Books for a Flourishing Garden

Along with barbecues and visits to the park, warmer weather also means it’s time to spruce up your garden. Here are some books to help you make the most out of your garden this year.

The Perfect Plot

A great book for beginner gardeners, this book teaches you how to start an allotment from scratch. Through the story of a group of villagers’ gardening successes and failures, this book helps you discover new methods and growing techniques. It’s also a great story about a community with a shared passion.

Right Plant, Right Place

This handbook will help you optimize your garden, teaching you which plants to grow where. With full colour photography, specific plants, their characteristics and their unique needs are described. Covering over 1470 plants, this book guides you through the process of plant and soil selection to help bring your gardening vision to life.

My Empire of Dirt

For those of us who live in the city, gardening may not be the first thing on our minds come springtime. However, this book may change that. It’s the story of a man who turned his Brooklyn backyard into a farm with the goal of creating enough produce to sustain him for one month. Although city-dwellers may not be striving toward the same achievement, it’s an inspiring story that could just sprout the roots for our own gardens. Read an excerpt from the book.

Hear more about author Manny Howard’s challenging gardening feat:

Rainy Day Reads For Kids

Spring is here, but along with blossoming flowers and warmer weather also comes rainy days. For parents with young children, here are some books that will inspire you with ideas to that will help keep your kids entertained indoors when it’s too wet to go outside.

Do It Now! Crafts

Crafts are a great way to keep kids busy for hours. From the minds of two mothers themselves, this book features over 70 project ideas, including making sand candles, weaving friendship bracelets, creating a pop-up 3D cards and more. It also includes a chapter on creative and fun snacks, like stained-glass cookies, candy sushi and chocolate anthills.

Crafty Princess

This craft book is perfect for little girls who love princesses, sparkles and the colour pink. This kit teaches kids to make tiaras, jewellery, mini thrones, magic mirrors and more, using household items. It also comes with glitter, gemstones, satin and ribbons for maximum style!

The Cookbook for Kids (Williams-Sonoma)

This is a great book to get children exploring the kitchen and lending parents a hand with dinner. Children will be able to prepare some for these recipes on their own while others will require an adult’s help. With recipes from crepes to cookies, fish tacos to nachos, kids will love eating their own creations. Have a look at an excerpt of recipes.

The Lonely Sock Club

This book includes fun projects for kids to create with socks. Easy, creative crafts include fingerless gloves, decorative vases, stuffed toys and more. The kit also comes with pom poms, yarn, googly eyes and felt. Take a peek at some of the crafts.

Help Your Teen Prep for Prom

It’s that time of year again when high school seniors prepare to face the world of young adulthood, but not without one last hurrah: prom. Here are some books to help you and your teen to look and feel their best for their most glamourous day at school.

Best in Beauty

This is book has everything you need to know about beauty to help you look your best for prom, from tips on hair styles to doing a pedicure. It even includes a chapter on nutrition to help nourish your skin and hair leading up to the big day and make you feel great inside. It’s a book you’ll want to keep even after high school’s over!

The Thoughtful Dresser

This book is your prom dress shopping companion, proving that shopping isn’t just frivolous hobby, it’s an artform. This book explores how clothes make a statement about your personality, how they carry a deeper meaning and why it’s important to enjoy shopping — all great things to keep in mind as you hunt down the perfect dress.

The New Beauty Secrets

This book is all about the face, with tips for a flawless complexion, the right eyebrow shape, long-lasting lip colour and more. Author Laura Mercier has had years of experience painting the faces of some of the greatest celebrities for the red carpet. She brings all her expertise to this step-by-step beauty guide, sprinkled with notes from her very own celebrity clientele.

Freakin’ Fabulous

Most have us have seen him on TLC’s What Not to Wear and wished he would whip our wardrobes into shape. In this book, Clinton Kelly not only teaches you how to look your best, but also teaches you how to feel your best and act your best. With tips on how to speak, behave, eat, entertain, and charm, this book is all about getting you to be your best for the night you’ll want to remember for years to come.

Prepare for April Fools’ Day

Don’t be a victim on April Fools’ Day — be the victor! We have the ultimate handbooks with a list of pranks and practical jokes to get you into the spirit of April Fools’ Day.

The Practical Joker's Handbook The Practical Joker's Handbook

Tim Nyberg spent six years collecting pranks from fans around the world through his website. In The Practical Joker’s Handbook two-book series, he brings you a sly collection of his best and funniest finds. These handbooks are filled with tips, stories, and tactics to play at home, at work, at school — anywhere. From how to jury-rig a toilet tank to using a kazoo to place an order in the fast-foot drive-through, Nyberg delivers the goods.This one will have pranksters (and maybe even the victim) in stitches! But before you execute these pranks, remember, it’s only funny if both parties find humour (eventually) in the prank. With that said, here’s an excerpt with some pranks from The Practical Joker’s Handbook: The Sequel to get you started!

Happy pranking!

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day your best ever!

Need ideas for the perfect date? Recipes for romantic dinners? Gift ideas for your significant other? We’ve got you covered. Check out these great books to make this Valentine’s Day your best one ever!

Fun & Creative Dates for Dating Couples

In Fun & Creative Dates for Dating Couples: 52 Ways to Have Fun Together, you’ll find ideas for all kinds of dates to celebrate your relationship with that special someone — romantic dates, inspiring dates, even dates that challenge you! From rock climbing and hot air ballooning to playing in the rain or volunteering for a worthy cause, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to do first.

The Book of Sexy Games

The perfect Valentine’s Day charmer, this clever kit includes 10 games as well as a foldout game board to inspire your inner-Cupid. If you can’t decide what to play, then spin Cupid’s arrow and let it decide for you!

Gifts Cooks Love

Express your love with handmade gifts, one of life’s most precious commodities. Gifts Cooks Love offers something for every level of cook and tips on how to beautifully wrap your edible gifts. The 40 recipes featured in this book will be sure to please all palates.

Joy of Cooking

This is the ultimate cookbook that will help novice and pros alike make the most elegant meals from succulent steaks to fancy cocktails to decadent frozen desserts. In addition to having hundreds of recipes, The Joy of Cooking also includes cooking tips to ensure you make the most memorable meal ever!

The Good Wife Guide and The Good Husband Guide
The Good Wife Guide: A Little Seedling BookThe Good Husband Guide: A Little Seedling Book

These two guides make humourous gifts for brides-to-be or married couples on Valentine’s Day (as long as they have a great sense of humour!). They contain all the secrets to helping your special someone feel comfortable and content.