Kid Made Christmas Card Series 23

I think you will go a long way to find anything better than a kid-made christmas card, so I am delighted to be sharing with you a months worth of fantastic Christmas cards all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.

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Generation Green Competition 1

I am delighted today to be partnering with British Gas and their Generation Green competition where budding young artists across the country are being challenged to design a comic strip for the chance to win an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000 from British Gas.


Kidslox Parental Control App – Initial Thoughts 6

As a parent you want to make sure that you children only access age appropriate apps and information on their tablets.  The fact that my boys are now 10 and 11 and use tablets for homework and are sometimes left to use them independently means that I want to try and ensure that they are not accessing what they shouldn’t and also not spending too long on their tablets.  This is why we are trailing Kidslox.

Kidslox Parental Control App

Encouraging your Hypersensitive Child to Brush their Teeth

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Encouraging your hypersensitive child to brush their teeth can be a real battle.  I should know I have one!  Mini finds toothbrushing really uncomfortable and we have tried lots of things to encourage him to brush his teeth.  This post is in partnership with Playbrush, which aims to make brushing fun.


Bubble and Squeak Soup – cooking with kids 7

We are delighted to be partnering with Sainsbury’s Waste less, Save more initiative by sharing our waste-busting bubble and squeak soup.  This brilliant soup is perfect to cook with kids and perfect for using up chicken and vegetables left over from a Sunday dinner.

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Christmas Food

11 Great Festive Food Recipes to Enjoy at Christmas 6

One of my favorite things about Christmas is festive food.  It is the perfect time to enjoy food with your family that you do not have for the rest of the year.  I love how food cements family traditions and that we all love getting together in the kitchen to enjoy great food at Christmas.


The BFG’s Frobscottle Recipe 7

We are huge Roald Dahl fans here in The Mad House, especially Mini and to celebrate the home release of The BFG on DVD and Bluray we have been asked to produce The BFG’s Frobscottle recipe.  This is a post paid for in collaboration with The BFG.

The BFG's Frobscottle Recipe

Encouraging the Kids to clean up after themselves

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How do you encourage your children to clean up after themselves?  Do you insist that they help with the cleaning or do you find it easier to just do it yourself? Personally, I am all about encouraging the kids to clean up after themselves and the rest of the household.


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Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Advent 5

I love Christmas and the Advent.  I really want to celebrate advent and use the time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and make it about giving and have a joy filled time with my family. I want advent to be about more than just opening a door on an advent calendar and getting a piece of chocolate, I want it to be a time where we cement our family traditions and give joy to other people.


DIY Christmas Tree Luminaries 13

I love candles and I love Christmas.  Add the two together and you have these beautiful DIY Christmas tree luminaries made from air drying clay.  These have been inspired by some I saw here. We are big fans of holiday keepsakes and these festive luminaries for battery operated tea lights would make the perfect gift or a treasured keepsake to bring out year after year.

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Collecting money in a group made easy with Swoosch.it 14

Group collecting can be a total nightmare, especially when people are not all around at the same time. Just ask anyone who is in charge of collecting funds for a baby shower, big birthday present or even a major wedding gift. There will always be someone who wants to pay by cheque, doesn’t have the cash on them or perhaps people live all over the globe.


Winter Colouring Bookmarks 7

Is there anything better than losing yourself in a good book? Well, why not keep your place in that good book with our fantastic winter colouring bookmarks.

Winter Colouring Bookmarks

DIY Clay Star Candle Holders

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These DIY Clay Star Cadle Holders were inspired by some we saw when we were on our recent holiday in Holland.  I knew then that we could recreate them using our FIMO Air Light (microwavable) clay and finally got around to making them this week. We made our DIY clay star candle holders the perfect size for an old box of red Christmas tree candles which were my mum’s (the size that does in our twirling angel.  We have had these candles for the last five years but never used them as we didn’t have ant suitably sized candle holders for them.  30 minutes with the boys and we have more than enough and more »


How can you tell when your children have bounced back? (Ad) 6

One of the hardness things as a mother is watching your child when they are unwell.  It was something that I hadn’t prepared myself for, that utter feeling of helplessness. Wanting to be able to be the one that was unwell and just protect them.  One thing I have learned over my years as a mother, is as fast as they become unwell, they bounce back even faster.

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Jump 360 – A fab place for tweens

When Jump 360 invited us to try out their local facilities, the boys literally jumped at the chance (pun intended)!  In fact, we decided to really put the North Easts biggest trampoline park to the test by taking along fourteen 11 and 12 year old boys for an hour of fast frantic fun.


Our Traditional Christmas Pudding Receipe with a Twist

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This Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe with a Twist with a twist is brought to you in conjunction with The Royal Mint and their special silver six pence who commissioned us to share our Stir Up Sunday traditions. Growing up in my house Christmas dinner was a family event which always culminated with a fantastic flaming Christmas pudding and the hunt for the sixpence.  I love that we have carried that tradition on.


DIY Superhero Masks – Crafting with Tweens 3

These DIY Superhero Masks are so simple to make and perfect for crafting with your tweens.  As my boys are getting older, I am finding that it is just as important if not more important to keep crafting and creating with them. Partly due to the fact that it gives us one on one time where we can just chat and also to keep open the creative sides.

DIY Superhero Masks - Crafting with Tweens

Free Advent Acts of Kindness Printable - 2016 Design

Free Advent Acts of Kindness Printable – 2016 Design 10

I am delighted to share with you these free advent acts of kindness printables.  This year we have gone with an adorable bauble design.  Wow, I can not believe that we have been doing acts of kindness at advent for the last three years!


A Reverse Advent Calendar 19

Advent is the perfect for focusing on the joy of the season, but it can also seem really commercial.  A couple of years ago we started our Advent acts of kindness, an alternative advent for kids to try and refocus this time away from receiving to giving. Lasy year we made a Reverse Advent Calendar.

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