Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Everyday Confetti

Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions
Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
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Goodreads Summary:
When a busy woman looks at her calendar and sees a birthday, holiday, or special occasion, she has the best intentions for bringing joy to her family and creating lasting memories. Then reality hits. Amidst demanding responsibilities and an overloaded schedule, when is she ever going to have time to plan the perfect celebration or find the creativity to make it special? 
In this go-to guide, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer give women the ideas and the motivation they need to make such occasions less daunting. They provide creative ideas and menu plans for
- Holidays 
- Birthdays
- Special Events
- Everyday Occasions
Readers will even find suggestions for reaching out to others throughout the year through celebrations that are simple, doable, and stress-free. 
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy this book today on \Kindle (in hard copy!) for $11.53 (3/3/14).

My Thoughts: 
This was a fun book and I am so thankful I got a chance to review it! I am the type of girl who enjoys a good celebration or fun tradition. I also just so happened to be looking for new ways to make the ''every day'' a bit more special. To say then that this book created the perfect storm for me would be appropriate.

"Confetti" is part cookbook, part idea book. The lovely authors say this:
Our desire with this book is to spark your creativity and provide you with ideas for planning and implementing wonderful holiday and holy day celebrations with your loved ones. will learn to toss a little confetti into the everyday too--to be on the lookout for days and ways to make the ordinary extraordinary. (Kindle location 69 of 2007)
And I really couldn't say it any better! ...obviously as that is why they are authors and I am not... The first part of the book is shorter and covers everyday celebrations and birthdays. Part two is longer going through the whole year by seasons highlighting holidays. They hit the 'big ones' like Easter and Christmas, but also lesser celebrated holidays like Arbor Day, Book Lover's Day or Johnny Appleseed Day. For each celebration they provide ideas for making the day super special and even recipe ideas! Let me make a note here that both authors are Christian so the book is peppered with Bible verses and different ways to keep the focus on God.

The one thing I really didn't like was reading it in Kindle format. My Kindle format was all messed up. Perhaps Nook can handle it better? Either way to get the full effect, and to ensure this book is actually utilized: buy a hard copy. I'm thinking I will still go get one so I can easy flip through the ideas and have quick access to the recipes and ideas. If you are one of those strange people who enjoy reading cookbooks in ebook form and hardly ever tries the recipes, then by all means, buy the ebook.

I haven't read anything else like it (and if you have, let me know in the comments below!) and am betting you will find it a neat read as well. I'm rating it 5 stars for usefulness, fun factor, and uniqueness. One of my faves of 2014 so far! I would, and have, recommend this one to mothers as it works best for families. But also for anyone looking to add a little confetti to their everyday lives!

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