13 Thanksgiving Books for Children

I absolutely love encouraging a love of reading from a ripe old age of newborn status. The kids will always joke about how Mama read to them in the womb. I sure as heck did! I think reading is important because it opens up your mind to a whole new world. Through books you can experience both fiction and non-fiction. Through books you can learn to get in touch with your creative side. Books truly open our minds to learn, have fun and think outside of the box.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought it a great time to share these Thanksgiving themed books for little children. Go ahead, add some to your collection today.

Great big list of Thanksgiving books for little children to add to your home library collection. Many book options to choose from this holiday season.

13 Thanksgiving Books for Children

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Top 5 Disney Movies for Teen Girls

Who doesn’t love a Disney? Oh yeah, some people aren’t utter Disney children and still re-watch the movies over and over throughout their teen years. My bad. So, what movies do you convince your teen daughter to watch on her own or with the family? Fear not, here’s five Disney movies for them.

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Top 5 Disney Movies for Teen Girls

Mulan

Many teens, especially girls, struggle with self identity and learning to accept themselves. Mulan is the story of one determined and strong-willed girl that finds a way to achieve what she wants, even through the criticism of others. This movie is best for showing girls to keep fighting and not let what others say get in your way. Buy it Here.

Alice in Wonderland

Clumsy little Alice, falling through the rabbit hole. Which version is a matter of personal preference, since both of the versions are pretty different from each other. This movie has a lot of humor and fun, and portrays a brave and determined young girl finding her way through the chaos of Wonderland. Overall, Alice tells girls no matter how crazy things may seem you can never give up, plus this movie is pretty humorous. Buy it Here.

Brave

Although this isn’t the time for most when girls are forced into marriage by their parents, Merida can be inspiring. She makes her own mistakes and causes her own problems at times. However, she learns to appreciate what she has and fight for her own thoughts and opinions to be heard. This girl is pretty strong and inspiring. Buy it Here.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas went through a whole lot of chaos in this movie, hm? This woman is a strong willed and thoughtful character who deals with a lot of stressful factors, all with a love story woven in between. Throughout the movie she proves to teens that fighting for what you believe in can succeed, not to give up, and most importantly: you don’t need a knight in shining armor to come save you. Buy it Here.

Beauty and the Beast

Who doesn’t love a love story as a teen? I mean come on, falling for a beast is amusing and mysterious, isn’t it? Beauty and the Beast shows an image of a courageous and selfless girl. Although falling in love with a beast is kind of sketchy, it does show the concept of not judging a book by its cover or that love is about what’s on the inside. This movie has comedy, romance, fear, and more. This one doesn’t necessarily teach girls much, it’s just a romance must-see for any teen. Buy it Here.

Mulan, Alice in Wonderland, Brave, Pocahontas, and Beauty and the Beast. Quite a diverse pick isn’t it? However, all of these have good lessons and messages behind them for teen girls. Try getting your teen to watch these sometime!

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The Importance Of Protecting Your Home From The Elements

The Importance Of Protecting Your Home From The Elements

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What is the reason you own a home for? Is it to provide loving experiences, shared by all your family members? Is it so you have a place to house all of your belongings? Is it so you have a place to lay your head at night, so you can comfortably sleep and begin the next day refreshed? Or, is it to protect yourself as a shelter from the elements outside?

Of course, it is likely all of these reasons in one, but there’s no denying that last part is the one with the most immediate priority. Our homes are often so beautiful and refined compared to the shelters crafted by humans in the far past that we forget their primary and sole purpose – to keep us safe from an unpredictable outside world. Not only do the walls help keep us in, but they help keep everything else outside.

For that reason, protecting your home from the elements should be carefully considered, and not taken for granted. Of course, no amount of preparation can prepare your home for the unfortunate issues which took place in Florida and the Caribbean in recent weeks, but a little foresight can surely help some of the most commonly insidious and preventable issues from arising.

Here are some tips for the budding homeowner:

Water

Water can enter your property in many different ways. From leaky taps to flooding, to appliances going haywire, sometimes we are dumped with a little more moisture than we’d like. Solving this can be an issue, especially when you don’t have the tools to best remove the issue. For this reason, it’s best to use a sump pump such as those found here https://www.crawlspacecharlotte.com/sump-pump/, which installed under the foundations, can give you a perfect draining solution to solve the problems in a matter of minutes.

However, water damage doesn’t always enter the bottom or basement floors of your property. A leaky roof or a poorly insulated window can both contribute to letting the rain in, especially when it’s falling with some intensity. It’s important to be wise about the solution you use here. Applying better and more insulated roofing felt in the property, as well as using silicon applications to overcome any insulation issues is sometimes the best place to start. 

Damp

Damp can arise similarly. Cold air outside can lead to excess moisture inside, and if this doesn’t have any way to escape the heat simply piles upon your walls, window fixtures and potentially electrical implements as moist mould. This can grow over time and lead to spores which can, in their worst estimation, make you very sick. Damp prevention is usually easy, but it will require a stern eye, good ventilation, and a solid understanding of the fault points that are most likely to carry its symptoms around your home. This is more a reaction to an outside element than one inside, but the validity of preparing for it is no less important.

With these simple tips, you are sure to have a leg up in repairing the potential damage of your home, and preserving its value and safety.

 

 

Hidden Secrets No baby Book Will Tell You About Motherhood

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From the moment you find out you are going to be a mom to the day they turn one, you are going to have your face buried in baby books in an attempt to control the nerves that have you shaking like an autumn leaf. However, from our experience in motherhood, we’ve learned that there are more than few truths that baby books leave out; a few secrets that will spring up on your completely unwittingly.

So, to help prepare you for the home truths that hit harder than an Alex Rodriguez home run we have pulled together some things every experienced mom will nod their head at and things you probably haven’t heard about until now. We gotta tell you, this whole being a mom thing is the most entertaining adventure you have ever been on.

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You Will Sing Songs All The Time

At bathtime, during feeds, when you’re getting them dressed and preparing the usual dinner of pureed sweet potato; you will catch yourself singing another Disney song. Or a nursery rhyme. Or just a song where you have rewritten the lyrics to squeeze your baby’s name into it. You will become an all-singing and all-dancing mom that is happy to get paid in smiles.

Puke, Poop And Pacifiers

It is going to be an unprecedented experience for you (hopefully), but from the day your baby is born, you will have to get used to them being addicted to their pacifier and you getting puked on sixty-three times a day with the odd leaky poop thrown in there for good measure.

Your Google History Will Be Mental

Within a month, your Google history will be a minefield of giggles. You’ll find that you subscribed to Inner Parents just so you could find out what the best wipe warmer of 2017 is. There will be ten Google searches a day whereby you were searching, “what is wrong with my child,” and you will find yourself asking Siri, “How do moms with twins do it?”

You Will Leak Milk At Some Stage

Whether it be because you didn’t realise it took five days for your breast milk to come in after giving birth, or you didn’t manage to pump your boobs in time or, most embarrassingly of all, forgot to put your breast pads in; you will find that your boobs will leak milk and your shirt will display the results for all to see.

Your Kid’s Fashion Comes First

So long as your child looks as cute as hell, you will not care about the fact you are going out with sick-knotted hair, wearing a poop stained shirt and only one shoe on. You sacrifice your fashion needs to make sure your kid looks amazing; we all do it.

No Time To Shower

All those years you took the luxury of a shower for granted. But now it is too late because, well, you simply don’t have time for a shower anymore. Nope. The time will come, one day, but even then it won’t be a peaceful one as your kid bangs on the door and begs you to let them in. So, for now, your biggest luxury is dry shampoo. Sorry.

Building A Legacy To Be Remembered

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No one likes the idea of leaving nothing behind when they die, having their memory lost to the ages, and no one to keep it alive. Of course, instead, most people want to world to remember them for their achievements, and the things they’ve done with their life. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever become world famous, though, as this sort of goal is very hard to achieve. This doesn’t have to be bad if you use it as a way to focus on something much more important; your personal legacy. The way you impact your loved ones is a lot bigger than what you can do to the world. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the ways you can start working on this part of your life.

  • Money

Money is one of the first areas people will consider when they’re building their legacy. If you’ve chosen to follow a normal career path and are in a steady job, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be a millionaire. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t provide for your family. Companies like lifeinsurancequote.co can help you to find cover which will provide your loved ones with a cash payout when you die. Along with this sort of tool, you could also consider saving some money, while also putting some into your home.

  • Work/Career/Business

Of course, though, when you pass, people won’t just remember you for the money you’ve managed to make throughout your life; they will also remember your drive and motivation. Working hard at your job, studies, or business is a great way to leave your loved ones remembering you as a good person. Along with the way people remember you, working hard will also impact how easy your children find it to work towards their goals.

  • Community

For some people, helping those closest to you won’t be enough, and you’ll also want to have an impact on a greater scale. As mentioned above, trying to impact the entire world could be a far too lofty goal. This doesn’t mean that you can’t start working on your local community, though. The people living around you could benefit hugely from money being invested or work being done to improve the area. Along with helping people to remember you, this will also ensure that you leave a big mark on the place you call home.

  • Your Children

Finally, it’s time to think about your children. When they are young, they will attempt to emulate you, following what you do and trying to do it themselves. This means that, by working hard and teaching them well, you can have a huge impact on their lives. To make the most of this side of your legacy, you have to willing to put in plenty of time, as you’ll also need to do some learning yourself. Help your child with homework and studies, while also encouraging them to be curious. This will be one of the best ways to build your legacy.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on the legacy you leave when you pass. A lot of people ignore this area, focusing on other parts of the life, often leaving this until it’s too late. This sort of work needs to begin before you even have kids, though, if you want to be able to build the best possible memory of your name.

How tо Enjоу thе Tоddlеr Yеаrѕ with your Child

Pаrеntіng іѕ a jоurnеу thаt mоѕt оf us choose to еmbаrk on fоr various rеаѕоnѕ. Fоr ѕоmе, іt іѕ bесаuѕе thеу absolutely love сhіldrеn and соuldn’t іmаgіnе lіfе without them. For others, іt’ѕ juѕt a given that уоu have children аt some point іn your lіfе аnd for оthеrѕ, іt happens bу ѕurрrіѕе аnd ѕо you ассерt іt аnd do уоur bеѕt tо bе a gооd parent. Whаtеvеr thе reason for bесоmіng a раrеnt – it brіngѕ many joys and mаnу challenges. Thіѕ аrtісlе offers guidance іn moving frоm the bаbу stage into thе toddler stage whеn your ѕwееt bundlе іѕ bесоmіng mоrе асtіvе, mоrе inquisitive аnd dеvеlоріng great bundlеѕ оf nеurоnѕ as they lеаrn to nаvіgаtе their wау іn the world thаt is beginning tо unfold.

How tо Enjоу thе Tоddlеr Yеаrѕ with your Child

Whеn mу first bоrn bесаmе a tоddlеr I was a bіt bаfflеd. Chіldrеn dоn’t come wіth a manual and nоbоdу іѕ hаndіng out thе ‘bеѕt рrасtісеѕ’ guіdе fоr раrеntіng. I wаѕn’t sure whаt bеhаvіоr nееdеd соrrесtіng аnd whаt I should ignore. Sо I bеgаn rеаdіng аnd іt lеd tо lіfеlоng learning about fаmіlіеѕ and раrеntіng.  Sо, let’s look at whаt саn hеlр you make іt thrоugh thе toddler уеаrѕ whеrе уоu аnd уоur сhіld аrе lеаrnіng hоw tо mаnаgе bеhаvіоr – thеіrѕ and yours!

Evеrуоnе hаѕ hеаrd thе оld ѕауіng ‘the tеrrіblе twоѕ.’ Hоwеvеr, mаnу раrеntѕ whо have actually bееn through the toddler ѕtаgе with their сhіld look back аnd think tо themselves ‘that wasn’t so bad after all.’ It’s ѕаd to thіnk that thеrе аrе parents оut thеrе whо dread оr аrеn’t еnjоуіng life with thеіr tоddlеr.

Hоw саn a раrеnt еnjоу thеіr сhіld durіng thе toddler уеаrѕ?

Juѕt rеlаx and have fun –  If уоu hаvе a buѕу schedule then сlеаr ѕоmе time for dеdісаtеd рlау wіth уоur tоddlеr. There іѕ nо rеаѕоn to feel guіltу fоr spending a fеw hоurѕ рlауіng wіth blосkѕ оr reading a good book together.

Mоdеl gооd character trаіtѕ early – Thіѕ is a vеrу іmроrtаnt age whеn a сhіld bеgіnѕ tо fоrm thе сhаrасtеr they wіll hаvе for thе rеѕt оf thеіr lives. Thіѕ іѕ the tіmе tо lау a foundation of gооd сhаrасtеr, rеѕресt fоr others, аnd knowing right from wrоng. Mоdеl раtіеnсе, respect, аnd truthfulnеѕѕ. Whеn уоur child gеtѕ аngrу thаt ѕоmеthіng dіdn’t work out rіght, help thеm wоrk through thе аngеr. Thаt can be hаrd for раrеntѕ who аrе іmраtіеnt themselves. But іf уоu tеасh уоur сhіld ѕеlf-соntrоl now they will be bеttеr рrераrеd for thе teen years аnd adulthood.

Discipline іѕ a dіffісult tоріс, but a раrеnt who dіѕсірlіnеѕ a toddler іn lоvе, wіth раtіеnсе, wіll hаvе muсh lеѕѕ nееd tо dіѕсірlіnе the сhіld whеn hе or ѕhе іѕ older. It іѕ muсh еаѕіеr to dеаl with dіѕоbеdіеnсе whеn thе child іѕ twо thаn when hе is 15. Hоwеvеr, make ѕurе іt is trulу dіѕоbеdіеnсе аnd nоt just раrt оf hіѕ developmental ѕtаgе. There іѕ a big difference. Thе сhіld whо is willfully bеіng dеfіаnt аnd gоіng against his раrеnt’ѕ wishes іѕ nоt thе same аѕ thе сhіld whо accidentally ѕріllѕ hіѕ mіlk or who ѕtаrtѕ сrуіng bесаuѕе ѕhе didn’t get еnоugh ѕlеер thе nіght before. Sо bе sure to take these things into соnѕіdеrаtіоn.

Take a brеаk if you need one – If уоu аrе аt hоmе with your сhіld оr children аll dау and feel lіkе уоu nееd a brеаk, саll in ѕоmе help. Whether you hіrе a teenage bаbуѕіttеr tо wаtсh уоur children a fеw hours еасh week or hаvе a frіеnd or family mеmbеr tаkе thе children fоr a whіlе, gіvе уоurѕеlf a brеаk. Bеіng a ѕtау-аt-hоmе раrеnt іѕ hаrd. Juѕt аbоut еvеrуоnе hаѕ tо ask someone to hеlр оut durіng thеѕе уеаrѕ. Gіvіng уоurѕеlf a few hours off еасh wееk will mаkе уоu a better раrеnt, tоо. You will fіnd thаt іt gіvеѕ you more еnеrgу, more раtіеnсе, аnd a better реrѕресtіvе іn being a parent. Yоur children wіll bе more рrесіоuѕ tо you аftеr уоu hаvе hаd a fеw hоurѕ tо уоurѕеlf.

Toddler Years Can be Wonderful

Thе tоddlеr years аrе a wоndеrful tіmе. Parents whо understand thе dеvеlорmеntаl stage аnd whо tаkе саrе of themselves аѕ wеll can trulу еnjоу thеіr tоddlеr. Toddlers аrе full оf wonder and еvеrуthіng is аn аdvеnturе tо thеm. Thеу think уоu are terrific and lоvе tо ѕреnd hоurѕ рlауіng wіth you as you build wіth blocks оr рlау gаmеѕ оr сuddlе tоgеthеr.

Tаkе аdvаntаgе of thіѕ tіmе аnd bе аvаіlаblе. Rеlаx, enjoy уоur child, аnd buіld mаnу mеmоrіеѕ tо think back on whеn уоur сhіld is grown аnd уоu find yourself mіѕѕіng thоѕе sweet уеаrѕ.

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Beat The School Holiday Boredom With These Creative Ideas

The school holidays are great because they give us more family time. Who doesn’t want more family time? The only issue is that being stuck at home so much can lead to boredom, and as any mom knows, boredom usually leads to squabbles between the kids, which you don’t want. There is nothing worse than being trapped in a house with kids who are picking fights constantly with each other.

The key to beating off school break boredom is to keep your kids occupied as much as possible. Obviously, this is a task that is often easier said than done, but if you are smart about it, it is possible to beat school holiday boredom. The answer to preventing your kids from getting bored when stuck at home is crafting.

That’s right, arts and crafts are a great way to prevent your little ones from becoming overly bored while on school break. Like the idea of doing some arts and crafts projects with your kids? If the answer is yes, then read on for all the best creative art ideas for keeping your kids busy while stuck at home.

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Lino printing

Give each child a piece of lino, a pen, and a lino cutter. Ask them to draw a design onto their tile, or to draw it on paper first and then trace it onto their tile if they would prefer. Tell them to be creative, and pick whatever design they like to draw. Whether they opt to draw animals, patterns, or people, it doesn’t matter – let them be as creative as they like. Once they have drawn their design, show them how to use a tile cutter to cut it out. Then, once they have finished cutting, give them each paper, card, or a piece of material to print their design onto. Invest in a selection of different printing colors, so that they can create all manner of print designs, from black and white ones to ombre colored ones.

Do crayon art

Got any crayons laying around the house that never gets used? Well, now you can put them to good use! Give each child a piece of paper and a white crayon, and ask them to draw a design on it – remind them that they won’t be able to see it. Then, give each child a watercolor paint palette and ask them to fill the page with a range of colors. As the paint crosses the wax from the crayons, it won’t stay, meaning that the pattern will be visible against the areas that the paint has taken to.

Tie dye

Whether you use white t-shirts, blankets, sheets, or towels, it doesn’t matter; you can make some incredible pieces of art with tie dye. Twist whatever material you are using into any shape, apply rubber bands to it, and dip into your dye. Remove from the dye, twist the garment until all the water comes out of it, and then dip in fresh water, and squeeze it out until the water runs clear. Remove the rubber bands and place on the washing line to dry. While the item is drying, you should be able to clearly see the pattern that has been created.

Mosaic making

Do your kids love to collage? If the answer is yes, then mosaic making could be a great art project for them. All you need is some plywood boards, mosaic tiles, glue, and grout. Show your children what mosaics look like and ask them to create their own designs, reminding them to ensure that the tiles are stuck close together on the board. For sticking the tiles down, cordless glue guns could work well, just as long as your children are old enough to safely use them. Once the glue has dried and all the tiles are in place, help your children to cover the entire design in grout, making sure that all the gaps are filled, followed by wiping the tiles clean of grout.

Salt dough

Salt dough is a cheaper alternative to molding clay that works just as well. Mix together in a bowl, two cups of plain flour, one cup of salt, and one cup of water, stir the mixture together until a dough forms. Knead the dough, before splitting into portions for each person. The dough can be sculpted into any shape before being placed in a hot oven to bake until hard. Once cooled, the salt dough can be decorated with paint, before being covered in PVA glued to seal it.

There you have it, an array of creative craft ideas for preventing school break boredom.