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So you're organising Christmas this year. What are you going to give everyone? How can you make it that extra bit special? The perfect housewife is at hand to help you - with a little planning and some top tips your halls will be decked with the minimum of fuss and the greatest of flair! The Perfect Christmas is a lavishly illustrated guide to preparing and executing a Yuletide to remember, with hundreds of inspiring ideas to make your Christmas special - from handmade decorations and top shopping tips to planning a festive party and the all important Christmas dinner. Contents include: 1.Your Christmas year planner and countdown to Christmas. 2. Designing your own Christmas cards and e-cards. 3. Decorating the tree and house. 4. Projects and crafts for the kids. 5. Ideas and recipes for Christmas get-togethers. 6. Where to shop and things to see.
With enough money-saving tips to banish the budgetary blues for good, these collected hints and tips from Channel 4's Supercrimpers show us all how to be more clever with our cash. Why waste money when you can have new for nothing? Rediscover the thrill of thrift with our clever tips and ideas to help you have the lifestyle you want without it costing the earth. These days it's hip to be thrifty and we've looked to the superscrimping skills of yesteryear to find hints and tips to remind us all of the nation's fine tradition of resourcefulness. And you'll find brand new ideas for chic-on-the-cheap fashion, handy homes, beauty, DIY and more that will put some glamour into your life without emptying your pockets. Proving frugal can be fun, join our proud penny-pinching revolution and learn how to live well for less!
How to Clean Absolutely Everything is the essential reference book for every home. Whatever needs cleaning, from floors, windows and furniture to silver cutlery, delicate fabrics and jewellery - How to Clean Absolutely Everything shows you how, without the need to spend a fortune on gimmicky products. It includes advice on how to clean absolutely everything thoroughly, quickly, or the environmentally friendly way* It includes A-Z listings of fabrics, stains, domestic pests, and much more* This book is a household essential however house-proud you are!
The most advanced, user-friendly book ever written on the subject, The Stainbuster's Bible is a complete guide to removing even the most stubborn stains from all kinds of surfaces. Based on years of first-hand experience, Don Aslett describes and analyses every type of stain, then outlines the best plan of attack. All the most dreaded stains are dealt with - red wine on crpets, chewing gum on clothing, blackcurrant juice on tablecloths - but The Stainbuster's Bible goes beyond emergency tactics to provide information on: * what not to do - the mistakes that turn tiny spots into big stains * ingenious home remedies - myth, magic or mess * recognising the surface and choosing the right treatment * the tools and chemicals, terms and techniques of stainbusting * when to turn to the professionals for help * when to give up - stain hiding and salvaging strategies * preventing stains in the first place
This title offers traditional wisdom, hints and tips for using natural ingredients in the home. These are five classic volumes filled with hundreds of timeless household hints and tips for using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt, lemon and honey. There are delicious culinary ideas and recipes for these age-old ingredients, with surefire salad dressings and marinades, pickles and preserves, cakes and bakes. It is brimming with traditional household uses, such as cleaning kettles, removing ink from the carpet, making a hair rinse and removing grease spills. You can learn about the medicinal and health benefits that these old-fashioned yet effective remedies can bring your family - from relieving tired muscles and treating wounds and headaches to soothing sore throats and strengthening your immune system. It features a description and history of each ingredient, and a guide to the many varieties that are available. This super collection of practical volumes is packed with hundreds of home cures, household hints and recipes for five staple store cupboard ingredients. "Bicarbonate of Soda" provides versatile cleaning solutions and a range of recipes; "Vinegar" explores one of nature's most miraculous products, capable of doing the jobs of hundreds of household substances; "Salt" gives great advice about both cooking and cleaning with this essential mineral; "Lemon" looks at the nutritional, beauty and health uses of citrus fruits; and "Honey" contains culinary recipes, beauty tips and health benefits. Together, the five books offer essential information and inspirational ideas that will both help and delight every householder.
Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a guide to housework for men. Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot about the house. On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into bath-cleaning, dusting, washing up after dinner (when he wasn't going out), vacuuming (when the hoover was working), and loading the washing machine completely unaided. For the purposes of this book, Martin has interviewed many experts. The fruit of his research include the answers to such burning questions as: 'Do I need to bother about the controls on the iron?'; 'Is dust dangerous?' and 'What is all that stuff at the Bottom of the laundry basket?' How to Get Things Really Flat will amuse and instruct any man, forced at gunpoint by his significant other to read it.
Japan has a way of thinking that is just . . . different. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Tokyo-born journalist Lisa Katayama's collection of urawaza (a Japanese word for secret lifestyle tricks and techniques). Want to turbocharge your sled? Spray the bottom with nonstick cooking spray. Can't find someone to water your plants while you're away? Place the plant on a water-soaked diaper, so it slowly absorbs water over time. The subject of popular TV shows and numerous books in Japan, these unusually clever solutions to everyday problems have never before been published in Englishuntil now Urawaza collects more than 100 once-secret tricks, offering step-by-step directionsand explanations in an eye-catching package as unconventional as its contents.
Hot off the pages of "Chat" magazine, thousands of handy household hints and tips. They're easy, they're clever and most importantly, they work! Don't you just love it when you discover a simple solution to what is normally a tricky or time consuming task? This fantastic book is crammed with a selection of invaluable ideas which do just that. Every one is thought up by real and ordinary people who are just trying to make their life that little bit easier. Whatever problem is nagging at you, this book probably holds an easier, faster, cheaper or more effective alternative! Don't risk biting into a toast soldier dipped in a gone off egg! Before you cook your eggs, try out this foolproof test. Place them in a pan of cool, salted water. If they sink, they're fresh. If they float, they're off. Struggling to get your kids to eat their veg? Try making magic food! Serve up blue carrots, red peas, and purple potatoes. A few drops of food colouring will ensure empty plates every time! To remove stubborn dried on stains from tricky dishes such as Bolognese, rub a squirt of anti-dandruff shampoo into your clothes before you wash them. So have a browse through these handy hints - you never know you may even come up with some of your own along the way!
"Country Lives Remembered" contains stories of Britain's most colourful countrymen and women from the past, lovingly edited by best selling countryside author Ruth Binney. The tales are packed with amusing anecdotes, informative facts and folklore, providing a valuable and evocative insight into what life was like in the countryside over many decades. 'Bygone Days' sections source information and activities on country pursuits, demonstrating the joy and satisfaction that can still be found in country living today. Beautifully illustrated throughout with specially commissioned artwork, "Country Lives Remembered" celebrates a traditional way of life that so many people aspire to.
A grand encyclopedia of country lore by famed Texas folklorist Jerry Mack Johnson, covering water witching, maple syruping, weather wisdom, country remedies and herbal cures, cleaning solutions, pest purges, bird migrations and animal lore, firewood essentials, adobe making and bricklaying, leather working, plant dyes, farm foods, natural teas and tonics, granola, bread making, beer brewing and winemaking, jams and jellies, canning and preserving, sausage making and meat smoking, drying foods, down-home toys, papermaking, candle crafting, homemade soaps and shampoos, Christmas wreaths and decorations, butter and cheese making, fishing and hunting secrets, and much more.
Life in the modern household has become much more complicated than it was for previous generations. Our roles are increasingly multi-layered, our ambitions further reaching and our expectations completely unreasonable. Juggle a successful and fulfilling career with raising children/pets, servicing the car/bike, maintaining a social life, exercising, cooking a balanced diet, repairing the broken kitchen pipes and managing a regular grooming schedule? Completely doable, in theory. But how exactly? What to Do about Everything is the ultimate householders' guide to twentyfirst century living. It covers everything from changing a tyre to surviving divorce, and addresses all sorts of households, not just the traditional nuclear family. Applying cast-iron information and empathy to all aspects of domestic life, Barbara Toner has ensured that anyone with a roof over their head can dip into it and find the help they need, whether it's how to darn a sock, hire a plumber, light a fire, leave their husband or decide they're gay after all. This comprehensive book covers household relationships, time management, household administration, money, where to live, home renovations, chores, clothes care, food, home repairs, transport, childcare and rearing, grooming and healthcare, holidays, home entertainment, socialising etiquette, life changes (death, job loss, moving) and much more. Modern life is stressful. Nothing contains stress better than order; nothing relieves it better than knowing what must be done.
Did you know that: i our demand for electricity grows by about 3% every year? i just lowering the temperature of your thermostat by 1 degree Celcius can reduce your energy bill by 10%? i energy-efficient light bulbs last about 12 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and each one will save you about GBP7 a year? i almost 40% of all the heat that we buy to warm up our rooms escapes through our walls and roof space if theyire not insulated? i if we didnit leave our TVs and other gadgets on stand-by, we could shut down two power stations? Weire all using more and more energy: charging up our mobiles and laptops, keeping our rooms so hot that we walk around in short sleeves in the winter, or leaving lights on all day and night whether we are using the rooms or not. But the consequences of using so much so freely is causing our climate to change, and our energy bills to rise. There are many small things we can do which cost nothing but can make a difference. This book gives you over 100 tips for saving energy, money and the environment, ideas for taking it a bit further with solar installation or wind turbines, plus facts about our energy use and its impact on our climate.
Small Spaces is about living comfortably and using space wisely,
and where better to find ideas on that subject than Japan, one of
the world's most urban and densely populated countries? Tokyo
resident Azby Brown, a distinguished architect and designer, has
assembled dozens of creative solutions to space and storage
problems, illustrating them with photographs and plans of actual
living environments in contemporary homes.
Discover simple, natural, and effective home products you can count on. Trying to avoid all those harmful chemicals in your home and looking for natural solutions? Household Hints has hundreds of fresh, safe, and effective tips, techniques, and recipes--and many are made from the wholesome ingredients already in your kitchen and garden. Inside you'll learn how to make cleaning solutions, scrubs, pet tips, natural pest control, gardening, yard, and even beauty care. These recipes and tips for the home are organized by use for ease. With these ingredients you can do almost anything; the possibilities are limitless!
This manual is irreverent but informative. Its style and illustrations match the other Quirk "Owner's Manuals". It is helpful for both first-time homeowners and those looking to maintain their home, and makes a great housewarming gift. Quirk "Owner's Manuals" have taught readers how to "repair" and "maintain" babies, toddlers, dogs, and cats. Now we're tackling the biggest and most complicated "appliance" of all - your home! Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, "The Home Owner's Manual" explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: how can I drain the sludge out of my water heater? What makes my radiators "hiss" at night? Is there any easy way to unstop a toilet? How can I fill a crack in my wall? And, when should I seek professional help? "The Home Owner's Manual" is guaranteed to be the most attractive home improvement book you've ever seen!
Inexpensive, indispensable, and easy-to-use, transparent tape can be found in nearly every home. With her trademark flair for pragmatic creativity, popular helpful hints expert Vicki Lansky offers ingenious ways to use tape in the kitchen and car, for home maintenance and personal hygiene, with pets and with plants. In her down-to-earth style, Lansky shows how to use tape to create an instant bird feeder with a sticky-side-out loop dipped in bird seed, cover a watch crystal when painting to keep it paint-free, secure small bundles of fresh herbs to a cutting board before chopping, prolong the life of crayons by reinforcing them around the middle, and much more. This new edition also includes many tips shared by readers of the first edition. Including a brief history of tape's serendipitous invention, "Transparent Tape" is a practical and fun guide to making the most of a product that most people wouldn't know how to live without.
Minnesotans are a highly skilled bunch, whether pursuing traditional activities like wild ricing and pickling, or tastefully displaying taxidermy, or selecting the right fishing bait. Skills particularly appropriate to Minnesota such as creating seed art or baking a Bundt cake may be fully on display at the state fair, a prime opportunity to join with neighbours in celebrating our many talents. Best of all, Minnesotans are eager to share their skills with newcomers or the newly inspired, and for The Minnesota Book of Skills many freely offered their expertise in conversations with author Chris Niskanen. Get the inside scoop from Joe Hautman, who has won four federal duck stamp contests. Learn to sing like a voyageur from Francois Fouquerel, dean of the French voyageur program at the Concordia Language Village. Grow and harvest your own wheat with Dave and Florence Minar. The Minnesota Book of Skills brings to life the basic know-how that makes us uniquely Minnesotan. Seasonal tips like how to gracefully exit a ski lift mingle with skills your grandparents knew well, such as what to forage for while on a hike. How soon is too soon to bring a child to the Boundary Waters or set her up on hockey skates? The answers are here. Maybe you will never carve an ice sculpture or build your own coffin but is not it comforting to know that one handy book offers just the guidance you will need?
What is the correct way to carve a partridge? How should leeches be applied? How can egg whites be used to repair broken china? First published in 1856, Enquire Within rapidly became the indispensable guide to Victorian domestic life. Packed with words of wisdom and pithy advice, it covered everything from entertaining and etiquette to household management, and took in considered discussion of such arcane matters as how singing might prevent consumption, and which ointments will remove freckles, not to mention why chess should on no account ever be played at a ball. This new, charmingly illustrated pocket-sized edition contains a selection of hints and tips that not only provide a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of Victorian Britain, but also, in places, reveal timeless wisdom that we would do well to heed today.
Saving time and money at the grocery store is simple. With this innovative book of food and nonfood mixes (from egg pasta to laundry detergent), Charlette Carollo shows shoppers how to get more by buying less. Using basic ingredients, anyone can transform ordinary kitchen components into brand-name quality items at a fraction of the regular cost. This handy guidebook enables readers to eliminate additives and preservatives in meals, reduce the waste of packaged materials, and, in the case of the nonfood items, limit the amounts of harsh chemicals in cleaning agents and personal hygiene products. Perfect for people with food allergies or restrictive diets, these recipes consist of essentials such as seasoning mixes, butters, cheeses, and breads. Entree, dessert, and snack recipes offer countless opportunities for special occasions and family meals. An assortment of practical household necessity mixes includes pet supplies, cleaning products, and toiletries. A food storage guide and disaster organization tips round out this indispensable resource.
Most of us lead desperately busy lives, with little time, we think, for spoiling ourselves or others. Yet wouldn't it be good to feel that we could make even the most everyday activities a little special? Domestic Bliss shows how to do just that. From throwing dinners and parties that everyone will kill to be invited to and welcoming house guests in style (even if they are only sleeping on the sofa), to forcing the more tedious domestic chores into submission and becoming the most ingenious present-giver ever, this book is packed with ideas. With Rita's idiosyncratic, sometimes bossy, always entertaining text, a chic design and fabulous publicity guaranteed, this book will allow everyone to add a little sparkle to life.
Cleaning has never been easier with this essential guide to tidying your house and home. With over 1,000 ideas, hints, tips and shortcuts from industry professionals, every domestic cleaning problem is covered - from swift solutions in moments of panic to ideas for a weekend deep clean, Clean Your Way to Happy has everything you need to achieve a tidy home and a tidy mind. Sections include: * Kitchens * Around the home * Valuables * Stains * Pets and animals * Clothes * Cars and bikes * Prevention This title was previously published as Trade Secrets: Cleaning.
Rita's Tips for Domestic Bliss distills the essence from Domestic Bliss, Rita Konig's essential manual for living in style. 'Rita knows the secrets of good living and is prepared to share them' (Saturday Telegraph magazine) and this delightful little hardback is packed with Rita's hints and tips for better living. Including how to make the place you live into the haven you have always dreamt of, how to entertain house guests in style, and, of course, the perfect ways to spoil yourself, this is the ultimate present, or gift for yourself.
The Queen of Clean
Make snow shoveling a breeze...store holiday decorations with no tangles...humidify dry indoor air...care for flannel sheets...make those Valentine's gems sparkle
Garden the natural way...allergy-proof your home...banish grass stains...color your Easter eggs
Prepare for family road trips...care for your camping equipment...keep bugs away without chemicals...clean your sports gear
Get organized for back to school...store your summer clothes properly...put away your air conditioner...prepare for stress-free holidays!
When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own
food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small
farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start
raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep,
pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest
from your animals--from eggs to milk to meat to wool--based on her
own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens
for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim to make
your own cheese, or are looking to sustain your family and make
some extra money from raising and selling beef, this is the book
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