Crockpot Caramel Latte Recipe

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

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

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 5

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 2

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.


How to get your teen to drink more water 7

This past week we have been working hard to drink more water as part of a partnership with Robinsond Squash’d and take their #getSquashd challenge.  As part of Nutrition and Hydration week Robinsons Squash’d asked Maxi to try to increase his water intake. How did he do?  Well, we are going to share that with you and what worked for us and why we think it worked.

How to get your teen to drink more water

Nozstock – A Family Friendly Festival 24

last year we dipped our toes back into festivals after 15 years.  BC (before children) we were avid festival goers and we decided that at 10 and 11 the boys were the perfect age to spread their wings and start to enjoy festivals.


Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards to Colour 8

here really is nothing I like better than a homemade Mother’s Day card, but as my boys are getting older they are less likely to get out the glue and just make me a card, so I have teamed up with the talented LeslieAnn to bring you two delightful free printable Mother’s Day cards to colour.

Free Printable Mother's Day Cards to Colour

Bittersweet Birthdays 9

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get a little melancholy and reflective around the boys birthdays.  I adore my children (most of the time) and love being a parent and am super proud of both of my boys, however, birthdays seems to grab me and give me a shake.


Plastic Bottle Wind Spiral Mobile 4

  It really feels as though Spring might have sprung here and this plastic bottle wind spiral mobile is perfect for hanging out in the garden and watching spin as the wind catches it.  I love that it is a cross between process art and a craft and it is a great activity for preschoolers through to tweens.


Craft Stick Wall Hanging

How to Make a Craft Stick Wall Hanging 11

  We love working with craft sticks, lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks (whatever name they go by).  They are a fab craft material and so versatile. This craft stick wall hanging is a super fun collaborative art project or perfect for making over a period of time.


How much water should teenagers Drink? 12

Did you know that it is Nutrition and Hydration week?  Robinsons Squash’d asked Maxi to share with you his current drinking habits and then to take the #getSquashd challenge. So Maxi will carry around Squash’d with him during this Nutrition and Hydration week to see if being able to add squash to his water at all times will help him drink more water, then share with you the results.  So before I hand over to Maxi, let’s discuss How much water teens should drink.  


Make your own Blow Art Paper Plate Lion

Make your own Blow Art Paper Plate Lion

This Blow art paper plate lion is so much fun to make and if great for a large group of children and so easy to do.  Plus how doesn’t like blowing paint to see where it goes. Originally we were going to make our lions on paper, but then Mini had the great idea of using paper plates and they worked even better.  As they have a slight upturned edge the children really have to blow hard to get the paint to the edges if they start in the centre and if the start at the edge they learn that the paint will blow to the centre much easier, so it more »


The Perfect Mother’s Day Idea – Nixplay Iris Photo Frame 63

When you ask us Mothers, what we want for Mother’s Day, you will often just hear a lie in and a home made card.  Truth be told, it can be really hard to find an appropriate mothers day gift, but I think I have found it with The Nixplay Iris Photo Frame.


Healthy After School Snacks 59

My boys are bottomless.  Sometimes it seems they do nothing but eat and when they get home from school they are ravenous.  So much so they will grab anything they can find and there is not thought to its nutrition.  So as a parent it is down to me to make sure we have a selection of healthy after school snacks available and to help them make the right choice.


20 Fun and Adorable Spring Crafts for Kids 11

Can you feel Spring in the air yet?  I think I can and I have started thinking about Spring crafts for kids and we have a fabulous selection of crafts that kids will love here.  I love Spring, the garden is filled with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter and the days are getting longer fast.  I LOVE spring because it means more outdoor time, butterflies, birds, bugs, flowers and spring showers.


Rainbow Crafts and Activities for Kids 2

I have to admit, I am a sucker for rainbow crafts and activities.  I am not a muted palate girl at all and the colours of the rainbow really do sing out to me.  So I have gathered together some of my favourite rainbow crafts and activities for kids of all ages to share with you.