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Personal Blogs.

Personal blogs.

A friend of mine was recently asking me how I started my blog and why.

Well I started it as something ‘on the side’ of being a SAHM. Don’t get me wrong being a SAHM keeps me very busy and I love it, but sometimes I enjoy interacting with others including other adults.😉 I know some may have the opinion of ‘mmmm your not interacting if it’s words on a page’ well I am, I may not get a verbal response that I can hear, but I do get loads of emails and a few are brave enough to write comments on either the FB page or webpage. I feel done are worried about commenting publicly as there are many people out there just waiting to ‘shut down’ other people’s thoughts and feelings. What we must remember is that everyone had thoughts and feeling so why shouldn’t they feel like they are now to express them without fear or scrutiny?

I explained to her that my blog is me expressing my stories and experiences and allowing others who have also experienced similar to relate. Quite often people are a ‘closed book’ and don’t always want to speak up or feel they can share personal experiences without being judged.

I write about many different things in order to capture a larger audience. I have readers who are not mothers, but enjoy my recipes and fitness posts (sorry I haven’t posted any of late, I promise I will again soon). I have readers who are male who possibly like the female perspective, and well yes I have female and other mothers read my blog.

My readers come from everywhere any anywhere. I currently have over 6000 readers / followed (whom I’m very grateful for) across many mediums including, Twitter, linked in, Facebook and my webpage and rest assured they are not all my friends. I personally don’t know that many people. 😉

Social media and blogging is a way of people communication on various topics, subjects and issues. It reaches a very broad and large audience. I read many blogs and I sure others do also.

I was googling ‘personal blogs’ and was reading on why others start their blogs.

Below is an interesting perspective on personal blogs and how and why some start.

12 Personal Blogging Tips

Children’s Rooms

Setting up a child’s bedroom.

Creating a haven for your little ones to sleep, relax and play can be a challenge at the best of times, however throwing in colour pallets, superhero themes and toy areas can put your head into a spin!

It can be really difficult finding the right balance between the functional and the fun, and evolving the space as your children grow and change.

While sleeping space needs to be calm and quiet, the room should also be fun and have areas that inspire your little a ones creativity and imagination with plenty of storage and space for books, craft and toys.

I often change both my little princess’s nursery and my little mans room around. I personally get board of looking at it the same way each and every day so assume that perhaps so do they?

Why shouldn’t our children have a fun bedroom that they actually enjoy being in that it’s only about ‘sleep time’.

Below I’ve listed a few things to consider when trying to put together the perfect kids room for your little ones:

Get the kids involved – use their favourite colours, gather some of their favourite artworks to display, and make them really feel part of the decision making. That way they are more likely to want to spend time in this space.

Space it out – especially if you are only working with a small space, try to use the space wisely so there are specific areas for both sleep and play. Keep the sleeping space clutter free and away from toys and other distractions is a good idea. Wall shelving can also be a good way to keep ‘special’ items away from harms way.

Create a reading corner – kids who love books will hopefully grow into adults that love books. By creating a little reading corner in one area of the room your essentially creating a space where you can display favourite books, and a dedicated area for quiet time. Tee-pees are great to house the kids treasured items.

Light – while bright or natural lighting is important during the day for play time and homework softer lighting is much more soothing for night time. A night light or lamp is a good idea to have next to or close to the bed for bedtime stories.

Let the imagination run wild – if you keep the basics like the bed or cot neutral, then experiment with bold colours and textures in your artwork, wall decals (removable ones) bed linen, furnishings and toys, make the room fun and easy to excite and delight your children at every age and stage of their lives.

400 and counting!

Feeling pretty chuffed and proud this morning….

your asking my why??

Because you wonderful readers have helped me reach 400 subscribers!

Im very grateful to each and everyone of you who have subscribed and read my blog. I love receiving all the comments also.

Please keep in contact and thanks again for following! I hope I continue to grown with you and continue to write what you enjoy reading, I certainly enjoy writing! X

Teaching your child to read.

Teaching children to read – school ready!

Preparing your child for school begins at an early age, which is why it’s important to learn fun ways to teach your child to read. With the ever changing challenges your children will automatically face in school, you shouldn’t wait until kindergarten for your child to start and learn this essential skill.

Learning doesn’t have to be hard and let’s face it, it should be fun!

Here are done of my tips on getting started and helping your little ones to learn and expand their minds, knowledge and vocabulary.

1. FLASH CARDS

Back when I was at school – yes a while ago now, flash cards were the basics when it came to ways to learn to read. I remember playing snap and memory with my parents and siblings. Simple and easy to make your own bit most of all effective!

2. ROAD SIGNS

The road sign game is a lot of fun with your little ones. Granted, some names are difficult for little ones to pronounce in the beginning; however, it’s a fun and effective way for them to also learn colours on stop and give-way signs, also shapes of these signs, being hexagonal and triangle.

3. CHILDREN’S SHOWS

Children’s shows, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Play School, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and many more, offer some reading and word recognition skills. You can decide on your own which is the best option for your child, as some children’s TV shows are purely for entertainment purposes only.

4. COMPUTER-BASED LEARNING

Products like LeapFrog and Jumpstart offer computer-based learning, including reading skills. You can also download inexpensive and sometimes free apps for your iPad to help expand these skills. With so many options if you choose the right ones you can help your little one learn numbers, abc and much more!

5. MENUS

When dining out, you can use the menus to help your little one learn new words. In some restaurants you can also work on their foreign language skills and of course the cost of the meal. You can also get them interested in a healthy diet. Menus today, especially in fast-food restaurants, are required to show the calories for each option. This can help with not only learning and pronunciation of words but also numbers.
6. COMIC BOOKS

For children who love super-heroes, you can use comic books to help them learn to read. They are colorful, entertaining, and interest them as it highlights and showcases their favourite characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and more.
7. READ WITH THEM

Reading at least one story to your children before bedtime is a great way to encourage them to read. Books allow you to escape into a new world for both you and your child. Books inspire the imagination, also try having them read to you. They may miss words but it will excite them to turn pages and make up their own shorties. This will help your children wanting to learn more, just so they can discover what the happens next in the books.

Entertaining little ones.

Keeping your little one entertained.

Let’s be honest here, we sometimes wonder ‘what next?’ What can we do now? How can I occupy my little one?

Well I have also often have these thoughts, so here are a few of my favorite things to do with my little man.

1. Outdoor exploring – my little one loves the outdoors so we often go exploring in the gardens. Showing him flowers and various plants, insects, trees etc not only keeps him busy but also teaches him about his environment. Get involved and smell flowers, walk on grass, sit and play with dirt, lay on the ground and make picture out if the clouds in the sky!

2. Drawing with chalk – again outdoors. Get some giant chalk sticks and let your children’s explore on the drive way or pavement. Chalk is not permeant so easily washed away with a bucket of water or with the hose. Unleash your creative side and your little ones also! Draw animals, write words, create shapes – anything is possible – explain as you go and your little will will absorb all your knowledge, remember they are sponges!

3. Singing and dancing – every night when little man is in the bath we sing songs. This is a little special time for us and it keeps him in the bath a little longer than 2 seconds. Which is his usual. So if your little one is too busy to bath – get singing. Lots of nursery rhymes have hand actions and clapping and stomping are great for motor skills communicating. Our favorite is ‘eyes,ears,mouth and nose’ – ‘gloop gloop went the little green frog’ and ‘Open shut them.’ These are super easy and fun. Keeps both occupied and promotes language skills. Of course you don’t need to do this in the bath you can do this in the lounge room or anywhere.

4. Cooking – I know this sounds dangerous but I never give him sharp objects or anything that he can be harmed with. When I am preparing any meal I pop my toddler in his high chair and let him watch me. I give him a bowl, spoon, whisk and other plastic non shape utensils and allow him to imitate. This really helps with their development and learning abilities.

5. Sensory games – cheap and cheerful. Get some small containers from your Tupperware cupboard. Go to your pantry and pull out some rice and pasta, then head to your driveway and collect some pebbles approx 20mm in diameter then a small jug of water. Put the rice in one container, pasta in another, pebbles in another and finally the water in another. Allow your little one to sit and play with these. Not only is this another form of exploring but it’s teaching them different texture, shape, size and materials.

6. Reading books – my little guy loves to read! So every day we sit down and read at least 2 books. Not only is this quiet time, it also helps him to learn words, objects, images, colors and turning pages. He also sits by himself and turns the pages in his books chatting away to himself.

7. Chases – this can be indoors or out. Play catchies! You chase them then allow them to chase you. Also allow them to catch you and when you catch them. Make it special – give a little tickle or kiss. Guaranteed this will be fun for all involved!

If these don’t keep you and your toddler busy I’m not sure what will. 🙂

Remember they are only little for a short time so embrace their ability to learn and allow them to crate and learn to their full potential.