Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping has a lot of great ideas and information in it. It is easy to read too.
One of the things she talks about first is knowing where you want to go…what you want to do. She thinks it is incredibly sad that many people don’t even try to do what they really want to do because they think they don’t have enough money.
She says the real problem for most people is that they haven’t actaully sat down and REALLY looked at their budget. Most people (including me) spend money on a lot of things they don’t need.
If it really came down to the wire…what could you do without? I don’t really need cable tv…and I could actaully live without coffee…and many of the snack items we have in our house too.
The author says that most people could have more money for what they really want if they stop wasting it on things they don’t really need. The book also has a lot of suggestions on cheap ways to clean house, simple eco friendly cleaners that don’t cost much, easy recipes, and lots of advice.
I learned a few things. It is a good book.
From the back cover :
Hundreds of Ideas for Healthy, Happy and Fabulously Frugal Homekeeping
Bursting with ways to downshift, simplify, preserve resources, and honor the planet, Lemons and Lavender will give you tools to reclaim a purer, tastier, healthier and less expensive way of life. Sharp shares her radical common sense and revolutionary “freeconomics” approach to budgeting in this step-by-step guide to the good life.
Creative ideas inside Lemons and Lavender:
Garden-to-table recipes for every meal
Eco-deco ideas for furnishing your home
Recipes for nontoxic cleaners, house paint and more
Start a seed sharing garden with your neighbors
Easy-to-make gifts with handcrafted gift wrap
Grow your own cup of delicious herbal tea
Learn to use organic sea salts, skin scrubs and detox bath therapies
About the Author :
Billee Sharp was a contemporary art curator and gallerist in London, working with the YBA group of artists, before moving to America in 1993. She took up residence in San Francisco, where she started a family, ran an independent record label, founded a green cleaning business, curated many multimedia cultrual events, and cofounded the Mission Casbah, an artisan crafts market.