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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review: Lemons & Lavender- The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping by Billee Sharp

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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.

• Garden-to-table recipes for every meal

• Eco-deco ideas for furnishing your home

• Recipes for nontoxic cleaners, house paint and more

• Start a seed sharing garden with your neighbors

• Easy-to-make gifts with handcrafted gift wrap

• Grow your own cup of delicious herbal tea

• Learn to use organic sea salts, skin scrubs and detox bath therapies


Simplifying your life is as easy as simplifying your home. When our homes are clean and organized, we tend to feel better; more relaxed. When you have an amazing book like Lemons and Lavender, homekeeping is simple and easy.

In this book Lemons and Lavender, you will find a ton of ways to save money using creative ideas to clean your house and create gifts for others. Saving money and being eco-friendly go hand in hand. Whoever said that you had to have a cleaner for every single different thing your cleaning? YOU don’t! There IS a better way than spending so much money on cleaning products.

This book isn’t too heavy or too thick. SO you can put this in your cleaning tote, on your desk, or in your purse to take with you. It makes for easy reading and finding out some very cool and amazing recipes.

In the introductory of the book she talks about how “times have changed”. We went from living simple lives, to using too many chemicals in every aspect of life, to wanting it simple again. I am SO for the simple life. I don’t want to think about all the different

Who wants to buy cleaners when they can be made simply from things you either already have or items you can get at the grocery store on your next visit. Need help with budgeting? She gives that information as well.

Billie Sharp is just like me! There is nothing wrong with shopping at thrift stores for fabric, nothing wrong with picking that amazing bookshelf you seen up off the curb, or trying to be more eco-friendly.

You aren’t only saving money by doing these things, but you are saving items from being thrown in landfills that will eventually end up there. I don’t know how many times I’ve found awesome shelves and tables on the side of the road that were in perfect working condition- they just needed a little re-haul and a little love.

In my opinion these little “road picks” are even better than those built at the store, because you get to say “I repainted that” or “I decoupaged that.” There is so much more “LOVE” for an item when you’ve put your own touches on it.

The same is said for cleaning products and handmade gifts. Wouldn’t you rather KNOW what just went into that all-purpose cleaner then having to read the back of the bottle to find a million names that you can’t pronounce? I know I would.

The gift item is hands down the best thing you could give someone. I would rather someone make me something with their hands then spend a ton of money buying me something. It comes from the heart rather than a wallet. Save YOUR money and make your own Christmas Gifts this year!

I love this book, as you can tell. This is the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a new home/apartment owner. They just spent a ton of money buying something they want to keep nice and clean, and with this book they will not only save MONEY keeping it in tip-top shape, but they’ll also save time shopping for floor cleaner, window cleaner, toilet cleaner, all-purpose cleaner. They can make them at home.

BUY IT: You can buy the Lemons and Lavender book starting at $11.39 on Amazon, & Barnes & Noble

OR you can buy The eBook:
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Apple iBook

Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, products were sent for review purposes only. The opinions in this post are completely honest and not influenced in any way.

Jessica Renee


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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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