Wednesday, December 27

3 Simple Resolutions All Moms Should Make In The New Year


A new year is always a great time to put plans and goals into action. I personally like to make resolutions for different areas of my life, home, business, personal, etc. I wanted to share a few simple resolutions that I think all moms should make in the new year.


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1. Plan a day or a few days to unplug from social media and the internet. Take this time for extra bonding with your children. There are many things that you can do for yourself during your social media detox, journal, take a yoga class, catch up on your reading or podcasts. You can also use this time to give your children extra special attention, plan a picnic or a trip to the playground, actively listen to your children when they talk, play board games, binge watch Netflix, or enjoy a lazy day.

2. Read a few parenting books this year. I love reading but lately I have only been reading novels. This year, I'd like to squeeze in a few parenting books. The books I'm reading this year are
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will TalkNo Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame, and The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively.




3. Practice peaceful parenting. I like to consider myself to be a gentle/peaceful parent but there is always room for improvement. My little lady is 4 now and is discovering her own voice, having an opinion about everything, and wanting to do the opposite of what I am asking her to do. This can sometimes be frustrating, so I would like to practice responding to my child instead of reacting, reduce my use of the word "no", and overall being more attentive. If you would like peaceful/gentle parenting inspiration, follow along here: Peaceful, Gentle Childhood.

What parenting resolutions are you making for this year? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.
April K.
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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. I lucked up and found this book at Goodwill.
3. The Story of Hanukkah

 
  
4. The Snowy Day - This is a favorite of ours. Ava loves to read this book and watch the movie on Amazon Prime TV.
5. Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)
6. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
7. Merry Christmas, Little Critter!


 
 
8. Snowball Soup (Little Critter, My First I Can Read)
9. My First Kwanzaa Book - This was also my book as a child and Ava loves looking at the colorful pictures.
10. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
11. Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah

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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 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

Our Fall Children's Book Picks

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.


3. Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices - 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.


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5. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves - 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!

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7. Fall Is Here!: Counting 1 to 10 - A cute little rhyming book, great for toddlers.

8. My Autumn Book - 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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