How should we talk to children about terrorism? 4

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 best dog for your family 3

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.  

Make a Toilet Roll Microphone for the SING Movie 3

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.

Make a Toilet Roll Microphone for the SING Movie

DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners

DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners 11

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.

Women’s Football and the Energy Behind it 18

I am a football Mum.  In fact, Maxi has been playing football for a team at the local football club since he was five years old. Over the years I have seen a massive transformation in grass roots football and now at our Football Club there are as many girls teams as there are boys and this makes me ever so happy and proud to be working with SSE to publicise how they are the energy behind women’s football.

Women's Football and the Energy Behind it

The Best Fidget Toys for kids 6

You might think that fidget toys are a new phenomenon, but the really are not.  It is just that they are currently being brought into the mainstream.  We were first introduced to them by Mini’s occupational therapist a few years back and we now have quite a selection, so I thought I would share with you what we have, how and why they work for us.

12 of the Best DIY Fidget Spinners on the web for kids 16

Have your kids joined the fidget spinner or fidget toy craze yet?  If they have then they will love this post with great DIY fidget spinners for you to make.  I have long had a love for fidget toys, especially as Mini is on the spectrum and they are really great at helping keep him calm and also help hm concentrate better.  So I have no issue with the new craze for all things fidget.  In fact, we have found them a sanity saver in the Mad House.

The best DIY fidget spinners on the web for children to make

Best Questions to ask a Childcare Provider

Best Questions to ask a Childcare Provider 2

One of the most important things you will ever do as a parent is choose someone to look after your child when you and/or your partner aren’t around. It’s an emotional time for any parent to decide to leave their child, so you obviously want to make sure that you find the right person for the job. Trust is key, but how can you know you’ve made the right choice and feel completely comfortable with leaving your child in their care?

DIY Phone Amplifier and Stand 9

This craft was born out of necessity as I couldn’t find the little Bluetooth speaker we have for our phones.  So instead we went low tech and created a DIY phone amplifier and stand from a toilet roll and a couple of paper cups.

DIY Phone Amplifier and Stand

Family Friendly Mallorca – A fab place for all the family 9

As the children get older finding a holiday that suits all the family can be hard.  We discovered on our recent Family Friendly Villa Holiday that Mallorca was an amazing place for all the family.  Our boys are 12 and nearly 11 and both love being active, but Mini loves history whereas Maxi not so much.  MadDad is not a sun lover and would prefer to be active rather than sit by a pool.  Me, well as long as I am not cooking I can deal with anything!

Birth memories – Dealing with the demons when a birth doesn’t go to plan 11

Did you have the perfect birth?  If you asked 100 mother’s this question, I bet most of them would say they didn’t.  But what is the perfect birth?  For each person, it differs.  If you had asked me before my boys were born I would have said “one where the mum and baby are both healthy” as I am sure lots of first time mums to be would.

Birth memories

Mallorca - Family Friendly Villa Holiday with James Villas

Mallorca – Family Friendly Villa Holiday with James Villas 12

Before our trip to Mallorca with James Villas we had never been on a villa holiday.  Now we are converts and I can safely say that it is something we will be repeating in the future. Our recent family friendly villa holiday was a real treat.  It allowed us the comfort of a traditional Mallorcan home with its own pool and left me safe in the knowledge that my sometimes loud boys would not interrupt anyone.

Crockpot Caramel Latte Recipe 8

If you talk to my husband and a lot of my friends they would tell you that coffee makes the world go round!  This crockpot caramel latte recipe is fantastic for when you have a family gathering or a group of friends coming over.

Crockpot Caramel Latte Recipe

Rowntrees Reduced Sugar Sweets - A thumbs up from The Mad House

Rowntrees Reduced Sugar Sweets – A thumbs up from The Mad House 4

I think as parents we all want to do what is best for our families.  I know for a fact that I do and I want to encourage them to make healthy choices when it comes to food, which is why I have to say I was intrigued when I was recently a taste tester for Rowntrees.  I never had any indication that the Randoms and Fruit Pastilles had 30% less sugar.

Chores for Kids – Guidelines by Age 7

Fewer and fewer children are participating in household chores. According to a survey reported a few years back in the Daily Mail, as many as 25 percent of kids between 5 and 16 don’t lift a finger around the house. And for a fifth of those who do chip in, help equals tidying their bedroom. Hardly pulling their weight, is it?

Holiday Hacks to Save Money

Holiday Hacks to Save Money 6

Advertorial – Have you booked this years holiday yet? We haven’t, but we are already in the planning stage and excited to get it booked.  So in conjunction with aqua card Holiday Hacks campaign, we want to share our holiday hacks to save you money.

Move or Improve? 4

Late last year we struggled with finding a way to make our home work for us with having two tween boys in the house and the fact that I work from home.  We are really lucky and have a conservatory which the boys used a lot when they were younger, but it just wasn’t working for us, so we had to make the decision to move or improve.

Pre Holiday To do List 102

I love going on holiday, but I hate getting ready for one now I have children.  Before kids I was the type of person to pop a suitcase in on the bed in the spare room and my list net to it and over the week before the holiday add to it and then be all ready to go the day before.  Now I find that just doesn’t work for me.

Over 35 Craft Stick Crafts and Activities 4

Craft sticks, popsicle sticks, lollipop sticks, tongue depressors.  Whatever you call them they are a fabulous, versatile and inexpensive craft and art material.  There are so many things you can do with them and to inspire you we have a super round up of craft stick crafts and activities.

Craft Stick Crafts and Activities

Chicken Parmo

Baked Chicken Parmesan or Parmo (Cooking with Kids) 8

Chicken Parmesan or Parmos as they are known are a local meal hailing from Teesside and the boys love them, but they are not that healthy, so we decided to have a go at making our own at home. Well, I tasked the boys to have a go at making them.