October, 2016 | The Not So Hoity Toity Life

Month: October 2016

How to Use Social Media to Increase your Blog Traffic

The absolute most important thing you can do for your blog is get on social media! Social media allows you to start connecting with people who are interested in the topics you are writing about. The more connected someone feels to you the more likely they are going to be to visit and follow your blog. I started my social media accounts for my blogs this month and I made relatively modest goals. I wanted to achieve 1,000 Twitter followers, 300 Instagram followers and 300 Pinterest followers. By using these strategies, I surpassed all of my goals!

Twitter

Gain Followers-Twitter should be the first social media account that you start for you blog. It is the easiest account to gain new followers and a great way to attract people to your other accounts (and of course, your blog)! I never had a Twitter account before starting my blog so I really had no idea what I was doing when I first started. I quickly learned that growing my twitter following was surprisingly easy. I wanted to connect with people who could benefit from my blog and people who I was truly interested in learning from through their tweets! I knew the best way to do this was to find fellow parents and especially fellow blogging moms. To find them I followed people who used hashtags that I was interested in such as #momlife and #toddlerlife. I then looked at the followers of baby companies like Carters, Huggies, etc. My strategy was to follow as many people as I could who appeared to fit my ‘parent’ criteria. However, Twitter has a maximum number of people you are allowed to follow which is around 5,000 but can go up depending on the amount of people following you back. Once I hit the maximum of people I was allowed to follow I went through and started deleting people who never follow me back. This freed up more space for me to follow new people.

Respond to Automated Messages-When you start following new people on Twitter you are going to get a lot of automated direct messages. Instead of just ignoring these messages, respond back to them! Ask them to follow you back, give them your blog information and other social media account information. Reaching out to these automated messages gained me followers on all of my social media and helped improve my blog traffic. In one month, I gained 1,739 Twitter followers which was almost double my goal!

Send Automated Messages- There is a general consensus that people hate automated messages. But they work! It is absolutely impossible to respond to every single new person who follows you especially when you have so many new followers every day! The best way to reach out to each of your new followers is through an automated direct message. I used Crowdfire to develop my automated message and it is super easy to use. My automated message thanks people for following me and gives links to my Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and of course, my blog! I ask people to follow me on each of these accounts. Shortly after people follow me on Twitter, I notice they follow me on my other accounts. It is clearly correlated with these automatic messages!

Post Consistently-My goal is to post on Twitter 10 times a day. These posts can be retweets, pictures, comments or links back to my blog. I try to post a variety of items and refrain from only posting links back to my blog. Twitter moves fast! In order for people to notice you, posting at least 10 times a day is an absolute must! I have to be honest, I wasn’t always able to post 10 times a day but I definitely noticed a difference in my blog viewership on days that I was active and those that I wasn’t.

You can follow me on Twitter by clicking the Twitter button in the right corner of this page!

Instagram:

Gain Followers-I used the same strategy for Instagram as I did for Twitter but it is a little harder to find people on Instagram who met my criteria than it is on Twitter. In one month, I gained 516 Instagram followers. One of the other ways I gained Instagram followers is through sending automated direct messages to my Twitter followers. See above regarding sending automated messages on Twitter.

Post Consistently-My goal is to post on Instagram 1 time a day. Instagram is a much more personal setting than Twitter. I occasionally post about my blog but more frequently, I just post pictures of our daily life. To me Instagram is more of a place to build personal connections with people. I want my Instagram to be a spot where people can learn about me and my family. I know that I love seeing pictures of people’s children and other daily life activities. I feel much more connected to people I follow on Instagram than those I follow on any other account. The more connected people are with you the more likely they are to consistently visit your blog.

Connect to your Followers- I send personal messages on Instagram. This month I was working on collecting birth stories for the new section of my blog (you can check it out here) so I reached out to people who had Instagram accounts that stood out to me. These personalized messages allowed me to connect with fellow Mamas and fellow bloggers! To me this is even more valuable than gaining blog views! I also comment and like others posts as much as I can. I don’t do this with the intention of growing blog views. Instead, I genuinely like the posts and believe the comments I write. It is pretty obvious when people comment just because they think they are supposed to and when people comment because they want to. Connect with your followers but do it because you genuinely want to connect not because you have an ulterior motive.

You can follow me on Instagram by clicking the button in the right corner of this page!

Pinterest

Gain Followers-I used the same strategy for Pinterest that I used for Instagram-See above.

Join Group Boards- On Pinterest, it is far more important to join and pin on group boards than it is to gain your own followers. I have 370 Pinterest followers which isn’t nearly enough to make me a Pinterest sensation. However, I reach far more than these 370 people because I became a member and post on 9 group boards. These boards have thousands of followers which means that every time I pin in these boards I not only reach the 370 people who follow me but I also reach the thousands of people who are on these boards. You can read more information about group boards on my post about How to Grow Your Blog Traffic. One of the goals of my blog is to make it a collaborative space for parents. So I created two of my own group boards as well. Message me if you want me to add you to my Parenting or DIY boards!

Pin Consistently-My goal for Pinterest is to pin 20 times a day. I normally pin 2-5 of my own posts each day and the rest are all pins that I am truly interested in and that I believe would benefit my followers. The more active you are on Pinterest the more promoted your pins will be. It is also important to support other bloggers!!

Create Quality Pins-I am still tweaking my pin making. I use Canva to make all of my pins for free. It is incredibly easy to use. I try to create 2-3 different pins for each blog. When my posts don’t make as big of a splash on Pinterest as I want, I go back to the drawing board and create a new pin. I am also trying a new approach with my pins for next month! Stay tuned to see what this approach is and whether or not it works!

You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking the Pinterest icon on the right!

Facebook

Gain Followers-I have a Facebook page for my blog but I do not use it like I use my other social media accounts. I only have a few likes on my page. I hope to improve this one day but for now this has not been my Facebook focus because there are far more important things to do on Facebook when you are starting your blog.

Join Blogger Facebook Groups-Blogger Facebook groups are a great place to get tips and tricks on running a successful blog! Most groups also have posts where you can comment and post links to your blogs or your other social media accounts. This is a great way to promote your blog with fellow bloggers! Although I have very few Facebook likes on my actual page I get a decent amount of blog traffic through Facebook.

You can like my page on Facebook by clicking the Facebook icon on the right!

 

Please feel free to comment or Contact Me with any questions you have about growing your Social Media following! I would be happy to connect and share any advice I may have!

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How to Improve your Blog Traffic

My first month of blogging is coming to an end! I actually started writing blog posts five months ago but I didn’t make my blog public until early this month. It has been an amazing first month. I started blogging because I have looked through so many blogs during my parenting journey and I wanted  to be able to give back to other moms by sharing the tips, struggles and triumphs I have had along the way. I struggled with when to publish my blog and whether or not I was ready. I finally decided to just jump in and make my blog public! I set goals for my first public month of blogging and I am proud to say that I accomplished ALL of my first month blogging goals! This month I learned so much about growing blog traffic and I want to share what I learned with all you fellow bloggers!

Here’s how I grew my blog traffic:

1. Grow your Social Media Followers:

The ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to grow your blog traffic is by using social media! Social media is the perfect way to get the word out about your blog and the best way to advertise when you write a new post. Social media also allows you to make connections with people who you wouldn’t normally be able to reach. If someone feels connected to you they are much more likely to visit your blog and more importantly, follow your blog! Growing your social media is so important that I created an entire post on how to grow social media followers. You can view my HOW TO GROW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING blog post here.

2. Become a Contributor to as Many Pinterest Boards as you Can:

It is important to gain followers on Pinterest. However, it is even more important to get your pins out to as many people as possible and the best way to do this is to become a contributor on group boards. As you are looking through Pinterest boards of people you follow, pay special attention to whether or not they are members of any group boards. You can tell if a board is a group board because in the bottom left corner there will be a symbol of two gray figures. Make sure to visit these boards and read the descriptions. Most group boards will tell you how to join in the description. If not, just send a direct message to the creator and ask for an add. I only have 370 Pinterest followers but I am able to reach thousands of people through the group boards I am part of! The more people your pins reach the more traffic you get! I also started two of my own group boards because I really want my blog to be a collaborative effort and starting a group board is the perfect way to embrace this approach in my social media accounts!

Side Note: I used Canva for free to make pins for each of my posts.

You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking the button in the left corner of this page!

3. Be consistent on Social Media:

I made a 1-10-20 challenge for my social media accounts. I challenged myself to post 1 time a day on Instagram, 10 times a day on Twitter and pin 20 times a day on Pinterest. I also made sure to not only post my content but to also support other bloggers. I retweet a lot of other bloggers tweets and most of the content I pin each day isn’t my own! The more active you are on Pinterest the more likely your pins are to be promoted throughout the site. In addition, you want to help your followers by giving them as much useful information as you can! It is also so important to support your fellow bloggers!! To be honest, there were several days that I failed at this challenge, especially toward the end of the month because I was busy working on some other exciting things to grow my blog! However, the days that I succeeded in this challenge and posted consistently on my various accounts my blog traffic was significantly higher than the days I didn’t. I’m looking into tools that will schedule pins for me. I’ll report back when I find the best one!

4. Use StumbleUpon:

I had never heard of Stumble Upon until I started blogging and I didn’t learn about it until half way through this month. I wish I would have known about it sooner! When I started using StumbleUpon, I saw a dramatic increase in my blog traffic. I was amazed that this one site could triple my daily blog traffic! I had a few posts that did very well on the site which resulted in amazingly high traffic! I would definitely recommend StumbleUpon to any and all bloggers! If you don’t have StumbleUpon, sign up NOW! Just be sure you are active on the site and you like other posts and not just your own!

5. Use Plug-Ins for Social Media:

You have probably noticed that I have social media icons in the right hand corner of each of my posts and floating social media icons on the left side of my posts. It is important to have both sets of these icons. The icons on the right are follow buttons. This is an avenue for people to follow me on my various accounts and the more people you have following you on social media, the more consistent traffic you will have! The icons on the left, are share buttons. This allows people to share my posts on their various social media accounts which results in my posts reaching even more people than just those who follow me. This is crucial to blog traffic.

I use Super Socializer and Ultimate Social Media PLUS as my two plug ins.

Use Automated Direct Messages on Twitter:

I use CrowdFire to send automated direct messages to everyone who follows me on Twitter. In my direct messages, I give the links to all of my other social media accounts and ask people to follow me in these various venues. And of course, I include a link to my blog! Some people may find automated messages to be annoying but it would be impossible for me to send a personalized message to every single one of my Twitter followers. This is a great option to reach out to all of your followers and to encourage them to follow you in other places!

6. Send personalized messages:

I send automated messages to every single Twitter follower and you can read why on my post about How to Grow Social Media Traffic. However,  I also send personalized direct messages through both Twitter and Instagram. I am starting a new section on my blog about Birth Stories so I wanted to collect as many stories as I can. (Check out this amazing section of my blog here.) I tried posting general messages about my project but I received little interest. When I started to reach out to people through personalized direct messages, I was shocked by the response and by the increase in my blog traffic! This was totally unintentional as I just wanted to include as many strong Mamas as I could in this project, but it ended up being a great help to my blog traffic! It was also a great way to reach out to fellow bloggers and I am so glad I was able to connect with all of these amazing ladies!

These easy steps helped me grow my blog traffic far beyond what I expected in just the first month! I am so excited to continue this blogging journey and I will share all of the tips and tricks I learn along the way. Happy Blogging!

 

 

 

 

Take Time to Yourself

Today, I did something that I have never done before. Sam went golfing and I sent Lulu with her grandparents so I could be home by myself. I would have normally had way too much Mama guilt to even consider shipping Lulu off for the day but I needed a break. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter and I love spending time with her. Side Note-Isn’t it sad that I felt like I had to put that disclaimer in? Obviously, I love my daughter and I shouldn’t need to assure people of that but Mommie Shaming is so real. So rest assured, spending time with my daughter is still my absolute favorite thing to do. But sometimes, I need time to myself. Time that I don’t have to talk to anyone or do anything I don’t want to do. And that’s what I did today and let me tell you it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I ignored my to do list, I didn’t do chores and I most certainly did not worry about anyone else. Today I spent the day working on my blog (because I wanted to), painting my nails, watching soap operas and television shows my husband won’t watch with me, I played with makeup from my new Ipsy bag (You can see my Ipsy Glam Bag Review here) and from last month’s bag because it has taken me a whole month to get time to try out the products in this bag.

To be honest, I had a little bit of Mom guilt as I was waiving goodbye to Lulu but it quickly faded when I laid back down in bed and there was silence. Beautiful silence. No child whining because she wanted to climb the stairs or chew on her diaper cream bottle and I wouldn’t let her, no husband asking me to make breakfast. No one was depending on me for anything. For six perfect hours, I was alone and could be as selfish as I wanted.

Of course, by the end, I started to miss them but when they got home I was excited to see them. Playing with stuffed animals for an hour wasn’t a burden and I was happy to make dinner and hear about my husband’s day. I realized something so important. I needed this time alone, not only for myself but for my family. This short time alone, allowed me to relax and to feel like myself again which only made me a better wife and mother once they got home.

As moms, we often feel like if we give up any time with our family we are being ‘bad moms’. But honestly, sometimes the only way to be a good mom is to remember that you are a person outside of being a mother. Take time to yourself. Don’t do chores, don’t run errands. Just do anything and everything you actually want to do. I promise you won’t regret it and I promise your family will be better off because of it.

Ipsy Bag Black Magic October 2016

For those of you who are not familiar with Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription box that costs $10. Ipsy Glam Bags include samples (usually full sized) of makeup, hair care products, skin care products and nail polish. I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now and I absolutely love it! I get excited every time I see the pretty pink bag in the mail. As a mom, I don’t spend much money on myself. My $10 Ipsy bag is a  guarantee that I will have something just for me, every single month. The $10 a month is also super easy to justify because the price of the products I get in my bag far exceeds $10!

Ipsy

This month the theme is Black Magic. Here is what I got in my October 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag:

Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

This is a dark black eyeliner. It goes on very easy and dries quickly to prevent smudging. I wear black eyeliner everyday so this is definitely something I will use. I normally try to purchase the cheapest eyeliner I can find because as stated above, I am a mom and I try not to spend money on myself. This eyeliner is way more expensive than anything I would ever purchase for myself so I am incredibly excited that I got this! The best part is that this is a full size product!

Retail Price: $20

theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush

Hot Mama Ipsy Bag

I never used blush prior to subscribing to Ipsy. I would never buy blush for myself but I always try it out when I get it in my bag. This is a pretty shade of pink with a peach hue that has some sparkle to it. It blends well. I really liked it but I prefer a liquid blush more than powder.  This is a sample size.

Retail Price: $1.75 (A full size version of this product sells for $21)

Pure Brazilian Miracle Leave-In Conditioner

 

Ipsy Bag Pure Brazillian

The water in our new house is a lot harder than what I am use to. Therefore, I am in desperate need of hair products that will help my hair look softer and healthier. This product smells so good. It reminds me of a summer beach vacation and the more I can think about being on a beach the better! I really liked this product. My hair appeared softer and well hydrated. I will definitely be using this product again. The bottle is a fairly large size and will likely last me awhile since I only use 4 pumps at a time.

Retail Price: $6.00

tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Florence Fig

Ipsy Bag Lip Color

Ipsy has helped me embrace lipsticks. I never used to wear anything on my lips other than chapstick however, it is amazing what a good lip color can do. Even if I am not wearing any other makeup I try to put on a lipstick because it transforms me from looking like a tired mom into a…less tired mom. This shade isn’t my favorite. It is described as a neutral pink shade. I prefer a darker shade that is closer to red. I wish I would have gotten the Belize Bordeaux shade that other Ipsy subscribers received. Either way, it is a good lip crayon and I’m sure I will wear it once in awhile.

Retail Price: $10.60 (You can’t buy the size you get in the Ipsy bag however, you can buy a pack of 3 mini’s at $32)

JoShik Polish LUXE

 

Ipsy Nail Polish

Nail polish is one of my favorite items to get in my Ipsy bag! I used to spend way too much money on nail polish. I love trying out new colors so anytime I passed by nail polish at the store I had to grab one. Now that I get nail polish in my Ipsy bags I don’t have to buy any from the store which definitely saves money! And an additional bonus is that  I get colors that I wouldn’t normally buy myself. The color LUXE is a very dark purple. If I would have seen it at the store, I probably wouldn’t have bought it because I normally stick to lighter shades but I love this color.  It is absolutely perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

Retail Price: $12.00

Total: $50.35

The total retail value is $50.35 and I only have to pay $10! As Moms, we deserve to have something special for ourselves! And what could possibly be better than something that is such a good value?!

I have a free Ipsy bag to give away! It is the perfect way to TRY OUT IPSY FOR FREE. The free bag will allow you to see if a subscription is right for you! I would absolutely love to give YOU that opportunity. Subscribe to my blog via email and comment below to tell me you want to be entered to win!

 

Fingerprint Art

I admittedly am not very creative. But, I loved doing arts and crafts when I worked at a daycare. Before I had children, there was no doubt in my mind that I would do all kinds of Pinterest inspired crafts with Lulu but I think I have actually only made 3 and 2 of them were really only art a mother would love. Today, though I found some motivation to pull out the canvas that has been in my drawer for the past 10 months and get creative!

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Fingerprint Art

  1. Fold a piece of paper or cardboard in half. From the fold line, draw half a heart.Fingerprint Art
  2. Cut out the heart and tape it to your canvas.Fingerprint Art
  3. Press child’s finger in ink. I used the Melissa and Doug stamp pad which worked great because it had a variety of colors and even better it was cheap! You can purchase this ink pad HERE from Amazon.Fingerprint Art
  4. Press child’s finger along the edge of the heart. Once you have fingerprints around the entire heart you can start putting fingerprints on the rest of the canvas. The more fingerprints you have the better it will look.   Fingerprint Art
  5. Remove the heart from canvas. And you are done!! Super easy art project and it looks adorable hanging up in the playroom!Fingerprint Art***Note: Bribery may be necessary to complete this project! I had to use Yogurt Melts and a Sippy cup of Milk in order to my wild toddler to sit long enough to finish!***

Secrets to Better Sleep with a Newborn

The first night you bring your baby home from the hospital is overwhelming. You feel joyous that your sweet baby is finally in your arms. You love them more than you could have ever imagined. You are also beyond tired and need a good nights rest! There are a few easy steps you can take to ensure that you get the sleep you need as a new parent! Newborns are not made to sleep like adults. A newborn who sleeps through the night is incredibly rare and according to some doctors is not even recommended.  But, there are definitely things you can do to improve your newborns sleep!

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Let your baby sleep during the day

Everyone has seen an exhausted mother desperately trying to keep their newborn awake during the day in an attempt to make sure they sleep at night. However, this approach is all wrong! Sleep begets sleep! If a baby becomes overtired it is much harder for them to fall asleep and stay asleep.  A baby should have regular naps throughout the day. You can follow the chart below to see how much sleep your child should be getting throughout the day. If you ensure your child gets the right amount of sleep during the day, it will be much easier to put them to sleep at night and they will likely sleep much longer.

Age:Amount of Sleep during the Day:Amount of Sleep at Night:
Newborn8-9 hours9 hours
1 Month8-9 hours9 hours
3 Months6-7 hours10 hours
6 Months5-6 hours10 hours
9 Months3-4 hours11 hours
12 Months3-4 hours11 hours
18 Months2-3 hours11 hours

Double Swaddle

Swaddling is the MOST important thing you can do to help your child sleep. I have heard parents say ‘my baby hates to be swaddled’. This is likely because you aren’t swaddling correctly.  You can watch thousands of Youtube videos to show you exactly how to swaddle. You can also ask your pediatrician for help. I was never the best at swaddling so I always used the velcro swaddle blankets. However, a single swaddle just doesn’t cut it sometimes. We swaddled our daughter with a swaddle blanket first (You can see one here)  and then we used a velcro swaddle over the blanket (You can see one here). Your swaddle needs to be snug. If your baby is able to undo her swaddle or get her arms out, it is not tight enough. We also swaddled our daughter during naps but we only used a single swaddle during the day.

How to get your newborn to sleep better

Sound Machine

The womb is a very loud place! Babies are accustom to constant noise. The familiar sound of white noise can be very soothing for your newborn. Most sound machines have a few different options for noise and you can play around with which sound works best for your baby. The one I have can be found here but there are numerous options on the market right now. There are also several apps that you can download for white noise.

Develop a Nighttime Routine

There are a few reasons to develop a nighttime routine. The first is to help sleep deprived parents remember everything they need to do for bedtime! When you are tired it is easy to forget the little things. Routines become habitual which will prevent you from forgetting the essential steps you need to take to help your baby sleep. In addition, children thrive on routines. If you start a bedtime routine from day one, your baby will eventually begin to pick up on the bedtime ques allowing her to fall asleep easier.

Put Your Baby in her Own Room from Day One

This is a controversial topic and you should talk to your pediatrician about whether or not this is the best method for you and your baby.  I knew that there was no way I would be able to sleep if my daughter was in the same room as me. She is a very noisy sleeper and if she would have been right next to me, I would have been up all night. I wanted to be sure that when she was sleeping, I was sleeping. I also heard horror stories about the struggles parents have trying to get their child to transition into sleeping in their own room. By having my daughter sleep in her own room from day one, I never had to deal with the dreaded transition.

Invest in a Snuza and Video Monitor

In the social work field, I hear about SIDS far more than I would like to. If you are a nervous mom, like I was, sleeping without these two baby products will be nearly impossible.  The Snuza allowed me to be comforted that if something were to happen, I would be alerted immediately.  Without it, I would have been waking up all night to check and make sure she was still breathing. You can find the Snuza here. Even with the Snuza, I would still wake up in an occasional panic and the video monitor allowed me to see my daughter and make sure she was ok, without having to run into her room to check on her. The video monitor we have is no longer for sale so I don’t have a link to provide to you but you can easily find a variety of video monitors on Amazon, Target or Babies R Us. It is important to look for a monitor that has a clear picture and sound. I also wanted a monitor that could connect to two cameras and have a split screen. I have always planned on having more than one child so I wanted a monitor that would allow me to see both children at the same time.

These methods will help you and your baby sleep better however, you will inevitably still have moments of exhaustion (especially around the 4 month sleep regression) but just remember, even this shall pass!

 

The 10 Best Books to Read to Your Children

Reading to children is one of the most important things a parent can do for their children! There are numerous studies explaining the importance of reading to children.  Studies prove that taking time to read to your child improves self esteem, increases vocabulary and most importantly, it improves the relationship between children and parents. Due to my work in the social work field, I was given the opportunity to see the benefits of reading to children first hand. It’s amazing the difference that I saw between children who are read to and those who aren’t.  When parents take the time to read to their children, the bond between them inevitably improves. This is something I observed over and over again in my line of work.

When I was pregnant, I stocked up on as many children’s books as I could. My favorite books to read Lulu are ones that focus on how special she is and how much she is loved. These are the 10 best children’s books I have read.

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If I Could Keep You Little

I had never heard of this book until I was roaming the aisles of Babies R Us one day. Lulu had just turned three months old and I had recently started back at work. I was struggling with how quickly she was growing up and how many precious moments I was missing with her while I was at work. I wished she would stay my little newborn forever. This book perfectly expressed how I was feeling. I  knew Lulu couldn’t comprehend what I was reading to her but it made me feel better to have a way to express this to her. It also reminded me that despite how much I wanted to keep her little there were so many amazing things to look forward to as she got older. You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

Children's Books

 

I Love You Night and Day

This is my go to book when Lulu is not in the mood to sit for a longer period of time. It is a quick and easy read. We have it in the board book version so she can easily flip the pages which she loves. And I love it because it reminds her of how much she is loved in every situation.  You can find this children’s book here on Amazon

Children's Books

On the Night You Were Born

I received five copies of this book when I was pregnant. I couldn’t bring myself to return any of them because I love this book so much. We have it in both board book version and hard cover. This book tells a story of celebration for the night your child was born. It focuses on how special and unique each child is and urges them to remember this as they are going through life.  You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

This book series features a little llama who has to learn a lot of life lessons. The first book in the series is my favorite but we own a variety of the Llama Llama books. In each story Llama faces a struggle that he has to work through. Each book teaches children a very important lesson through the most lovable character.  You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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You’re Here For A Reason

This book has a very important message for our children, especially with everything going on in our world. It tells children how important their actions are, no matter how big or small. It encourages kindness and reminds children to do something good as you never know whose day you could make. You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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Goodnight Little One

This is a great bedtime book. It gently tells each of the animals to close their eyes and ends with telling the little child to close his eyes. This book is written by the same author as Goodnight Moon and it has beautiful illustrations. You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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Love You Forever

Everyone has heard of this book. It is a classic but it doesn’t change how special this book is. After a long hard day, this book still makes me tear up as I read it to Lulu. I doubt any further explanation is needed for this one. You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

The message in this book is that no matter where your children are or what they are doing your love will find them. I think this message is so important. I want Lulu to be reassured that even when we aren’t together I am thinking of her and I love her. As the wind blows in her hair, I want her to be reminded of me and my love for her. You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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I Love You More

This is a flip-sided book which allows it to be unique.  Half of the book is told from the mother’s perspective and the other half is told from the child’s perspective. It reminds children and parents just how much they are loved. The book is able to keep Lulu’s attention as it doesn’t have many words and is a fairly quick read. You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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How Do I Love You?

This has been my favorite children’s book since I read it as a daycare teacher. The children loved this book and I always changed the last page to insert each child’s name. They would listen in delight and anxiously await their name to be called. This book reminds children that no matter what happens throughout the day, you love them. This is a very important message for children to hear especially on a day that hasn’t gone as smoothly as either of you would have liked.  You can find this children’s book here on Amazon. 

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I would love to hear suggestions of other children’s books!

 

Happy reading:)

 

 

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