Hey, all you domestic goddesses out there! Who want’s a free book? 🙂
When I was asked to review The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times and a Happy Home on a Budget by Amy Allen Clark of MomAdvice.com, I was worried it’d just be a release heavy on clichés and light on any practical advice. I was pleasantly surprised! The book’s thrifty advice is snappy + helpful…kind of like a handy Pinterest board in book form.
Amy and her husband were dealt a blow when her husband lost his promising job at a dot com start-up. The financial shock lead her to realize the importance of smart budgeting (which, admittedly, I could use a lot of help with). In The Good Life for Less, she shares her tips as a seasoned mama who has been there + done that. The book is broken into five parts: budget, food, recipes, hosting, and cleaning. I love her philosophy on simplicity in the home — she gives easy, doable tips for organizing, clearing clutter + living a simpler (and, happier!) life.
One of my favorite parts of the book are the recipes. If you’re like me, you’re always Googling “healthy, easy and cheap recipes” — there’s a whole chapter dedicated to it. With dishes like baked blueberry donuts with a lemon glaze and parmesan crusted pork chops, the recipes aren’t boring, either. Her goal is to “stretch every cent and utilize the efficient tools in your kitchen, such as the slow-cooker, to enable you more time with your kids instead of behind the stove.” I can get down with that.
Another part of the book I’ll be revisiting features her DIY cleaning products — she gives quick and easy instructions for making your own all-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, scrubs, furniture polish, etc. She also includes unexpected ways to use household products (Did you know vinegar brightens laundry?)
Amy has a popular blog, and the book shows it. It’s super easy to flip through to get to what you want, and there are plenty of fun featurettes that break up the chapters. It’s a good book to leave on an end table to look through when you have a free minute or two. Buy your copy on Amazon here.
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I received this book for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions are my own.