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Edible Mushrooms: Safe to Pick, Good to Eat Book Review

When I received an offer to review "Edible Mushrooms: Safe to Pick, Good to Eat" I was instantly interested. I love mushrooms and have tried unsuccessfully to propagate my own. I also read foraging guides and feel like I know a lot about wild plants - but almost nothing about mushrooms. I thought this book would be a good guide to identifying safe mushrooms - but I was wrong. It was SO much more. This book is my hands down favorite book of the year. It's straight forward. The pictures rock! It's both fascinating and absolutely scary at the same time! I give away 99% of the books I review (to blog readers, friends, strangers, charities) because I do not like clutter and I feel like sharing the love (even for books I really like,) but I HAVE to keep this book. This book would be a great field guide to identifying most edible mushrooms. It also makes a great coffee table book. Imagine the conversations that would start when someone opens up this book - a look

Self Sufficiency - Growing your own livestock, even in an urban environment

Be prepared for anything, and you'll be ready for everything. - J.S. Mullens I have regular conversations with people preparing for all sorts of disasters - economic, nuclear, weather changes.... Even the media seem to be preparing us for some sort of catastrophe with all of the recent zombie and apocalypse related movies and television programs. In the case of a major incident, what would be your main vulnerabilities? In the northern United States, our biggest concerns would be warmth and food. We have an almost endless supply of water (snow all around, lakes and rivers galore, many deciduous trees constantly respiring.) As long as we can make fire (to purify water) and protect ourselves from others (marauders, soldiers, new governments), our biggest issue will be staying warm and securing food. Today, I am going to focus on the aspect of acquiring food. I have previously mentioned and highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the local wild foods in your area. You s

The Gym-Free Journal Review

*Complimentary product was received for review purposes. Wouldn't it be nice to have a personal trainer come to your house and tell you exactly what you needed to do each and every day to get your body in it's top physical condition? Yes, but it would also be expensive and unnecessary now that The Gym-Free Journal is available. When I first received the invitation to review the The Gym-Free Journal, I thought it was going to be a notebook to keep track of workouts. I was cool with that because I thought there had to be a better system then my ratty old notebook full of routines. I was wrong, and boy am I glad about it! This book is so much better than a notebook. It's so much better than a how-to fitness guide. It's a road map. An every day, this is what you do, and this is what you don't do road map that virtually everyone can do. Why can everyone do it? Because the only tool you "need" is your own body. It also starts out quite mild (like onl

2014 Vionic Walkabout

Want to get in the best shape of your life? Then get walking! Almost all fitness experts agree that walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health, and almost everyone can do it! This March, Vionic, maker of the Zen walking shoe, is sponsoring the Vionic Walkabout. This is a 28 day campaign, also sponsored by Dr. Andrew Weil and Juliet Kaska to incourage everyone to walk for 20 minutes a day to improve their health. By signing up, you will receive weekly emails with fitness tips and healthy recipes from Dr. Weil and Juliet.  You'll also have chances to win prizes like free shoes and trips to LA.  Sign up  for the Walkabout now! The campaign starts on  Monday, March 3rd  and runs through the end of March. If you missed your New Year's goals, there is no better time to start then now! Sign up and get walking! * I received a complimentary pair of Zen walking shoes as part of this promotion.