Good read: achieving balance with 'Practically Green'
The best antidote to a blustery autumn weekend is getting cozy with a warm drink, a comfy chair and good book. Thus, I've just finished reading Micaela Preston's book Practically Green. Micaela also writes the popular blog Mindful Momma, and we've gotten to know one another virtually by participating in the Green Moms Carnival. This is a concise and compact book that covers a huge amount of topics, and it's really beautifully laid out with lovely floral motifs throughout. Michaela was kind enough to provide me with a free copy to review. A couple of the things I really like:
- It has copy and clip guides to help you when shopping, especially decoding all the myriad standards, codes and verbiage that sometimes get slapped on products, leaving shoppers dazed and confused.
- There are over 30 do-it-yourself projects, from healthy snack recipes, to home-made cleaning and self-care products, as well as ways to refashion past-its-prime clothing into new goods.
- Insights into how her family of four makes choices and finds the best balance.
The first time I ever read a reference book about green living, it overwhelmed me. I was like, organic cotton? Huh? Do people eat cotton? I've come a long way in a few short years, but I'd still never recommend that first book, especially to someone newly green. I think Practically Green would be a great reference or starter book for someone wanting to lead their family into a greener lifestyle. It's plain-spoken, optimistic and has many easy and money-saving ideas in it and wouldn't overwhelm the lightest green newby. Practically Green is also a small book, so if you don't copy or clip the included shopping guides, it'd be easy to stick the whole book your purse and bring along. The flipside of the compactness of this book is that is does use a small typeface, so use caution if you're thinking of it for someone who has trouble reading small print.
If you can't wait to get your hot little hands on it, Micaela is hosting a Practically Green virtual book party on her blog this week.