A Children’s Gift that Keeps Giving

A Children's Gift that Keeps Giving with Text
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It’s only August and the holidays aren’t quite upon us yet BUT getting your list ready for this holiday season can never begin too early. Especially if you have a list like mine. Countless nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. The list goes on and on. Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite items on my children’s gift list. This is a gift with endless potential and can also be given year-round. Birthdays, Winter holidays, Valentine’s day, whenever. Even as a just because this gift is perfect.

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New Children Superpower Series Sheds Light on Learning Disabilities

New Children Superpower Series Sheds Light on Learning Disabilities Social Media Image
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The new school year is right around the corner. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the United States has learning disabilities and attention issues like Dyslexia and ADHD? Did you know that 31% of those with learning issues, such as dyslexia and ADHD, are more likely to be bullied than their peers?

In the year 2019, we are raising more awareness than ever when it comes to causes we believe in. Whether it be equal rights, a cleaner environment, or even education. I believe young minds are most open during their youth. Why not use this as an opportunity to raise awareness about Learning Disabilities too?

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Summer 2019 Must-Read List

We share our Summer 2019 Reading List!

Now that the kids out for the summer, its nice to relax in the evening with a good book. Tell us what books you enjoy reading!

We share our Summer 2019 Reading List!

Summer is in full spring, and since Chicago has been getting hit with lots of rain, I decided to use the unfortunate weather as a reason to get caught up on reading. Work has been crazy, which means I don’t have as much time as I would like to devote to reading a book. It’s my goal to allow myself at least one hour each to read a book

Because of my schedule, I’m choosing three books to read this summer. So, what’s on my must-have summer reading list?

Summer 2019 Reading List

Crashing the A-List

Crashing the A List by Summer Heacock

To kick off the summer, I always enjoy something light, funny, and easy to read. Summer Heacock’s Crashing the A-List is a perfect choice. It’s a romantic comedy that made me laugh out loud a few times. The story is about Clara Montgomery, a former book editor who has been unemployed for several months. She’s stuck sleeping on her brother’s ugly couch in Queens while trying to find a new editorial job. She has a temporary gig cleaning out abandoned storage units, and she comes across one that was once owned by an escort service. While going through things, she finds the “resume” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich, a famous actor. She says his secret is safe, he’s convinced she’s a blackmailer, and the tabloids think she’s his new girlfriend. Like any true rom-com, she’s starting to find charms more irresistible.

DIY Beauty

My goal this summer is to finally revamp my blog and get it back up and running. One of the topics that I want to do more of is DIY Beauty. These are great videos, and I want to create DIY beauty projects. If you aspire to do the same, then get this book! You are getting easy, all-natural recipes based on favorite products from Lush, Kiehl’s, Burt’s Bees, Bumble and Bumble, Laura Mercier, and more. DIY projects include a glimmer body spray, mystic mud masks, and beauty products that are affordable to create and can be done right at home.

Pride & Prejudice

While I was selling a ton of books and movies, I came across an end shelf that had a bunch of Jane Austin books. So, course, I picked up Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. For the summer, I’m going with a classic, and a personal favorite, Pride & Prejudice. If you’re unfamiliar, this is the story the Bennet family and Mrs. Bennet looking to find a good match for all of her five daughters. Set in 1813, the story centers around the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns what can happen when you make rash judgments and later learns appreciates the difference between the superficial and the essential.

Search for more books to read? We share a few books you will love and even adult coloring books to check out!

What books are you reading this summer? What should we add to our Summer 2019 Reading List?

This Years Hottest Easter Items

This Years Hottest Easter Items

 

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As Easter is quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the hottest Easter ideas for your little ones. With that being said, our Children know the real reason that we celebrate Easter and that is always our main focus but who doesn’t love to see their little faces light up with joy to see what the “Easter Bunny” has brought them.

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Preparing for Kindergarten through Reading

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March is here which means it’s time to start submitting the enrollment forms for Kindergarten. At least in my area, that’s the case. Over the past year, we have really buckled down and began preparing for kindergarten when it comes to my oldest who just turned 5 last month. Reading has been a huge help for prepping with kindergarten.

Now I know you are probably asking yourself, how? How does reading really help with preparing for Kindergarten? It all comes down to the way you introduce books to your children. There is more to reading than just the words on the page.

When you read a book to your child and you make reading an interactive experience, it feeds young imaginations as well as their problem-solving skills, communication skills, and even their ability to understand what the intent or purpose of something is. My end goal with every book we read is to leave a lasting impression. This may not always work of course but I do put the effort in to make the story worthwhile.

 

Work on the W Questions

 

When we truly began introducing books, and not in the I bought these because they were cute and in all of the nursery decor sections of Pinterest, we started with just looking at the pictures of the book. I worked on W questions which help with one’s receptive language skills as well as critical thinking skills. Who, What, Where, Why? What do you see? Why do you think “insert person, animal, object, etc” is doing that? What colors are on the page? Where do you think they are going? Etc. Take this time to let your child think for themselves but also as an opportunity to explain the W questions back. This allows your child to see that not only is there an agenda with the story but that there is more to the story than words on a page.

 

Leo's Moon and These Are My Faces

 

 

One other extremely important topic we have addressed with reading is our emotions as well as how their actions/choices matter. I wanted my children to understand how they are feeling, why they are feeling that way, how someone else is feeling, how actions or events might make someone feel, etc.

We really enjoyed reading The Boy Without a Friend by Bruce Jassett, These Are My Faces by Bret J. Ludwick and Leo’s Moon by Cinthia del Grosso. Now, these books aren’t crazy popular like other books and that is really what I liked most about them. When preparing for Kindergarten, a variety is best when it comes to reading. Just like you and I, children will have different tastes in books. My 5-year-old is on the more serious side and he enjoys books that are more realistic. My 4 year still enjoys the bright colorful books you find in every book section. That’s okay!

 

Make reading fun!

Get silly with the books you read and plan some fun activities to go along with them. Coloring pages, crafts, recipes (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie), and anything else I can find. Eric Carle has always been a favorite of ours and there is an endless amount of ideas on activities to go with his work. Pinterest is an amazing resource for finding ideas and I know if you are anything like me, most Pinterest ideas are a fail. However, this has not been the case so far when it comes to finding activities to go with the books we read.

 

Preparing for Kindergarten

 

These ideas don’t just apply with preparing for Kindergarten but it is one way we have chosen in our home to help prepare. You also don’t have to use the most popular books on the shelves to make reading interactive for your child. Let’s face it, some children mature far beyond their physical age. Use magazines, read chapter books, whatever you have to do to gain their attention. Reading is such a crucial part of education and you can never go wrong with using it as a step to prepare for kindergarten.

I also wanted to take a moment to point out to those with children under the age of 5 that Dolly Parton runs an Imagination Library. When you sign up for this program, and it is determined on where you live if the program is available, every month from birth until age 5 you receive a free book in the mail. We have quickly been able to build up our mini library simply by participating in Dolly Partons Imagination Library.

Another great option for building your book stash is through The Book Bundler. This company bundles gently used books and sells them at a fraction of the cost. For example, a stack of 100 books for approximately $50 (this does change based on promotions and other variables such as age group, types of books, etc). That is an amazing deal! Their customer service is also on point.

Keep an eye out on the blog for other ways I am preparing for Kindergarten with my little ones.

Would you be interested in a Pinterest board or even a separate blog post sharing books we enjoyed as well as the activities we enjoyed with them? Let me know with a comment on this post or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Time to Unplug From The Internet With These Relaxing Activities

Autumn In Your Arms
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I’ve found myself constantly on the computer or on my phone, which makes it harder for me to fall asleep at night. In fact, my sleeping pattern has been so horrible that I’m falling asleep while I’m working. So, I decided it was about time I unplug from the Internet. Not all day or anything, but after a certain time I’ll fully log off and do some of these relaxing things.
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New Books For Summer Reading

While the June weather in Chicago doesn’t seem to match up with typical summer, it’s here! Which means it’s time to pick out a couple of books that I plan on reading during my free time this summer. I spend a lot of time working, freelancing, and working on my blog that I neglect my books and being able to relax a little bit before I go to bed.
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Not So Light Summer Reading List

Not So Light Summer Reading List-Books-Chasing the Merry-Go-Round by Kelly Bargabos---Sanity Lost and Found by Tarra Judson Stariell-Elevate by Joseph Dietsch

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Books, books, and more books. Sounds pretty awesome to me. If I ever run out of books to read, I think I might die! LOL  Seriously, you know that fun riddle about what one or two or three things you’d take if you had to be stranded on a desert island? For me, I would have to have at least one book. Period, end of discussion. Books are essential for me.

I read all kinds, too. Fiction, non-fiction, horror/fantasy, memoir, biography, self-help, romance, history, political — you name a genre I’ve probably read something that falls within it. I’ve been reading a lot of fiction lately, some of which I’ve discussed on Beauty Brite in my articles. I’m itching to read the new Stephen King book, The Outsider, but haven’t started it yet.

I’ve recently read a few books that are non-fiction and that fall into the self-help genre. So, today I’m sharing this short list with readers, along with my thoughts on each.

Chasing The Merry Go Round by Kelly Bargabos — A fascinating look into the life of someone realizing the special needs a family member has and learning to provide them with the care they need.

Sanity Lost & Found by Tarra Judson Stariell — A true story of cult brainwashing and recovery, how to recognize one’s vulnerability to it as well as how to how to recover and heal from the experience. Forgiveness is a big theme in this book, both of ourselves and of others. I kept thinking of one person in particular while reading this book. She could definitely benefit from reading it as she has spent most of her life feeling victimized by the men in her life.

Elevate The Essential Guide To Life by Joseph Deitsch — Full of common-sense wisdom, this is one of the few self-help books I’ve read that I believe has the potential to really help. It not only explains why we do (or don’t) do things, but contains actionable steps to take to make your life your own and the best it can be. [read more]

Between Lost and Found: A Novel of Love in South Dakota

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The story of a far-gone city girl traveling to a new place–and discovering redemption, and herself, along the way–is by no means an original one. However, such a plot-line deserves some repetition. It’s satisfying, sweet, and serves as a more tangible example of the search for self that we all strive towards. So, knowing that the book Between Lost and Found (whose heroine, Janelle Marshall, finds love and closure while searching for her missing grandfather in a little South Dakota town called Mammoth Falls) would involve said plot-line, I was excited and pleased to read the story. Shelly Stratton’s book, Between Lost and Found, has all the pleasurable cliches of a typical find-yourself-novel–but none of the typical brattiness that also comes along with it.

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Top Selling Books 8/2/17

Top Selling Books

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One: A Novel
Ernest Cline
4.6 out of 5 stars(12713)

Buy new: $16.00 $9.85
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