I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Any Last Words & Misc: Chanukah Cookie House Decorating Kit

 We may have been given complimentary copies of one or more of the books and/or other products listed below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Any Last Words

Today we are recommending Any Last Words by Joseph Hayden. Have you ever wondered what famous people say on their deathbed and if their thoughts are any more profound than any of the rest of ours would be? Well, now you can find out. Any Last Words is a collection of the final expressed thoughts of variety of famous people ranging from scientists like Albert Einstein to athletes like  Joe Dimaggio and more. The book even includes all the departed United States Presidents as well as some famous folks epitaphs and some famous movie character's final lines. Now, you may wonder how they can possibly know what all these people's final words were and if this book is actually accurate. In some cases, the author actually admits that the person's exact last words are unknown, and the quote listed is something they said near the end of their life but not necessarily at the very end. However, knowing whether or not these words are the true representations of what each person actually said right before they died, doesn't make this book any less fascinating to thumb through or read cover to cover.

Misc: Chanukah Cookie House Decorating Kit 

Today we are recommending the Chanukah Cookie House Decorating kit. Although anyone can put together a gingerbread house, they are typically associated with Christmas which may leave those who don't celebrate Christmas especially young children feeling left out. However, now they don't have to feel that way anymore because now there is the Chanukah Cookie House Decorating kit. This easy to put together kit is great for people of all ages but especially for school-age children who can easily participate without getting frustrated because it's too hard for them. In fact, it goes together easier than any gingerbread house we have ever tried. The house is not made of gingerbread so don't expect that. The box mentions sugar cookies but don't expect that either. The flavor has  more of a shortbread cookie taste. Of course, like with gingerbread houses, you don't necessarily have to celebrate Chanukah to build and eat a Chanukah Cookie house. However, it's nice that Jewish families can have a cookie house to call their own now.


If you do celebrate Chanukah and you are looking for more holiday tips for this unusual holiday season, visit the PJ Library Chanukah Hub, which offers dozens of easy to follow ideas, including book suggestions, crafts, recipes and episodes of the free "Have I Got a Story for You" podcast. Throughout the season, PJ Library* is also hosting live author visits on their Facebook Live channel.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

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