Tuesday, July 25

Our Summer Children's Book Picks

Summer is in full swing and we are finally getting around to picking up summer themed books from the library. We have a large home book collection but only 1 book about summer. So off to the library we went!

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One Hot Summer Day is a fun book about a little girl attempting to play outside in the uncomfortable summer heat.  I like that this book is illustrated with photographs. Books: One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews, Summer by Nicola Baxter, and Summer by Ann Herriges.

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Here are the other books that we picked up from the library. Ava really adores Pete the Cat books. We picked up a good mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Ava likes the pictures in the non-fiction books and I prefer real pictures over cartoon pictures also. Books: Aqualicious by Victoria Kann, and Pete At The Beach by James Dean.

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We have a daily goal of reading at least 5 books a day. Sometimes it's the same book over and over but mostly we read different books all day. Having this daily goal is beneficial to Ava's learning and she really enjoys reading. Books: Summer by Nuria Roca and Let's Look At Summer by Sarah L. Schuette.

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What are your children reading for the summer? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, July 18

Good SAHM Habits to Embrace

Habits, those little things that we do and don't even realize we are doing them. We all have habits, I like to think that I, as well as most people, have a more good habits than bad. Some of my personal good habits include waking up before my daughter, preparing breakfast daily, and using a planner to plan our days. 
Good habits are necessary for all moms especially stay at home moms. It's so easy for us to fall into bad habits, I wrote about a few HERE. I wanted to share a few habits that are good to embrace whether you are a stay at home mom or not.

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Planning playdates - One of my best SAHM habits is planning playdates and meetups! I am the queen of getting together with my mom friends.  Sometimes I plan large meetups in my Facebook group Mom Friends of Atlanta or I'll just text my friends about getting together for a playdate. The picture above is a meetup with my #MomTribe at a local beach.  I like to keep playdates simple, a playground, splash pad, or every now and then, someone's home. Either way, getting together with friends as a SAHM is needed for both you and your child.

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Crafts - Amazon, Target dollar spot and the Dollar Tree are my BFFs when it comes to crafts. Crafts can make a long rainy day at home bearable lol. I like to keep some art supplies on hand like paper, crayons, paint. But for special projects, I'll head to the store to pick up what I need. Ava likes to paint and draw. One of her favorite toys is her easel. Sometimes, we will head to a local art museum to do crafts.

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Daily reading - Reading is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your child. We set a small goal to read at least 5 books a day. Reading helps with brain development, is wonderful for bonding, and what child doesn't love reading! I like to read for myself at night before bed. Sometimes I'll read when I wake up in the morning. I prefer an audio book if I am reading in the morning. I also set a goal for myself of reading 1 book a month.

We are all striving to be the best mom that we can be to our children. I like to think that these few good habits make me feel like super mom. What are some of your good mom habits? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, July 11

Guest Post: Summer Outfits To Look Effortlessly Pretty

You guys, I'm super thrilled to bring you a guest post from my bestie Ellisha of CorporateBabe Magazine! I was finally able to have Ellisha grace my blog with her amazing fashion expertise. Her blog discusses hair care, fashion, and beauty. Check out her post below!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be featured on TheDailyAprilNAva! April is one of my dearest friends and I’m flattered that she would ask me to do a post. As moms, sometimes we tend to be so focused on our families, that we can neglect our personal style. It can be easy to just throw on your favorite pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I used to do this because I figured who cares what I’m wearing anyway. Over time, I found that I felt better when I took the extra time to put together an amazing outfit that I loved. I also found that it didn’t take as much effort as I thought it would and it was actually fun! This post will be a guide to help you decide what to wear to different events or places this summer. I created all of these looks on Polyvore.

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1. Lunch with friends
Front button skirts are a go to look this summer! I love the length of this skirt because I’m not self-conscious about it being too short and won’t keep pulling it down the whole time. With the bottom being so “basic” it’s good to pair it with a fun top. This one is adorable! Lastly, a wedge is a cute but
comfortable way to dress your look up a bit. I’m not into matchy, matchy, so this mustard color is a great way to offset the red and green in the top.

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2. Playdate at the park
Even though you’re at the park, you can still look cute! These linen shorts are light weight and comfortable so the heat won’t be an issue. Pineapples are IN this summer. This top is a fun way to incorporate some playfulness into your look. Since it’s flowy, it can be worn tucked in or left out. I love Birkenstocks, they’re cute and durable enough to chase the kiddos around. I always wear a crossbody to the park or playground with the kids. I hate having to fumble with an oversized bag (which I love) in addition to running after my 5 and 2 year old.

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3. Sunday Brunch
I don’t know about everyone else but I’ve been invited to a lot more brunches lately. I feel like this look is fun, appropriate for brunch, and comfortable. I don’t think there’s anything brunchier than a circle skirt. I’m not really a big fan of heels so I would definitely opt for a wedge but these are super cute and a T-strap always looks great with a skirt. The top is lightweight which is good since it would be tucked into the skirt. I hate tucking in a stiff, bulky shirt. I love a unique clutch. This one goes with the look perfectly. Not too matchy and the subtle hints of pink ties it into the look.

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4. Date Night
Of course date night can be anywhere, but for this look we’re doing a nice dinner out. It’s a great opportunity to break out that flirty dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion. I’ve been drawn to blue lately and I think this dress is the perfect shade of blue. Like I said before, a T-strap looks great anytime your legs are out. These block heels are comfortable and still stick to the look you’re going for. This might sound weird, but since the buckles on the heels are silver I would wear silver jewelry with this look. But with this look you definitely could do gold or even pearls.

I hope you liked what I put together! Of the four, I think the Lunch with friends look is my favorite. If you have any questions just comment below and April or I will happily answer them. Thanks again, April! I can’t wait to do this again!
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Thursday, July 6

Our Day at Sweetwater Creek State Park

I have really been into hiking lately, it's calming and Ava enjoys it also. I don't have a long post for today but I wanted to share a few pictures from our morning at Sweet Water Creek State Park.

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I try to take Ava on hikes as often as possible, we both enjoy them. We usually hike with friends but today was a solo hike.

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Ava has a great time, she splashed in the water, made a few new friends, and even smiled for a few pictures!

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I have a few videos of our morning on my Instagram, just click HERE and tap my profile picture to watch my IG Stories. Check them out and I'll see you on my next post!

April K.
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Wednesday, July 5

July is World Watercolor Month!

Looking at the National Day Calendar website has always been fun for me. It gives me fun ideas of things to celebrate with Ava. From National Donut Day to National Popcorn Day, there is something for everyone to celebrate. According to the National Day Calendar, July is World Watercolor Month.  Ava loves to paint, she actually loves all types of art. We try to do some sort of art everyday to foster creativity and also as a part of tot school.

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The other day, Ava asked to color and instead of coloring, we decided to paint a picture and use water colors. I prefer watercolor paint because it keeps the mess down. Kids paint, although washable, is messy, and acrylic paint stains. I usually get Ava's paint from Dollar Tree and my paint came from Michael's. My water color set has great color payoff. I've even painted some of Ava's wooden dollhouse furniture with this paint set.

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The coloring pages are from a Melissa and Doug jumbo coloring pad that I picked up from TJ Maxx. The pages have really big and simple pictures which are easier for younger children to color.

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Check out our masterpieces. We may be on our way to having our own art exhibit in a museum! I love doing activities like this with Ava, we both enjoy it. What activities do you enjoy doing with your little? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, July 3

Awesome things my 3.5 year old is doing.

I've been knee deep into the blogging world and I have seen the sweetest posts where moms are documenting their child's milestones. I completely dropped the ball on digitally documenting milestones for Ava. I have things written down and scrapbooked, but nothing online. I thought maybe it would be a great time to start writing about her development. She is doing some pretty amazing things, so why not?! Here are some awesome things that my 3.5 year old is doing!

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Talking - My kiddo talks All. The. Time. All day long, non stop lol. #helpmypoorears But talking is great, it shows that she is paying attention and understanding the world around her.

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Being creative - If I let her paint all day, she would. She loves all types of art work, drawing, gluing, coloring, but she loves painting the most. We like going to the High Museum for Toddler Thursdays where they have crafts and toddler tours.

Pretending - One of Ava's favorite ways to play is pretending. She pretends with her animals, her doll house, her kitchen set when she wants to "cook mommy a salad," and with her baby dolls. Now of course when I play with her, I have to pretend exactly the way she wants me to or it's not the same lol. She definitely has a mind of her own.

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Making friends - Ava is very friendly. I hear her on the playground going up to other children saying "My name is Ava, what's your name?" "Come on, let's play!" Yes, my little un-socialized homeschooled child knows how to make a friend lol.

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"Reading"  - Ava loves to sit and look at books alone. If it is a book that we read often, I hear her saying the words from memory. We go to the library weekly, we read at the library and of course at home, and I think it's adorable that she tries to read a book to herself.

Wanting to "help" - I am working on my patience because now Ava wants to "help" with everything!! From cooking, to cleaning, to even helping mommy in the bathroom (she told me I can't use the potty alone lol). I definitely don't mind her helping with cleaning, but cooking, no thanks lol. Ava can help me clean after I cook!

I definitely have a 3 going on 30 year old lol. I love her literal logic, her spunky personality, I can also appreciate how head strong she is. I'm excited to see what her soon to be 4 year old mind brings as far as development and personality. It seems like documenting annually or biannually may be the way to go. Until next time.

April K.
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Sunday, July 2

Our Trip to the Central Library!

So normally on rainy days, I like to stay home because I don't like driving in the rain. But it's literally been raining for a month and Ava and I were going bonkers in the house. I decided to take her to the Central Library which is in downtown Atlanta.

A trip to the Central Library is quite the adventure for us. We have to find parking, we get to see the streetcar, and we get to walk between tall buildings to get to the library. I used to go to the Central Library every now and then when I was in high school, I remember it having the biggest selection of books.

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The Central Library has drastically changed since my childhood. The children's area is now on the bottom level along with the auditorium  and art exhibits. The children's area is so adorable, you enter through a tree canopy! It's very bright and inviting.

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Today we did a bird craft based on the book Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan. Of course my little lady wanted a pink bird.

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We browsed the book rows to find a few to take home. Whenever we go to the library, Ava just has to take home a new book lol.

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We also stopped to pose for a picture with The Cat in the Hat. Overall, my little lady had a fun time venturing to a new library. Not sure how often we will go back since we have to pay for parking downtown and the library that we go to weekly near us is pretty great. Until tomorrow!

April K.
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