Recently, I received a review copy of Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it by blogger Heather Solos.
I’ll admit it.
I was skeptical. You know how I feel about books and systems that claim they will solve my problems. I was afraid that this book might be one of those.
I was wrong.
I didn’t know what to expect, but I loved this book. Not that I read it from cover to cover, because it’s not that kind of book. It’s a resource of all things cleaning, home maintenance, cooking, and basically . . . . home-ec related. I did read pretty much every word, because the more I flipped around, the more I enjoyed it.
Have you ever wondered the best way to clean your light-fixtures? Fix your toilet? Make your own household cleaners? Repair a broken zipper?
This book has it all. It’s written with wit and reality and doesn’t make me feel like I’m the only one out there who doesn’t get a thrill from scrubbing out my shower.
Let’s be realistic. Around here, I get excited if I can say with certainty that I have vacuumed the living room rug in the past two weeks. Keeping my kitchen out of disaster mode counts as a huge success.
However, I do love to do the occasional deep-cleaning project. But sometimes I get overwhelmed because I don’t know where to start. I’m afraid that I’ll use the wrong kind of cleaner and make things even worse. Heather Solos, the author, gives practical instructions that help me overcome those fears (and eliminate those excuses).
And she’s funny. On my first flip through I landed on an answer to a reader question. The reader asked how to get diarrhea out of carpet.
I would have answered with, “Move!”
The first sentence of her very practical advice? “Wow, it sounds like you have had a crappier day than I have. “
I was hooked! I don’t mind clean-freaks, as long as they have a sense of humor about it.
I am excited to have this resource on my shelf. I also think it would be perfect as a gift for a new bride or a college graduate. Full of practical, real-life advice on how to set up and maintain a home.
One lucky reader will win a copy of this book!
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Comment #1 – You, Nony the Slob, are the funniest blogger ever. If you think this book is practical and humorous, it must be. aslobcomesclean at gmail dot com Comment # 2 – I followed you on twitter! aslobcomesclean at gmail dot com Comment # 3 – I already subscribe to your blog! aslobcomesclean at gmail dot com Please be aware that if you already subscribe, you need to click through to the actual post to comment, as responding to the email can’t count as an entry. And your comment has to be on this post. Commenting on facebook will make me happy, but it won’t count as an entry to the giveaway. This giveaway will end at midnight Pacific time on Friday, April 15, and then I’ll use random.org to select a winner. For once, this giveaway is open to everyone EVERYwhere! Worldwide! Woo hoo!
F+W Media provided a review copy of this book for this post. All opinions are my own. The Amazon link is an affiliate link.