Friday, December 8

11 Festive Winter Books for Kids!

It's almost winter and Atlanta is getting its first snow of the season!! This is super exciting for us because we don't get very much snow if any and this is Ava's first time seeing and being able to play in the snow. I thought it would be fun to mention the books in our home collection that we are snuggling up with this winter. Check them out below!

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1.   My First Kwanzaa (My First Holiday) - This author write amazing books with lots of diversity. The pictures are beautiful and the book explains Kwanzaa very well.
2. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - This is a favorite of ours, Ava likes when I sing the rhyme in the book lol. 


 
  
4. The Snowy Day - This is a favorite of ours. Ava loves to read this book and watch the movie on Amazon Prime TV.


 
 
9. My First Kwanzaa Book - This was also my book as a child and Ava loves looking at the colorful pictures.


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Add these books to your winter reading list, they are super fun to read. I would like to pick up more books about different holidays celebrated in December to our collection. Do you have any recommendations? What books are you reading this winter? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, November 14

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 Online 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 also be very informative, I've watched them on different topics. I've  just discovered a new site called EDX.org. There are ways to learn foreign languages online as well. Even though I was done with college years ago, it is still good to refresh your mind or even learn a new subject.
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Reading
 I really enjoy reading a good book, most of my book collection was built with books from Amazon and Goodwill. The library is of course a great resource, but newly released books my not be available. I usually purchase newly released books from Amazon.
    
When I check out library books,  I read them faster  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.  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 
 I listen to podcasts almost daily, it's such a nice way to get my day started or a way to wind down at night. 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 every subject. My favorite podcasts are about motherhood.

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.

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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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Monday, October 23

Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Scarecrows In The Garden

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

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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