I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life by Merissa Alink
Published by Gallery Books on October 20th 2015
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From the immensely popular blogger behind Little House Living comes a motivational homemaking book, inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder;s Little House on the Prairie, featuring creative, fun ways to live your life simply and frugally.
Shortly after getting married, Merissa Alink and her husband found themselves with nothing in their pantry but a package of spaghetti and some breadcrumbs. Their life had hit rock bottom, and it was only after a touching act of charity that they were able to get on their feet again.
Inspired by this gesture of kindness as well as the beloved Little House on the Prairie books, Merissa found that a life of self-sufficiency and simplicity could be charming and blissful. She set out to live an entirely made-from-scratch life, the “Little House” way, and as a result, she slashed her household budget by nearly half—saving thousands of dollars a year. She started to write about homesteading, homemaking, and cooking from scratch, and over the next few years developed the recipes and DIY projects that would one day become part of her now beloved website, LittleHouseLiving.com.
As whole foods became staples of the family diet, Merissa realized the dangers of putting overly processed ingredients not only into our bodies, but on or near them as well. In addition to countless delicious, home-cooked meals, she developed natural, easy-to-make recipes for everything from sunscreen to taco seasoning mix, lemon poppy hand scrub to furniture polish. With their simple ingredients, these recipes are allergen friendly and many are gluten-free.
With over 130 practical, simple DIY recipes, gorgeous full-color photographs, and Merissa's trademark charm in personal stories and tips, Little House Living is the epitome of heartland warmth and prairie inspiration.
Quick Thoughts on Little House Living
First I must say that the photos in Little House Living are beautiful. I love that we get to see what the finished item looks like. I don’t normally read books like this, but I’m glad I did.
Alink has instructions on how to make so many household and everyday things. From body wash to mixes to keep in your pantry. Some things I probably won’t try, but I may attempt to make the chest rub. We go through a ton of Vick’s in the winter to help with coughs. I also think some of the soaps and salves would make great gifts.
I also love that she includes uses for things like mason jars and essential oils in the back of the book. Some of the uses I knew of, but others were completely new to me. I’ll definitely be trying them out to see if they help with headaches and motion sickness.
Overall a great book about making your own items while being frugal.