Living loving making baking | Enjoying now

Living Loving Making Baking Enjoying Now December 17 - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

December is here and so is the madness. While I love this time of year and enjoy the preparations leading up to Christmas and the end of the year, it does at times bring a mild sense of panic.

I feel like so much is always crammed into the last couple of months of the year, that I often need to take a step back and remind myself of what is most important and go with that.

Recently, Miss 8 told me that she wished it was Christmas already and I reminded her not to wish away the time she has now to enjoy the lead up because sometimes that can be just as much fun as the day itself.

It’s something I think I need to tell myself as well as it’s far too easy to get caught up in the gift buying and present giving, jamming our calendars full of catch ups and pre-Christmas appointments. Yes, some of these things need to be done now but others can always wait leaving us more time to enjoy the season that lies ahead without rushing. If you need some more tips you can check out my tips for a stress-free Christmas here.

Today I’m continuing my Living Loving Making Baking series – a place where I share what I have been up to over the past month, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, and yummy baking recipes I have come across.

PS Apologies for missing the November instalment of LLMB.

So here’s what has been happening my way lately.

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My favourite children’s books of all time

Favourite children's books - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

In conjunction with Dymocks

Reading has always held a special place in my heart. Not just for the love of stories and the ability to experience a different world, if only in my mind, but also for the memories they bring of loved ones I may have shared a particular book with, special moments in time and even places I have travelled.

I have always loved to read and lucky for me my children seem to enjoy it just as much as I do. Reading a book forms special part of Miss 2’s bedtime routine every evening, with the two of us sharing a book before she gets tucked in for the night, just as I did with my two older girls. Even now, Miss 8 and Miss 12 still enjoy sharing a few pages of their latest chapter book with me before bed.

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Living loving making baking | School holiday slow down

LLMB school holiday slow down - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

We’re half way through the school holidays here and loving it!

I love the opportunities that the school holidays bring – a much needed break from routine, slow mornings, activities of our choosing (or not).

Yes, the kids bicker and argue sometimes but luckily the fun times outweigh these moments and overall I love the chance to spend some quality time with my girls.

For many years while I was working, I dreaded the approach of school holidays as I worried and wondered who I could get to look after them or what school holiday programs I could enrol them in (and actually be happy to attend).

I try to mix it up a bit by allowing the girls to choose a couple of outings each week, mixed with some much needed days at home. You can also take a look at a previous post for some simple, low cost school holiday activities if you’re in need of some ideas.

So far these school holidays we have had a girls days out shopping and been to the Royal Melbourne Show, which was an extra special treat as it’s a rather expensive outing but we haven’t been in years so thought we’d treat ourselves to a fun family day out. This week, we will head to the pools and each of my older girls have a planned catch up with one of their friends.

On Sunday, we spent the morning at the park with friends followed by the entire afternoon in the backyard doing some work in the garden, playing basketball, taking a dip in the spa which we have just refilled again, scooter races and more. We ended the evening with some yummy fish and chips and relaxing on the couch watching some television. It was a busy day, yet it still felt ‘slow’, and I have to say that we all slept well that night!

Today I’m continuing my series Living Loving Making Baking – a monthly update on what I have been up to lately, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, crafty projects, recipes I have tried and so on.

Here’s what’s been happening my way lately…

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