DIY Vanilla Peppermint Lip Scrub 6

Do you suffer from cracked or dry lips?  I am very lucky, but the husbeast and Maxi both do.  This DIY vanilla peppermint lip scrub is perfect for both of them and also is a great gift too. I love homemade beauty recipes as you know just what you are putting on your body and with this DIY vanilla peppermint lip scrub you are only using things that you would happily eat. DIY Vanilla Peppermint Lip Scrub Yields: 1/4 cup (will fill 3 small lip balm containers) Ingredients:  3 lip balm containers (Affiliate links – UK Link/US Link) 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar 4 Tablespoons coconut oil (Affiliate links – UK Link/US Link) 5-6 more »

DIY Vanilla Peppermint Lip Scrub

Simple Stop Motion for Kids

Simple Stop Motion for Kids 9

This post for simple stop motion for kids is in partnership with Sainsbury’s.  Have you seen the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert yet?  Mini has been singing “the greatest gift for Christmas is me” pretty much every day for weeks.  But not only has it inspired him to sign, it has inspired both of my boys to try stop motion.

Air drying clay ornements 13

Every year we make salt dough or corn flour ornaments and unfortunately they got damp in storage and they were ruined, so this got me thinking about using air drying clay for a more permanent Christmas decoration.

Christmas Wrapping Ideas for Brown Paper

Christmas Wrapping Ideas for Brown Paper 8

I want to share our Christmas Wrapping ideas for this year. I love wrapping Christmas presents with brown paper. Brown kraft paper is always something that I have a roll off so is perfect for emergency gift wrapping.  I have to say that this was inspired by Heather from Growing Spaces Fun Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas.  More specifically the Beard one.

5 Tips for Parenting During Christmas 2

Parenting is hard at the best of times, but parenting during Christmas can be a real challenge.  Kids can be super excited and as parents we are trying top organise a fabulous family Christmas making it even more of a challenge.  So here are some tips to keep things running smoothly over the festive period.

5 Tips for Parenting During Christmas

Christmas Dinner Hacks to save you time in the kitchen

Christmas Dinner Hacks to save you time in the kitchen 9

These Christmas Dinner Hacks are brought to you in partnership with Bacofoil.  I LOVE Christmas Dinner.  it is a real family affair in The Mad House with MadDad doing most of the prep and cooking and we me and the boys making the most of his delicious food.

Mondrian Inspired Jar Luminaries

Mondrian Inspired Jar Luminaries 17

Mini’s favorite artist at the moment is Piet Mondrian and these Mondrian inspired jar luminaries were influenced by a recent visit to The Gemeente Museum when visiting Holland.

16 Ugly Christmas Sweater Colouring Pages 3

The adult colouring craze doesn’t seem to be abating anytime soon and neither does the love for Christmas jumpers.  So why not combine the two with these fantastic ugly Christmas sweater colouring pages.

16 Ugly Christmas Sweater Colouring Pages

Generation Green Competition 5

I am delighted today to be partnering with British Gas and their Generation Green competition where budding young artists across the country are being challenged to design a comic strip for the chance to win an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000 from British Gas.

Kidslox Parental Control App – Initial Thoughts 9

As a parent you want to make sure that you children only access age appropriate apps and information on their tablets.  The fact that my boys are now 10 and 11 and use tablets for homework and are sometimes left to use them independently means that I want to try and ensure that they are not accessing what they shouldn’t and also not spending too long on their tablets.  This is why we are trailing Kidslox.

Kidslox Parental Control App

Encouraging your Hypersensitive Child to Brush their Teeth

Encouraging your Hypersensitive Child to Brush their Teeth 5

Encouraging your hypersensitive child to brush their teeth can be a real battle.  I should know I have one!  Mini finds toothbrushing really uncomfortable and we have tried lots of things to encourage him to brush his teeth.  This post is in partnership with Playbrush, which aims to make brushing fun.

Bubble and Squeak Soup – cooking with kids 8

We are delighted to be partnering with Sainsbury’s Waste less, Save more initiative by sharing our waste-busting bubble and squeak soup.  This brilliant soup is perfect to cook with kids and perfect for using up chicken and vegetables left over from a Sunday dinner.

Christmas Food

11 Great Festive Food Recipes to Enjoy at Christmas 8

One of my favorite things about Christmas is festive food.  It is the perfect time to enjoy food with your family that you do not have for the rest of the year.  I love how food cements family traditions and that we all love getting together in the kitchen to enjoy great food at Christmas.

The BFG’s Frobscottle Recipe 7

We are huge Roald Dahl fans here in The Mad House, especially Mini and to celebrate the home release of The BFG on DVD and Bluray we have been asked to produce The BFG’s Frobscottle recipe.  This is a post paid for in collaboration with The BFG.

The BFG's Frobscottle Recipe

Encouraging the Kids to clean up after themselves

Encouraging the Kids to clean up after themselves 326

How do you encourage your children to clean up after themselves?  Do you insist that they help with the cleaning or do you find it easier to just do it yourself? Personally, I am all about encouraging the kids to clean up after themselves and the rest of the household.

Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Advent 6

I love Christmas and the Advent.  I really want to celebrate advent and use the time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and make it about giving and have a joy filled time with my family. I want advent to be about more than just opening a door on an advent calendar and getting a piece of chocolate, I want it to be a time where we cement our family traditions and give joy to other people.

DIY Christmas Tree Luminaries 14

I love candles and I love Christmas.  Add the two together and you have these beautiful DIY Christmas tree luminaries made from air drying clay.  These have been inspired by some I saw here. We are big fans of holiday keepsakes and these festive luminaries for battery operated tea lights would make the perfect gift or a treasured keepsake to bring out year after year.

DIY Christmas Tree Luminaries

Collecting money in a group made easy with 14

Group collecting can be a total nightmare, especially when people are not all around at the same time. Just ask anyone who is in charge of collecting funds for a baby shower, big birthday present or even a major wedding gift. There will always be someone who wants to pay by cheque, doesn’t have the cash on them or perhaps people live all over the globe.