About The Fulfilled Homemaker


…behind the curtain
Welcome! My name is Allyson and I’m the fulfilled homemaker behind the (handmade of course) curtains of this website.

If someone called me a “homemaker” a few years ago I would have been offended!  Oh what silly notions that word brings up in people. A depressed and bored 50s housewife with nothing to do, right? How could I call myself a homemaker? I have a career! I have a college education (and in a few weeks, a Masters)! I don’t want to call myself a homemaker, do I?

As it turns out, focusing on a homebased life is what makes me feel the most fulfilled. And I’m not talking about scrubbing the floor or buying vacuums. I’m talking about something bigger, the whole story. Homemaking in this sense is a way of living, it is about making a home. For me it is about creating a beautiful and meaningful space that my husband, dog and I enjoy being in.  About creating a nourishing environment where my future children can learn and explore their world. About taking steps towards running a sustainable home and learning to be more self-sufficient. About having the freedom and time to pursue my passions. About being aware of how choices I make for my home impact my community. In this definition, we are all homemakers.

Step inside my home…

Right now in the kitchen there is soup from my Vitamix heating up on the stove which is actually leftover from Monday. The potatoes and carrots in it were from our garden. This morning, I hung a new kitchen wetbag that I sewed last night on a knob for our used non-paper towels, cloth napkins and rags.

There are handmade cloth napkins on the table from lunch and we’ll use them again for dinner.

I’m sitting upstairs in my art room/studio/office/someday-kid’s-room which could use some decluttering and organizing again soon. The walls in this room are painted a happy green and I always feel so fresh and lively when I work up here. My dog, Lennon, puts his nose on my laptop to tell me, “Enough of this crap.  Come play with me.”

My husband is finishing up his day from his work-at-home-office/someday-kid’s-room next door.  He is an Internet guy and helps me with the technical mumbo jumbo of this site.  We often wonder how these rooms will transform when another little person is living in the house.  For now, we spread our papers and clothes and dog toys throughout our little house.

I love our home.

It is our sanctuary. A constant work in progress that evolves with us. Each scratch, each dent is adding a layer of life to it. We are building memories. It is the space where we try new things and succeed and fail and learn and grow and thrive. With every moment we are making a home. We are homemakers!

 

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Inês Raposo July 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hi!
I’m a Portuguese journalist preparing an article about the “No-poo movement”. I found your story online and I’d like to know more about your experience. Do you think you can help me and aswer to some questions?

Let me know if you’re interested.

Best regards.

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Kimberley September 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

I have been going no -poo for 3 months and my husband started a month ago and I cannot say enough about how amazing this treatment is for my hair. I was using so many expensive products and my hair was getting worse. It is thin, long and curly and now is super shiny.My curls look smooth and shiny and not frizzy and I am not losing as much hair clogging the drain for some reason. My husband started having an itchy scalp and decided to try it and after 2 days he says his scalp feels perfect now. 1 TBSP of baking soda mixed with 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water. Thats it……

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Belinda March 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

Hi Allyson,
Glad to meet you! I’m so happy to have found your site and plan to mix up a batch of your natural bathroom cleaner after my next trip to town. Your definition of homemaking resonates with me, and I have presided over this sort of home for 25 years. This lifestyle has so many rewards. It has freed me time to pop in and out of community projects and sometimes paying jobs, to parent thoughtfully, and to study finance so that my kids’ college is paid for. Homemaking, as practiced here, builds creativity and management skills and strengthens the household against an uncertain economy. Hooray for you!

Best Regards,

Belinda

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