Thursday, 1 June 2017

2017 Disney Book Week - Tangled and Frozen Magic of the Northern Lights - Parragon Book Review

In honour of Disney Book Week from May 15th to June 11th, 2017, we were sent from the Disney Movie Collection the titles Frozen Magic of the Northern Lights released early 2017 and Tangled. We are very excited to add these books to our collection.
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Monday, 8 May 2017

Life Update May 2017 on Ladybug Home YouTube

April 2017 was a month filled with lots of quality family time. Many hugs from my parents as they visited from the USA. We visited several local towns and prepared for Easter with crafting. We made several of my favourite Mother's recipes. I have shared on Ladybug Home YouTube Channel a little more details about what is happening around the LadyBug Home in April.  
These days my biggest project is focusing on the Christmas Magic Today blog. I feel extremely blessed that three of my favourite bloggers have agreed to join me at Christmas Magic Today to publish new content and share in the excitement as we prepare for Christmas 2017. We have also started a new collaboration video series with "Weekly Christmas Questions" on the Christmas Magic Today's YouTube Channel. We would love for new blogger and vloggers to join in as we countdown to Christmas 2017.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Beauty and the Beast Book Collection - Parragon Books Review

In honour of the recent cinema release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, we were sent the Disney Beauty and the Beast: Write, Inspire, Create book and Disney Beauty and the Beast: Book of the Film. Both of these books are aimed at 8 - 12 years old.
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Disney Beauty and the Beast: Write, Inspire, Create is written to inspire young writers. There are many different writing prompts to encourage the most beginner writer to create literary masterpieces. This book will help your child create stores, diary entries, and imagine being in the enchanted castle with Belle and the Beast.

Friday, 7 April 2017

My Home in April - Easter Blog Hop

Carly from A Cup Full of Glitter knows that I love changing the decoration in my home to celebrate the changes in seasons and upcoming holidays so she invited me to join her in an Easter Blog Hop. 
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I am extremely blessed that I have a Mother that is equally loves decorating her home with seasonal decorations so I have big box of fun Spring and Easter themed items that she has sent me from the USA and several Easter crafting projects from the last couple years to decorate with. The "Spring" pastel letters was a crafting project from last year. I purchased the papar mache 20 cm (8 inches) letters and pastel paints from my local Hobbycraft. These letter required several layers of paint but low-odour paint allowed me leave letters to dry in my kitchen before painting the next layer. This "Spring" decor will be left up past Easter. The fluffy yellow chicks was a fun addition. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Simple Lighting Styling with LED Vintage Squirrel Cage Light Bulbs

When buying light bulbs for my home, I always look at LED options. LED bulbs have longer lifespan and use electricity more efficiently compared to incandescent and fluorescent lamps. LEDs also come to full brightness without need for a warm-up time. They are also produce less heat so can be safer to use in tables lamps with little hands around.
LED bulbs come in many different fittings, shapes and colours but recently LED bulbs have been given a "vintage" makeover. When Thomas Edison created his incandescent light bulb in 1879, he probably did not know that a little over 100 years later that his original light bulb design would be given a modern makeover. They are often called "squirrel cage" light bulbs or lamps. These modern "Edison-style light bulbs" LED filament bulbs being designed to recreate the multiple filaments within the glass bulb of Edison's original design.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Achieving Your Blogging Dreams: Building a Framework Blogging Handbook

I was a bundle of nerves when I first started my blog. Would people actually read what I had to say? Would I be able to grow my site? And there seemed to be so much to learn! Could I really figure it all out?

These are the types of fears that hold a lot of people back from blogging. I have had so many people tell me, “I want to start a blog, but…” They let their fear take over. And they never take that first step toward starting a blog that could positively impact their life in SO many ways.

I am so thankful that I pushed my own fears and nervousness aside and just got started so I could reap the benefits that blogging offers! I’ve gained an incredible creative outlet. I’ve found a community of people who are passionate about the same things I am. I’ve been able to impact people all around the world. And I’ve been able to earn money doing the things that I love… how crazy is that?!

But I haven’t had to do it alone. I’ve had help from my friend Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog. Abby and her husband, Donnie, are full time bloggers, and they have been this huge source of blogging advice the last couple years.

They recently released the third version of their eBook/course Building a Framework:The Ultimate Blogging Handbook, which is specifically geared toward helping new bloggers get started but also a great source for existing bloggers that need a boost of inspiration.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Top 10 Travel Must Haves for Little Superheroes #MarkWarnerMum

Since my hometown is on the West Coast of the United States and my husband's hometown is in England, we knew when we got married that we would be flying across the world many times in our lifetime to spend time with our families. We have never let the challenges of flying for over 10 hours with children stop us from flying with our children when they were little. My daughter's first flight was at 10 months old and son's first flight at 9 months old. We are very lucky that our children love the excitement of flying in an airplane.  Although they have several stamps in their passports, we never had the opportunity to take them on sunny European holiday.
Ladybug Home 2017 #MarkWarnerMum Family Blogger Ambassador Application - "Top 10 Travel Must Haves for Little Superheroes"
"We are going on Superhero Missions"
I love reading about my fellow bloggers' holiday adventures with Mark Warner Holidays that involve snow skiing or warm beaches, fruity drinks by the pool, and creating holiday magic for their children. Mark Warner announced their 2017 Mark Warner Holidays' Family Ambassador Programme last week and I instantly knew that we were ready to demonstrate why we would be perfect as a #MarkWarnerMum. They have asked for bloggers to share their "Top 10 Travel Must Haves" this year.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 (One) Superhero Cape - 3 Winners

In our home you will not find any princess dresses but instead of many superheroes capes. My very imaginative 5 year old daughter would gladly be a superhero character everyday of the year. She often recruits her little brother to be part of her Justice League. Some days she is Batman (never Batgirl) and other days Captain America. If you listen to talking to her imaginary friends, she is often discussing going on adventures to save someone or solving a crime. She loves running fast as the "Flash" and pretending to throw webs from her wrists like "Spiderman".

On Monday, February 13th, 2017, Mark Warner announced the submission requirements for the 2017 Mark Warner Holidays' Family Blogger Ambassador search. The topic this year is "Top 10 Travel Must Haves". I can think of a long list of "must have" items for traveling within UK and internationally but it was important our blog entry also reflected the personality of my family.  Due to the superheroes fun in our home, we created a video titled "Top 10 Must Haves for Little Superheroes" and corresponding blog post.
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