Monday, November 16, 2015

Just Life| Getting your home ready for the holiday season

The holiday season is right around the corner and that is usually the time of year most of us invite family and friends to our homes. 

So is your house ready for the holiday season?

Does your family room need a bit of updating? Is your guest room ready for the out of town guests? 

Does your living room need a face lift before the guests arrive?

If you need to sprinkle some style into your home without breaking the bank, head to your local library for some home decorating books.

In your local library, the home decorating books are shelved in the nonfiction 747 call number area.

I love home decorating books. It seems like after looking through these books, I always get inspired to make my house prettier. As if I am trying to compete with the pages in these home decorating books.

So here are some home decorating books from your local library:

Decorating fearlessly by Suzanna Salk

The things that matter by Nate Berkus

Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

If your house is cluttered like mine, here are a few books for both of us:

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, November 9, 2015

Just Life| International Cookbooks

I am still amazed at the number of international cookbooks that one can find in the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public libraries.

There are shelves and shelves of cookbooks from all around the world in our library system.

Seriously, our libraries have Indian cookbooks, Japanese cookbooks, Lebanese cookbooks and the list goes on and on. 

If you are not a really good cook like me, I would recommend that you head to the children's area. I find the instructions in the children cookbooks much more straight forward. I love children cookbooks. They are easy to follow and the recipes are pretty amazing.

Persian food made by my Aunt Angie

Remember folks, holiday season is upon us.  Wouldn't it be nice to surprise your family and friends with some exciting foods from far away lands.

Here are a few cookbooks from all over the world at your fingertips in your local public library.

Cooking the Australian way

Portuguese homestyle cooking

Delightful Brazilian cooking

A taste of Lebanon : cooking today the Lebanese way : over 200 recipes developed and tested

And no holiday table is complete without desserts. Here are few irresistible dessert recipe books to delight your soul.

The Beekman 1802 heirloom dessert cookbook

Baking chez moi : recipes from my Paris home to your home anywhere

Bon app├ętit desserts the cookbook for all things sweet and wonderful

Happy cooking.

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Just Life| Piggie says " I Really Like Slop!"

Mo Willems is one of my favorite children authors. The kids love his books.

Mo Willems just published a new easy reader book called," I Really Like Slop!". 

So here is the basis of the story:

Piggie the pig, is cooking a pretty smelly concoction and is asking Gerald the elephant to taste it.

I am not gonna reveal anything else about this book, let's just say that sometimes we all do crazy things for our friends. 

The Elephant & Piggie books are perfect for k-2 graders. 

To be honest, anyone who likes to read would enjoy these books. As my daughter says; " these books are just funny". As simple as that. 

And we all could use some fun to brighten our days.

Here are some other easy readers by Mo Willems:

We are in a book

I will take a nap!

The pigeon needs a bath!

Here is also a chapter book by this author published in October of this year that is perfect for the older kids.

The story of Diva and Flea

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, October 26, 2015

Just Life| Beautiful Pictures

Let's kick start this week with some beautiful pictures.

Muskegon Michigan

A bowl full of pomegranates

A bowl of pomegranate seeds

Stockton is beautiful

Happy Monday everyone.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Just Life| Halloween worthy books & more

Halloween is right around the corner and if you are in the mood for some scary books, here are a few suggestions:

The Blumhouse book of nightmares : the haunted city

The silence of ghosts

NOS4A2 : a novel

Girl of nightmares

Anna Dressed in Blood

In a dark, dark wood

For those of you who value your sleep, I suggest the following popular books:

Light between oceans by M.L Stedman

Circling the sun: a novel by Paula Mclain

The architect's apprentice: a novel by Elif Shafak

Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Don't forget to come by the Troke Library on Thursday, October 29th at 6:00pm for our Halloween Arts & Crafts program.

2014 Halloween Arts & Craft at Troke Library

2014 Halloween Arts & Craft at Troke Library

2014 Halloween Arts & Craft at Troke Library

2014 Halloween Arts & Craft at Troke Library

2014 Halloween Arts & Craft at Troke Library

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, October 12, 2015

Just Life| Your Favorite Television Series At The Library

One of the benefits of having a library card is that you can check out your favorite television series from the library for free.

Why pay $50 for a DVD set, when you can borrow it from the library for free and you can keep it for three weeks.

Here are a few television series that you can borrow from your local library:

Just search the library catalog for the listing of your favorite television series.

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, October 5, 2015

Just Life| Dragons Love Tacos

Mom, have you read " Dragons love tacos"?


Mom, have you read " The day the crayons quit"?


I felt so uncool. 

So I borrowed these two picture books from the library and my daughter read them to me with enthusiasm.

Then a few weeks later, it was my turn to surprise her.

Oh, Ari, Ari, have you read " The day the crayons came home"?


Me neither. But I placed it on hold so we can both enjoy this brand new book.

Signing off until next Monday- A semi-cool mom