When You Weren’t Taught Homemaking

I received a review copy of The Homemaker’s Mentor from the publisher and they are providing 2 copies for this giveaway. I was not otherwise compensated for my review, nor was I required to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Being a Homemaker when you weren't taught homemaking by Serving Joyfully

I wasn’t brought up in a Christian home.  In the midst of things like poverty, alcoholism, and other dysfunction, my parents taught me some great things. They taught me about unconditional love, sacrifice, real generosity, and loyalty.  They taught me to count my blessings from family and love instead of dollars and cents. And later I got to see firsthand the work of the Holy Spirit as my daddy went from being a mean, angry drunk to being the wonderful man my boys get to call papaw.

But, I grew up never really learning the vital skills of homemaking. I entered marriage, motherhood, and household management knowing precious little about any of it.

The one person from whom I could have learned those skills passed away before I was ready for them. My sweet, sweet mamaw was an embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman. She had so much to teach, but never got the chance. I was grown when she passed away, but my 20-year-old self didn’t yet comprehend the importance of that Titus 2 woman.

Reading through the files on The Homemaker’s Mentor CD, I felt like I was having a conversation with my mamaw. I couldn’t help but get sentimental as I read through the many, many files of recipes, frugal tips, housekeeping and scheduling tips, tutorials, sewing tips, printable files, and more. These are the very things that she would have taught me if she could be here now.

If you’re like me and have longed for that mentor to help you navigate being a godly wife, mother, and homemaker, this Collection could be a great resource for you.


Through today ONLY (Oct. 18th), you can get it for $10 off ($37), and with free shipping.

You can check out everything at the Website and you can even get a free lesson. Just scroll about halfway down the page and look for the yellow highlighted area to click on. It’s an instant download. And, if you subscribe to the email list here, you can get 5 more free lessons emailed to you.

You can view the contents of the CD, and also see more reviews, including sample projects, recipes, etc. There are some similar resources which can be found in public domain, but I haven’t seen such a comprehensive collection as this, in an easy and convenient CD.

{This post originally contained a giveaway which is now over. The winners have been selected and notified. Thanks to all who entered.}


What is your biggest homemaking challenge?


  1. Anonymous says

    I would love to win a copy! I was myself, too self involved in my twenties to glean what I could from my sweet grandmother. Although I learned a lot just by her example, I never really appreciated and took notice of all her important homemaking skills. Oh how I long to have her with me now. Thanks for offering this great opportunity.

  2. says

    Living alone and not having the physical strength to lift heavy items to discard them. After many years of severe illness, my adult children having homes of their own and I care for my elderly parents. My husband abandoned us when I was at my worst health-wise and I found that I lost myself. I think that I lost my 'wanna do'. I don't even know where to start. My home is spacious and full of potential. I must start to move forward. With God's help.. I know all will be ok. Please forgive my wordiness. Thanks you.

  3. Teresa Richardson says

    My biggest challenge is kitchen organization. My husband likes a lot of gadgets to help him cook when I am at work- crockpot, juicer, tea maker- and when he unloads the dishwasher, he puts dishes away in different places from where I was keeping them. My counters are full of stuff and I have a very small pantry

  4. says

    Biggest challenge: keeping everything in its place, and if it's not, learning not to sweat it. Clutter frustrates me to no end. I feel like if there is clutter to look at, then I just can't think! I hate how we accumulate so much stuff, no matter what size living space we have to work with. I have moved twice in the space of a year, and we are moving again in the near future. Not far…within the same town, but switching properties for financial reasons. I have lived in small, medium, and large places. The problem is the same no matter where you go. Stuff follows. And unless you find a way to keep only what is really important, and then find a way to organize what you have in a way that works for your famiky, it's the same old story wherever you are! I would love to win the download set. I come from a similar background, only my mother was the alcoholic who gave her life to Christ in her later years, and my dad died when I was 23. So many blessings can come from what Satan intends to destroy us with, even when we cannot see them at first glance. God is good, He takes the steps with us through the mire, even when we feel like we can only drag our feet, or barely move at all. If we just keep moving forward, and keep our eyes on the prize He allows us to rest in Him, on wings like eagles, where it takes no more effort to soar than it does to sit and rest on a branch. Glory to Him!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Lizbeth, I agree about the clutter! Thanks so much for sharing your words of encouragement there at the end. Your comment really touched my heart.

  5. Lori Briley Fairchild says

    My biggest challenge is sticking to a schedule. I'm not a type A personality and really would rather do just about anything other than clean and cook, so I tend to let things fall by the wayside. This sounds like a great resource.

  6. says

    I'm 54 years old and you would think that I'd have this homemaking thing down by now but I don't. I retired this year from teaching and my #1 goal is to get my house clean and organized. I have a loving husband, a college student son and a grown daughter who all deserve to have a clean and organized home. I have multiple sclerosis and it seems like every year things get more difficult for me to manage. There was a time when I seemed to be able to stay ahead if the mess… but the past few years have proven to be the most difficult. So I am looking for any ideas possible and this giveaway looked like a possibility.

  7. says

    I’d love to win! My biggest challenge is having any sort of schedule with three babies who are three and under. Someone is always upset or wanting “up”, no rhyme or reason, and it’s hard to have set times to get anything done.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Wow, I can see how that would be a challenge! A blessing, but a challenge when it comes to the homemaking and scheduling part.

  8. says

    This sounds great! I have been trying to improve my homemaking skills. My biggest challenge is sticking with a cleaning routine. Dishes and laundry get done, but the bigger stuff is more of a challenge.

  9. Jessica says

    Oh, this would be wonderful to win. I didn’t grow up in such a home, and as I’m in a courtship looking towards marriage where I would be a stay-at-home-mom, I am trying desperately to learn all that I can while still trying to go to college to finish up the degree that I didn’t know I probably wouldn’t need. God works in mysterious ways sometimes.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Jessica, that is awesome! It is so uplifting to hear of younger women who are seeking after God and realizing earlier in life the importance of such things.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Girl, I hear you! I love to organize, but KEEPING things organized is not my strong suit! But you’re right, it would definitely help things run more smoothly :)

  10. says

    I would like to win this giveaway! My greatest challenge is creating a consistent cleaning schedule, cooking and planning meals – serving them earlier, and sewing.

  11. Lindsy Fish says

    Dishes and meals are my challenges. I don't have a dishwasher, so that makes it interesting. I'm seriously thinking of making a month's worth of freezer meals each month just so I don't have to worry about it so much.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Lindsey, we don’t use our dishwasher, but we have a small family…only 2 children. I have heard great things about freezer cooking. The Money Saving Mom shares lots of great freezer cooking meals and tips.

  12. says

    What a great giveaway! The homemaker’s mentor looks like something I’d love to use with my daughters as part of our homeschooling curriculum.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Yes, Lori! That would be a wonderful use of it :) There are even some units designed specifically for that purpose :)

  13. Lisa says

    Crystal…I’m living overseas so I’m not commenting to enter giveaway but I just had to thank you for the links to this wonderful collection! I am the mother of four daughters and also haven’t had the benefit of much training myself. My mom worked and found it easier to just do stuff herself. When my sister and I got older…in our teens…we split the house in half and each did the cleaning, but everything I know I’ve taught myself. I will definitely be checking out my options to purchase a copy for myself and my girls. Thanks again!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Lisa, You ARE eligible for the giveaway, but if you win it will be sent as a {very large} zip file rather than CD. I’m sorry I didn’t specify that clearly in my post. Thank you for your kind words. There are some unit studies in the collection that could especially be helpful in teaching your daughters :)

  14. says

    I feel challenged in prioritizing what is most important from day to day and in enjoying the moments and not being overwhelmed at times! :) Blogging has helped me just stop and look and focus more on delighting in the daily details!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Deborah, yes! Keeping my time and energy focused firmly on my priorities is a daily struggle. I’m glad blogging has been a blessing in helping you with that. It does help to keep things in perspective :)

  15. says

    I’m 32 years old, have been on my own since I was 16, and am now eight months pregnant with our first child. My biggest problem is clutter…I have all sorts of projects in progress (I like to jump around between them) and if I put them away I forget about them, which then fills up storage space. Every flat surface in our home has clutter on it.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Oh my, Amy, I have those same struggles! lol. Right down to the jumping around between projects and having too much clutter.

  16. Sue D says

    Would love to win this. My biggest challenge is getting everything done that I want to do and how to organize all my homemaking equipment/supplies.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  17. Anonymous says

    My biggest challenge of homemaking would be that I have had not one once of mentoring, honestly. I have learned everything that I "think" I know on my own or from Pinterest and Blogs. I am striving to break the chain in my family and be a loving, caring, and thoughtful wife and mother.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      That is such a tough spot to be in! I feel you! Praying along with you that you will be able to break that chain.

  18. heavensdaughter says

    Wow! Where was this when I got married at 18 with no clue about homemaking or home management?! Lol. Even now, years later, I would love to win this. There’s always more to learn. Thanks for the opportunity.

  19. DM McKenzie says

    Biggest challenge-eating/cooking healthy, fresh, & organic…on a very tight budget……Would absolutely love to win & be blessed with this! <3

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