Autumn and Winter picnic food

As a family we love picnics and just because the weather is cooler in Autumn and Winter it doesn't mean that picnicking has to stop.  No indeed for us it just means that we move to more warming food and sometimes we have them inside on a rug and sometimes we have them sat in the boot of the car! In fact having an Autumn picnic is in our Autumn Bored Jar!  We also carry a pop up tent in the back of the car and it is great for picnicking in when it is windy. We keep the food simple warming and filing.  We have a couple of flasks that we use for food.  A wide necked soup flask and a food flask.  Soup is our favorite cold weather picnic food.

Five Autumn and Winter Picnic Soups

Soups which work well for us on a picnic are ones that are blended smooth and that we can drink from a cup, but also dunk in some crusty bread or have with a cheese sandwich. Autumn picnic soups Tomato Soup by Daisies and Pie (more…)
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So where those Startrite shoes made for scooting?

You may remember we have been working with Startrite on seeing how their boys school shoes hold up.  Well they have been wearing them for eight weeks now and I thought I would share with you how they have been wearing. I am going to preface this by saying that the boys last pair of shoes didn't last six weeks and they scoot, walk or bike to school.  They play football with them on the MUGA (astroturf) at break time, so I didn't hold out much hope for ANY shoes. So this is how the boys shoes looked at week two. Startrite shoes week two And this is how they look after eight weeks of constant wear. startrite week eight Maxi's shoes are looking pretty much as good at week eight as they were at week two.  Mini's are holding up well too, although he did manage to rip the bumper at the front!  But even with the ripped bumper the shoe is still intact and looks great. Want to know what me and the other bloggers through, then take a look at this round up video and the blog post about it here. Now I am going to admit that I am a stickler for looking after our shoes.  It was drilled into me by my Grandad when I was young and you can find our weekly shoe care routine here. I want to say a great big thank you to Startrite.
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Pinwheel Poppies – A Remembrance, Armistice or Veteran’s day activity

Both my boys take part in the annual remembrance parade as Cubs and this year it is the 100 anniversary of the start of World War One.  This has really captured the boys imagination, so we made Poppy Pinwheels. Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veteran's Day as it is sometimes called is November 11th. How to make pinwheel Poppies Materials:
  1. Red paper
  2. Brass Paper Fasteners
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Green Paper straws
  5. Hole punch 1/8 inch

How to make a pinwheel poppy

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The Small Stuff – October Edition

Wow what an October it was.  The mildest one I can remember and we had a great time even through all the sickness that plagued us during the month, however, as always the small stuff is what made it a month to remember. OCTOBER SMALL STUFF We started our month with an epic trip to London with Superbreak, in fact it was the best family weekend we have ever had in London.  We saw the poppies at the Tower, saw the amazing Matilda, visited the Art of Brick and stuffed ourselves silly! (more…)
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Keeping your kids teeth healthy this Halloween

Halloween is becoming more and more popular and my boys are at the age where they love trick or treating and lo9ve eating all the sweets and tweets they get. However, there is a negative side to all these sugary foods and drinks that they get and it is important for me to help them keep decay at bay. Bupa are also aware of this and a recent survey by them revealed that nearly half of mums (46%) are worried that their child might be addicted to sugar. the story of the little tooth This research also found that 50% of mums have used the story of the Tooth Fairy to encourage their kids to brush their teeth. Of these, nearly half of mums tell kids the Tooth Fairy won’t accept rotten teeth to encourage them to clean their teeth, and 35% say the Tooth Fairy will know when you’ve eaten too many sweets. So with this in mind they have produced a fab video that you can personalise for your child from The Tooth Fairy.  You can see Mini's here.

My number one tip for cleaning kids teeth

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Melted wax poppy craft, a remembrance day activity

Here’s an easy poppy craft, which is a great Remembrance Day activity for children. We have made a display of poppies and a paper plate poppy wreath, but you can use the same technique to make a poppy brooch by added a pin on the rear or a display of poppies for your home, church or school.  The mini mad's will be taking the poppies to my mum's grave in remembrance of her. These poppies were inspired by the fab wax paper flowers at Homegrown Friends. Melted crayon wax poppies

How to make melted wax poppies with Kids (more…)

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Cardboard Tube Firework Art

We love loo roll and cardboard tube crafts so after our Salt Art Firework we decided to try some cardboard tube firework art. cardboard tube firework prints Materials:
  1. Cardboard tubes
  2. Sticky tape
  3. Scissors
  4. Paint - we used Neon Acrylic Paint
  5. Iridescent White Glitter
  6. Paper plates
  7. Black paper

How to make cardboard tube Firework prints

Cardboard tube printing wand We used kitchen paper rolls as they are longer and we could use both ends.  We cut slits in to the ends before cutting the length of the tube and then rolling it tighter and taped them. cardboard tube printing Put your paint on to paper plates and use the cardboard tube to print on to your paper. We used one end for each of the colours, so as to not contaminate the paint and mix the colours together. Before the paint had dried we covered it with translucent glitteradding glitter Why not take a look at my other firework activities including scratch art fireworks, salt art fireworks, edible sparklers and bonfire artwork.
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10 Kid friendly apple recipes – Cooking with kids

We live in a new build house, well I say new build, it was when we moved in eight years ago.  One of the first things we did to our garden was plant an apple tree.  We have watched that tree grow each year hoping for apples and finally this year we got more than the three we have previously had from it. The boys have been desperate to pick the apples for over a month and we have had to hold them back.  Eventually they had a fun afternoon picking all the apples they could and eating a fair few too.  MadDad had to hoist them up to pick them from the top of the tree. harvesting our own apples So we now have a rather large pile of apples and have been thinking about what to do with them.  I really wanted to make sure that we cook with them and harness the boys enthusiasm for wanted to cook with them.  So here is a great round up of apple recipes

10 Kid friendly apple recipes

10 kid friendly apple recipes
  1. Apple Crisp
  2. Apple Crumble
  3. Oatmeal stuffed baked apples
  4. Apple turtles
  5. Chicken with apples and sage
  6. Apple enchiladas
  7. Toffee Apples
  8. Apple dumplings
  9. Apple pie
  10. Dutch apple cake


Do you have a favorite apple recipe? Then please do share it with us, either in the linky below or in the comments. Disclosure: The fab clothes the MiniMads are wearing are from House of Fraser, as part of their Autumn Days campaign.  They have been wearing them pretty much constantly since we received them and they have washed really well.  We received a blue long sleeve Timberland top, yellow long sleeve Timberland top, Quicksilver boys cargo's and twill trousers. In fact we were so impressed with the Quicksilver Cargo's that I ordered a second pair for Mini!   
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Salt Art Fireworks

I have seen salt art on a lot of blogs and have really wanted to try it with the boys. With Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night on the horizon it was the perfect time to try some salt art fireworks. Salt Firework Art Materials
  1. Glue - PVA, Elmers or school glue
  2. Table salt
  3. Watercolour paints
  4. Droppers
  5. Black Paper

How to make Salt Firework Art

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3 Brilliant Tablets for Tweens and Teens

As much as I advocate for screen free time we are quite a technological family and I do allow my boys time on screens and they both adore technology, but totally agree with Sunshine and Hurricanes that technology is a privilege not a right.   Over the last few months the MiniMads' have been reviewing tablets and we want to share with you our top 3 tablets for tweens and teens. top three tablets fro tweens

But I also believe that my boys should have access to tablets and technology and we have been putting them to the test over the last couple of months and I want to share with you our top three tablets for Kids.


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