“Sit and stare at the starry sky. Be patient, It has something to share.”

“Sit and stare at the starry sky. Be patient, It has something to share.”

Illustration from Stay Home, Little Bear

Sometimes it takes a little patience to experience wonder. Patience to sit and be, to sit and stare at the starry sky.
I am trying to take more moments to sit and be, to feel the breeze and absorb nature’s palette. Even if it is just a few minutes…


This week I will be sharing illustrations from and inspired by my new book Stay Home, Little Bear. Get ready for some polar bear love and “a rainbow at midnight’” *Proceeds made from this book will be donated to heroes in the community making a difference during these uncertain times.


It’s available on Amazon kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Happy creativity!

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Latest book launch – proceeds for the heroes in our community


I recently felt drawn to revisit the words in my original story with Little Bear. This book has been inspired by our time at home and the continued discovery of creativity both at home and in nature.

. *Proceeds made from this book will be donated to heroes in our community making a such a big difference during these uncertain times.

“Stay home, Little Bear.
Take a moment,
Take care.”

Share a moment together and join Little Bear on a discovery.
Sit and stare at the starry sky. What will you see?
Be patient and you may just see a “river of bright” or “rainbow at midnight.”


Stay home, Little Bear is available in all Amazon stores

Thank you, as always, for your support! You are all wonderful!

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Picture Book Release: Bright Blue Balloon

So excited to let you all know that my first picture book, Bright Blue Balloon, is now available in paperback on Amazon.
It is also available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Paperback

Kindle

Owen and Carson win something special at the carnival…

A bright blue balloon. “It floats on its own and has a long string.
Oh, what a wonderful thing to win!” They have so much fun with their bright blue balloon until it accidentally floats away. Little do they know they will see it again in an unexpected place. In order to save it they make something using materials from the recycling box.

Join Owen and Carson on a great adventure and bring the bright blue balloon home.


Bright Blue Balloon is a picture book aimed at young children (but can be enjoyed by all ages). It has rhyming text and brightly coloured illustrations.

Do you like to read physical books or books on an e-reader / tablet?

Do you like to read physical books or books on an e-reader / tablet?

I have to say I like both. I think they both have their benefits:

Physical Books

  • There is something about the smell of books (a breakdown of chemical compounds I believe) that encourages a moment to pause and imagine the journey you are about to embark
  • Using a bookmark! Just love a bookmark, especially one made by my kids
  • Being able to easily flip through the pages and refer back to a specific page or chapter
  • I think it’s also nice to physically see how big the book is and see how much you have read
  • It’s so awesome to share your books or donate them when you are finished

E-reader / Tablet

  • So lightweight and easy to take on your travels whether it’s on holiday or to a coffee shop
  • There are literally thousands of titles available at your fingertips at any time of day! Shopping in your pjs is not an issue
  • Provides a great way to discover new authors or try different genres

What do you think?

What are your thoughts? Let me know below 😉

Happy reading x

Image and text (C) Lisa Moralee McLardy 2019

Take inspiration from L.Frank Baum

Something wonderful happened in 1900 when L.Frank Baum, age 40, decided to explore his hand at something new. After trying a number of professions he had the courage to try writing. This resulted in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

A copy of this classic tale practically jumped off the shelf during a recent library trip. This is our current family read and we are turning the pages with anticipation and wonder. What will happen next, when will we meet Oz and the Witch of the West.

What an inspiration to think L.Frank Baum started writing at the age of 40 and (according to Wikipedia) went on to write “14 novels in the Oz series, plus 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and at least 42 scripts.” Where would we be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What if he never explored writing? What if he didn’t have the courage?

One of the themes of the book is just that, courage. Discovering courage and finding it within, something we all have.

Ultimately we all have something within us that is waiting to surface. All you need is the courage to try, to act, to explore. Let this talented author be your motivation to move forward. It’s not late, in fact the time is just right. Learn to play piano, write, draw, run a marathon, whatever it is you find yourself frequently thinking about. “You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Happy page turning and discovering x

Lego facilitates imagination

Emmet and Rex visited for brunch!

Lego facilitates imagination in all kinds of ways. The possibilities are endless and who knows what will be created next.

My 5 year old, Owen, decided brunch was on the creative menu and of course Emmet and Rex (his current favourite Lego figures) joined in the fun. (The raptors must have had a prior engagement😂). I love the coffee machine behind Owen and Carson, hopefully it makes tea too 😂

Happy page turning and creating x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

The importance of sharing hobbies and interests with our children

 

We recently had our first family camping trip at Cape Henlopen State Park. My husband and I used to go camping many years ago when we lived in South Africa and we couldn’t wait to share this experience with them for the first time. The boys were so excited to sleep in a tent and sleeping bags. We adored watching them explore and try something new.

Our interests influence our children

We have been wondering if Owen and Carson’s interest in camping will continue into adulthood. As my kids are growing I am realising more and more how our own interests and hobbies influence our children and their world. It may be your love of music, cooking, exercise or cars. Maybe your passion for art, sports or recycling. It’s all a part of their world because it’s a part of yours.

I have been holding on to my first digital camera, Canon PowerShot A540, for a while now. Owen has shown a great interest in taking his own photos. I wonder if this is because we litteraly have taken thousands of photos of both Owen and Carson or maybe because he sees it being a part of his world. He watches us enjoy taking photos and being passionate about photography. Or maybe this is his destiny and ultimately he would always be inclined to look through a lens and snapshot his world.

During a quiet moment on the beach, while Carson played with Daddy near the water, I gave Owen his new camera. This was one of those special moments. You know, the ones you hold between your hand and heart. One of those moments that you hope you will always be able to return to and remember every detail – his joy, excitement and appreciation. Through watery eyes and a new reason to smile I watched as he looked through the viewfinder, watched as he found focus.

 

Maybe this will be your passion or maybe this will be something you enjoy for a while before you find something new. For now while you express interest I will teach you all I can and at the same time learn with you. We will discover new together. Perhaps when Carson is older you will be the one to share and teach.

These are a few of Owen’s photographs

What are your interests?

What are you passionate about?

What are your hobbies?

Maybe it’s on the shelf, on hold for a while. Maybe it’s in the garage collecting dust, maybe it’s in the corner of the room waiting for your rediscovery. Everyday you see it and say tomorrow I will find time. This is not a judgement as I too left my passion on the shelf, with the greatest of intentions of finding time.

After becoming a parent I barely had time to brush my hair. I couldn’t imagine allocating time for hobbies. Somehow over time I found a way to make time. I changed my mindset and realised that a little each day or week goes a long way. I mostly make time at night after the boys are in bed. There are still days when I can’t even find the hairbrush but I strive to keep the shelf clear, to keep exploring and learning.

Make time to indulge in your passion

Make time to rediscover your interests or your hobby. Not only will it benefit you, as you are making time to do something you enjoy but your children will also benefit. Take the opportunity to teach, learn, share and create together.

Remember that your passion may not be theirs but while you share yours you help them to discover their own interests, likes and dislikes etc. Ultimately we are giving them tools for life to try and explore, practice and share.

Thoughts on how to help your kids develop interests and hobbies

1. Facilitate discovery

Help your kids choose a topic/hobby by helping them to discover new things

⁃ Share your hobby or interest with your children

⁃ Find new ones together

⁃ Give them the opportunity to explore new things to find their own interests

2. Harness interest

Help your kids learn about their chosen topic/hobby

– Teach them what you know

– Show them how find information through resources like books, a local library, museums etc.

– Take them to related events like a sports game, music festival etc.

3. Nurture passion

Practice makes perfect as the saying goes

⁃ Continue to explore interests together

– Make time to practice

Offer lcontinued support and advice

I hope that my boys will discover their own passions, one or many. I hope they will nourish their creativity. And as we help them along the way we will continue to learn and discover.

This has been a long blog post, possibly the longest one I have written. If you are still with me, thanks for reading. I couldn’t finish of this post without a poem, something I am passionate about.

 

Discover new and learn about you

We’ll tell you tales of discovery,

Share interests and journeys

Soon enough you’ll

Begin your own

With tools to discover

Go find and enquire

Learn and grow

Try and wonder

Discover new,

Learn about you

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Happy page turning and hobby sharing x

©️Lisa Moralee McLardy

What inspires you to create?

I like to find inspiration from experiences of all varieties. Things we do or experience or learn about.

As of late I have found inspiration from frequent little visitors who illuminate the night. Fascinating fireflies of course! This is something I haven’t experienced before so it’s all new and exciting and the latest inspiration for a poem!

A collaborative solo

Fireflies stopped by

Lighting the sky with their reasons why

Shining bulbs of light

In a moment out of sight

Soon enough repeated

A unique show,

sporadic glow

A holistic spectacle,

Of unsyncronised light

A collaborative solo

Illuminating the night

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Imagination + creativity = magic

My 5 year old son (Owen) absolutely loves Lego. Ever since he turned 2 and was gifted his first Duplo set he has been a big fan. He started playing with Lego (or little Lego as we call it) around age 4.

We rarely go a day without some kind of Lego play. I particularly love it when he makes his own creations or his own “Lego sets” as he calls them. It’s awesome to see his imagination come to life in all kinds of forms and scenarios.

I thought it would be fun to take his builds and edit them. I had such a great time editing this image, more so because I couldn’t wait to show the boys the end result! Here Owen and Carson are off on a magical adventure with a wolf for a steed.

If I can carve out enough time I am hoping to post more of Owen’s creations soon 😀

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy