The Homemaker's Club ® Podcast

By Ashley Cravens

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Welcome to The Homemaker's Club Podcast! The Homemaker's Club is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making a house a home. Each week, I invite you to join me, Ashley Cravens, and my friends within the homemaking community as we gather together to discuss the joys and hardships of homemaking, share tips and tricks, and celebrate the ordinary moments as we make something extraordinary within our homes.

Episode Date
Overcoming Fear + Recapturing Joy: Jennifer Pepito is Back!
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In this week’s episode, my friend Jennifer Pepito is back and we are celebrating the release of her new book, “Mothering by the Book: The Power of Reading Aloud to Overcome Fear and Recapture Joy”! 

From extending grace, establishing rhythm, reading classic literature, to being positive producers in our homes and communities… we invite you to listen in as we discuss the ways in which we can find joy in the midst of hardship.

“We can still, even while things might seem to be falling apart in one area, bake our bread or hang the laundry on the line and appreciate the beautiful smell and the way it looks in the breeze, or take our children on a picnic and appreciate the beauty of being outdoors with them. Even in the midst of hardship, we can find joy, and that's what we see in these stories and what we can live out in our own personal lives.” – Jennifer Pepito (@jenniferpepito on Instagram)

 A few little things that were mentioned in today's episode + the coordinating details:

1. Preorder Jen's book, "Mothering by the Book", here! (Don't forget to add your order number at the bottom of her website to receive her Mothering by the Book Course, as a complimentary gift! Book launches August 2nd!

2. Jen's "Peaceful Press Planner", available here.

3. The Little House on the Prairie Series, available here.

4. 24 Family Ways by Clay Clarkson, available here.

5. M is for Mama by Abbie Halberstadt, available here (Find Abbie @m.is.for.mama on Instagram)

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Last week we announced something HUGE coming this fall, listen here!

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good. ™

Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram

Aug 01, 2022
An Announcement You Don't Want to Miss: An Intermission Episode
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A short and sweet episode as we wrap up Season One and make our way into Season Two next week!

A BIG announcement in today's intermission episode as I answer the common question, " What is The Homemaker's Club and where do I become a member?"!

Take the time after you hear today's big news to catch up on any previous episodes you may have missed, and of course, I would be delighted and honored if you shared with fellow homemakers, friends, and family!

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Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market: Homemaker Made Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jul 25, 2022
Homemaking Against the Grain of Modern Society: Katie Degroot
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In this week's episode, my friend Katie and I discuss the movement of women claiming their homes with home and intention for changing the course of their homes and those entrusted in their care, the future for the next generations, and as aid in a homesick world... even when it goes against the grain of modern society.

"I think we've kind of come to a place where what's being presented to us as an option really isn't working and we want something different. I don't necessarily think it's about a return to the past, what I think it's about is going forward into something else." - Katie Degroot (@katherinelouisedegroot on Instagram)

A few little things that were mentioned in today's episode + the coordinating details:

1. Katie's friend, Abby (@thefranzschoolhouse on Instagram) who is the co-author, alongside Katie, of the beautiful guide for homemaking, linked below.

2. Hopeful Homemaking: A Guide, available here.

3. The podcast with Liz Marie Galvan (@lizmariegalvan on Instagram), discussing Making Home Cozy, available to listen here.

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Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has NEW HOMEMAKER MADE APRONS + LINEN TEA TOWELS in stock today at 9am PST!!! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jul 18, 2022
Finding Value Amongst Opposition: Jenna Smith
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In today's short and sweet episode, my friend Jenna and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the importance of evaluating what matters most in your home, your "why", so that you can boldly find value amongst opposition from self, friends, family, or society when it comes to the misunderstanding of what a homemaker's role is within her home.

"You are making a home for whoever's in it. Maybe it's your guests. Maybe it's the friends you have over for dinner.  But being a homemaker is more than being a housewife or a mom, it's making a nice home for everybody in it." - Jenna Smith (@theteacuphomestead on Instagram)

A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

1. Visit Jenna's blog and Persian Tea shoppe here.

2. The Homemaker's Club community cookbooks are filled with hundreds of stories of home, tips n' tricks, and tried n' true recipes from the women in The Homemaker's Club. "The Homemaker's Table" cookbooks are available here. Volume Four releasing soon!

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Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods and tees in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jul 11, 2022
Overcoming Expectations and Comparison: Jenny Fitzgerald
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In today's episode, my friend Jenny and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the imaginary checklists that we create for being a "certified" homemaker through comparison and the need for checking expectations at the door and share ways in which we fight for beauty and gratitude amongst the tasks of our days' work within our homes.

"Homemaking, a lot of times is 1000 mundane tasks every single day that you're going to do over and over and over again that you're like, "I'm doing this today so that I can get up again tomorrow and do it again. Like it's going be the same. It's I'm going have to clean the kitchen again tomorrow, probably three times." So that is super defeating to me. If I get in that realm, what can I do that's going make it special. Is it going to be music, a candle, like a cup of tea, coffee for me usually or what can I find that's beautiful here? Like, what am I living right now that I prayed for? What am I living right now that I always hoped for? That I'm still not reaching this like checkbox or this expectation, so that I'm almost discontent in the right now because this still isn't perfect. And this still isn't perfect. And maybe my kitchen doesn't look like this, or maybe my weights like this, or my hair's falling out. All of those things, what can we do in those moments? Well, we can kind of say like, "what are our expectations? And what's actually really beautiful, and where am I really at?" - Jenny Fitzgerald (@fitzgeraldlane on Instagram)

A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

1. Visit The Fitzgerald Lane Blog by tapping here.

2. Shop Jenny's mercantile and artwork by tapping here.

3. The book "One Thousand Gifts" Jenny mentioned by author, Ann Voskamp, available here.

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Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods and tees in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jul 04, 2022
Making Home Cozy Through the Seasons: Liz Marie Galvan
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Liz Marie Galvan is widely known as the “queen of cozy” in the blogging and Instagram world, she is also the author of a widely loved book called Cozy White Cottage and her most recent book, Cozy White Cottage Seasons.

As homemakers, we know that home is meant to be shared and I love that in Liz’s newest book, "Cozy White Cottage Seasons", she walks you through a beautiful guide for creating moments of coziness that draw out the best of each season by sharing tips n’ tricks that she has learned along the way, as well as tools for authentically creating and enjoying a home where memories and traditions will come alive through the seasons.

While we do chat about Liz’s newest book and ways for making home cozy through our favorite seasons of the year, in today’s episode, my friend Liz Marie Galvan and I invite you to listen in as we also discuss the magnificence of making home cozy through seasons of life, as well. From the more difficult seasons of military deployment, infertility, and miscarriage, to the more celebrated and joyful seasons of restoring an 1800’s farmhouse and starting a farm, opening a brick-and-mortar shop, and becoming a mother, Liz gracefully and wholeheartedly shares her journey with me and why she believes coziness is so impactful within the making of a home.

“With every loss or every hardship, it almost propelled me and encouraged me to do that [cultivate comfort and coziness] more, because it showed me how important it was to have a haven that you could go and escape to together, for your soul to heal, and just to nurture you every day.” - Liz Marie Galvan (@lizmariegalvan on Instagram).

A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

1. Visit the Liz Marie Blog here.

2. Purchase Liz's first book, Cozy White Cottage, here.

3. Purchase Liz's second book, Cozy White Cottage Seasons, here.

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Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jun 20, 2022
Maintaining Hope + Endurance: Katie Campbell
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Like the calendar year, homemaking comes with seasons. Some seasons in home are abundantly beautiful, and some are filled with trials and tribulations… but one thing remains true, having deep rooted hope and knowing that the role of homemaking is magnificent and incredibly worthwhile will get you through even the hardest of days.

In today’s episode, my friend Katie and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the ways in which we journey through the seasons of celebration and hardships in home with a whole lot of hope, grace, fellowship, and endurance.

“Hope just keeps us propelling forward in goodness. Homemaking is worth it. It’s worthwhile. And you have a whole community of people who are here to find the beauty in the ordinary and rejoice in the old-fashioned ways of making a house a home. Just rely on that truth and those good voices, and they’ll bring up that hope and faithfulness in homemaking for all of us. When we keep doing this and people keep sharing their testimonies, it’s just going to keep fueling faith that all of this is worth it." - Katie Campbell (@under_the_sassafras on Instagram)

From today’s episode:

You can find Miss Sally Clarkson’s podcast by tapping here, as well as her blog and access to her books by tapping here! Oh! And of course, her Instagram here! (Sally is the sweet lady that Ashley lovingly calls “The Fairy Godmother of Homemaking”, and you are soon to learn why, you just watch!)

Alex Smith who was my guest on Episode 7, who lovingly said, “Something great is happening here”. You can listen to our conversation about becoming and cultivating friendship by tapping here!

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Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jun 13, 2022
Heart of Homemaking: Melissa Simmons
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From carrying traditions of our upbringings forward and understanding who we are and the value of our roles within our homes, Melissa and I believe that homemaking is simply defined as heart shaping.

In today's episode, my friend Melissa and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the heart of homemaking, mothering alongside one another, using social media as a tool for inspiration and community, creating rhythm, and the incredible value in taking moments to reflect and celebrate the things we have accomplished within our homemaking journeys as fuel to keep going.

"No matter the country, no matter the culture, home was the same because it was my mom, and it was my dad, and it was my brothers, and the food that we knew that we'd grown up on. That was home, and that's really special. It proves that it's not about the things, or the money, or the jobs, or anything. It's the people and the relationships and the traditions that we try to keep going. Homemaking is creating as rich and full of a life with my family, within these four walls." -Melissa Simmons (@melissa_amy_simmons on Instagram)

Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

Jun 06, 2022
Becoming + Cultivating Friendship: Alex Smith
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In today's episode, my friend Alex and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the seasons of becoming, gratitude and contentment, leaps of faith, mother culture, and the cultivation of friendship and the ways in which we greatly believe that "we are better together" as we join hands to make home beautiful, alongside one another.

"Anything done with love and with purpose and intention can be made beautiful and can be productive for our souls." - Alex Smith (@lovedaphnemae on Instagram)

You can find Alex's blog, Love Daphne Mae, by clicking here.

Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

May 30, 2022
Contentment Through the Seasons: Tayler Franke
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One of the most fascinating things when we look back on the seasons in which we have journeyed through, is to see a gleam of golden thread, the love and appreciation of home, running through our lives. Whether it's creating a cozy home after we come home from work, moving cross country to a new home, or leaving behind the office for pursuing a life of full-time home economics... the making of a house a home is beautiful and valuable. In today's episode, Tayler and I invite you to listen in as we discuss and navigate the ways in which we have learned to adapt, cultivate comfort, trust in timing, and create a habit and practice of seeking contentment through the seasons of homemaking.

"Where can I intentionally seek joy? That's on my to-do list because in order for me to do the work that God is calling me to do in my home, joy really reigns for me, at least that's what combats any negativity in my spirit. It's one of my biggest weapons against the enemy. It allows me to find a peace and serenity in the work that I'm doing in my home." - Tayler Franke (@joyinthewilderness on Instagram)

A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

1. Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!"

2. Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. - William Morris (The quote Ashley read that sparked the desire to make her family's home their own... to create a life they love... through each season and transition of homemaking.)

Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

The Homemaker's Market has new spring goods in stock! The Homemaker's Market: Goods + Provisions for Making a House a Home | Shop The Homemaker's Market Here!

May 23, 2022
Preserving Civilization Through Homemaking: Jennifer Pepito
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In today's episode, Jen and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the ways in which we believe that as homemakers, we are preserving civilization. By reflecting on who and what we want to be known for, we are empowered to authentically build strong foundations within our homes by choosing where we invest our efforts and where we spend our time... and how that significantly impacts our home life, the world in which we live today, and the generations to follow.
 
 "As we take care of our homes, love our children, welcome in our neighbors, bake a loaf of bread, put some flowers out... we are being a civilized, restorative force in the world." - Jennifer Pepito (@jenniferpepito on Instagram)

A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

1. The Peaceful Press Homeschool Curriculum (Use code: PEACEFUL for 20% off as you plan for next school year! Thanks, Jen!)

2. Jen's book that is available for pre-order: Mothering by the Book

3. We are the Gardners by Joanna Gaines + Kids

4.  A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

5.  For the Family's Sake by Susan Schaefer Macaulay

6.  Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

7.  Hero on a Mission by Donald Miller


Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good. ™

May 16, 2022
The Value of Traditions + Home Culture: Kristin Cash
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My friend Kristin and I invite you to listen in as we discuss what we believe to be cornerstones in the cultivation of our homes and the culture in which we intend to create. From traditions of both old and new, and the images of home that were planted in our heart's upbringings, we believe that through homemaking, we are building a rich home culture. A rich home culture that we pray will leave a lasting impact on the lives entrusted in our care, and for the generations to follow.
 
"I love to have them (my children) scurrying around to create that culture of being seen and wanted. That they are a part of it, they don't just live here, but they are connected to their home, they are a part of their home. It makes such a difference to me because I felt that so much more deeply when I would visit my grandmother. I felt like I was a part of her day and a part of her home, and I just want my kids to know that when they leave, that culture is still bringing them back here, they can always come home and be connected." - Kristin Cash @ouralaskanlegacy on Instagram
 
A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

Kristin's Book Tapestry of Grace
Fellow homemaker Jennifer Pepito @thepeacefulpress on Instagram
1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Way Maker by Ann Voskamp


Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good. ™

Exciting news! We just launched our spring collection of tees, candles, and more! Shop our market here! The Homemaker's Market

May 09, 2022
Magnitude of Home + Hearts of Contentment: Emily Nelson
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As gatekeepers between home and world, we have the ability through our daily actions and presence in our own homes, to change the world by collectively placing intention in the construction of homes built on strong foundations. Emily and I invite you to listen in as we discuss the impact we believe home has in our communities, how to maintain a healthful heart during seasons of trial and discontentment, and the beauty of community as we remain steadfast in our work making home fruitful and productive, together.
 
 “I really believe though that the world really hinges on the home. A lot of the problems you see in society today and where the world is as a whole is a result of the deconstruction of the home and of the family. As homemakers, we really have the ability to impact the world.”
- Emily Nelson (@_sweetmagnolias_ on Instagram)
 
A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

Emily’s YouTube Channel

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (for contentment vs wants)

Proverbs 15:17 (for contentment during financial struggle)


Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good. ™

May 02, 2022
Mental Health + Gospel-Led Homemaking: Holly Levell
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Holly and I sat down the day after Easter Sunday to discuss the matters of mental health and homemaking, and ways in which we use the gospel as a means of encouragement and foundation for the joys and hardships of homemaking. From running with tenacity as we share homemaking with the world, to learning to not place value in the works we do but in who we are, Holly and I invite you to listen in as we share hearts for tending to those entrusted in our care in a humble, service minded, gospel-led way.

“One of the things I’ve always struggled with is identifying what I do with who I am."

"We have to know that the photos we see online, people have stewarded their gifts to get to where they are. You don't wake up one day and are the best chef. I think some people are naturally gifted in some things. You don't wake up and know how to make an awesome apple pie! You have to learn, and grow, and steward those things to serve your family."

- Holly Grace Levell (@hollygrace.at.home on Instagram)

In this episode, Holly and I discuss her journal she shares on her website Holly Grace at Home, where she shares tips for slow homemaking and sacred heart shaping. She also has a newly opened mercantile of homemade goods for homemaking like aprons and vintage goods for beautiful usefulness.

 

A few little things that were mentioned in today’s episode + the coordinating details:

Holly’s Work Post

Ashley’s Easter Post

Wholehearted Quiet Time Companion (use code homemaker15 for 15% off)

Hebrews 6:19-20

Titus 2:3


 Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good. ™

Apr 25, 2022
Maintaining Joy + Creating Rhythm: Jayden Copeland
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Little did Jayden and I know, back then, how formative the early years of our homemaking journeys would mean to our hearts today. Handed down mismatched couches and making home in a rinky dink apartment and a duplex that felt like a ninety's office building, we take a look back at the sweet beginnings we wouldn't change for the world. We discuss the little moments we create within our homes, be it past apartments or the homes we live in today, that make them feel cozy and joyful, and how with intention and rhythm... our homes become fruitful havens for those we care for each day.

"We have so much control over our homes, our days at home, and the atmosphere... Homemaking is about the people. It's about your husband, and your kids, and the people that you invite into your home." - Jayden Copeland (@backroadandbloom on Instagram)

In this episode, Jayden and I discuss the eBook that she has wholeheartedly created that will help you to create a simple, wholesome, from scratch life at home, called, "Old-Fashioned Homemaking for the Modern Woman".  Inside this wonderfully thought-out publication, you will find 50 pages of useful tools for making your house a home. She also has a blog, Back Road and Bloom that has proven to be a useful and beautiful provision for the homemaking community.

Join our community of thousands of women worldwide, as we navigate the joys and hardships of homemaking, alongside one another! The Homemaker's Club currently gathers on Instagram.

The Homemaker's Club™ is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making house a home. We are the homemakers, gathered for good. ™

The best is yet to come!

Apr 18, 2022
The Homemaker's Club Podcast Trailer
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Welcome to The Homemaker's Club Podcast!

The Homemaker's Club is a sisterhood of women who value the old-fashioned ways and traditions of making a house a home. Each week, I invite you to join me, Ashley Cravens, and my friends within the homemaking community as we gather together to discuss the joys and hardships of homemaking, share tips and tricks, and celebrate the ordinary moments as we make something extraordinary within our homes.

I'd be delighted to have you join our sisterhood of over 80,000 homemakers on Instagram, where we come together daily to share our hearts for home, alongside one another.

And, of course, to even further share the ministry of homemaking... I'd love for you to subscribe to and share this podcast with any women in your circle who could find relatability, encouragement, and inspiration from the conversations had here.

The Homemaker's Club
We are the homemakers, gathered for good.

Keep up the good work, friend. You are doing a lovely job!
Xo, Ashley Cravens

Owner / Den Mom of The Homemaker's Club

Apr 06, 2022