Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special OccasionsKaren Ehman,
Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions will have the party planner in your life ready for every occasion. When a busy woman looks at her calendar and sees a birthday, holiday or special occasion, she has the best intentions for... Read More
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:
- 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.
Page Count: 192
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Dec 4, 2013
- UPC: 9780800722012
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 182
- Publish Date: Jan 21, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Female
- BISAC: "CRA034000"
- ISBN: 0800722019
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- Making Everyday Moments Extraordinary -- awesome resource by Laura Langley on 3/4/2014
In their book “Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions,” co-authors Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer set out to help readers to not only make holidays special, but to make everyday moments extraordinary. After all, “Everyday moments are the ones that are treasured in the hearts of those we love,” they claim.
Throughout “Everyday Confetti” Ehman and Whitwer seek to spark creativity and provide ideas for planning and implementing holiday and holy day celebrations with loved ones. But the authors don’t stop there. They hope to toss some confetti into everyday life, too.
According to the authors, simple moments of celebration communicate value to our loved ones and create a sense of belonging. Everyday moments are “a celebration of life, of each other, and most importantly, of God’s goodness,” say Ehman and Whitwer.
In the book, the authors cover all the major holidays as expected, but they also give great advice for finding those every day moments that can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. You’ll find advice for making the most of family dinners, ways to honor special achievements with the “family honor plate,” and ways to celebrate spiritual milestones. There are also ideas for staying connected with family—like sending lunchbox notes with your children or making sure your college student feels loved. Then there are ideas for all the major holidays as well as several minor ones.
Honestly, this book sold me before I ever picked it up. The cover is bright and appealing, and admittedly, I’m always looking for new ways of creating family traditions and meaningful memories.
“Everyday Confetti” delivers. It is what it says it is—a guide to celebrating holidays and special occasions. I found loads of great ideas for simplifying holiday celebrations so I can spend more time enjoying my family. I’ve already copied several recipes onto cards to try in the near future.
I’ve also identified a few traditions I plan to begin over the next year: celebrating our name days, creating a Book of Remembrance, a stones of Jordan memorial, and starting a journal for each child where I record their personality at each particular age.
As for holidays, I can’t wait to host a New Year’s Day Open House and challenge ourselves to live out 1 Corinthians 13 in a Valentine’s Day countdown. Easter’s coming soon, and I plan to try the folded hand prayer pretzels and resurrection rolls. During the summer I think we’ll try a mystery day. Thanksgiving will see us begin a gratitude journal, and sometime over the next few months we’ll have a family meeting to discuss which Christmas traditions mean the most, which ones we can do without, and which ones we might add. That way we can simplify our Christmas celebrations and keep Christ as the center.
All I can say is this: Thank you, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer for gathering so many wonderful resources in one place and for encouraging families to keep Christ as the center of our holidays and traditions while making every day moments ordinary. This is one that will be an ongoing resource in our household.
Get a copy of “Everyday Confetti” from your local bookseller or from online retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores, Mardel, and Christian Book Distributors.
*Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
About the Authors
Karen Ehman is a national speaker, an online devotion writer, an author for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and a contributor at TheBetterMom.com. Her latest book and Bible study is Let. It. Go. She has been a guest on Focus on the Family, Moody Mid-day Connection, and The 700 Club. She and her husband, Todd, live in Michigan with their three children. Connect with her at www.karenehman.com.
Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 Ministries online devotional. She is the author of several books, including I Used to Be So Organized. Glynnis and her husband, Tod, live in Arizona with their five children. She blogs regularly at www.glynniswhitwer.com.
- OUTSTANDING! by NARITA on 1/6/2014
When I saw Karen Ehman’s name on this book I KNEW it would be great, but it was better than that, it is outstanding! How wish this had been published when my girls were little! I tried very hard to make holidays special, but wracked my brain to find ways to make the many days in between them fun. This book was just what I needed! All is not lost because now I can use the ideas with my grandchildren.
This book’s celebrations did not require a lot of extra purchases and expense to carry them out. That is a plus for any family in this day and time. I especially liked that the throughout the book there was a Christian emphasis on family times spent together. The ideas were not only unique but very creative. Just the stuff great memories are made of.
Regular holidays are of course represented, with new traditions, games, and crafts. Many unusual calendar days not typically celebrated are included. There are sections on daily and weekly moments such as meal times, family night, sibling’s night, name day, spiritual miles stones, and reaching out to others in hard times. There is also a chapter on ways to keep connected with your children from the young to those heading to college.
I liked that it was divided into seasons where I can easily find what is appropriate for that time of year. The recipes are excellent, not a lot of fuss and things everyone would like, but delicious! Throughout the books are quotes, spiritual insights, and experiences of other women. This book is a keeper, and one you will want to use over and over!
I received this book free from Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.