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Monday, June 15, 2009

Homestead Blessings DVD's: A Review and Giveaway


When I received copies to review of Homestead Blessings, I knew I was in for a treat. The West ladies who host the videos are crafting extraordinaires and seem so sweet! They walk you step by step through demonstrations for easy and inexpensive ways to make candles, soap and bread at home, often using things you already have. I gathered my girls to watch it with me, and they are really anxious to try our hand at making dipped candles. I personally want to make the soap. She pointed out the health benefits for making your own soap and I was inspired by what she said. I must admit, I am still nervous about handling the lye, though... I can picture me splashing it on myself. Thankfully they teach you to have vinegar on hand to neutralize it if that happens. Either way, I think we have some ideas for fun summer projects ahead of us after watching these videos.

If you are interested in learning some homemaking skills like these, I highly recommend these great dvd's. They are nicely done and presented in such a way that the projects seem doable. I will admit that by the end, I was fantasizing about having my own little booth on Saturdays at our local farmer's market, selling bread, candles and homemade soap with my girls. I wonder if that pays better than writing??

Want to win a set of dvd's?? Just leave a comment here stating which dvd you would most like to watch (the soap, candles, or bread) for your chance to win. Make sure your email, blog address or website is listed so I can contact you if you win! I will announce the winners on Friday so be sure to leave a comment by then!
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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

They all sound really good! My daughters and I "make" soap using glycerin blocks, but I call it the cheater's version :o). (You melt it in the microwave and pour into molds.) I've always wanted to know more about the "real" way of making it, though I don't know if I would let them touch the lye.

JD
sweettea.n.ice@gmail.com

Thanks for your devotionals. They are really helpful for me!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see the video on breadmaking. After my mom and dad have both had cancer, I am working on ways to get my 4 kiddos and the hubby healthier.

Blessings,
Tamara

tbarant68@gmail.com

mommyp4 said...

I have seen these DVD's sold at convention and really wanted them!! I would like to watch the one on breadmaking!

Courtney said...

sounds like great fun. I would love the breadmaking one.

courtney.mommieblogs (at) gmail

Anonymous said...

I would love to watch the breadmaking one as well! There is nothing in the world as good as homemade bread. Thanks so much!

irinaryland@yahoo.com

Angela - Life w/ Two Busy Boys said...

They all sound good..I think I'd like the one on soap most.

Chinamama4 said...

Frankly, I'd enjoy any of them, but since I have to choose, I'd choose the breadmaking one!

Denise said...

My mom used to make candles with the five of us for Christmas presents for family and our teachers. I would like the candle dvd so my mom and I could share that memory with my two children.

I so enjoy reading your blogg everyday. I was looking at it yesterday when my husband said "what a nice looking family" when he saw your picture. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and love of the Lord.

Denise
crow@frontiernet.net

Alyce said...

Hey there..
I make soap, don't know if I've mentioned that to you or not. Anyway. I don't make soap w/ lye though. I make the glycerin soap and we love it. So gentle on the skin. I'm always looking for ways to spread the word on it.
www.simplysoapbyalyce.etsy.com
http://sites.google.com/site/simplysoapbyalyce/

Mitzi said...

I love to look at your blog - it's inspiring me to get mine up to date! The candle DVD would be wonderful...we love candles but don't splurge on buying them too often. Mitzi

mitzigooden@roadrunner.com
www.gooden5.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

I would love the DVD about soap-making, that's something I am really interested in!
Thank you!

Amy said...

The candle DVD would be awesome!
Amy

Anonymous said...

The soap DVD would be wonderful to win. I've heard making soap with goat's milk is a great idea too and maybe there's something in the DVD about that.

Thanks for the great devotionals. I look forward to the Proverbs 31 email everyday!

campmaley@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of these DVD's. My daughter and I would enjoy trying to make candles. We're looking for some relatively easy handi-crafts to start off our first year of homeschooling.... I enjoy your blog so much!
Blessings,
Ann
awcamp@bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

Hi there.. I love your blog.. so fun to read!! I ordered my boys the summer bridge books from your recommendations and I really love them! Thank you! I would love to win the breadmaking on.. thanks..Christinemlark@aol.com

HC said...

Ok, ok, I'll sign up for the giveaway (although I don't ever win!) These DVD's sound too good to pass up! I've been wanting to learn how to make soap and candles, and a visual video sounds like the perfect thing for me!

Thanks,
H Cinotto

Julie said...

It's hard to choose! I think maybe the candle one - I can imagine my youngest enjoying that one especially.

Julie
thedrucks@netzero.com

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to know how to make bread! My four daughters and I would enjoy this so much!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Jennifer
cullengirlsmom@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I've had my eye on these videos since they came out. Thank you for doing a review on them! I would love to win the bread making one....but any of them would be great!!

Thanks for a chance to win!

~Diane
welove2pray@yahoo.com

Celly B said...

Oh, I've seen these and have placed them in our Netflix queue, but dh keeps moving them down the queue. They all look wonderful, but I think the one on soap looks so interesting!

Jennifer said...

I would love to watch the soap making one. Although I have a 7 year old boy who thinks he is simply too "big" for everything I think would be cool (I learned that when he thought that his first trip to Magic Kingdom this past weekend was such a bore) I would hope that this might be something at least a little interesting if not for him then definitely for me :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for your blog--I have enjoyed all your stories and tips! I have been interested in taking on the challenge of making homemade bread without a breadmaker, especially since bread is getting so expensive! I would be interested in the bread making video for all the tips I can get!

Thanks!

jroba5@yahoo.com

Anne said...

I would LOVE to see the candle making DVD. I absolutely love candles, and have several of them, but would thoroughly enjoy learning to make my own.
Sincerely,
Anne

Andrea said...

I have been feeling God's tug on me to do more simplifying. Would love a DVD, won't be picky..lol...although I would probably do more bread making than anything. I truly have enjoyed reading through your blog.
Blessings
Andrea

Tanya said...

I have one of these already but the other two look great!

Lisa said...

Mmmmmm......bread!
llbrown1@charter.net

\o/
Praising Him,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if you ever picked a winner for the dvds!

Thanks,
Nora