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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Time to reduce the overwhelm, clutter and digital distraction

Reducing overwhelm clutter and digital distraction - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

As we head into the later part of the year, I always find life gets a little more hectic, or dare I even say, busy.

There just seems to be the constant feeling of unfinished business, although sometimes I’m not exactly sure what it is.

I’m often unable to totally switch off because of a niggling feeling that there is something else I need to do, if only I could put my finger on exactly what that something is.

My planner is exploding with appointments, to do lists and wish lists. The end of my kitchen bench is full of papers from school, the latest supermarket catalogue for this week’s meal planning inspiration as well as anything else that needs to be taken care of.

Last week, with my mind, my planner and my kitchen bench feeling in complete disarray, I decided it was time to reduce the overwhelm.

So far I have taken three simple steps…

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