A Bully-Free Childhood!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This is an important time to remind your children to not judge or act mean to anyone and to always appreciate differences. How do we prepare our children for a diverse world and teach them to celebrate differences? We can raise children to respect and value people regardless of the differences between us. Teaching acceptance may be easier than you think!Model Acceptance and Tolerance – Be the first person or family to try to help someone who looks like they feel out of place. Encourage your child to have many different friends from different cultures and interests.Walk the Walk- Create opportunities for your children to interact and make friends with people who are different than them. A powerful lesson is to ask them to imagine … [Read more...]

Breaking Busy with Alli Worthington {an Author Interview}

In January 2016, a friend of Blissfully Domestic wrote her first book. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to interview Alli Worthington and discover the in's and out's of how Breaking Busy went from paper to publication. I'm happy to know Alli Worthington as a personal friend, and I'm excited to introduce her and her new book, Breaking Busy, to you. I had so much fun reading Breaking Busy. It reads as if you are sitting in a coffee shop, with Alli, and enjoying each others company and conversation. The way Breaking Busy is written is so conversational…it's just like having the best talk between girlfriends. Without further ado, Alli Worthington, ladies, and gentlemen. {My questions/comments are in bold.} What made you want to write Breaking Busy? I wanted to help other women get … [Read more...]

Create a Cozy Living Room

Creating a warm and cozy living room isn't just for fall and winter evenings, having an inviting space that you and your family enjoy spending time in, will be something you'll cherish all year long.The following are four easy ways to create a space your family will love.  (PC: Good Homes) An obvious go to for creating a warm space is throws.  Collect different colours and textures, pulling warms tones and thicker knits for cooler months and lighter, brighter options for warm nights.  I love throwing them over sofas or side chairs for added texture, but housing them in a basket is a great too.  (PC: Lush Home) Instantly cozy up a space with toss pillows.  Again choose warm tones for cooler months and lighter tones for summer and spring.  Is there anything better … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Summer Activity Books

Ready to turn off the television, put away the iPhone and iPad, and get back to basics with activity books?Activity books are my go-to resource to minimize my kids’ screen time and to feel confident that they are learning new skills. There is something wonderful about relieving stress, re-charging the brain and sparking inspiration. All you need is an inviting activity book and the benefits are countless!Here are my five reasons why you should break out summer activity books:Boredom buster (without technology)Simple markers, pencils and pens along with activity pages offer hours of entertainment. As a busy parent, there’s something refreshing and guilt-free about bringing out tried-and-true workbooks.Travel friendlyThese books can be thrown in the backseat, in a … [Read more...]

10 Children’s Books to Inspire Travel in Your Homeschool

Homeschooling your children creates amazing memories and some of my favorite homeschool moments were those when my kids would join me on the couch for a great family read aloud. Not only did we bond over great literature, some of the books we read enticed us to take our schooling on the road and visit the places mentioned in the books.Here are ten children's books to read to your children that may inspire travel in your homeschool. And I guarantee you haven't heard of all of them.1. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite HenryChincoteague, a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, was made popular by Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague. The book is based on the true story of the Beebe family who raise a filly sired by a wild pony. The book was turned into a … [Read more...]

Must-Read Books Hitting the Screen in 2014 and 2015!

If you're like me you love a good book. I also enjoy seeing them becoming movies, however I refuse to watch the film version until I've read the books for myself. Well if this is you also, there are several books you're going to have to pick up because all of these are coming to theatres or television in the next 18 months or so.February Releases - Just releasedMonuments Men by Robert M. Edsel is a unique twist on a war story first published in 2009. The heroes aren't saving people during these battles, they are rescuing priceless works of art in what the book dubs "the greatest treasure hunt in history". The book has 4.3 star review rating on Amazon and the movie released to theatre February 7th.Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is the first book in a series of 6 titles. … [Read more...]