We are in the midst of a heatwave and at the moment all I want to do is spend time in my garden. However, our garden is in need of an update, thanks to mainly being used as a football pitch for the last 10 years. I also have a serious case of garden envy thanks to one of my neighbours. Yes, that is her garden and they did all the work themselves!
I hate cleaning but love a clean house. There is something about having a tidyish and clean house that makes me feel calmer and more content. However, as a Mum to two boys and a dog it can be challenging. I am also keen to use green cleaning products due to my cancer history and the fact that I have a genetic predisposition to cancer (BRCA 2) and the fact that there is a 50% chance that the boys might have the same spelling mistake.
I am a total sucker for garlands. I love decorating for the season or a special celebration. If they are printable and free well that is even better. They are such an inexpensive and effective way to spruce up or decorate your home.
Are you a good gift giver? I am training my boys to be great gift givers, but father’s Day is always a challenge. We have the cards sorted for you with these fab free print and colour in Father’s Day cards. However, we do find Father’s Day quite a challenge especially as MadDad wants for nothing really. If he needs something then he tends to buy it!
Buttons make a great craft material and these 20 adorable button crafts for kids are a great way of recycling them. There is something magical about Buttons. I remember spending hours when I was young with my Mum’s button tin. I used to sort them and play with them and just love looking at them, wondering where they had come from. Lots of them wee her mums before her.
Children are curious little things, and while that’s exactly what makes watching them grow through their initial years such a memorable experience, it’s also one of the main reasons as to why they often end up hurting themselves. A few cuts and bruises are perfectly alright and part of the growing up process, but as parents, we need to be extra careful and make sure that their innate curiosity doesn’t lead to a serious accident.
I have been blogging for what seems like an eternity! I started back in 2007 as a record of my family life and my blog has grown organically over the years and developed into my career. Over the years, I have worked with many brands, PR’s and companies and I now receive hundreds of contacts and emails a day. This post is in collaboration with Kit Our my Office who supplied my beautiful office desk. I then bought the filing cabinet to match.
I love watercolour glue resist and we have joined in with a fantastic tea of kid and art bloggers to bring you an amazing resource. The complete under the sea watercolour glue resists Roundup. Yes, Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas many with free printables to make it even easier.
We have been long time fans of glue resist art here in the Mad House and this octopus watercolour glue resist art project is great fun for kids of all ages. I have tailored this towards tweens by using a hot glue gun with back glue. We like using glue guns for art projects as they dry super fast and are perfect for impatient people like me!
My boys are just fascinated with all things to do with the Sea. They love nothing better than visiting aquariums and these fab octopus colouring pages for kids were inspired by our families love of the sea. I have left them super simple, so they are perfect for children to use as templates or to embellish as they chose. Plus keep an eye out for a fab art project using them.
According to a recent survey by Marks and Spencer 96% of us feel we spend life on autopilot making at least 15 autopilot decisions a day. So they have introduced Make it Matter Day, a national day to help the UK focus on what matters most in life.
Summer can mean a lot of things. Sun, adventure and above all, fun. However, here is a slight downside to all that enjoyment in that allergies are rampant. Sneezing, sniffling and lack of sleep can lead to increasingly grumpy children! Thankfully, I have some top tips from Joy Richards sleep specialist with online bed retail business Happy Beds to help with sleeping during allergy season that may ease those pollen induced sniffles just enough to squeeze in some much needed shut eye.
If you know me then you know that I love turning the ordinary into something a little special and as a family, we love movie nights, so when Universal Pictures Home Entertainment asked me to create a post celebrating the DVD release of SING I was so excited. We decided to make movie night a little bit special with these fab printable SING movie popcorn boxes perfect for enjoying SING this half term. This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures
I have a friend that always buys the best gifts. She is a gift fairy and someone that I aspire to be. There is a real knack to buying the perfect gift. So I decided to ask the husbeast what would be on his Father’s Day gift guide in the hope of helping. Well, it turns out he is a simple man and would be really happy with a bucketful of Malteezers and some good quality coffee! So we bribed him with some Malteezers and a cup of Columbian and this is the Fathers Day Gift Guide we came up with!
We love anything handmade here in the Mad House. I think that there is nothing better than a kid made gift or a homemade card. Kids love getting involved and being creative and as a parent, there is nothing better than receiving something made by your child and Father’s Day is no exception. So get a little create with these fabulous, but achievable handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas
The new Braun Series 3 ProSkin is a real hero for sensitive skin, and launching just in time for Father’s Day it’s the perfect gift for sensitive dads. I’ve partnered with Braun to tell you about some of the times when the husbeast has shown his sensitive side!
I hate that this is something that I have to even think about, but I am a big believer in communicating and talking and we really would be in a better place if people just talked more rather than resorting to acts of terrorism, so how should we talk to children about terrorism?
Choosing the right dog to join our family was one of the hardest decisions we ever made. So I am collaborating with Pedigree to talk about how we choose the best dog for our family. I am not going to lie, it filled me with dread. I was worried that I would make the wrong decision and would be left to pick up the pieces and really cause issues in the family dynamic. Having a pet is a big responsibility and It really scared me, but I also knew that as a family we would all benefit from having a dog.
This simple toilet roll microphone is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. We are so excited for the release of the SING on Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd May, we have been getting prepared by making our own toilet roll microphone so we can sing along.
We are deep in the middle of the fidget spinner craze here and both of my boys have a number of different fidget spinners. However, this post has been totally inspired by Sarah from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls DIY LEGO Fidget Spinner. The boys came home from school and spend 20 minutes on the Ipad whilst I prepared some snacks and then the next three hours engineering their own DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners.