America's best-selling and best-loved guide to baby gear is back with an updated and revised edition
Yes, a baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this?
With the average cost of a baby topping $7400 for just the first year alone, new parents need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. Baby Bargains is the answer
Inside, you'll discover:
- - BEST BET PICKS for cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs, diapers and more
- CHEAT SHEETS for your baby registry--create a baby registry in minutes with our good, better, best ideas.
- SEVEN THINGS no one tells you about baby gear, from nursery furniture to feeding baby.
- THE TRUTH ABOUT STROLLERS--and which brands work best in the real world.
- Dozens of SAFETY TIPS to keep baby safe and affordably baby proof your home.
- DETAILED CHARTS that compare brands of cribs, high chairs, car seats and more.
- Streamlined recommendations by parenting lifestyle, from a crib for space-challenged urban parents to an affordable car seat for Grandma's car.
- New recommendations for baby feeding, from baby food processors to storage ideas for home-made baby food.
- BUDGET-FRIENDLY picks for dozens of items, from high chairs to infant car seats.
- Expanded coverage of the price war on diapers--who's got the best deals now?
--Katha Pollitt Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenny now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. And we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it's cheaper to just buy more. Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut. What are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?
Wow Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer Now in its 11th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, Bridal Bargains shows you:
- How to save up to 40% on brand new, nationally advertised wedding dresses.
- The best web sites to save on everything from flowers to gowns, invitations to, well, you name it.
- Fourteen creative ways to cut the catering bill at your reception.
- How to order flowers at wholesale online.
- Eleven questions you should ask any photographer--and seven money-saving tips to lower that photo expense.
- Affordable ways to print your own invitations at a 70% savings.
- A clever trick to save big bucks on your wedding cake.
- The best bargains on honeymoons, gift registries, rings, wedding videos and more
- New Green your wedding with eco-friendly invites, catering tips and more
The brand new,11th edition is revised and updated tips on tying the knot without going bankrupt.
Understand food labels and cut through the myths, hype, and misleading information on "healthy" food choices. Make the best choices with The Real Food Grocery Guide.The Real Food Grocery Guide helps you navigate every aisle of the grocery store by clearly outlining what foods are truly the healthiest, the freshest, and the most economical--and which ones belong in the garbage rather than your grocery cart! Now you will finally know for certain whether fat-free and gluten-free are actually healthier, what hidden meanings you're missing in food labels, and if organic vegetables and grass-fed meat are worth the extra cost.
The Real Food Grocery Guide is the most comprehensive and actionable guide to grocery shopping and healthy eating available, with advice on:
- What to eat for health, balanced weight, and longevity
- How to shop to save a significant amount of time and money
- How to decipher food "buzz words" (like natural, grass-fed, wild, organic, gluten-free, etc.): know which to buy and which to leave on the shelf
- How to select the most nutritious and delicious produce, every time (no more getting home with brown avocados or tasteless melon)
- Why the quality of animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy is crucial--and how to choose the healthiest kinds
- How to store fresh food properly so it will stay fresh longer
- Why calorie counting is futile--and what you should look for instead to determine the healthiness of any food
- How to decipher what a food label is really saying
- How to avoid being duped by sneaky food industry claims and choose the best packaged products every time
Transform Your Local Supermarket into a Magical Place You Never Knew Existed
Improve your emotional well-being, finances, love, and spiritual health by imbuing your weekly grocery expedition with a magical perspective. Ileana Abrev takes you down every aisle--inner and outer--of a typical supermarket, providing detailed lists and explanations of how to use common items to add a spark of magic to your life. You'll find effective spells and charms that only need simple and easy-to-find ingredients.
Discover how to use a tomato for prosperity, a safety pin for protection, a carnation for healing, and much more. You'll even explore outside influences and techniques, such as spiritually cleansing your home, color magic, moon phases, and zodiac signs. A Cart Full of Magic shows you how to make your supply list come alive with magic.
"The simple guidelines given for magical work are clear, focused, and you'll be looking at everything in the home in a different way after reading A Cart Full of Magic."--New Spirit Journal
There's a new trend among the young designers and decorators of Paris: an embracing of an aesthetic called fait main. Literally, this means "made by hand," but in this case it includes not only new items fashioned by hand but vintage objects and found objects that are valued as they are, or that may have been reworked. What unites them is the "handprint" of a talented creator.
Stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk has discovered more than fifty places-organized into walks-that embody this style. Some are shops owned by professional chineurs, people who hunt out objects sought after by interior decorators, architects, and stylists. Other places aren't really shops but primarily studios, where, if you stop by, you can purchase something directly from the artist. You'll find a designer who makes glass jewelry; a couturier who sells fabric remainders, a few garments, and handwoven scarves; one boutique set up like a home, where reworked vintage housewares are displayed. Another place offers hand-knit baby clothes, another reworked antique French linens.
As fun to look at as it is to use, "Cool Green Stuff" features a gallery of environmentally friendly fashions, jewelry, bags, gadgets, home decor, and other one-of-a-kind products that were designed and produced to make the world a cooler and greener place. Inspired by the latest reports of cool hunters a new breed of trend watchers who travel the physical and virtual world in search of cutting-edge design these products will amaze and tempt you. From a wine-bottle hanging lamp to floral bracelets made of vintage fabric, this collection showcases the imagination and innovation of leading designers at work around the world today. Some of the designs in "Cool Green Stuff" meet our environmental challenges head on, actually saving energy, water, and waste; others aim to tread lightly on our delicate planet. Each product is coupled with an explanation of its environmental significance, the materials used to create it, and its website* so you can buy it. Best of all, when you start using the Internet sites to kickstart your own search for cool green stuff, a new, eco-chic world will open up to you. * no one paid to be in this book"
Experience a quintessentially American summer--a village-green, homemade-ice-cream, corn-on-the-cob kind of summer--exploring the fifty vibrant farmers' and artisan markets profiled in Markets of New England. You'll find picture-postcard settings, delicious food, and unique crafts down every ribbon of highway. In Massachusetts, make your way up the coast to Cape Cod, where markets feature baskets of blueberries and flats of oysters still dripping with saltwater; hop the ferry to Sustainable Nantucket's picturesque farm stands; or journey inland to an art festival nestled in the Berkshires. In New Hampshire, attend a lakeside workshop and a market held on New England's largest town common, in the shadow of a classic white church and steeple. Meander across Vermont during an open studio weekend, or to Maine for a clam festival, a county fair, and craft guild shows. Even tiny Rhode Island has pleasures aplenty: an oceanfront gourmet food tasting, an indie art fair overlooking Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, and more. Markets of New England leads you to the local delicacies, the most interesting purveyors, the products of community supported farms and fisheries, the standout crafts and artwork, and provides all the details you need to know, including off-season schedules. The food and crafts are filled with local flavor, the settings pure New England, and the itineraries provide enough delights to fill an endless summer.
Save a fortune with over 1,300 easy solutions to hundreds of common household problems.You don't have to be rich to live well; now you can outfox the high cost of living the old-fashioned five-and-dime way. Don't be tempted by all of those "new" products on the shelves; instead, rediscover the power of those time-honored, thrifty household items your grandparents and parents used. You'll save a bundle with over 1,300 of these clever hints and tips: - A Frisbee is a handy item to keep around the house and can be used as a portable pet dish, paint palette, and paper plate holder - Hair spray is an inexpensive way to preserve flowers, remove pet hair from a couch, kill bugs, and stop static cling - Cedar chips will drive fleas from a pet bed, keep snails at bay in your garden, and repel moths from your wool sweaters - Furniture polish will spiff up hubcaps and bicycles, add shine to shower doors, and stop squeaky door hinges - Glass cleaner will make your jewelry sparkle, relieve bee sting pain, dry out pimples, and shine patent leather shoes - Aluminum foil makes a stunning wrap for a wedding gift, works effectively as a substitute for hair curlers in a pinch, and when placed under your ironing board cover will increase the efficiency of your iron - An ice cream scoop can be used to measure the perfect amount of potting soil, shape butter into fancy shapes for a holiday dinner, and form perfect meatballs and cookies - A pillowcase will dry lettuce in seconds, makes a cute summer dress for a child, covers a baby's changing pad, and functions as a travel laundry bag - Knitting needles make stylish hair accessories, can serve as kebab holders for a fun fruit snack, function in place of toothpicks to test a cake's doneness, and can be used to protect your garden from invading critters
Save a fortune with over 1,300 easy solutions to hundreds of common household problems.