Review and Giveaway: "The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking"

HipGirlsGuideToHomemaking_REV Look, Martha Stewart I ain't. Give me 200 pounds of tomatoes to can or boar legs to cure and hang and I'm down, but when it comes down to the myriad chores and tasks that make up the art of keeping a perfect home, I find it hard to get excited. In fact, when I went freelance last year, and we made some fairly radical changes to our spending habits, the one luxury we kept was the house cleaner, because he was still significantly cheaper than couple's therapy or a divorce lawyer. 

All that said, I have found inspiration in Kate Payne and her new book, "The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking," spun out from her blog of the same name. A New York transplant, Kate sought to conquer the homemaking beast to create a serene and personalized oasis amidst the urban maelstrom of the city, all in a manner that is friendly both to the wallet and the planet. 

The book is chockablock with handy tips and ideas, and always in her breezy, chipper voice. You can tell she finds great inspiration in making each homemaking task her own little conquest, and delights in sharing her hard-won efforts with the reader. 

Kate's common-sense approach to the home is everything Martha is not. Her philosophy is not about making a home that's perfect, but one that makes you perfectly happy. Unlike Martha's relentless pursuit for the camera-ready life, Kate's tips are approachable, inspired, and will not send you into a shame spiral. 

I don't think I can better expound on the book's virtues than Kaela, Autumn, Marisa, Julia or Meg have. But like them, I can help you get a copy.  

I can offer one copy of "The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking" to a lucky recipient. All you need to do is to leave a comment on this post with your favorite household tip. Maybe it's your secret stain remover, or how you organize your spices, or a clever way to turn your collectibles into a gallery-worthy display. (Be sure to enter your email so I know how to contact you if you win.) For a bonus entry, click to tweet this post. Entries will be open through midnight PDT on June 25. Go on, you know you want it. 
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