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6 Gardening Books to Keep That Green Thumb Busy This Summer — AND a Sprout World Giveaway!

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I love my vegetables and with the summer weather finally here in Connecticut I can put my (aka my boyfriend’s) green thumb to use. He’s the planter and I’m the eater. But trying to figure out what vegetables to grow in your garden can be tricky. We love all things eco-friendly in our household, whether that means riding our bikes or applying the three R’s to our everyday routines, (reduce, reuse and recycle). So having our very own deck full of fruits, vegetables and flowers has certainly reinforced this particular lifestyle. Maybe you haven’t always had the best of luck in the garden, though. That’s where we come in. With these these six gardening books, you too can turn your texting thumb…

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Cozy Up to These Giveaways!

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Cozy up to this Week’s Giveaways, whether it’s a steamy romance, or an insightful look into your life’s work, there’s something to keep even the chilliest people warm this winter. Enter to win, and take home one of these great reads! The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat-Lein In the tradition of Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and Andrew Weil, pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, how it’s seriously harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. And she presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy—a plan that any family can follow. New alarming studies show the dramatic rise…

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Extend Your Gardening Season with a DIY Cold Frame

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I am a vegetable-growing novice but there is one thing that I do know – August still provides plenty of time to plant a plentiful harvest, especially if you get down with your handy self and take a little time to construct a cold frame. Simply put, a cold frame is a structure that traps heat from the sun and allows you to grow warm weather crops even as autumn approaches and the temperature begins to dip. Cold frames extend your growing period by two to three weeks at each end of the season. You can use a cold frame in August and continue your garden into the fall, or you can also use it in early spring when the…

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DIY jewelry heaven hides in craft stores and tag sales

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Here at BookTrib we’re all about taking the reins and making it happen. So when we hear “DIY” we come running. Combine that with my favorite accessory, jewelry, and you have a match made in DIY heaven. With all of the ideas floating around in our heads, often times we’re not really sure which project to jump on first. Bracelets? Earrings? A necklace? Oh my! Whatever poison you pick, these projects are always easier with a little help from a friend. In our case, we turn to our tried-and-true BFF: books! As of late I’ve had my nose stuck in Nancy Soriano’s latest gem (pun intended!), The Jewelry Recipe Book (Artisan, 2015) and I’m well on my way to a…

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10 Great wedding ideas for book lovers

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Wedding season is almost upon us—and I should know. It’s only April and I’ve already been invited to four different weddings this summer. And as someone who loves books, I’m crossing my fingers that at least one of them has a literary theme. I want to see classic novels on tabletops, card catalog-inspired seating arrangements, and a whole lot of whimsical vintage typewriters. To inspire my friends—and any great lover of books—here are some literary wedding ideas for the well-read couple:   Invitations: Inspire a little literary nostalgia with these library card invitations. Simple, but classy. Bouquet: If you don’t mind destroying an old used book, this paper bouquet is pretty, colorful, and definitely unique. Dress:   We’ve covered literary-inspired…

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Hats off to Derby Day: DIY tips for a head-turning chapeau

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What is it about great, big, glamorous hats? We go nuts for the famous headgear worn by upper-class Brits, meanwhile, here in America eye-catching chapeaus seem to be worn mainly by ladies of a certain age in African-American churches and Orthodox synagogues. Except for this time of year, when hats become THE must-have accessory for Kentucky Derby Day. No matter what part of the states you hail from, the Kentucky Derby is the chance to get on your HAT-itude. A lacy feather fascinator or a wide brimmed hat trimmed in ribbon and pearls can dress up any dress and create a sophisticated and festive atmosphere at any party. If you are lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby at Churchill…

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Bibliotherapy prescription for a new you

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No matter what your resolutions for 2015, books can help. The right book can amuse, teach, reassure, or even heal. The term “bibliotherapy,” from the Greek biblion (books) and therapeia (healing), was coined in 1916 by Unitarian minister Samuel McChord Crothers. Books were therapeutic tools in military hospitals during the two world wars, and clinical bibliotherapy is still popular in treating mental illness, often in combination with medical approaches. Libraries also support “creative bibliotherapy,” mining fiction and poetry for their healing capabilities. The School of Life, philosopher Alain de Botton’s brainchild, is a London hub for studying how to live. Classes, secular sermons, and a library of recommended reading tackle subjects like job satisfaction and creativity. The School also offers…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Make it a DIY summer with these great books

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Now that the seasons have changed, it’s time to fill your bookshelf with titles that will get you ready for a summer of great outdoor do-it-yourself projects. Here are a few new books that will make your summertime more stylish, fashionable, and fun. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, by Rick Darke and Douglas W. Tallamy (Timber Press, July 1) Millions of people across the world enjoy festooning their homes with gardens, but how many of them see their growing spaces as part of a larger landscape that’s made up of multiple living layers? In this book, authors Darke and Tallamy, two important voices in the fields of sustainability and horticulture, give the reader…

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Spring craft books dive deep into everyday inspirations

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“I come from a family of dreamers,” Heather Ross writes in the beginning of her upcoming book, How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY (STC Craft, May 20). This isn’t really a craft book, but it gets to the heart of Ross’s creativity and her propensity for making things by hand. An author and fabric designer, she’s also the founder of the brand Munki Munki and the new book traces her artistic temperament and entrepreneurial skills to her unconventional upbringing in rural Vermont in the ‘70s. As a child, Ross lived in a geodesic dome that her bohemian parents built in the artists’ enclave San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and then in a…

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Holidays over? It’s never too late to make your own booze!

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If your New Year’s Eve plans were lackluster this year, why not add a little pizzazz to 2014 by making your own liqueurs or infused spirits? It’s much easier than you might expect, thanks to Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss (Storey Publishing, November). Learn the basics. Whether you are a DIY expert looking to branch off into artisanal foods, or someone who considers a dash of glitter to be the height of craftiness, this project is perfect for you. The introductory pages of the book provide all the information you need to get started, including some basic definitions, an explanation of how flavors develop, and a clear list (and photograph!) of all the equipment you will need.…

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