Improving your Home and Self with Books from DK Publishing Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 02/09

home workoutI spent this past weekend with two wonderful books from DK Publishing. The first book was entitled Home Workout. The premise of this thick paperback instructional book is to provide readers with easy to follow pilates, yoga, abs and body toning workouts that can be done from the comfort of home in a mere 15 minutes a day. The book also includes an instructional DVD demonstrating six key routines from the book.

What I liked most about this book is that the instructions are easy to follow, not too long that they bore me from ever wanting to do them again, and that the pictures are bright, colourful and compliment the written instructions perfectly. This book is ideal for someone who is interested in fulfilling their new year’s resolution of getting fit, but is too shy to hit their yoga studio just yet.

The exercises in the book offer variety to an already established workout routine or give the beginner an easy-to-follow look at five great workout styles: pilates, yoga, abs, back workouts, and strength training. The workouts are written by a team of fitness professionals and are definitely a great way to institute a safe and effective home workout routine.

As a longtime home-based pilates fan, I can ensure you that the pilates exercises outlined in this book are a perfect way to introduce a person to the exercise and are highly effective in toning.

The best piece of advice from Home Workout is on page 13, “Don’t waste time getting ready to exercise. You are ready. Just begin.”

So, what are you waiting for! Retailing at only $12.95 +tax, this is one book you will refer to over and over again!home

The second book from DK Publishing that I could not put down is called, Step-by-Step Home Design & Decorating. This practical book serves as a useful guide to anyone looking to update, decorate or renovate their home.

The book discusses everything from choosing the right countertops and backsplashes for a kitchen to a how-to on sewing cushions for your living room sofa.  As someone in the midst of looking to update her 10 year old house on a budget, I found this book to be very interesting.

While all of the sections did not apply to me since I wasn’t looking to refinish or replace my kitchen cupboards, I did appreciate the sections pertaining to refreshing a room with the right lighting and how to make informed decisions about colour schemes and room layouts.

With step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photography, this book is a great resource for anyone who doesn’t have a clue on where to start or how to start changing the look of their home – inside and out! This book cannot only teach you to hang blinds properly, but also how to tile a bathroom! It’s a one stop resource for all things related to restyling your home.

My favourite section was, “5 Ways with Mirrors.” I have trouble finding the right sized mirrors for certain rooms, and as the chapter explains, having a mirror in a room or hallway isn’t just about having somewhere to check your appearance. The right mirror or mirrors can improve the light and proportions  of an otherwise narrow space.


Like Home Workout, DK’s Step-by-Step Home Design & Decorating is a resource book that will constantly come in handy. For more information on these and other practical books published by DK books, visit their website and take advantage of their 30% off books for a limited time only.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products to sample. All opinions are honest and my own.


Enter to win the Home Workout and  Step-by-Step Home Design & Decorating Books by DK Canada!

Giveaway ends February 9th, 2014 at 11:59pm.

Rules: Open Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

Tracy (Redefined)
In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine.

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  1. books are great visual references and provide ideas and inspiration for both workouts & home décor – I love to just look at them for motivation and ideas!

  2. I’ve never used books before for working out at home but I’ve used a lot of books for home renovating, repair, and style.

  3. I do have a couple yoga books. It’s been a few years since I looked at them. We’ve used a few plumbing repair books to solve problems around the house.


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