Americans use approximately half a million tons of pesticide each year, but many studies suggest that this harms humans as much as unwanted insects. The household-cleaner industry is also booming, while The National Center for Health Statistics attributes the rise in respiratory cancers and diseases among homemakers to the use of toxic cleaning products. Restoring time-tested, human-friendly techniques for maintaining your home and garden, Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles offers ingenious, nontoxic alternatives to the highly poisonous chemicals found in the average kitchen cupboard.
Try citrus as a solvent, or use sour skim milk to kill plant viruses. Rid yourself of lice with coconut oil. Baking soda, white vinegar, and coffee grounds all offer safe alternatives to deadly cleansers. In the garden, cornmeal cuts down on cutworms and wood ashes keep the slugs away. Overflowing with simple, highly effective tips like these, along with invigorating illustrations, Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles offers a refreshing way of living and thriving. Expanded from its successful self-published edition, this will be a staple ingredient for every chemical-free pantry.
The "look before you leap" guide to the joys and pitfalls of the rural good life.
Dreams of self-sufficiency, independence, and tranquility continue to pull in a new generation of modern homesteaders. While growing your own food and being in charge of your life is the source of much satisfaction, there are many challenges to living away from modern conveniences.
Written by an experienced modern homesteader who successfully made the leap, So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? offers an in-depth examination of what you need to consider before moving "back to the land." Drawing from a deep well of experience, this essential guide covers:
- Romance versus the reality of rural living
- Finding the right property
- Building versus bootstrapping
- Practical "must-have" skills
- Earning an income and farming on a budget
- Creating community
- Seasonal living
- Children and schooling
- Social media, the internet and rural life.
Whether you are dreaming of moving to the country for peace and an escape from the daily grind, to provide a different lifestyle for your children, or you're already long-established in the country, this complete and realistic guide is the essential resource to help you achieve success as a modern homesteader.
The thrifty organization guide that shows you what to keep and what to toss.
Have you ever bought a duplicate of something when you couldn't find the one you already had at home? Have you ever held on to a brand-new jacket you know you?ll never wear or found that the magazine subscription you didn't like was automatically renewed because you forgot to cancel it in time? Everyone knows that clutter can be unsightly and time-consuming, but it can also cost you money. Stop Throwing Money Away is the first guide that shows you how to get organized and save or make money at the same time. Step by step, room by room, you?ll learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle, swap, sell, share and more as you streamline your possessions and your life.
- Explains the secrets of half-and-half organizing, showing you how to make money by paring what you own by half and plugging cash clutter traps by shopping at home
- Exposes the four ways our clutter makes us poor and how to change our habits and behavior
- Written by Jamie Novak, an organizing expert for iVillage and a regular contributor to Woman's World and Woman's Day. She has appeared on QVC and HGTV.
If you want a vase for flowers, recycle a glass jar. When you need more cupboard space, sell those expensive kitchen gadgets you never use. Whether you?ve got a little clutter or a lot, Stop Throwing Money Away is packed with indispensable ideas and time-saving tips that will help you find more money and simplify your life.
Based on the Webby Award-winning Tumblr site, Things Organized Neatly is thoughtfully composed of everyday objects, all displayed beautifully for the neat freak. Things Organized Neatly takes the messiness of the everyday world and recasts it in neat and appealing designs. On one page a massive collection of cellphones from the past twenty years is laid out on the floor and photographed from above; on the next, a collection of candy is pleasingly arranged by color. Things Organized Neatly capitalizes on our current obsession with photographing and cataloguing all the objects that we interact with on a daily basis. It has many images of food laid out in visually appealing, often humorous designs, as well as images of GI Joes standing at attention and old Nintendo cartridges arranged in the colors of the rainbow. Whether you're a design aficionado, an obsessive cleaner and straightener, a social media maven constantly documenting your day, or someone just looking to be swept away for an afternoon in a book full of beautiful images, Things Organized Neatly offers every reader a chance to revel in the beauty of everyday life.
This is a good guide for a sustainable lifestyle. It's as simple as that. Would you like to live more sustainably, but without putting a lot of time, effort or money into it? Then this is your book.It's filled with practical and positive tips on fashion, beauty, food, home, work, travel and leisure, and shows that stylish and sustainable go very well together. In particular, it demonstrates that it is about being good, not perfect: about smart choices, doing what you can and what suits you. With this modern handbook, sustainable fashion and lifestyle expert Marieke Eyskoot makes green living fun and doable. The right addresses, beautiful labels, great places, surprising facts and handy solutions - exactly what you need. Because doing good and feeling good at the same time: this is what everyone is looking for.
"A perfect guide to getting the non-essentials out of the way, so that simple joys can make their way into our lives." -- Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love"If you want to grow, you gotta let go," is the mantra that bestselling author, columnist, and life coach Gail Blanke lives by. That means eliminating all the clutter - physical and emotional - that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself. In Throw Out Fifty Things she takes us through each room of the house - from the attic to the garage - and even to the far reaches of our minds. Through poignant and humorous stories, she inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we've allowed to build-up there.
- That junk drawer (you know that drawer) in the kitchen? Empty it
- Those old regrets? Throw 'em out
- That make-up from your "old" look? Toss it
- That relationship that depresses you? Dump it
Unfetter and unclutter your life by learning how and why to transition to a tiny home
Do you feel as though you're living in an expensive and ill-fitting home filled with too much stuff? Do you have too much space filled with too many things, constantly dealing with house maintenance and financial upkeep? Living in a tiny home could be the solution. But how do you know?
Tiny house guru Pat Foreman examines the hows and whys of tiny-home living, to help you assess whether it's the right solution for you. A Tiny Home to Call Your Own examines:
- The many uses of tiny homes for all age groups and different socio-economic levels
- How smaller homes can buy you time, financial freedom, and an unfettered lifestyle
- Stuff-ology: understanding what things do and do not serve you
- Ecology and the Tiny House movement
- Pre-existing tiny house communities.
From newlyweds to empty-nesters, downsizers to retirees, and everyone in between, A Tiny Home to Call Your Own will help you to find and create the living space and housing you love and that will serve you and your future.