Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Review: Girl Talk

It's a book full of practical and frugal tips and amusing anecdotes!

Girl Talk, compiled by Gigi Garner and published by Five Star Publications, is a collection of useful tips, confidences, and anecdotes like the ones we women might share with our girl friends over tea or coffee. It's the kind of book that can be picked up and then easily set aside when the next duty calls – and it’s full of both useful and amusing tips.

Advice and/or anecdotal categories include: Friend Talk, Career Talk, Clothes Talk, Beauty Talk, Health Talk, Home Talk, Kitchen Talk, Mommy Talk, Pet Talk, and Travel Talk. For example, wise advice for young Type-A moms (like me!) includes: “Housework will always be there waiting for you, whereas a child will grow and the sun will set…”

One of my favorite anecdotes is The Secret Dish. As the mother of a K-3 student, I often have to choose my battles; therefore, I could appreciate the creativity of this approach in persuading little ones to eat vegetables and other healthful foods. And I’m especially eager to try out some of the recipes included in the book – such as, Gigi Garner’s Guacamole Dip and “a variety of personalities” for one of our favorite comfort foods – Deviled Eggs. Yum!

Girl Talk is also full of practical and frugal tips. For example, did you know that putting an avocado pit in the middle of freshly-made guacamole keeps the dip from turning brown? Or that a homemade tomato facial can tighten pores and make your face glow? Or that putting some Sweet N’ Low in hair dye keeps it from irritating sensitive skin? Or that lemonade flavored Kool-Aid can act as a stain remover? Or that cereal box liners can work great as freezer bags? And that gift-wrapped cereal boxes can make great (frugal!) shirt boxes? Or that some leftovers (including used tea leaves and coffee) can make specific plants in your garden really flourish? Etcetera! Etcetera!

The book currently sells for $15.95 online; however, there is currently a 24th anniversary promotion for a 24% discount, making the book $12.12 (when you order through Pay Pal). My rule of thumb for what I’m willing to pay for a book is an average of $10.00, so I would say the price is fair – especially if you’re looking for a coffee table or waiting room type of book.

A complimentary copy of the book was provided to me, as a reviewer for Mama Bzz, by Five Star Publications in exchange for today’s blog tour.

Thank-you to the folks at Five Star Publications for giving me the opportunity to enjoy and review this book!

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