Posted in Quotes

More today means less stress tomorrow!

We are striving to be more organised and tick the list. During this process I am learning more and more that sometimes just one more thing can make a big difference, even if it is tidying the toys before bed or organising breakfast the night before. It doesn’t have to be a big thing just something.

More today means less stress tomorrow!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in Poems

If you could only use one hashtag what would it be? #hashtagpoetry

If you could only use one hashtag what would it be?

#Am free

#Wanna be

#Am writing

#Designing

#Maybe more

#Explore

#Go try it

#Seek to find

#Grow

#Be inspired

#Mama bear is tired

#Sleep required

#Doughnuts are the best

#Our nest

#Have a look

#You will find

#One of a kind

#A world away

#A word a day

#A place to unwind

#Kind community

#WordPress community

#Join me

#Hashtagpoem

#Poetry

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in Poems

How to make your dream a wish come true

Last night my five year old, Owen, asked if he could go to space. I said yes, yes you can. Anything you want, anything you dream. If you believe it you can achieve it but it takes hard work and focus. I felt inspired to write the poem below.

How to make your dream a wish come true

Wish a dream

Make it big

Make it high

Anything above 

Or below the sky

Take one step,

Take many

Believe it,

You can achieve it

A word of caution though my child,

Something you should know

To make your dream a wish come true

It needs a bit of reality

It’s not enough to wish a dream

Just wish and you may just miss

It takes more,

So go explore

Read

Learn

Design

Question

Set goals both big and small

Be proud

Stand tall

Be humble

Accept help

Take a break

Get back to it

Be positive

Focus your energy

Make a list

Tick the list

Have fun

Remember it’s a journey


Design a rocket

Build a rocket

Test the rocket 

Strategise

Evaluate

Implement

Reflect

Perfect.

Launch the rocket

Blast off…

Arrive in space

Float around

Look up and down

Take a moment

Smile

Breath

You’ve achieved,

And you dreamed it for a while.

High five

You did it

I knew you could and would!

Wish a new dream

Make it big,

Make it high,

Anything above or under the sky.

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in Poems

Hello – this is me

Hello – this is me

I like to drink tea

(And the occasional coffee)

I live with my two sons

And best friend – hubby,

Always trying to find the balance

Between chaos and creativity

The corner of the home I call my own

Is a rediscovery,

A journey,

A passion not lost but put on hold

Here I explore through

Writing, drawing and photography

Here I am, this is me

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in eBook

New book release: Hoo at the Zoo

Halloween seems to have continued in our house. The crafts and stories have not lost their charm, and they probably will continue until we start Christmas crafts, stories and baking.

Sticking with the Halloween theme and fun I am happy to announce that my new book Hoo at the Zoo is now available on Amazon. It’s a rhyming story aimed at young children but can be enjoyed by all ages.

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Owen and Carson take a special trip to the zoo on Halloween night for a picnic and treasure trail too! They are dressed as pirates, ready to find treasure.

“Hat, eye-patch and a pouch for loot,
Stripy top, bandana and boots”

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“The zoo has everything you can imagine. Ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and candy. Witches with cauldrons cooking up spells. Frankenstein and Dracula have goodies to sell.”

I wrote the story a year ago and have been working on the illustrations over the past couple of months. Illustrating Hoo at the Zoo was a lot different to illustrating A Wonderful Thing to Win as I had the opportunity to use Procreate. It helped make the illustration process a bit faster (not fast enough to make it in time for Halloween, but faster nonetheless).

If you and your little ones are still in the mood for something Halloweeny follow the link below.

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in eBook, Uncategorized

Illustrations on display this November

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending my morning at Stockbridge Library. This is part of our usual Saturday routine. After swimming we take a stroll down to the library and the boys discover new books. This morning was a bit different though as it was the start of the November display. This month illustrations from my first children’s book, A Wonderful Thing to Win, will be on display.

Big thanks to the fantastic, supportive staff for helping to make this happen!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy 2018

Posted in Books We Love, Uncategorized

“Prepare, if you dare”

Happy Halloween everyone! I had to take the time to share one of our favourite Halloween books, A Halloween Scare in Washington, D.C. (Prepare If You Dare) written by Eric James and illustrated by Marina Le Ray.

“Prepare, if you dare, for a night full of thrills, when Washington, D.C. gave everyone thrills.”

This such a fun read to be enjoyed by all ages. It has everything spooky with fantastic illustrations. The boys just love reading it over and over and pointing at the pictures.

We recommend giving this book a read.

Title: A Halloween Scare in Washington, D.C. (Prepare If You Dare)

Author: Eric James

Illustrator: Marina Le Ray

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2015)

Happy page turning x

Posted in Uncategorized

The last day of October

It’s the last day of October which means it’s Halloween (and my awesome hubby’s birthday). Great excuse to get up early (this is not out of choice as our boys are early risers) have waffles and light the pumpkins.

The kids get so excited for Halloween. We love to indulge in spooky crafts, stories and baking. So much so that it will probably continue after Halloween.

Thought I would share this illustration from my new children’s book. Which will (fingers crossed) be available soon.

Happy Halloween everyone

And happy page turning!

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Posted in Poems

Our beach of memories

We journey together, you and me

Creating a beach of memories

There are times when we walk barefoot over jagged rocks

Not knowing what will be more painful stepping or merely standing still

Then there are times when we walk over pebbles,

Rounded by stormy waters

The path still needs a careful step,

But it gently massages our tender feet

It humbles us and gives moments of splendour

The days when our feet touch the sand are the ones to be savoured

The waves offer rejuvenation as our toes anchor in the sand

We skip pebbles across the water reflecting on our journey

We sigh relief and smile contently

We journey together, you and me

Every grain of sand tells our story

Every step creates our beach of memories

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy 2018