Dinosaur footprint shortbread thanks to Ecover 282

These adorable Dinosaur footprint shortbread cookies are brought to you thanks to Ecover arranging for me to have a Spring Clean which gave me and the boys time to have fun in the kitchen.  Read on to get our delicious three ingredient recipe and also find out more.

These Dinosaur footprint shortbread are super simple to make with kids and only have three ingredients.

10 Achievable tips for helping picky eaters. Fusy Eating is often a phase, but can be frustrating for parents. Here are some great tips that work #6 is genius

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Parenting is challenging and when your child is a picky eater or goes through a phase of fussy eating it can turn mealtimes into a battle and stress everyone out.  Here I share some top tips for dealing with a picky eater.


Slow cooker Jacket Potatoes with Clover 2

One of the things I am passionate about is eating with my family.  I have fond memories of eating around the table when I was growing up and so does the husbeast.  Up until recently we have managed to eat together pretty much each night, but what with after school clubs, scouts, football and youth clubs some night are more of a challenge.

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How to make the perfect Victoria Sponge. Follow our secret tip to make the most delicious classic Victoria Sponge Sandwich. This tea time mainstay is a brilliant bake for cooking with kids.

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There is a special place in heaven for kids that can bake amazing cakes.  Not only that there is something wonderful about having a child that can pull off making the perfect victoria sponge cake.  The queen of all cakes, a sponge cake can seem really simple, but can be tricky to get just right. The Vitoria Sponge is the perfect tea time winner and classic cake that has been around since Queen Victoria’s times.  Delicious, simple and moreish and we like ours with strawberry jam and fresh cream, although a purist might tell you it should be jam only.


Venturer EliteWin 11.6-Inch 2-in-1 Tablet with Smart Keyboard 9

With all the choices available today for tablets and laptops, it can be really hard to know what to choose.  With Maxi having just turned eleven and starting senior school in September we know that he will need something that he can do his homework on.

The Venturer EliteWin 11.6-Inch 2-in-1 Tablet with Smart Keyboard is the PERFECT laptop/tablet for tweens and tweens and it is an unbelieveable price. A great specification two on one that is a great value buy as a first laptop.

Free Beautiful colouring page or Be-YOU-tiful coloring page for adults. Another free colouring page from mum in the mad house. Adult colouring is all the rage at the moment and this colouring page is perfect for tweens and teens too

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This free Beautiful colouring page or should that be Be-you-tiful colouring page is by the ever talented Leslieanne from Leslieanne made it.  I am a big fan of colouring, it is the one time that I truly switch off.  I can sit down and just colour in and this fantastic colouring page is perfect for all ages.


How to save as a non-saver 13

So last week I admitted that I am a terrible saver.  No that isn’t quite right, now I want to save, I just do not have the spare cash.  So I need to save smarter.  So I have been figuring our ways to save for non-savers.  In fact you would be surprised to know that in just one week I have already saved over £200.  Yes £200, so read on to find our more.

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Backpack around the world with Fin & Lou. This fab interactive story book is a brilliant way for kids between three and five to learn about geography.

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Today we are going backpacking with Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app aimed at children aged 3 to 5 that takes children on a fantastic journey across the world.  My boys are obviously a little old for this amazing app so today’s review of Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app is 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.  


How to marble eggs with nail varnish 21

I love the effect that you get when you marble eggs with nail varnish.  It is something I first did with Maxi over a year ago and we were delighted with how it turned out.  It is such a fun process art activity and I am warning you have lots of eggs to hand as it is addictive!

It is so easy to marble eggs with mail varnish. You get an amazing effect and it is totally addictive, perfect for Easter. Beware once you start marbling you will be doing it to everything including cups, vases and plates! A super simple DIY craft that is perfect for tweens.

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Moments of #MyDisneyLife 11

When Disney got in touch and asked me to share with you moments of #MyDisneyLife I thought this is going to be so easy.  Everyone has a stand out Disney moment, right? Erm, wrong.  I have been mulling over this for days.  Days I tell you.  In the end, I had a revelation when talking to my husband.  This was proving so hard as I don’t have one Disney moment, no I have a lifetime of them.


Great gifts for Mums and Babies 12

2016 is going to be a super year for Babies in The Mad House.  One of my nieces had a baby girl just before Christmas and my other niece gave birth to a much-awaited baby girl last week.  It makes my heart sing to have our family expanding and for my Brother to be a Grandpa again! And with new babies come gifts and there is nothing I like more than finding the perfect gift.

Colorful gift boxes with sleeping baby

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Learning to be a Smarter Saver 21

Savings, it isn’t an exciting word, especially when you are younger, but oh how I wished I had been a saver when I had more money to save!  I have two boys and they are polar opposites when it comes to money.  Maxi who has just turned eleven is a saver.  He saves all his money, whereas Mini who is nine spends every single penny as soon as he gets it.  It burns a hole in his pocket!  One of the things I find the hardest as a mum is balancing everything.  Trying to find the money to pay for everything we need and to save too.


Raspberry Muffins – Cooking with kids 11

I love cooking with my boys and at eleven Maxi is becoming a really proficient cook and these raspberry muffins are brilliant to cook with your kids as they need no special equipment and the ingredients are really easy to mix together even for the youngest child.

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Kids Dessert Buffet – Kids in the Kitchen 6

I love getting my kids in the kitchen and when we were invited by Angel Delight to design a dessert, well not a dessert exactly, but a character called delight.  As a child of the 70’s I am going to admit I have a soft spot for Angel Delight and so do my boys. I had so much fun designing and putting together a kids dessert buffet.

This kids dessert buffet is an excellent way to encourage your kids to eat new foods and perfect for a party

Fun Phonics Game with Tsum Tsums A fun simple DIY phonics game with Disney Tsum Tsums. This homemade kids phonics games is simple to put together using what you have at home and you can adjust it to use your child's favorite small toys such as Shopkins, fungus amungus. This is a super way to learn whilst playing.

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This fab fun phonics game with Tsum Tsums idea is 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.


Floating chalk prints 10

I have been working on finding process art activities that my boys can enjoy now they are tweens and these floating chalk prints certainly hit the mark.  I feel strongly that process art is really important for kids of all ages and sometimes more so when they reach 9/10.

Floating chalk prints. A super simple process art project that gives great results and is fun to do. This kids craft activity is a great way of demonstrating surface tension too. I love it when creativity and science meet.

The importance of bedtime stories. We know that there are loads of reasons why reading to children from when they are babies is key, but it is also really important for adults too. It is an unparalleled opportunity to bond with your kids and put right anything that might have gone wrong earlier in the day. The fears and concerns that sometimes children don't readily give voice to during the day often come tumbling during bedtime stories

The importance of Bedtime stories 11

When I was pregnant with maxi one of the things that I was most looking forward to was reading bedtime stories to my future child.  I have always had a love of books and I knew that I wanted to foster this in my future children. I always knew that bedtime stories were important, but I never realised quite how important they were.


What age is the right age to buy your child a mobile phone? 14

We have had a couple of parenting firsts this week.  Both the boys have their own mobile phones.   We have always helped pretty strong views on children and technology and I have written before that I felt kids under nine didn’t need mobile phones.

What age is the right age for a phone

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Win £100 VISA Gift Card with DC SuperHero Girls

How would you like to win a £100 VISA Gift Card? All you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below, but before you do that why not take a look at the new DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel and website.