Living Loving Making Baking – Settling in

LLMB Settling in February 18 - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

School is back and February is here. I feel like my year can finally begin!

I often don’t feel like I can get really stuck into the new year until my children have returned to school.

This year it has taken even a little longer, with my eldest starting high school meaning an extended settling in period as we all get used to new schedules and processes – high school certainly is a whole new world!

But even with Miss 2 at home with me, I have been knocking so many things off my ‘to do’ list over the past two weeks and it feels pretty good!

Yesterday, I printed and laminated a timetable of my children’s activities, which lists specialist subjects they have each day and may need to bring items along to school for, like sports gear or library bags, as well as any after school activities. It lives on the door of our fridge and really helps us to keep on track, particularly in the mornings when we’re packing bags and getting ready for school.

If you’re interested in ways to stay organised during the school year, check out the blog post I put together last year covering how I try to stay on top of things – click here to find out more.

Today I’m continuing my series ‘Living Loving Making Baking’. If it’s your first time reading one of my LLMB posts, it’s a place where I give a monthly 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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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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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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