Friday, January 24, 2014

The Big Book of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids (A 3-in-1 Collection)

One of our Family Rules is to laugh.....a lot. And we take that 'rule' pretty seriously around here. So when I got this:

I was pretty stoked to have some all new material to laugh with the kids. We've checked out books from the library but they've all been just 'so-so' and some of the jokes have been questionable to telling to kids.

The first section has a Q&A jokes like:

Q: Where did the general put his armies?
A: In his sleevies!


Q: What do you call four bullfighters in quicksand?
A: Quatro-sinko!

The kids have loved them. We've read a couple of pages during dinner and all giggled, groaned and laughed until we cried. I haven't laughed like that in a while. We haven't even made our way though the first of the three sections of the book but it has been great. I've loved telling these jokes to the kids because so many remind me of the kind I used to find on Popsicle sticks.

Many of the jokes rely on a play on words, or a similar sounding word to make it funny.  That's been good to discuss with the kids because some we have to explain that there are different spellings of the words or different meanings with the same spelling.

The next two sections of the book have animal jokes and knock-knock jokes.

Even though they can get corny and we only do a few pages at a time, it's great having some new material around the house so the kids aren't always telling us the same tired jokes.

I received a copy of this book through the Revell Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Everyday Confetti

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.

I received a copy of this book through the Revell Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.