How We Incorporate Reading To Our Everyday Routine

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I love to read. Finding time to read is something else entirely, but it all comes down to I simply love to read. This love for reading is something I would love to be able to pass on to my children.

At the moment, I feel I’m doing a decent job because my daughter would always want “one more story” right after I’ve read her our allotted number of books before bed time. She would also ask for a story every night before bed. Sometimes it’s a bit of work especially when I’m exhausted but I make sure she gets her stories in 99% of the time.

Now that she’s in pre-school and I’m working 5 days a week, I try to make sure to find time for the two of us to sit down and read. Here are a few ways of how we incorporate reading in to our everyday routine:

  • A book basket. I bought my eldest a book basket a few months ago to make it easier for her to get to her books. Mind you not all of her books fit in to that basket. I bought it so we can rotate her books a few times a month. It’s not a crazy rotation number because we only read a certain number of books per night, but this allows her to get to her books anytime she wants without having to ask for someone’s help.
  • Scheduling reading time before bed. We’ve included reading as part of her bedtime routine. So she knows that after she finishes in the bathroom and gets her pyjamas changed, it’s story time.
  • Reading during quiet time. Sometimes in the afternoon, I turn the tv off when I feel like my daughter has had enough of Treehouse. It’s more of when I’ve had enough of Treehouse, haha! This is when I let her do what she like. She can play with her toys, she can play with her Play-Doh, she can paint, or she can read her books. I don’t force her to read her books during this time if she doesn’t want to because I know by the end of the day we’ll have some reading done.
  • Audiobooks. Audiobooks have been a lifesaver on nights when I’m too exhausted to read aloud. It has also helped me on nights when my daughter wants one more story after reading 5 books.
  • Using screen time to read books. My daughter has an iPad which we got when we opened a bank account for her a few years ago. Most of the apps in that iPad are geared to learning the alphabets, words, numbers, colours and shapes. I have also installed Overdrive and Epic! so we can use her iPad to check out books and read those we have borrowed from the library.
  • Letting her peruse books after bath time. We always have this time after bath time where all we do is sit there and brush the tangles out of her hair. To maximize our reading time, we either listen to audiobooks or have her flip through her books while I brush out her hair.

Those are what we do everyday to incorporate reading in our lives. It is a bit of work especially since she wants to do a lot of other things. I’m hoping what we do now will help nurture her love of reading.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to reading with your kids? Please do tell me in the comments. I am always open to recommendations and/or suggestions.

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BLOGMAS | My Current Winter Skincare Routine

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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My skin is weird. I have oily / combination skin. However, come winter time my skin gets a bit dry to where it’s noticeable but not uncomfortable. I take advantage of this season to really hydrate my skin as doing it during the rest of the year makes my skin oilier.

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My morning skincare routine
I have a pretty quick morning routine as all I do is “wash” my face using Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution. I then proceed to apply my moisturizer with SPF in it. I use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. I love this moisturizer because it doesn’t leave my skin greasy compared to the other ones I have tried.

My night time skincare routine
I usually start of by washing my face. If I have make-up on, I take those off first then wash my face.

A favorite that I use all the time is Lancome’s Creme Radiance facial wash. You don’t need a lot of it and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. Every 2 or 3 days, I will use my St. Ives Apricot Scrub to exfoliate my skin.

I have also started using a vitamin C serum to help event my skin tone. I purchased Maritime Naturals Professional Anti-Aging Serum a month ago and it’s been working great for me. It smells like oranges, but doesn’t irritate my skin. It has also helped in lightening my dark spots. I mean they’re still there but they’re a lot lighter now compared to when I started using this serum.

For moisturizer I am currently using my Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I got it from a mini set last year. This stuff is amazing. It’s thick so you don’t need a lot of it. However, it spreads nicely on my skin and doesn’t feel heavy. Plus it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

My skin care routine for the past few weeks have been pretty simple as what I’m mostly concerned about is getting the dirt and grease off of my skin. I don’t have a lot of time spend on my self so being able to find a quick morning and night time routine is essential.

What about you? Do you ave a skin care routine specifically for this season?

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