“Reading to Children” by Jez Alborough

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Jez Alborough has written some of the most clever, thoughtful, and entertaining children’s books out there on the  market today.  This British author has created lovable and memorable characters like…

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Jez Alborough books are a family favourite in our house.  Little Bear adores the characters and the writing, while Arun and I appreciate the humor and life lessons in every book.

Jez Alborough’s website is a wealth of materials to support his books.  He has even recorded some of the songs that go with his books and has lots of links to his readings of his books.  Also on his website is a great article that he has written all about the importance of reading to children. I enjoyed reading about this from his perspective, as his books are some of our favourite books to read aloud!

Check out his article here, and let me know what you think of it!

 

Have you ever read any Jez Alborough books before? 

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Toddler Book Club

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Most toddlers love books. Some love the pictures, some love being read to, and some love pretending they are reading it for themselves. One of Little Bear’s favourite places in the world is the library (he would choose the library over the playground most days). And boy, oh boy, doesn’t it feel like they NEVER get tired of reading the same book over and over again?

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Ich Liebe Dich

Ich liebe dich. I love you.

Really, I do.  I’m not just saying that because I was nominated for the Liebster Award…

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As you might gather from reading the small print on the badge above, the Liebster  Award is given to bloggers by bloggers, and it is a way to spread the love and help people discover new blogs.

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The Easiest Recipe Ever (aka Corn Mango Salsa)

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If you can handle making ice or peeling bananas, I promise you, you can make this corn salsa! This recipe highlights some of my favourite ingredients: corn (cue the sisters breaking out into a chorus of the unfortunate childhood nickname, “Mrs. Corn!”), cilantro, and anything citrus (in this case, lime). This recipe takes no time to prepare, lends itself easily to variations, and can be made well in advance and refrigerated until ready to use. Not a super spicy recipe, but if you want more of a kick, replace the banana peppers with jalapeños…or if you’re just plain crazy for spice, then throw in a scotch bonnet. This salsa goes beautifully with avocado, and looks adorable served up within the avocado!
I love this alongside seared Ahi tuna, but it would go equally well with a tofu steak! Or just grab some chips and call it a day!

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Malala: Just One Voice

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Malala Yousafzai is a young woman who needs no introduction.  Known by most simply as Malala, she has entered the realm of single-namedom, not by donning provocative clothes like Madonna or by adopting a catchy stage name.  She is Malala because there is no confusing her with any other person alive today.  Today (July 12) may be her 17th birthday, but the strength, wisdom, and courage that this young woman has is not matched by any man, woman or child out there.

It has been almost two years since Malala was shot three times by the Taliban in Pakistan.  And why was one of the world’s most notorious militant groups after a 15 year old?  Because they could see the willingness she had to stand up against their rule and fight for her right to an education – an idea that her father had encouraged in her. Malala, a young girl with a voice, scared the Taliban, and they wanted her gone.

Malala survived and has gone on to speak for the rights of girls all around the world, calling on those in power to make education available to both girls and boys.  To name just a few of her achievements, she has spoken in front of the UN, been given honourary degrees, has written a book, and is the voice, name and face behind The Malala Fund.

But Malala is not the only one.  We cannot forget about the other Malalas around the world.  The girls that have no opportunities to gain a basic education and the girls who, unlike Malala, have no father encouraging them to fight for what is a basic right.  We need to fight for them, to empower them, and most importantly, to never forget about them.

On July 14, 2014, the UN Global Education First Initiative is celebrating Malala Day – a day to fight for equal education for all. On this day Malala is encouraging you to use the hashtag #StrongerThan to show the strength that we have in fighting as a group for education rights. Let’s help
Malala make this campaign go viral and draw attention to the girls around the world without a basic education. That lack of education is a force of oppression for all those girls. Let’s change the situation and in doing so, change the way the world is run. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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Hornby Island Energy Bars: Healthy, Local and Delicious

So I have to start with a confession.  I’ve lived in the Vancouver area pretty much my whole life, but I’ve never been to Hornby Island.  For those who don’t know, Hornby Island is a small island off of Denman Island (a slightly larger island off of Vancouver Island).  To get there from the mainland, you have to get on a ferry to Vancouver Island, then take a ferry to Denman Island, and then a third and final ferry to Hornby Island.  It’s quite the trip, but from what I’ve heard, is extremely rewarding once you get to Hornby Island.  Quiet and beautiful, Hornby Island is home to only 1000 full-time residents.

Hornby Island is definitely on my bucket list of places to go.

But until then, I luckily have a much faster way to get my hands on these:

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Healthy and indulgent? Could it be true? These delicious bars come from Hornby Island Energy Balls & Bars, a company that has been around on Hornby Island since 1993 and have now (thankfully) expanded into the Lower Mainland. Their bars come in 4 varieties: Carob, Sesame, Gourmet Sesame, and Tahini.

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On the Road: Managing a Road Trip with a Toddler

 

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Summer has arrived, and with it comes days spent exploring our magical province (or if you’re more adventurous, country)!  We are truly blessed to live in a place where farms, beaches, mountains, forests, and the water are within driving distance. There are so many advantages to road tripping it.  As expensive as gas is nowadays, hitting the road is still cheaper than taking a flight.  On top of that, we live in a country where a flight would equal missed opportunities (to see wildlife or stop at beautiful attractions along the way). Perhaps most important for me personally, road trips are the best way to travel with toddlers!
Sure, maybe it’s uncomfortable sitting in a car for hours, but it’s not more comfortable than a plane and you eliminate long line ups at the airport, germs on that 6 hour flight, and that oh so wonderful airplane food.  With a bit of good planning, a road trip with a toddler can be a breeze!

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Fit Friday Review: Map My Run

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In order to meet personal goals and progress further in your fitness regime, you must record what you do (i.e. How many sets of what weight you do, or how many KM you run/walk/jog, etc.) Whether it be weight training or cardio exercises, the best way to move to the next step is by outdoing yourself. Your only competition is yourself.

At the gym you may see people with a notebook and pen, jotting down some quick notes once they have completed their set. This is a great way to keep record of what you have done, for future reference. But this doesn’t work as practically for cardio, for the obvious reasons. Most of us are so dependent on our cell phones, we carry them everywhere and use them for a multitude of purposes.

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