The Benefits of Reading To Your Child

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Almost every adult can remember a special favourite book from childhood. It may be a book that was read to us by our parents or grandparents and the story may have been repeated over and over so often that we have never forgotten it.

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We carry a large selection of children’s books and are strong supporters of sharing the joy of reading with children. Here are some of the benefits your child can experience when you read to them:


Children develop language skills and increase their vocabulary.

It helps them to concentrate, focus and sit still for longer periods of time

As knowledge is shared, question can be encouraged. Curiosity encourages a love
of learning.

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Imagination and creativity are developed as the child engages with a story. Every character comes alive when the magic of reading inspires involvement and excitement.

A special bond is created with your child that will last a lifetime. Cuddle up and enjoy the shared experience of storytime.


 

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Exposing your child to reading encourages them to develop a lifelong love of reading. Happy memories will encourage them to make reading a habit throughout their life.


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Summer Play

“It is a happy talent to know how to play”
                    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Summer and playing go together. Spending the hot summer days enjoying spontaneity and freedom is a treasured memory of most adults and is every child’s wish.

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Playing allows children to use their imagination which develops confidence and creativity. Social skills can be developed through play when children learn about getting along with others. The benefits of play are numerous, but here are a few to consider.

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Physically
Children develop muscles, flexibility, bone density and increase fine and gross motor skills.

Emotionally
Free play helps to build self confidence, esteem and encourages them to take risks. Self expression and creativity thrive and limitations are tested and understood.

Cognitively
Play increases intelligence and the ability to articulate. Language, reasoning skills and problem solving can all be tested at the playground.

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The skills we learn as children lay the foundation for adulthood. Giving a child the opportunity and freedom to play exposes him or her to one of life’s greatest learning experiences. Adults also benefit from watching children play as it reminds them of the innocence of childhood.
 


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Align With the Energy of July's Blood Moon

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July 27 marks the longest Blood Moon of our century coupled with a lunar eclipse. Ground in and navigate through this special time with a tarot forecast from our newest reader, Elizabeth. This 3 card reading offers us insight to assist in harnessing the energies of this unique moon. 


What Does this Mean for Us? 

During this eclipse the moon is not totally covered and it appears to be red. Though this spectacle can only be viewed on the other side of the planet, the power and significance can be felt worldwide.

 Image sourced from  The Sun UK

Image sourced from The Sun UK

Astrological Details

This full moon is in the astrological sign of Aquarius, in the sun sign of Leo with a Mars conjunction and a square with Uranus. This is a powerful full moon as it brings a lot of tension and held power with it. This Blood Moon offers us a chance to leap forward by the explosives powers of Uranus, opening us up from our comfort and habits to be freed into a new and bigger state of being!

Let's see what the cards offer for all of us to move through this time and use the power of this moon for our highest purpose. 

For this purpose I chose two card decks:

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1) The Spirit Messages by John Holland
I chose this deck to allow any hidden messages from our higher consciousness to emerge. 

And as it fits to move through difficult and challenging times

2) "Rainbow Warrior Awaken"
by Mara Berendt Friedman and Trinity Harris.

The spirit of this deck fits to move through this challenging and difficult time and it can help to remind us of our inner strength!

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The first card is "strength" from the spirit messages oracle deck

The second one is the outcome: Gratitude

And the third one for what we need to look at to move through  (picked from the Rainbow Warrior card deck) : "Shadow"


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These are very interesting cards!

Strength

The "strength" card came as the answer to what is it that we need as a collective and also individuals in this phase.

It says that strength can come from various sources and it has to do with balance of body, mind and soul. Strength here comes also from a deeper level- the knowing that we are never alone but belong to something bigger.

With strength giving us confidence that we can move through anything, this card helps us to remember to stay focused and to not be afraid. 


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I asked for the outcome secondly, what will this time bring us? 

The answer is "gratitude"

No matter how things seem at the moment, there is always goodness in everything. If we focus on what we can be thankful for we allow the abundance to grow in our life.

This challenging time of the blood moon will bring more good things and a freed self with it and we will be thankful in the end no matter how difficult it seemed while we went through it.


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The third card has to do with what we need to look at to move through this challenging time.

Shadow

The "shadow" indicates that there is something unconscious in us that we need to deal with. It may seem to be dark. To move forward we need to look at it, face it and release it so it can be transformed. Anything that we kept pushed away seems to be stronger as long as we ignore it. However once we allow ourselves to face it, embrace it and love it, it frees the energy that has been bound in it. Often these shadows have to do with our deepest fears and wounds. It could also be behaviours that we don't like in us and ignore. 


Let's take this chance and heal that wound or fear. In the knowledge of not being alone we can free our spirit! The outcome will be that we are grateful- we found new resources and strengths in us that had previously not been available to us.

So these are the messages from the oracle cards as to how we can move through this "blood moon". We can do it, we can overcome any challenges by remembering our strengths and embracing our shadows even if they first look scary. We will be filled with gratitude to have been given this big chance to free ourselves from suppression and negative powers.

Collectively this time is about ripping off any veils that covered what is real going on.

💜 Elizabeth 


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Winged and Whimsical Friends of Summer!

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Winged and Whimsical Statues 

Garden Statues can add personal style to any garden. People choose statues for a variety of reasons; to create reflective and restful places or to bring spiritual inspiration and emotional value to a special place.

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On the Wings of Angels

Creating peace, solace and beauty, angels can inspire special meaning. Angels are often viewed as protectors or compassionate beings that guard over people and places. Sometimes people place a statue of an angel that represents a specific quality determined by religious beliefs or they choose an angel that represents an emotion such as love, healing or compassion. Placing an angel in your home or garden can imbue your space with the aura of spirit that comes from another realm. 

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 Fairy Magic

According to legend, fairies possess the power to bring health, happiness, blessing and magic to your home and garden. Many European cultures believed that fairies and spirits visited their gardens and yards creating mischief or offering gifts. If you want to bring fantasy and whimsy to your home or garden by creating an enchanted space for the fairies to visit, place statues of fairies, mushrooms and other charming reminders of their magical world. Adding a gnome to your garden is believed to prevent the mischief the fairies bring as they are considered to be protective spirits of the garden.  

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Come find your next summer statue to enhance any space in your home, inside and out! 


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