My mornings honestly feel like something out of Groundhog Day at the moment.
Every weekday morning I wake at 6.30am to Miss 2 calling out ‘Mama, mama, mama’ in the cutest little voice ever as she waits to be fetched from her cot for a morning snuggle in my bed.
But wait. Now cue the Labrador whining from his mat by the patio door wanting to be let outside for breakfast. Then the bells on the cat’s collar ringing as she jumps off the bed and starts meowing for her food.
I leave the bed again, telling Miss 2 I’ll be back, and stumble around the house half asleep setting the animals up for their day. Then return to bed for a quick cuddle before getting up and dressed for the day, preparing lunches for my two older girls and getting them ready for school.
Some mornings the monotony drives me insane and I sigh as I go about my morning. Other days I see it in an entirely different light and feel extremely grateful for all I have and the opportunity to spend time with my girls in the morning and help get our day started right -the latter is not always an achievable goal, but something to aspire to anyway!
Today I’m starting a new series on the blog – Living Loving Making Baking. I hope to prepare a monthly post giving an update on what I have been up to lately, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, yummy baking recipes I have come across and so on.
So here’s what’s happening in my world right now …
Loving – My 40 Days of Yoga practice. Today is day 26 of committing to my home yoga practice. Some days my practice only lasts seven minutes, other times it can be half an hour or more, but that’s what I love the most about practising at home as I can adapt it to how I’m feeling on any given day. However, even better is that I have heard from several people who have been inspired to roll out their own yoga mat again, and even my two older girls have been joining me for some pre-bedtime yoga occasionally. How fabulous is that?!
Watching – I’m really glad Supernatural is back on TV again after a few weeks of being off air. I don’t watch a great deal of TV, but this is one of my weekly staples. I also recently watched 13 Reasons Why. To say it was a tough show to watch is an understatement – I sat with my stomach in knots every episode. Opinions on the show are quite polarised and I can see merit in both points of view, but I can only hope the show raises awareness of how someone’s behaviour towards another person can have serious, serious consequences.
Reading – I’m still reading City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin and, while it’s taking me some time, I’m loving it. The reason it’s taking me so long is that I get sidetracked by collecting self-help books I have put on hold at the library – more recently this has included Happy Mama by Amy Taylor-Kabbaz and The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape.
Baking – Since Term 2 started back at school I haven’t been baking as much as usual. I’ve made a couple of batches of my family’s all time favourite brownies to use up a few of the many, many Easter eggs we accumulated as well as some Anzac biscuits, but that’s been about it. I usually bake a few things on Sundays for lunch box treats and after school snacks to last the week ahead. I finally found my baking mojo on the weekend by making a simple but delicious chocolate slice from one of my favourite foodie bloggers Bake Play Smile as well as a truly yummy banana bread using a Donna Hay recipe … it’s obviously been well received by my family as it’s Tuesday and there’s only two slices of chocolate slice left!
Making – Several weeks ago I purchased several balls of yarn in a deep red, coffee and cream colours all ready to crochet a throw blanket using a granny stripe pattern. They are still sitting in my crochet bag, but with the weather cooling down it’s definitely time to sit on the couch one weekend and get my crochet on.
Listening – Looking forward to Eurovision this week! It’s a family tradition to sit down and watch this every year. I love everything about it, from the wind machine to the cheesy lyrics and occasionally stumbling upon a song I actually really like along the way! I’d love to attend Eurovision one year … it’s definitely on my bucket list!
Discovering – I first discovered flower essences a couple of years ago when I was looking for a more natural way to help my daughter relax and fall asleep at night. More recently, I’ve started to use them for myself to help bring some calm and clarity to day-to-day life as well as my daughter to help boost self-esteem and confidence while providing extra emotional support. I find some blends definitely work better than others and it’s been an interesting process.
Hope you all have a lovely week ahead!
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.