These simple DIY wine bottle light are the perfect quick New Year craft. They are a great way to recycle used wine bottles and also decorate your home.
I have invited Sara Davies the founder of North East-based Crafter’s Companion to come and share with us some tips for getting our creative juices flowing in the New year and a fab Happy Days Card, Gift Box and Tag craft here at The Mad House.
Making a balloon confetti popper is a fun craft to make and perfect for celebrating New Years Eve or even for a wedding. I am going to warn you though, you will be finding confetti for days no matter how hard you clean up! So if you are a little precious about that then make sure you “Pop” them outside and don’t say I didnt warn you.
Do you let your children bring in the New Year? My boys are now ten and nine and try to stay up until Midnight, but never make it! We have a small celebration with our best friends and their four boys, so we do lots of new years eve crafts and activities with the kids.
If you’re expecting a baby during the first few months of the New Year, you’ll need to negotiate all the excitement and temptation of the New Year celebrations. But rather than look upon this as a challenge, you could view it as an opportunity to make some lifestyle choices for a healthier pregnancy. These New Year’s resolutions should leave you feeling healthier and more optimistic about the year ahead – and about the arrival of your baby.
One of my intentions for 2015 is to be organised, but to also have less clutter in my life. Now the boys are older, I no longer have to carry around a large bag with lots of paraphernalia, so I have gone back to a small bag and some days no bag at all and the only things that I carry around with me are my purse and my phone. So for the last couple of months I have been using an app called Journl to help me be more organised. Since becoming a mum I went back to using a paper diary and notebook, but I realised that it made more »
This week we have been concentrating on our thoughts, dreams, feelings and goals by planning our resolutions and intentions for the New Year. This is a great activity for all the family. New Year Resolutions for Kids
My boys adore crackers and our homemade crackers were such a hit, we decided to make a variation for new Year, so here you have our new years wish crackers. Instead of jokes, these crackers each contain a wish we would like to come true in the coming year. We also filled them with festive confetti and of course a paper hat, We customised our hats with 2015. Make your own New Year’s Wish Crackers
Do you celebrate the New Year with your children? As my boys are getting older they are starting to be involved in our New Years celebration and I thought that a paper plate countdown clock would be great fun to make and use. What you need:
It’s a brand new year, a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Why not start the year by giving your home a fresh new face? You will be amazed at how different your home will feel if you apply just a few freshening touches. Fresh Air You can start by drawing back the curtains, opening your windows wide and letting in some brand new year fresh air. Giving your home a good clean will also do wonders to create a fresh new feel. The Furniture Why not welcome in 2014 by rearranging your space? Just because your lounge has always been situated against the back wall of your lounge room is more »
Are you cutting back this Christmas? Research by the Co-Operative Bank shows that a third of us are spending less this year than last year and nearly two thirds of us keeping our budget the same.
I am a great believer that in order to have a good christmas, you need to take a step back and realise that it isn’t about what you get it is about spending time with the ones you love and really enjoying spending time together. We have had a fantastic advent, making, baking and just generally having fun together and I am so looking forward to spending some time with all my family over the next couple of weeks.
Looking at the infographic below as was shocked to find that I live in the region spending the most and just how much less we have spent. This just goes to reinforce with me that you do not have to spend to find happiness.
Last month I shared with you that we needed to update our playspaces in our home as our boys are getting older and we have started to implement some changes. We have been in our current home nine years and we had nearly all of our furniture from way before then. In fact, we were still using towels, cuttlery and placemats that we were bought as wedding presents over 21 years ago.
When was the last time you had a great experience in a hotel as a family? How do you go about choosing a family friendly hotel? I know how important it is to feel comfortable when you are staying in a hotel when you have children. I am delighted to be working with Laterooms and to be able to share with your this year’s Best Family Friendly Hotel of the year.
For most families, having a car is a must! A family car serves many purposes; driving the children to and from school, travelling to work, doing the weekly shop and visiting the seaside at the weekend would be much more difficult when forced to rely on public transport.
I love reading and I am so pleased to have been able to pass that love of reading on to my boys. Mini has always been a ferocious reader, but Maxi was a reluctant reader up until the last year or so. One of the things to remember as a parent is that reading doesn’t always have to equal books and comics are a great way to encourage readers. So here are our current top comics for ten year old boys.
We have had Netflix since just before Christmas and have been trying it out as a family before letting you know what is rocking our worlds. So here you have the first in our series, rocking kids series on Netflix according to a nine year old.
As you are probably aware my boys love technology and it is ever changing. One of the main things for me is ensuring that they are safe online. I have recently been introduced to the The Prestigio MultiPad Color for children is a very bright, yet still smart device. It comes with a reliable and easy to use parental control system which gives you complete control of what your child has access to which they call the Kid Launcher. This allows you to control how long your child can use the tablet and also decide which apps you want them to have access to. It also has a quad core processor powered by MediaTek more »
Can you believe that it is nearly a year since we all went on holiday to Orlando. We spent 2.5 weeks in Florida with my Brother, Sister in Law and Niece and I just realised that I never actually shared anything about our holiday! We had an amazing time and the boys loved every minute of it. So what apart from Disney did we do!
As a family we love London and we love visiting, however, as we reside in the frozen North of England it is a long journey and sometimes weekends can be stressful and hectic. Not anymore as thanks to Superbreak we had the perfect family weekend in London and I want to share with you what made it so special. Make it for all the family What made this weekend so perfect (even with Mini feeling under the weather) was there was something for everyone in the family. We talked about what we all wanted from the weekend before we started planning and discovered that we all wanted to do different things. more »
Much like the USA, the United Kingdom is famous for its weird and wacky events. Whether it’s rolling cheese down a hill or donning full Viking attire for a fire festival, one things for sure: The Brits know how to have fun. If you’re planning a family adventure to the UK or locally based and looking for a way to get the clan together for some quality time, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top five kid friendly events to attend in 2014. Boardmasters Does your child thrive on adrenaline? Do they spend most of their time catching waves at the beach or tearing up the sidewalk on more »