Taking Stock - February 2015

And just like that - it's the last day of the month! It's time to TAKE STOCK! Pip from Meet Me At Mikes started "Taking Stock" a while back, and I have seen a couple of bloggers do the same here and hereI love the sound of taking a bit of time out of my day to 'take stock' on things that are happening in my LIFE, HOME & with my FAMILY, so each month I am going to join in on the fun!

Let's Begin...(1 Word Challenge)

I don't even know where to begin...
I can honestly say...I am having a s*%@ day and I am depressed! I only need to look around my house to know that I am having one of my low days...There are dishes on the bench, I can't even see the other side and my dining table is covered with random stuff. My lounge looks like a tornado has been through it, oh wait - that would be my 11 month old son! On top of the house looking like a disaster, I have to actually (eventually) clean it for Open Home on Sunday, make decorations for the kids birthday parties (doing everything on a very tight budget), get my planning finished for work (unit plan etc) and make time for my blog (I actually take blogging seriously, its more than a hobby to me).

I am exhausted, I have had bugger all sleep this past week due to Master M waking several times in the night and it has finally caught up on me! I am feeling very emotional and overwhelmed by everything that is happening in my life! It was just the other day that I had an OMG moment, when I realised that it's my kid's birthdays next week, NEXT WEEK!!! Arrrrghhhhh!! From today, Master M will be turning ONE in 7 days & Miss B will be turning TEN in 10 days - all I keep saying is "I'm not ready for this"! (I am in total denial)
Photo of me at 40 weeks pregnant with Master M
(my due date: 24th February)
With all thats been happening in our lives, I haven't had a chance to just sit down and reflect on Master M's first year or look back at Miss B's ten years - TEN YEARS! Two massive milestones and I have swept them both under the covers...I just don't think I am ready to accept that my babies are growing up! Everything is happening so fast, I feel like I need 6 more months just to catch up!

I know that I am going to be an emotional wreck leading up to their birthdays (wait - I already am!) -  plus getting the house ready Open Home on Sunday, work on Tuesday, blogging and planning/organising their birthdays (which are happening next weekend) - can you see why I am a little overwhelmed (okay I am VERY overwhelmed), however it's no surprise to anyone that I thrive on pressure and no matter how exhausted I am or will get, I will #makeithappen! I would be really proud of myself if I do manage to pull it off and I will have time to nap after the 12th - by then the house will *hopefully* be sold and the parties are all over rover!

These are the MAIN things that I am dealing with at the moment!
  • Planning and Organising three birthday parties (2x Saturday and 1xSunday)
  • Teacher planning for work (unit plans typed and emailed before Tuesday)
  • Blogging - writing posts
  • Clean house and get it ready for Open Home on Sunday - go and visit some Open Homes. 
  • Update Master M's baby books and keepsake box.
  • Take a moment or two to reflect on the TEN years of being a MUM!!
AAARRGGGHHHHH Where do I begin???

***A few moments later***
Okay, please forgive me, you just witnessed me having a mini breakdown! I am just glad you never got to see it real life - it wasn't pretty)...I have had depression for over 10 years and I have come to know what my tell-tale signs are e.g. crying (lots of crying), messy & cluttered home...and I have also learnt a few things along the way that help me get through an episode, not matter how big or small it is...

1. Firstly, accept that there is a problem and whether or not you need to ask for help or if you can help yourself. Write down everything that is bothering you or that is on your mind (kind of like letting it all out...on paper), thinking about what, who, where, why, when? Breaking it down makes it easier to choose a problem, task or area to focus on - it's important to tackle things one at a time. 

2. Now that you have chosen ONE task to work on (the other tasks will be done later on), think about ways/solutions that you can get the job done, without becoming overloaded or overwhelmed again. I love lists, so this step is one that I really enjoy! Write a to-do list or put all your ideas on paper, that way you can physically see it and it's one less thing in your (already overloaded) brain! 

3. Now to make a plan! Think SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, Timely) and put it into action! You can do this! Good luck! Once you have tackled the problem/task - give yourself a pat on the back and maybe a treat before moving onto the next problem. If you didn't resolve it, go back to #2 and maybe choose another solution. 

Now wish me luck, as I am going to tackle my first problem - CLEAN THE HOUSE! I can't concentrate when there is mess or clutter around me (on top of an already cluttered mind)...so I am going to do 15 minute increments of tidying up each area of my home!

Let's begin!

This post is a part of The 1 Word Blog Challenge - Hosted by Lisa at The Golden Spoons
This weeks word prompts were Begin, Surprise & Forgive


#TuesdayTen: My Top 10 Blog Posts!

Happy 5 month Blogiversary Teacher by trade - Mother by nature!

Wow, today my little blog is 5 months old! Although Teacher by trade - Mother by nature Facebook page has been around since May 2014, my blog has only been around since September 2014! Thank you to everyone that has stopped by and visited the 5th wall of my home - my blog has had over 12,000 views! Amazing! I welcome all new visitors too. If this is your first time here, you have chosen a great day to visit!

This week for #TuesdayTen, seen as it is my blogiversary, I thought I would take this opportunity to share the TOP 10 Blog Posts viewed on - Teacher by trade - Mother by nature - according to Blogger. (I have also shared 10 of my FIRST blog posts below).


21 Questions to Ask Your Kids

Image credit: Pepper & Buttons
Last night, my friend tagged me in a post for "21 Questions to ask your Kids" by Pepper & Buttons , so I thought I would share the answers here in a blog post. I am always interested in knowing how Miss B perceives the world and most importantly how she sees me as a mother! Some of her answers made me laugh out loud and some were actually spot on! 

         "It is going to be very entertaining and fun, definitely funny too...but beware also, of           
                      the answers that will strike you like a bullet - an eye opener for sure"
                                                                                                             (Filipa, Pepper & Buttons)

1. What is something Mummy always says to you?
I love you

2. What makes Mummy happy?
When my little brother and I are healthy.

3. What makes Mummy sad? 
When Master M is sad (he is sick at the moment)

4. How does Mummy make you laugh? 
Being silly and random in the car...it's funny but so embarrassing.

5. What was Mummy like as a child?
 The same as she is now!

6. How old is Mummy? 

7. How tall is Mummy?
umm about 210 cm

8. What is Mummy's favourite thing to do? 
Clean - she's a cleaning freak!

9. What does Mummy do when you're not around?
Parties (LOL Jokes)...plays with Master M, Facebook, works on her blog.

10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for? 
Being a teacher

11. What is Mummy really good at?
 Organising and DIY stuff

12. What is Mummy not very good at? 
French plaits (sad but true) 

13. What does Mummy do for her job? 
Teacher and a 'be at home mum'

14. What is Mummy's favourite food?
 Lasagne (hmm lasagne)

15. What makes you proud of Mummy? 
Raising two children, and she raised me on her own for ages. (naww)

16. If Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be?
No answer...

17. What do you and Mummy do together?
 Nail art, op-shopping

18. How are you and mummy the same? 
We like organising things

19. How are you and mummy different?  
She's older and I'm younger (love this)

20. How do you know Mummy loves you?
She's always there for me and tells me everyday

21. Where is Mummy's favourite place to go? 
The beach

Answers by Miss B (aged 9)

Now it's your turn...ask your children these 21 Questions and please feel free to share some or all of your answers in the comments below - I would love to know what they say. (Note: For male parents, just change Mummy to Daddy)

Have fun!


Sunday Share: FMS PAD #8 + Weekly Recap

It's been a very busy week for us... Our house is OFFICIALLY on the market! Our property listing went LIVE online Monday afternoon, the For Sale sign in front of our house went up on Wednesday, Marketing advertisement appeared in Friday's Property Guide - just in time for our first Open Home that we had today! Our agent commented on how beautifully presented the house was - he said it was perfect! (All our hard work paid off). Neighbour told us when we got home that"there were heaps of people - lots of cars". Agent was really happy with the turn out and that there was quite a lot of interest from those that came. He will be giving us some feedback in a couple of days. We look forward to that! So in the meantime, we keep on keeping on and do it all again same time next week! Stay tuned. 
On top of all of this happening, both kids have been sick with viral infections and Miss B having an asthma attack. She is doing much better now, but Master M is not doing so well, poor boy...he is a very miserable little boy -  I am definitely enjoying all the extra cuddles. Fingers crossed he has a speedy recovery. 

Live Life with No Regrets (1 Word Challenge)

Yes I admit, there are some things in my life that I do regret, and then there are things that I regret I didn't do. However, I like to think of these 'regrets' as experiences that have made me the person I am today and for that, I am grateful. If I only experienced half the things I did when I was growing up, my life would be completely different to what it is now. It's what we do with the could haves, would haves, should haves, & might haves that make us regret. So how does one live life with no regrets?

1. (Some) Things happen for a reason - “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”― Marilyn Monroe. 
Do you believe things happen for a reason? 

2. Create your own life - Choose your own path, not one that others want you to follow or choose for you. Don't let other people’s opinions influence you too much. Find the courage to change things that should be changed and accept that there are some things that cannot be changed.

3. Enjoy the journey - Go out and live your life - talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen; fall in love and set your sights high. Believe in yourself, because if you don't, who will? 

4. Learn to forgive - People come into your life, through the good times, the bad times and even the plain ugly. All of these experiences can be learned from, especially the bad. If someone hurts you, breaks your heart or betrays you - forgive them - and learn from it. 

5. It's okay to make mistakes - Write out a list of goals and achieve them by doing them step by step. If you make a mistake, learn from it, forgive yourself, and move on.  Don’t give up when things get difficult.

6. Live in the now - By loving the present and being aware of your thoughts and actions. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you can, because you may never get the chance to experience it again. 

Are you ready to Live Life with No Regrets? 

This post is a part of The 1 Word Blog Challenge - Hosted by Lisa at The Golden Spoons
This weeks word prompts were Paradise, Alone, & Regret.

Also linking up with Sonia at Life, Love & Hiccups 


#TuesdayTen: "My Way" Day - 10 Quotes To Inspire You!

My Way Day has been created in celebration of that wonderful phrase “It’s my way or the high way” (via). Today I thought I would share 10 inspirational quotes to get YOU (and me) in the right frame of mind and ready for a "MY WAY" Day...

1. "If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission." --Anonymous 
2. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." --Jim Rohn
3. "Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." --Anonymous
4. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." --John D. Rockefeller"
5."People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." --Dale Carnegie
6."Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." --Mark Twain
7. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." --Jim Rohn
8.  "The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbours (Listen to your heart)." --Napoleon Hill 
9. "A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done." --Vince Lombardi
10. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." --Jim Ryun

Feeling Inspired? 
Tell me, what would YOU do if you got YOUR WAY (for a day) Whatever you want to do, however you want to do it...as long as it's legal!

Today I asked some children (and a teacher) this question...here is what they said...
"I would like to be the President for a day" Anna,10
"I would put a stop to animal cruelty" Abbey, age 9
"Stop all fighting and negative behaviour around the world" Danielle, age 10
"Spend all day at the beach" Teghan, age 9
"Read a book, enjoy a bath, and do some knitting" (Miss I)

And just for fun...here are 10 things that I would WANT to do!

1. Have a sleep in - 9am would be nice, as opposed to anything in between 5:30-7am.

2. A day without interruptions (My partner, or another family member to come and take the kids for a day) - so I can have a day for MYSELF!!!

3. Enjoy a hot bubble bath while listening to tranquil music. BLISS!

4. Have someone clean my house (top to bottom)...including the oven!

5. Buy a new wardrobe (and I mean buy new clothes, not the actual wardrobe) Note: price won't be factor because I will be RICH!

6. Not have to pick up after anyone! How hard is it to put the milk back into the fridge? Like seriously!

7. With the click of my fingers, I am back to my pre pre-pregnancy body (okay so my body when I was 21 or maybe 25 - I am dreaming here, but it would be nice).

8. I have my own special lane when I am driving, so that I am not stuck in traffic! (oh and the lights are always GREEN for me) 

9. Facebook to sort their s&#@ out and stop changing their algorithms. My post reach is at an all time low :( 

And finally, if I had MY WAY for a day...
10. There would only be positive things shared on the news...It saddens me when I see/hear about deaths, fires, crashes, murders, etc on the news, so if only for a day - I wish that good things happen to everyone around the world!

PEACE, LOVE & Chocolate Fish :) 

This post is part of the #TuesdayTen Link Up with
 Lisa from The Golden Spoons & Rabia from The Lieber Family


DIY: Home-Made Drums

DIY Home-made Drums babies toddlers

I first made DIY Home-Made Drums at SPACE last year, and since then I have made them with my Coffee Group, for my own children & just recently, I made some for Master M's Home-based Carer (how nice am I?). They are super easy to make and the kids absolutely love them! 

You will need: 
Formula tins (washed and dried)
Scrapbook paper (12x12)
Vinyl circles (for top and bottom)
String or ribbon (of your choice)

Here's what you do:
Grab your formula tin

Measure scrapbook paper and cut out the size you need

Glue the scrapbook paper to the tin
(if you use a hot glue gun - you will need to do this quickly before it sets)
You will need to cut an extra bit of scrapbook paper to cover exposed tin (see picture above) 
Cut two circles of vinyl (size of a side plate)
Punch 12 holes into vinyl (Tip: use clock face as a guide)
Thread your ribbon through the holes, tighten and tie a knot.
(Tip: Thread half one way, and then thread the other way - joining the two in the middle)
Now your drum is ready to make music! 

FROM THIS....                                    TO THIS!!!

How cool do these drums look? Now it's YOUR TURN!
They are perfect for Babies & Toddlers.

Linking up with 


Sunday Share: FMS PAD #7 + Weekly Recap

I can't believe we are heading into the 8th week of the year!! Slow down 2015!! How are you finding this year so far? How's your WORD for the year treating you? Mine is #MakeItHappen - and we are definitely making things happen in our Life & Home!


Sunday Share: We Survived our First Day!

I am referring to my FIRST DAY OF WORK and Master M's FIRST DAY at Home-based Childcare on Tuesday 10th February. A moment that needed a {Milestone Photo} #inthepicture (which is featured in Maxabella Loves' video).


Tomorrow...(1 Word Challenge)

Tomorrow...I will wake up.

Tomorrow...I will say "Good Morning" to my partner and my children and tell them that I love them.

Tomorrow...I will wish my big brother & god-daughter a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY".

Tomorrow...I will drop Miss B off at school and tell her to have a fantastic day!

Tomorrow...I will post Master M's birthday invitations to his friends & family. #snailmail #happymail

Tomorrow...I will have a cuppa & catch up with our friends from SPACE (Supporting Parenting Alongside Children's Education)

Tomorrow...I will wash, dry & fold the baskets full of laundry.
Tomorrow...I will give the house a quick tidy.

Tomorrow...I will play games, read books & sing songs with Master M.

Tomorrow...I will make some DIY Drums.

Tomorrow...I will finish off Miss B's birthday invitation.

Tomorrow...I will make Moroccan Lamb chops for dinner (Yum!)

Tomorrow...I will remember to take a moment to breathe!
What will you do tomorrow? 

This post is a part of The 1 Word Blog Challenge - Hosted by Lisa at The Golden Spoons
This weeks word prompts were Guilty, Tomorrow & Confused

#TuesdayTen: 10 Things I Love RIGHT NOW!!!

For this weeks #TuesdayTen, we are inspired by Dana from Kiss My List - Love Lists . We are writing about things that we love! And because it's Valentine's Day this Saturday, it's fitting we do a post about LOVE! So without further ado...here are 10 things that I love RIGHT NOW!

1.  Naps - I am talking about Master M's nap time - although I would LOVE to have a nap right now but this blog post isn't going to write itself. Nap time is "ME TIME" - I get to do things I have to do (clean), need to do (washing) and want to do (blog)...For an hour and a half - it's my time and I treasure it, and sometimes, if I am absolutely knackered I will have a nap with Master M (usually only a short one because he always wakes up 20 minutes later grrr).

2. Coffee Groups - Once a month, I get together with mums that I met at Ante-Natal class when I was pregnant and some new Mums & Bubs that have joined us. I love seeing how much our babies have grown in only 4 weeks - it's amazing. Last month they were crawling on the mat, now they are all standing independently and walking! Crazy! We also have a few first birthdays over the next month, so thats really exciting! It also reminds me that I need to get in contact with the Mums that I met at Ante-Natal class when I was pregnant with Miss B. It will be our 10 year anniversary this year - It would be so cool to compare our first photo when our babies were under 2 months old to now - with our almost 10 year olds! Eek!

3. Blogging - By now, it must be obvious that I have a love for blogging, if I didn't love it, I simply wouldn't do it. It is MY thing at the moment and I am really enjoying sharing tidbits of my LIFE, HOME & FAMILY with you, and I do hope that you enjoy it too (if you are reading this - THANK YOU - You Rock!). I have met some amazing bloggers throughout my journey and have some pretty awesome loyal followers too. I love connecting with people and hopefully inspiring others :) 

4. Organisation - I love organisation! Life, Home & Family can be chaotic at times but being organised is the key to having a stress-free life. I am no expert on being organised, but when I am, boy, everything just runs smoothly! I do tend to put too much on my plate (like now - with selling our house and planning two milestone birthdays PLUS starting work) however, I quickly learn to organise and prioritise things - oh and the fact that I thrive on pressure sometimes adds a bit of excitement into the mix. (Read more about it here: It's All Happening). 

5. To-Do Lists - I adore To-Do Lists! I love them and need them to keep things organised in my life. I write to do lists everyday! They came in very handy over the weekend when I created a To-Do List for each designated area in the house of jobs that needed to be done (de-cluttered, organised, cleaned, fixed, installed etc) - it was a great feeling having to cross off each and every one (well almost) of the jobs before the professional photographer came to take photos for our marketing package. 

6. De-cluttering - Okay, so I have already admitted in previous posts that I am a sentimental hoarder, however I still can de-clutter! (See 20 Day Challenge) I am getting better at letting go of things (honest)! No better time to give your house a TOTAL de-clutter makeover when you put your house on the market and get ready for open homes! Every room in the house has been de-cluttered, cleaned and organised - in fact, my car boot is full with stuff to drop off to the op-shops. I was actually quite ruthless with some items (go me). I have moved excess stuff into the garage. Everything is in clear containers, labelled and nicely stacked against the wall - so it's not too overwhelming for my partner (*who allowed me to do this - bless him). 

De-cluttering is good for the Mind, Body & Soul - I just wish I wasn't a sentimental hoarder  - makes things harder lol (well that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!)

7. Ikea Catalogues - My friend, the fabulous Yvette from Studio Y  came over this week for a coffee & catch up (oh and to get some funky nail art done)...and she happened to bring with her - Ikea Catalogues - and oh my golly -I {LOVE} IKEA! They have some Ah-Mazing stuff - a girl can definitely dream! I will enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and flicking through the pages of these catalogues! 

8. Photography - Yes I love to dabble in photography. I love the FMS Photo a Day Challenge via Fat Mum Slim, as it gets me to think outside the square for each prompt that is given and I have managed to capture some really amazing photos using my Canon EOS DSLR camera (which I LOVE). I share my photos via Sunday Share & Instagram.

9. Cup of Bell tea - I can be quite fussy when it comes to having a cup of tea. I blame my parents (lol) for always having Bell teabags when I was younger. It was ingrained in my mind as a teenager and when I moved out of home, that was one item that was (still is) always in my shopping trolley - a box of Bell tea (Original). I am Bell girl, not a Dilmah, Lipton or whatever other random brands are out there...I love a good cup of Bell tea - to the point that I will (sometimes) have my own teabags in my bag. (haha please don't judge me)

10. My family - Saving the best for last - I love my lil family! My partner and my kids are my world, they mean everything to me!!! PS. Happy 'Valentines Day' to my partner - Love you babe xx

So there you have it...10 things I love RIGHT NOW! What's on your list? Tell me -  what do you LOVE?

Be sure to check out the hosts Lisa & Rabia's LOVE LISTS too and connect with other bloggers that have done the same! Share the blogging love.

This post is part of the #TuesdayTen Link Up with
 Lisa from The Golden Spoons & Rabia from The Lieber Family


Sunday Share: FMS PAD #6 + Weekly Recap

Wow, What a week! It is all systems GO, GO, GO! If you didn't already know, we are about to put our house on the market. It's all happening so fast! (you can read more about it here). My partner and I have dedicated this whole weekend to getting the house "Open Home Ready".

We have one more day (tomorrow) to do final touches and make sure everything is ready for the photographer! We really want to make a good great first impression, so I am working extra hard to get the inside of the house looking fabulous - pretty much doing the 20 Day Challenge in ONE weekend! (I might share some NEW before and after photos next week, so be sure to come back :)) My partner is doing a fantastic job on the outside, doing some last minute touch ups around the entrance.

 I would sooo buy this house!


It's All Happening {1 Word Challenge}

I am one of those people that absolutely thrive on pressure. I used to do it at high school - studying for an exam the night before; I did it at University - staying up until 3am to finish an assignment that was due at 9am, and even as a blogger - I have started a post from scratch and published it on the same day...call me crazy, but I actually love it! Don't get me wrong, I am usually an organised person and love to be organised, however I am also very good at procrastinating. So selling and buying a house, planning and organising two milestone birthdays, and returning to work in a month is enough to make anyone go crazy right? Well...almost! It's all happening for us - so I have no time to procrastinate.

We have finally decided to bite the bullet and put the house on the market! It's only just begun...however we are ready to get the show on the road and get our house sold, so that we can buy a bigger place to accommodate our growing family (by growing, I mean the kids are getting bigger). The next few weeks are going to be insane but bring it on I say...lets #makeithappen. The house is almost ready, we just have a few jobs to do around the place, so we are dedicating this weekend, Long Weekend (here in NZ) to get them done. We have a professional photographer coming in early next week and our first 'Open Home' in under two weeks!

On top of all this house business, I start my new job next Tuesday, it will be Master M's first day at home-based child care, AND I am also planning and organising the kids milestone birthdays - Miss B is turning 10 and Master M is going to be ONE - and because I thrive on pressure so much, it's all happening in ONE weekend! Yes, I am rare breed and maybe a little crazy...thankfully, the planning for the birthdays is almost done - all I need to do is make it all come together on the day! 
I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and I have faith that everything will be fine!

Wish me LUCK!

This post is a part of The 1 Word Blog Challenge - 
Hosted by Lisa at The Golden Spoons
This weeks word prompts were Almost, Rare, & Faith


#TuesdayTen: Top 10 Favourite Children's Books (voted by Mums!)

There are so many amazing Children's books from all around the world, that I couldn't narrow it down to a Top 10 by myself, so I decided to ask a group of Mums on a local Mums & Bubs Facebook page:  "What is YOUR favourite children's book?".

Most of the books that were mentioned are, in fact, some of my favourite books from when I was a little girl, ones that I have read to Miss B, and now she reads them to Master M. I love reading books to my children, at home and in the classroom. No matter what people say READING IS COOL and it's COOL TO READ!

In no particular order...here are the TOP 10 Favourite Children's Books voted by Mums!

1. The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy - Lynley Dodd

3. Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

4 The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

5. The BFG - Roald Dahl

6. Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae

7. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak 

8. We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
9. The Wonky Donkey - Craig Smith

10. My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes - Eve Sutton
Other titles that were mentioned... (seen at it is Library Lovers Month)
I love you, Stinky Face // Oh the places you'll go // Guess How Much I love you // Bad Jelly the Witch // Puff the Magic dragon // Cranky Bear // The Little Yellow Digger // Can't you sleep little bear? // The Sneeches // Can't you sleep little bear // Are you my mother? // Good Night Tractor // Rainbow Fish // Rainbow Rob // Teddy Bears Picnic // Oi Frog // Spot series // Berenstain Bears // The Big Wide Mouthed Frog // The Witch in the Cherry Tree // My Daddy at an apple // Room on the Broom // Little Red Hen // Billy Goats Gruff //

In New Zealand Schools - every child who reads - is a "Duffy" kid - this song "Read About It" was written by well-known musicians, Dave Dobbyn & Jan Hellriegel. (Words by Jan Hellriegel & Toi Iti) It is a very popular song in school assemblies. Go on, have a listen! For more details about Duffy - visit Books In Homes.

Did your favourite children's book make the list? 
What is YOUR favourite children's book? 

This post is part of the #TuesdayTen Link Up with
 Lisa from The Golden Spoons & Rabia from The Lieber Family

*All images were found on Google
**A special Thank You to all the Mums that shared their favourite books with me for this #TuesdayTen post. You are all amazing! Keep reading those lovely books to your beautiful children. x Charlene
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