May DIY and Business Book Club 2016

May DIY and business book club from Dear Handmade Life

I can remember the first time that I ate frozen yogurt. Apparently I didn’t get out much, because it wasn’t until 1992, and when I just googled “when did frozen yogurt become popular” I found out that it started to rise in popularity in the 80’s. A friend of mine who was a few years older than me and who had just gotten her driver license and had an amazingly sweet used 1985 Volkswagon Passat, came and picked me up and we cruised into town to the newly opened yogurt chain TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt). I felt so cool. Hanging with the older crowd…and checking out the new TCBY. It was like a nerdy high school freshmen’s dream! I ordered the “Shiver” (their version of a Dairy Queen blizzard) of chocolate and cookie dough, and started my long-term committed relationship with frozen yogurt.

My first “real” boyfriend got a job in at a mom and pop frozen yogurt shop, so I had the perk of being able to see him when I went in to get my yogurt. Thankfully when we broke up (the boyfriend and me, not the frozen yogurt and me) there were other shops to go to, so that it was less awkward when I needed my fix. Through college, as any broke student will do, I found ways to make a meal out of the frozen yogurt, not caring about the fact that my poor pancreas was probably working overtime to keep my blood sugar level. The shop was right across the street from my internship building during the next season of my life, and it made a lovely place to run to when I couldn’t handle the sights and smells and peoples’ demands in my day. And a frozen yogurt shop always made a great end to a date, even if the date was the worst ever, and helped it sting a little less when you realized that there were three hours of your life that you would never get back.

Needless to say, as I’ve aged (just a smidge), I’ve been able to reign in my yogurt addiction. It was the treat that I craved throughout all my pregnancies, and my sweet hubby would go out of his way to bring me on rough days. Now-days we take the kids to the local shops and let them enjoy a cup, which can be pretty dangerous (and expensive) since most of our shops are self-serve…

Where was I going with this little walk down memory lane? Oh yes, the books. We’ve got some awesome books this month for book club.  When I saw the book “How to Make Frozen Yogurt – 56 Delicious Flavors You Can Make at Home”, I had to sit down and check it out.

Like. Right. Then. I mean, it was kind of a no-brainer to spend a little time with that one…

As a special treat (almost as good as real frozen yogurt), we are giving away a few of these books from our selection! Check out the rules below!


May book club picks:

  1. How to Make Frozen Yogurt by Nicole Weston
  2. Making Books with Kids by Esther K Smith
  3. Lace One-Skein Wonders by Judith Drant
  4. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

To enter the contest:

To be entered to win three of these books, How to Make Frozen Yogurt by Nicole Weston, Making Books with Kids by Esther K Smith, & Lace One-Skein Wonders by Judith Drant,  just leave a comment on the post below letting us know about how a book triggered a walk down memory lane for you. Post your comment by May 16th at midnight to be entered to win. Make sure to include your email address so we can get your address if you win and ship you some lovely things to read. {Contest open to US residents only}

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  1. I used to subscribe to Craft: magazine eons ago and collected all 10 editions that were printed. While I was destashing my book collection, I found them and started reading through them. It was like instantly being transported to my grad school days and learning about circuitry while also knitting a lot for my then-Etsy shop. It’s funny how books can do that 🙂 Anywho, loving your picks for this month!

  2. Recently, I decided that I would give making my own bath products a go and thought it would be a fun project for me and my daughter. I bought a few books to get started and while reading through the pages, I had immediate memories of my great-grandmother making her own soap. I could even smell her soaps! I love memories that invoke the senses, they are the BEST! 🙂

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