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Cleaning and Organization Hacks: Discover Simple and Powerful Hacks for Housecleaning, Staying Organized & Clearing Clutter Today (Free Bonus Included!)
Blurb: Cleaning and Organizing Your House has Never been so Easy!
Home is where the heart is, and it’s up to you to ensure that your home is a nice place to be. One of the most important things you can do is eliminate clutter and organize your home in order to create a clean, tidy environment.
Cleanliness and organization are important for many different reasons. Not only does a tidy home look nicer, but it also serves as a better environment for productivity and concentration. When you’re surrounded by chaos and clutter, it’s easy to become distracted. By cleaning up your home, you create surroundings that benefit your mental state and help you accomplish the things you need to do.
Additionally, organization can provide a great boost for productivity. When you know precisely where everything is, you will never have to waste time digging through messy piles of paper or emptying a cluttered closet to try to find what you need. Instead, you will be the master of your own home; everything will have its place, and you will have all your belongings at hand for the times when you need them.
Cleaning and organizing don’t have to be difficult. With these tips, tricks, and hacks, you can save time and boost your efficiency. You don’t have to put up with a messy house. Get to work! Learn today how to care for your home, for the good of yourself and your family.
Organic Cleaning Recipes: 25 do-it-yourself Cleaning Recipes: Safe, Easy, and Practical for Everyday House Chores and Sanitation
Blurb: Organic Cleaning Recipes: 25 do-it-yourself Cleaning Recipes: Safe, Easy, and Practical for Everyday House Chores and Sanitation
House cleaning is a very complicated task. It takes a certain amount of time, energy and knowledge to be able to execute proper cleaning procedures.
Soap is necessary for cleaning. It contains cleansing formulas that can remove dirt and stain that water alone cannot. It makes cleaning easier, faster and it leaves a clean smell and a refreshing feel.
This book focuses on cleaning recipes that you can do and prepare at home. Sometimes, grocery shopping becomes a hassle especially with traffic and time constraints issues. Some cannot leave their homes because no one can babysit their kids. If you cannot leave the house and have to clean, you can just create your own cleaning detergents. What is even better is that you can easily find the ingredients inside your home.
Making liquid detergents is easy. This eBook will provide simple instructions with images to better execute the procedures. There is no need to worry because the procedures and the ingredients that you will use are generally safe. In case there is a potential risk of using a substance, the safety measures provided in this book can help. Some parts of this book contain important reminders to prevent any untoward accidents or mistakes.
Now, cleaning does not need to be difficult and costly. From bleaching soap to laundry detergents, you can certainly experiment on different ingredients you can find. You can personalize the final product, so you will have fun when learning how to create your own formula for cleaning and making detergents. What’s more? You can even sell your products if you want to so you can have additional income. Well, that will be a different article though but the point is, making your own organic detergents using the cleaning recipes provided here is very rewarding. Cleaning for sure will never be the same again.
Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series 5)
Blurb: Sizzling Style is what distinguishes a spellbinding book from an ordinary one. The writer who understands the fundamentals of fictional writing style knows how to capture readers and never let them go. Too often aspiring writers are frustrated by rejection, not realizing that the problem is not the story but the way they are telling it. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt brings his down-to-earth approach to the subject of style, revealing everything you need to know to write with the art and craft of a seasoned professional. Bernhardt goes beyond memorizing rules to a fresh approach, a philosophy of writing that will transform your work and take it to a higher level. Because as William Goldman famously said, “No one really knows what will be commercial, but everyone knows good writing from bad writing.” The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply this approach to their own writing.
William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid novels and Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, currently in production as an NBC miniseries. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given “in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.”
The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.
Reader Review: William Bernhardt’s 5th Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters is extremely helpful to both fledgling and veteran writers alike. In his own efficient and humorous style, Bernhardt boils down the essentials on how to get the maximum bang into your prose. His clear explanations of age-old writing advice makes many opaque admonitions understandable and applicable.
Using his years of experience as a New York Times bestselling author, Bernhardt exposes the many ways that authors unintentionally diminish the impact of their stories and offers practical solutions. He shares techniques and secrets gleaned from years of writing and studying that can help committed writers avoid obfuscation and unnecessary density.
I found this book highly useful, and feel I am now doing my best writing with Bernstein’s guidance. I strongly recommend this and all of the rest of the Red Sneakers Writing Series. He knows his stuff and can communicate it with precision and panache!
Twin Hearts: A Christian Romance Novel (The Lewis Legacy Series Book 3)
Blurb: Joshua Grant is a man redeemed. He’s worked hard to put the past behind him. A mergers and acquisitions attorney in a prestigious Baton Rouge law firm, he pours his energies into his career, hurricane relief efforts, and numerous civic and charitable causes. A near-fatal event in the life of a fellow TeamWork Missions volunteer prompts him to make some apologies, starting with his friend and mentor, Sam Lewis, Domestic Missions Director for TeamWork in Houston. It’s been more than four years since the fateful events in San Antonio when Sam threw him out of the missions camp, and he’s still haunted by the bittersweet memory of his final meeting with another TeamWork volunteer. When he also seeks her forgiveness, Josh gets the shock of his life. Could turning his deepest sin into his greatest blessing be God’s answer for his hurting heart?
Rebekah Grant, Josh’s twin sister, is torn between two men. Adam, a dashing British aristocrat, offers her a world of exotic travel, socializing with royalty, fabulous couture and the life of leisure. Then there’s sweet Kevin, the strong, intelligent, faithful TeamWork member. Will the shy Louisiana lumber man ever take the step of faith to move their relationship to the next level? What Kevin lacks in terms of Adam’s style and panache, he more than makes up for with heart-stirring kisses and soul-searching conversation. When Rebekah suspects Adam is planning to propose a second time, she knows it’s time to make her decision. Juggling both suitors is wrong for so many reasons, but what’s a girl to do if she wants to marry and have children in her lifetime?
When family tragedy strikes, Josh and Rebekah learn the true meaning and value of love, loyalty and what’s most important in life. Leaning on the encouragement and support from Sam and Lexa Lewis and their TeamWork friends, both twins look to the Lord for His divine guidance. It’s up to them to stake their claim on love before it slips beyond their reach, which means it’s also time for a road trip from Louisiana to . . . the peace to be found in seeking and finding the sweetest desires of the heart.
Reader Review: Just when I think these books can’t get any better, I am so very wrong. This is Josh’s and Rebekah’s individual stories told together as stories for twins should be. Lots of visits from other Team Works members that pull you right in and make you feel like you are in the room watching the story unfold. The relationships these characters have make me wish I was part of them and this particular book made me cry several times as the anticipation of the storyline built. I also love the introduction of the Teamworks kids and how they have developed one family of several families. Another great story, but one I really wish was real life.
Reader Review: Another great novel in the Lewis Legacy Series! Twin Hearts is filled with repentance, forgiveness, acceptance, second chances, love, and romance. JoAnn Durgin delicately deals with some tough issues like premarital sex, dating more than one man at a time, and having a child out of wedlock. The author stresses redemption as the solution when a poor choice has been made.
I was very touched by the way some of these issues were worked out. A repentant heart, striving to amend the wrongs they had committed, brought this reader to tears more than once. To read a fiction story that so closely portrays what God’s Word says, is a true blessing. Reading this story will remind you in a strong but subtle way just how much God loves you and just how much He wants His abundant blessing to be yours.
This is the third book in the Lewis Legacy Series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but the background of the two previous books (Awakening and Second Time Around) enhances the story tremendously.
Ever wonder what would happen if Frank Capra had directed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Find out in Splitting Adam!
After a soul-crushing thirtieth birthday party, Pastor Adam Tyler, the hopelessly single son of a single mom, is given a chance to see what the world would be like without him. But surprisingly, rather than just an Adam-less world, he finds instead that he has been replaced by two others, each man his ″half-self.″ One, the child of his mother, is a wealthy and successful businessman. The other, the child of the father Adam has never known, is a movie-quoting, streetwise con man. It seems the only things these two have in common are Adam’s DNA, and that both are on a collision course for Deep Trouble. With a hand from his crusty guardian angel, it’s up to Adam to rescue them. But is he up to the task? And can he find his way home again?
This hilarious journey of half-self-discovery is the lovechild of Kurt Vonnegut and Anne Lamott, and is sure to delight all who enjoy a trip into the magical land of “what if?”
Reader Review: I liked the plot of this story. However, when I purchase a book that is marketed as Christian Fiction I don’t expect to have such strong language in the dialogue of the characters. Most 4 letter words were used at some point in this book. Had I not been expecting a Christian Fiction story it might not have bothered me as much to have to wade through the offensive words. Yes, the main character is a Pastor and yes he has a spiritual experience, but I have a hard time considering this christian fiction.Just my 2 cents.
Reader Review: I love the balance this book manages to achieve. Decidedly post-modern without being cynical, humorous without trying to be clever, tear-jerking without being manipulative, earnestly Christian without heavy-handed preaching. The plot is simple and fast paced, the characters interesting if somewhat predictable. I won’t give away any more of the plot as the synopsis gives a pretty good idea and the rest has to be discovered by the reader. There are a couple of truly fascinating ideas about fate and faith, not earth-shatteringly new, but presented in a refreshing way. The gripes I have are very subjective and probably will not bother most readers. However, they happen to be my pet peeves and frankly on the whole I expected better from this work: a) generally disparaging view of business/industry and b) a lecherous senator being described as a “family values conservative” (I haven’t heard of many conservative senators whose favorite causes are diversity and green energy, but I digress). Not enough to ruin the book, but enough to make me roll my eyes and say, Oh, come on, Mr. Author, you’re better than that! On the bright side, this book succeeds where so many others fail, namely in the ending. Too many authors come up with a clever idea, then write themselves into a corner or get bored and give us a disappointing ending to what could have been a great story. Not the case here- the ending is strong and satisfying, worthy of the rest of the story. All in all, an enjoyable experience.
Cotton Pickin’ Cowboy (The Homespun Collection Book 1)
Blurb: West Texas, October, 1898
All her life, Sarah Dawson’s mother has told her she’s plain and dull. Even her betrothed is more interested in her cooking than in her. But when she visits her brother and his family in West Texas, Sarah’s personality begins to blossom. After she catches the eye of a handsome rancher, Sarah discovers she’s not so boring and mousy after all.
Austin Kendrick thinks she’s beautiful, kind, and loving–and the answer to his prayers. But Sarah has been raised to keep her commitments no matter what. How can he convince her to break her engagement and marry him instead?
Author’s note: The three books in The Homespun Collection were previously published in Berkley Diamond’s Homespun line years ago. Though each originally had a light faith thread (as much as I could get away with at the time), I’ve rewritten them a bit to strengthen that element. Each book stands alone.
Reader Review: Cotton and cows were the primary cash-crops of rural Texas in 1898. Farming and ranching were always a roll of the dice. Would it rain? Would there be a storm destroying the year’s crop? Would the cattle get sick before they were sold? Men and women had to be both physically and mentally tough to make a living by ranching or dryland farming. For most families, it was a “hard-scrabble living.”
“Cotton Pickin’ Cowboy” is an interesting mix of farming and ranching. Usually the two lifestyles were in conflict. Things get mighty interesting when city girl Sarah Dawson comes from Dallas to help on the farm of her injured brother. Rancher Austin Kendrick takes notice right away that Sarah is one fine looking woman. Quality women are as scarce as hen’s teeth in the country. Austin sets his sights on Sarah and vows to do whatever it takes to get her.
Sarah has a few personal problems to overcome – a poor self-image courtesy of “Mama” Dawson and a philandering fiance. But first, she has to learn how to pick cotton.
Excel Basics In 30 Minutes
Small talk – you can do it! Learn small talk skills and connect with anyone, strike up awesome conversations, and effortlessly tackle your inner anxiety.
Blurb: ‘Small Talk – You can do it! Learn small talk skills and connect with anyone, strike up awesome conversations, and effortlessly tackle your inner anxiety’
Want to talk to that attractive person on the train home from work, but have no idea what to say?
Do you secretly dread going to parties?
Afraid you won’t fit in at your new job because you don’t ‘do’ small talk?
Like it or not, we live in a world driven by social interaction. The more real connections we can make with others, the more doors we open for deep satisfaction at work, our social life and our love life.
Small talk is a critical first step in making those connections. Yet we have all been left to figure out how to master this skill on our own. It’s no wonder so many people struggle with small talk, but you no longer have to be one of them.
Read the simple and easy-to-follow tips in Small Talk – You can do it!
No matter how long you’ve struggled or even if English isn’t your native language, this guide will show you how to unlock the power of small talk to confidently connect with anyone.
- Conquer the social fears holding you back
What truly separates those of us who can use small talk to gain the attention, trust and even admiration of others and those of us who can’t? Beliefs. Struggles with small talk stem from negative beliefs and assumptions you may not even know you have. Once you learn to uncover and reverse the negative beliefs by reading about how people get stuck, you will be amazed at how much more comfortable and confident you feel when you approach and talk to just about anyone.
- Never be stuck for words again
Why is it that some people just have the gift of the gab? Learning small talk helps provide meaning around conversation and helps you demonstrate you understand how to act in social situations. The basic forms of small talk have a well defined structure and once you are following the secret formula small talk words will fly from your confident mouth with ease.
- Learn how small talk works in practice
Struggling with small talk? You might often misinterpret the intentions of others when they seek to engage you in conversation. There is a useful structure to small talk that our parents help us to learn when we were young and it’s this easy – just a few simple steps to start a great small talk conversation.
- Boost your credibility with anyone
Ever found yourself in a small talk conversation that just felt awkward? Imagine a smooth and engaging conversation that really interested the other person. Learn how to put across your most credible self and present a positive image as someone that’s friendly, polite, desirous and cooperative. Present yourself in the best possible light without going over the top!
- Learn and master social cues
How do you approach someone with an intent to engage them in a small talk conversation? With your well defined personal social monitor you can learn social cues to best understand how to connect with anyone in the room. Discover how to deal with those awkward moments as you become adept at steering a successful small talk conversation.
- Get the most out of your small talk encounters
How can you feel more at ease with dealing with new or unfamiliar small talk situations? This book holds the key to practical strategies to help you best present yourself and engage in the best small talk conversations. You’ll easily find your way to connect with anyone and experience more smiles, laughter, and discover new friendships.
There are 16 positive reviews, five star. They all sound like they came from the author’s friends in the same book-writing club. The one 2 star review says most of this is stuff we’ve heard before, but I am sharing it here because sometimes that’s exactly what we need.
Shooting Indie Style- Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the No-Budget Mobile Phone Filmmaker
Not my thing, but I figured some of you might have kids interested in this kind of thing.
Blurb: Did you know you have more media power production power in your pocket than any single human being has had for nearly the whole of human history? Your phone is more powerful than the computers they used to create effects for movies like Jurassic Park and The Matrix, and has one of the most powerful camera sensors every developed by man.
So why not unlock that power, and unleash your inner film-maker? An audience of millions is waiting online, and all you need to know is a few simple techniques to start turning your dreams into reality.
Shooting Indie Style is a collection of tricks, tips and techniques to help boost any beginning film-maker’s project into orbit! By learning some of the secrets that professionals use to make their work look like it does, you can take your mobile phone videos to the next level. Filled with cost-saving ideas, it will help you up your production values and get your project started right. From putting together a Rodriguez List to Casting to developing a Workflow to make your editing easier, Shooting Indie Style has you covered.
You’ve always wanted to make movies, haven’t you? Let Shooting Indie Style be your guide, and show the world what you can really do!
Reader Review: I liked this book and it had alot of valuable information. I enjoyed the part on scriptwriting and what makes a great story. I enyoyed this book. I think it was one of the best books so far I have read on cinematagraphy and to think it was only $.99. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
1st Grade Math – Coins and Money: You Can Teach! First Grade Math – Common Core and Core Knowledge compatible
Best Homemade Cleaning Recipes: Your Guide to Safe, Eco-Friendly, and Money-Saving Recipes
Blurb: What Will You Get From This eBook?
If you are looking for exclusive homemade products that can resolve your cleaning problems, then you’ve come to the right place. Don’t want to look through the cleaning aisle at the supermarket? Continue reading this eBook to get the best recipes for the perfect homemade cleaners. This eBook is all about simple, convenient, and economical solutions to your cleaning problems.
Want to protect your home from toxins present in cleaning products that are bought from stores? Make vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice your new best friends who will remain loyal to you and help you achieve your daily cleaning tasks.
Start reading this helpful guide to create safe and non-toxic cleaning products to enjoy a clean, hygienic, and spotless home!
Reader Review: As a family with children we have to have our clean tools close by because something is guaranteed to be spilt or dumped that will need to be clean up. During our trips to the store we spend too much on cleaning supplies and have begun taking step to reduce our overall cost on these items.
So we have turned to this book to help limit cost on cleaning items. We have tried a few or the ideas in this book are the bleach wipes and the dishwasher soap and without a doubt these are very good alternatives for the more expensive cleaning products.
One big plus about most of the cleaners made in this book is they are eco-friendly. These cleaners are as good as the store bought brands just for a lot less money.
If you have children to clean up after or just want to reduce the cost of your cleaning supplies then you must take a look at this book it is worth every penny for the cost saving of making your own cleaners.
DHM Note: these cleaners are not all necessarily organic. Some use a few drops of dish soap or make use of laundry soap. They don’t claim to be organic, but that is the complaint of the lowest reader review.
House Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Busy Moms: Tricks, Hacks and Strategies for Effective Homemaking
Blurb: Right now, you are probably sitting in the middle of a house you do not recognize as your own. There are indelible stains on the carpet you had installed when you first moved in. There are more dishes than you ever knew you owned piling up alongside the sink. In fact, you have just taken to filling up glasses of water in the bathroom, because that kitchen sink is essentially inaccessible.
How exactly can you make organize of this madness?
Discover the ultimate tricks, hacks and strategies for effective homemaking!
Table of Contents
If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!
The Big Haul-Out: Clearing Clutter, Making Space
Organization: How to Keep on Top of the Mess
Overwhelmed? Don’t Stress! Let’s Start With Small Projects
How Old Do My Kids Have to Be Before They Can Help?
Developing a Daily Routine: Prioritize, Streamline, and Delegate
Developing a Monthly Routine: A Little Maintenance Goes a Long Way
Reader Review: I have to say that in the beginning of the book I was gripped by the author’s writing style. I could see very clearly what various rooms of the house look like when they are a mess. Granted, if you read this book, my house has never looked like what the author describes. As I continued to read, I discovered excellent tips on how to get more things done in less time around the house. T
his Kindle book on house cleaning will get you to stop procrastinating and help you get more motivation to clean the house. This book has plenty of ideas that make it well worth the little that it costs.
Natural Cleaning Recipes – The Definitive Guide: Green & Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Solutions for a Happier & Healthier Home
Homesteading Essentials (4): From Garden Plot To Soup Pot! Modern Homesteading & Easy Tasty Soups – 2 Book Bundle
Blurb: Living A Self-Sustainable Lifestyle:
Whether growing your own vegetables or raising chickens; Homesteading is self-sustainability are all about consuming the fruits of your own labour – whether in the form of energy that you have produced or vegetables that you have grown, or indeed chickens that you have raised for eggs and meat.
In this 4th book in the ‘Homesteading Essentials’ series, Norman & Fay have combined to offer some great tips on the essentials of homesteading, and how to produce some fantastic tasty soups from your growing and rearing efforts.
Homesteading ‘Quick Bites’ Include:
Volume 1: Canning & Food Preservation
Volume 2: Raised Bed Gardening
Volume 3: Raising Chickens – 5 Top Tips
Volume 4: Growing Organic Vegetables
Volume 5: Vermin Control
‘Easy and Tasty Soups’ Contains 18 tasty soup recipes that are both simple to make and delicious. These include soups for the slow cooker that are mouth-wateringly moreish!
The Prepper’s Grid Down Survival Guide: How To Prepare If The Lights Go Out & The Gas, Water Or Electricity Grid Collapses
Blurb: A major collapse of the power grid is inevitable. There are numerous scenarios that could cause a failed power grid that could leave large sections of the country or world in the dark. If you don’t what could cause a massive power grid failure, you need to read the book. It isn’t just the lights that go out. Everything will grind to a halt and it will be survival of the fittest, or in this case—the most prepared. Do you know what you need to prepare for a massive power failure that will put life as you know it in jeopardy? Can you feed your family with what you have in your house right now? Do you know what to do to take care of sanitation needs, water requirements and your comfort in general?
Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t have the first clue about what you would do if you were plunged into a blackout. Many people don’t, which is why you need this book. It will guide you through everything you need to know to stay alive in the event of a major power grid failure. You will learn some valuable tips that will help you prepare for the imminent failure of the power grid. There is no time like the present to start preparing your home and your family to live and ultimately thrive a disastrous event like a failed power grid. Stocking up today, could save your life tomorrow.
Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…
Possible Causes Of A Grid Down & The Importance Of Being Prepared
How To Prepare And What To Do When The Grid Collapses In The Short TermHow To Prepare For Limited Access Running Water Including: How To Find It, Purification & Disinfection
How To Deal With Sanitation Issues Including: Toilets/Latrines, Hand Washing, Dishes, Bathing & Trash
About Cooking, Cooling, Lighting & Heating & How To Maintain A Healthy Environment Off The Grid
How to Prepare Now For A Situation Where There Is Little Or No Immediate Access To Food In A Grid Down
Much, Much More
Reader Review: Quite short but informative! Basic survival guide which provides complete and easy to follow tips and techniques. Info and ideas inside are very helpful at all cause. This book is well written in a clear and concise manner.
Mini Farming: Becoming Self Sufficient Through Homesteading And Organic Gardening, Gardening For Beginners (Mini Farming, urban farming, Homesteading, … Organic Gardening, Vegetable Garden)
Blurb: Mini Farming – Becoming Self Sufficient Through Homesteading And Organic Gardening, Gardening For Beginners
Regularly priced at $4.99. Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device.
If you would like to create a more self sufficient life and be able to grow your own organic food, then this is the right book for you
Simple easy to follow steps to starting your own mini farm, START living a healthier life today!
In This Book, Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…
Introduction To Homesteading And Organic Gardening, You will learn all the benefits of Mini Farming, how you can save money, become healthier and do your part for the planet.
The Art Of Permaculture, Looking after your soil
Setting Up Your Own Organic Garden, step by step to building your garden
Raising Livestock, The basics
Reader Review: This author is a man of wide interests and knowledge. In addition to teaching how to grow food and raise livestock on an urban lot, he has also written books on body-building and improving memory. My body is long past being “built” and I lost my memory so long ago I no longer remember having any, but I do like to eat and to save money so this seemed like a good fit for me and I certainly did enjoy it.
Unfortunately I am old enough to recall when suburban home-owners had vegetable gardens and the costs and back-breaking labor involved. The “Greatest Generation” had big families (and frequently lived to regret it!) Many of them had grown up on farms and (and here’s the key) they were Depression Era kids and accustomed to working eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. NONE of those particular conditions exist today.
I don’t know where this author is based. His English is good, but not that of a U.S. native. Where I live, land is still relatively cheap, but new houses are being built on lots which allow the parking of three or four vehicles in front and a deck and grill and small pool for the kids in back. There ARE houses being built on large lots, but they’re expensive and I have trouble believing that the owners are growing their own turnips. You can still find older houses (like mine) with big lots, but they also have big trees and lots of shrubs which means little sunlight.
The author passes gently over the necessity to “train” your pets not to destroy your garden, but I think it’s more complicated than that. I have two cats who are completely untrainable, trust me! In spite of a chain link fence, I also have feral cats, possums, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, song birds, crows, dove, and hawks. There are coyotes in the neighborhood, although I’ve never seen one in my yard. Mind you, I live inside the city limits of a medium-size city. The amount of fencing and deterents necessary for me to get a bite of anything growing in my yard or to protect chickens or ducks would bankrupt me before I got a shovel into the ground.
But I do think the water buffalo is an exciting possibility. In case you don’t know, a water buffalo (he says “river buffalo”) is a common farm animal in India and other parts of Asia. I’ve seen them in India, although never in the U.S. When buying your water buffalo, be careful NOT to get pawned off with a Cape Buffalo, which is considered to be the most dangerous large animal in Africa. I’ve NEVER seen one of those, since U.S. zoos shy away from them. Don’t attempt to milk a Cape Buffalo unless you’re tired of living.
Water buffalo are usually quite docile, although huge and adorned with large, sharp horns. It will certainly cause a sensation when the neighbors get a load of it. Please remember that in order to get milk, you must have a FEMALE water buffalo which has recently given birth to a calf. Hopefully, one of your neighbors will have a MALE water buffalo which they use to pull their car to the service station when it won’t start. Let us know how this works out for you. I think we’ll ALL be interested!
Backyard Chickens: The Beginners Guide to Raising Chickens in Town or Country (Sustainable Living & Homestead Survival Series)
Blurb: Just to say Thank You for checking out this Book I want to give you a copy of my upcoming special report “The Homesteader’s Calendar: Seasonal To-Dos for Sustainable Living & Homestead Survival “.
Go to www.HomesteadSurvivalGuide.com to reserve your FREE copy now.
#1 Best Selling author Gaia Rodale presents “Backyard Chickens: The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens in Town or Country.”
The benefits of raising backyard chickens go well beyond providing fresh eggs and these benefits align with the foundational beliefs and goals of most homesteading families. Backyard chickens are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to start building a self-sufficient, sustainable food supply. This guide provides the basic information needed to make the commitment to raising backyard chickens and the recommendations and advice needed to build and care for your flock.
Beginning with the most important question that must be answered in relation to starting a flock of backyard chickens – whether or not it is something you really want to do – the guide goes on to provide helpful criteria and resources for choosing the right chickens, coop, and flock size. By offering suggestions and recommendations pulled from experts and personal experience, this guide will help you:
• Determine if you have what it takes to raise chickens, not everybody really has a burning desire to care for chickens
• Find out if you are allowed to have chickens, your home owners association or local government may have restrictions you need to know about
• Decide how many chickens you need, as with so many other things in life, less is often more
• Choose the best breed(s) for your needs, all breeds are NOT created equal
• Decide if free-ranging your flock is for you
• Choose a coop design, you don’t have to spend a zillion dollars here, but you certainly can if you want to…
• Set up the coop for comfort and safety, this is super important since you don’t want to be raising dinner for your local predators
• Feed and water your flock, chickens are pretty simple in this department but there are a few caveats you need to know about
• Maintain a clean and sanitary coop, and absolute must for happy healthy chickens and safe delicious eggs
• Care for your chickens in cold climates
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to raise chickens and gather your own eggs, this guide provides you with the information you need to start your own flock. From working through zoning or city ordinance issues to selecting the best breeds, you have the information you need to choose the right coop, get the best birds, and keep them healthy and happy so that your refrigerator is always full of freshly laid eggs.
Reader Review: One of my best friends has just gotten four chicks, and she is so excited. I bought this book for her. I thought that it would have a ton of interesting and educating facts about all things chicken-y! The table of contents alone is an education. Chicken poop, neighbors, how many chickens, roosts, nesting boxes…. Who knew it was so involved? Highly recommend!
Blurb: The bestselling author of One Crazy Summer, Wildwood Shadows, and Saving Brooksie now brings you his 2008 Christian Choice Award winning novel “Mommy’s Choice” – a tale of woman who seems to be losing her sanity in the midst of losing her son.
According to Stephanie, her last name is Tanner. According to everyone else, it’s not. According to Stephanie, her 22 year old son just simply vanished. According to everyone else, he did a little more than “vanish.”
Has Stephanie lost touch with reality?
Why can’t she figure out what happened between her and Jonathan?
Perhaps returning to her old job (a job she apparently never had) and talking to her old friend Dave (who apparently never met her) could help uncover the clues necessary to answer her nagging question – What happened to her son & best friend Jonathan?
It will keep you guessing up until the final page!
Scott McElhaney is the winner of the 2008 Christian Choice Book Award for his debut suspense novel “Mommy’s Choice.” With over 200,000 books downloaded worldwide, he is making nearly all of his novels available to Kindle readers at the very accessible price of only 99 cents. Scott is a veteran of the US Navy, a father of two teenage boys, and he has been happily married for more than 18 years. He is currently employed as a finance supervisor at the Matco Tools corporate office while he maintains his “side job” as an author of suspense and science fiction.
“McElhaney’s story telling is deft, well-paced, and with an ear for conversation” ~ Beacon Journal Book Review
“[Mommy's Choice] is one of the few Christian novels where the only bad reviews are by readers shocked that there would be a Christian character in the story” ~Associated Content
Over 200,000 copies of his books have been downloaded worldwide
Reader Review: There is not much I can say without giving away the plot, but this was an amazing story, showing the far-reaching consequences of our actions on others’ lives. As others have said, heart-wrenching. How can an ending be so happy and sad at the same time?
The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends
Scan the headlines of any news outlet and it doesn’t take long to realize the world as we know it is teetering on the edge of extinction. What will it look like if it falls? This book is divided into three short stories designed to give you a glimpse into the possible outcomes if humanity falls over the cliff. Each story paints a vivid picture of an out-of-control oppressive government scrambling to maintain order. These “end times” futuristic scenarios may seem absurd until they are compared with modern events that clearly show the world is closer to the precipice than we care to admit.
Each story is followed by a series of Discussion Questions that will challenge readers to ponder what they would do in similar situations of religious persecution. These questions should help readers identify where they stand in Christ, help them determine how much faith they place in modern comforts, and then encourage them to have a healthy fear of an expanding government coupled with a reverent fear of God. The Precipice could easily be used as a Bible Study in a small group setting.
There is much debate regarding the mix of politics and religion. Despite whether you believe they are intrinsically entwined or as unalterably distinct as oil and water, this book is for you. Liberty can only be maintained by an educated people willing to face the tough realities currently before us. This book will equip Christians to be Apologetic in an unapologetic way.
Reader Review: I am not into writing that has to do with future events, but curiosity got the better of me when I heard about T.C. Avey’s new book. A fast read, this short book didn’t draw me in because of the futuristic stories, instead it caused me to look at what is going on in our society today. We, as “comfortable” Christians, need books such as this to let us critically think about the liberties slowly being stolen from us by a non-Christian world. This story didn’t make me afraid, it made me want to become more involved. I applause T.C. in her ability to shake things up and force me to face my “it’s not my problem” attitude concerning what is happening with our world. Well written and challenging, The Precipice is a must-read for Christians.
Idylls of the King
Poetry, of course. One of the AO recommended reads for middle school students.
Blurb: Alfred, Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign. One of Tennyson’s most famous works is Idylls of the King, a collection of twelve poems that retell the legend of King Arthur. This edition includes a table of contents.
My Lady Ludlow
Reader Review: I fell in love with the miniseries, Cranford, first. The acting was supurb, the screenplay a delicious blending of previously disconnected elements. It was truly masterfully done. So, I took my time about buying the book. When I finally did, I was happy that I had. All of the moments that made the miniseries such a delight were there, and more. The book, Cranford Chronicals is a must have for those who love Victorian novels.
This review is for the iPad version of the Chronicals, or at least one story from it. I purchased all three stories for my iPad, so I could read them on the go: Mr. Harrison’s Confession, Cranford, and My Lady Ludlow. This review specifically involves My Lady Ludlow. Though, as I’ve said, I cannot fault the miniseries in any way (it was sheer delight), if it had a weak point that would be the characterization of Lady Ludlow. She was portrayed as a strong willed woman, though a wounded soul, which is correct, but she was something less than completely sympathetic. Her decision to deny education to a young boy seemed arbitrary and mean spirited. The implication seemed to be that she was aristocratic, and that pride was her main motivation there. Reading the original story gives a much clearer picture of her motivations, making her a much more sympathetic character. She wants to do right, she has merely misjudged due to her unusual experiences. Both versions of the story (the miniseries & the original) are well executed, but I think the book is better. It gives us a unique vision that is lacking in the miniseries, which frankly has fallen into the easier route of cliched motivations here. Gaskell’s version is well worth the read.
Oh, and did I mention the addition of a comical character, who made me laugh out loud repeatedly? Yes, it is touching and humourous as well, like all great British Literature. Enjoy.
The Moorland Cottage
Reader Review: The Moorland Cottage is a predictable 19th century British romance (actually written in the 19th century) that follows the literary formula of its day. With that said, sometimes don’t you just want to let yourself fall into a romantic novel and pretend it’s your life? I don’t know anything about the author, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, so I don’t know how successful she was, but she succeeded with this little novel. I fell in love, had my hopes dashed, and was rescued from a fate worse than death all in the space of a few hours. Gaskell is no Jane Austin, but Ms. Austen didn’t write enough books to satisfy my thirst for a good romantic fairy tale written during a time when those books were the bestselling fiction of their day. If you’re in the right frame of mind, pick it up and enjoy.
Reader Review: If you enjoyed Cranford you will enjoy this sweet little novella. It is the story of Maggie Browne, a truly kind, sweet, and totally unselfish girl who has a brother, who is the complete opposite of her in personality.
Although Maggie knows her brother for what he is,she still loves him, and I am sure you can imagine the conflict,sacrifice, and pain, Maggie will face because of her brother’s selfishness.
Maggie and her brother’s relationship reminded me much of Molly and Cynthia’s in “Wives and Daughters,” another of Mrs. Gaskell’s stories.
Mrs. Gaskell never finshed “Wives and Daughters”, and so we do not know for sure that Molly is rewarded with the love of the man she loves.
However in in this novella, Maggie is eventually rewarded with the devotion of the man she loves, in spite of her brother.
I understand this story will be woven into the new Cranford adaptation sequel. It has the caliber of Cranford, Mr. Harrison’s Confession, and My Lady Ludlow, a good choice to be sure!
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Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles. That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning. I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled.
If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens. It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.
Lately, though, since I got my tricky little new phone that does all kinds of magical things and is smarter than me, I have downloaded some books with color illustrations, and downloaded other books direct from Gutenberg, and I have to admit, I like it very much indeed. You can set up a Kindle account to download to your phone, and download a kindle app for the phone as well.
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Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full. You can left click on a title on your Kindle anddelete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!
commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.