Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Raising A Reader (Tactical Tuesdays )

Welcome back to the third #TacticalTuesday of 2018 with Vicky and I 

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If you are a regular reader than you will know that books are a big part of our lives. I've loved books and reading from a young age, so raising Blake to love books just as much as I do is important to me. At 3 Blake can't yet read but he does love his books whether its being read to or looking through them on his own.

There are many ways in which we can raise our children to be readers and I wanted to share with you how we are doing this with Blake.

1. Be a reader 
If you want to raise your child to love books and reading than be a reader yourself. You are a role model and by seeing you make time for reading they will want to follow suit.

2. Make books accessible
Blake has a bookshelf that he can easily access with a wide selection of books. We also have a basket in the living room for him to access books there.

3. Visit the Library 
We make sure we visit the library and choose a few books from there for him to take out so that he doesn't get bored of the books he has at home. It's free and you can make it a monthly or weekly visit for example.

4. Build reading into your routine
We always read to Blake everyday at different times when we can fit it in. Every night before bed while he is having his milk one of us will read him. It's part of his routine and something he looks forward to. 

5.Reading traditions
We have some books for set occasions for example Easter and Christmas. On these Occasions out come the books and its great for Blake to rediscover them. We also include the same book each year in Blake's Christmas Eve basket (The night before Christmas) 

This week's featured  post is from  Mummy from the heart (Parenting in the digital age). The internet is such a scary place and its so important to be one step ahead especially with how easy children can be groomed. It's so important for our children to also be taught to be aware of strangers.

Tactical Tuesday at Joanna Victoria

Sunday, 14 January 2018

In The Night Garden Live Family Ticket #Giveaway

I'm so excited to offer you the chance to win  a family ticket (for 4 people, minimum 1 adult) to see In the Night Garden Live at a venue and performance of your choice this summer!

In the Night Garden Live 2018 tour dates have been announced 
This summer the world's only In the Night Garden Live Showdome is coming to London, Birmingham and Manchester. The Showdome will be visiting:
The O2 , London
24th May - 9th Jun 2017
Richmond Old Deer Park, London
16th Jun - 1st Jul 2017
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
7th Jul - 22nd Jul 2017
The Trafford Centre, Manchester
28th July - 19th Aug 2017
There will be an exclusive presale for registered users on 23rd Jan (register at NightGardenLive.com from 8th -18th Jan) and tickets go on sale on 26th January.

For a chance to win simply answer the question in the rafflecopter below  before the competition closes at 23:59 on 20th Jan. Good Luck. 

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Black Mirror, Perfume and Ultimate blogger box #LittleLoves

After a busy weekend with one of Blake's friends Birthday party and doing a belated Christmas with the in laws, the week seemed to fly by. Blake's back into the flow with pre-school and getting back into the routine easily.

Here are some of the wonderful things from this week:

One of my Christmas presents I got from my in laws was a new book Convent Garden in the Snow by Jules Wake. Described as a feel good Christmas romance that's fun and festive. I feel that the book is suitable to be read at any time of year as its not Christmas or snow themed like I was expecting from it. Although its a very predictable storyline its definitely a sweet easy read that warms the heart.

After hearing about it quite a lot recently I decided to give Black Mirror a watch and love it. I'm currently  finishing series 3 and have loved binge watching it in the evening's. It's a sci-fi anthology series that explores a twisted, high-tech near furure where humanitys greatest inventions and darkest instincts collide. Each episode is there own stand alone and its easy to dip in and out of.

Nothing but nursery rhymes from Blake this week and I've promised him I'll get out his nursery rhymes CD out and have a sing a long at the weekend. He has been loving humming as well as doing actions to different songs and shouting ei ei oh its so sweet.

An Amazon order of some Dvds and books I've wanted with the voucher my Nan got me for Christmas. I take ages to decide what to buy as there is always something I'd love to have from there, Amazon is like an addiction.

Elie Sabb girl of now perfume. This week I've been wearing this perfume a lot its my most recent perfume I brought after trying a sample  back in early autumn. It's a floral scent with an addictive note of Almond, textured with Orange Blossom and Patchouli.

And lastly...
My order from Dot creates of The Bloggers Essentials Box has arrived. The box contains A mixture of their most popular products to help you stay super organised and inspired! I'm so excited to start using the items especially the blog planner.