A Homemaking Secret to Happier Mornings

Having been a homemaker for over 4 years now, reading and following along other veteran homemakers and figuring things out on my own, I have found the one thing, one simple thing, that makes the biggest difference in starting the day better for any busy homemaker. And it lies in the kitchen.

Any guesses?

I’ve always believed that the kitchen is the heart of the home: it’s where the food is made — that special time of love being poured into providing meals for your family, and then of course the extra special family time as we eat our meals together. (Especially in my home, where we have an open kitchen so our dining area is technically in the kitchen!)

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Line Drying Laundry: Benefits & Tips

Hello again, little blog of mine. It’s been awhile. Life has been busy, with us renovating the house and I’ve officially started homeschooling this summer, but I’m back and so excited!

Before I get back into the swing of things officially, let’s talk line drying.

A pastime (albeit a much needed one) of yesteryear, line drying is a bit hard in these moderns times if you live in an apartment or don’t have much space. However, believe it or not; even in my tiny apartment, I have managed to do it, and it’s been great.

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Holistic Homemaking with Lisa Clark

With chronic disease and various health issues rising with each passing generation, we have to ask ourselves — why?

Lisa Clark has all the answers as she teaches holistic homemaking and eating, teaching us how to eat like our ancestors did. She runs Holistic Homemaking, a treasure trove of easy, digestible nutritional knowledge we can all understand.

I reached out to Lisa and was thrilled when she agreed to speak with me. Here, she shares why going back to basics is necessary, how to get started and her go-to meal ideas.

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11 Traditional Homemaking Skills to Cultivate

This post is for my fellow homemakers who strive to excel in their homemaking.

Homemaking today will (obviously) be very different than say, the homemaking in our mother’s, grandmother’s or even great grandmother’s time — it is, after all, 2021!

Still, I do believe that traditional homemaking skills have a place in society today. A very important place, actually. Maybe I idealise it a bit, but I’ve always been an old soul; and cultivating traditional, old-school homemaking skills is something I aim for. Personally, I feel like I can add in the modern bits as I go along, but I want to get the basics down.

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DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

Friends, let’s talk about natural, non-toxic home cleaners.

I believe it’s now common knowledge that cleaning detergents, soaps, liquids and other products available on the market today are clock-full of some of the most toxic ingredients; ingredients that can greatly affect the health and well-being of everyone in the family.

I once read that the air in our homes are up to 5 times worse than outside air thanks to all the toxic chemicals and such used in our homes — isn’t the frightening?!

The simple answer is to “go green”, however, even things labeled as “natural” and organic sometimes may not be as clean as they seem. Companies today know that “green washing” their branding and marketing claims of their products is a great way to sell more.

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DIY Homemade Lip Balms

I am so excited to share this recipe for you all today: DIY homemade lip balms.

While you can get natural, organic homemade lip balms for super cheap these days, I still find something about making your own so special, so here’s a recipe I’ve been using for years that I love. I have made my own lip balms for the past 2 years and have gifted them to friends and family too — it’s so much fun, super simple and makes such a sweet, lovely gift.

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What is Homemaking?

Oxford English Dictionary defines homemaking as “the creation and management of a home, especially as a pleasant place in which to live”, and since homemaking is making somewhat of a comeback, as a homemaker myself, I thought I’d share what a homemaker does — a job descriptor, if you will.

Because really, what exactly is homemaking? What does a actually homemaker do?

Homemaking is a valid, important and vital role in society today. C.S. Lewis says it perfectly: “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.”

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Baking Tips for Beginners

Growing up, I would intently watch my mother bake the most amazing things – from cakes to cookies to tarts to everything in between – marvelling at the process and loving every minute of it, but for some reason I never got into it myself.

Sure, I would help here and there, but nothing that would warrant me to say I could actually bake — until last year, that is! I made it a personal project of mine to finally learn how to bake because my toddler was starting to eat one too many store bought cookies, and I wanted to make some healthier versions for him.

I’ve since caught the baking bug; and now, baking bread, cookies, muffins, cupcakes and cakes is a regular occurrence – my toddler loves helping me, too, which makes it extra fun – and I’m very humbled that my friends and family love them. So much so, they are willing to pay me for my baked goods. Who would’ve ever guessed that would ever happen?!

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Hello, World!

Hello, world, and whomever has stumbled upon my blog (probably my mother, Hi Mom!), welcome to Renee’s Blend!

Since becoming a full-time mother and homemaker 2 years ago, I made it my mission to make better, healthier food to encourage good, healthy lifestyle habits in my family and myself. (As I myself have been battling with my health issues, in particular an autoimmune disease and my gut and hormone health, for the past decade now.)

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