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Making A Family Home

I am from the Caribbean and while it might seem exotic to most who doesn't live there. Times are really hard and families do struggle to put food on the table. Sometimes you will visit and feel so at home that you might not even notice the poverty. Communities do come together and families do everything they can to stay close and share their food and home.

Our homes are usually decorated with such color and warm touches that anyone that comes into the doorway immediately feel at home and want to stay awhile.

The smell of cooking always lingers and tummies will growl, until soothed with finger-lickin' goodness.

The soothing or upbeat music calls everyone to mingle, and with all these little touches and so many more, for us, we make our family home.

It's not just a building. It's life together, being molded with time to strengthen bonds.

I lived in a building most of my life. It is called an orphanage. There were no nurturing or positive teachings encouraging ones future or any home comforts you can imagine. Myself like so many, left that building, broken within.

So now as a mother, more than ever I understand the need for making my house a home so that everyone who comes and passes through will have memories and wishes to visit again, even stay awhile. Most importantly that my children will leave with a healthy view of their lives and future.

I was delighted to read Shannon's book 'Making A Family Home" because it encourages and gives me new ideas in making my family home.

Making A Family Home is definitely one book you'd love on your coffee table. It is peppered with the most adorable photographs by Skip Hunt and it is quite easy to read and very insightful.

When creating a family home, channel Grandma
Room by room, guide offers practical hints for making a house a home

AUSTIN, Texas – In the past few years, “slow” has made quite a comeback. The Slow Movement. The Slow Food Movement. Bolstered by the recent recession, old-school practices like home cooking, shopping at the farmer’s market, knitting and sewing are now in vogue, providing a welcome reprieve from our typically teched-out, anxious and fast-paced existence. But in a culture of text messages, Twitter and information overload, how can we support the values of a simpler time? More importantly, how can we pass on ‘slow’ to a generation of Baby Einstein grads?

According to author Shannon Honeybloom, it all starts at home. In her new book "Making a Family Home" (SteinerBooks, January 2010, $20.00, Softcover), she shows readers room-by-room how to cultivate an enriching shelter, one that encourages children to learn and imagine.

Combining the mindfulness of modern homemakers with an understanding of childhood development, and an attention to universal truths such as love, goodness and beauty, Honeybloom outlines simple steps towards creating a beautiful and nurturing home. 
“Anxiety-driven over-parenting has reached a peak, and parents everywhere are yearning to get ‘back to basics’ at home and with their children,” says Honeybloom, a parent and former educator. “In the end, it’s not about enrichment classes, educational videos, multiple after-school activities. It’s not about spending a lot of money or buying a lot of things. It’s about creating a calm, beautiful, and healthy home for our families. Such a home is the foundation for happiness and success in the world.”

A former high school English teacher in New York, as well as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, Honeybloom has inhabited a wide variety of homes during her adult life, from a cramped Brooklyn apartment to an adobe dwelling in the desert. It was when she settled down in Austin, Texas, eventually becoming a mother of three, that she sought to create a living, artistic home. And for that, she turned to the wisdom of her grandmother.

“My grandmother imbued her household with love, simplicity, and joy,” says Honeybloom. “In putting together my own home, I asked myself: What makes a space sheltering, harmonious, and healthy? What kinds of materials can be used that help the development of my children? So I wrote this book to share my discoveries.”
 Inside "Making a Family Home," readers will also 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

Shannon Honeybloom earned her M.A. in Literary Cultures from New York University and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College. It was during graduate school that she began an academic study of domestic arts, which provided the foundation for "Making a Family Home." In addition, Honeybloom’s original screenplay "Borders" was a finalist in the 2009 International Cinema City Film Festival in Los Angeles. She is currently working on another novel and a second screenplay, and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and her three children. To learn more, please visit

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About the author:
Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.

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  1. It sounds like a really great book! I may have to look into this more. Thank you for the review!

  2. Very good review.
    Thank you for posting.

  3. A home is something that is taken for granted, I am glad that the author tackled this issue, especially for people with children.

    Sounds like a good read...I will add this to my list. Can I say that it is your recommendation?

  4. great post! I am so sorry that you had to grow up in an orphanage.I really value your insight! I know your home will be filled with love!

  5. Lovely post!! The book sounds wonderful. Having a comfortable, welcoming home is such an important thing!!

  6. I'd love to take a closer look at this book. And the author lives here? In Austin? COOL!

  7. It is neat to share a book with your readers, reading and learning r among the most enjoyable thing for me,
    thank u for the wonderful introduction.
    Best regards.


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