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Best Children’s Books for Fall

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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald

It’s fall! This is the perfect time to enjoy a fall book or two with your children. Curl up under a blanket inside or bring it outside to soak up the sun and enjoy the crisp weather before it turns into winter. Read about the leaves, apples, pumpkins, thanksgiving, and more.

Best Children's Books for Fall

I am sharing just a few fall books we enjoy. Go to Amazon to add the books to your collection or head to your library to check these out. Here are some of the best children’s books for fall:  

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse
This book will get your children ready to carve pumpkins! My girls loved to pick their favorite pumpkin expressions.

God Bless Our Fall
A sweet reminder of the many blessings of fall.

Pumpkin Pumpkin

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Bear Says Thanks
Karma Wilson’s bear books are favorites in my home.  

Bear Has a Story to Tell
For the end of the fall season…

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
by Louisa May Alcott

The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival

Fall
And a touch and feel book for the little ones.

What are your favorite children’s books for fall?

Pin this post for later! I have a few more fall books on hold at the library, so I may be adding more books to this list soon.

Best Children's Books for Fall

Are you looking for books specifically for babies? Head over to read my 10 Favorite Books for Babies. All 10 books have been read again and again in my home. They are our true favorites!

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Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

Do you want to reset and maximize your mornings? Do you feel like you are waking up behind? Waking up scattered and tired? Do you have the desire for alone time? Do you have goals you want to fulfill or habits you want to create? Do you feel that you are using your mornings the best that you can? Introducing Your Morning Manual: A Guide and Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

I am here to help you walk through the process of developing a new morning. This handbook will guide you from start to finish. Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings includes worksheets to help you organize and plan along the way!

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting and Maximizing Your Mornings

If you have the desire for alone time, goals you want to fulfill, or habits you want to create, morning can be the perfect time.

People are often more focused, more alert, and more creative in the morning. Morning people are also said to be more productive. Mornings are such a quiet and beautiful time of day.

When you decide to be intentional with your morning time, you have the opportunity to set your priorities instead of someone setting them for you.

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. Show me how to reset my mornings!

Why should you reset and maximize your mornings? So you can…

  • Feel more in control
  • Enjoy a more peaceful day
  • Get more organized
  • Take care of yourself, or
  • Have the time for your dreams, passion projects, blog, or a side business

Think about what it would mean for you to reset your mornings. Determine what you want to achieve and what success would look like.

  • Is success losing 10 pounds by doing morning workouts?
  • Do you want to write an eBook?
  • Do you desire a 10% increase in your home business?
  • Is success found in being a more patient mother?
  • Is your sole desire to spend 15 minutes in devotional time to start your day off on the right foot?
  • Is your primary goal to start your morning in a more relaxed, less hectic state?

What would it mean to achieve your goal? What would it mean to decide it’s not worth trying?

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. I am ready to maximize my mornings!

This step-by-step guide will help you:

  • Visualize your ideal morning
  • Decide your morning priorities
  • Plan your morning routine
  • Create a morning schedule
  • Make the most of your evening time
  • Decide on an accountability plan
  • Motivate you to use your mornings best to achieve the entire day that is your ultimate goal!

This eBook contains worksheets to help you as you make your morning plan. Some of the worksheets are printables you will be able to continue to use even after you have completed the book. Here is a sample of the Daily Plan printable:

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. Daily Plan Worksheets

BONUS: When you purchase Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings, you will be invited to join a Morning Accountability group. This is the perfect timing for a back-to-school schedule change! The Accountability Group will be run within Facebook officially starting September 1. The group will go for one month. Enrollment in the Accountability Group will be limited to keep the group small enough to be effective. You will receive an invite to the group via e-mail. {UPDATE: The September Accountability Group is now closed.}

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings

FAQ:

If I don’t want to spend my entire morning checking items off my to-do list, is this eBook for me?

Yes! The goal here is not productivity for productivity’s sake. The goal is to plan out the morning that YOU want so as to achieve the entire day that is your ultimate goal.

This book is just less than 30 pages…why is this book so short?

I wanted to share actionable steps and worksheets to guide you on the journey to your best morning. I don’t want to waste your time with fluff and extra content. You will just receive the information and worksheets you need to guide you to making your best morning plan.

I missed the September Accountability Group. Will there be future groups?

I plan to lead other groups in the future. At this time, the accountability groups will NOT be run EVERY month. There is a link within the book to signup to be notified when the next group will start. Enrollment in an accountability group cannot be guaranteed with purchase. Future groups will be run based on the demand and interest of book purchasers.

Get Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings!

Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings. Visualize your ideal morning. Decide your morning priorities. Plan your morning routine. Create a morning schedule. Make the most of your evening time. Decide on an accountability plan. Motivate you to use your mornings best to achieve the entire that is your ultimate goal! This eBook will help you walk through the process of developing a new morning routine. It includes worksheets to help you organize and plan along the way!

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How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

I would like to welcome Ruthie from Rear. Release. Regroup. I enjoy the wisdom that she shares on her blog and in her new book:
Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe
by Ruthie of Rear. Release. Regroup.

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

Do you have a pleasant tone of voice when you speak to your children or give them a directive? (Are you rolling your eyes at me right now?)

I will admit right up front that I’ve always struggled with this one. My tone of voice is awful when I’m irritated or even just focused on my own “plan” (quite possibly mowing others down in the process).

Proverbs 12:18 (NKJV) says:

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,

But the tongue of the wise promotes health”

Does your voice sound like claws on a chalkboard when you speak to your kids?

I hate the way the first part of this verse sounds.

I don’t want to figuratively pierce my children’s hearts.

But I LOVE the second half of the verse!

I want a wise tongue that promotes health and healing! Don’t you?

Plan of Attack

1.) CHECK your tone before you speak. Take a few breaths, put your hand over your mouth if necessary (Proverbs 30:32)

2.) PRAY quickly and ask God for help

3.) PRETEND your child (or husband) is someone who just called and you automatically changed your tone so they’d think you were nice (SEE??? We ARE capable of it)!

4.) CREATE lists. Lists were my very best friend when getting my kids to do their chores or help with spring cleaning. If they didn’t have to hear it from me, somehow it went better! Kids love checking things off and getting it done! (Doesn’t everyone?)

5.) SPEAK HEALING to your child each day. Find ways to compliment for a job well done, a rare moment of sharing, or anything positive you can find. Make sure you’ve done this at least once before going to bed at night. And be SURE to always say, “I love you”!

As always, the best way to cut out old habits is to establish new ones. We must replacing our negative tone of voice with positive speech and affirming words. Even if we do slip up in a moment of anger (and let’s face it, we all do), if we make a practice of graceful speech, it will go a long way with our tribe.

Scripture Pillar

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand over your mouth. Proverbs 30:32

Did you see that??? Sometimes, I just need to put our hand over my mouth. What about you? What a practical suggestion straight from God’s Word!

How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with your Tribe. Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration

My new book, Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration, presents nine essential steps to overcome anger. Offering Scripture Pillars (ACTION verses), Scripture prayers, a plan of attack for each chapter, this book will set you on the road towards recovery. The book is full of key Biblical strategies to help you parent gracefully and learn the Biblical approach to anger.

How do I know? I teach this method to a group of moms, and they are seeing wins and overcoming their anger by implementing Scripture Pillars (ACTION verses)!

At just $7.00, this book is a small investment to make toward a big difference in the dynamic of your family. Are you ready to take the necessary steps to freedom and let God control your anger?

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Ruthie Gray is a wife, mom of four, Gigi, and caregiver, living in the sandwich generation and blogging to keep her sanity. When she’s not snacking on plastic drumsticks with her two-year-old grandson, The Tiny Tornado, you can find her coaching other moms on how to raise responsible kids and enjoy them at RearReleaseRegroup.com.

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Thank you to Ruthie for sharing with us today! Stop by and check out her blog: Rear. Release. Regroup. or consider checking out her book: Count to Nine, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Anger and Frustration

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How to Develop a Pleasant Tone with Your Tribe

The Secret to Superhero Moms

Today I would like to welcome Keri from Living In This Season. I enjoy the encouragement that she shares on her blog and in her new book:

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive – Tips for Thriving as a Mom 

Days fly by in a blur as moms everywhere are trying to be supermoms who do it all and balance more than we should. We drink caffeinated drinks for energy to sustain us and hope the little burst helps us accomplish just one more task. Our lists are long and never seem to be completely checked off. By evening, we sink deep into our couches, staring aimlessly at our phones, wondering why we feel so empty.

Does this sound familiar?

It hits all too close to home for me. I spent the first year of my oldest child’s life trying to be supermom. I wanted everything to be perfect. It was exhausting, draining, and typically left me frustrated and empty. I have a feeling that I am not alone in this struggle.

Superhero Moms and the truth behind them. When we step out and embrace our own gifts and talents, we are able to be supermoms. We are able to stop striving for what we are not created to be and rest in who we are created to be.

It is the struggle to be more and do more so that we can be supermoms.

There is this false image that supermoms do it all- they bring homemade goodies into the school, volunteer at the school, are team mom, have a perfectly decorated home, make homemade dinners, and always look well put together. This image is a lie that moms need to stop striving for.

The truth is that we are already supermoms. You, sweet mama, are incredible. You have so many amazingly unique talents, that only you have! Your child needs you- not a perfectly packaged you, but the real you, flaws and all.

The Secret to Superhero Moms. Learning the truth about superhero moms

When we step out and embrace our own gifts and talents, we are able to be supermoms. We are able to stop striving for what we are not created to be and rest in who we are created to be.

You are an amazing mom. You are doing an amazing work and you are the perfect mom for your children. Let go of the race to do it all, and slow down to be yourself. Be yourself and be a supermom!

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Thank you to Keri for sharing with us today. Stop by and check out her blog: Living In This Season or consider checking out her book: Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive – Tips for Thriving as a Mom. Keri’s book is available both as an eBook and paperback.

Keri’s book will give you encouragement and tips in the areas below:
 
The Practice of Self Care
Letting Go of Perfection
Freedom from Comparison
Confidence as a Mom
Embrace Your Season
You Are Not Alone
Letting Go of Anger
Choosing Joy
 

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. An encouraging book for motherhood.

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Our Morning Routine – Bible Stories at Breakfast

I made changes to my morning routine a year and a half ago. Reading my daily devotion in the morning has been one of the changes I love. I am not falling asleep as I read like I was when I would read my devotion in the evenings.

A few months ago I decided I wanted to make this same change with my daughters. Our evening/bedtime routine with the girls is not always the quickest and I don’t want to rush on reading our devotion each night. If we have evening plans that result in getting home late, we often focus on trying to get the girls to bed quickly. Reading in the evening would then not happen.

I have now started the habit of reading a daily devotion or Bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. They are alert and paying attention. They are not distracted as they are focused only on eating their breakfast and listening to the Bible story. If you need ideas for breakfast for your kiddos, check out my recipes for Pepperoni & Spinach Egg Muffins or Pumpkin Bread.

Both girls love this new addition to our morning and often ask about reading the Bible story as soon as they sit down. After reading through First Bible Stories, we moved onto My Little Bible.
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We have enjoyed going through this tiny little book (approximately 4″x6″) of 43 Bible stories. We enjoy the illustrations and the simple stories. They are often only a few sentences long, so we read a few stories each morning. Because of this, it did not take us long to get through the book.

The book states the story length is perfect for toddlers’ and preschoolers’ attention spans. This may be true for toddlers, but I don’t believe it’s the case for preschoolers. Even if I read 3-4 stories each morning, my 4-year-old is always asking me to read more.

At the end of each story, there is a question. The questions vary greatly. At first, I thought some questions were too simplistic, but as we read more stories I found that the simple questions were a great way to keep my 2-year-old involved as she could answer the easy questions. My 4-year-old can freeze up if she doesn’t know the answer to a question and so I think the questions at the end are great practice for her.

One of my favorite parts of My Little Bible is that it doesn’t only include the standard stories from a children’s Bible, it also includes other passages and lessons. It includes Psalm 23, a lesson from Proverbs, and other lessons from the New Testament.

I would recommend this book as a toddler’s first Bible. The books small size will be perfect for them to carry around and look through themselves. The illustrations are sweet and the stories are the perfect start to sharing God’s Word with their little hearts. 

Our Morning Routine - Bible Stories at Breakfast. I have now started the habit of reading a Bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. I would recommend My Little Bible as a toddler’s first Bible. The books small size will be perfect for them to carry around and look through themselves. The illustrations are sweet and the stories are the perfect start to sharing God’s Word with their little hearts.

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