Lemons and Lavender
The Eco Guide to Better Housekeeping Book
by Billee Sharp
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 and the author Sharp encourages the reader on how to use resources differently, which is quite refreshing. By instilling a sense of pride that only comes when one chooses to use those resources wisely, even if it does take a little more time to do them. One great example of that in the book is the starter sourdough recipe, although it sounds like a daunting process the rewards are so worth it. Especially if you are looking to get in the habit of learning and implementing things in your life that are fulfilling in the long run. As these are the things that make life worth living, slowing time down and helping parents teach children to slow down in this fast paced world.
Basically, this book is about living the simple life and feeling good about it. You will find a little bit of everything from budgeting to gardening and Sharp goes into such great detail I am surprised she was able to fit all this into this little book. Lets just say she is thrifty, even with her writing. Although I have many, my favorite part of this book is the gardening chapter. I found all the different types of gardening and composting interesting and I like that Sharp honestly tells her readers that her garden contains weeds just like mine.
What makes Lemons and Lavender highly addicting is that Sharp has written this information in a simple and easy to read format. It reads like you are spending time and receiving this information from your very own best friend. Sharp does not make herself out to be something she is not. Everything she has in her book she has done herself or highly researched and the reader does not feel shorted on details. Sharp is an artist turned writer and I could really relate to her when she explains why she felt disappointed with the art world because they make you feel like a price tag should be attached to your art, as I struggle with the same feelings.
My Lemons and Lavender is full of sticky notes and I am so excited and can’t wait to implement many things from this book including some of the great recipes Sharp has included. I would highly reccomend this book to those who would like to add simple and rewarding things to their life and take it one page at a time.
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 offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet. Learn how to ditch your lawn and raise organic vegetables, cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs, and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender. With this guide, families can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime.
Billee Sharp was born and raised in a little village in Dorset, England, where she spent a lot of time at the garden gate waving to passersby. She studied anthropology and ancient history at University College London. Billee went on to style herself a career as a contemporary art curator and gallerist. Working with Damien Hirst and others, she opened Building One, a huge gallery in an old biscuit factory, and mounted a series of group shows which contributed to the emergence of the YBAs. Quickly disenchanted with the art world, she turned her interest to the underground house music scene flourishing in London. Not long afterward, Billee moved to California. In 1993, she took up residence in San Francisco and started both a family and record label with Scotsman Jonah Sharp, a pioneering electronic musician. The birthplace of counterculture has been a wellspring of inspiration for her life and her creative writing.
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