Comparing our lives on Social Media – Keeping it Real 10

I LOVE the internet, I love all that it has given me.  It has enabled me to carve out a place for myself, a career that fits around my family.   However, it really can be a double-edged sword.  As much as it is filled with wonderful advice and inspiration, it also makes me regularly question myself and sometimes like today it makes me want to RAGE!

Ways to stop comparing our lives on Social Media. Let's keep it real on the internet and stop social media comparison and people feeling inadequate.

Family Festival Essentials

Ultimate family packing list for festivals 5

We love festivals and used to regularly go to them BC (before children) and then started visiting them again last year with the kids.  I love that my boys are a little older at 11 and 12 and can now stay up and really enjoy the whole festival vibe.  However, it is a little (make that a lot) different to just going to a festival on your own and you certainly need to pack more!  Make sure that you have a fab time at festivals with this comprehensive festival packing checklist


20 Fun & Creative Boat Crafts for Kids 1

I have fond memories of making boats as a child.  I remember designing them, creating them and testing them out on the boating lake near where we lived.  I want to my children to have fond memories too with these fun and creative boat crafts for kids.

20 Fun & Creative Boat Crafts for Kids

Make Your Move With Children Stress Free

Make Your Move With Children Stress Free

Moving is stressful enough as it is. But if children are involved, that stress increases significantly. For your kids, it can be an emotional roller coaster as it is both exciting and scary. With so much uncertainty, your kids will be anxious, which as a parent, is bound to make you worry as well.


How to make a ToadStool House – #NoddyChallenge 9

I have such fond memories of Noddy and friends. In fact, I think it was my first introduction into the fantastic world of Enid Blyton. I remember my Grandad reading me the stories and telling me that he read the stories to my Dad when he was a little boy.  It is hard to believe that Noddy was originally published between 1949 and 1963.

How to make a ToadStool House

Ways to save on home improvement projects

Ways to save on home improvement projects

Have you been dreaming of beautiful, wide-open spaces, filled with light and beauty? We all do, from time to time, but have you been tempted to take the plunge, grab the sledgehammer and make your dream a reality? For many, home improvement is a fun project to tackle head-on, and for others, it’s a hassle to get over and done with as soon as possible. Whatever your situation, here are some tips to save time, money and hassle on your project!


20 Cute and Easy to Make Disney Inspired Crafts 5

Grab your scissors, grab your glue! We have 20 fabulous and simple Disney inspired crafts for you to make.  If your kids adore Disney movies like mine do, they’re going to love these.   We have a huge selection of Disney Inspired crafts today from  Frozen, Planes, Nemo and more!

Disney crafts are a great way to get ready for a Disney vacation, plan a Disney-themed party or create a gift for a Disney lover.

Garden Goals for the Summer

Mid Century Garden Goals for the Summer 7

We are in the midst of a heatwave and at the moment all I want to do is spend time in my garden.  However, our garden is in need of an update, thanks to mainly being used as a football pitch for the last 10 years.  I also have a serious case of garden envy thanks to one of my neighbours.  Yes, that is her garden and they did all the work themselves!


Green Cleaning Tips and Polti Moppy Review 5

I hate cleaning but love a clean house.  There is something about having a tidyish and clean house that makes me feel calmer and more content.  However, as a Mum to two boys and a dog it can be challenging.  I am also keen to use green cleaning products due to my cancer history and the fact that I have a genetic predisposition to cancer (BRCA 2) and the fact that there is a 50% chance that the boys might have the same spelling mistake.

Green Cleaning Tips

20 Beautiful and Free Printable Garlands

20 Beautiful and Free Printable Garlands 7

I am a total sucker for garlands.  I love decorating for the season or a special celebration.  If they are printable and free well that is even better. They are such an inexpensive and effective way to spruce up or decorate your home.


Fab Free Printable Father’s Day Cards and Father’s Day Gifts under £10 8

Are you a good gift giver? I am training my boys to be great gift givers, but father’s Day is always a challenge.  We have the cards sorted for you with these fab free print and colour in Father’s Day cards.  However, we do find Father’s Day quite a challenge especially as MadDad wants for nothing really.  If he needs something then he tends to buy it!

Fab Free Printable Father's Day Cards

20 Adorable Button Crafts for Kids 2

Buttons make a great craft material and these 20 adorable button crafts for kids are a great way of recycling them. There is something magical about Buttons. I remember spending hours when I was young with my Mum’s button tin. I used to sort them and play with them and just love looking at them, wondering where they had come from. Lots of them wee her mums before her.


How to Make Your House Safe for Children 7

Children are curious little things, and while that’s exactly what makes watching them grow through their initial years such a memorable experience, it’s also one of the main reasons as to why they often end up hurting themselves. A few cuts and bruises are perfectly alright and part of the growing up process, but as parents, we need to be extra careful and make sure that their innate curiosity doesn’t lead to a serious accident.

How to Make Your House Safe for Children

Tips for dealing with PR enquiries as a blogger – Blogger Basics 6

I have been blogging for what seems like an eternity!  I started back in 2007 as a record of my family life and my blog has grown organically over the years and developed into my career.  Over the years, I have worked with many brands, PR’s and companies and I now receive hundreds of contacts and emails a day. This post is in collaboration with Kit Our my Office who supplied my beautiful office desk.  I then bought the filing cabinet to match.


Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas 7

I love watercolour glue resist and we have joined in with a fantastic tea of kid and art bloggers to bring you an amazing resource.  The complete under the sea watercolour glue resists Roundup.  Yes, Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas many with free printables to make it even easier.

Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas

Octopus watercolour glue resist art

Octopus watercolour glue resist art 8

We have been long time fans of glue resist art here in the Mad House and this octopus watercolour glue resist art project is great fun for kids of all ages.  I have tailored this towards tweens by using a hot glue gun with back glue.   We like using glue guns for art projects as they dry super fast and are perfect for impatient people like me!


Octopus Colouring Pages for Kids 2

My boys are just fascinated with all things to do with the Sea.  They love nothing better than visiting aquariums and these fab octopus colouring pages for kids were inspired by our families love of the sea.  I have left them super simple, so they are perfect for children to use as templates or to embellish as they chose.  Plus keep an eye out for a fab art project using them.

Octopus Colouring Pages for Kids

The Little Things – Make it Matter Day 5

According to a recent survey by Marks and Spencer 96% of us feel we spend life on autopilot making at least 15 autopilot decisions a day.  So they have introduced Make it Matter Day, a national day to help the UK focus on what matters most in life.


5 Ways to Get the Kids to Sleep During Allergy Season 3

Summer can mean a lot of things. Sun, adventure and above all, fun. However, here is a slight downside to all that enjoyment in that allergies are rampant. Sneezing, sniffling and lack of sleep can lead to increasingly grumpy children!  Thankfully, I have some top tips from Joy Richards sleep specialist with online bed retail business Happy Beds to help with sleeping during allergy season that may ease those pollen induced sniffles just enough to squeeze in some much needed shut eye.

5 Ways to Get the Kids to Sleep During Allergy Season

Have a SING Family Movie Night with our Free Printable SING Popcorn Boxes 6

If you know me then you know that I love turning the ordinary into something a little special and as a family, we love movie nights, so when Universal Pictures Home Entertainment asked me to create a post celebrating the DVD release of SING I was so excited.  We decided to make movie night a little bit special with these fab printable SING movie popcorn boxes perfect for enjoying SING this half term.   This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures




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