Member Book Review – Home-Ec 101: Skills For Everyday Living

Malia & Heather at Type-A Mom conference in 2009

I met Heather Solos about five years ago in coffee shop just outside Nashville. We were at a local blogger meet-up and bonded over our misgivings about a local politician who was giving an interview within earshot of our conversation. A few months later, the concept for the website, Home-Ec 101, was shared with me and I knew then that it held great potential. Then there were the early days of the site and Google Chat (before we discovered Skype) conversations with Heather about what was going on with the website. I even contributed to her first holiday cookie carnival with a recipe for Snickerdoodles.

If we could put this in terms of human relationships, I feel a bit like a godmother or maybe close aunt to this website, rooting it on from the sidelines, highly concerned and interested in it’s well-being and most definitely thrilled for it’s successes. So I was especially pleased when Heather revealed that she been approached by a publisher about turning the website into a book. The elusive “book deal” is most coveted by bloggers all over the world and now it was happening for one of my friends!

This book is more than just a “how-to” and it’s not a “naggy”, you-must-do-this narrative, it teaches you WHY cleaning with this type of chemical versus that chemical gets better results or WHY taking care of your appliances will make them last longer or WHY you should keep a well stocked pantry. Maybe it’s because she’s around three young children all day and must answer, “why?” (all. the. time.) She knows that if she doesn’t tell you why, you will be far less likely to give it a try.

Clean It. Wash It. Fix It. Cook It.

Those are the four areas of home management that Heather covers in this book. You can easily sit down and just read straight through this book, as I have done. Heather writes with engaging clarity and a dash of sass. Or, you can keep it in your kitchen, laundry room, bookshelf, etc to use as handy reference guide, though I’m sure you’ll find yourself reading well into the book even after you’ve looked up “how to polish a shoe” (page 83).

Skills For Everyday Living

Every section is backed with sound research and experience. Heather does not presume to know how every household situation will turn out, which is why she consistently tells readers to make sure that they “test in inconspicuous areas” and “check manufacturers warranties”. This book gives helpful insights into managing a home that you can take and customize into your own style of housekeeping. It also gives important, step-by-step instructions that make the upkeep of your home feel purposeful and organized rather than random and chaotic.

One2One Network is pleased to have Heather as a Member and quite honored to be helping her spread the word about this must have book for every household! Our members will be posting their reviews about the book over the next couple of weeks and we look forward to reading what everyone has to say about it! And here’s a tip from us, graduation season is coming up, any high school or college graduate in your life could use this book as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living is available on

1 Comment

  1. DellaBuss says:

    Reviewed the chapter on dinners. Sure wish I had this 40 years ago when I used to call my Mom every night and ask her what to buy and how to fix a certain meal. Great how to book. Left a review on Amazon.

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