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

Watercolour Indent Valentines Cards 11

We have been experimenting with watercolours since getting some new water brushes in our stockings at Christmas. I originally bought them with the intention of us taking our paints out and about with us, but quickly discovered that the kids LOVE them and they sparked lots of creative activities including these watercolour indent valentines cards.   I am a big fan of homemade cards and hope to pass that on to the children and always make the husband a card.

Watercolour Indent Valentines Cards

microwave heart shaped ring dish

Microwave Clay Heart Shaped Ring Dish 7

We first used microwave drying clay with our Christmas fingerprint decorations and we totally fell for it, so decided to give it a try for the microwave clay heart shaped ring dish.  The microwave clay is much lighter weight that standard air drying clay, in fact is has almost no weight to it, but it is easier to work with for smaller children and it isnt as fibrous as standard air drying clay.  A big bonus is it dried a beautiful bright white too.

Simple Kid Made Thank You Card 17

I am old school when it comes to saying that you.  We might not always send Christmas cards, but we do send thank you cards.  This year we have been working on a simple kid made thank you card that is great for kids of all ages and uses a resist technique.

Simple Kid Made Thank You Card

50 winter activities for kids

50 winter activities for kids – Low cost or no cost 11

We have had a really mild winter this year in the UK and no snow yet for us all all.  I love how normally in the UK we have four distinct seasons and that we have regular activities that we do as a family to celebrate the seasons.  These 50 winter activities for kids are perfect for this time of year and are all pretty low cost or even no cost.

Be cool with Scooby-Doo Kids Colouring Pages 3

Scooby-Doo is one of the cartoons that has really stood the test of time.  I remember watching it as a kid and I love watching it with my boys now.   Indeed Scooby-Doo! is one of those classics that our kids can enjoy just as we did.  One thing has changed since I was younger though and that is the way our kids watch cartoons.  I have a super selection of Be cool with Scooby-Doo Kids Colouring Pages for you to print.  

Be cool with Scooby-Doo Kids Colouring Pages


Craft Yourself a Happy New Year 10

I have invited Sara Davies the founder of North East-based Crafter’s Companion to come and share with us some tips for getting our creative juices flowing in the New year and a fab Happy Days Card, Gift Box and Tag craft here at The Mad House.  

2016 Calendar to Colour for adults 1

Welcome to 2016.  I have been sat for the last couple of hours colouring in this beautiful, but simple 2016 Calendar to colour.  It is perfect for the front of my to do book, so that I can check dates quickly if I am on the phone  I am also tempted to keep one on my desk for doodling in when I am on the phone.

2016 Calendar to colour


2015 in review 9

I wish I could be all witty and funny and say what a great year 2015 has been or share with you some wonderful standout things.  Although 2015 has been a great year, we haven’t had one great event or been on one mega holiday.  We haven’t travelled the world, but we have had some super experiences.  What 2015 has taught me is to keep on keeping on.  There have been challenging times, there have been sad times, but equally there has been some drop dead funny times too.

How to make money blogging 11

Can you make money from your blog?  Yes you can.  I am so lucky that I have made blogging my career over the last couple of years.  I have been blogging for over seven years and in that time things have changed dramatically and now there are lots of UK networks offering sponsored posts for bloggers, so I am sharing how to make money blogging.

How to make money blogging


Toilet Roll Confetti Poppers 9

We are on a roll with our confetti crafts this week.  We are getting prepared for New Years Celebrations here with these toilet roll confetti poppers, but they are also perfect for weddings, 4th July or any other celebration.  They are super simple to make and the kids love them.

Hot Glue Confetti numbers 10

We are busy celebrating here and we wanted to make something with the metallic confetti we had leftover from our Balloon Confetti Poppers, so we decided to make some hot glue confetti numbers.  We are using our hot glue confetti numbers window clings, but they would also look ace on skewers as a cake topper.

Hot Glue Confetti numbers

16 Leftover turkey recipes that the whole family will love

16 Leftover turkey recipes that the whole family will love 13

We love turkey here in The Mad House and every Christmas we are gifted a Turkey Crown by one of MadDad’s clients for our Christmas dinner.  Being the frugal sort, nothing here goes to waste, so here are some fantastic turkey recipes that the whole family will love.

Balloon Confetti Popper – New Years Eve Craft 5

Making a balloon confetti popper is a fun craft to make and perfect for celebrating New Years Eve or even for a wedding.  I am going to warn you though, you will be finding confetti for days no matter how hard you clean up!  So if you are a little precious about that then make sure you “Pop” them outside and don’t say I didnt warn you.

Balloon Confetti Popper

Inspirational Quotes Colouring Pages

Inspirational Quotes Colouring Pages for Adults and Kids 11

As you may know, I a a big fan of colouring pages for adults and teens.  I find them really relaxing and they help me switch off from the everyday stresses of the modern world and do something that is screen free and that I enjoy.  With the new year almost upon us, I have been looking at inspirational quotes colouring pages for adults and kids.   These combine my love for colouring and my passion for a great inspirational quote.