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Since having my daughter and beginning home-school, I have re-discovered how fun my hometown of Atlanta can be. There is so much to do here and it is easy to spend a lot of money figuring out what activities you like best. As a stay at home mom and homeschooler, finding ways to have fun while also watching my budget has been a top priority for me especially now that my daughter is old enough to enjoy much of what the city has to offer. I'd like to share some of the best memberships to have in Atlanta.



1. Children's Museum of Atlanta - With only a short walk from the train station, the Children's Museum of Atlanta is one of our favorite places to visit. The new exhibits are always fun and the permanent exhibits makes for a full day of museum play. There is paid parking in the area and the museum offers a variety of membership options.

2. Center for Puppetry Arts - The Center for Puppetry Arts has to be my favorite for my kiddo! We both love watching the shows. A membership here is worth the investment as there are always new shows for kids, in addition to some adult shows and a puppet museum. This museum offers a variety of membership options and parking is free!

3. Fernbank Museum Of Natural History - This museum was recently renovated and there is now a super fun outdoor play area. This  museum is great for indoor exploring on rainy days and outdoor play on sunny days. The new exhibits have all been excellent, indoor play space is perfect for elementary ages, and there is even a movie available to watch. Fern bank Museum often runs discounts on their memberships and parking is always free.

4. High Museum of Art - The High Museum membership is the best membership. I love it because there are almost equal adult and children's events, I may even use the membership more for myself  than I do for the kiddo. There are member only preview events, toddler and family events, teen events, literally something for everyone.

5. LEGOLAND Discovery Center - We've only had this membership for a few months and my kiddo has had a blast each time that she has gone to Legoland. This indoor playland is one where you can sort of sit and let the kids do their own thing. However, I do find myself building cars and towers with Ava while we are here.  Legoland will definitely come in handy this summer when the weather reaches scorching hot temperatures.

6. Museum Of Design - We have gone to MODA a couple times and have always enjoyed the exhibits. I'm mentioning MODA because the membership here is FREE! Yep, not only is MODA across the street from the High Museum, but a Design Club membership here is free. We usually visit the High Museum and afterwards we visit MODA, great for an all day adventure.

Finding ways to entertain children outside of the home can really begin to add up, especially if you are like me and love the thrill of something new everyday. I find that memberships are the most cost efficient way to have fun aside from free activities that libraries may offer. Memberships are also great for use when being outdoors isn't an option. How do you like to entertain your children? Do you have any museum memberships? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Traveling for the holidays are traditions that most families have. Whether it's taking a vacation by the beach or going to grandmas house, road trips are a joyous experience. As moms, we have a lot to think about when preparing for holiday travel, what clothes to take, length of travel time, and most of all, food! Our family travels usually include lodging with a full kitchen so I can prepare healthy meals for my family. Not only am I thinking about what we will eat during our trip, but also the snacks that we will eat for the car ride. Preparing for holiday travel also means a stop at Walmart to load up on snacks.


As a vegan family, healthy and delicious food is important, that’s where Sensible Portions Sea Salt Garden Veggie Straws come in! Veggie Straws make a wonderful snack for both kiddos and moms. Veggie Straws are Vegan, Kosher have no Trans fats and no Cholesterol, all of which are essential to our lifestyle. With 30% less fat than chips, Veggie Straws have all the crunchy, yummy flavor you want in a snack and non of the artificial flavors or preservatives. 

My daughter has always loved snacking on Veggie Straws. I like to dip them in homemade hummus dip. When you are considering what car snack to take with your for your holiday travels, head to your local Walmart and try out a bag of Sensible Portions Sea Salt Garden Veggie Straws. These are a snack the whole family will love. 
What snack do you usually pack for long car rides? Will you be trying out Sensible Portions Sea Salt Garden Veggie Straws? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time. 

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The holiday season is a big and important time for most families. There are many things on our to do list, shop for gifts, plan family gatherings, cook fabulous meals, remain happy and bubbly! For some, this can be a big source of stress coupled with other life factors. I've put together a list of a few small things that you can do to reduce your holiday stress. Check them out below.


Eat healthy meals
  As mush as we would probably love to live on coffee alone, our bodies will  repay us by being sluggish and cranky. In order to survive the holidays, we have to start waking up and preparing a healthy breakfast for ourselves and the family. Oatmeal is always a family favorite, it's easy to make and is nutritious. Also, have a plan in mind for lunch and dinner so you won't feel rushed later on into the day and turn to eating junk food.


Get a good nights sleep
  This is easier said than done. I'm normally and early sleeper and an early riser but lately I've been finding myself going to bed at 11pm sometimes! Going to sleep this late makes me exhausted in the morning. To help myself go to sleep earlier, I've been putting down my phone and turning off my computer at about 8pm, this helps with being able to relax my mind. A cup of chamomile tea helps with relaxation. Having a nighttime routine for your children will not only be beneficial for their sleep habits but will also help you sleep better. If the kids are in the bed at a certain time every night, then you will begin to unwind at a certain time every night, leading to longer and better sleep.

 Reduce time on social media
  The holidays are some of the best times to look at beautiful pictures of happy families, fabulous gifts, and extravagant vacations on social media. But, these beautiful pictures can sometimes lead to feelings of enviousness, unworthiness, and even jealousy if you begin to compare your life to those in the pictures. We have to remember that social media is a highlight  reel of your life's best moments and even though someone's life may seem "perfect", we should be grateful for the life that we currently have. Reducing time spent on social media will improve your feelings of gratefulness and overall self worth.


 Say "NO" to some holiday activities
  This is a big one for me! My little lady and I are always on the go, we love exploring and attending different events around the city. I'm getting emails daily about holiday plays, tree lightings, parades, holiday parties, and Santa visits. Of course, I want to take my daughter  to ALL the holiday things, but I have to learn to say no! Mainly because Atlanta traffic can be so terrible, it makes a typical 20 minute ride drag out for 30 and 45 minutes! Another reason is because my pockets just can't handle all the things and holiday gifts lol. So we have to choose! I'm picking a few free and affordable events to attend during the holidays and I am saying "no" to anything that makes me feel stressed about going.

Spend time with your friends
  Yes, the holidays are for spending time with your family, but don't let your friendships fall to the backburner! Hanging out with friends can be a refreshing twist to daily mom life. So plan a few friend dates this holiday season!


This holiday season, lets not run on fumes, but actually enjoy our family and friends. Lets create good memories and always look forward to this time of year. Until next time.


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It's almost winter and Atlanta is getting its first snow of the season!! This is super exciting for us because we don't get very much snow if any and this is Ava's first time seeing and being able to play in the snow. I thought it would be fun to mention the books in our home collection that we are snuggling up with this winter. Check them out below!


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1.   My First Kwanzaa (My First Holiday) - This author write amazing books with lots of diversity. The pictures are beautiful and the book explains Kwanzaa very well.
2. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - This is a favorite of ours, Ava likes when I sing the rhyme in the book lol. I lucked up and found this book at Goodwill.
3. The Story of Hanukkah

 
  
4. The Snowy Day - This is a favorite of ours. Ava loves to read this book and watch the movie on Amazon Prime TV.
5. Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)
6. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
7. Merry Christmas, Little Critter!


 
 
8. Snowball Soup (Little Critter, My First I Can Read)
9. My First Kwanzaa Book - This was also my book as a child and Ava loves looking at the colorful pictures.
10. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
11. Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah

Add these books to your winter reading list, they are super fun to read. I would like to pick up more books about different holidays celebrated in December to our collection. Do you have any recommendations? What books are you reading this winter? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

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Happy Happy Holidays everyone! I wanted to share a few things to put on your preschool girl's holiday wish list. I think every 4 year old girl would love these items whether she loves to read or play outside. Have a look at my Holiday Gift Guide for Preschool Girls below!

The gifts are categorized for your convenience. I have personally done gift themes for gift giving during the holidays. One year my daughter only got books, another year she only got art supplies, she really enjoyed it. Click the pictures to see prices. *This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

For the girl who loves to read:
Any girl who loves to read would be happy to receive the Prime Book Box for Kids. This is fabulous subscription service that delivers books to your home for your child every 1, 2, or 3 months! Prime Book Box saves you up to 40% off list price and provides the best value on hardcover books sold by Amazon.com.

 

1. Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls
2. If Kids Ran the World
3. Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life


4. Fancy Nancy: 5-Minute Fancy Nancy Stories
5. Pinkalicious: 5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories: Includes 12 Pinkatastic Stories!
6. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!


For the girl who loves to play pretend:

7. Madame Alexander Middleton Doll Newborn Baby Lavender African American
8. Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Time to Eat Doll Accessories Feeding Set (8 pcs)
9. KidKraft Lil' Doll High Chair
10. Baby Doll Clothes for 14-15-16 Inch Doll
11. Mommy & Me My First Doll Stroller



For the girl who loves STEM:
Any STEM loving little girl would love a toy subscription. The Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription is a service that delivers high-quality, age appropriate, STEM toys to your door that encourages learning through play.

     

     


12. Skoolzy Straws and Connectors Building Kits
13. MIBOTE 110pcs Magnetic Building Blocks Educational Magnet Tiles
14. Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids
15. Crayola Color Chemistry Set for Kids

For the girl who loves games:

   

16. Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game
17. Hatchimals Eggventure Game Set
18. Shopkins Big Roll Bingo


I'm definitely not a little girl but I would totally want all of these gifts under my tree, especially the coding robot! What are you all giving your littles for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Boys. Until next time.


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Happy World Vegan Month! I have a fun fact for you that you may or may not know, Ava and I are vegan! The other day Ava asked me to read a few of her vegan books. I realized that she only has one official vegan book, the rest of her "vegan" books are accidentally vegan books. Veganism is excitedly on the rise and I would like to share a few books to read to your child if you are making the transition to plant based eating. 
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Vegan books for ages 3-5. These books are very simple and easy to understand along with vibrant pictures. My daughter's favorite of this group is Eating The Alphabet.

  

  

  
1. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
2. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
3. V Is For Vegan by Ruby Roth
4. Linus The Vegetarian T-Rex by Robert Neubecker
5. Rah, Rah, Radishes by April Pulley Sayre
6. Go Go Grapes by April Pulley Sayre


Vegan Books for ages 4-8. These books are longer, but are still awesome to read to budding vegans.

  

  
7. The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
8. The Fruits We Eat by Gail Gibbons
9. Herb the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass
10. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss


Ok, you got me! The Lorax isn't exactly a vegan book but it does talk about protecting the environment and living a vegan lifestyle is one of the best ways to protect the environment! These books aren't overly graphic, they explain eating fruits and veggies in a fun way, and they are great to read even if veganism isn't your thing. We personally own all of these books and I highly recommend all of them. Let me now which books look interesting to you. Until next time.

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Throughout my blogging journey, I have taken hundreds of pictures. Those pictures were mostly taken by my mom, bestie, or myself. I've never had a professional photo shoot! This past weekend was extra special for me because I had my first mother daughter photo shoot with Photography By Teri Ann. The pictures are beautiful and I thought I would share them with you all. Have a look below.





I had been eyeing sunflower pictures for a while now, so I decided to book our shoot at a sunflower farm here in Georgia. It was about an hour and a half drive from Atlanta but so worth it!




Teri was even able to capture a few smiles from Ava! I have to bribe Ava for a good smile lol.
Even though I take pictures of us all of the time, I'm so glad I went ahead and booked a professional photo shoot. It's nice to have someone else capture moments for me, the editing is also amazing considering that there wasn't mush daylight to work with. I love all of the pictures and there were so many shots to choose from but I wanted to share my favorites.

If you are in Georgia, I hope you consider booking Teri for your next shoot, you won't be disapointed!
You can look at my dress HERE in pink and Ava's dress HERE in white.

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Fall is here and it is our most favorite season of the year! Yes, I know everyone says that fall is their favorite season but we really love the fall. The weather, the trees, the fall festivals and activities and mostly Halloween! Halloween was my daughter's first holiday after being born and we have been hooked ever since. In the fall, we love to read books about the season and the upcoming holiday. I'd like to share with you some of the books we are reading.


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1. Fright Club - My little lady has wanted to read this book every day since we picked it up.


2. Apples and Pumpkins - A cute book about a family's fall traditions.


3. Fairy Tale Frankie and the Tricky Witch

4. Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat - We love all of the Click Clack books. This one is a fun story about a Halloween party!


5. Fall Leaves Fall!


6. We're Going On A Leaf Hunt - I'm reading this book for a Halloween nature story time that I am hosting. I have it in an extra large version and I think the kids will like it!


7. Skelly's Halloween 


8. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! - Ava is obsessed with this Old Lady lol. Of course I had to pick this book up. I can't wait to pick the other Old Lady books.


9. Leaf Man - This story has the most beautiful pictures. It's a must have for a child's book collection.


All of these books are super fun to have in any book collection. My daughter's favorite is Fright Club and my favorite is Leaf Man. What books are you reading this fall season?

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It's that time of year again! We are in our second year of homeschooling, my daughter and I are both getting into a productive routine and we are really enjoying learning together. I have noticed that my daughter is a auditory learner, so for this kindergarten school year we will be focusing on reading,. Whether it's me reading to my daughter, learning phonics, and sight words, most of this curriculum will be reading out loud. Everyone's homeschool days and routines are different, so I would like to share what we are using for our reading focused kindergarten school year.


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Reading/Language Arts/Writing

        

During our 4 year old preschool year, Ava picked up handwriting pretty well and pretty fast. This year we will continue to practice writing, individual letters, numbers, words, and sentences. We will be doing daily journaling and writing short letters to friends. We will also be working on sight words as Ava is interested in learning to read. We are enjoying these  Pinkalicious phonics books so far, she is also doing pretty well with sight words and recognizing sight words in books.


Math

        

My daughter loves to ask the time, like she has a car and a schedule that she needs to keep lol. So guess who is learning to tell time?! Ava has a clock puzzle that she got for a birthday that we will be using for telling time, so glad I saved this gem. I finally also purchased some counting cubes because guess who is learning addition and subtraction?! I figured having visuals would help her grasp these math concepts. We will also have a few workbooks for additional math reinforcement.


Science/Technology/Art


I'm pretty sure that science is my daughter's favorite subject, she loves learning about space. We do lots of reading and lots of exploring in nature for science. Ava loves to do science experiments and lately she has enjoyed putting together a motorized car! For art, we visit art museums at least 4 times a month. We go to art classes at the museum or art club at the library, less mess for me to clean at home! This year we will also be going to the symphony. The symphony here has shows for young children and I think Ava will enjoy going.


History/Geography


If you follow me on Instagram, I have mentioned a few times that Ava loves maps! She loves drawing them, learning about them, and she insists on having a map to look at in the car lol. This year, we aren't going to in depth into history but we are definitely learning black history and touching on world history.


Extras
When we aren't doing school work, we will be visiting the library, going on playdates, playing at the playground, exploring nature trails, meeting up with homeschool friends, visiting our local museums, participating in ballet, free play gymnastics, and kids yoga.


We are excited to continue our kindergarten homeschool year. If you are a homeschool family, what grades are you teaching? What are your curriculum choices for the year. Let me know in the comments. All the pictures here are clickable or feel free to visit my Amazon store to see all of the books that we are using. Until next time!

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Happy Fall everyone! I hope you enjoyed the festivals this summer had to offer. Now I would like to round up some family friendly fall and winter festivals for you to enjoy. Check them out below. 


1. Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade - September 22, 2018. A family friendly nighttime favorite. Feel free to bring your own lantern to walk with in the parade or just enjoy watching. 

2. Old 4th Ward Fall Festival - September 22, 2018. Before watching the lantern parade, stop by the O4W fall fest to enjoy food, a kids area, music, and build your own lantern for the parade.  

3. Sandy Springs Festival - September 22-23, 2018. Pet parade, art, food, music, and a children's area with rides, games and crafts. 

4. Candler Park Fall Festival - September 29-30, 2018. Food trucks, live music, and a children's area. 

5. Atlanta Streets Alive - September 30, 2018. I can't wait to hop on the train to enjoy a car free Midtown! Still deciding on if I'll bring my bike or just enjoy the walk. 

6. Ghost Tours - October 2018. October is the start of all things spooky and my kiddo is obsessed with being spooked! We went on a ghost tour last year and had such a fun time. The ghost tours are in Lawrenceville, GA but are well worth the drive! 

7. Atlanta Parent Magazine Family Festival - October 6, 2018. This festival looks loaded with fun activities for the kids! Admission is only $5 per person and includes 5 activity tickets. 

8. Halloween Hikes - October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2018. The Chattahoochee Nature Center will be hosting family not so spooky nature hikes this October. It your little one loves being outside, this would be perfect for them. 

9. Fall Festival On Ponce - October 20-21, 2018. Art, food, music and a kid's zone. 

10. Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and Festival - October 20, 2018. Perhaps the best parade of the year, Ava and I excitedly await this parade every year. There are costumes everywhere, music, food vendors, and just an all around good time! This is the one event that you shouldn't miss. 

11. Dinosaur Trick Or Treat - October 27, 2018 10am-2pm. The Fernbank Museum is hosting it's annual Halloween Party for kids. We are museum members and will be attending this event for the first time this year!


I hope you will take part in these fun fall activities. I'll be updating this list with more events as information becomes available. Jot them down in your planner, put them on your phone calendar, and get busy making fun memories! Until next time. 


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