More book reviews for different reading stages and ages

More book reviews for different reading stages and ages - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I’m back today with a few more book reviews for children of different reading stages and ages.

I am reviewing three books covering toddlers, young children and tweens … with a little help from my three daughters. I hope that by offering opinions from my own children, it essentially gives other parents a really insight into what kids really think of some of the books that are available to them – these are essentially book reviews by kids for kids.

Previously on the blog, I have covered the topics of how to encourage young people to read throughout their school years, even during the school holidays – I learned a great deal from these guest posts by Dymocks Literacy Expert Ryan Spencer.

At my request, Dymocks also provided a list of book recommendations for different age groups in these posts and I recently received a book for each of my girls, who are aged one, seven and 11, to review.

You can also read my past book reviews for different reading stages here.

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So, sleep can we be friends again?

Sleep can we be friends again - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

Sleep hasn’t been my friend for many years now.

As day rolled into night, I used  to be struck by a moment of fear as I wondered how many times I would be woken that evening? How many hours of sleep would (or wouldn’t) I get? Surely there was something I could do, something I could change to help my children sleep through the night? What was I doing wrong?

I have previously written about my struggles with getting my children to sleep in their own beds at night.  You will see from that post that we have tried a lot of different sleep inducing techniques over the years … and I mean A LOT. But looking back on it all now I really wonder about the time I spent trying to ‘fix’ something that I ultimately didn’t have much control over.

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15 uses for reusable food pouches beyond the school lunch box + WIN a Sinchies kit to get you started!

15 uses for reusable food pouches with Sinchies - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

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Living on a budget, I’m always on the lookout for ways to help reduce my family’s living expenses and one simple way is through the use of reusable food pouches in my children’s lunch boxes, in the kitchen and around the home.

Since discovering Sinchies last year – you can read my full review here – they have become one of my favourite items to use, particularly in the kitchen but also more generally around my home.

They have saved me many dollars along the way as I no longer need to buy cling wrap or throw away ziplock bags any where near as often as I used to. The initial cost of purchasing the bags and pouches is well worth it in the end when you consider the number of times they can be used over and over and over again. This is a win not only for your bank account but also for the environment!

I use reusable bags and pouches for so many things now, I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t pull out, open or wash one of these bags or pouches.

Whether it be making school lunches and snacks, storing items around the home or when travelling on holidays, uses for reusable food pouches and bags are almost endless.

I thought I’d share a few of the ways my family uses reusable food pouches.

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