books · kids stuff · life

A few of our favourite books!

 
 Hi. Today I would like to share with you  some of our favourite books.  
Reading to your little ones and encouraging them to read on their own as they grow  is one of the greatest things we can do for them.
Especially in a world where technology seems to be taking over.
There are wonderful apps and tools for little ones that teach and encourage their young minds, but I strongly believe books are still the best option and I’m so thankful for my little’s love for  reading.
 
I personally love this one. There are many books on women and the strides that they have made, but this one is appropriate for little minds, with a beautiful collage design and spirited language.
2. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain  – Stretch it, Shape it!
This is a great book. It explains accurate information about the brain  and it encourages little children to learn and grow. I had a lot of : Aha! moments reading this book, so it’s great for parents too! 🙂
This has to be our favourite! I can’t recommend this book enough! It is brilliantly written, nothing like I’ve ever read when it comes to Bible books for children. It came with a CD collection and we listen to them in the car so much that my kids know most of the stories by heart.
 A sweet and simple book  with beautiful illustrations that my girls ask for quite often. It teaches little ones to be thankful.
We love Max Lucado’s books! This is the story of  Punchinello and how he meets his Maker for the first time. It’s a beautiful story that teaches children that what matters is what God think and not what others my think of us.  The one we have is a board book witch is great  with small children. There are more books in this series that we love and  still to purchase.
 
This is a board book too, great for little hands. It has no words so you can make up your own story. There is so much to explore on each page, Alex loves this page right here! He has a thing for lions and tigers. 🙂
Buying books can get expensive. Here are some ideas for where you can get books for your children that wont brake your budget and you get to recycle and reuse.
– buy books that are gentle used from Amazon or Ebay.
– charity shops ( thrift shops)
– car boot ( garage sales)
– borrow from your local library or their school/preschool. Sometimes library sell their book for as little as £0.20 a BAG! It’s worth to ask your local library when is their next sale.
– set up a library system with other moms were you can borrow books from one another. I do that with a friend in church.
– Poundland ( Dollar Tree)
– make a list of the books you are interested in and look out for Sales. I bought a book for £0.30, down from £9 from a fancy bookshop because there was a small dent on the book cover!!
 
Thank you for reading! 🙂
 
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baby/toddler food · kids stuff · wear

What’s in my diaper bag? + outfit of the day WIWW

These type of blog posts are one of my favourites to read.
So here I go, I would like to share with you today what’s in my diaper bag.
Let’s start with the bag.
 
 
 It’s actually not a diaper bag. After three children and many diaper bags I think a backpack is the wisest idea.  It’s a Betty Barclay backpack. I found it at TKMaxx for 20% off. You can easily attach it to the pushchair when you are on the move by its straps or using a mummy clip and keep it on your back while you play with your little ones at the park. This way you don’t have to worry about anyone stealing it from the pushchair (it can happen, trust me) and it’s out of your way, nothing slides of your shoulder. It’s great for travelling as well!
 
 
 
 
Jacket: Gap
T-shirt: a shop in Romania
Trousers: H&M
Shoes: Birkenstock ( Arizona in black)- the most comfortable shoe/sandals ever…I have the tan lines to prove it! 🙂
 
 
 Another thing when choosing a diaper bag that I have learnt is,..you are the one caring the bag, so it should suit you and not the baby. If you or your husband like wearing a bright pink polka dots puffy bag…more power to you! Rock it, if not, go with something that you enjoy and it’s durable…it will be spit on, stepped on and so on…I will stop at that, it such a nice bag that it hurts writing all the things it’s been trough. 🙂
 
This is what I carry with me most of the time. If it’s a Sunday I will add a small bag with crayons and two note pads for my girls to have in church.
 
 
 

A small nappy bag that it’s water Prof with wipes, I use WaterWipes, they are really good and with no nasty chemicals, 
diapers, just pampers, we started out with Nadine diapers but every night the diaper would leak so we went for Pampers,
 Sudocream to prevent and treat any diaper rash, a change of spare clothes and socks.
Water bottle, spoon , a pot of snack or food ( depends were we go and for how long)
Sofie the giraffe, a fun book that Alex just got as a present for his birthday.
Hand Sanitiser, a Neutogena travel size hand cream , fun plasters for the girls, a pen and note pad because I am always making lists. My Fossil wallet, and my makeup bag because I do my minimal make-up on the go.
That’s it.
I don’t carry any other bag with me, this is it, it doubles at as a purse and diaper bag. When I need to change my little one I just get the small nappy bag out and I have everything in without searching trough the bag for what I need.
 
Do you have any tips or a product that you find useful for your diaper bag?
 
Linking up with the lovely Pleated Poppy for WIWW. Join me!
crafts · kids stuff

TOUCAN BOX REVIEW + Code for your very own FREE Box

 
If you have been following my blog for a while you know me and my girls love crafts. Anything that has to do with glue, cutting and fun projects, we love! So when the opportunity to review the ToucanBox came, I said, Yes, please!
 
This is such a cool and fun idea!
 
 
 
 
 
Toucan Box is  a craft box with everything you need for a fun project. Depending on your preferred subscription you have a fun book in there as well that go’s with the theme of the box.
 
They offer three different types of boxes. All suitable for children aged 3-8 years old.
 Petite boxes  are £4.93 contain one project and are shipped every fortnight. Grande boxes, £ 12.90, contain two themed projects and a reading book, and are shipped once a month. Super boxes, £19.9,  contain four themed projects and are also delivered once a month. All prices include postage.
 
You start by choosing you subscription type, personalise your box with your child’s name, age and theme and they deliver it to your door!
 You can also buy one-off items from their on-line shop such as party bags, giant paintable Rockets and Arts Award Kits.
 
Our box was a Petite box that included one project. The theme was Pirate Adventures. And we had two fun crafts: a parrot and a treasure map!
As soon as the girls noticed the theme, they went and put their pirate costume on!
 

The box is so well put together!
They had so much fun making the treasure map. We followed the instructions provided in the box and painted the paper with the black tea to give it that aged effect.
Everything was provided in the box! Big Sister just finished the Pirates Topic at school so she explained all about pirates to Little Sister. They had lots of fun.
 

 
Making the parrot was their favourite part!
 

They had hours of fun playing pirates!
 
 
So I would like to say thank you Toucan Box and I definitely recommend it to all you craft lovers out there and to those who feel lost in a craft supply shop…Toucan Box does it all for you, straight to your door ! How convenient is that!?
There is a code at the end of this post for your very own FREE Toucan Box to try it for yourself!
I KNOW!!!!
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You are welcome!
 
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For your free taster box, simply go here and use the code TOUCAN to get the free box ( you need to add your card details and then cancel once the free box has been sent if you don’t want to be charged for the next months box).
 

                                                            Thank you for reading!

family · for the Soul · kids stuff

New Year Family Resolution / Goals ideas

   Every first of January we make lists, plans for the new year. Things we would like to change or improve, things we would like to do more of or not doing them at all.It’s a fresh start, a blank canvas. As me and my husband thought about the year ahead of us I decided to write a post were I share some ideas to inspire your list. Some of these things we already do and some are new to our list.

                                                       Enjoy the outdoors more.

  My girls really like going on “adventures” every time we go to a nature park. Pretend they are chasing and fighting dragons or discovering new things, like a hollow tree.
   Living in UK, our outings  are very much conditioned by the weather. So our plan for 2015 is to face the bad weather, get our rain boots on and enjoy the great outdoors no matter the weather. We just need to put together a bad weather day kit or something. I appreciate any suggestion! 🙂

                                                                     Read together.

       Read with your children, to them or let them see you reading. Just surround yourself with books. I love books, reading them, decorate with them. I dream of a huge library in my home one day. Just surround yourself with knowledge. I often tell Big Sister : If you don’t know the answer to something, someone, somewhere wrote a book about it. And children always learn by example, so pick up a book and read.

Cook together.

      There is a saying :” Letting your child help you with something is the fastest way to discover you are the world’s  biggest control freak.” Especially in the kitchen. But it is such a great way to bond and make some beautiful memories together. And the girls really like helping me in the kitchen. 

                                                                    Go on picnics.

     We love picnics. It’s one of our family tradition, as soon as warm weathered kicks in we go on a picnic almost every other weekend. It’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones without spending any money, just pack your lunch, grab your blanket and find a grass patch.

                                                           Questions of the day.

    Every night, after  bed time story, when we put our girls to bed for the night, before we pray together we ask them three questions:

Could you tell us something that made you smile today?
How about something that made you sad?
Did you learn something new today?
 
 
    I have read about this idea somewhere on Pinterest and we have been doing it for the past few months. It is already part of our bed time routine and the girls look forward to it. It sparks some interesting and funny conversations :)). It is just so good to end the day as a family and on a positive note.

                                                       Random acts of kindness.

 
      Practise gratitude as a family. Go out and clean a park. Help out a family member or an elderly neighbour by doing something for them around the house like cleaning and preparing their garden for spring.
    Donate something you don’t use anymore.  Have a clear out, look trough their toys or clothes together and let them decide what they want to give.  And just remember to donate clean and nice things, something that you would buy allover again if you saw it in a charity shop ( and needed) .
 
     Set a weekend day aside to go for a walk around your city and look out for street artists ( we have plenty here in our neck of the woods) or street beggars. After you find them go into the nearest food shop / McDonald’s and get them a hot drink or a meal.  When you see the surprise on their face and gratitude, it  gives you the best feeling in the world. I want my kids to feel that and think about others. The world is so big and full of people in need, when you change your focus from your problems to other people problems you realise  you didn’t had a problem in the first place. You become so much more grateful for what you have.
 
These are some of the things on our list for this new year. I hope it inspired you to make a change or encouraged you to keep doing what you are doing! I wish you a Happy New Year and days filled with laughter no mater what challenges you might face!
 

family · kids stuff · life · things you should know

MOM’S SURVIVAL TIPS – for the holiday season …for life!

 Holiday season gets very busy for everyone, especially for moms.
I put together some tips that helps me put everything in perspective and prioritise what is important for me , to enjoy life really..not just the season, with my dear ones with no  minimum stress .


Plan it. Set  goals for yourself. For your day or week. Long term or short term goals.
I like making lists, organise/plan the next day on paper but most of the time in my head. If I don’t have some kind of plan for the next day , it tends to be a hectic day. I plan the meals I’m going to cook, the activities I will do with my girls or things around the house that needed to be done. Plan it, pray about it and then give your day to God. I almost never cross everything off my list the next day, but it helps me to keep it together :).

Here we went to visit Coombe Abbey…it was beautiful and so romantic…and best of all…free! 🙂

Make time for your spouse. I can not stress enough about this. Put time aside and go out on date night or just for a walk. Have a date night at home, you don’t have to spend a lot of money, you just need to be intentional about it and make time for it.

Make time for you. Friday night I take a few hours for myself and have a SPA night at home.It’s my time to relax and recharge for the weekend. A good book or a great blog post to read and a cup of coffee does it for me.

Do not compare yourself to others. Be grateful and happy with who you are and what you have. Comparison is the thief of Joy. Appreciate this and now and don’t wish your time away dreaming of better days. Live your life to the fullest as it is.

You don’t have to do it all. I know I said to plan it all, but it is to help you and give you some kind of structure to your day not to stress over it. Do what you can and prioritise things. Don’t sacrifice your time with your kids or your husband over a clean house or a project. Sit down and play, your dirty floor and dirty dishes will still be there.

If you have other tips please feel free to share them in the comments sections below.
Thank you for reading. I hope it was useful.
family · kids stuff

Our Summer Fun List!

 
 
We have put together a fun Summer List with things to do this Summer for the hole family.
Now, there is a major event happening on the 15 of August in our family.
It’s baby Alex Noah ‘s arrival (that’s the name we decided on by the way:) ).
It’s a planned Cesarean, so if he doesn’t plan on coming sooner then 39 weeks, 15 of August it’s going to be his birthday and a big event this Summer.
 
In England Summer Holiday it’s really short, only 6 weeks…when I was a kid, growing up in Romania I had three full months of Summer Holiday to enjoy !
So there isn’t a lot of time really to fit everything in, but that’s our aim, to make the most of our time!
 
So here is our list, I hope you feel inspired and you make your own!
 
Happy Summer everyone!
  

kids stuff · wear

Girls Wear.

I have a confession to make. This mama loves fashion.
 ( not a big surprize to some of you).
 Not crazy in love about it , but I like to be creative and resourceful when it comes to clothing.
Here comes in my passion for thrifting and DIY.
Having two girls doesn’t help my husband very much.
 I sometimes most of the time put the girls outfit together and at the last minute I throw something on and out the door we go. So, on  that note, I thought I’ll share some outfits ideas for ….my girls.
Oh well…that’s what happens when you become a mother. You put your kids first. 
Now, some of these are quite pricey so just feel inspired  by them, that is what I tell myself every time I go crazy on Pinterest. 
I don’t know about where you live but in England the weather is bleah most of the time. So the outfit selection is mostly for a colder season. I know it’s summer in Australia now…not at all jealous. 
 
Enjoy.

 

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crafts · DIY · Fathers Day · kids stuff · Party

Unique Fathers Day Ideas. Celebrate.+ Free Printables

Fathers day sneak up on my this year. I usually plan ahead of time any crafts that I might do with my girls or DIY gift ideas…oh well , it is all good.
I have a secret (well is not THAT secret) weapon. It’s called Etsy ( I know you thought of Pinterest, but I was a bit disappointed …the same stuff every year.)
 Click here for last year inspiration post , or if you are planning on a nice breakfast for Fathers day I have some ymmy recipes right here.
 
Would you like to see what cool ideas I found?, by the way you can totally do a DIY project inspired from these.
 
This is by far the coolest thing ever! I would love to get it for my husband! He used to be a sound technician…kind of, in our local church back home and he is into sound system..and..stuff…I have no idea what I’m talking about here, but I know he would love this one! 

It is the perfect gift for Father’s Day -they take your voice, in all its intricate detail, and turn it into a striking piece of art for your wall.
Get the kids around to say ‘We Love You Daddy’ (in unison. He can then treasure their tiny voices forever, both as an image and a recording.
You can even send them a recording of your baby’s heart beat – this would look gorgeous on a nursery wall. Get it here.

Personalized Hammer . You can engrave a favourite bible verse, your kids names or a thank you note .This would be great for a granddad as well, and it would last for generations too! Love it.
Get it here.


Now, this one is so cute! And perfect if you have a son in your family. Love the moustaches!
Get it here. 

…and for your little daughter this is so sweet!
She can wear the necklace and daddy the keychain.
                                            Get it here.
 

Father’s Day Printable Typography Glasses -FREE Printable! Click here to get the step by step instructions.

Click on the image , it will open in a new window and you can print it from there.
Get your kids to colour it and you can even frame it if you wish.


           I hope you have a blessed time on this Sunday and enjoy and celebrate your Fathers Day!