Okay, this book has promise. I was given this book for an honest review. So here goes…
The pictures in this book are adorable. The colors are eye-catchOkay, this book has promise. I was given this book for an honest review. So here goes…
The pictures in this book are adorable. The colors are eye-catching. The idea behind the book is way overdue. But the execution of where the writing appears and its redundancy loses all the good points.
First of all, a book like this should be set up so that text-to-speech is a given. But it didn't work. So after the initial reading it to your child, I don't think the child will want to come back to the book. There are places where the text is repeated on two pages and I don't know how to fix that. I just know that the parent reading it to the children and the children will find that very boring.
I did like the idea that an organized house and organized closets smile at the person who has finished doing those chores. I think given those kinds of ideas the child would be more inclined to want to clean up and stay organized. But I think it could all be said with fewer words. Since this is a book that supposed to be empowering the children I think the children could discover this themselves. Sure the mom could initiate what's going to happen but the children need to take over. When my children were children they discovered to stay organized meant their favorite things were where they left them and were clean and the things they didn't like just needed to leave. It was a lot less what they learn from me that what they learn from their own experiences.
Also, I feel this was written by someone who's not a native English speaker. And some of the ideas don't flesh out quite right. Still I think this book is full of good ideas and wonderful pictures I think it has a chance of being a very good book....more
This book was tucked into Crochet: Knitting: Beginner's Guide for Crochet (Crochet Sewing Crafts) by Dorothy Smith as a bonus book. I included a bit oThis book was tucked into Crochet: Knitting: Beginner's Guide for Crochet (Crochet Sewing Crafts) by Dorothy Smith as a bonus book. I included a bit of a this review on that book. Here's a bit of what I said:
Yes, this had some good ideas. I especially liked the recipes for household cleaners. Guess, all in all, that was a good idea to include the book here as I was able to read it. Who couldn't use new housekeeping ideas? ...more
Shoot! Darn, this computer without a rechargeable battery! I had nearly finished writing this review when it became unplugged and turned the whole thiShoot! Darn, this computer without a rechargeable battery! I had nearly finished writing this review when it became unplugged and turned the whole thing off. So let's see if I can find my way back to this review.
This book promised to be different than the last two books I read on crochet, it said there would be pictures. There were. Just not enough. Since this is for the beginner it should have pictures about the initial loop and foundation chain. The pictures were of swatches of yarn patterns. They were beautiful. Looked like they were done by professionals. Nothing would be more intimidating that seeing those pictures. Better would be pictures of the swatch in progress showing how to hold the hook and move it into the proper places.
This review isn't finished. But I need to stop writing for the night due to aches and pains from the five-mile walk we just got back from. I will edit and write more here tomorrow. Sorry.
Twenty-four hours later I am ready to attempt this again.
There were all the usual new stitches. No patterns for articles of clothing or anything, Just stitch swatches. Not a bad thing, especially for newbies. But I was hoping for something to make for me. There were new stitches for me to learn, though, so that made me happy.
I would have written this review just as I finished the book, but this one came with two more books. It might have been a good thing if they were more about crochet. But the next one was about housekeeping/organization. Well, for someone with ADD this is a shiny thing that can't be resisted. So I continued reading/scanning as I went. Yes, this had some good ideas. I especially liked the recipes for household cleaners. And I will copy and paste this part of the review to that book as I already had it. Just hadn't read it yet. Guess, all in all, that was a good idea to include the book here as I was able to read it. I will keep these books in mind when I am ready for new patterns, new housekeeping ideas... and yes, there was yet another preview.
The preview in the back of the book was Vegan Cookbook. All three of these books need some thought in the title department. Just like the other two books, I already have this book so it was nice to have the chance to see that I will be able to enjoy it later. I wish I were a vegan. I keep trying but I like cheese too much. But it is my aim and I will read this one later and see if it can help me....more
It seems a long time since I finished a book. Moving, boxes and boxes and boxes. I feel I may never get finished with this move. But the mess I left bIt seems a long time since I finished a book. Moving, boxes and boxes and boxes. I feel I may never get finished with this move. But the mess I left behind, I never want to see again. After a couple years of the fibro getting me down and keeping me in bed the place was a mess. I have to admit it was a mess. But I was in bed. When you're in bed you don't feel like cracking the whip on anybody else. And they don't see it like you do, they don't see the mess, they don't care, or they think I'll get up and do it even though I'm hurting. And my brain wasn't working. I did what I could do, and I read a lot. In those worlds my life wasn't messy, I had adventures.
Thank goodness for summer. I finally felt good. I had a chance to go on road trips. I got to go swimming and I felt good! And in all of that I found hope again. And possibly, I found some answers for my health. Because whatever I'm doing now must be working. Even though I've walked 3 miles every few days and have muscle aches, I still didn't get a flare. Is it the magnesium? Is it the extra B vitamins? Is it the extra calcium and D vitamins? Is it the elevation here in Christmas Valley or the barometric pressure or the lack of humidity? Is it the combination of all of it plus a new life in my own adventure? I don't know. But while I feel good, I want to organize and get my life together.
So I've been collecting books about housekeeping, organization, and decluttering, those kinds of books. But I dreaded reading them. You see, long before fibro, I knew I had ADD/ADHD. Organizing is a problem for people like me. There are shiny chickens everywhere. Cleaning out the closet may find me putting together a new hobby or finding something new to research. That's me when well. Add pain and exhaustion to that and nothing will get done. And here is where the book I just read comes in.
This was not so much how to book though there is a little of that in there. This book feels like I got to meet a whole lot of organizers, who were also counselors. Each of the counselors has her own way of dealing with people and has a specialty of types of people that they deal with. Many organizers deal with people who have money. These people can afford to have all the shelves put in and closet arrangers that they need in their houses to get organized. When you're poor, you can't afford that. When you're poor, you need to organize even more, but you don't have the money to hire an organizer or have the money to hire a housekeeper. One of the women interviewed talks about taking this whole subject on. I hope they can find help for all of us who are in that position.
Another person interviewed takes on the issues that a person with ADD/ADHD must contend with. And yet another takes on the issues that senior people have. Like me. When you had problems in your life, health problems or psychological problems that set you back when there's no one to help you, the problems just get worse. Your place becomes a health hazard, accidents are going to happen when you can't walk through the place with plenty of room. And it was a relief to see that these people in this book are looking at these issues and seeing them as true challenges.
Sometimes you feel somebody out there does care. This book helped me feel that. It helped me to see how to read the rest of the organization books that I've picked up. To realize that these are tips and tricks that work for some but not for everyone, but to collect what works for me. And to realize I'm not alone.
This book was free when I got it. Now it is $3.99 I think. Still I think it's worth it. It's a good starting book. I'd like to read the rest of the series. This was only volume 1....more
Since I rarely buy books that cost more than $.99, and usually find interesting if not ingenious reads, I guess I expected a lot more from a book thatSince I rarely buy books that cost more than $.99, and usually find interesting if not ingenious reads, I guess I expected a lot more from a book that cost $2.99. Instead, I was deeply disappointed.
Not only did I NOT find ways to help me with clutter removal, I learned that many geniuses have been 'messy'. How does that encourage me to declutter? And I learned what I already knew, that is, if you have deep depression or other mental problems (social anxiety, etc.) or are in pain (fibromyalgia anyone?) that the chances of having a clean domicile are next to impossible. Wow! I paid nearly three dollars for that knowledge? Oh, and the only hope is to ask for help. Yeah, did she forget that if you are on disability you don't have the money to hire help?
So I stay with the only hope she gave me: Einstein and others were messy.
I bought this book because I picked up other books in Kathy Stanton's series and wanted to start with the first one. Maybe I will learn more in the other books....more
After reading another book by Donna Smallin Kuper, I decided I would try to stay with her and read this book. Well, this book was about selling, not sAfter reading another book by Donna Smallin Kuper, I decided I would try to stay with her and read this book. Well, this book was about selling, not so much about decluttering. And I see a lot of reviews that are criticizing that. But, um, read the title. The assumption is you've already decided which parts of the clutter your going to get rid of and what you're going to sell. This book just suggests ways in which to do that.
The only problem I have with the book, was trying to find it on Amazon. Now that I'm trying to write a review. It didn't seem to be in my purchases, and when you do a click within good reads on this copy, it takes you to Amazon's home page. Okay, there were some grammar and editing issues in the book that I obtained for free. I assume that this new edition that you can find on Amazon for $4.99 is really edited and better than the one I have. So if you need some suggestions on how to sell your stuff, this is the book for you....more
This isn't so much a read straight through book. It is informative in the beginning, then there is a break down of disorders and conditions by name inThis isn't so much a read straight through book. It is informative in the beginning, then there is a break down of disorders and conditions by name in alphabetical order and how ACV can help. The back of the book is dedicated to recipes, some even this gluten-free/vegan can enjoy. Though I like the Kindle format, this might be a good tree-book to have on hand. I have often heard of the AVC tonic and have taken it when I remember. I like it cool in the summer but hot in the winter. There are so many uses for this wonderful inexpensive liquid!...more
A short book that does have a few insights about how to declutter our lives. I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I don't know that itA short book that does have a few insights about how to declutter our lives. I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I don't know that it was revelational. But there were a few little tidbits I came away with. And if nothing else, it helps to be reminded of some of these tips....more