• Just For Fun,  Kid Friendly,  Product Reviews,  Toddlers

    Too Busy Sleeping: A Book Review

    Have you heard of the delightful new book, ‘Too Busy Sleeping’?  Recently, I had an opportunity to put my hand up to review this lovely, lovely little children’s book, through the Parent Talk Australia collective.  I was very excited when the author, Zanni Louise, contacted me to say she would be happy for me to review her first book.  

    Too Busy Sleeping:  A Book Review

    It’s just gorgeous!  It is a little story about a new baby coming home – how will Eleanor, now a big sister, react?  It is delightfully illustrated by Anna Pignataro, with a kind of vintage, crafty feel to the drawings.  Ms 4 tells me every time we read it, that she thinks the first and last page looks like stickers and buttons, and she tries to take them off.

    Too Busy Sleeping by Zanni Louise

    Both my kids love this book.  Little Mr 2 just loves babies at the moment, and on every page points to Reuben and exclaims “bebe!”  It’s a positive story, that looks at the arrival of a new sibling through the eyes of a little one eager to play and eager to love.  

    Too Busy Sleeping: A Book Review

    It’s a lovely book whether you are preparing your kids for the arrival of new baby or not.  A little story about excitement, learning patience and love.

    Too Busy Sleeping.  Gorgeous books for kids.

    I love Too Busy Sleeping because it is positive and joyful, and shows that older kids, even preschoolers, can look forward to the homecoming of a new baby.  Even if they’re not quite happy with the sleeping needs of said newborn!  

    If you would like to get your hands on a copy of the gorgeous Too Busy Sleeping, you can here*.

    What books do your kids love to read?  Is it the same one, over and over, or a new one every night?  Let me know in the comments, I love to hear from you!

    Linking up with Mamma Raj Says for #ReviewRoundUp!

    *This is an affiliate link.  If you click here and purchase, I will receive a percentage of the sale.  This won’t affect the price you pay.  

  • Music Books and Hand Wash
    Family,  Health,  Home,  Parenting

    Music, Books & Hand Wash – small things change

    This post was bought to you by Dettol.

    Before you have kids, you ‘know’ things will change.  Work, money, some household roles.  Your body.  And you also ‘know’ that you won’t let some things change (bahahaha!).  We’ll still do the things we love to do, baby will fit in with us…..  And to some extent that’s true.  Like, for perhaps the first few months.  Then baby is not a newborn anymore.  Baby becomes a small human intent on making you focus solely on them at all times – for food, for nappy changes, for entertainment, for laughing, for cuddling.  So you know, mostly, it’s all good and pretty much why lots of people have kids.  It’s when they’re slightly older – preschool/toddler – that you realise how the small things have changed.  There are loads of things that have changed for me because of kids and below are just three:

    Music Books and Hand Wash

    Music.  Now I’m not talking about seeing live music.  Clearly that’s changed.  The last live show I saw was Hi 5.  Lord.  But even listening to it has changed.  I do it less, for one, mainly because I listen more to the ABC during the day now.  Because I don’t get to watch the news etc on the tv anymore.  For one, it’s the kids bed and bath time when it’s on and two, I don’t want them seeing it.  I can have the radio on and turn it off quickly if I need.  And also, when we put music on now, it’s with a lot of thought.  Music from the 90’s features a lot and earlier, and we pick stuff that we think the kids will enjoy – that they can jump around and rock out to.  Because they actually love doing that which is awesome, especially for The Mister.  He’s been in bands for most of his adolescent and adult life, so it’s good to see them enjoy music. 

    Music Books and Hand Wash

    Books.  I used to read and read and read!!!  And I do read blogs and new sites a lot but I used to read books.  Stories.  Things that took me to other places and times and gave me different views on things.  Now, books are read and re-read but aren’t quite the same.  Jessie, Iron Man and the Wonkey Donkey have taken over from Elizabeth, Frodo and Jo.  Which is quite lovely in one way, but something I’ve recently tried to change.  I’m so pleased the kids have always been interested in books and stories, but I need to make sure I keep reading too.  Even if it’s re-reading the one’s I love and throwing in a new one every now and then.  I’ve been trying to go to bed a half hour earlier to get some book time in.

    Music Books and Hand Wash

    Hand Wash.  I never used to buy hand wash.  I would have soap in the bathroom and that would be it.  Why would I a spend more on liquid soap, I thought.  Ha!!  Since having kids, the amount of time I have spent washing my hands must of quadrupled.  And that’s being conservative!  Multiple nappy changes a day, washing out said nappies (we use cloth), cleaning up after the kids, and all the normal reasons to wash hands.  It’s now an essential and since using the Dettol No Touch system I’m thoroughly converted.  I think I need one for the laundry as well as the one I have in the kitchen.  The laundry is where we store and wash nappies, feed animals and change kitty litter.  One in the laundry would be pretty handy actually.  I sometimes make my own – I recently worked out how to make the foaming hand wash which is great, but I think the No Touch system is really god for the kitchen – think washing hands after cutting raw chicken and think about what the pump on the hand wash must be covered in.  Yeah.  Nice.  

    So tell me, what are the small things that have changed since you had kids?  Is it something that surprised you or were you fully prepared for the change?

     

    Linking up with Mama Raj Says for #ReviewRoundUp & With Some Grace for #FYBF

  • Just For Fun,  Parenting,  Self Care

    Game of Thrones – A Well Timed Intervention.

    We’ve started getting into Game of Thrones.  Finally!  It’s surprising really, for those who know me,  that its taken so long!  It’s full of warriors, smart women, politics, complicated relationships and intrigue.  Oh and fighting and sex galore.  Yes, there’s enough eye candy in GOT to suit those of both persuasions ūüôā  I have always loved ‘fantasy’, books and movies, so GOT covers all the bases for me really.  I think it has been a well timed intervention of sorts.  I’ve found myself getting into How To Train Your Dragon and Frozen! Ahhh!  Mind you, this has coincided with the kids getting into these movies, but really, it’s not good that I’m suggesting we watch them………

    How to train your dragon

    I was wondering how it had taken us so long and then realised, it was released around the time our first bub was born.  And then we had our little boy.  GOT is not easy to follow – well, not at first anyway.  We’re into season two now and it’s still complicated.  And by all accounts it stays that way.  So just popping it on every now and then, when the kids ‘might’ sleep properly, really didn’t work initially for us.  We tried.  But now, most of the time, when the kids go to sleep usually get at least one, maybe two episodes in.  And really, it’s not the type of show you want your three year old seeing accidentally! 

    Game of Thrones

    So it got me to thinking.   Game of Thrones is saving my brain.  Yep, true story.  It is a complicated, winding, intriguing and thoroughly adult story.  Hallelujah!  My brain sparks when I watch it and when I think about.  I’m going to read the books.  I’m going to read lots of books!  

    Kindle and tea

    What else have I been ‘late to the party’ on, due to the fact that I’ve got two small children?  And they all seem to be TV shows, but that’s fine.  Vikings.  Oh my god, that show is great, but we only just found it recently.  True Detective – That has completely gone past me, but sounds like something I would get into.  True Blood.  I was behind the times anyway with that one, but did some major catching up.  LOVE. IT.  

    What have you been ‘late to the party’ on?  Could be anything – movies, music, news, a food fad.  Hit me with them!  

     

     

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  • DIY library book shelves
    DIY,  Home

    DIY Reading Corner for Ms 2.

    DIY library book shelves So we all love Pinterest, right?  Well, here is a little DIY project we recently completed, inspired by Pinterest.  And when I say we completed, I mean I had the idea, I pinned some inspiration and sourced the products and the Mister actually did the DIY part.  With the help of Ms 2.

    I’ve been wanting to set up a reading corner for her for some time. ¬†With her resisting the big bed though, her room has been rather crowded with the cot in there as well. ¬†However, we’ve had a win in that department and the cot is gone – hurrah! ¬†So now we had space to do a bit more. ¬†When she was born, we were gifted with a beautiful vintage, child size armchair. ¬†It was given to us by my mother’s cousin, and it was her chair when she was a small child. ¬†It is gorgeous and perfect for a reading nook. ¬†So I knew I wanted that in the corner and then saw some super simple book shelf ideas on Pinterest. ¬†Ikea spice racks. ¬†Awesome. ¬†Simple. ¬†And cheap! ¬†$2.99 each, and are solid untreated wood. ¬†So you can go ahead and paint/stain them any colour you want!

    DIY toddler reading corner

    We used a good old spray paint Рa lovely bright yellow.  The Mister applied two coats and attached them to the wall.  Apparently, we need to use some different wall mounts, in case too much weight is placed on them (ie our 8 month old pulling the) so we are going to change those asap, but otherwise, it turned out just as I had wanted!

     

    DIY Library book shelves toddler vintage chair

     

    The first night, Ms 2 spent quite some time rearranging the books on the shelves and also decided that it meant we were going to read ALL of the books on the shelves at bedtime.  Ahhh, no.

    I have also spied her sitting on the chair and reading a book to her dolly – melt! ¬†So there you go, a simple, quick and cheap little DIY project that actually worked. ¬†Love Pinterest! ¬†Are you on Pinterest? ¬†Have you completed any projects or recipes that you have pinned? ¬†Or do you just love to pin and dream?! ¬†Leave your pinterest profile in the comments, and I’ll follow you!