Celebrate Every Day {Review and Giveaway}

by CarrieB

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Carrie received a copy of this book to facilitate her review.

Busy moms tend to think there is not much time to pause and celebrate life. There are three meals a day to get on the table, laundry to attack, errands to run, school to deal with and all sorts of relational issues which need constant attention. Frankly, taking time out to celebrate something frequently feels like something that I do not have to time to do. Taking “time out to celebrate” means taking time away from something else and I don’t know about you but I find myself with relatively little time to spare. (I suspect you moms know exactly what I am talking about.)

Enter Celebrate Every Day by mom and fellow blogger, Jaime Richardson. Here is a beautiful book which comes along to remind us that celebrations don’t have to be big and that happy moments of reflection can be inserted into daily existence with very little physical effort. (It does, however, require a change in your general perspective.)

As Richardson explains at the beginning of the book, she had been going through a divorce and felt the stress of trying to recreate family time with her children. How was she, as a single and busy mom, supposed to incorporate joy and times of celebration into the children’s daily life? She explains that celebrations do not have to be limited to major holidays but a child’s favorite meal can be served in honor of a good grade, or after accomplishing a special skill. We can celebrate little things from potty training to learning how to ride a bike. Mostly, we just have to take a moment to acknowledge that we are ever growing and experiencing life. That life can be made more beautiful if we begin looking for truth and beauty in the “mundane.”

Celebrate Every Day is a beautiful collection of healthy (and easy!) recipes to make regular meals fun and to encourage you to look for ways to make the most of the moments that we have on this earth. The book is littered with beautiful full-colored photographs that make you want to find a garden and have a picnic. Now.

Recipes include:

  • Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Grilled pizzas
  • Rustic Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
  • Autumn Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

And many, many more!

Your celebrations can be as simple as you like or complex as you want to make them. The point of this book is: find things to delight in, and then delight in them.

Would you like to win a copy? Two of you will! Enter by using the rafflecopter below, starting off by answering the question “What is one of your family favorite recipe?”

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Carrie blogs about books for the entire family over at Reading to Know.com and also at 5 Minutes for Books.



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1 Alvina Castro May 27, 2013 at 3:29 am

home made chicken soup

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2 Sonya Morris May 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

Oven baked chicken with rosemary, butter, lemon, garlic, salt & pepper.

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3 Krista May 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Lasagna is a family favorite at our house

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4 Anne May 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Roasted salmon with pesto, and roasted veggies.

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5 Marjorie May 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

My favourite is perogies with bacon and fried onions.

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6 Wehaf May 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I like my mom’s chrusciki.

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7 Cathy B*****y May 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Coconut Milk and almond butter slow cooker chicken!
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8 chelsea May 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

We’ve always had a curried chicken recipe in my family that is to die for!

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9 Charlene S May 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm

My mom’s potpie.

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10 Madonna May 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

I make a pineapple bread pudding type dessert that is a family favorite. We have to have it for every holiday.
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11 Holly Messana May 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

i love our chip dip, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and onion soup mix….yummy

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12 Heather May 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

My grandma’s split pea soup!
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13 Leslie Galloway May 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

We love chicken spaghetti around here!

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14 Krystal May 29, 2013 at 12:19 am

We love Tex-Mex soup, from the Betty Crocker cook book.
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15 Lisa A. May 29, 2013 at 12:53 am

My mom’s baked haddock.

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16 Inez Foreman May 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

My family love Pizza or Mini Burgers, all homemade.

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17 Jen May 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

ribbon jello! I never make it though. It takes ALL day and you need a huge crowd to make it. Hmmm…maybe for the baptism this summer though!
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18 Dawn May 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

My hubs is such a great cook. My Girl loves his SPinach Pies, and we also love Artichokes!
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19 Caroline B May 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love making baked ziti with my daughter

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20 Sindy Murray May 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I like to make tinga is a Mexican dish with chorizo and chicken!

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21 Bonnie May 30, 2013 at 12:12 am

Turkey Chili is a favorite recipe.

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22 Patricia Wojnar Crowley May 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

My Dad’s Chili!

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23 Jessica T May 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hamburger soup . . . yummmm

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24 Amy Tolley June 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

my familys potato salad….its amazing…thanks for this chance…

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25 Janet Jackson June 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

my family loves beef stroganoff

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26 nannypanpan June 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm

my moms stuffed peppers

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27 Brandy W. June 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm

our favorite family recipe is an apple pork chop in the oven. (With cinnamon, brown sugar & braeburn apples!)

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