the creative life podcast


The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Twenty-Five

I’m welcoming my first guest for the second season today – Nicole Avery. Nicole is the creator of Planning With Kids, one of the biggest and best parenting blogs in the country. As a mother of five, she brings a wealth of experience to her content and advice and what I’ve always liked about her blog is her willingness and drive to self-improve and to find balance in our hectic lives. Other places you can find her are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Books, Topics Discussed and Recommended Reading

We discuss why Nicole first starting blogging and the publication story behind her book Planning With Kids.

What words of encouragement she gives to someone thinking about starting a blog today.

Her year devoted to creativity in 2016 and what that taught her.

How to approach different children who are different sorts of readers – i.e. keen readers and reluctant readers – and her tips and advice for each.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Mapmaker Series by A.L. Tait

The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

WeirDo series by Anh Do and Jules Faber

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

The CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

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karen andrews

Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity