    My favourite childhood memory was going to the beach with my family.

  • Liz W Feb 3, 2010, 10:50 am

    My favorite childhood memory?

    Nothing fantastic like surprise trips to disneyland or anything like that.. Parents could never afford something like that.

    No my favorite and most cherish memories are baking in the kitchen with my mother. I'd always make one hell of a mess but she still kept me in the kitchen and taught me how to make the secret family pastry dough ;)

  • Maggie Feb 3, 2010, 10:15 am

    My favorite memory is always Christmas with my family, we never had a lot of money, but my mom always made it feel special and did a lot of activities with us to celebrate the holidays.

  • julesn2boys Feb 3, 2010, 9:44 am

    my fav memory is when my brother and i went to Ukraine to visit my grandma, there was the yummiest ice cream there and grandma bought like 3 of them for each of us… we ate it all… my parent weren't as happy though. my grandma was a wonderful person

    juliathejewel at hotmail dot com

  • Kathie Feb 3, 2010, 9:42 am

    My favourite childhood memory was driving to Montreal Christmas Eve day with mum, dad and my two brothers. We stayed with my Gramma in a little village south of Montreal and there were sometimes 17 family members. The snow was almost waist deep, we usually received a sled from Santa and had the best time outdoors playing while waiting for the Turkey Dinner. After Gramma died and we didn't go anymore, Christmas was never the same until I had my own children and we started our own traditions.

  • Carla Feb 2, 2010, 8:53 pm

    My favorite childhood memory was when my parents suprised us with a trip to Disneyworld and only told us a few hours before the plane left!!

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