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Home-Ec 101 Review and Giveaway

I have been looking for a good book to use for teaching my kids the basics of keeping a home.

Yes, they help me often around the house and in the kitchen, but since we home school I have been looking for something more book or curriculum like to use with them.

I was looking for something they could read, learn from, and refer back to in the future. So, when I was contacted a few weeks ago about reviewing the book Home-Ec 101 by Heather Solos, I was very excited.

Heather is the blogger behind the website Home Ec 101 and I love the concept of what she does. She teaches the basics of housekeeping. She teaches Home-Ec to you, which is a skill many people are lacking today.

I received the book last week and I love this book, but my 13 year old loves it even more.

She found it the day it arrived in the mail and started reading it right away. She spent the next few days telling me all the things she had learned from it. In fact she has pretty much claimed the book as her own.

And this was all her choice. I had planned on reading and reviewing it, and have her read it sometime in the future, but she had other plans. She wanted to read it now.

She kept telling, “mom, did you know that you can do this…..”, and. “mom you should not be using this to clean, you should try this.”

She also informed me that our light bulbs needed cleaned/dusted. I am not sure I am glad that Heather let her know that I have been slacking on that one, but now that she knows all about cleaning them, she is free to do it anytime she wants. 🙂

What I love about this book is that it keeps your attention. This is not a simple how to book with tons of details. Heather makes it fun, while teaching you. She keeps it real, but is very informative.

And any book on cooking and cleaning that grabs a 13 year old, has to be good.

One of the things that really I liked about this book was how it was set up. There are four sections and each section deals with a different subject.

Section one is Clean it and is all about cleaning.

Section 2 is Wash it and is full of laundry and garment repair tips.

Section three is called fix it. If you need some basic around the house handyman type tips, this section is great.

The last section is all about cooking and cooking basics from recipes and techniques to pantry and meal planning.

Although much of the information in this book is information I already know, most of it was new to my daughter. So, I think this book would be great for those needing to learn the basics of house keeping.

It would be a good book to give a teen or someone college age that is starting out on their own. This would also make a really good gift for someone getting married. Or if you are needing some new inspiration to tackle those cleaning jobs you have been putting off, this book may give you the inspiration you need.

The  Home-Ec 101 book was just recently released and is now available in both a book and a kindle version.

Now, not only was I sent a book to review, I have two books to giveaway to my readers.

And I am excited to say this one is available to all my readers, including those that live outside of the US.

Giveaway will end Sunday April 3, 2011 at 6 pm cst.

I will choose 2 winners from the comments left on this post.

To Enter: Just leave me a comment

For bonus entries please leave separate comments for each:

For any questions please see my giveaway policy.

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    The book sounds great – hope I win one!

  3. That looks like the type of book I need for my husband!

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  5. Rachel C. says

    sounds like a great book, would love to add it to my collection.

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  8. This would be great for my daughters!

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  11. I just subscribed to your site and would love to win a copy of Home Ec-101.

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  14. Crystal Hankey says

    This book would make an awesome addition to a “new apt” gift basket for my son! Thanks for all your great giveaways.

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  16. Mom24inPA says

    I follow you on facebook 😉 Sounds like a great book. Would love to have my 15 year old get so excited about such a book 😉

  17. This would be great…I love books like these.

  18. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  19. This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  20. I like you on facebook!

  21. Sounds like a great book. Would love to win.

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  23. Your description of the book was really fun to read! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  24. I’m also a subscriber!

  25. Maybe this book would inspire my daughter like it has yours!

  26. I am a subscriber!

  27. I subscribe and would love this book!

  28. I’m subscribed via email.

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  30. Christine Williams says

    I love the retro look of this book! I would make good use of this book at home and would share it with my middle school students at school!

  31. Whitney Moore says

    I really need a book like this! I am passionate about keeping my home but pretty uninformed. Dangerous combination!

  32. I would love to have this book for our homeschooling family of girls 🙂 Thanks!

  33. I signed up to receive your updates.

  34. I liked you on FB 🙂

  35. I subscribe.

  36. subscribed to the Home-Ec newsletter.

  37. This sounds fun! I have a boy that I want to start teaching him these things but I really am not good at doing it!

  38. I subscribe

  39. I’d love this book! I love to cook………cleaning, not so much.

  40. I like you on FB

  41. janice slone says

    would really love this book, Lynn! I receive your emails and love your recipes!

  42. I am a subscriber!

  43. I am a facebook follower!

  44. This book looks like a great way to teach taking care of a home to young kids (and refresh myself on things also!)

  45. I loved home ec in junior high but wish I had continued in high school. There is so much I still need to learn. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction : )

  46. I am an e-mail subscriber

  47. I like you on fb

  48. I agree this would be a great book for my daughter and Oldest son to read! Thanks for letting us know that it is out there! When I was little I recieved a kid’s Betty Crocker type cookbook.. I use to pour over that thing for hours! Still have it~ Thanks

    it would be great to win also

  49. I subscribe and really enjoy the information you share. I’d love to win this book. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  50. would love to win this book…..looks great

    [email protected]

  51. email subscriber

  52. Signed up for Home-Ec 101!

  53. Love to win the book for my 12 year old daughter!

  54. I’m a HAPPY e-mail subscriber!

  55. This sounds like a book I would enjoy.

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  57. Would love to share this book with my two daughters.

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  60. Kelly Justice says

    Sounds like a winner of a book! 🙂

  61. Dorothy Mullet says

    I am a subscriber.

  62. Kelly Justice says

    I subscribe, too! 🙂

  63. Dorothy Mullet says

    Am always on the look out to find a good Home Ec book. Would be wonderful to win this one. Thanks

  64. Chrissy Johnson says

    I like you on facebook!
    I recieve emails too!!
    I want to WIN!!!!!!

  65. Lynda Clark says

    I like Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures on FB.

  66. Lynda Clark says

    I would really love to win the Home EC-101 book.

  67. Lynda Clark says

    I subscribe to your blog and am really enjoying your posts and your recipes.

  68. Wanda Eichler says

    I feel this would be a wonderful bridal shower gift for a wonderful young lady who is a Christian and seems to have her priorities right. She has a strong desire to serve Christ, soon to be husband and missions. I appreciate your consideration for the Home Ec 101. Thank you.

  69. This book would really come in handy at my house!

  70. I subscribe to your site via email 🙂

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  72. Elizabeth Hall says

    I subscribe to your posts through a reader!

  73. Elizabeth Hall says

    I’d love to win and use this in the homeschooling of my almost 9 year old daughter! She’d have a blast!

  74. I would love to win this book for my 16 year old daughter who would probably rather do anything than domestic chores.

  75. I am a subscriber to your site!

  76. I signed up for the Home-Ec 101 newsletter.

  77. Oh!
    This would be SOOO helpful…
    it might even make up for the fact that I had only 6 weeks of ‘home ec’ in my entire schooling ‘career’

  78. I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  79. I’m a FB fan, too

  80. looks like an interesting book

  81. I subscribe to your daily emails. Love the Home-Ec 101 site. Have made her Fettuccine and Cheeseburger Macaroni! Have wanted to get her book!

  82. Signed up to follow you on Facebook!

  83. Carmen E. says

    ooh- looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Carmen E. says

    I am a subscriber through google reader!

  85. Carmen E. says

    I also ‘like’ you on Facebook! 🙂

  86. Wow. I really need something like this. I never learned these things and its been tough learning on my own.

  87. I Liked you on Facebook.

  88. I signed up for your newsletter.

  89. I need this book and would love to win it!
    I’m a subscriber.

  90. I liked your page on Facebook.

    Can’t wait to try your Orange Julius recipe! My daughters & I used to make these when they were at home (they are now 29 & 34) but hadn’t made them in years. I used nonfat instant milk in mine, but I’ve lost the recipe.

  91. I signed up for the Home-Ec 101 Newsletter too!
    Thanks, Lynn!

  92. This looks like a great resource for my 9 year old!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  93. Count me in for this give away – I would love some help in teaching my 11yo daughter!

  94. Oh…and I signed up for HomeEc’s newsletter, too.

  95. Pick me – pick me! Sounds like a book my 13 yr,old would love too!

  96. Nicholle Pena says

    This would be a great gift for my brother who gets married soon… Love your site!!!

  97. This sounds like a fabulous read!! Would love to share it with my 13 year old daughter. Hopefully, I will be one of the lucky winners!

  98. It sounds like such a fun book! I may be 30 and not 13, but I’m sure I could learn some new things. I am glad your daughter is enjoying it so much!

  99. And I am an email subscriber. 🙂

  100. I would LOVE to win this book!!! Sounds great!

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