Get creative with your kids – #LittleSpenders Competition 5

I am a big fan of anything that gets the creative juices flowing for kids and that is why I am working with Foresters Friendly Society this summer with a competition encouraging parents to get creative with their children to produce a drawing or painting showing how they would spend £5000 in their #LittleSpenders Competition.

Get creative with your kids

Free family ticket to Sealife Center 9

To celebrate the launch of Vileda’s Kids Go Free campaign we are giving away a free ticket which entitles two adults and two children entry to any Sealife or Sanctuaries site (excludes London, Chessington and Alton Towers).


Dr Beckmann Carpet Cleaner – a must have for mums 2

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you will know that I a big fan of Dr Beckmann products.  I use their products on pretty much a daily basis!  I don;t do a wash without their colour and dirt collector sheets, they are total genius.  One of the other products that is essential in my home is their carpet cleaner.

Dr Beckmann Carpet Cleaner - a must have for mums

Saving Time and Money with Direct Debit 8

Over the last month, I have been working on saving money and time by making sure my bills were being paid by Direct Debit.  I want to share with you how getting your bills paid for by Direct Debit means you have more time for yourself (and the family)!


5 things to do at the beach with kids 8

As part of the Sprinkles of Summer Fun campaign fab® ice lollies is giving you the opportunity to win your ultimate summer of fun along with regular opportunities to win products that will help make summer more fun, so make sure you like their Facebook page.  How exciting is that! The beach is a great place to make memories and today I am sharing 5 free things to do at the beach with kids.


The Benefits of Horse Riding for Kids

The benefits of Horse Riding for Kids 8

This weekend the boys had a new experience and went horse riding for the first time thanks to Petplan Equine.  Even though we live pretty rural and both the boys have friends who ride they had never contemplated giving it a try and were not afraid to admit that they were a little scared and apprehensive.  I was amazed at the many benefits of horse riding for kids.


School shoes that last 5

Mini has pretty flat wide feet and kills shoes.  Given that, on average his  school shoes were lasting 6 weeks it has become a very expensive issue.  We have tried pretty much every make and model from supermarket own brands to Geox and keep coming back to one brand…..


Free Happy Weekend Adult Colouring Page 60

As you might know, I am a huge fan of colouring in for adults.  I find it relaxing and helps me switch off from the intensity of everyday life.  I have been working with the wonderful Tasha from Tasha Goddard Illustrates since the beginning of my journey into adult colouring and I am delighted to be sharing with you a free Happy Weekend  colouring page, but even more exciting some amazing greetings cards by Cardooo which are illustrated by Tasha.


It is cool to be a Mother 8

When did the term Mum or Mum become so derogatory? Why is having Mum hair or Mom hair as the NY times put it, such a bad thing? Mom hair a “longer-in-back, slightly–shorter-in-front bob” and apparently is inescapably frumpy!


Pirate booty maths game with gems

Pirate booty maths game with gems 10

This Pirate booty maths game with gems brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family.  Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher.  This post is part of our learning with manipulatives series.


Washi Decorated Toilet Roll Bracelets or Cuffs 9

Simple crafts are often the best and I love doing things that are easily replicated and fun for kids to make and these washi decorated toilet roll bracelets are the perfect kids craft.  I can never get enough of toilet roll crafts, such a versatile everyday material and something that we would throw away.

Washi Decorated Toilet Roll Bracelets or Cuffs

Cotton Pad Calla Lily Craft

Cotton Pad Calla Lily Craft 5

This simple cotton pad and q-tip Calla lily craft is a great kids craft is brought to you by Flowers for Everyone.   I am a big fan of flowers and love to have them in my house and this week the boys bought me a bunch of Calla lilies for the office, which inspired these stunning everlasting flower craft.  Most people will have everything they need to make these in their home already.


5 Make-ahead smoothie packs – Kid Approved 14

We are a little late to the smoothie and juices thing here.  I guess that is due to us not having a powerful blender and the boys not liking bits in their smoothies, but we have put all that right over the last couple of weeks and are now smoothie pros!  So much so that we have a freezer full of make-ahead smoothie packs for kids.

5 Make-ahead smoothie packs for kids

Fabulous Fairy Gardens and Houses 11

There is something magical about fairy gardens.  To have your own little world with fairies, plants, moss, doors furniture and a little bit of pixie dust.  As an adult, I have a huge love for fairy gardens and I know that they enchant most children too.  They are also a great way to encourage children to garden.


Never Forget a Birthday Again with GiftWink 8

I swear since having my boys my memory has never been the same.  I think it is due to the sheer amount of information I have to remember and not only for myself, but for the rest of the house too!


10 Simple Hacks for the Perfect Roast Dinner in a Hurry 7

The number of families sitting down for a weekly roast is falling. It’s a tradition that’s been around since medieval times but it’s no surprise really when we are all so busy. A roast dinner doesn’t have to take half a day to prepare though; we’re way past that need to spend hours in the kitchen, whatever gender we are.


A Family Holiday at Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France 14

We recently spent a week over the may half term Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France.  Domain de Mathevies is a beautiful site situated in the Perigord Noir region of The Dordogne with a selection of accommodation from a Gite, Mobile Homes to luxury cabins.  You can also pitch a tent, camper or caravan too.  We stayed in a Mobile Home.  As a p[arent the key to the perfect family holiday is often found in keeping the rest of my family happy.  But Domain de Mathevies manages the holy grail – a family holiday that fitted each and every one of my family. The Perigord Noir region of France around Sarlat is more »

A Family Holiday at Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France

Simple Father’s Day card – Hap-pea Father’s Day 7

I absolutely adore this simple Father’s Day card that has been designed for you by my fab 11 year old Maxi.  It is perfect for adding a little colour to as he has or for you to colour in completely and I am sure that any Dad would love being wished a Hap-pea Father’s Day.  This card was inspired by the fact that MadDad is currently growing peas in the garden.


Summer Water Fun 7

One of the things that my boys love the most is water play, and summer is the perfect time to have some water fun as a family. The summer is all about making memories and I am working with fab® ice lollies for their Sprinkles of Summer Fun campaign.

Summer water fun ideas for kids

Football crafts or Soccer Crafts for the Euro’s 10

These football crafts or soccer crafts for my US readers are brought to you in conjunction with MandMDirect.com.  For those of you that don’t know, I have two football mad boys.  Maxi is a defender (and a very good one at that) and plays in a team and has since he was five years old.  His team is an ace bunch of lads who now play in Division one and finished in the top half, which is great for a team that started out in division four.   At the moment with the Euro’s on my house is everything football, when they are not watching it they are playing it.  So more »