Living loving making baking | Groundhog Days

Living Loving Making Baking - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

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 …

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How to get the washing dry when it’s cold and wet outside

How to get the washing dry when it's cold and wet outside - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

The cold, wet weather has well and truly set in. I usually notice the drop in temperature and change of season the most when I start pulling out my jackets, scarves and boots for the first time, but also when I’m doing the washing.

Gone are the summer days of popping the clothes outside on the line and having them dry in just a few hours. Now when I hang them out, there isn’t any certainty that they will be dry by the end of the day, even if it hasn’t been raining.

So it’s time to move into wet weather mode when it comes to drying my family’s clothes. For me, that’s usually means a mixture of strategically placed clothes airers around the home as well as consciously using my dryer so it doesn’t send our next electricity bill sky high.

Here are a few of my wet weather washing tips to get help your clothes dry.

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How to use essential oils around the home

How to use essential oils around the home - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I discovered essential oils about three years ago and in that time I have started using them more and more around the home.

Not only is it a more natural and environmental friendly way to keep your home clean, it’s also a great saver for the family budget.

One small bottle of essential oil can go a long way and be used in so many ways round the home that it’s well worth the initial investment.

You will find that you will be able to remove cleaning sprays, floor cleaners, air fresheners and more from the shopping list with some of these simple ideas for using essential oils around the home.

All you really need is water, white vinegar and a few essential oils in your favourite scents (lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint are a few great choices to get you started) and you’re well on your way!

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