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Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life. Lemons and Lavender is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and off ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Viva Editions (first published March 1st 2012)
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I just finished reading Lemons and Lavender, the eco guide to better home-keeping by Billee Sharp. I was very interested in reading this book, as I strive to be as kind to the environment as possible, and I prefer to avoid the use of chemicals whenever I can.
I was surprised by the number of useful tips that author Billee Sharp offers in this useful book! I loved that the tips were not limited to cleaning; I additionally found many useful recipes and home remedies within the pages of Lemons and L
Baley Whary
Lemons and Lavender was an interesting read, and I appreciated the tips for using herbs and essential oils for health and for using everyday household ingredients for cleaning. I thought the book was organized a bit strangely; I want to be able to find all of the herbal/essential oil remedies and recipes in one place, but they're scattered throughout and the contents at the beginning aren't very detailed (and therefore not helpful in finding the recipes). Another problem with the book is that ha ...more
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Learn how easy it can be for you to live a more fulfilling lifestyle.

More than just a guide, Lemons and Lavender gives you much more than just quick solutions. Instead, it teaches you with easy to remember ideas that actually are inspiring and make you want to jump right in there “now.” There is one problem I have with guides. It is that as soon as I am done reading a few ideas I want to implement, if I don’t do them right away, I usually lose interest. I didn’t have this happen with this book a
Though it is clear that Sharp comes from a privileged place, this book contains ample useful information for everyone. The advice within ranges from recommendations for simple items to always have on hand, to how to sustain yourself inexpensively - even freely. I would definitely recommend this book as a starting point and a reference guide. Plus, it's an enjoyable read!
I thought this book would be a touch more inspirational than it was. However, I had just read a book prior that really spoke to me regarding house keeping & crafting. I will say this was a great resource to learn about eco friendly housekeeping. I have been trying to get away from artifical "stuff" regarless of what it is & this is your guide for sure! She explains the natural goodness of everything from lemon to your basic essential oils. Many of the recipes in here sound delicious too. ...more
nice resource. some good recipes to try.
I've read several books of this type, and they usually have the same old, same old advice... this book had some things that were new to me and very interesting! A great salt scrub recipe that I am for sure going to try, and a reference to "" -- which I checked out and found is even in Seattle on the first Saturday of each month. Nothing people bring is for sale, trade or barter -- all free. I like this idea of giving things away better than taking them to a thrift store! I ma ...more
This one irritated the hair off me. She pitches at an audience that I think is wealthier, more educated, more wasteful, or SOMETHING more, than my background. So instead of being able to read and think "ok, that's useful" i found myself thinking snarkily "everyone knows that" or "how stupid!" Not a pretty response. Looks like most other people enjoyed this one. I'm returning it to the library immediately for someone else's enjoyment.
I actually added a few recipes to my recipe box but would recommend this book more to young home makers who are just discovering there is more to life than Walmart. As previously converted post-consumptionist working hard on becoming an Urban Homesteader, much of the information in the book, although well told and relevant, was nothing new. I rate it a Perfect Primer for those beginning a better life.
This book was inspiring and also made me want to nap. It's a great overall view of cleaner, healthier living and would be a helpful tool to anyone who doesn't know where to start. I found myself wanting more detail with each chapter, but that would have made the book 10,000 pages long.
This wasn't at all what I expected. Somehow I thought it was about green cleaning your home, and there may be a chapter about that, but it's more about a complete lifestyle change.
Anja Manning
This book simply wasn't helpful. The suggestions offered didn't apply for me and the information I was looking for wasn't there.
Useful tips and recipes for greener living. Greast points on reducing everything, not just your footprint.
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
less practical and more political than expected. did remind me that i want to start sough dough bread...
Lots of tips, gets quite political but not too bad. Covers the basics well.
Laurie B-W
Useful tips and advice. Also, rather charming and inspiring.
This book has a lot of tips. It is just not the book for me.
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