10 Amazing wet weather play ideas 12

My boys love playing outside and during the summer, I have no issues getting them outside playing with their friends.  In fact, I know that they will be either playing football (soccer) for my US readers or cricket most afternoons after school.  It is much harder to encourage them outside in the cold or wet weather now they are older.  But just look at these 10 amazing wet weather play ideas brought to you in conjunction with WhatShed.

10 Amazing wet weather play ideas

How to make paper beads from wrapping paper

How to make paper beads from wrapping paper 18

Have you ever tried to make paper beads?  This was our first attempt at them and I am already sure it will not be our last.  We have had some great fun making paper beads from leftover wrapping paper this week.  It is a super fun activity that is perfect for working on fine motor skills with kids.


How to live smarter 10

I am all for living smarter.  Anything that can save me time, money or allow me to make my life easier is a winner for me.  For me, smart living means making the most of my time, money and home, allowing me to have a more meaningful life.  Yes, that might sound deep, but in reality, it is just about living wisely and understanding my priorities.

How to live smarter

Did you know you can save up to 25% on your utilities and heating costs with this one simple home decor tip

Save Energy by installing the right blinds 8

One of my big things for 2016 is trying to be as energy efficient as possible.  It bugs me when we spend money that we don’t need to.  This puts money in the energy companies pockets when it could be in mine!  This is one of the reasons that I am delighted to be part of the Institute of Inertia.  We have been currently looking at working our way through the Mad House and updating inefficient products and we have recently been considering blinds.


Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe 24

Today’s fabulous Sensory Heart Tic Tac Toe 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.

Sensory Heart tic tac toe

Printing Flowers with Celery Stalks

Printing Flowers with Celery Stalks – Vegetable Printing 11

You can really create some beautiful artwork and patterns by printing flowers with celery stalks or other vegetables.  You can use the artwork for Mother’s Day cards, valentines day or for wrapping paper or you can just have fun experimenting with different colours and patterns.


5 Ways the modern family can afford a new car 12

For most families, having a car is a must! A family car serves many purposes; driving the children to and from school, travelling to work, doing the weekly shop and visiting the seaside at the weekend would be much more difficult when forced to rely on public transport.

5 Ways the modern family can afford a new car

Fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab

Fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab 17

OK I am going to admit I am not a doner kebab person at all, in fact I don’t think I have ever had one – I have tried a little, but I was veggie for 14 years, but all the men of the house LOVE them.  So i decided to have a go at making our own fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab.  I had seen lots of recipes for slow cooker meatloafs made from beef mince, so knew that it would be pretty OK, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much the family enjoyed it.


How to make a mother and child heart necklace 17

Today I want to share with you how to make a mother and child heart necklace with polymer clay.  This is inspired by one of my favorite preschool books, No Matter What by Debi Gliori (UK Link/US Link).

mother and child heart necklace

Looking for a family car when you have Tweens

Looking for a family car when you have Tweens 9

It is really interesting thinking about what we look for in a family car now my children are slightly older at 9 and 10 and it is very different from when they were babies or even toddlers.  No longer do we need to have a massive boot to take all the paraphernalia that comes with newborns, nope what we need now is a boot that is wipeable for muddy football boots!


How to make Fat Rascals – Cooking with Kids 13

Fat Rascals are a real Yorkshire tradition and are one of the husbeasts favorite baked goods.  Whenever we visit Berry’s Tearooms he always gets a Fat Rascal.  Well, Maxi and I decided that we needed to perfect making our own and guess what, they are easy to make and taste delicious.

Fat Rascals

Tea light holders made with microwave drying clay

heart cutout tea light holders made with microwave drying clay 20

We have another fantastic valentines keepsake for you today with these beautiful heart cutout tealight holders made with microwaveable clay.  Yes, clay that you can dry in the microwave.  We are totally in love with this stuff and it is perfect for things that are vertical as it is a lot lighter than standard air-drying clay, so  there is no droop!


Heart Jar Luminaries – A simple kids valentines craft 11

How beautiful are these heart jar luminaries?  February is a dark month here in the UK, so anything that can add a little joy or light is a great thing in my book.  These heart jar luminaries are an inexpensive way to brighten up the month and a simple kids craft perfect for valentine’s day.   Plus they are a super way to use up any glass jars that you have.

Heart Jar Luminaries

The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup

The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup 12

As you know if you are a regular follower, we LOVE free adult colouring pages here and feature some every month of so.  We are delighted to be able to work with some fantastic talent to produce exclusive pages for you all to download at no cost.   Adult colouring books might be the latest trend, but this one is proven to be good for you as according to psychologists it that relaxes the amygdala, the fear center of the brain and allows your mind to get the rest it needs.  We have rounded up all our fantastic free adult colouring pages into one place for you.   As we add more more »


Kid made thank you cards sorted by age 10

Is there anything nicer than receiving kid made thank you cards? Do your kids send thank you cards?  I am a big believer in saying thank you and love making cards with the boys.   with over 40 kid make thank you cards rounded up here, you are bound to find one to suit your kids.

Kid made thank you cards

LOVE Watercolour resist canvas

LOVE Watercolour resist canvas 10

We have been on something of a watercolour marathon here in the Mad House lately, all spurred on by some new water brushes that I bought the kids (and me) for Christmas.  They have sparked Maxi’s interest in paint again and inspired him to make this LOVE watercolour resist canvas.


My word for 2016 18

I was introduced to the Word of the year by Cathy from Nurturestore far to long ago to even remember!  It is something that comes from the amazing Susannah Conway.  Last year my word grabbed me immediately and it was such a fitting word, it was “Nurture”.  I needed to learn how to nurture.  To support my family, to cultivate relationships and to grow this website and my business.

learn to live on purpose

Chinese Chicken

Chinese Chicken – A fab fakeaway for cooking with kids 14

One of the things that I find hardest as a mum is the constant feeding of my family.  The planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning it away on a never ending loop.  It is not that it is a difficult task, just that sometimes it is a thankless, never ended one and one that I find really easy to get stuck in a rut with.  This recipe for Chinese Chicken is new to me and the family, but it is one that has already made it on to our regular menu plan.  It is simple to prepare, quick to cook and means four empty plates here.  Oh and BIG bonus is that it more »


Valentine craft and activities for kids 10

Looking for valentine craft and activities for kids?  Well look no further I  a complete resource of them all in one place for you here.  As I do more I will make sure that they are added, so make sure you pin or bookmark this page.  I love learning, creating, making and baking seasonally and you might not celebrate valentine’s day, but love is forever eternal.

Valentine craft and activities for kids