Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4 Fun Ways To Keep Your Mommy Brain Sharp


I have been out of college and a stay at home mom for a while now and sometimes I feel like my brain is mush! Mush meaning "mommy brain" which is where I have forgotten how to interact with adults, manners, basically everything that doesn't have to do with my child.  In addition to "mommy brain", my most commonly used words are "potty", "tushy", and "kissy" lol. As an outgoing person I want to make sure I am able to hold an adult conversation if needed, so I would like to share a few things that I do to keep my mind feeling fresh. Here are 4 fun ways to keep your mommy brain sharp!

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Free College Courses - Coursera.org is a website where you can take free online college courses. Over the years I have taken many courses through this site including a writing course, nutrition course, and a chemistry course. Watching online webinars can be very informative, I've watched them on different topics. I have also just discovered a new site called EDX.org. I'm planning to register and see what they have to offer. Even though I was done with college years ago, it is still good to refresh your mind or even learn a new subject.

Reading - I really enjoy reading a good book, most of my book collection was built with books from Goodwill. The library is of course a great source, but newly released books my not be available. If I check out library books,  I tend to read faster since I know that I have to return the book after only a few weeks. I understand that sometimes busy moms don't have the time to sit down and read a book, but lately I have been using Hoopla. Hoopla is available as an app and is a digital media service that allows you to stream and download audiobooks, music, ebooks, and movies using your library card. I love listening to an audio book on a long drive in the car.

Listen to Podcasts - Lately I have been listening to podcasts almost daily. If you aren't able to sit down with a physical book or even listen to an audio book, then a podcast may be the way to go. Podcasts take less time to listen to than an audio book. There are podcasts about any and everything, you can even learn a foreign language from a podcast.

Have Hobbies - Hobbies are my thing! I didn't really start tapping into my hobbies until I was in college when I began a beauty blog. Now in my real adult life lol, I love to scrapbook, do yoga, read and write.  I also like to go to different events in my hometown. Having hobbies keeps your mind sharp and is a great form of self care which all moms need.

See anything on this list that you want to try out? I can honestly say that I have been enjoying audio books and podcasts, they are both effortless to listen to. What are some things that you do to keep your mind fresh? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Our Fall Children's Book Picks

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The fall season is one of our favorite seasons in our home. We love attending fall events and attractions in our city, we love fall crafts, and fall themed books. Even though the fall is Ava's favorite season, we only own one fall book! This prompted a trip to the library to look for more fall themed books to incorporate into our homeschool day. Here is what we picked up.

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1. Fall leaves fall by Zoe Hall - I found this book at Goodwill when Ava was a baby and she still likes to read it.

2. Fall by Mary Lindeen

3. Rotten Pumpkin by David Schwartz - Ava is obsessed with the process of decay lol. When she saw this book, she had to have it. We have had to renew this book 2 times because Ava likes it so much.

4. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

5. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson - Ava fell in love with this book when she saw and listened to it on Book Flix. This book is a longer book, but the narrator's voice really brought the book to life and Ava reads this book over and over again.

6. Fall Is Here by Frankie Jones

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7. Fall is Here! Counting 1-10 by Pamela Jane - A cute little rhyming book, great for toddlers.

8. My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee - This is another book that Ava likes to check out over and over. The girl in the story likes to make a fall leaf picture which has been Ava's favorite activity lately.

I would recommend adding these books to your library list. What fall books are you reading this season. Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Our Visit To Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Scarecrows In The Garden

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Fall and specifically Halloween is Ava's favorite time of the year. I think she may like Halloween more than her birthday lol. We usually like to participate in fun fall and Halloween events during the whole month of October. We took a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the Scarecrows In The Garden which has become somewhat of a tradition for us as we have gone every year for the past 2 years. I wanted to share a few pictures of our time at the gardens in hopes of inspiring you to take a trip there this October. Check out the pictures below!

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Ava loves the spooky fun of Halloween and she really enjoys Scarecrows in the Garden. We went with our friends and the kids had a great time.

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There have been new renovations to the gardens and Ava was able to play on the new playground, she had a blast going down the slide.

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Since Halloween is quickly approaching, Ava wanted to wear a festive shirt, I picked it up at Atlanta Baby Exchange, one of our favorite places to shop for children's clothes in Atlanta. I paired her fun shirt with Estella Black "Mary Jane" style shoes sent to us from pediped footwear. They looked so girly and adorable on Ava.  Definitely check out pediped footwear for amazingly cute kids shoes. Oh, and did I mention that her shoes are made with vegan materials?!

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There are more than 100 scarecrows in the garden created by schools, businesses, and organizations. The scarecrows leave the garden on October 29th, so if you are in the area, take a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Until next time!

April K.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Our Summer in Pictures

Autumn is here, leaves are beginning to fall from the trees, and there is a crispness in the air. We actually had to wear jackets the other day! I wanted to share a few pictures of what we did this summer. No extravagant vacations, just plain old mother, daughter time. Check out what we did this summer below!

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We took over the High Museum!

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We played with friends.

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We played at the lake. 

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We ate Italian Ice.

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We played more games on the balcony.

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Ava had a birthday and we got to meet rescued farm animals.

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And we saw the solar eclipse!

Overall, I enjoyed my lazy summer with my new 4 year old! I am looking forward to the fall season, the cool weather, Ava's favorite holiday and of course pumpkin spice everything! How was your summer? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Our Visit To The Children's Museum Of Atlanta

*Our trip to the Children's Museum of Atlanta was provided by Brave PR Atlanta.

It's fall! Ava and I spent the first day of fall at the Children's Museum of Atlanta (CHOA), one of our favorite places to visit. We went to check out the new Sid The Science Kid: The Super Duper Science Exhibit. Check out our pictures from an amazing day.

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Ava and I visit the children's museum often but Ava woke up really excited to visit the museum today because of the new Sid The Science Kid: The Super Duper Science Exhibit. Ava just started watching the Sid the Science Kid show on Netflix about a month ago and has been obsessed with it.

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 Our visits to CHOA usually include running all over the museum, playing at each exhibit for about 30 minutes at a time, pausing to sip water and maybe eat lunch, and not wanting to leave to go home. Today was no different lol, however, instead of playing with all of the museum exhibits, Ava literally spent 2 hours playing, learning, and observing in the the new Sid The Science Kid: The Super Duper Science Exhibit.

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Our friends came along to hang out with us today. Do you see how cute this exhibit is?!  It was made to look like Sid's house and school, it was adorable. The kids are able to play in Sid's treehouse, Sid's kitchen, and Sid's bedroom to draw a big idea. Ava's favorite station was definitely drawing a big idea. Check out her picture on the screen, she draws the best stick people!

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Ava had such a fun time today and I am glad that we had company.  If you are in the Atlanta area, check out Sid The Science Kid: The Super Duper Science Exhibit at the Children's Museum Of Atlanta. It is perfect for ages 2-6 and runs until January 15, 2018. Feel free to follow my Instagram account to see more pictures from our day. Until next time!

April K.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Must Have Outfits for Preschool Girls

Happy Fall, the fall season is here and I couldn't be more excited!  I am loving the fashion trends for the fall season, but my favorite for preschool girls has to be unicorns! Yes, I have unicorn fever. I wanted to share a few affordable fall must have outfits for preschool girls. Check them out below.

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Outfit #1 is from my one of my favorite places to shop, The Children's Place. Clothes here are always trendy, cute, and affordable. The boots with this outfit are too cute and would be great to wear to a fall festival.

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Outfit #2 is from H&M. I fell in love with this sweatshirt and earphones! I can see Ava now using the headphones to listen to an audio book while I'm browsing the store. This would be really fun to wear to a birthday party. 

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If you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with headbands, especially animal ear headbands. 
Outfit #3 is from Baby Gap, a simple and cute outfit to wear to school. 

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Last but not least, outfit #4 is from Gymboree. I have browsed this store before in the past, but I wasn't too impressed. This year, they have really stepped up their game! The clothes are so trendy and adorable, this headband is giving me all kind of life! Ava had another unicorn headband and really loves wearing it, I definitely will be adding this to her collection.

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My favorite outfit has to be the one from H&M. H&M was also my favorite in my Spring Must Have Outfits for Toddler Girls post, I like shopping there for both myself and Ava. What stores are you browsing for fall clothes? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Happy Birthday Ava: 4 Fun Facts About My New 4 Year Old!


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I can't believe it, I officially have a 4 year old daughter! Four years ago today, I had a little person that would change my world forever. It is so fun and heart warming to see my daughter grow and develop into a person that will change the world someday! So, in honor of her 4th birthday, I wanted to share a few fun facts about my daughter Ava.


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1. Ava loves to do art. She is actually pretty good at drawing. Here is a picture of a gumball machine that she drew outside a few days ago. I make sure to keep art supplies in stock and clean paper on her easel for whenever the creative urge comes along. We participate in the art class at our local museum, but I think I may need to enroll her in an official art class.


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2. Ava's favorite color is pink. I think I may have had an influence on that! I was recently contacted by a representative of pediped and Ava was able to pick out a pair of shoes. pediped is a shoe company that creates footwear that promotes healthy foot development which is especially important for growing children. pediped has technology based shoes such as machine washable, waterproof and even vegan footwear! We live a vegan lifestyle which includes not eating or wearing animal products.
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I pulled up the vegan selection of shoes on the computer, my little unicorn child picks out the Flex Leah Rainbow shoe and I could't say no, what an adorable choice!  The Flex Leah Rainbow is a vegan shoe with the Flex Fit System. Ava loved wearing her adorable new shoes on her birthday! They matched perfectly with her birthday shirt.


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3. Ava loves to read. We take weekly trips to the library and she tries to read every book on the shelf. She likes to look at books alone but she loves when I read to her. Lately her favorite books are poetry books and classic fairy tale books like Cinderella and Snow White.


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4. Ava loves the water. She loves splashpads, beaches, pools anything with water. I'll be signing her up for swim lessons soon, we are both excited for that.

I am excited for what this new 4 year old life will be like. Ava is doing well in homeschool and is learning new things everyday, she has her own thoughts and opinions, likes and dislikes, and I am making sure to treat her with respect so she will learn to treat others with respect.  Make sure you check out PediPed and I will see you on my next post!

April K.
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