Buy Heather Solos’s Home-Ec 101 Because You’re Dirty

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OK. Maybe YOU’RE not dirty but your house is.

Home-Ec 101 book cover

Disclosure: Heather's a friend of mine but if her book sucked, I wouldn't have offered to review it and I definitely wouldn't be giving two copies of the book to two of you.

Your clothes are getting ratty.

You don’t know the meaning of pinch or poach.

And you didn’t realize any of these horrors until you read Heather Solos’s book, Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living–titled after her wildly popular website.

Well now you think you shouldn’t read Heather’s book because you think it’s going to make you feel guilty but you’re wrong.

Wrong, I tell you!

Home-Ec 101 pushes all of your housekeeping shortcomings and failures in your face and then it picks you up, wipes the floor grit from your tear stained face and shows you how to fix it all.

The book is divided up into four different sections: Clean It, Wash It, Fix It, Cook It. In case you get lost in the sea of awesome, there’s a handy dandy Index

A sampling of useful things you should already know but either no one ever taught you or you’ve willfully forgotten:

  • Can’t seem to get into the swing of things when it comes to a cleaning schedule?
    Page 24.
  • How the heck do you care for a butcher’s block and/or wooden cutting board?
    Page 53.
  • Want to get REALLY, REALLY grossed out about dust mites?
    Page 84.
  • Treatments for common stains?
    Page 94.
  • Washing instruction for different types of fabrics?
    Page 114.
  • Life span of major appliances?
    Page 133.
  • Need help unclogging lots of different pipes/drains?
    Page 148.
  • Need easy starter tips for horrible/new cooks?
    Page 163.
  • Don’t know how to read a recipe and/or have no clue what the heck a recipe is?
    Chapter Eighteen which starts on pg 182.
  • Help with coordinating cooking times?
    Page 195.
  • Need help preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse? [I kid you not.] Chapter Nineteen.
  • Meal planning is Chapter Twenty.
  • Substitutions is Chapter Twenty-One.
There’s tons of information in this book; enough information your eyes would cross and you’d chuck it across the room if Heather didn’t keep the tone light. Heather consistently cracks jokes through even the most mundane of topics and splatters fun–and sometimes disgusting–bits of information around.
There are a few of different ways to enter to win a book and you can do as many of them as you want but only once per option so you can enter a total of three times if you do all three of the options. If you chose to just leave a comment, you must leave a comment that fulfills the comment requirements. A comment of “Enter me” or a variation thereof will not count and will be deleted.
  • Tweet:

Enter to win @heathersolos's book Home-Ec 101 from @TheAmyTucker! Giveaway ends April 29th. http://tastelikecrazy.com/?p=8511

  • RT any of the tweets in the Home Ec-101 Twitter stream and post your tweet in the comments section below.
  • Leave a comment below and tell me what you’ve always wanted to know about cleaning, washing, fixing and/or cooking.
  • Two winners will be chosen via Random.org and contacted via the email address they left in the comment form —the giveaway has been extended to Monday the  2nd of May since we’ve evacuated to AR because of the tornadoes.
    Winner will have five days to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond after five days, a new winner will be chosen. So on and so forth.
    Good luck to everyone who enters and if you don’t win, buy Heather’s book. It comes in a physical–“real”–book and both Kindle and Nook versions.


    1. What I have always wanted to know is how to set up a schedule of cleaning that is based in reality, and based on equity among the partners in a household. (And, really, if they’re zombies involved, I KNOW I can get him to read it too! 🙂

    2. oh goodness, I need help with laundry. Currently I do this: Take clothes and put in the washer. Press the button that says cold water. Add detergent. Start. Move clothes to dryer. Remove from dryer, fold/hang and put away. Wake up the next morning to my husband telling me I shrunk his new shirt. Get my girls dressed after going through 5 shirts with mystery stains on them that I have no idea how to get rid of. Repeat.

    3. I’ve always wanted to know how people can perfectly ice a cake, and mine looks like it was decorated by a 5-year old! It’s all lumpy, and it should be smooth and beautiful! Do I need some sort of tool more advanced than my butter knife?

      RT by KristySko
      New on Home Ec 101: http://bit.ly/g5XbCz Free Menu and Printable Shopping List Week 14. Enjoy!

    4. What a great book! I have always wanted to know you to KEEP my house presentably clean – like with a schedule. I know how to get it clean, but there’s got to be a better way to make it last. Throwing a hissy fit and shaking fists is just not working for me!

    5. deana c says:

      I have always wanted to know the best way to cook a pot roast. calvad at aol dot com

    6. I’d love to know how to clean the sink trap thinggie. I have a mesh thinggie that catches a ton of stuff before it goes down the drain, but it still smells weird every now and then.

    7. beth shepherd says:

      Cooking from scratch
      thank you

    8. id like to know how to un stop a sink clogged with stuff without using chemicals.. id also like to know how to make my garden grow better/keep bugs away without using lots of harsh chemicals

    9. ashley r. says:

      How do people keep up on the dusting? It seems like I dust things and the next day there is a nice coat on there again! argh!

    10. One thing I’ve always wanted to know, is how to do it all…???
      Cooking, cleaning, tidying, children, work, after-school activities, music practice, shopping…etc.etc. and still have time to live a life. I think I badly need to put an effective system to help me. I’d want to set up a schedule that I can stick to.
      By the way, – did I mention the ironing on that list?

    11. Carolsue says:

      I’d love to learn how to get rust off my sink.
      Digicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

    12. Melissa B. says:

      I’ve always wanted to know how to clean windows and mirrors without leaving streaks.

    13. I’ve always wanted to know how to get various stains out of my clothes…especially now with kids! Chocolate…grass…blood…mud…it seems everything is stained!

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    15. I really want to know how to make poached eggs I always mess it up when I try. They always break apart and there is egg yolk and white stuff all floating around. i want to know how they do it in the diners where it’s all perfect.

      reannenny at aol.com

    16. Ed Nemmers says:

      I have always wanted to know about the importance of “Key” limes.

    17. I want to know how to bake bread. Whenever I make bread it is always blah!

    18. Debbie Kennedy says:

      I can’t get organized – having kids and trying to get things orderly and functional is a mystery to me. Every surface in our house has something on it. I can clean every room and within 24 hours, you wouldn’t know I had done a thing. So frustrating – I need all the help I can get!

    19. Courtney White says:

      I’ve always wanted to know what you do with a pressure cooker.

    20. Mary Gardner says:

      I want to learn how to bake – especially breads. I have never had good luck with bread making.

      jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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    23. Veronica Garrett says:

      I’ve always wanted to know how to bake a perfect cake, one that isn’t burned or looks like a pile of sand in the Sahara Desert. I trust this comment will meet the requirements to enter the contest for the book.

    24. susan smoaks says:

      i have always wanted to know how to cut up a chicken to fry it

    25. Brittany Rebello says:

      i want to know how to bake a turkey

    26. Tracy P says:
    27. Tracy P says:

      This may sound silly but I’ve never truly gotten the hang of how to properly boil an egg. I’d love to know how to do that right.

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    30. Betty C says:

      I’d like to know how to keep the clutter away. I clear it out and as soon as I turn my back it sneaks in again.

    31. Betty C says:
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    33. Diane Baum says:

      Help, I want to know how do you take down wall paper and how often should you really wash your bedding?

    34. I’ve always wanted to know how to make rustic sourdough bread.

    35. Christal Couturier says:

      I want to know how to clean things like they did before all the chemicals

    36. Jennifer S says:
    37. Jennifer S says:

      I would like to know the common household products that are good laundry stain removers.

    38. heather c says:
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    40. heather c says:

      I’d love to learn how to make drips stop and DVD players from making noise without hitting something. hee hee I’d also love to learn how to sew my own stuff. I have such cool ideas!

    41. Kerrie Mayans says:

      I have always wanted to know a good cleaning schedule and how to stick to it and not get bored. I also wonder what is the recommended times per month to clean bathrooms, sheets, towels, and table linens.

    42. homequeen says:

      Hi Amy,

      Just to let you know that the Home Ec 101 Book arrived at last! It was well worth the wait. It arrived safely at my address in Scotland, and made a good in-flight read on our trip back to the Middle-East. I like it so much I think I will post a review on Amazon. Already it is making a difference to our life at home, and I have picked up so many interesting tips on everything from unblocking a sink, to ironing, to cleaning delicate gemstones and rustling up a home-cooked meal for a hungry bunch of kids! Thanks so much!


    43. @homequeen I’m so excited you’ve finally gotten it and that you love it so much. Heather’s pretty awesome and I’d say that even if I didn’t like her. 😉 And I’m sure she’ll appreciate your review on Amazon; so few people think to do that! Hope you’re having a great summer.


    1. You know I love some @TheAmyTucker Here's her review of Home-Ec 101: http://bit.ly/i6xSHA

    2. Tori Woods says:

      Enter to win @heathersolos's book Home-Ec 101 from @TheAmyTucker! Giveaway ends April 29th. http://tastelikecrazy.com/?p=8511

    3. One last thing, there are two sites giving away copies of Home-Ec 101: http://bit.ly/gMN5Ur and http://bit.ly/i6xSHA

    4. RT @HeatherSolos: One last thing, there are two sites giving away copies of Home-Ec 101: http://bit.ly/gMN5Ur and http://bit.ly/i6xSHA

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