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The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness
The Art of Happy Moving
How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062869736

A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello.

Moving is a major life change--time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and sometimes scary. But it doesn't have to be Instead of looking at it as a burdensome chore, consider it a new adventure.

Ali Wenzke and her husband moved ten times in eleven years, living in seven states across the U.S. She created her popular blog, The Art of Happy Moving, to help others build a happier life before, during, and after a move. Infused with her infectious optimistic spirit, The Art of Happy Moving builds on her blog, offering step-by-step guidance, much-needed comfort, practical information, and welcome advice on every step of the process, including:

  • How to stage your home for prospective buyers
  • How to choose your next neighborhood
  • How to discard your belongings and organize your packing
  • How to say goodbye to your friends
  • How to make the transition easier for your kids
  • How to decorate your new home
  • How to build a new community
  • And so much more.

Ali shares invaluable personal anecdotes from her many moves, and packs each chapter with a wealth of information and ingenious tips (Did you know that if you have an extra-large welcome mat at the entrance of your home, it's more likely to sell?). Ali also includes checklists for packing and staging, and agendas for the big moving day.

Whether you're a relocating professional, newly married, a family with kids and pets, or a retiree looking to downsize, The Art of Happy Moving will help you discover ways to help make your transition an easier one--and be even happier than you were before.

Ask the Bugman: Environmentally Safe Ways to Control Household Pests
Ask the Bugman
Environmentally Safe Ways to Control Household Pests
Paperback      ISBN: 0826328350

You open the kitchen cabinet, reach for the jar of peanut butter, and there on its top are mice droppings. What's the safest means to be rid of the mice? In Ask the Bugman, Board Certified Entomologist Richard Fagerlund offers advice on pest control drawn from answers to commonly asked questions in his nationally distributed newspaper column. For mice, live traps are best, using oatmeal as bait. Never use poisons or glue boards. He also encourages preventive measures to plug the holes mice use as entrances.

With thirty-years' experience in pest control, Fagerlund offers suggestions for controlling nearly fifty common (and a few not so common) pests found in and around the home. The questions are divided into categories including disruptive pests, destructive pests, biters and stingers, reptiles and rodents, and garden and household bugs. But what separates Ask the Bugman from other such books is its environmental ethic, which is carefully laid out in the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Typical IPM methods include habitat modification, improved sanitation, and the use of less-toxic, pest-specific baits. As alternatives to harmful chemicals, he counsels use of home remedies, provides a number of these, and includes others sent in by readers of his column. Ten original sketches of common household pests give readers an appreciation of their appearance.

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life
At Home with Madame Chic
Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1476770336

Approach life at home the Madame Chic way: a beautiful, illustrated toolbox of tips and ideas for organizing, entertaining, and savoring a stylish life.

When she arrived at Madame Chic's Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Jennifer Scott was a casual California girl who thought sweatpants were appropriate street attire. Madame Chic took Jennifer under her wing and tutored her in the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living.

Years later, Jennifer was back in California with a husband, two young daughters, a dog, and her first home. Every day she confronted mundane duties like folding laundry and unloading the dishwasher, and she began to think about Madame Chic's home--how the breakfast table was set beautifully the night before, the music that always played in the background, the calm of Madame and Monsieur Chic's ritual cocktail hour together. Jennifer wanted that life. She decided to see what would happen if she didn't perform her chores impatiently or mindlessly, if, instead, she could live like Madame Chic.

At Home with Madame Chic reveals the secrets to having a happy, fulfilling, and passionate life at home. Jennifer explains the morning send-off need not be chaotic, it's possible to look stylish with minimal time and effort, a little forethought makes it possible to serve a home-cooked dinner every night, and details like music and scented candles can set the tone for the whole family's evening. Organized by the pleasures that can be found throughout the day, this charming, helpful book is full of ideas, playlists, recipes, beauty routines, and advice that can turn an irritating day into an enjoyable experience.
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
Back to Basics
A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
3rd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1602392331

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills--the kind employed by our forefathers--and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers--even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

The Back to Basics Handbook: A Guide to Buying and Working Land, Raising Livestock, Enjoying Your Harvest, Household Skills and Crafts, and More
The Back to Basics Handbook
A Guide to Buying and Working Land, Raising Livestock, Enjoying Your Harvest, Household Skills and Crafts, and More
Paperback      ISBN: 1616082615
Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills--the kind employed by our forefathers--need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Dye your own wool, raise chickens, weave a rug, make jam and cheese, and much, much more

With hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations, The Back to Basics Handbook will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese.

The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.

More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers--even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this is the ultimate concise guide to voluntary simplicity.
Baking Soda: House & Home
Baking Soda
House & Home
Paperback      ISBN: 1786645378

Baking soda is far more than a baking ingredient - it 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 this cheap, environmentally-friendly and multi-purpose product. 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. Baking Soda also gets the kids involved, with some fun science experiments and sweet treats, as well as providing culinary tips and a few tasty recipes for breads, cakes and cookies.

Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought of
Baking Soda
Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought of
Paperback      ISBN: 0916773418

This 7 x 6, 120 page book is fully indexed. Learn how baking soda was developed into a consumer product, how it works, and more importantly how to use it in an amazing number of ways. In fifteen different catagories, ranging from cooking and cleaning to hygience and home remedies, you'll find ideas you never thought of. Baking soda can be used for cooking, laundry, gardening, skin solutions, kitchen clean up, dental care, caring for kids, crafts and hobbies, bathroom clean up, grooming, pet problems, cars, and camping to name a few.

Baking Soda Bonanza, 2nd Edition
Baking Soda Bonanza, 2nd Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0060893427

Learn how to soothe sunburns, dry-clean your dog, and perform other household miracles with baking soda

Want to relieve your stuffy nose? Make your musty old books smell better? Kill roaches without pesticide? You can do it all with baking soda, and this updated edition of Baking Soda Bonanza shows you how Cheap, ecologically sound, and more effective than most household cleaners, baking soda can be used to fix all sorts of household problems, from baking the perfect muffins to soothing bee stings to clearing out clogged drains. With a history of baking soda and many popular recipes for baking included, this is a book every household should have.

Beautifully Organized Home Planner: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Organizing Your Home Life
Beautifully Organized Home Planner
The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Organizing Your Home Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1944515984
Are you struggling to juggle the demands of managing your household? If so, this beautiful home management system planner gives you all the tools you need to bring order and routine to your family's life at home.

The Beautifully Organized Home Planner provides essential tools, charts, and checklists that will help you run your home smoothly and efficiently, and reduce day-to-day stress--all in a sturdy and elegant linen-cover binder with gold foil. In her first best-selling book, Beautifully Organized, professional organizer and YouTube sensation Nikki Boyd (creator of At Home With Nikki) shared her tested advice for how to create an organized home that was both functional and stylish. Now, in this new home organization planner companion, Nikki presents practical tools you can start using today to run a more organized and efficient household and create a home management system tailored to your family's life and needs.

The Beautifully Organized Home Planner includes:

- Home Management System Essentials to keep your family and home running smoothly
- Daily, Monthly, and Spring Cleaning Checklists to stay on top of household choresHome Maintenance Schedules with seasonal to-do lists to keep everything indoors and outdoors in working order
- File Organization Strategies to efficiently tackle clutter and safely store your most important documents
- Emergency Action Plans to help your family prepare for the unexpected and get all of your most important information organized now
- Family Meeting Activities to get everyone in your home working toward the same goals
- School Worksheets to help your family stay organized through the academic year
- ... and so much more

Using Nikki's proven advice in this book, you and your family will soon be on your way to home organization success
The Bed Bug Survival Guide: The Only Book You Need to Eliminate or Avoid This Pest Now
The Bed Bug Survival Guide
The Only Book You Need to Eliminate or Avoid This Pest Now
Paperback      ISBN: 0446585157

The 5 year old who carried them home in his backpack thta he grabbed from the communal pile at school...The young assistant who got them from her new work cubicle...the executive who got them on an overseas flight...

It can no longer be denied that the city, the country and the world are in the grips of this epidemic. Jeff Eisenberg and his NYC-based company Pest Away have successfully treated more than 100,000 spaces for bed bugs over the past 15 years. He's the go-to guy for businesses, celebs, and the media--and in THE BED BUG SURVIVAL GUIDE he shares his best strategies, advice and tips for treating and preventing bed bug infestation once and for all.

With Eisenberg's advice, readers can lower thier risk of bed bug infestation by up to 60% Or, if they have them they can be sure they are using the right method to get rid of them. The book is divided into ten user-friendly chapters that cover everything, including:

  • Prevention--what to do immediately, daily, weekly and monthly
  • Travel--the 5 biggest mistakes made during hotel stays
  • Life--avoiding bed bugs in unexpected places like the gym, the mall, the movie theater, and on airplanes
  • Treatment--Green? Heat? Cryonite? Fumigation of furniture?
  • Exterminators--hiring one who actually knows what to do.