The Accidental Housewife

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Random House Publishing Group, May 30, 2006 - House & Home - 176 pages
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Accidental Housewife (n): an individual who manages the household unexpectedly, unintentionally, by default, or by chance, with minimal skills, a glass of wine, and little interest in mastering her/his domain.

Once upon a time lived the 1950s housewife who joyfully followed her domestic duties. Today’s housewife is anything but traditional, yet some things never change: mounting laundry, accumulating dust, looming clutter, and the refrain, “What’s for dinner?” Now Julie Edelman, the go-to gal for entertaining and practical household tips and trends, turns these mundane chores into fun and easy tasks. Offering real life advice and simple solutions, Julie helps you

• tidy up with the faucet to floor facelift: a stress-free way to clean with minimum effort to achieve maximum effect, as you dance with dust bunnies and indulge in a bit of pampering along the way
• conquer PMS (Pretty Manageable Stains): learn how to painlessly deal with the most common stains using everything from industrial products to everyday items such as hairspray, shaving cream, and ice cubes
• practice feng shui my way: harmonize chaos and clutter and get chi (energized) in the process, courtesy of coffee
• follow a food and mood planner: uncover innovative ways to balance your family’s nutritional needs with your desire to let them eat cake

Inside, you’ll also find Burn This: Housewifely Calorie Counter (you can lose weight vacuuming and lifting loads of laundry) and HI Q (Housewife Intelligence Quotient) tests to measure your housewifely expertise. So drop that mop and grab a latte . . . hassle-free help is at your fingertips!

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"You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house" is the earworm for this review... Entertaining / sympathetic (if you too wonder how you ended up running a house), sometimes useful, and does ... Read full review

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This book is really a riot. I like how she has wine recommendations for different types of housework. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Julie Edelman is a lifestyle journalist, radio host, and author. The author of The Accidental Housewife, she has appeared on The View, CBS's The Early Show, and NBC's Early Today, and has been featured in Time, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, and Better Homes & Gardens. She lives in New Jersey.

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