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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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LIFE LATELY – ACCORDING TO MY PHONE PICTURES

                                           Happy Friday! Realy excited it’s the weekend!

                                                 My nephew,sister’s son, got married! It was a beautiful wedding!

                 Some fun with chalk in the car park. Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration!

Date night with my hubby!
 
 

         My girls and a very pretty entryway! We try to visit new places every weekend …little villages with beautiful little cottages or …this beauty of a house! 🙂

All we got were some pillows…promise!: they were free…so I took all of them!

                                                                He’s on the move!! Barefoot in the grass.

            
                                                   this is a weekly thing…they love it!

                       I got the chance to go to an restaurant opening…a day late. It was so good!

She has such a beautiful soul.

                                                             I have a thing for red doors.

This little guy turned ONE!!

 We went to the sea side in Hunstanton. We had a great day with good friends and fish and chips. You can’t beat that!

Channelling my inner Martha and canned some blackberry jam.

The day before our trip to the farm…it was a rough one for mama so the next morning after breakfast I took the kids to the farm & a picnic. We had so much fun and I got a chance to relax and enjoy them without any other distractions…like the pile of dirty dishes I left in the sink. Don’t worry, they were still there when I got back..sadly.

Emma decided that the baby goats are just like them…two girls and one boy…I am mama goat.:)

My three blessings! My hands are full, yes, but you should see my heart…it’s about to burst!

                                                                              Church.

Nature Scavenger hunt on our way to the park.

Were did the Summer go? I can’t believe that next week school starts!? …and Little Sister is starting school! She is so excited!
Our Summer was fun but I am so ready for Autumn! My favourite season!

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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.