Monday, 18 September 2017

Joy of Carefree Autumn Day - Share the Joy Linky

I am constantly amazed how quickly this year is flying by and that it is mid-September already. The last couple weeks have been filled with Big Sister heading back to school and Little Brother starting regular Preschool sessions. I always hope that we can extend warm summer days into the first couple weeks of September but unfortunately it is definitely feeling like Autumn. The leaves have been falling since the last couple weeks of August and now the house heating is on during the night (most of the time) to keep everyone warm and cosy.  I keep finding myself thinking preparing for Halloween and Christmas.

I am trying to cherish the couple years before Little Brother is attending full-time schooling so I felt zero guilt this week when I decided on Wednesday that Little Brother and I were going skip Preschool to spend an extra morning together. That morning, he was very cuddly while waiting for Big Sister's school doors to open and it was a sunny morning that seemed perfect for some exploring in town. Once I confirmed with Preschool that Little Brother would be not be in, we headed to the library. I needed to renew a couple books but also wanted to find some new phonic books to keep Big Sister interested in reading.

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Space and Shape Cushions Review

One of the cheapest and easiest way that I reflect the changes in seasons in my home and brighten up my living room during rainy British winters is with decorative cushions. I am always looking for cushions that are durable to handle children jumping on them but also look stylish on my sofa.

I was delighted when Space and Shape contacted me to ask to review a couple of their cushions and add to my cushion collection.  For a huge selection of cushions, I choose the "Ask Cushion" and "Birdie Dearest Cushion"
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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.

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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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