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Benefits of Reading Bedtime Stories Plus a Giveaway

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Reading bedtime stories to children is really important. My children love reading, they read everyday. Believe it or not, the first thing they do when they wake up is to grab a book from their bookshelves to read. I know they are awake in the morning when I hear them reading their favourite books. So reading comes naturally to my kids. They enjoy reading various books and I enjoy reading to them. The importance of reading can never be overemphasised, and I am glad to see the twins have inherited my love for reading. I enjoy reading bedtime stories to my kids. It is one of my favourite parts of the day and I cherish our bonding time.

 

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Ditch the tech and read actual books

I read to the kiddies every night. Bedtime stories are very important, and I make sure we never miss this family bonding time. Even when we are away on holiday, I make sure to take a couple of books with us for bedtime reading. The benefits of reading bedtime stories are numerous, which is why it is so important to read a bedtime story everyday. Reading actual books is the right way to do this. The kiddies have their tablets and Leapfrogs with eBooks but when it comes to everyday reading and bedtime stories, we make sure to read a book and ditch the tech.

 

The benefits of reading bedtime stories and Pyjamarama campaign

Francesca Simon, a bestselling author, comments on how important it is to read books to our children : “Reading a bedtime story together is one of the best experiences a child and parent can share, and something tech cannot replace. The many evenings I spent immersed in books with my son, Joshua, until he was 11, not only inspired me to become a children’s author, but are also some of our best shared memories and gave my son the confidence, curiosity and thirst for learning that has set him up for life”.

Just ten minutes of reading a book together a day makes such a massive difference in the lives of the little ones. It helps build children’s language and understanding, imagination, spelling, resilience and confidence. It is also a great way for a family to bond. Which is why I am working with BookTrust to raise awareness about the joy of the bedtime story by celebrating Pyjamarama, a nationwide fundraising campaign by BookTrust on 7th June. Brits are asked to donate £1 to wear their pyjamas all day on Friday 7th June. Money raised will go towards helping BookTrust ensure that every child experiences the amazing benefits of access to books and reading.

 

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What your donation can do
  • £25 could provide 15 pre-school children living in women’s refuge centres with their own bookpack
  • £50 could provide 6 families from deprived communities with additional support through theirchildren’s centre to develop a reading habit
  • £100 could help us work with a struggling secondary school to support teenagers re-engage with reading
  • £1,000 could enable us to support 740 children with a disability that impacts motor skills, providing them with specially created touch and feel books, finger puppets and guidance for parents

 

Giveaway Details

Now for the giveaway information, BookTrust has offered to gift a reader a Ben and Holly 5 Figure Pack & Little Library.

 

 

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To take part in this giveaway, you need to do the following –

  1. Follow me on Twitter and Retweet this post.
  2. Follow my new YouTube channel.
  3. Leave a comment telling me why reading to children is so important. Please remember to include your Twitter name so I know where to find you.

You can also stay up to date with my blog posts and vlogs on my Facebook page – Fashion and Style Police.

 

The giveaway will run for 2 weeks. It ends 6 June at 10pm. The winner will be contacted via Twitter so please ensure you leave your Twitter name. It is open to UK residents only.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the day.

 

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Outfit Post – Styling Animal Print

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I find animal print pieces very stylish. There are a few of them in my wardrobe and I enjoy styling them to create different looks. I wore this outfit the other day, and I decided to photograph the look for a fashion blog post. I have had the animal print blazer for years now and it still looks brand new. It is one of my spring/summer staples. This animal print blazer does not look as old as I have had it. That is what happens when you invest a bit more in quality. I love the loose relaxed fit, it is dead easy to style and very comfy to wear.

 

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Trends come and go but the Animal print will always be in vogue in my eyes. It has been popular in the fashion industry for years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The animal print look is sassy and very stylish when paired up correctly. I see the trend being around forever.

I got the black trousers I have on in the sales and wore it for the first time on this day. It has a relaxed fit which I love; perfect for the spring/summer months. The black top is also a new wardrobe addition. I got it as a Christmas gift and wore it for the first time on this day too! I love both pieces, and I know I will be wearing them over and over again in different ways.

 

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WHAT I WORE

Black Top – Ralph Lauren

Animal Print Blazer – River Island

Purple Handbag – Michael Kors

Black Trousers – Debenhams

Gold and Black Sandals – New Look

Black Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs

God Earrings – Vintage Christian Dior

Black Bracelet Watch – Fitbit Charge 2

 

 

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What do you think of the trend? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

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