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Blanche Hates The Night by Sibylle Delacroix

Really, who doesn't?

Every kid wants to sing and play and jump up in the air, and when the dreaded nightfall comes, it's time to go to sleep. That's no fun!

But, Blanche is a creative girl. So, she's not going to let a little darkness hamper her fun. Who says that just because everything is gray, you are not supposed to play? 

So she's out to enjoy the dark. She puts on a concert. She sings a lullaby to her little baby birdie and vows to watch over it all night long (after all, she's not going to be sleeping herself). 

When her parents yell at her to go back to bed! "Hop to it!" they say. 

But, little mischievous Blanche has another idea. She decides that she can surely "hop" to it. 

An cute book published by Owl Kids.  Sibylle Delacroix has done a fabulous job with Blanche Hates The Night, igniting a creative spark for the not-so-fun dark.

She is also the author of one of my other favourite children's books, Prickly Jenny


Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is a pro when it comes to inspiring motivation and helping people achieve their goals one step at a time. After all, he wrote The Power Of Habit a few years ago. 
Smarter, Faster, Better is a book about how to recognize the choices that fuel true productivity. It all boils down to eight things. The first being motivation
“The need for control is a biological imperative” a study found. When people believe they are in control, they tend to work harder and push themselves more. Motivation though is not that easy. Occasionally, to really self-motivate we need something more.  
Using examples and cases studies, Charles Duhigg concludes that we need to reward initiative and congratulate people for self-motivation. But he also accepts that theory is easier than practice. “Unless we practice self-determination and give ourselves emotional rewards for subversive assertiveness, our capacity for self-motivation can fade.”
“Self-motivation is part of something bigger and more emotion…

Café Babanussa by Karen Hill

DHARMA DELIGHT a Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhism & Zen

A Fun Way To Learn About Dharma Illustrated In Comic Format 

How do you teach kids about Dharma, and make them excited about  the teachings of Buddhism and Zen? "Musho" Rodney Alan Greenblat has figured out a way to bring his own experience into a creative, fun comic book. Topics covered are the central teachings of Buddhism: the Four Novel Truths, the Sutras, the Bodhisattvas, and most of all, the profound teaching of Buddhanature and one's own role in the world. 

The book is powerful in its simplicity. The illustrations are lively, yet juxtaposed beautifully against the serious topic. It is a truly delightful book for adults and children to read. The comic aspect of it adds a friendly, visual touch that is relatable and readable. 

The idea is that Dharmas appear everywhere if we are awake to them. Some Dharmas are very difficult and require hardship and long hours of practice. Often the most challenging teachings are the ones that offer the most insight and unexpected gat…

Dad Deserves The Best


David Bez 

David Bez of Salad Pride is back with perfect little bowls of quick, healthy breakfasts. Due to a lack of time, we tend to rush out the door and grab whatever we can, without thinking about it properly. Breakfast thought is the most important meal of the day.

"A good breakfast propels you towards the day and the challenges ahead." 

There are 2 basic rules:
1. The food you eat needs to be tantalizing and colourful in order to appeal to your eyes and imagination.
2. Try and use ingredients that are unrefined or as close to their natural state as possible. 

David Livermore 

How do you nurture various points of view and turn them into new solutions. David Livermore shows you how. By drawing on a vast body of research from creativity, innovation, and social psychology; including interviews, focus groups and success stories from Google, Alibaba, Novartis, IKEA, P&G and more, Driven By Difference he…