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The day of love is almost here! My daughter and I read books throughout the day, but I like to save the books about love for bedtime reading. It makes night time cuddles extra special! I wanted to share a few books that I love reading to my little lady and you will enjoy reading them too! Check them out below.



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I hope you check out some if not all of these books. My favorite is You're My Boo and Love you Too. What love books do you adore reading with your littles? Share in the comments below! Until next time.
April K.
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Have you ever heard the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? That is exactly how I feel about products that I use in my daily life, if I find a product that I love, I will keep using that product as long as I still love it and it works for me. I want to share with you all my most highly recommended beauty products, these are products that I purchase over and over again because they work amazingly well. I truly think that you can't go wrong with any of these.


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Check out a few of my favorite things below. 




1. Blossom Menstrual Cup (small, Black) - I have been a menstrual cup user for about 8 years now. I purchased my first cup in college back in 2010 and my second cup in 2017. I always recommend menstrual cups, not only are they waste free, but they are also chemical free, won't disrupt your body's pH, and will save a ton of money as they only need to be replaced about every 7-8 years. I got black this time around because the clear cups don't stay clear over the years. Go ahead and read the reviews, you won't regret this purchase!

2. Garden of Life Multivitamin for Women - mykind Organic Women's Once Daily Whole Food Vitamin Supplement - My diet is usually pretty good, tons of whole foods, fruits, veggies, grains, beans, and the occasional cookie. But during the winter months, or any time when my eating gets a little lazy, I like to make sure I'm getting my nutrients in by taking a multi vitamin.



3. Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Moisturizing for Normal to Dry Hair Shampoo and Conditioner - I have literally been using this shampoo since 2009. It smells so yummy and does a great job cleansing my hair.
4. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner  - I've tried my fair share of leave in conditioners and this one is my favorite to use when I am flat ironing my hair and it doesn't leave my hair greasy and heavy. I apply this after shampooing, air dry my hair or sit under the dryer, and flat iron.





5. Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hairspray - Paul Mitchell products have been a favorite of mine for a long time. I began using this hair spray last year when I needed something to hold my curls after using my curling wand. This hairspray smells divine and has great holding power that doesn't leave my hair crunchy.
6. Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Spray Perfume - While I was pregnant and for about 3 years after my daughter was born, I didn't wear any type of fragrances. I actually used fragrance free everything, house cleaners, soaps, etc. Pacifica was my first fragrance purchase and I am in love. The Indian Coconut Nectar is my favorite scent, I wear it all year round. You can't go wrong with any Pacifica fragrance.




7. Pure African Shea Butter  - The best moisturizer ever! Sometimes I melt down the shea butter, add a bit of coconut oil and mix together with a hand mixer to make whipped shea butter.
8. Alaffia Moisturizing Shea Butter Body Wash in Lavender - This body wash smells like heaven, nuff said!



     


9. NOW Foods Moisturizing Oils  - I mix these oils together with a few other oils to use on my hair and skin. The vegetable glycerin works really well for maintaining moisture in the hair. .
10. NOW Foods Essential Oils  - I like to burn these mixed with a bit of coconut oil in my oil burner. I'll also make air fresheners with these and add these to body oils as well.

I hope you check out some of the goodies listed. You can click each individual link or see the whole shopping list HERE with other goodies added!  I'll be updating this list often. What are some of your staple beauty products?  Let me know in the comments! Until next time.
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Happy 2018! We have officially been homeschooling for about 4 months and we are off to a great start. I shared the resources that I used for the 1st semester of homeschool in a blog post HERE, and I would like to share the resources that I am adding this semester. Have a look below to see how to build your own DIY homeschool preschool curriculum.


The amazing thing about homeschooling, is that you can build and tailor lessons to your child's specific interests and learning level. Ava is doing very well in school, she is most interested in writing, drawing, and reading, so she practices writing daily. I like to stick with the subjects or reading, writing, "math", and science. At this young age, most children don't have a concept of time so we don't discuss history too much but we do learn about the natural world. We also learn and practice character traits like kindness and compassion, and to love and appreciate nature.


She finished the majority of the workbooks that I mentioned in my Homeschool Preschool Curriculum post, so here are the workbooks that we have added to the lineup. *This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

   

I will be incorporating more reading into our curriculum. We read books from our personal library daily, we check out library books weekly. The Explore and Learn books are great for science and geography and have beautiful pictures. I've also started using a set of Bob Books to practice early reading skills, and have added a few poetry books.

    

We still attend library story times, museums, playdates, we visit playgrounds whenever weather permits, and Ava participates in gymnastics and yoga. I'd like to say that this curriculum is pretty well rounded and makes learning fun.

Please click the links to read more about the materials suggested. I only recommend products that I actually use and like. If you are a homeschooler, are you using a pre-made curriculum or creating one yourself? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Until next time.

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We recently began preschool homeschool in August of 2016 and my daughter has been enjoying every moment! She plays with her friends, go to gymnastics class, and we visit the library often. She is even learning to write has mailed letters to her homeschool friends in Florida.  Even though we are newbie's I get asked how I got started with homeschooling. I wanted to share a few things that I did to prepare myself for our homeschool journey, check out my list below.



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1. Make the decision to homeschool! Discuss plans with your partner/ husband or whoever is involved in raising your child(ren) and decide what is best for your family. Will you homeschool for the preschool and kindergarten years, elementary school years, or all the way through high school? What style of homeschool will you use? Unschooling? Montessori? Online?

2. Check state homeschool laws. The homeschool laws for Georgia are fairly simple and can be found HERE. For any other state, check your local Department of Education website.

3. Purchase any needed materials. Are you using a pre made curriculum? Are you piecing together a curriculum? Do you have art and creativity supplies? The Dollar Tree is great for finding low cost homeschool supplies, such as writing tablets, glue, and even workbooks. I also like to order essentials from Amazon.com.

   

     
Will you purchase new or used materials and curricula? Will you purchase items that can be used repeatedly? Some items can be purchased used to save money such as flash cards, games, and books.

4. Plan a daily routine and have a plan for each day. I like to use a teacher's lesson plan book to jot down what I would like to academically accomplish for the day as well as keeping up with completed homeschool days, and learning goals. I use a personal planner to keep track of community activities that I would like for us to attend.  Does your local library have storytime? Lego or art club? What about purchasing museum memberships? Do museums in your area have homeschool days? These are all things that you should look into when planning your homeschool day.

5. Follow your favorite homeschool blogs, homeschool instagram accounts, and join homeschool facebook groups. If you search the homeschool hashtag on instagram, a ton of amazing accounts will come up. Follow as many as you like and some of those accounts even write blogs about their homeschool journeys which are good to follow for inspiration. Facebook is also a great place for homeschoolers as there are many groups based on your homeschool interests, secular, religious, unschooling, local, etc. If you aren't big on Facebook, now may be a good time to look into it, I have met many mom and homeschool friends on Facebook.

6. Join homeschool communities, playgroups,  or co-ops. My daughter just started preschool so we are involved in playgroups mainly. But once your child is old enough to benefit from a co-op or homeschool community, they are worth looking into. You can search Facebook or even Meetup.com  to find local groups to join.

7. Have patience and don't compare your homeschool journey to others. Homeschool should be a fun, bonding experience. There are days that you may feel overwhelmed but those days will pass quickly. Your child will appreciate the time you are taking to make sure they have the best start in life even though they sometime don't show it. Everyone's homeschool journey is different, everyone homeschools for different reasons, so it is important to not compare homeschool journeys. Remember, "Comparison is the thief of joy."

I hope this post was helpful. I am by no means an expert at homeschooling as this is our first year and I only have 1 child. But I wanted to share what works for us. Are you a homeschool family? Do you have any tips you would like to share? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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A new year is always a great time to put plans and goals into action. I personally like to make resolutions for different areas of my life, home, business, personal, etc. I wanted to share a few simple resolutions that I think all moms should make in 2018.




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1. Plan a day or a few days to unplug from social media and the internet. Take this time for extra bonding with your children. There are many things that you can do for yourself during your social media detox, journal, take a yoga class, catch up on your reading or podcasts. You can also use this time to give your children extra special attention, plan a picnic or a trip to the playground, actively listen to your children when they talk, play board games, binge watch Netflix, or enjoy a lazy day.

2. Read a few parenting books this year. I love reading but lately I have only been reading novels. This year, I'd like to squeeze in a few parenting books. The books I'm reading this year are

   

3. Practice peaceful parenting. I like to consider myself to be a gentle/peaceful parent but there is always room for improvement. My little lady is 4 now and is discovering her own voice, having an opinion about everything, and wanting to do the opposite of what I am asking her to do. This can sometimes be frustrating, so I would like to practice responding to my child instead of reacting, reduce my use of the word "no", and overall being more attentive. If you would like peaceful/gentle parenting inspiration, follow along here: Peaceful, Gentle Childhood.

What parenting resolutions are you making for 2018? Let me know in the comments below! 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 by Karen Katz - 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 by Eric Litwin - 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 Biggest Snowball of All by Jane Belk Moncure - This book belongs to a series of books and was my book as a child. Now I get to share it with Ava.


4. Merry Christmas Little Critter by Mercer Mayer - Another great Goodwill find.

5. Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer

6. My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate - This was also my book as a child and Ava loves looking at the colorful pictures.

7. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer

Add these books to your library 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.

April K.
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Holiday shopping for any mom in your life can be hard. Most of us just want a day or two of peace and quiet and not having to do housework! I wanted to share a few gift suggestions that any mom in your life would be happy to receive this holiday season.


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1. A gift certificate to her favorite yoga studio would be greatly appreciated.

2. I think I speak for all moms when I say that if a cleaning service were to begin showing up at door weekly, I would not complain!

3. A vacation is always nice



4. I personally have on my wishlist that I would like to start laser hair removal treatments (TMI, I know lol), but a massage, manicure and pedicure, facial, or anything at a relaxing spa would make a mama's heart sing.

5. Local Atlanta fun is great too. I personally love sip and paint classes, a ferris wheel ride would also  be nice.

6. Books, journals, or anything that helps to relieve stress and helps creativity are some of the best gifts.




7. If you really want to give mom a great gift for the holidays, try a prepared meal delivery. Cooker Delivery is a healthy meal delivery service that works with 30 top Atlanta chefs to prepare meals and deliver them right to your door! Atlanta locals can try out Cooker Delivery using code: Insta10 for your first meal free up to $10.

If any of these things, especially a vacation, just happen to fall in my lap this holiday season, I'll be a happy camper! What gifts are you giving the special moms in your life? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Little boys can be super fun to buy for during the holiday season, but honestly, if I had to buy gifts for a boy, I would be clueless lol.  Ava is my little lonely only, and most of her friends are boys, so I do get a glimpse of what boys are into.  I wanted to share a few ideas for what I think would be fun gifts to get the little boys in your life.


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For the boy who loves to play outside:









For the boy who loves technology, and games:













For the boy who loves to read:







For the boy who loves to imagine:







What are you getting the little guys in your life? If you have a little girl to shop for, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Preschool Girls. Until next time.

April K.
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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:











For the girl who loves to play pretend:











For the girl who loves to play outside:






For the Girl who loves art:











I'm definitely not a preschooler but I would totally want all of these under my tree, especially the camera! What are you all giving your littles for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.
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I have been out of college and a stay at home mom for a while now and sometimes I feel like my brain is mush! Mush meaning "mommy brain" which is where I have forgotten how to interact with adults, manners, basically everything that doesn't have to do with my child.  In addition to "mommy brain", my most commonly used words are "potty", "tushy", and "kissy" lol. As an outgoing person I want to make sure I am able to hold an adult conversation if needed, so I would like to share a few things that I do to keep my mind feeling fresh. Here are 4 fun ways to keep your mommy brain sharp!



Free College Courses - Coursera.org is a website where you can take free online college courses. Over the years I have taken many courses through this site including a writing course, nutrition course, and a chemistry course. Watching online webinars can be very informative, I've watched them on different topics. I have also just discovered a new site called EDX.org. I'm planning to register and see what they have to offer. Even though I was done with college years ago, it is still good to refresh your mind or even learn a new subject.

Reading - I really enjoy reading a good book, most of my book collection was built with books from Goodwill. The library is of course a great source, but newly released books my not be available. If I check out library books,  I tend to read faster since I know that I have to return the book after only a few weeks. I understand that sometimes busy moms don't have the time to sit down and read a book, but lately I have been using Hoopla. Hoopla is available as an app and is a digital media service that allows you to stream and download audiobooks, music, ebooks, and movies using your library card. I love listening to an audio book on a long drive in the car.

Listen to Podcasts - Lately I have been listening to podcasts almost daily. If you aren't able to sit down with a physical book or even listen to an audio book, then a podcast may be the way to go. Podcasts take less time to listen to than an audio book. There are podcasts about any and everything, you can even learn a foreign language from a podcast.

Have Hobbies - Hobbies are my thing! I didn't really start tapping into my hobbies until I was in college when I began a beauty blog. Now in my real adult life lol, I love to scrapbook, do yoga, read and write.  I also like to go to different events in my hometown. Having hobbies keeps your mind sharp and is a great form of self care which all moms need.

See anything on this list that you want to try out? I can honestly say that I have been enjoying audio books and podcasts, they are both effortless to listen to. What are some things that you do to keep your mind fresh? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

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