Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living is named after blogger-turned-author Heather Solos' popular site. The 240 pages of this book are packed with useful tips on cleaning, cooking, washing and fixing stuff around the house. Some of them were new to me, many were already familiar, and others are just common sense. However, they do bear repeating: as Voltaire famously said, "Common sense is not so common" - especially as it applies to the skills we use in everyday living.
Ms. Solos, a mom of four kids, has thought of everything: flooring, kitchen, bedroom, closet, laundry, stains, odors, appliances, carpeting, plumbing, and more. She is fearless when it comes to household skills, and some of her bravery is sure to rub off on her readers. If that was not enough, at the end of the book she added four handy appendices. There Ms. Solos covers homemade cleaning solutions, dangerous chemical combinations, emergency preparedness checklist, and measurements conversion charts.
If you cook like a chef, clean like a pro, do not own stained clothing and have a spotless, perfect house where living beings dare not thread, you probably do not need this book. The rest of us who live in the real world would get quite a bit of useful information out of Home-Ec 101. If you've already taken the class with your mom, mother-in-law, or via painful familiarity with a long list of trial-and-error, this book would be a handy refresher. Heather Solos will not do the work for you but will lead the way and tell you how - with a sense of humor that places her book and writing style squarely in my list of faves.
I bet by now you'd love to meet Heather Solos and have her hover over your shoulder as you put her advice to good use. I know I would! Do the next best thing: read her book and check out her site. Nothing to lose and quite a few good skills to gain.
isclosure / Disclaimer: Thanks to my involvement with the One2One Network, I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied but I will be entered in a gift card drawing. The post reflects my personal opinion which may differ from yours.