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    Last day of Blogtober

    Today is the last day of Blogtober. I did not exactly wrote a post every day but I wrote 27 posts (if you include today’s post). I am very happy about this result. Until now, I had never written so many posts in such a short time. A few things I learned this month Setting constraints and forcing yourself to write works better than waiting for inspiration. Writing more posts is not enough to really increase blog views. I should post more often on Pinterest. Posting more often enables more dialogue with readers. On the other hand, posting every day is a bit much. It is difficult to write long,…

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    Plans for November

    November begins in 2 days. For me, this means that Blogtober is nearly finished. It was a fun experience but it starts being pretty difficult to find a new post idea every day. If you are doing Blogtober this year too, how difficult did you find that? At first, I had planned to take an online course in November but then I got an opportunity to go to a speech therapy cure for my sons. So, we will have a break from daily life and go to a clinic for a few weeks speech therapy. I hope the coronavirus crisis won’t prevent us from traveling there. Maybe, I will still…

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    My favorite apps for children

    As we were last confined at home, we bought tablets to keep the children entertained. We have Amazon Freetime on the tablets, which gives us access to several books and apps. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Favorite apps for children Monument valley This game is graphically very beautiful. It is a kind of 3D Labyrinth in which you have to play with perspective effects to help the little character to find his way to the next door. My 5 year old son loves this game but he often needs help because it is somewhat difficult for little children. Potty time with Elmo…

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    Music review: Grand Prix (Benjamin Biolay)

    Benjamin Biolay released his first album, Rose Kennedy, in 2001. He soon became one of the most known figure of the nouvelle chanson française, a musical genre that is inspired from singers such as Brel, Brassens or Edith Piaf but with a more soft pop music style. Benjamin Biolay has since written 11 further albums, the latest being Grand Prix that was released this year. He worked with famous singers like Vanessa Paradis or Keren Ann. He also worked as an actor. His ex wife Chiara Mastroianni, is an actress and the daughter of the very famous Catherine Deneuve. Although he was rapidly seen as one of the most gifted…

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    10 quotes about gratitude

    I resumed working in home office after a week of holiday and I am already stressed… In such situations, it is helpful to think of things you are grateful for. While researching gratitude, I found some inspiring quotes and I set a list of my favorite quotes about gratitude Inspiring quotes about gratitude “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Bronte “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A Milne “Let…

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    Blogtober update

    Today is October 15th, which means I did half of Blogtober. It was sometimes difficult but not as difficult as I had feared. Indeed, I decided to try Blogtober only a few days before October and therefore I had not prepared posts in advance. I was afraid that I would have no ideas what to write about or that I would write only very short, uninspired posts. I also feared I would have technical issues that would prevent me from posting. However, I managed to write nearly every day and I wrote several posts about books, which I am happy about. Here are the blog posts I wrote for Blogtober:…

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    Blog post ideas for Blogtober

    I have been doing Blogtober for 9 days now. Until now, I have not had any difficulties to find topics to write about. But October is not over yet and I will need to write 22 additional blog posts to complete the challenge. So today, I am going to make a list of blog post ideas, both for me and for other bloggers. Blog post ideas for Blogtober My favorite books Books to read in Autumn My favorite movies Movies to watch in Autumn My favorite recipes Autumn recipes 5 things I like about October 5 things I like about Autumn Books to read before Halloween Movies to watch for…

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    Coffee time

    I am not a big coffee drinker. I drink a cup of coffee with my breakfast and I sometimes drink one or two additional cups during the day. It also took me time to start enjoying coffee. As a young adult, I liked hot chocolate much better than coffee and even now, I tend to prefer milder coffees. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. How do I drink my coffee? We usually buy Dallmayr Prodomo coffee. I prefer the milder variety. It is very good and not as bitter as other coffee varieties. I usually mix my coffee with oats milk (half coffee,…

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    My goals for Q4 2020

    2020 is coming to an end. This has been a very special year for all of us and I am wondering which surprises may come in the three next months. Anyway, as the last quarter of the year begins, it is a good time to set some goals and I made my own list. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. My list of goals for Q4 2020 Blogtober challenge in October Teach my daughter to ride a bike Potty-train the boys Complete a new course on Coursera Finish reading The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (it is a great book. If you like…

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    Blogtober, day 1

    During the last months, I did not write much on my blog. First, the coronavirus pandemic brought some chaos in my life. Fortunately, I am not sick and no friend or relative is sick either. However, the sudden obligation to work at home and homeschool at the same time was tough. It was difficult to find time to blog and to say the truth, I was not really motivated either. I felt the all time very tired and did not really felt like writing a new post. Now, I feel ready to resume working on my blog. I often heard of Blogtober in the last years and I felt it…