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Could you make a fire? Are you able to sew on a button? Do you know how to negotiate a pay rise? If the answer to any of the above is no, then don't worry - you're not alone. Luckily, this book is here to give you a helping hand. Full of useful advice and practical skills that everyone should know, it will provide you with the essential knowledge you need to tackle life's everyday challenges. From the little things, like how to boil an egg or treat a blister, right up to the big things, like speaking in public, this handy guide will arm you with all the skills you need to navigate life in the real world like a pro.
Includes a guide to ethical shopping and investing Your introduction to taking simple steps towards sustainable living Packed with practical and realistic advice, Green Living For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to minimising your impact on the world around you. Here you'll discover effective and simple strategies for making a difference in every part of your life - from reducing energy waste in your home and cutting reliance on your car, to going green in the garden and at work. * Minimise household rubbish* Buy green energy* Eat seasonally and organically* Switch holidays for eco-tourism* Teach your kids to be green
A Beautiful and Modern Handbook for Keeping Home the Natural Way Home is a haven, a place of refuge. But did you know it might be making you sick? If your home is cluttered, overwhelming, and full of chemicals, it's time to detox. The Organic Country Home helps you declutter and clean with natural, homemade products that are healthy for you and your family. You'll find information on why you should start going organic now and the best organic cleaning products and supplies, where to find them, and how to make them. Start with the basics and work your way into every corner of your home . . . from tile grout to shower mold, how to clean lampshades to how to clean water bottles. There are recipes for cleaning nearly every surface in your home from the carpet to stuffed animals. If you have questions about keeping an organic home, The Organic Country Home has answers. You'll also learn storage and organization secrets to keep your home clutter-free, how to manage your time and budget, and why some old-fashioned remedies are still the modern organic ways to keep home. Not only will you find your home cleaner and fresher than ever, it will be inviting, welcoming, and an altogether modern organic home. Now is the time to get started.
Does the thought of a rainy weekend indoors fill you with dread? Are you tired of your living room wall being one crayon scribble away from a mural? Have you ever contemplated moving to a bigger house simply to accommodate for your child's ever expanding collection of baby grows? Whether you're a first-time parent, or a seasoned pro, you'll know that parenting is a job full of challenges, and with no time off for good behaviour. But take heart and dive into Life Hacks for Parents, your handy guide to making it all that little bit easier. Covering everything from nifty storage hacks to clever cleaning solutions, ideas to make your home safer and suggestions for fun stuff too, this book of hacks will provide you with all the time-saving tips you need, so you've got more time to enjoy with your family. Once you hack, you won't look back!
Do you long to be free from those time-consuming and annoying domestic chores? Ever dread those awful everyday irritations such as struggling to get the duvet cover back on, or removing overflowing bags from your rubbish bin? Are you desperate for some clever hacks to de-clutter your home? Dozens of everyday household dilemmas are solved with HOME HACKS, your handy guide to tackling little domestic annoyances, cheaply and swiftly, so you can get on with something more fun.
Do you aspire to master the art of the perfect burger? To make DIY disasters a thing of the past? To discover ingenious ways to keep the kids entertained and make cleaning up after them a breeze? LIFE HACKS FOR DADS is your handy guide to making your daily life that little bit easier. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from keeping your car door wonderfully dent-free to perfecting your Frisbee throw, and much, much more.
Here is the original 19th century manual that helped pioneering Americans homestead a continent-with detailed instructions on how to build birch bark or tar paper shacks, a sawed-lumber shanty, a sod house, log cabins and much more. Whether you are a student of history, a screenwriter looking for authentic details or a modern homesteader looking for authentic advice on how to build the way our grandparents did, then D.C. Beard's manual is just what you're looking for. It includes information on: How to use an axe How to split logs How to flatten a log How to build a Navajo Hogan How to cut and notch logs How to build a notched ladder How to make cabin doors and door-latches. The American log cabin A Fisherman's cabin And much, much more. Go back to basics with this classic of American ingenuity!
Want to know how to say 'thank you' in 12 languages? Or how to dance the samba? Or make a sponge cake? Are you having trouble removing rust from your lawn-mower blades? Are you anxious to know how to protect yourself against identity theft? This indispensable A-Z guide is packed with simple solutions to all those tricky problems life can throw at you. And, it's full of skills old and new, fun and functional to ensure that you'll never be at a loss or a loose end again. Whether your aim is to keep a lid on your energy bills or learn how to play tiddlywinks, you'll find out how right here, quickly and easily
Who doesn't want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and
eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very
much "on" the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide
on the basics of living the good, clean life. It's written with
country lovers in mind--even those who currently live in the city.
FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Mrs Hinch's Little Book of Lists is the perfect way to organise your life! ______ Welcome to your Little Book of Lists! A whole book filled with just lists! Notebook goals! My idea of absolute heaven! As you all know, nothing helps me feel more organised than putting pen to paper and getting everything that's buzzing around my head down on to the page. Inside you'll find loads of Hinch Lists and Fresh'n Up Fridays to help you plan your hinching, as well as Tadaa Lists which I love to look back on and feel proud of. Nothing feels better than ticking off those boxes and putting down my crystal pen at the end of a productive day. I really hope you'll find this Little Book of Lists, all together in one place, helpful! Happy hinching, Hinchers! Love, Mrs Hinch xx ___________ 'The sensation' Sun 'We're mad about Mrs Hinch' Vogue 'My new cleaning goddess' Daily Telegraph
Cleaning products that save money--and the planet
Forget about chemical cleaners and pricey "green" products--all you need are a few simple kitchen staples to make your whole house sparkle "The Organically Clean Home" features 150 easy-to-make recipes for cleaning products filled with all-natural ingredients you can trust (and actually pronounce ). From dishwasher detergent to antibacterial wipes, America's favorite cleaning blogger Becky Rapinchuk guides you through the steps needed to make these everyday necessities--without spending a fortune.
Complete with simple instructions for packaging and storing your homemade cleaners, you'll enjoy turning each room into a beautiful and toxic-free space with fresh-scented products like:
A unique diary with a practical week-to-view layout and 52 delicious triple-tested recipes so that you can try something new every week of the year. It has a handy pocket at the front for storing cards and receipts and features concealed spiral-binding so that it lies flat when in use. There's even a sticker sheet so that you can customise the pages with your appointments and important dates. There are plenty of useful pages for recording details, such as personal contacts, useful websites, thoughts and plans, plus birthday and Christmas gift records. This Cook's Diary also provides hints, tips, calendars and conversions - in fact everything you need (and want) to plan your busy life.
Few of us enjoy cleaning: it often feels like a thankless, repetitive task which we force ourselves to do. Linda Thomas is an expert, professional cleaner who ran her own ecological cleaning company for over twenty years. In this unique book, she explores her passion for cleaning, and argues that cleaning can have a profound effect not just on the spaces we care for, but on our own wellbeing and personal development. This lively and readable book is full of anecdotes, practical examples and ecological cleaning tips from Linda's decades of cleaning experience. Ultimately she argues that if we raise our understanding of cleaning, we might even begin to enjoy it!
In the late nineteenth century, general housework in the British home was so labour intensive that it required an army of servants to undertake it. Since then, the ways in which we look after our homes may have changed dramatically but the best and simplest of methods from that time still work for us today. From floor to ceiling, and leaving no awkward corner untouched, here are the tricks and techniques that generations once took for granted, distilled for modern use: how to get rid of water marks or heat rings on polished wood; the antibacterial qualities of simple vinegar; the damp cloth versus the dry duster; and using lemon juice to clear limescale. Combining fascinating 'below-stairs' social history with startling facts and useful tips, Lucy Lethbridge restores fast-disappearing skills to keep at bay dust, rust, mildew, stains and pests. Here, beautifully illustrated and entertainingly presented, are a bygone era's keys to a clean house.
On the heels of the recession, there's been a resurgence of interest in small houses (1500 square feet and less) and even smaller retreats (800 square feet and less). People appreciate that living smaller is easier on their bank balance, their time and the environment. Plus, small houses and retreats are fun. Magazines and newspapers (like the New York Times) are featuring these smaller wonders more and more frequently, and architects are displaying more of them on their websites. Now is the time to re-present fundamental small-house design strategies - complete with whole-house case studies for homeowners eager to simplify smartly. The opening chapter presents ten clearly defined strategies for creating a great small house (including borrowed view and daylight, multipurpose spaces, pockets for privacy and using quality materials where it counts), setting the stage for 25 small houses profiled in the second part of the book. The houses are organised by the nature of their location (beach, rural, village, urban) and include new construction and renovations/additions.
Everyone has baking soda on hand to help cookies rise and keep the pantry smelling fresh. But this simple compound also has dozens of other applications for health, cleaning, gardening and even crafting. In The Baking Soda Companion, Suzy Scherr explains just how useful this all-natural pantry staple can be. Make extra-fluffy scrambled eggs, clean the coffee pot, soothe bug bites, mix up toothpaste and shampoo, remove stubborn grass stains, repel garden pests, and more. This is a straightforward, informative guide for anyone who wants to incorporate simple, affordable and natural solutions into their day-to-day routine.
Author Megean Weldon, aka The Zero Waste Nerd, gently guides you on an attainable, inspirational, mindful, and completely realistic journey to a sustainable living lifestyle with tips, strategies, recipes, and DIY projects for reducing waste-presented in one approachable, beautifully designed, and illustrated guide. What is zero waste living? Although the practice has been around for generations out of necessity, it is making a comeback as concerns grow about the fate of our environment. To put it simply: it is attempting to send no waste to landfills. Although you may have read or heard about "zero waste," "sustainable," or "green" living, the concept can sometimes seem too complicated, the author's tone a bit self-righteous, or riddled with advice geared for people with 5 acres of land in the country with dreams of raising livestock and homesteading. This is not that book. Can a "regular" person do this? Absolutely! Zero waste isn't necessarily about zero, but more about changing or altering the way we see the world around us, how we consume, and how we think about waste. It's about making better choices when we can, and working to reduce our overall impact by reducing the amount of packaging and single-use plastics we bring into our life. Focusing on the positive, An Almost Zero Waste Life presents simple ways to reduce waste in every aspect of your life: Cleaning: Recipes for natural cleaners and how to ditch paper towels for good. Meal plans: Weekly menus and recipes for zero waste meals that use bulk pantry staples. Shopping: How to shop zero waste at big chain stores and ways to reduce food packaging. Bathroom: Sustainable beauty routine. Recycling: Ingenious ways to repurpose old clothing and how to recycle small metals, like razor blades. Compost: The basics of composting. And much more! An Almost Zero Waste Life will change the way you see the world around you, how you consume, and how you think about waste for a healthier planet and happier you.
Ditch the harsh, expensive chemicals, and discover the natural power and versatility of bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and lemons. Far more than cooking ingredients, they can be used in all manner of household tasks including cleaning, laundry, animal care, and health and beauty. This is the essential guide to maximizing the potential of these cheap, environmentally-friendly and multi-purpose products. Tips range from removing baked-on food from pans to making your own facial scrub, from getting stubborn stains out of your clothes to shampooing your dog. Clear, fun text is accompanied by attractive photography.
Zero Waste Home is the ultimate guide to simplified, sustainable living from Bea Johnson, 'the priestess of waste-free living' (The New York Times). Bea Johnson transformed her family's health, finances, and relationships for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing half litre per year. It's all down to the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (and only in that order!). Zero Waste Home shows how these key principles can be applied to every area of your house from the kitchen to the kids' room, and it's packed with easy tips for all of us: from buying in bulk and clever meal planning to simply refusing unwanted freebies and using your plants as air fresheners. Bea Johnson shows, by inspiring example, what green living looks like and offers a practical, step-by-step guide to diminishing your environmental footprint and improving your life. 'Bea Johnson is a guru of zero-waste living. The book is precise . . . simple yet deep. It doesn't preach.' Sunday Times 'Johnson is an incredible advocate for her lifestyle . . . refreshingly honest.' Metro 'Chic, charming, stylish' Red
Transform your home into a beautiful, elegant and welcoming haven, inspired by the romantic charm of winter. Popular stylist and bestselling interiors author Selina Lake brings her signature vintage romantic style to the most atmospheric and majestic of the seasons. With chapters including a stand-alone section of Winter Inspirations, containing ideas for flowers, lighting, fabrics, furniture, and decorations, you'll be equipped with fresh ideas to transform your home into an inviting, warming and welcoming haven. Discover the intimate style and soft textures and tones of Homespun; the gentle palette and elegant vintage vibe of Faded Grandeur; the mid-century simplicity and timeless appeal of Rustic with its rich colors for the darker months; and the Scandinavian feel of Winter Whites, with its whitewashed floorboards, natural wood, and stone. Last but not least, a chapter on Festive Celebrations contains enchanting ideas for decorations, as well as inspirational ideas for cosy and vintage winter entertaining for friends and family. Throughout the book, Selina's imaginative DIY ideas and insightful Style Tips suggest how to recreate the textures, tones, and ambience of winter and bring Selina's style into your own home.
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