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 …
This is my very first sewing tutorial on the blog!
From one beginner to another, I hope you find it useful and shows you that it really is a project that can be mastered by a complete novice.
A baby bib was the very first project I ever tried to sew after purchasing my sewing machine a little over a year ago.
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for some time now and thought I’d finally do so after recently sewing one of these bibs for my daughter’s teacher whose wife gave birth to their second baby a couple of weeks ago. My daughter really wanted to give her teacher something to say congratulations, so she picked out some material from my stash and away we went.
Since sewing my first baby bib, I have made a few adjustments along the way, but feel that I now have my own ‘go to’ sewing pattern that I really like and can easily whip up when needed.
This bib is more suitable for a toddler, however it can easily be adapted to make any sized bib you like by making it shorter or adding another snap fastener to make the neckline smaller.
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.