Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Complete Idiot's Guide to.........Review and giveaway


Recently I was given the opportunity to review two great books from Te Complete Idiot's Guide collection:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegetable Gardening 
And 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Best Family Destinations

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegetable Gardening is a perfection addition to our home as this year is the second year we have had a garden.  There are so many things to know when it comes to gardening.  I find we are learning so much as we go along.  Last year our garden turned out well kind of puny.  This year we have done better and have enjoyed great tomato and pepper crops! 
I love are the details that are in this book and I used it to solve a problem the very day it arrived.  We were debating how to store our extra tomato so I turned to the proper section in the book and found out that tomatoes can be frozen raw, blanched or after fully cooked.  The book has every part of veggie garden covered from where to plant, what to plant to what to do with the produce after it is picked.  
I know this is a book I will reach for time after time to answer my gardening questions.  
I also really like the straightforward simplicity of the book.  I can understand what the book is talking about everything is in beginners terms.  I have picked up many gardening books and not understood what they were talking about, but that is not the case in this book it is very easy to read!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Best Family Destinations is a great place to start planning a family vacation.  I could sit and dream about are the great places listed in the book for hours.  
First the book is laid out by regions - The Northeast, The South, The Midwest, The Southwest, The West, The Northwest, Mexico, and Canada.  Then under each region their are areas to check out such as at the beach, Mountain Towns, Outdoor adventures, City Style, or Cultural appeal.  
Knowing that I would like to take a Beach Vacation some day I started by looking under the At the Beach section in the southern region.  Did you know that Gulf Shores, Alabama has a place called The Weeks Bay Estuary Reserve where you can spot alligators?  Or that At Virginia Beach, Virginia you can go th First Landing State Park to take a free monthly education class.  
This book is a great book to use to start narrowing down the next family vacation.  I really like the fact that the book adds in contact information for the destinations so that when you do pick your destination of choice you will know how to go about getting everything set up.  

Want to hear so good news?  One lucky Learning to be Thrifty reading will win 1 copy of each of these book. 




Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated for this review, was was sent a copy of each of the featured books to review.  The opinions in this review are my own and are not influenced by the company. 

43 comments:

  1. They both excite me equally, I think lol. Both look awesome. :-)

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  2. Found it via my own giveaway linky -- Happy WINSday on Measuring Flower. :-)

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  3. I found out about the giveaway on Want to Win Wednesday

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  4. I'm really excited to read the Idiots Guide to Vegetable Gardening. :) I've owned a few of the books before & I'm sure it'd help me. I have a black thumb as of yet...
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I found this giveaway on http://sweeptight.com/2011/08/stumble-upon-rafflecopter-stumble-hop-rafflecopter-giveaway-linky.html which I found while searching Google Reader for rafflecopter giveaways.
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. They Gardening one since we can't get our garden right LOL!

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  7. I'm excited about both - but if I had to choose one it would be the family destinations one.
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

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  8. I found this in my google reader. Thanks!

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  9. The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Best Family Destinations

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  10. Vegetable gardening sounds like the most fun!

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  11. I would LOVE to read the Veggie Garden book! It is almost time for the fall planting!!! :)

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  12. I found you on the Frugality is Free Book Giveaway linky!

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  13. I'm really excited about The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegetable Gardening!

    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I would so love the Vegetable Gardening Guide! If you saw my sad attempt this year and last year you would see why!!!
    alklongAThotmailDOTcom

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  15. Found you on The Book Giveaway Linky on Frugality is Free!!!

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  16. They both appeal to me because I've always wanted to have a garden but as a Mom to 3 kids, the Family Destinations one looks great!

    bamagv at aol dot com

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  17. I found it on Frugality is Free book giveaway linky

    bamagv at aol dot com

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  18. Vegetable gardening because I can't seem to get it right.

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  19. Best Family Destinations sounds great! A way to find cool places to have quality family time!

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  20. I would love both...the family destination guide would be the one I would check out first but ultimately I think I would get the most use out of the one for vegetable gardening. I have a hard time growing anything. :(

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  21. Best family destinations I really want that one.

    shirley_moweary@yahoo.com

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  22. I found you thru Your Golden Ticket

    shirley_moweary@yahoo.com

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  23. I would love the gardening one!!!
    Sabrina.Vaccaro at hotmail dot com

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  24. Found you on tightwadinutah.com
    Sabrina.Vaccaro at hotmail dot com

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  25. I'd really like The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegetable Gardening. This year was the first year that I grew some vegetables.

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  26. I found this giveaway on Tightwad in Utah.

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  27. I'm liking the family guide!

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  28. GMA's sweepstakes show was cool. Home, disabled...great to do, this is a great site.

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  29. The family destination one sounds great!
    Cassie
    cjm92995@yahoo.com

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  30. I like the family vacation book.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  31. I found this on your own blog giveaway list.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  32. i want the best family destinations.....
    rindaoshi@yahoo.com

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  33. planting vegetables

    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

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