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From keeping your home clean and in good repair to preparing your own food, self-sufficiency rocks. Having an understanding of the domestic arts gives you a sense of control over your life. These skills also help you save money, not by chasing deals, but by teaching the principle of the mantra: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Life skills are the essence of frugality. Whether you just moved out of your parent's basement or you cut the ...
From keeping your home clean and in good repair to preparing your own food, self-sufficiency rocks. Having an understanding of the domestic arts gives you a sense of control over your life. These skills also help you save money, not by chasing deals, but by teaching the principle of the mantra: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Life skills are the essence of frugality. Whether you just moved out of your parent's basement or you cut the apron strings a while ago, you'll learn the skills you need to manage your household.
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Posted March 3, 2012
Really? If this book should be read, then it should be given to 12 year old girls in home ec class. I was sorely disappointed to find little insight into my everyday home based tasks. I was hoping for some creative tips or some unconventional bits of wisdom. Nope. If you are half way intelligent and even a half cook or half a cleaner - you don't need this book. Save the time and just go do the laundry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
When I first received the email from One2One I wanted to review it. It's all about tackling challenges at home and who doesn't want to do that right? Okay so I don't want to clean more but anything to get more organized and get things flowing smoother at home is always needed. Because of the overwhelming response we weren't sent the entire book but one chapter. The Chapter I received was Chapter 20: Meal Planning: Not just for the control Freaks. Perfect one for me to get because I suck at meal plans.
The Chapter went through the basics of setting a meal plan out and tips on how to get yourself into the habit of doing it. Heck we all do it. We stand there when we are supposed to be making dinner and staring into the pantry trying to figure out what to make. I do it all the time. I am getting better about it though. Needless to say it helped. Granted it means that we are sticking to a schedule as best we can but we're working on it. Mondays is a fish night. Wednesday is a pasta night. And Sundays, the kids favorite is a breakfast for dinner night.
I thoroughly enjoyed the chapter I was sent and I'm going to go buy the book so I can look through some of the other chapters too. Only thing I have to decide is if I want it for my eReader or a hard copy. Either way I can't wait to read the rest of the book.
Posted April 21, 2011
I love this book. I was surprised by how fun it was to read. It made digesting the tips and advice way easier, and dare I say it, fun. I recommend it for women of all ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
Just looking through the table of contents of the book really piqued my interest, as the book covers every major category of homemaking (or skills for everyday living) - from cleaning to washing to repairs to cooking. In the cooking section, I really thought the chapter on menu planning was good for everyone. It was a quick, easy read, but filled with good information. If you've never done meal planning before, here's a step by step process, starting with extremely easy meals (and recipes), that will keep you out of the drive-thru. If you've already got the hang of meal planning, there are still some great tips - I especially liked the idea of theme nights such as Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, etc. where you can make recipes varying from simple to complex for each theme while keeping meal planning an easy process. I really enjoyed this chapter and am looking forward to reading the rest of the book - I think there is something to be gained for everyone who reads this book! Disclosure: I reviewed a chapter of Home-Ec 101 as part of a campaign with the One2One Network. All opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced by any other party.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
Since I didn't take these topics in school, I turn to books to help me learn. One such book is Home-Ec: 101 Skills for Everyday Living: Cook It, Clean It, Fix It, Wash It by Heather Solos, This book shares tips and tricks that can help the recent grad or the unwilling husband become skilled in numerous topics for a homeowner or apartment dweller.
One chapter that stuck with me is the advice on cooking at home. We all know that cooking at home is cost-efficient and healthier than eating out, but many of us struggle with cooking well. I watch all the chef cooking shows. From Bobby Flay to Top Chef Masters, I know all the terms to appear knowledgeable in the kitchen. But, the true test is make a flavorful meal that my whole family will eat.
The Home-Ec 101 tips include simple recipes that can be made by everyone and anyone. One of the most helpful ideas is how to make one meal transform into multiple dinners. Having useful leftovers is helpful to the family whose weekly schedule is beyond hectic. A home-cooked meal is better for your wallet and your waistline. In the end, it's a win win.
So if you are looking for help in the kitchen or know someone who could use a boost in the cooking department, check out Heather Solos' book Home-Ec 101. You might just learn a trick or two in the process.
Disclosure: I reviewed a chapter of Home-Ec 101 as part of a campaign with the One2One Network. All opinions are 100% mine and are not influenced by any person or entity.
Posted April 20, 2011
Chapter 20, Meal Planning is Not Just For Control Freaks. I was given the opportunity to read this digital chapter from the new book. This chapter certainly held my attention, and I must say that I was delighted at how smart this book is, and how delightful the author is. I should have known that this book would reflect, and be just as good as the authors website. In this chapter, I found weekly meal planning advice, recipes, and tips. This book is perfect for the young lady wanting to learn some good home ec skills, and for the seasoned ladies who want to polish up their skills. I am an avid reader and book collector, so I purchased this book. I found some new tips and recipes, and good advice. Clean It, Wash It, Fix It, and Cook It, are the four areas of home management you'll find inspiring information on. This is one of those books that I keep returning to, really. That is my opinion and I'm sticking to it. I received a digital chapter of this book free from One2One Network for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2011
Through a program through One2One Network I received a chapter of this book to review, in particular Chapter 20 entitled "Meal Planning: Not Just for the Control Freaks". I was really excited since I love to cook and I am a planner since right now I cook for my daughter and I as well as a family of four on a daily basis.
This chapter gives you some weekly menu ideas as well as step by step instructions on how to go from flying by the seat of your pants each day for meals to being more organized and knowing what you are doing each day so you aren't so scatterbrained when it comes to making healthy meals for your family.
This chapter gives some very healthy ideas for meals as well as suggestions on "Theme Nights" for meals during the week such as Taco Tuesday and Breakfast for Dinner.
I am a fan of leftovers, but this chapter calls them "Planned Overs" which I thought was really interesting since a lot of families throw out so much food on a regular basis, this will help eliminate that.
All in all I like this chapter and I look forward to reading the rest of the book. There are some realistic options in here and I think having this on your e-reader or computer would be great and it would allow users to search easily for topics that are of interest or needed right away.
Posted April 17, 2011
This was a project for the One2One Network. I started reading this book not expecting to learn a whole lot that I didn't already know. Not that I am a home-ec wiz, but I do have basic knowledge. I found new tips and tricks that I hadn't heard of before and look forward to trying. I was happy to see some emphasis on using green cleaning methods and the 3 RRRs. It was nice to see the layout broken up with Q&As in between. Makes the format more interesting. I definitely plan to use this book as a reference guide as home problems present themselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2011
I received a sample chapter to review from One2OneNetwork...but these are my honest opionions.
I feel like this could be a great gift for someone moving in their first home, first apartment, for a wedding gift, etc. There are chapters on cooking, cleaning, laundry, and repair! The chapter I previewed was about cooking and I really loved her "voice" in the book. It is very easy to understand with a lot of humor. There are quite a bit of great ideas for spicing up your weekly menus at home too.
This can be a great go-to book for anyone, since it has so many at-home subjects and even a section on emergency preparedness. With this book, you might be able to handle anything that comes your way!
Posted April 16, 2011
Recently, one2onenetwork provided me with the opportunity to read an advance copy of Chapter 20 of Heather Solos' Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living - Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it. You may be familiar with Heather and her "Home-Ec" ways from her blog, Home-Ec101. While I have not yet had the chance to read the entire book, the chapter that I read - a chapter on Meal Planning - gave me good insight into the style of the book and author. When you read or hear that the title begins with "Home-Ec", your mind may instantly drift back to your junior high or high school days of learning the correct place settings, hemming a pair of pants or sewing on a button. This, however, is not your grandmother's Home-Ec. While some of the tips may be timeless and may, in fact, be lessons you learned at your mother's knee, this book is written in a much more contemporary style. Heather interjects a bit of wit while teaching you how to plan a menu (sample menus are even included), stretch a dollar, and make dinner a less hectic event. One of the things I most enjoyed about this chapter - and Heather's style, in general - is that she doesn't try to force a lifestyle change overnight. She approaches meal planning and all it's coordinating pieces with common sense and baby steps. With other chapters that give tips on scheduling, cleaning, home repair and more, I believe that most people will find something helpful or interesting in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2011
I have been a fan of Home Ec 101 for years. Home-Ec 101 is a site dedicated to teaching a broad range of life skills to adults in a conversational and entertaining manner. While I learned nearly everything I could ever need or want to know about keeping house from my own mother, I still found it helpful to read Home Ec 101 and I have learned many tips and tricks from Heather and Ivy that I might never have known about before. When I read regularly, I also find that it helps to keep me just a little more organized. I find motivation there. I *wish* I was a true modern retro housewife. I strive to be close to that someday. That's what originally appealed to me about Home Ec 101, the simple retro graphics on the page, they drew me in and the content kept me there. Aside from being about to find anything any everything you ever wanted to know about about the domestic arts, I appreciate the light-hearted humor found there.
When I received the opportunity to possibly review Heather Solo's new book, Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living through the One2One Network, I jumped on it. Unfortunately I did not get selected to review the entire book, but they were kind enough to give me a sneak peek!
I was able to read through chapter 20, which is titled "Meal Planning: Not Just for the Control Freaks." They must be a little bit psychic over at One2One Network when they decided to send me that particular chapter, because oh boy, is that ever something I struggle with. The chapter starts out talking about the 5:30 stare. Yeah. I know you know what I'm talking about. When you realize it's 5:30 and you poke around in your kitchen opening cabinets and the fridge and/or freezer and just hoping that something jumps out at you and you're able to pull a full meal together in as little time as possible. In my case, I usually have two littles ones right behind me asking me what's for dinner and if they can have a snack.
This chapter of Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living covers everything you might possibly need to know about forming the habit of meal planning. It's informative, packed with tips and tricks, suggestions, recipes, as well as simple, down to earth ideas for weekly menus, and of course, the wit and humor that made me a fan of Home-Ec 101 in the first place. I *love* that Heather writes like she is speaking directly to you. She is in your kitchen, chatting you up and offering you guidance with this chapter, and I imagine the rest of the book is the same. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book.
Posted April 15, 2011
This is the book that you give at graduation parties, wedding showers and for a house warming. AND... This is not just for those on their own for the first time but also for us seasoned veterans. Not only are the tips and tricks perfect for homeowners but for apartment dwellers as well. This is the book that I would buy for myself... I was single for a long time and the idea of fixing something was just unheard of... they make more, right? Even, now that I have been married, awhile, I still need some help and this book is full of all the right stuff that will help me be more organized and efficient.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2011
Very happy I was chosen to review this book. Fun stories and helpful tips on everything you can think of from how to make your own cleaning supplies to how to remove stains from carpeting to reducing a recipe, this book has it all!! I highly recommend this book for ALL households!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2011
This book came to me at a perfect time. I struggle with many things like keeping my house organized, meal planning, and time management. Some of the ideas are easy and simple that I do not understand why I couldn't have figured it out myself. This is anything but a dry how to book. The author infuses her sense of humor and zest for life in each chapter. Her words ring so true that you just have to laugh and at the same time you are wondering how she knows what your life is like. It's very comforting to know that you are not the only one that gets overwhelmed with life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2011
I've got to admit something to my readers, I learned most of what I'm able to do now around the house from my husband, from when we dated and through all of the almost 22 years of marriage! I sure wish that Heather Solos "Home-Ec 101" book was around back then! I sure could have used it, and wouldn't have been so overwhelmed as I was years ago! (Laundry, oh man, if I didn't turn clothes colors, I was real lucky. Cooking and following recipes, along with buying the proper ingredients, was a trek into the unknown!)
I was reading Chapter 20, which was entitled "Meal Planning: Not Just For Control Freaks".
I love that chapter title! As I would say, too cool! At the beginning of the chapter, Heather starts by telling you to clear off the table, and to get used to eating at it. (We have two tables in our house, one in the kitchen and the other in the dining room!And where do we eat, in the family room!)
She also recommends sitting down and making a list of activities that may make meal planning difficult. Definitely don't plan a difficult meal on a busy night! Plan 5 meals a week, and one of the other nights can be a clean out refrigerator night (CORN)! Heather talks about using the grocery store ad to plan your meals with, buying some of your groceries on sale.
Other ideas are to introduce one new food item a week, if you are cooking for others, and be open to suggestions. Pay attention to the reactions of the others, if they like something or not. Vary your sides, like rice one night, pasta on another night. Recipes for stock and meatloaf were included in the chapter.
I really learned some new things that gave me a new way of thinking about meal preparation!!
I'm a member of the One2One Network and I was given a chapter to review for free. The opinions expressed are my own.
Posted April 13, 2011
It's amazing how, suddenly, once you pass a certain reunion year, you start finding yourself trying to remember why it was you loved certain subjects in school. I loved Home-Ec! I truly did, but now, over 10 years later, I find myself thinking, "there has to be an easier way to do this", or "couldn't this be used for something else, I can't remember, but I thought I learned this".
Enter, Home-Ec 101 - Skills for Everyday Living by Heather Solos! Here she is to save the day!!! (of course to the tune of Mighty Mouse, in my head). With that wonderful knowledge in an easy to read book. She's witty, the book is organized, and I love it!!
There's four easy sections, Clean It, Wash It, Fix It, Cook It! She has all the basic tips, that I'm sure we all never knew, or have even long forgotten. She discusses challenges that we all have in our everyday lives.
My most favorite part of the book, that has already been put to great use, esp. given that we are trying to keep our house in most tip top "show-ready" shape so that we may sell it soon, is the Weekly Chore Chart!!
It's an easy read, and a great reference! Since I've downloaded it, it's also on my iPhone, and iPad for easy access.
Posted April 13, 2011
I am so impressed with Home-Ec 101! I love the fun layout and easy to find tips and tricks. It's totally a book you could read cover to cover, or a nice reference when you need advice on something specific! I was able to check out the Meal Planning chapter, which is such a great way to save time and money! I already do meal planning for my family, but I learned so much as I scanned through the chapter! Felt like having my mama right there helping me along with it! Such a great gift idea for new brides, housewarming, or just about anyone!
I was provided a chapter of the book through One 2 One Network.
Posted April 13, 2011
Blogger Heather Solos' book Home-Ec 101 is the go to bible for the generation of mom's and individuals who didn't have the benefit of a home economics class in high school. As a fellow member of One2One Network, I received a complimentary digital sample of Chapter 20, of her inciteful book Home-Ec 101 called, 'Meal Planning is Not Just For Control Freaks.' Many of us grew up thinking a meal was prepared at a fast food restaurant and eaten on the go, or even a box or can. 'Meal Planning is Not Just For Control Freaks' shows you how simple meal planning can start the novice cook on the path to finding enligtenment and also time to plan fast nutritious meals at home. **As a member of One2One Network, I received. no money for my review. My opinions are my own and expressed freelyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2011
This is not your average how to do it book but a handbook full of useful information presented in an easy to read format. I found the information included in the appendix extremely useful and informative. The overall layout reminded me of of some of the homemakers books from the 1950's but in an up to date and humorous way. This book is perfect for the new college graduate and the newly married couple and contains information that everyone can use. I do not see this book being read by men but they would benefit from the information. I know my husband would and maybe he would help out more around the house. I have visited Heather's site and I have found it informative and interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.