Spider Web Cupcakes – cooking with kids 24

Kids love baking, it is kind of magical how those ingredients can make something so delicious and cooking with kids is a great activity.  We love these spider web cupcakes, as they are simple to make and easy for kids to decorate too.  Oh and they are super cute for Halloween too!

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Encouraging your child to drink more water 81

Do your kids drink enough water?  It is something that you can control a little when they are younger, but once they reach school age it is hard to have any impact on the amount they drink during school hours.  So how do you encourage your children to drink more water? The MiniMads are taking the Fill&Go challenge and trying to increase their water intake at school to 1.2 litres a day #BetterWithBrita #momsoninstagram Do your kids drink enough water at school? A photo posted by Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse) on Sep 15, 2015 at 8:44am PDT


Not so scary pom pom spider 19

We LOVE making pom poms.  They are great for working on fine motor skills and for using up bits of yarn.  We are not so keen on spiders in real life, but what do you get when you cross pom poms, pipe cleaners and spiders?  A not so scary pom pom spider of course!

not so scary pom pom spider

The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories

The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories 19

I have mentioned that we love audio books here in “The Mad House”.  They are great for encouraging kids to read and really bring stories to life.   We have been listening to The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling.  Read on to see just what we thought about it…..


10 Rugby crafts and activities for kids 10

My boys are sports mad and rugby is no exception.  They are really looking forward to the Rugby World Cup.  So why not use this sporting event to encourage your kids to do some rugby crafts and activities.

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The benefits of prescription swimming goggles for kids

Prescription swimming goggles for kids 14

Mini has worn glasses since he was two years old.  He has also been going to the swimming pool since he was 3 weeks old.  He has always been a very water confident child, but we did encounter issues with him in large group situations at swimming lessons and that was when we learned about prescription swimming goggles for kids from his swimming tutor.


Scooby Doo Crafts and £150 Smyths Toys Voucher 17

I love Scooby Doo as do the boys.  Scooby Doo is one of those programs that makes me laugh and them too!  How would you like to win a £150 gift card for Smyths Toys, wouldn’t that be great for Christmas? I actually think that the new Scooby Doo LEGO would make great Christmas gifts.

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How to Help Your Kids Find their Own Fashion Style    feature

How to Help Your Kids Find their Own Fashion Style   

 Aside from instilling the right values to your children, it is also important that you help them find their unique personal style. Yes, it’s true that having a pleasant attitude and respecting others can win you friends. However, it won’t hurt if they also look good on the outside too. First impressions leave a big mark to people, so it’s important that they look their best when going out.


Liz Earle Superskin™ Face Serum Review 19

I was walking down the high street the other day and I caught a reflection in a shop window and it took my breath away.  I could have sworn that I caught a glimpse of my mum, but that would have been impossible as she has been dead nearly five years.  What I actually saw was me, but not the me in the mirror, the real me.

Liz Earle Superskin™ Face Serum Review

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Create your ultimate super hero and win! 13

One of the things we love as a family is movie nights and the whole family LOVE is Marvel and superhero stuff.   I am a fan of Captain America (be still my beating heart), Mini likes the Hulk Best, MadDad is a Batman fan and Maxi likes Thor!


Using traditional toys to improve children’s learning ability 14

The United Kingdom’s (UK) toy industry has been responsible for some of the most famous and lucrative toys in history. This success isn’t just attributable to the ‘fun’ aspect of these toys, but also to the fact that they offer an educational element. This isn’t exclusive to the UK’s toy industry either – some of the most recognisable toys from around the world have educational benefits.

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Making the most out of a small space 14

Having children in your home can make it appear smaller than it is anyway with the clutter of toys everywhere, but even if you live in a small studio apartment for example, here are a few hints and tips on how to embrace the space you have and utilise it to the best of its ability.


Pinecone Hedgehogs 25

Pinecones are just amazing.  Autumn has such beautiful bounty and one of our favorite crafts of the past was our pinecone owls and when we got them out recently Mini commented that pinecones look a little like hedgehogs, which is what inspired our pinecone hedgehogs.

Pinecone Hedgehog

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Free Adult Colouring pages 139

As you know I am a big fan of adult colouring pages.  I find colouring in a real release and they keep my hands busy whilst I am sitting and ensure that I can really shut off.


Quinoa apple cake – cooking with kids 21

Do you like quinoa?  Do you even know what it is?  I am going to admit we are late to the quinoa party.  It is a 50/50 split of love it and tolerate it here, but this delicious quinoa, apple and cinnamon cake is loved by the whole family and a great autumn recipe and a fab way of introducing quinoa to kids.

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10 Ways to keep kids occupied in restaurants 17

Do you eat out a lot as a family? We have gone through various stages of eating out with the boys.  It started out being pretty simple when they were babies, turned into hell when they were toddlers and I have even been in a restaurant with the boys when my table companion actually removed herself from out table as one of the boys was being particularly obnoxious!


10 Tips for traveling with kids 17

I love traveling with my family, but it wasn’t always that way.  I used to get quite uptight and anxious about it.  It was such a chore remembering everything.   I have managed to control my anxiousness with lots of planning and some great tips.  So in collaboration with Holidaysafe.co.uk, I am going to share them with you.

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20 Stick Crafts and Activities 16

We love crafting and creating here in the Mad House and sticks are something that I always find at the front door – oh yes, currently there is a large stick, which I have been informed is Mini’s Gandalf stick and needs to remain there! So we love stick crafts.


On why I don’t have date nights with my husband 23

“Date Nights”, do you have them?  Are they a new fangled thing?  I don’t remember my mum and dad setting aside a regular night to spend time with each other. I do remember them going out, I remember sitting on the edge of my Mum’s bed as she put her face on, tonged her hair (and always did my fringe) and sprayed her perfume, Armani by Armani.

Why I don;t have date nights

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A great value staycation in Blackpool 17

Blackpool, when I mention it to you what do you think?  We have just returned from our second visit to Blackpool with the kids, after an amazing visit last year.