Back to school 2017 with Smash + Tips for choosing the right lunch box

Back to school with Smash - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

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Finding the right lunch box for your child might sound like a simple task, but in reality it can actually be rather tricky. With so many items on the market these days, it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed when staring at the aisles of possibilities.

From insulated lunch boxes, bento boxes, drink bottles, food and snack containers, ice packs, sandwich cutters, there are so many things to consider.

My family had the opportunity to road test some of Smash’s new back to school range for 2017. My girls and I were super excited to check out what they have on offer – I think I have a slight obsession with collecting lunch box items (along with my addiction to stationery) which I have obviously passed on to my children!

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Review: Little Innoscents cleaning range

Review Little Innoscents cleaning rangeUsing natural cleaning products to help keep my home clean and tidy is really important to me.

So when I was recently introduced to Little Innoscents’ new Clean and Green cleaning range while attending the Kids Business bloggers brunch event I was keen to give the products a try in my home.

For some time now, I have been making my own cleaning products to use around the home. Not only do I find this better for my and my family’s health, particularly my asthma, but it’s super budget friendly not having to buy store bought cleaning sprays.

However, on occasions when I do choose to buy cleaning sprays I like to make sure these are as natural as possible.

The Little Innoscents Clean and Green ranges features a multi-purpose spray, dishwashing liquid, laundry liquid and fabric softener.

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Guest post: Encouraging your children to read over the summer holidays

Encouraging your children to read over the summer holidays - Ever-changing Life of a MumHello summer holidays!

I love this time of year and the much needed break from routine – something my family was craving as we limped towards the finishing line of the last school term. It’s time for the kids to put the text books away, relax and have some fun.

But that doesn’t mean they should pack away books entirely because the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to spend time reading some books of their own choice and delve into a world of imagination.

I myself was sitting on the couch for much of the afternoon yesterday and, while at this time of year it’s often interrupted by my children needing me to help them with an activity or wanting a snack, it wasn’t long before I was joined by one of my daughters after asking me to help her pick a book to read from her bookshelf.

Today I have Dymocks Literacy Expert, Ryan Spencer on the blog to help parents discover some fun ways to encourage their children to read over summer holidays.

There are also some book recommendations to suit various age groups – I’ll also be reviewing a few of these books in a later post on the blog.

Ryan offers some great tips in this post that hopefully kick starts a summer full of reading fun.

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