Declutter and Make Money

I wish I could say that I live in a clutter free streamlined home, however, that would be a big fat lie.  I really need to make more of an effort and once I have decluttered stop seeing it as an opportunity to bring more things into our home.  So that fact that you can declutter and make money is a total win in my opinion.

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Nail Varnish Marbled Coasters 13

These nail varnish marbled coasters were inspired by some eggs that we marbled a couple of years ago.  It is a great kids craft for older children.  I did this with Mini who is ten and he loved it.  In fact, he now wants to marble anything that isn’t tied down, so I am going to get some mugs.

Nail Varnish Marbled Coasters

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Simple DIY Garlands by Season 6

I love decorating our home seasonally and making our own simple DIY garlands is a great way to do it.  Not only can we get creative and have fun, but we have something beautiful to hang and decorate our home.


Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter Review 10

My boys have been waiting impatiently to try out the Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter.  We are big fans of anything that gets kids playing outside and keeps them active and the Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter has a unique action and had all the kids in the street gathered around as soon as they saw the box.

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Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland

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This simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland is a super fun and simple kids craft perfect for the festive season.  I really love using washi tape with children as it is simple to tear or cut. low-tac so they can remove and restick it and it comes in so many colours and patterns. The washi tape Christmas Trees can be used to decorate cards but also look perfect strung together to make a washi tape Christmas trees garland or bunting. Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland Materials Cereal box Washi tape, we used red and green 1/8 inch paper punch Thread – we used a green shoelace Scissors Ruler Pencil How more »


Five fabulous washi tape gift wrap ideas 10

This wonderful Five fabulous washi tape gift wrap ideas is brought to you by Gude one of my long-time friends from inside my computer as the boys like to call them or my online coven as the husbeast calls them.  

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Kid Made Christmas Card Series 23

I think you will go a long way to find anything better than a kid-made christmas card, so I am delighted to be sharing with you a months worth of fantastic Christmas cards all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.


A Day in The Mad House 3

Parenting: reality versus imagination.  Before my boys came and lit up my life I really didn’t have any experience of children other than being one!  I was the epitome of a career woman.  Over the years I hope that I have shared the reality of parenting here, however, I too still reel from the difference between parenting expectations and reality!

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Top DisneyLife Films for Families with Tweens. Fab films from DisneyLife that are great for all the family including your tweens.

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I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife membership. We have been working with DisneyLife for four months now and I want to share our top five films for you to enjoy if you have tweens. First of all, these are only our current top five movies. If you were to ask me or the boys next week it might be different!


Over 45 Fabulous Firework Craft Ideas 7

We love fireworks here in the Mad House and there is something about the beautiful colour and bangs that really appeals to me and the boys and also inspires is to have fun and explore our creative side with firework art.  So I have gathered together best Bonfire Night and Firework Craft Ideas to help inspire you and your children.

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Piri Piri Beef and Wedges – Cooking with Kids 10

Growing up we always had a Midweek Roast – it was a real treat in the middle of the week and I am delighted to be continuing that with my family.  This delicious Piri Piri Beef and Wedges is a delicious and flavourful meal with Maxi had on the table in under an hour.  A perfect midweek treat.


Bosch VarioComfort Steam Generator Iron Review and Giveaway 26

Before I start this review of the Bosch VarioComfort Steam Generator Iron, I am going to admit that I HATE ironing with a vengeance and as soon as I could I started outsourcing it!  That being said I do have really high expectations when I do iron.

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Jump for Pudsey 6

We are delighted to be working with Boots UK this year to highlight their “Jump for Pudsey” Campaign to raise money for BBC Children in Need this half term.   Boots UK want to encourage the nation to get active, have some fun and raise money for BBC Children in Need. Whether it is leaps, launches, bounds or hops; the goal is for the UK to spring its way to one million jumps.

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10 Tips for cooking with Siblings

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One of the biggest challenges of cooking with your children apart from finding the time is balancing the needs of siblings.  Cooking with more than one child can be challenging and dealing with the dynamics of siblings can be offputting.  But there are ways that you can make cooking with siblings easier.


Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes 13

These fused bubble wrap snowflakes were great fun to make and are a great way of getting older children involved in process art.  Maxi had lots of fun using our iron to fuse the bubble wrap together.

How to make Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes

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Girls in Football – Breaking down Barriers 9

As the mum of a couple of football mad boys, I am well aware of the huge benefits of team sports and specifically football, so I am delighted to be working with SSE again in breaking down barriers and discuss girls in football and their Dads and Daughters Series.


Homemade Pizza Recipe – Cooking with Kids 8

Do you have pizza nights?  We do and have done since the boys were little .  This homemade pizza recipe certainly is tried and tested as it has been our failsafe recipe which has been used since before the boys were born so for around 15 years!  I have learned that kids love pizza and letting them top their own is a great way to encourage them to eat something new.  Plus it is super simple to prepare and make, so much so it is our regular Saturday night meal and now we have a wood fired pizza oven we are loving Saturdays even more!

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Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m passionate about cooking and that I’m passionate about getting kids to cook, so you may be wondering what I’m doing ordering a takeaway on a Friday.  When you say takeaway people immediately think ‘oh that’s really unhealthy’ or ‘that’s really fattening’ or ‘I bet that’s all they ever eat’ but if you tell someone that you’ve been out to a restaurant that’s absolutely fine.  Well, good takeaway is just like having a restaurant experience in your own home as far as I’m concerned.