I promised you big news before the summer and it’s big news I have for you today. Ebabee is moving hoem and changing it’s name. We are now called your DIY family.
I wanted to make the blog even more useful and relevant to you, my readers. Many of you have told me that you like my DIY posts, design and home decor ideas and recipes the most. That is exactly what your DIY family is all about. Lets just say we’ve taken all the best bits of ebabee and moved it to a new space with a new name! And true to the new name, there’ll be diy’s and crafts not just from me but from my family too – follow along to find out more.
At the start of this year, I had a nagging feeling that it was time for change and I listened to my instinct. It feels absolutely right to evolve this blog and move in to a new space. Thank you all for the amazing support I’ve had for ebabee – it’s made my blogging journey so special and it wouldn’t have been the same without your support and love. Here’s to the next stage of ebabee so see you over at your DIY family.
And don’t worry, we’ve taken all your favourite posts from this blog which you’ll now find over at your DIY family. For all the other posts, ebabee will remain online for the foreseeable future. And if you’ve subscribed to our ebabee newsletter, you will automatically get transferred to the your DIY family newsletter.
For now, it’s goodbye from ebabee and a big hello from your DIY family – see you there!
Do you ever get the nagging feel that you need a big change? Do you listen to that feeling, that instinct? Recently I’ve been feeling this a lot and I knew it had to do with my blog. I’ve spent a long time thinking about it and finally I have listened to my instinct and have decided to make some BIG changes to this blog. And when I say big, I mean big!
I’ll be taking the summer off to work on my blog. I am very excited about what is to come but also nervous as I’m really shaking things up. Since I started blogging, I’ve never made a change this big but this feels so right at this moment in time. I can’t say much more right now but I can’t wait to share it all with you in September.
Once I had made the decision to make this change, I stumbled upon a podcast called Happier with Gretchen Ruben. Gretchen and her sister chat on the podcast and share little tips to live a happier life. One of the episodes that caught my attention was ‘design your summer‘. The idea is to to change things up over the summer – this could be a simple change in routine or trying a new project or making a weekly lunch date with friends or planning a weekly adventure with your kids or learning a new instrument. It really could be anything that makes your summer memorable, different and enriches your life.
This idea of ‘designing your summer’ and spending the time with intention rather than letting the days drift by really resonated with me. And inspired me even more to pursue my big change. My summer will end up looking very different to my previous summer’s and I’m excited about that. Listen to the episode and it might inspire you to switch things up for your summer.
For now, it’s farewell from me for the summer and I will see you back here in early September with some very, very exciting new stuff. And remember if your instinct is telling you that you need a change, go for it – maybe even this summer. Have a wonderful season whatever you do and I can’t wait to see you back here in September. Make sure to sign up to my email list so that you will be the first to know when we are back – just enter your email address in the box on the left or in the popup.
Why is it that when we meet a little girl we often comment on her hair, her dress or how she looks? But when we meet a little boy, we almost never talk about appearance. Instead, we will maybe ask them what sports they play, what their hobbies are or something along those lines. For way too long, a woman’s appearance has mattered way too much and it’s ingrained in us. I mean, how often do we still look in the mirror and criticise what we see?
Recently my friend Ana from Pinknounou shared a really fun way to teach maths and I had to share it with you. The idea – using lego bricks to teach maths! This is such a creative idea, right? I’m all for doing anything and everything to make maths fun so that our kids develop a love for maths from an early age rather than a fear of it.
Have you taught your kids to tell the time or are you relying on school to teach them? I was having this conversation with a friend a few weeks ago when she said ‘oh they can’t read the time yet because they haven’t done it in school’. This got me thinking that we as parents should teach our kids more life stuff than always relying on school or worse, not doing it at all. Things like tying shoelaces, telling the time, simple cooking skills, tidying up and all that kind of stuff.
“Have you said thank you?” is the line I often find myself saying to my seven year old when she receives a gift or she’s leaving a party or a play date. She’s a well mannered child and does remember to say thank you most of the time but I still remind her just in case. It’s our job as parents not only to teach our kids good manners but more importantly to lead by example. I’m sure most of us are polite and always remember to thank our friends and family for the obvious things like gifts, their hospitality and their help. But what about the little things?
I recently read an article (I can’t remember where) that talked about raising happy kids. All of us want happy kids, right? One of the things the article mentioned was the importance of giving your child choices, especially younger kids (say under 10) who have little or no control over their lives. This point really stood out for me. Kids really don’t have much control over their lives, do they? They are told what to eat and when, at school everything is structured and decided for them, they attend extra curricular activities that perhaps parents choose for them. They are told what time to go to bed, what time to get up, when to shower, when to do homework and the list goes on. While some of this stuff has to be decided for them (if I left mine to decide when to shower, it would be never!) I’ve realised it is possible to give them more control.
I’ve had a fussy/picky/tricky (pick a word) eater since the day she was born. The first clue she gave us was the on the day she was born. She wouldn’t drink her milk or barely had a few drops. I was actually kept in hospital an extra two days as they were concerned about her lack of appetite. Then came weaning – probably the most difficult phase we’ve been through yet. It took nearly 1.5 years to wean her – that is truth. Fast forward seven years and lots of creative, sometimes downright crazy tricks and methods used by me and things have improved. While I’m no expert on how to get fussy eaters to eat, I think I’ve learned a thing or two. I would still call her a fussy eater but at least she eats far better than she used to.
I am so looking forward to the holidays and some down time with my family. Our plans are to take it easy, see lots of friends and family and cook and eat lots. Before I sign off I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful festive break filled with love and joy! Thank you for visiting the blog, for your comments, for your likes and for your support. My blog is my baby and your support means the world. Here’s looking at an even bigger and better 2016. I shall see you all back here in the new year (but there will be an ebabee shop update before then). Happy & merry everything! – nomita x
Do you encourage your kids make new years resolutions? I’ve started making resolutions throughout the year whenever I feel I need to make a change but there is something special and a feeling of a fresh start that only a new year brings. I especially love making them at this time of year and have been thinking about encouraging Anya to do the same.
Last year we talked to her about making new years resolutions and while she liked the idea, she struggled to come up with what resolutions to make. I’ve since realised that she’s a bit too young to come up with resolutions herself so this year I’ve decided to give her some prompts which will help. I’ve come up with a list of 10 questions and prompts which I plan to give her and see what she comes up with. I thought I would share them here in case they inspire you to do the same with your kids. So here are my ideas for new years resolutions for kids:
What I especially like about resolutions is that it allows you to take a little time out and think about yourself – what you like about yourself and what you feel you can improve on. For me, resolutions aren’t just about changing the bad but also a lot about doing more of what you are good at or love. They’re about broadening your horizon’s and living a more fulfilled life. So are you going to be making resolutions? And will you encourage your kids to?
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