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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800722012
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 151,431
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Ehman is the director of speaker development and an online devotion writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries whose passion is to help women live their priorities and love their lives. Her latest book is entitled Let. It. Go. How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith. Karen has been a guest on media outlets such as Focus on the Family, Moody Mid-day Connection, and The 700 Club. She is the wife of Todd, the mother of three, and resides in central Michigan. 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 email devotional. She is the author of I Used to Be So Organized, When Your Child Hurts, and Work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five children live in Arizona. She blogs regularly at www.glynniswhitwer.com.
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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    The cover of Everyday Confetti was awesome. It made me want to o

    The cover of Everyday Confetti was awesome. It made me want to open the book to see what great things were hidden inside. There were so many ideas, receipes and information that I cannot wait to get started.  Especially, since Easter is coming I was wondering what I was going to do make, or do with my kids. There are some great recipes, along with ideas for craft making. I received this book from The Book Club Network for my review. I truly enjoyed and recommend this book for those who are need ideas for any occasion. Great book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    Everyday Confetti is a treasure trove of recipes, ideas, and his

    Everyday Confetti is a treasure trove of recipes, ideas, and history. When I first started this book it ended up not being what I thought it would be and ended up being much better. This book covers a year of holidays, some of them I didn’t even know existed like the book lover’s day. This book focuses on the major holidays like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s. With plenty of ideas for the smaller ones like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Like I said before it even includes special days that I didn’t know existed. This book includes a brief history of the holidays and special days, and what absolutely surprised me were all the recipes. There are ideas on what to do with your home through the seasons. Birthdays are discussed, but not only that, just planning regular special times with your family. There is also a section on how to stay in touch and helping those in need. Everyday Confetti is a guide book that I will keep with my treasured cook books to be referred to time and time again. I was given this book through The Book Club Network and the opinions are my own. This book would make a great gift for Moms and Grandmas alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    What a delightful book! This book was packed full of ideas and

    What a delightful book! This book was packed full of ideas and recipes that are wonderful! It has everything from just everyday celebrations to seasonal holidays. I love the way they have divided the book up into activities and recipes for the specific celebration. They also have short articles from some of the leaders from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I also love that ministry! This is a book that I will treasure and use all throughout the year. I have already spotted some recipes that I can’t wait to try! Thank you so much, Revell and Bookfun for allowing me to review this book!
    I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Everyday Confetti is a book that every woman should own! It has

    Everyday Confetti is a book that every woman should own! It has a recipe for just about any holiday you could possibly imagine (even President’s Day!) but it is so much more than a cookbook. Each section offers great advice, suggestions for party planning, information on holidays and celebrations as well as godly insights. This book is one I will buy for every new bride I know. Everything from celebration ideas to recipes is simple, and easily attainable. This book is delightful! I may even buy one for each of my friends and family for Christmas gifts for this next year! I received a copy of Everyday Confetti from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    this beautiful book offers recipes, devotions, reasons for celeb

    this beautiful book offers recipes, devotions, reasons for celebrating, ideas for new traditions, decorating tips, fun activities, and practical ways to make every day a special occasion. everyday confetti inspires me to bring confetti to ordinary days- celebrating life, each other, and God's goodness. i'm happy to have this book on my shelf right along with my cookbooks! 

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Everyday Confetti By: Karen Ehman & Glynnis Whitwer Rejoice

    Everyday Confetti
    By: Karen Ehman & Glynnis Whitwer

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances:
    For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    I just wanted to start my review off with that verse. The authors started off with this in chapter 1 and I love all the scripture in the book. Right in the beginning reminded me of when I grew up and where Family set down at a table we held hands and bowed our heads in prayer giving thanks to our Lord. In time I see this as a thing in the pass I know in my own family we taught our children to do just this. Now they are grown and on their own with their own children, sad to say this is being not as important. My granddaughter said to me we don’t have to pray here we don’t do it in our house. She is only 3 this made me sad. I said well we still do. Little child of 3 already picking up on this. Where are our values? I just had to state this cause this hit me in the book right at the beginning.
    The authors talk in the book about getting these and other traditions back in the family the book gives us different things we can look into to get the family back together again.
    Bring back things to do together as a family. Games, crafts, reading, sleepovers and devotions to name a few ways to pull the family together.
    There are a lot of wonderful recipes in this book also. I liked all the scriptures to go with each section. There are recipes for every special day. I don’t believe there was a special day missing. I found one I really liked “ Book Lover’s Day” August 9th. The recipe for the day is “Jane Austen Cream Scones “. I could give you the recipe but not going to! Get the book it is wonderful. Karen and Glynnis did a wonderful job on this book.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Great ideas, Great recipes Makes it very easy to do special holi

    Great ideas, Great recipes
    Makes it very easy to do special holidays
    I was given this book by tbcn for my honest review
    God bless u
    Chris Granville

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    Karen Ehman & Glynnis Whitwer in their new book, ¿Everyday C

    Karen Ehman & Glynnis Whitwer in their new book, “Everyday Confetti” published by Revell gives us Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions.




    From the Back Cover:  Got a calendar packed with reasons to celebrate but a brain that lacks ideas? Special people you want to love on but limited time to do it? Relax. We’ve got you covered.




    Everyday Confetti is your go-to guide to making holidays, birthdays, special events, and even the everyday special. Inside you’ll find more than two hundred ways to make memories with your family, including easy recipes, fun activities, and inexpensive decorating ideas—all simple, doable, and stress-free.




    Confetti!  When the ball comes down on New Year’s Eve in New York the sky seemingly explodes with confetti.  It is what we throw when we want to celebrate something.  In “Everyday Confetti” all the reasons to celebrate are covered, from the major holidays to birthdays and anniversaries the authors provide practical advice for how to make the day extra special.  Recipes are even provided.  The kind of recipes that are easy for those of us who have no idea of how to cook.  Want to celebrate a day but do not have any ideas?  ”Everyday Confetti” is for you.  This is a book that you will turn to again and again.  It is also a great gift for friends and family for them to use to celebrate the special days in their lives.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    This is a book focusing on entertaining others in your home.  Th

    This is a book focusing on entertaining others in your home.  The way it is written, it seems as if the intended audience is women with families.  The tips for making other people feel special while not breaking the bank were good.  For example, the authors talk about sending loved ones quick notes, text messages, collages, homemade crafts, and other gifts.  Both authors are professed Christians, and the theme of mainstream Christianity is in the book.  There are Bible verses quoted and even a whole section of the book devoted to celebrating spiritual milestones of friends / family.  There is some diversity as the book discusses how to entertain during Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo, Veterans Day, and more.  Passover is mentioned on one page, but not much information is given about entertaining--the authors encourage readers to do their own research for hosting a Seder.  Recipes are also included, but I was not a fan of them.  Many recipes had butter, sugar, ham, sausage, and pork.  While there were some healthy recipes thrown in, the bulk of the recipes didn't seem too healthy.  This is a nice book, but not one I'd spend my money on to buy.   

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    Go-to book to make daily life a celebration

    If you love celebrating special occasions or wished you were a better party planner, EVERYDAY CONFETTI: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions is the book for you. This charming book offers party planning ideas for year-round celebrations. It covers the traditional holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and others. But it also highlights unique holidays, special days and events that can be turned into celebrations. Among the non-traditional celebrations are Backwards Day (Jan. 31), Tell a Story Day (April 27) and Book Lover’s Day (Aug. 9) to name a few. There’s even a Name Day where you can celebrate your birthday a second time. According to an old European tradition, names are assigned to each day of the year. Discover the date of your name and celebrate a second birthday. Another fun way to celebrate is to create a ‘family honor plate.’ It’s a special plate (of your design) that can only be used by the family member who makes an achievement, does an act of kindness or whatever accomplishment you decide. With each celebration there are activity suggestions and numerous easy recipes. Each occasion gives hints, along with personal accounts of how they celebrated the special day. The book is written in an easy format with the holidays separated into seasons for year-round entertainment. Authors Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer have complied a vast array of activities and recipes that will make celebrating any occasion fun and stress-free. This faith-based book will fast become a favorite in your household and have you celebrating more throughout the year. There are over 200 ideas to inspire celebrations and create memories with your family. EVERYDAY CONFETTI is the go-to book to make daily life a celebration. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    As someone who enjoys celebrating holidays or any other day, I w

    As someone who enjoys celebrating holidays or any other day, I was excited about this book. I was hoping to get some new ideas for celebrating all year and having someone else do the work for me! After reading Everyday Confetti, though, this isn't the book for me.

    While I definitely found a few nuggets in this book, I didn't walk away feeling like I was ready for a year of celebrations. Some pretty major holidays/occasions (i.e., Easter) only offered two or three suggestions. Then there were a lot of minor or made up holidays that were listed with only a couple of suggestions that would require quite a bit of research, thought, or creativity to pull something together. Other times the suggestions just weren't that creative. For instance, the suggestion for both Black History Month and Cinco de Mayo was to read a book about the topic and learn more about the reason for these holidays—but no books were suggested, nor discussion questions or other activities to make it fun. Personally, I would have preferred a shorter list of holidays/occasions and more thorough, creative, and fun ideas about how to celebrate the holidays that were included. Since this is a Christian book, I also wished that there was a spiritual tie-in for each holiday. Some of the holidays included this type of connection, but many did not.

    The three sections that were the best were Valentine's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These were the most complete sections and thought some of the ideas listed might be things I could incorporate into my family celebrations.

    While some may appreciate this book for what it offers, I think many readers will be frustrated. People who are super busy, overwhelmed by Pinterest, short on time, and/or less creative than they'd like to be—the people I think this book is written for—will most likely be disappointed by the lack of complete information and suggestions provided in Everyday Confetti. [2 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

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    It's the beginning of a new year. Why not make it a year of ever

    It's the beginning of a new year. Why not make it a year of everyday celebrations? Authors Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer make it easy for busy moms on the go that sometimes need a few ideas to pull off that perfect party or even just a perfect day. Everyday Confetti gives readers ideas about how to make every day special from the regular family celebrations like Easter and Christmas to the perfect Wednesday. With ideas for new traditions, great recipes and plenty of tips for making every day just right, this book will inspire and entertain readers who need that extra creative push.

    What I liked:

    Many of you know that I don't review very much non-fiction material on my blog. But every once in awhile I come across something that really gets me excited and Everyday Confetti is one of those books. Both authors are part of the Proverbs 31 ministry team and I knew this book would have a Christian perspective and have the interests of women at the forefront. I don't know about you, but sometimes I need an idea to work with when it comes to celebrating special moments in the lives of my family. We have family traditions that span generations but I want to do something special with my daughters that is just ours. Our own traditions and that's where this book comes in. It has ideas and recipes that I never even thought of before. It's nice to have a fresh set of ideas to consider.

    I love celebrations of any kind. And I loved the whole idea of being able to turn other days besides those red letter days on the calendar into a party. I want my children to have special memories of things we did together that maybe everybody else didn't do. I like to be unique in that way... LOL. There are so many good ideas in this book. And the recipes are easy with simple ingredients anyone can find at the store. I don't want to be going around looking for some off the wall ingredient when I could spend that time with my loved ones. 

    Overall this was just a very practical guide to making holidays and everyday something special. Some people need a little push when it comes to creativity and lets face it, working moms probably don't even time to think about things like that, so I thought this was a much needed book for moms on the go. 

    I also loved the personal stories and experiences that the authors added from their own lives. It made me realize that I'm not the only one who wants to do things that my kids will remember a long time from now. I have those kinds of memories and I want that for them too.

    What I didn't like:

    It was way too short. I wanted more ideas, more recipes, more tips. Okay, so maybe I'm being a big greedy. But it was just that good.

    Bottom Line:

    If you're looking for inspiration or you just want to do something you've never done before. Give this book a look when thinking about celebrating holidays, spiritual milestones and even a perfect Tuesday. It's a real gem.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    WOW! This book has soooo much more than I thought it would!!! Wh

    WOW! This book has soooo much more than I thought it would!!! When it comes to celebrations I absolutely LOVE having family and friends come over to my house! To me, there is nothing better!
    When it comes to being creative or having these great party planning ideas, I fail miserably! But I am so excited to say that w/Everyday Confetti all of that is going to change!!!




    This book shares not just traditional holidays but also those that I never really thought about celebrating.  You will also learn some of the holiday's history and different facts as well! You will find recipes, decorating tips, and how to plan ideas! Making memories and sharing traditions with your family is so important and Everyday Confetti shares how to do just that! I appreciate anything that encourages bringing families together and this book does that, page after page, no matter the occasion!




    I HIGHLY recommend this book and would say don't just get 1, get 2 or 3 and share them with your friends and relatives! This would also make a GREAT wedding gift, a Baby shower gift, or Mothers' Day… I could go on and on :) 




    Thank you Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Our family makes a point to celebrate birthdays and we have spec

    Our family makes a point to celebrate birthdays and we have special traditions for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. So when I got the book, Everyday Confetti, I was intrigued. It is a guide to how to celebrate year-round, by putting emphasis on some of the forgotten holidays and regular days.

    The book starts with an overview of how to celebrate special occasions and gives fun ideas on things you may not think about like 'Golden Birthdays' when a person's birthday is the same as the age they are turning, like turning 10 on the 10th. Then it goes through the whole year and highlights the holidays for each season and gives ideas on things to do, ways to decorate or how to make that day special. There are also some interesting looking recipes, like the Navy Bean soup they serve in the House Senate each day or ideas on how to have a colonial Thanksgiving.

    I think it does a good job in helping us see how the ordinary can become special when we put a little thought into it. I think the danger is for people who Pinterest perfectionists to feel bad because they didn't make a special Cherry Granola for President's day. But for someone who is wanting to create traditions and memories with her family this book can be a one-stop-shop for ideas and recipes without getting overwhelmed by the gazillion ideas on Pinterest. It's good to be able to just flip to that month or holiday, pick and choose an idea and go with that, knowing that no one could do everything listed in the book.

    One think I really did like was the emphasis on service. Many of the ideas were just about how it was important to celebrate things like Veteran's Day by honoring veterans in our life, either just in acknowledging their sacrifice or by doing something special for them or for their family. We do often just drift through those kinds of holidays with no more than a general Facebook post of thanks, or worse, nothing at all. And the book is decidedly Christian in style with verses and devotionals concerning the holidays.

    This was a quick read and would be a good reference to keep on hand for ideas.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    When I saw Karen Ehman¿s name on this book I KNEW it would be gr

    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.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    I wouldn't consider myself a foodie but I fell in love with this

    I wouldn't consider myself a foodie but I fell in love with this book. I loved the premise of celebrating not only the special occasions in our lives but the everyday events that bond us together as a family. Karen and Glynnis have put together a book that celebrates the big things and the little things in life. 




    The ideas for each celebration are very doable. In an age of overblown parties it was refreshing to read about simple ways to make lasting memories with those you love. As I said I'm not a foodie so I appreciated that the recipes included were doable for the average cook. In fact I would categorize most of the recipes as comfort food. Not because they will pack on the calories but because they will evoke warm memories when you think about gathering with your loved ones and ingesting the delicious dishes.




    Sprinkled throughout the book are little stories from other contributors about personal celebrations from their families. I think that my absolute favorite is Siblings' Night which is from Karen Ehman. I have three children that are very close and this story just touched my heart because it reminds me so much of them. Let me leave you with the details of it:




    "For the first decade of parenting, we lived in a very tiny home. All three of our kids, ages two through nine, shared the same bedroom. A triple bunk bed and one shared dresser meant big sister had little brothers' Hot Wheels and Batman PJs right alongside her sparkly lip gloss and jewelry box. When we were finally able to move into a bigger home with two bedrooms for the kids, we thought they'd be thrilled. But while they loved the look of their individual rooms, when nighttime came they wanted to be together. In fact, for the first month or so the boys dragged their pillows and blankets into their sister's room and slept on her floor!




    We noticed that the kids had a little routine to their nighttime activities. They'd get drinks of water, Kenna would read the boys a story, and then she would sing them a song from our church camp called 'Goodnight Boys, Sleep Tight Boys.' That tradition was something they didn't want to give up!




    Our living situation eventually morphed into everyone in their own rooms. However, a few nights every month, until our daughter moved out at age eighteen, they would hold Siblings' Night. They'd fix a snack and retreat to Kenna's bedroom to watch a movie with NO PARENTS ALLOWED. Then the boys would sleep on her floor and she would lull them into dreamland by singing her goodnight song.




    Even now, when she returns for a holiday from her home five states away, you will find the tradition of Siblings' Night taking place in our guestroom--with her on the twin bed and the big, strapping, teenage boys on her floor!"




    I encourage each of you to get a copy for yourself and your loved ones and then spend the next year, and years to come, celebrating the everyday lives of your family.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    I absolutely (and I mean absolutely) loved this book! I'm not a

    I absolutely (and I mean absolutely) loved this book! I'm not a big non-fiction reader, but this a novel that I knew I had to pick up and read since I'm a huge craft lover!

    The ideas, suggestions, and recipes were awesome! Everything is really laid back and pretty simple to do without causing any extra headache for the ones who want to do something special for a friend/loved one (like me)! There were even plenty of ideas about holidays that are not so popular such as Backwards Day, Tell A Story Day, and Book Lover's Day (This is one of my favorite holidays, but I had no idea how to celebrate it until reading this book)!

    Something I really appreciated about the authors is how they included their own personal experiences! It really helped me to see that I can make Easter and Christmas about Jesus too while having fun AND not stressing (these two are just an example! There were many other holidays that they shared their experiences and inspired me!)! Talk about a double bonus! Also the authors not only shared some fun moments they had, but they included other people's stories as well about how they started a birthday tradition or celebrated Thanksgiving in a new way!

    I very strongly recommend Everyday Confetti to any person who has a desire to make new fun memories with family/friends, but not sure what or how to make it happen! Through these inexpensive, fun, and easy ideas as well as good sounding recipes I can guarantee that they will not be disappointed (I plan to do many of the ideas this upcoming year and already have some recipes on my list to cook next week)!

    I give Everyday Confetti a 5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!

    *I received this book for free from Revell through their blog program, Revell Reads, in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review! (Thank you so much Revell! I truly enjoyed this!)*

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    The perfect gift for the person in your life who likes to entert

    The perfect gift for the person in your life who likes to entertain or a new bride. This book is divided by months with multiple celebrations in each- major holidays and just everyday. There are also recipes in each chapter for you to try. I certainly enjoyed this book very much and will be stocking up on it to use as gifts this year. 

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    Posted March 4, 2014

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