Measuring and Estimating with Ribbons 12

This fab measuring and estimating with ribbons activity 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.


Drawing for fun

Drawing for fun 10

Sometimes it can be hard getting my boys to do something creative.  At the moment, they rush home from school and are desperate to get out and play with their mate and if the weather is bad then they will ask if they can play on the XBox.    Sometimes I need something that they can do that is fast, fun and doesn’t take any planning and this is where drawing comes in. Drawing for fun.


Peanut butter and chocolate bites 12

These peanut butter and chocolate bites are brought to you by Ryvita as we are part of their “revoluncheonary” team.  We want to share with you family friendly Ryvita recipes that children will love to make and eat.

Peanut butter and chocolate bites

Make sure you are money savvy. Why you should be paying by Direct Debits. How you can benefit from managing your payments with Direct Debit

Being Money Savvy – Paying by Direct Debit 10

So over the coming weeks, I am going to be switching any bills that we do not already pay over to Direct Debit and I would love for you to join me and see just how easy it is. I am all for making things easier and simpler and that is what paying by Direct Debit can do for you.  As a busy mum of two boys finding time to manage household stuff is often the last thing on my agenda.  Plus I would much rather do fun stuff than house admin!


How to make the perfect bread maker pizza dough 13

Homemade pizza is delicious and has been a staple in our home since we got our first bread maker over twenty years ago.  Over the years, I have perfected that initial recipe and now I am going to share with you how to make the perfect bread maker pizza dough.

How to make the perfect bread maker pizza dough

Kandinsky for kids - concentric circles in squares

Kandinsky for kids – concentric circles in squares 11

This beautiful piece of collaborative art is inspired by the works of Kandinsky.  I am a big fan of creating artwork with kids and this Kandinsky for kids  art is perfect for a large group of children or for screen free family time.


A simple sweet lunch #MyVita 13

We have been selected by Ryvita to be part of their “revoluncheonary” team and share with you our lunches over the next few weeks.  My boys are big fans of Ryvita, so we jumped at the chance to share with you some delicious family friendly lunches.  This simple sweet lunch is often a weekend treat for us all.


A Week without Internet TV 14

We were challenged to go a week without broadband by Moneysupermarket and we just couldn’t do it.  I rely on our internet for my business and as a home, our broadband is out a lifeline to lots of things in our home.  I know this as we were offline for a week at Easter.


Tomy Toys Zootropolis Giveaway 22

We’ve teamed up TOMY toys to offer Ten (yes 10!) lucky children the chance to win Judy’s Carrot Recorder and Badge from Zootropolis, designed to let kids recreate specific scenes and events from the film, truly bringing it to life.


Blog smarter, not harder. Why you need an editorial calendar. 15

For years, I blogged when I wanted to and never worried about a schedule and that was great, but then I started to want to take part in regular blog hops and series, such as cooking with kids, learning with manipulatives and project recycle.  I needed to blog smarter and use an editorial calendar.

Blog smarter, not harder. Why you need an editorial calendar.

DIY Garden lantern from a plastic bottle 13

I love turning things from my recycling bin into something we can use.  This DIY garden lantern was made from a plastic bottle and it turned out even better than I could have hoped.The lantern was inspired by a couple of garden ornaments that I had seen including these


10 Family Activities for sports mad kids 8

Both of my boys are sports mad and with half term on the horizon I have been looking into things we can do as a family that is of interest to my difficult tweens!  Yes, they could do these activities on their own, but we are all about having fun and making memories as a family.

10 Family Activities for sports mad kids

A family friendly office come craft room. This colourful perfect space for encouraging a creative family life in a digital age.

Where I work – A glimpse in to our Office and Craft Room 19

Do you have a dedicated workspace or craft room at home? I have just got a proper desk from Lakeland Furniture to replace the Ikea table I was working at.  I am lucky that I am able to do my job from home and where I work has evolved over the years.  Initially, when the boys were younger, I worked at the kitchen table or wherever they were playing.  I had a laptop  and used that to do my work and I kept all out arts, crafts and work stuff in a large cupboard in the dining room.   It worked really well for me to be able to put in more »


Paraben Free Head Lice and Nit treatment 46

Treating head lice has always been a real challenge, especially when I do not want to expose my children to chemicals and nasties.  This is where KIT & COCO come in.  I really believe that they are going to revolutionise the treatment and prevention of head lice.


Clarks are still Cool for Kids Shoes 13

I am a stickler for making sure my boys have decent shoes and that they fit well and for school shoes that has means a mixture of Clarks and Startright and recently Geox, Doc Martians and Kickers. This has been fine with my boys, but for trainers it has been another matter, until recently!


Personalised Party Crafts: Dom and Geri Wrapping Paper 16

This fab personalised party crafts post is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family.  A certain little someone from The Jones family is going to have a birthday soon so I asked Sarah to share with us her love of all things party and see what she could do with this beautiful photo gift wrap from Dom and Geri.


Budgeting - Cash versus card

Teaching kids budgeting – Cash versus card 1

Money, we never seem to have enough, or that should be we have a habit of living to our means,  Raising children is an expensive business.  Mini killed yet another pair of school schools this week.  This is his third pair since September and they do not come cheap.  I try to make sure I budget and save for unexpected expenses, but some months it fee’s as though we are robbing peter to pay paul, even more so when my clients do not always pay on time (the joys of freelancing)!