How to make simple paper roses and beautiful roses for Mothers Day

I love Mother's Day.  Yes it might be overly commercial, but it is a wonderful reminder for us all that Mothers are amazing.  Plus with two little boys in the house that love giving and making cards and gifts it is the perfect opportunity for them to express their creativity. simple paper roses square As much as I adore homemade flowers such as our beautiful cake case daffodils, nothing beats roses. (more…)
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Do you have a Ninja dog?

Can you believe that is is nearly two years since we brought Alvin in to our family.  He turns two on April 18th and we can not imagine life without him.  After being a cat family we have tuned in to a dog family and are really looking forward to watching Crufts this year! al and maxi We have also had a great deal of fun the last few days watching these fab "Ninja Dogs" who will get you if you disrespect the chocolate in Balsen Pick Up Biscuits! We have a sneak peek of the advert for you below........ (more…)
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Real kids bedrooms designed by regular Mums’

There are loads of inspirational kids bedrooms on Pinterest, but a big part of me kn0ows that my two boys will never have a bedroom like that.  Not down to the fact that I don't have the imagination, but down to costs, size, time and the fact that they just would not keep it clean (well Mini wouldn't). Don't be disparaged by all the beauty that there is, here are some real kids bedrooms designed by regular mums' like you and me. real kids rooms (more…)
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The best Carrot cake in the world – c is for carrot

Yes I know it is a big things to say, but this really is the best carrot cake in the whole wide world.  We have tried others and nothing comes close and other people have made out best carrot cake in the world and agree with us. We do to even peel the carrots, just wash them and top and tail them.  This is a beautifully moist cake that is delicious and if you have kids that refuse carrots this will really turn them round. This recipe is great for making with kids as you do it all the mixing by hand. cooking with kids carrot cake  

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Pies, Cooking with kids

Hoorah! Its British Pie Week! We love pies in The Mad House, both savory and sweets ones and they are perfect for using with leftovers and also for cooking with kids.  So in celebration I have a cooking with kids pie special.  For the purpose of this round up, I am also including tarts and quiches which have a pastry bottom!  For those reader in the UK I have teamed up with pie makers Higgidy to celebrate British Pie Week, so do read to the end to see our fab giveaway. pies cooking with kids (more…)
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101 Low cost activities for Spring Bored Jar

I can almost taste it, Spring is in the air and that means a whole new bored jar and a whole new list of low cost or no cost activities for Spring for kids and families.  Sometimes we just need a nudge in the right direction, some inspiration to encourage our kids away from technology and that is what this fantastic list is. Not sure what a bored jar is, well here I tell you how to make your own bored jar. Our Spring Bored Jar has all the below activities in and a bunch of chores too.  I hope that the added chores encourage the children to think twice before dipping in their hand and using the term "I'm bored"! bored jar square spring (more…)
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15 Frugal Sensory Tub ideas – Low Cost or No Cost

Sensory tubs really are a delight for all the senses.  You dont have to fill them with expensive materials or items and often you can repurpose things to make a fantastic thrifty Sensory tub.  So I want to inspire you with these fab frugal sensory tub ideas. You really do not have to go out and buy expensive materials, you just need to take a different look at what you already have in your home and go from there. Fabulously Frugal sensory Bins (more…)
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Cake case daffodils

I love real flowers, I really do, but there is nothing that makes me smile more than than the handmade ones that grace my desk which have over time been made by my boys.  They are often so simple to make, but they last forever and these cake case daffodils are so simple to make, but look amazing.  Even better this is a mess free craft. cake case daffodils 6 (more…)
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Tips for getting through the monotony of parenting

Being a parent can be a slog.  I am not going to lie there are times when I find mothering a monotony.  Now do not get me wrong, I adore my children and have come to know that I was born to be a parent, but heck there have been days and even months when I have wanted to tear my hair out over thinking about cooking yet another meal or wiping another bottom (thankfully baby days and toddler days are long gone). Escaping the monotony of motherhood Kids thrive on routine, well at least mine do.  They like to know what we are having for dinner, what time is lunch and Maxi likes to be in charge of making sure the timetable is strictly adhered to (a sergeant major in the making that one)! So how do we make sure we escape the monotony of motherhood? (more…)
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10 Recycled playsets – #Fabulously Frugal 22 February

I love making the most of what we have and that is what Fabulously Frugal is all about for me this week.  Making the most of things that we already have in the home and recycling or upcycling them to make playsets. 10 Recycled playsets square (more…)
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