On turning 40

On turning 40 - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

Happy birthday to me! This year marks a special occasion as I turn 40.

Now I’m not quite sure why 40 is made out to be so important. To me it is just another number, however everyone seems to be making a big deal about its significance so it’s got me thinking what it all actually means.

Is it because it’s meant to mark some sort of mid-way point in life? Because I sure hope to live longer than 80, if I have any say in the matter!

I realise I have come a long way over the past 40 years, I’ve achieved a lot and learnt even more along the way. But I think it has only been more recently that I have made the most life changing, most important decisions of my life so far. The moment I made the decision to slow down and step away from the frantic unsustainable life I was living. To leave the ‘busy-ness’, expectations and and things I ‘should’ be doing behind.

That was a few years ago now, but I’m going to use this birthday to continue this journey and make a few more important decisions in my life.

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Book reviews from tots to tweens

As many of your know, I love nothing more than burying my head in a good book and lucky for me my children feel the same way. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting reads, for both them and me!

With a little help from my three girls,today I’m reviewing four children’s books covering ages from toddler through to tween. Because what’s better than children’s book reviews if not by children themselves?!

I also think books make the best presents (you can never have enough books!) and with Christmas fast approaching they may also be helpful for selecting a few titles to give as gifts this year.

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Making homemade clay keepsakes

Making homemade clay keepsakes - Ever-changing Life of a MumI’ve been feeling all nostalgic lately. Miss 2 seems to be growing up exceptionally fast. Too fast. Every day she seems capable of doing just that little bit more, saying new words, trying new things and looking more and more like a little girl than my baby.

I simply adore her little hands and feet, so much so that I thought it was time to make a keepsake to remember just how small and cute they are at this age.

We were gifted clay keepsakes of my older girls’ hands and feet by the child care centre they attended at the time, usually it was something they made themselves to give as Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts. But life is different now and as I’m not longer working or using child care right now, I thought I better get a move on and make my own.

The clay keepsakes my older girls have are pop up hand and foot prints. I attempted to make this type of keepsake using homemade clay and plaster, but it was a epic fail! Instead I used the remaining leftover clay to make a stamped hand print. It turned out pretty well, so last weekend I decided to make another with an imprint of both Miss 2’s hand and foot.

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