Tons of Ideas to Simplify Your Life
By Billee Sharp
Viva Editions, $15.95, 275 pages
Lemons and Lavender hails itself as “the eco guide to better homekeeping.” However, Billee Sharp takes this topic way beyond what I know as homekeeping. She begins the book by addressing the need to do something you love rather than working just to earn a paycheck. She shares her individual journey to find meaning in her work and challenges the reader to do the same. Sharp also covers taking control of your budget by knowing what your financial goals are and being thrifty by finding things that are free, selling what you don’t use, and bartering the rest. Sharp believes in an organic lifestyle and writes extensively about a healthy pantry and detoxifying your diet. She suggests medicinal cures that already exist in your kitchen cabinet, as well as creating non-toxic cleaners with natural household items. This book also recommends fixing things yourself and gives remedies for plugged drains, holes in walls and even wet cell phones! Other chapters cover growing a garden, recipes and homemade holidays. Frankly there is not much that Billee Sharp did not cover in her 260+ page book. At times the book feels a bit “preachy,” but Sharp does offer good ideas, a wealth of resources and an interesting story.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff