My Garden, the City and Me [EPUB]
21 August 2014, 03:34
2011 | EPUB | 2.99MB
Helen Babbs is a self-proclaimed city girl who lives on the second floor of a flat in a chaotic corner of London. An urge to find more green in the city and a stronger connection to the natural world leads her to create her first garden, an organic edible garden on her rooftop. This year-long adventure is the story behind My Garden, the City and Me.
The journey begins in the dark of winter, where Babbs finds herself at a seed swap on a February morning, seduced more by packaging than by any true understanding of the plants. As the year progresses, Babbs revels in failures, like waking up bleary eyed and stomping on her seed starts, and triumphs like her summer-ending dinner party made with homegrown produce. Along the way she discovers “that I like gardening in my pajamas and that growing something from seed, watching it develop and then eating its fruits is truly joyful. I’ve daydreamed out there and entertained out there. It’s the force behind new friendships that I’ve forged. The garden has opened my eyes to a whole new side of London and urban living.”
My Garden, the City and Me is a lyrical narrative about a twenty-something in search for a bit of wild in her city. The journey is charming, honest, and steeped in the lore of London, a city equally known for its gardens and its grit. In the end Babbs has achieved a new perspective on what it means to live green in the city she loves.
Home Made Simple: Fresh Ideas to Make Your Own [EPUB]
20 August 2014, 07:56
2010 | EPUB | 8.28MB
Home Made Simple is the essential home reference for simplifying, beautifying, organizing, and inspiring your life. In these pages you’ll find tips, projects, and recipes that will help you create the home you’ll love to live in. Streamline your routine. Dazzle your guests. Indulge your culinary spirit. Celebrate your outside spaces. And adorn your home in ways that are uniquely yours. Home Made Simple is about making life enjoyable while keeping it simple.
Look inside and discover:
- Organized Life
- Easy-to-achieve home-management ideas, including how to make the most of your space
- Celebrate Living
- Great new ways to entertain in your home, including heartwarming gift ideas
- Clever Kitchen
- Simple recipe favorites and helpful tips for kitchen storage and cleaning
- Outside Pleasures
- Unique outdoor projects for the family, plus advice for the garden, porch, and patio
- Easy Décor
- Stylish and realistic decorating ideas, plus dozens of DIY home improvements
How to Cheat at Cleaning [PDF]
20 August 2014, 07:48
2007 | PDF | 116.43MB
Do you really think Martha Stewart never swept a little dust under the carpet seconds before guests arrived? Oh, how we've been damaged by the myth of perfectionism! We are slaves to microscopic specks of lint, hard-water smudges, and the relentless pursuit of dust bunnies. Brainwashed by Hollywood and slick photo spreads, we chase after unrealistic expectations. How to Cheat at Cleaning will change all of that.
Part how-to bible and part liberating manifesto, this volume rewrites the housekeeping rules our mothers taught us. It does for housekeeping what Casual Friday did for office life. Learn the extreme shortcuts for cleaning your house from attic to basement. Learn about cutting-edge tools and technologies that will slash your housekeeping chores in half. Learn how to get family members-and even Santa Claus-to pitch in. And learn which backbreaking cleaning tasks you can walk away from forever.
While most cleaning books are as dull as, well, dishwater, How to Cheat at Cleaning is a joy to read. Delivered in a swingy, conversational, irreverent style, this book is peppered with quick-read recurring boxes, including amusing anecdotes, easy cleaning formulas, great cleaning gear, cleaning emergencies, and eliminating dirt through design.
See also: How to Cheat at Home Repair