10 Ways to keep kids occupied in restaurants 17

Do you eat out a lot as a family? We have gone through various stages of eating out with the boys.  It started out being pretty simple when they were babies, turned into hell when they were toddlers and I have even been in a restaurant with the boys when my table companion actually removed herself from out table as one of the boys was being particularly obnoxious!

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10 Tips for traveling with kids 17

I love traveling with my family, but it wasn’t always that way.  I used to get quite uptight and anxious about it.  It was such a chore remembering everything.   I have managed to control my anxiousness with lots of planning and some great tips.  So in collaboration with Holidaysafe.co.uk, I am going to share them with you.

20 Stick Crafts and Activities 16

We love crafting and creating here in the Mad House and sticks are something that I always find at the front door – oh yes, currently there is a large stick, which I have been informed is Mini’s Gandalf stick and needs to remain there! So we love stick crafts.

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Why I don;t have date nights

On why I don’t have date nights with my husband 23

“Date Nights”, do you have them?  Are they a new fangled thing?  I don’t remember my mum and dad setting aside a regular night to spend time with each other. I do remember them going out, I remember sitting on the edge of my Mum’s bed as she put her face on, tonged her hair (and always did my fringe) and sprayed her perfume, Armani by Armani.

A great value staycation in Blackpool 17

Blackpool, when I mention it to you what do you think?  We have just returned from our second visit to Blackpool with the kids, after an amazing visit last year.


Back to School 2015 14

I cannot believe that my boys go back to school today. The school holidays have flown past; my boys will be going into year five and six and in the next few weeks we have to go and look around senior schools for Maxi!

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Their first day at school 21

My boys go back to school this week and will be going into year six and year five.  I know that waving them off at the door (they no longer want me to walk to school with them) will be a bittersweet moment for me and also for lots of other parents.

Do you have “Mum” guilt? 19

Do you have mum guilt?  No not that constant feeling that you could be a better mum (I think that is something that we all suffer from, nope this is a different type of Mum guilt!

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Paper plate weaving 22

We are big fans of yarn crafts and weaving here.  I have tried and failed at knitting and crochet in the past, so love crafts that are achievable for everyone and this paper plate weaving is a super craft.

Top five products for traveling with a baby 17

Travelling with a baby can seem like a mammoth task.  I remember travelling with Maxi and Mini when they were babies.  I always over packed.   So what are the top five products that you need when you are travelling with a baby.

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Helping our children overcome anxiety 20

I was an anxious child. Not through my whole childhood, just part of it.  For me anxieties were linked to my quest for perfectionism and the need to be able to control everything.  I was lucky and my parents got help for my issues and never belittled them.

Resources for helping your anxious child

40+ audio books for kids

Audiobooks are NOT cheating 19

Although I agree that nothing can replace the wonder of reading aloud to your children.  I have been a fan of audiobooks since my boys were small.

Rhubarb Brulee Cheesecake – cooking with kids 16

I look cooking with my boys.  When they were small I was determined that I would provide them with life skills and cooking was one that was key.  I grew up cooking by my Mum’s side and I wanted the same for the boys.  This Rhubarb Brulee Cheesecake is a twist on a classic New York cheese cake is a real crowd pleaser.

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Cardboard Tube Village 21

I love making things with stuff we might throw away.  We have been collecting cardboard tubes or loo rolls for ages to make this super cute cardboard tube village.

Staying overnight at the Zoo 20

We love experiences.  I adore making memories with my family, things that we can talk about over the years to come and this fabulous overnight stay at Whipsnade is certainly one of those fab experiences.


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Cook on stick Damper Bread 24

Bread on a stick, yes bread on a stick that you can cook over a fire or on the BBQ.  Damper bread is an Australian food and has been a huge hit here.  It is super simple to make and tastes ace.