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101 Easy Homemade Products Book Review

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101 Easy Homemade Products Book Review

I love making my own cleaning products and have been doing so for years. They save me money and are made from natural ingredients. I jumped at the chance to get a copy of the new book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants.

This book doesn’t just include 101 recipes for easy homemade products for your body and home. It begins with an excellent primer on the healing properties of various plants (many found right in your yard). Learn how to preserve herbs and plants, and three different ways to infuse oils. Learn all about oils and butters and their individual shelf lives. I live on an island, so I really appreciate the substitution list.

We use medicine as a last resort in our home, preferring the preventive medicine of healthy living. I’ve been wanting to get into homemade remedies more, to have an alternative when we do get sick and I have attended a little workshop in the past, but I lost my notes and never tried making anything myself. I’m so excited to have this handy reference that I can turn to now anytime I want.

Besides the ingredients, what do you need to make these recipes? Items you probably already have on hand! A hand mixer, mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder, mesh strainers, and canning jars. Even I have these items in my kitchen. It’s also helpful if you have a digital scale for accuracy, a double boiler, and a small food processor, but they’re not absolutely necessary.

I haven’t had a chance to make any of the recipes yet, because the ones I really want to try require spring weather. It’s still cold with nothing green to be seen, not even tulips poking out of the ground yet, and certainly no roses or dandelions. I’ve read through all the instructions though and they are thorough, step by step, and easy to understand. I’ll be sure to share with you when I start making some.

So what kinds of recipes are in the book? A wide range, including skin care, salves and balms, lotions, creams, bath soaks, salts, melts and scrubs, soaps, home remedies, cleaners (yay!), and even pet care!

I’m looking forward to dandelions appearing on my lawn now! Then I can make this Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil.

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I’m also looking forward to giving this Honey & Chamomile Cream a try.

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I can see a lot of mother-daughter pampering sessions in my future with these delightful, easy homemade skin care products.

I just have to mention the high quality of this book. The texture of the cover is amazing and the pages are beautiful and glossy (if you are tactile like me you won’t want to put it down)! The pages are sewn so they lie completely flat and the book is very sturdy. I will be handing this down to my kids someday.

The author of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry, is owner The Nerdy Farm Wife blog, where she shares creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into pretty, fun, and practical things. Her amazing projects have been featured on Natural Living Mama, BuzzFeed, Money Saving Mom, and more. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and two children.

The 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home Kindle book is available on Amazon.com for $7.53 US and on Amazon.ca for $10.49 CDN.

Now the fun part … 7 paperback copies will be given away worldwide! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, below. Giveaway ends Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00 pm EST. Good luck!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Disclaimer: The information in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be substituted for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. If you rely upon any programs or techniques, or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of the book or the website for decision making, without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional, you do so at your own risk. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I make a few bucks to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia. Thanks for your support!

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Alternative Health & Home Remedies

  • Can I Get A Pickle Without Yellow 5, Please? by Sarah Nichols, M.Ed @ Simple Life Abundant Life ($3.99)
  • DIY Natural Remedies by Nina Nelson @ Shalom Mama ($12.95)
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  • Herbal Preparations and Applications by Natalie B. Vickery @ The Family Herbalist ($9.99)
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Green Cleaning

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  • Money Saving Mom’s Guide to Freezer Cooking by Crystal Paine @ Money Saving Mom® ($2.99)
  • Recipe Binder Printables by Laura Smith @ IHeartPlanners ($10.00) 

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  • DIY Face Masks and Scrubs: Natural & Nourishing Homemade Skin Care by Stacy Karen @ A Delightful Home ($5.99)
  • Easy Beauty Recipes by Kelly McNelis @ New Leaf Wellness ($5.99)
  • My Buttered Life: Gift Giving Edition by Renee Harris @ MadeOn Skin Care ($5.00)
  • Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Soap Basics & Recipes by Jan Berry @ The Nerdy Farm Wife ($9.99) 

Real Food Recipes

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  • Crazy for Kale: Glow from the Inside Out with 40 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Hallie Klecker @ Daily Bites ($5.99)
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  • Smoothie Secrets Revealed: A Guide to Enhance Your Health by Elyse Wagner @ My Kitchen Shrink ($19.99)
  • The 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge eGuide by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner @ Simple Green Smoothies ($15.00)
  • The Everything Beans Book by Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship ($8.95)
  • The Granola Book by AlinaJoy Dubois @ Good Old Days Farm ($7.99)
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  • Will Forage For Soup: Gourmet Soup From Wild Greens by Amanda Rose, Ph.D. and Jeanie Rose @ Fresh Bites Daily ($6.97) 

Seasonal

  • Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Daniel and Haley Stewart @ Carrots for Michaelmas ($7.99)
  • Healthy Thanksgiving 101: A Grain-Free Meal Plan by Dr. Meghan Birt @ Just Enjoy Food ($8.99)
  • Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday: 10 Naturally Sweetened Holiday Cookie Recipes by Diana Bauman @ My Humble Kitchen ($4.99)
  • Real Food and Health Magazine: November/December 2013 by Heather Lionelle @ Real Food and Health ($4.99)
  • Simply Salads by Season by Kristen Michaelis @ Food Renegade ($17.95) 

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  • 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals by Erin Chase @ $5 Dinners ($1.99)
  • Allergy-Free Cooking by Wardeh Harmon @ GNOWFGLINS ($20.00)
  • Allergy Friendly Comfort Food: 40 Delicious Recipes Made Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Soy by Kelly Roenicke @ The Pretty Bee ($3.99)
  • Beyond Broth: Nourishing Homemade Paleo Soups by Dr. Jill Tieman @ Real Food Forager ($9.95)
  • Gluten Free 30 Day Meal Plan by Amy Roskelley @ Super Healthy Kids ($9.99)
  • Gluten Free & Grain Free Breads, Batters and Doughs by Halle Cottis @ Whole Lifestyle Nutrition ($24.95)
  • Grain-Free Goodies: Favorite Grain-Free & Sugar-Free Recipes From Our Kitchen to Yours by Trisha Gilkerson @ Intoxicated on Life ($4.95)
  • Grain Free Grab-n-Go: Recipes for Portable Meals on the Go! by Hayley Barisa Ryczek @ Health Starts in the Kitchen ($9.97)
  • Grain-Free Meal Plans Freezer Cooking Guide by Cara Comini @ Health, Home, & Happiness ($18.00)
  • Keeping it Real: Gluten Free Recipes the Whole Family Will Love by Jessica Espinoza @ Delicious Obsessions ($6.99)
  • The Breakfast Bread Bible by Raia Todd @ Raia’s Recipes ($2.99)
  • The Nourished Kitchen Guide to Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Baking, Sweets and Treats by Jennifer McGruther @ Nourished Kitchen ($27.00)
  • Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat by Melissa Joulwan @ The Clothes Make The Girl ($9.95)

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Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8am AT (7am EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 12:59pm AT on Tuesday, September 15th (11:59 ET on Sept 14th).

I’m most excited about the Gardening & Homesteading, Green Cleaning, and Recipes! What are you most excited about?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy I make a few pennies to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.