Tell me your favorite 888 Ladies Game and Win

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They would also love to know your favorite 888 Ladies game and I have a fab competition to win the following:
  • 1st prize £250 in John Lewis vouchers
  • 2nd prize an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

How to enter:

  Write a blog post telling me what your favourite  888 Ladies game to play and also what you would spend your winnings on. Make sure your entry states "This is my entry for the 888Ladies Bingo Competition" linking (NOFOLLOW) to http://bit.ly/1hgSMwo Come back and link it to this post.
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I am also hosting a twitter party on Monday  28th April at 8pm
The Twitter Party is scheduled for Monday 28th 8pm where I will be talking about your online leisure habits with the hashtag #888Ladies.
Come and chat with me about all things bingo where the best three tweets will win a £50 Amazon voucher.
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The promoter is 888 Holdings Bingo 85A Medinat Hayehudim st. Herzliya Pituach 46140, Israel (“The Promoter”) The competition is a prize draw and is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over. Employees of  The Promoter, and its associated agencies are not eligible to enter. To take part in this competition, you must submit a blog post. "This is my entry for the 888Ladies Bingo Competition" linking (NOFOLLOW) www.888ladies.com/?sr=868127&anid=tots100 The competition closes at 11.55pm GMT on 2 May 2014. Entries received after this date will not be eligible to win the prize. No purchase necessary. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries received before the closing date. Prize winners will be notified within 14 days of the closing date by email or Twitter DM. If the prize winner can not be contacted despite the promoter’s best efforts, winners will forego the right to claim the prize and an alternative winning entry will be selected. There is first prize of a £250 Amazon gift voucher and a second prize of a Kindle Paperwhite, valued at £109. Prizes are not transferable and there is no cash alternative. The prize consists only of the elements detailed. At all times the promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The names of the competition winners will be announced on Mum the Madhouse website within 28 days of the closing date. By entering this competition you confirm that your entry complies with all copyright requirements where relevant, and you own the image submitted as an entry. WE reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to reject any entry which is deemed to contain objectionable or offensive content. Entry to this competition confirms participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. The Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in connection with these terms and conditions. Any personal data supplied to the Promoters in connection with the competition will only be used for the purpose of this competition and as otherwise provided for in these Terms & Conditions.
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The MiniMads review Crisp Ultima 125 Scooter – Gold/Satin Black

Crisp Ultima 125 Scooter - Gold Satin Black One of the things that I encourage my boys to be is active and as you may know I am working at reducing their reliance on electronics.  This is much easier now the weather is better as they choose to be outside with their friends. SkateHut.co.uk sent us a Crisp Ultima 125 Scooter - Gold/Satin Black for the boys to try out and it has been a huge hit. They liked:
  • It has larger wheels than other stunt scooters so goes faster making it suitable for skate parks and speed stunts.
  • It is really sturdy, so perfect for learning on
  • It is smoother due to the larger wheels, making it ride over cracks better
  • large deck makes it easier to catch in the air
Overall:  Stunt scooters are an investment, so it makes sense to to really check out and research your purchase.  This scooter is £189, so it is a real investment piece.  You can not go to our local skate park if you do not have a suitable board and they have to have fixed handles. This scooter has caused oohs and ahhs with all the children in the street and seems to be a really big hit. Skate Hut is a really good site as they do video's for all their kit, which gives parents a real insight into what they are purchasing. 3.  
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Cooking with Kids – Easter Nests

popcorn and marshmallow easter nests It doesn't get much simpler than this, but my boys love cooking and baking and we were challenged by the team at Center Parcs to make some Easter Nests.  We made the standard ones with chocolate and rice crispies, but we also decided to make some with popcorn and marshmallows. Ingredients:
  1. Chocolate buttons
  2. Rice Krispies
  3. Mini Eggs
  4. Marshmallows
  5. Popcorn
Method: Chocolate Nests These are the most simple to make and we use buttons as they melt faster.  We melt the buttons in a heatproof dish in the microwave and simply stir in the rice krispies until they are all covered. The boys then scoop them in to the cases and add the mini eggs on top. Popcorn and marshmallow nests These are much messier to make, but just as much fun.  My tip is to make sure you have a bowl of clean warm water at hand so you can shape the  nests with wet hands to prevent the marshmallows sticking on to your hands. We used massive marshmallows as that is what we had in from when we roasted them last, but any will do.  We popped them in to a heatproof bowl and in the microwave for 30 seconds.  They started to expand! We then mixed them with some popcorn which we had previously popped using a spatula.  With wet hands to placed the popcorn in to large muffin cases.  We dried out hands before adding mini eggs. If we had any white chocolate we could have melted that and drizzled it on to the nests. East to make easter nests Why don't you make some edible Easter nests for the competition over at Tots100. By getting involved in this month’s challenge you could be in with a chance of becoming a wildcard blogger and winning a break at a Center Parcs Village of your choice! The challenge closes on April 27th so good luck! Disclosure: We are Center Parcs family bloggers
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Weekends With The Kids: Ideas Of What You Can Do To Fill The Time

Those two days after Friday can feel like a huge chasm, when you have kids to entertain. It’s easy to get stuck into the same routine and lose all inspirational ideas. Here are a few new ideas to help with bonding between yourself and your children. Make the most of the time that you have! pet rocks Rock City What better way to weigh down your picnic blanket than by using the tools nature has given us: massive rocks? Instead of using plain boulders, get out your paintbrushes and be creative.  Why not make your own pet rocks. garden 2013 Grow Plants The garden isn't going to sort itself out. An extra pair of hands can be useful, and you’re teaching your kids some great horticultural skills for the future. They might be more likely to eat their vegetables, if they’ve grown them at home. Mini running round Play A Sport Whether it’s badminton in the back yard or football at your local park, get out and have fun! Watch The Stars Kids love an excuse to stay up late. Grab a hot chocolate and go star-gazing – it’s certainly worth getting a telescope, so your kids can learn more about the universe. Treasure Hunt Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt? Think up age-appropriate clues and set up a long foray into the wilderness that will keep them occupied all day (just make sure the prizes are worth it). maxi cooking Cook Together If you can have fun, eat something tasty, and teach your kids a new skill, why wouldn't you? Choose a simple and creative recipe that everyone can join in with, like fairy cakes! If you are unsure of cooking with kids I have some great tips. Go On A Day Out Do you feel like it’s time to get out of the house? There are lots of great venues throughout the UK, whether you choose to visit an art gallery or a wildlife park, such as Knowsley Safari Park. Make A Dress-up Box We’re sure you have old costumes kicking around the house, as well as a few bits and bobs out of your own wardrobe. Dressing up can spark imaginations and even facilitate activities like play writing and acting. 3.
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The Mad House visits Chill Factore

The Mad House visits the Chill Factore Last week were invited to experience Chill Factore in Manchester.  As it was half term I took the boys and also two of their friends, so I had four boys aged 7, 7,9 and 10. The boys had a blast in the Snow Park area, just take a look at the video of them on the Luge, Tubes and Sledges. I loved it too, it was great fun watching the boys, but even more fun joining in. My boys had their own snow gear, but you can hire what you need there and also buy gloves (they do not hire them) . Both the boys now want to go back and learn to snowboard and ski.  I wish we lived closer as they offer some great holiday clubs where you can do just that, Disclosure: We were invited to experience the Chill Factore free of charge and the images above are courtesy of Stephen Devlin Photography 
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Washi Tape Easter Cards

Whilst we were busy with the washi tape we decided to have a go at making some easter cards.  Again we used our Cricut Mini, but it was super simple and the MiniMads' were certainly in charge.  Not only did they chose the tape combination, but they picked the images and words too! Washi Tape Easter Cards Materials:
  1. A6 White Cards
  2. Washi Tape
  3. Cricut Mini
  4. Blank cards
What we did: The boys stuck washi tape over card, but you could also use any artwork that your child has done, which would love ace. We used A6 cards as we can get two on to the Cricut mat and cut them both at the same time.  This activity shows you just how easy it is for the boys to use the Cricut Mini.  They designed the cards and I love them.  They are a take on the aperture cards I used to make with my mum when I was younger. washi tape appature easter cards   My initial thoughts were to cut an additional front for the cards and to stick the washi tape on to the card and cut the additional card, but by cutting the card and placing the washi tape covered insert behind it the cards had a much more finished look. You really don't need a cricut mini to make cards like this, you could use a craft punch. Easter cards If you have younger children then why not have a go at some of our other Easter Cards that we have made in previous years.
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Washi Tape Easter Garland

We are big fans of washi tape in The Mad House.  We use it all the time for homemade cards and even for covering eggs.  So it was the natural choice to make a garland out of it. Washi tape easter garland Material:
  1. Washi Tape
  2. Cardboard
  3. Butchers Twine
  4. Egg shaped punch, Cricut Mini or scissors!
  5. Mini (1/8 inch) hole punch
How to: One thing my boys love is getting hold of all my washi tape and covering card with it.  We decided to cover the card fist for this project and then cut it, but you can cut the card and cover it if you prefer. cricut eggs The boys then fitted 8 egg shapes on to the cricut craftroom software and we put the washi covered cardboard through to be cut.  We also cut some smaller ones with the punch. We then used the small hole punch to make two holes in the top of each egg shape and threaded butchers twine through it. washi tape easter egg garland Sometimes the simplest crafts are the most effective.
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How to display kids artwork

I am a huge fan of art, craft and drawing (as you possibly know if you read my blog regularly) and when John Lewis Insurance asked me to share my favourite drawing of what matters most to my children  it was a hard, hard job as I love pretty much everything they produce for different reasons. I love the act of making art and nurturing children's drawings and one of the wisest things that I was told is to never ask what a drawing is, but to ask
"Tell me more about your drawing"
So I took this opportunity to go through my boys artwork and let me tell you there are loads of pictures of the things they draw, but not that much in the house as we gift a lot and also recycle it.  I only keep certain piece, but photograph the rest.

Displaying Kids artwork in your home

displaying kids artwork So I have decided to share with you how we display the boys artwork round the house.
  1. We have a gallery in the kitchen where we display loads of their makes on curtain wire from Ikea.
  2. I use 3D models in place of artwork around the home.
  3. We use washi tape to display artwork on walls and doors (rotating them often).
  4. I take pictures of their artwork and then get collages printed.
  5. We add to notice boards around the house.
  6. We use magnets to pop in on the fridge.
  7. We make bookmarks from it to recycle it.
ways to display artwork So I asked the boys to pick a one of their current pieces and explain why it matters most to them and between them they chose this lion that Maxi drew.  Both the boys adore animals and wanted to raise money for the WWF, so Maxi drew this lion for a poster at school to help raise funds. lion

Would you like your childs picture turned into a piece of artwork?

Take a picture of  your favourite piece of artwork by your child on the theme of what matters most to your child and  upload it to the John Lewis microsite (John Lewis Insurance competition page) with just your name, child’s name/age and your email. The winners artworks will then be worked up by a professional illustrator (Emily Woodard) into a really cool piece of art. The original and illustrators impression will then be framed alongside each other as the prize.  Please see the John Lewis site for full terms and conditions. 3.
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Low Spend or No Spend Bored Jar Activities – The Spring Edition

We have a "Bored Jar" and every so often I update it and as the Easter holidays and Spring are upon us I thought I would update it with a Spring theme.  So here are my Low Spend or No Spend Easter Holiday  and spring Activities Ultimate Spring Bored Jar Activity list
  1. Plant some seeds
  2. Make button biscuits 
  3. Pick some flowers
  4. Make some pet rocks
  5. Make a volcano 
  6. Make a rain catcher
  7. Paint a rainbow
  8. Find pictures in the clouds
  9. Skip stones across a pond
  10. Use stones to record memories
  11. Go on a nature walk
  12. Make an unbirthday cake
  13. Make dream catchers
  14. Bird watch
  15. Make a spring wreath
  16. Visit the library
  17. Do some origami
  18. Spot a rainbow
  19. Make some paper flowers
  20. Make pompoms
  21. Cook asparagus
  22. Do some easter crafts
  23. Look for four-leaf clovers
  24. Make some scratch paper
  25. Make bunny bunting
  26. Make some thank you cards
  27. Make potato print wrapping paper
  28. Make button biscuits
  29. Wash the car
  30. Paint a picture of flowers
  31. Play hotscotch
  32. Make felted chicks
  33. Make a windsock
  34. Tell some joke
  35. Feed the ducks at a pond
  36. Play outdoor games with friends 
  37. Make some chic cards
  38. Make a pinwheels
  39. Blow bubbles
  40. Paint some plant pots 
  41. Make a loom bracelet
  42. Decorate some easter eggs
  43. Make some scratch paper
  44. put together a jigsaw
  45. Make fingerprint cards
  46. Make a bird feeder
  47. Go looking at tree blossom
  48. Make coke floats
  49. Fly a kite
  50. Make cupcakes
The ultimate Bored jar spring Why not take a look at our ultimate summer bored jar activity list   
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Half Price tickets to Chessington and Sealife with Walkers

Just in time for the Easter Holidays Walkers are offering half price tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and the 12 SEA LIFE aquariums and sanctuaries across the UK.

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For 12 weeks between the 31st March and the 20th June, Walkers Baked Stars, Walkers Mighty Lights, and Walkers Baked Hoops and Crosses, will have two vouchers offering half price tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and SEA LIFE on all of their multipacks of six which cost around £1.79

I really wish we lived closer to Chessington World of Adventures Resort  as the boys would love it.  There is the ZUFARI where you can Ride into Africa  and see many amazing animals and the brand new ride for 2014 , Scorpion Express, where adventures must board an old train and cross the sands, ruins of the mines and abandoned town facing surprises at every turn.   Maybe we can find some affordable accommodation  near and make a trip of it.

 We have a Sea Life center in Scarborough and the boys love visiting when we are nearby.  There are more than 12 sites over the UK and I know from experience that aquariums are a feast for the eyes for children at all ages.  We used to take the boys when they were small and the fish mesmerised them. Oh and when you have finished eating them you can turn the crisp packets into keyrings like we did... how to shrink crisp packers 3.
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