Reading Time: Our Fave Halloween Books

Reading Time: Our Fave Halloween Books ~ Books for kids

 

Are you ready for another addition of “Reading Time: Our Fave… Books”? Of course, what could be more appropriate right now than our fave Halloween books?! We do so love Halloween in our house! These books get read throughout the year, but we’ll make it special by reading some of them by the spooky glow of our Halloween lights & haunted village decorations. Join along, if you dare.

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Reading Time: Our Fave Nature Books

Reading Time: Our Fave Nature Books ~ Good Reads for Kids

 

We have quite the book worm in our house, and honestly, reading is pretty important to hubby & I too. We started reading to Sam as a baby, in the toddler years we could pass hours just reading stories to him, and reading time is built into our day-to-day routine even now. We’ve definitely got a lot of favourites! Some are pretty common, others might not be, so that’s why I thought I would start to share some of our good reads.

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Our Week (so far)

It’s been ages since I tried a regular photo post! A year and a half, in fact… oh my. My “One Moment” photo/keywording posts were replaced by the weekly Four Fab Finds posts. I love sharing the awesome shops & items that I come across on Etsy, but lately I’ve started missing the weekly photo post. Time to try something new, just in time for spring (which might actually be arriving in Calgary this weekend). This desire to take & share more photos again has even prompted me use Instagram. You can find me on there as bubblegumsassy. So here goes, a fairly regular, if not weekly, post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

Loving the colourful cover (and the great articles) in the latest issue of Taproot
Loving the colourful cover (and the great articles) in the latest issue of Taproot
Realized that I received my BFA a decade ago. Wow! Here's where my current painting skills are at, making new artwork for Sam's room. He calls it the "Zoo Painting".
Realized that I received my BFA a decade ago. Wow! Here’s where my current painting skills are at, making new artwork for Sam’s room. He calls it the “Zoo Painting”.
Sam is discovering all sorts of neat books on our shelves. Here he is enjoying one of our contemporary art illustration books.
Sam is discovering all sorts of neat books on our shelves. Here he is enjoying one of our contemporary art illustration books.
When you've got a sick toddler on your hands, nothing makes you ALL feel better than freshly baked cookies. This time around it was peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate chips. Yummy in my tummy!
When you’ve got a sick toddler on your hands, nothing makes you ALL feel better than freshly baked cookies. This time around it was peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate chips. Yummy in my tummy!
When you get tired of waiting for spring to arrive, you make pretty flower garden collages using old seed catalogues. Sam is getting good with a glue stick. That opens a door to a whole lot of new crafting time!
When you get tired of waiting for spring to arrive, you make pretty flower garden collages using old seed catalogues. Sam is getting good with a glue stick. That opens a door to a whole lot of new crafting time!

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, so far! Wishing you much sunshine, thawing gardens, & puddles for splashing (and perhaps a nice long nap too)!

Treasury Love

Can’t wait to read to our little baby! Hubby and I are such bookworms ourselves, it is definitely one activity we look forward to embracing even more and using to bond with our child. Loving all the vintage picture books on Etsy these days! Need to pop down to my parent’s basement and snag some of the Golden Books!

A time for daydreams

Sewing roomAfter a nice long break from work over the Christmas holidays, I am back at the office today. It was a great time off. Just the right mix of getting things done and being a bit lazy. I spent mornings immersed in tasks for my crafty business, the occasional afternoon nap with the cat and much cleaning and organizing of the sewing room. Hubby was super diligent in getting a few items done around the house that had been hanging over us (a shelf needed to be cut, stained & hung, the punching bag needed to be set-up, and smoke alarms needed to be installed). All in all, it was a satisfying break.

I spent my last day of vacation sitting quietly with the cat in the sewing room daydreaming, envisioning, and putting down on paper my business goals. I have been using a number of books to guide me in this process:

That “Becoming a Resonant Leader” was actually a book that I used during a career development course at work and the exercises in it have come in handy so much as I try to develop a clear picture of what I want for my craft business. It is part of the whole philosophy that you are much more likely to succeed if you actually write it all down. Having a bunch of great ideas, goals, and measures of success in your head is one thing. Recording that all somewhere is another. I need to write out an official business plan and work on financial projections, but it seemed best to start with a “vision” first. Then I can begin to hammer out how I will get there.

Sewing roomBack in the fall when I first started thinking more concretely about a craft business, I figured I should have a business plan and all the details figured out before I started selling. This perspective changed, though, as I realized that I just needed to take the leap. I’m not going to entirely skip over the planning, but it is something that I can do now, while my Etsy shop is open and I continue to make items. There is a strong desire to keep moving forward. The learning curve is steep, but exciting! I’m seriously no good with crunching numbers, either, so the thought of doing financial projects is a bit nauseating. This is where help from hubby will come in handy. That was part of the “envisioning” too, determining my greatest strengths and weaknesses and areas I might need to get help with.

I guess, sometimes, I get overwhelmed trying to come up with a plan. It’s easy to feel defeated even before you begin, like there’s no use, you’re so far behind already. The past several months, though, I’ve felt less and less like that. It’s a bit like having a heavy fog finally clear away. The fog has been replaced with excitement, resilience, and even ambition. Now I’m feeling less lost and much more directed than I have in quite some time.