Review of Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living by Heather Solos

by on April 21, 2011 in Reviews

I was invited to review Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living by Heather Solos for the One2One Network, but I have been so engrossed in the book that I keep running out of time to tell you about it!

I am also a fan and reader of the Home-Ec 101 website and love her little home organization tips like her weekly chore chart.

I was really excited about the opportunity to do this review, because I never took Home-Ec in high school. I was more into band, art and French classes for my electives.

I don’t think I really missed much in Home-Ec, but how would I know?

I’ve never had any formal cooking instruction, although I did watch my mom and grandma in their kitchens when I was younger. Was that enough? Probably not considering my mom once asked me how I learned to cook, and my answer was simply, “Google!”

Anyway, I want to share my thoughts about this book since I’ve finally managed to put it down long enough to write!

The Home-Ec 101 book is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn or brush up on their skills to manage their home.

The book is divided into the following sections:

  • Clean It
  • Wash It
  • Fix It
  • Cook It

I immediately turned to the Fix It section, because we have begun an intense home remodeling project and I was curious if there would be any info I should know. The basic handy man guide was a nice overview of tools you should have on hand, and her sections about plumbing, water and electricity were also helpful since our project involves our bathrooms.

Beyond our renovation though, I think this part of the book is going to get a lot of use, because neither my Hubby nor myself are very handy around the house. In the past we have simply called a friend or had to hire someone to help us, even with small things. I showed this section to my Hubby and he seemed to gain some confidence just by reading the info there!

I think that’s what I like about this book: it helps give me confidence in areas where I didn’t really have any knowledge.

If I get a stain on something, I normally just use Tide Stain Remover. I generally use the same supplies and technique to clean pretty much all the things in my house, and just scrub harder if there is more dirt that usual. I know that might make me sound stupid, but my house isn’t dirty or run down. I just never knew all the different ways you can fix or clean things!

Her section on Minor Garment Repair was also a good read! My mom has given me a sewing machine and a few basic instructions, but I still lack the confidence to really do much with it. Now, instead of tossing something that is torn, perhaps I can try to repair it!

The part of the book that I loved the most was the Cook It section!

I love to cook. I also like to plan my meals and keep a well stocked pantry. She has helpful chapters in this section that address just these issues! I love it! She also addresses Emergency Preparedness, which is something our family has begun to think about more and more.

She also has some excellent information in the back of the book too:

  • Appendix A: Homemade Cleaning Solutions
  • Appendix B: Dangerous Chemical Combinations
  • Appendix C: Emergency Preparedness Checklist
  • Appendix D: Measurements Conversion Charts

Overall, I think this book has been great, and will be a good resource for me and my home.

My plan next week is to use her tips on how to clean a washing machine and see if I can put a little life and pep back into mine!

If you’d like to check out her website or her book, here are some helpful links. The book itself is very affordable at under $14.00 and the Kindle edition is only about $10!

Home-Ec 101 website (you can sign up for emails from her!)

Buy Home-Ec 101 on Amazon

Buy Home-Ec 101 at Barnes & Noble

Also, you might want to check out the One2One Network. They gave me an electronic copy of the book to review. Thanks!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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