Loading...

Follow The Daily April N Ava on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid
The weather is finally beginning to warm up to enjoyable temperatures. My little lady and I both love spending time outdoors, going to the park, festivals, anything fun! I recently purchased the BEST diaper bag that I have ever had and I have had a ton of bags since Ava was born! Ava is 4 and isn't in diapers anymore but she still has "stuff" that we need to carry around on our outings. Would you like to see this beautiful bag and a few of the essentials that we carry along? Check it out below.


*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.



This is the Ipack Diaper Bag also known as the best bag that I have ever purchased!! It comes with a changing pad and has about 11 pockets throughout the bag. Talk about organized! What I love most about this bag is that it can be worn on your shoulder and as a backpack! Depending on what we are doing, I need my hands free and a backpack is very useful. But on days that we are hanging out at the museum, a shoulder bag is stylish. You absolutely HAVE to buy this bag, it will seriously change your life. Let's look at a few of the essentials that I carry in my bag.




1. Contigo AUTOSPOUT Stainless Steel Kids Water Bottle - This is probably a given lol. When kids are playing and having fun, it is important that they remain hydrated. I find that water bottles with straws work well for us and most younger children.

2.Natures Gate Kids Block SPF 50 - It gets super hot here in Atlanta, but even when it isn't hot you still want to protect your skin from harsh sunrays. With this sunscreen , you get sun protection without the chemicals.




3. Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer - Hand washing with sop and water is always recommended but sometimes there aren't any sinks available. We have been using this hand sanitizer since Ava was born, I kept big bottles around the house and eventually began buying the smaller bottles for travel. This will do the job until you can get to soap and water.

4. Babyganics Natural DEET-Free Insect Repellent - Sun's out, bugs out! I feel like we use so much bug spray in the spring and summer! It's like all the bugs in Atlanta team up and say "hey, lets go bite Ava!" I try to keep Ava in leggings for as long as I can to protect her from the bugs, but when the heat is too unbearable, this bug spray helps a lot.



5. Mamaearth Chamomile Oil After Bite Roll On for Kids - Because no matter how much bug spray we use, Ava always seems to get bit. We will be trying this roll on for the first time this season.

6. Deluxe Necklace Fan - Did I mention how hot is gets here?! We love being outside and I want to make our outings as fun and comfortable as possible.



7. Hape Wooden Balance Bike - This fun wooden balance bike doesn't fit in my bag but it is definitely an essential for warm weather.



I am super excited to hang with my little lady during these warm weather months. We have already started going to festivals as festival season starts in April. What are you carrying along in your bags? Do you love the bag that you have? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
Check out A Few Of My Favorite Things shopping list HERE
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
It is finally festival season! I'm ready to spend my weekends hanging out with my kiddo enjoying the sun, music, and art! Here are some of the best festivals that Atlanta has to offer this spring and summer. Some of these festivals may be outside of Atlanta but are still fun to attend. There are of course other festivals that are not listed, but I have chosen to list the family friendly festivals with children's areas. Have a look below and please click the links for more information. 


1. Inman Park Festival April 28-29, 2018 -  There will be vendors, and artist market, food, kids activities and a parade happening on Saturday at 2pm.

2. All About Kids Expo  April 28, 2018 10am-3pm (Outside of Atlanta) - I haven't heard of this festival before but it looks fun! There will be a family fun zone as well as vendors for daycares, summer camps, healthcare and education.

3. Smyrna Jonquil Festival April 28-29, 2018 (Outside of Atlanta) - I miss this festival every year! Hopefully I can attend this year. There will be music, vendors, food, and a children's area.

4. Decatur Lantern Parade May 11, 2018 9pm (Outside of Atlanta) - We went to our first lantern parade last year for Halloween and it was exciting! You can find pre-decorated lanterns at the Dollar Tree or blank ready-to-decorate lanterns at Party City. I think we will decorate our own lanterns this year to take to the festival!

5. Chastain Park Arts Festival May 12-13, 2018 - This art festival happens twice a year and I have heard good things about it. There will be arts and crafts, music, vendors, and a children's area. Free to attend.

6. Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival May 26-27, 2018 - One of my favorite festivals! There will be great music, beautiful artwork, food, vendors, and a children's area.

7. Atlanta Jazz Festival May 26-27, 2018 - If you are in town for Memorial Day Weekend, you have to attend this Atlanta favorite! It features jazz legends on multiple stages at Piedmont Park. There is also a kids area! Free to attend.

8. Roswell Lavendar Festival June 9, 2018 (Outside of Atlanta) - I've been attending this festival for the past 2 years and it is always a blast! There are all day yoga classes, vendors, music, food, and activities for kids.

9. Virginia Highland SummerFest June 9-10, 2018 - The kids area at this festival is awesome! The music and vendors are great too.

10. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival July 28, 2018 - This is probably my daughter's favorite festival! This festival is usually packed, so go early in the morning. The kids fun zone is nice also.

11. Piedmont Park Arts Festival August 18-19, 2018 - Festivals at Piedmont Park are usually always fun and include a kids area. This festival will also have various types of art for sale, live music and food.

12. Grant Park Festival August 25-26, 2018 - Grant park is one of my favorite parks but I've never attended this festival. It looks nice though! With 2 music stages, food, vendors, and a kids area, I think I'll make my way over there this year.

13. DragonCon Parade September 1, 2018 10am - Technically not a festival but this parade is not one to miss!

*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

Pull out your planners mamas and fill up those calendars! There is no shortage of FREE fun this spring and summer in Atlanta. I'll be updating this list as more information become available. What are your local plans for the warmer months? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.


      

April K.
Check out A Few Of My Favorite Things shopping list HERE
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
So you're pregnant or just welcomed a new baby, congrats! I remember being pregnant and registering for everything under the sun for my new little squish. I knew exactly what I wanted and needed for her and my family and friends were able to get those items for me. But guess who I forgot to register for, me! I truly did not realize that I would need a few essentials to make my life a little easier for the postpartum time period. I'm sharing the items that saved my new mom life, have a look.


*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.



 


Reusable Sanitary Pads - These are a MUST. Nobody warned me that my privates would be so irritated from wearing a disposable pad daily for weeks!! Save your vagina and get cloth pads. They are so comfortable that you almost forget you are wearing them. Just rinse the pads in the sink under cold water before throwing them in the washer machine.

Washable Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads - These nursing pads were one of the best gifts that I received. As a first time mom, I had no idea how much my breasts would leak breast milk! You will have to change your nursing pads multiple times a day. Reusable nursing pads were good to have so I didn't have to buy disposable pads over and over again.




 



Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle - It was really convenient to have a water bottle by my bed. I think I was exhausted for about a year after my daughter was born lol, so not having to get up often to get water was great.

Snack Bars - Again, you aren't going to want to keep getting up over and over again, especially in your first days after having baby. So keep some snack bars by the bed to eat in between meals.



 

Nursing Nightgown - I wish I had a nightgown or two specifically for nursing. I had no idea these were a thing lol. I mainly slept in my big tee shirts and when it was time to feed, I just removed my shirt. Had I known about nursing gowns, I probably would have had one for every day of the week. There were many cold nights where I'm sitting the the bed topless and freezing lol. Don't be like me,  pick up a few nursing gowns!

Ring Sling Baby Carrier - When I first had my daughter, I still had my dog (he passed recently). And I quickly realized that I didn't have anything to hold my daughter in for a walk around the neighborhood. The stroller was too complicated to pull out for a quick walk, so I ordered a sling. A sling is great for quick trips to the store, a casual walk outside, and even in home use for soothing baby while getting chores done.

    

Even though I had experience caring for infants, I didn't have experience caring for my own infant, 24 hours a day! Here are a few books that were life savers for me:
1. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5- I still refer to this book and my daughter is 4 years old now.

2. The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

3. The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby's Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward



I can honestly say that if you are about to give birth, you NEED everything on this list. If I had to re-do my birth experience over again, I would have these items before  my daughter arrived instead of scrambling to order them when I got home from the hospital while in a daze from pain medications lol. You can see the full shopping list HERE or click the pictures to see more information n the products. Do you have anything that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
Check out A Few Of My Favorite Things shopping list HERE
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Being a mom is one of the best "jobs" ever. Although it is not a salaried position, I still take pride in and try to be the best stay at home mom that I can be. I've already given you tips to adjust to stay at home mom life because the adjustment is not always easy. Now, I would like to share with you how to SLAY stay at home mom life which basically means how to live your best SAHM life. 




*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.
1. Find activities and events in your area. A quick google search, or even events on Facebook can help you find activities to participate in. You can also look on your local library website for free kid friendly events.

2. Visit playgrounds often. I like to take my daughter to different playgrounds but we do have a few that we visit more often than others. Taking your child to different playgrounds helps to determine which playgrounds your child likes best and which playgrounds are good for certain times of the year. There are shadier playgrounds for the summer months, and playgrounds with no shade for sunny winter days. There may be playgrounds that you visit at the last minute because it is close by your home or a playground that you like to make a day of.

3. Once you find activities that you and your child like, plan your days and use a planner. Will you go to storytime on Mondays and art class on Wednesdays? What day will be your playground day? If you have activities planned for specific days, children begin to look forward to those days especially if it is something they really enjoy doing.

4. Make mom friends. I am a naturally friendly and talkative person and I tend to make friends easily. However, adult friendly encounters take nurturing to evolve into friendships. Check out this post on finding and keeping mom friends.

There are only a few tips but I have found these to be the most helpful. Are you a new or veteran stay at home mom? Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
Check out A Few Of My Favorite Things shopping list HERE
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
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.



*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

























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.
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
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.


*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.
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.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
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.

April K.
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
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.



*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

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.
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

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.




*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

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.
April K.
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
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!


*This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

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.
Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!
Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview