Jen Walshaw


The importance of getting your kids eyes tested regularly 3

When was the last time you had your children’s eyes tested?  Did you know that it is free on the NHS and you can take them from around 6 months old on an annual basis?  I am working with Optical Express to share with you the importance of getting your kid’s eyes tested regularly. As a Mum to a child who has worn glasses since he was 18 months old and wife to a husband who wore them from a year old and who wore glasses herself until having laser surgery with Optical Express in 2012, I understand just how precious sight is and how important eye tests are.


10 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids perfect for Autumn and Winter

I am not going to lie,  but after 4 years of making packed lunches for Mini, it is not my favourite job, especially as he has an aversion to sandwiches! So when Herley’s got in touch with me to work with them on their lunchtime talks campaign I jumped at the chance as there must be lots of people like me who get stuck in a lunch box rut.


Various Medical Conditions that can Limit Your Mobility

Various Medical Conditions that can Limit Your Mobility

There are a variety of reasons that people, young and old alike, may have difficulty getting around. Some are a result of an injury, an accident, genetics, neurological disorders, or being overweight. The good news is that if you or a loved one has limited mobility, there are effective treatment options and devices such as mobility scooters, available that can to improve your quality of life.   I know this as mum Mum loved her mobility scooter – in fact, it changed her life.


Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017 7

I love reviewing cars, actually I love driving cars! I didn’t learn to drive until I was pregnant with Mini 12 years ago and since then I have relished the fact that I can drive the freedom it provides me.   We have just had the Vauxhall Crossland X for a week and this is what we thought of it.

Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017

Always best for baby with Which 5

It is hard to believe that this time 12 years ago we were waiting on the birth of Maxi and we researching what to buy for our first born child.  Maxi was a much longed for child, who we never really believed would really come, so we left buying everything till last minute.  We wanted to make sure that our perfect first born had the best of everything, so we made sure that we subscribed to Which? magazine.


LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes 4

What do you get when you mix LEGO Ninjago, Cineworld, Movies and Mum in the Mad House – LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes and very happy children of course.  We love popcorn and to celebrate the launch of the new LEGO Ninjago Movie we have teamed up with Cineworld to celebrate and bring you these fab free LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes and also some other ideas for hosting your very own LEGO Ninjago Birthday party.

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Cameron Lodges – Loch Lomond 7

Holidaying with mardy tweens can be a challenge especially when you have a husband that would rather pull teeth that sit and watch them in the swimming pool all the time.  It is a really difficult age when they become selfish and do not see why they should be taken to museums and such and want to have “fun” on holiday, well at least mine do.  So we didn’t set off with too high expectations for our 3-night break at Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond.  I was just hoping for a change of scenery and the possibility that the boys might stop bickering for a little while.


Hush Little Baby Don’t you Cry A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries

A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries 1

Top 9 reasons why your baby might cry and what to do: is a collaborative paid post.  Arriving home from hospital with a new-born bundle of joy can be a daunting occasion, particularly when they start crying in a tone you don’t recognise. Care, the number one healthcare brand sold into UK pharmacy and Penny Lazell, a qualified midwife and independent health visitor are here with advice to help you comfort your little one.


No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies 6

When Barleycup challenged me and the boys to produce a recipe with their delicious gluten free and free from added sugars instant cereal drink I knew instantly that they would be the perfect addition to peanut butter and chocolate cookies.  I first was introduced to peanut butter cookies by Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family and they are such a delicious cookie, but remarkably simple to make.

No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer 8

Earlier this year I worked with Highland Spring to bring you some tips on keeping your kids hydrated at school, easing the home to school transition and hel[ping kids cope at school.  I have learned over the years that water and hydration plays a big part in my kids’ behaviour.  Not only during school time, but also over the summer and how it helps them be #BraveByNature.


Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler - Adult Colouring

Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler – Adult Colouring

How gorgeous is this free Kokeshi colouring sampler from my friend the talented Tasha Goddard?  As I get older I really do relish the chance to switch off and unwind and one of my favourite ways is to colour in.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have taken my colouring sampler with me when I take the boys swimming and it has really been fun to do.


Free Printable Summer Screen Rules - Encourage a balance with screen time and technology this summer with these simple summer screen rules.

Summer Screen Rules – Free Printable 5

It is no secret that I find balancing screen time challenging. My boys would quite happily spend some days on their Xbox or screens all day.  So this summer we are implementing some summer screen rules for my sanity! Now I realise that this might not be for everyone, in fact, one of my besties doesn’t feel the need to implement screen times rules in her home. As always you know what is best for your family and this is what I feel is best for mine.


Back to school

The Ultimate Back to School Resource 17/18 7

Are you thinking about the children being back to school yet?  Some people have been planning for this since the kids left school, others sit in denial about the holidays ever ending and other wishes h the holidays were much shorter or never happened at all!.  Whichever person you are we have a post for you in our ultimate back to school resource.  Whether it is your children first day of preschool or last year of senior school you will find some amazing tips and ideas to make the transition back to school simple for you and your children.


How to navigate the first day at school 7

It is so hard to believe that this September Mini will be starting senior school and my years as a primary school parent are over.  It is even harder to think that I have been navigating the first day of school since 2008 when Maxi started pre-school.  So that is nine years of first days at school.  Eight of them at Primary and one year of Seniors for Maxi.




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