Category Family

Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus

Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus
Tenaya Darlington & André Darlington
Running Press
Retail Price: $22.00
Amazon Price: $10.23

Book Description:

Looking for a great idea for date night or to entertain friends? Why not cue up Casablanca with some French 75s and a Moroccan-themed spread? Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus spotlights thirty crowd-pleasing films from the 1930s through the ’80s, paired with signatures drinks and dishes that appear in, or are inspired by, each film’s setting and stars. Filled with entertaining tips and background on each film, dish, and cocktail, the book offers a unique culinary tour of movie history, including menus inspired by The Thin Man, The Philadelphia Story, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, American Graffiti, Moonstruck, and many more.

Fully illustrated with luscious food photography and evocative film stills, Movie Night Menus provides the perfect accompaniments and conversation pieces to round out a fun-filled evening.

Review

If you are a classic movie buff you will love this book.  What a great concept for a small dinner party/movie night. And this book makes throwing on get together a breeze!  Each movie segment gives you an overview of the movie you will be watching to use as a discussion starter, a signature drink that was part of the movie, and  menu that fits right into the setting of the film. The food and drink recipes are well balanced between simple and complex, so you won’t find yourself overwhelmed.  You will also find tips on entertaining that I found very useful.  To top it all off the photography was beautiful and the book is very well organized from start to finish.  This would make a great gift for the movie buff in your life!

~Reviewed by Sara J.

    Smart Mom Rich Mom

    Product DetailsSmart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family
    by Kimberly Palmer
    AMACOM
    Retail Price:  $14.95
    Amazon Price:  $6.94

    Book Description:   Of all life’s financial shocks, few compare to bringing home an infant. Just one tiny person costs $250,000 to raise– not including college! How will you pay for it? That agonizing question fuels mothers’ choices about their careers, budgets, and families. Some lean in, some scale back or seek new opportunities–there are no easy answers . . . but lots of rewarding possibilities. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” explores how women today are navigating the financially challenging career/parenting years. Written by a national money columnist and mom of two, the book chronicles people who have stayed in the game–full-time, freelance, self-employed, and more–and emerged more prosperous and empowered. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” mines their experiences to uncover both career advice and spending and savings strategies that everyone can use. Stories, checklists, action steps, planning tools, and more explain how to:

    – Prepare financially for parenthood–whether you’re expecting your first child or your third

    – Balance thrift with generating income and investing wisely

    – Find flexibility at work while safeguarding your earning potential

    – Save for both college and retirement despite increased expenses

    – Plan for unexpected events, like a layoff or illness

    – And much more

    Kids change our lives, adding joy but draining bank accounts. “Smart Mom, Rich Mom” helps you adopt healthy habits–and make hard decisions–that pay off in abundance.

    Review

    This is a fantastic book for mom’s who not only want to stay in the game, but make the best financial decisions for their family.  While I am an “empty nester”, I lead a group of entrepreneurial women in a monthly class. Most of them are young mom’s trying their best to take care of their kids and still contribute financially to their household.  I purchased this book for them to read and was very pleased with it.  I wish I had this advice when I was a young mom. It’s direct, applicable and gives practical advice for mothers on how to be smart about money. Thrift is the best use of all your resources — including money AND time — so mommy savings tips need to expand from coupon-clipping and into longer-term investments.  Moms can feel overwhelmed thinking about and planning for the future, but the author makes it “doable” by sharing her own experience, while also drawing on others’ stories.  The best part is that you can walk away from this book with clear ideas about how to take better ownership of your family’s finances. This is  must-read for women, mom’s and mom’s-to-be and even an old timer like me found so much to learn!

    ~Reviewed by Allie B.

      Global Mom

      Global Mom
      By Melissa Dalton-Bradford
      Familius
      Retail Price $17.95
      Amazon Price: $13.73

      Book Description: 

      After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

      Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

      As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

      Review

      The author has lived a life that others only dream of, traveling the globe and raising her family in a variety of interesting, life-enriching settings.  Not that her life has been a picnic.  She has suffered loss, had to endure change, and make a consistent life for her children though her living conditions were anything but consistent.  Due to her situation, Melissa has learned to see her life as an adventure and shares how to live life in the moment.  She encourages the reader to see their lives the same way, no matter where they live, and to make hospitality a way of life.  It was a fantastic read!
      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

        The Pastor’s Kid

        The Pastor’s Kid
        By Barnabas Piper and John Piper
        David C. Cook
        Retail Price $12.99
        Amazon Price: $9.74

        Book Description: 

        The Only One Facing As Much Pressure As the Pastor is … The Pastor’s Kid
        Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.
        Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.
        But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

        Review

        This book is very insightful and helps us to understand what it is like being the child of a pastor.  The author was a PK himself and shares his story in such a way as to both enlighten the reader and entertain them.  PK’s will relate to his words and find comfort in the familiarity of the author’s life.  Church members will learn how to accept PKs where they are and not put unrealistic expectations on them just because their parent is the Pastor.  This book was a good reminder that we are all human and, flaws and all, God loves us right where we are.
        ~Reviewed by Pat C.
         

          Get Your Joy Back

          Get Your Joy Back
          By Laurie Wallin and Joni Eareckson Tada
          Kregel
          Retail Price $13.99
          Amazon Price: $11.13

          Book Description: 

          An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who’s been there.“It isn’t the long day of monitoring a child’s precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it’s the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents’ greatest stressor and source of pain.” —Laurie WallinParents of specials needs children are exhausted. They’ve done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children’s needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents’ mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they’re drowning.

          This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and–above all–hope.

          Review

          One of the hardest things for me to describe about my experiences as the mom of a child with some special needs is how lonely it sometimes feels. It’s weird for me to say this because I have wonderful family and friend support. There is a plethora of people available to hear me and help me, should I need them. But I find it difficult to always adequately express what is bothering me about my 5-year-old daughter with special needs.  Some worries I can’t put into words. Often, there’s no concrete reason for my concern… it’s just a feeling I have.  This often leads to depression or a loss of joy in not only parenting, but life in general.  The author does  a wonderful job of walking beside you, sharing her story, and giving you tips and resources about getting your joy back by giving up the resentment (open or hidden) about your difficult situation.  I found it very encouraging and uplifting and I was able to apply so many things to my own life.

          ~Reviewed by Allie B.