How to make a Rainbow Windsock 19

We love making crafts that we can use in our learning and this fab rainbow windsock is a brilliant make that is great for learning about the weather and the wind. 

RAINBOW WINDSOCK SQUARE

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5 Tips to get the kids involved in cleaning 23

Do your kids help with the cleaning?  I hate cleaning up, but love a tidy house! So it is important to me that the boys know what is expected of them and one of those things to to be involved in cleaning.  So yes my kids do the housework and no they do not moan about it all the time!


Pampers celebrates #everybaby 14

On the same day that the nation celebrates one special birth, Pampers partners with award winning director to celebrate #everybaby  

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Tandoori chicken tray bake – Cooking with kids 140

We have been trialing the BacoFoil Non stick for the last month and this post from cooking with kids in brought to you on conjuction with them.  We have used it to line our trays when making out M&M Cookies and also for this delicious Tandoori chicken tray bake


Summer Clothes for boys 24

We are back this month with our summer picks from the fab Melijoe.com website. The Mini Mads have had a good browse of the website and here are their choices. The boys are ten and nearly nine and have distinct personalities, so see if you can tell who picked which sets!

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Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites – Cooking with kids 17

We are at G with our cooking with kids a-z of ingredients and that means grape – grapes and cooking, well I was flummoxed!  Well that is until I remember seeing these fab Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites over at Eats Amazing.  So our Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites are made with grapes.


Help design a baby bag 13

Way back in the dark ages when I became pregnant I remember being excited about getting a baby bag and then the reality set in.  I would be carrying this damn bag around for what turned out to be nearly three years until my darling children got out of nappies.

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Ten Fabulous Free Meal Planning Printables 23

Once a week we sit down as a family and talk about what we loved about that week’s menu and what we want the following week.  It has started to become a real family affair as both the boys are now preparing and cooking at least one meal a week.  I am a sucker when it comes to stationery, so I have gathered together some fabulous free meal planning printables to share with you.


Basil and tomato baked eggs – cooking with kids 14

I love weekends and having the extra time to make a delicious breakfast and this fab basil and tomato baked eggs dish from Crumbs is certainly one for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch and perfect for slightly older kids to make.

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Encouraging kids to garden 23

We have been lucky enough to have a small garden for the last eight years and we love to make the most of it, but growing our own vegetables and using it as a wonderful place to eat and play.


Sportpax review and giveaway 112

Both of my boys are sports mad, especially football.  I am lucky that it takes no encouragement on my part to get them outside in t he fresh air playing and with the lighter nights they are outside playing football or cricket with their friends until they are called in. They both either scoot or walk to and from school and if they are taking the scooter then they really need a backpack for their school things (books, pencil case, PE kit etc) and this is where these fab Sportpax come in.  Sportpax are backpacks with iconic, fun designs in the shape of sports balls. Sportpax bags are tough, resilient and more »

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Free colouring pages for adults 21

I adore colouring in. Finally someone has acknowledged that colouring in is great for adults as well as children and I no longer have to use the kids colouring books.  We love family colouring and have had some great evenings colouring in on a super piece of fabric I got from Ikea with fabric pens and now we can all do colouring in as a fab relaxing screen free activity.


Oreo dirt desserts or chocolate mint puddings 28

This shop and recipe for Oreo dirt desserts or chocolate mint puddings has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias We have been busy planting in the garden and to celebrate this I decided to make some Oreo dirt desserts or chocolate mint puddings.  We have made dirt desserts with jelly worms in the past (I was first introduced to them in California) and this time I want to make them a little more adult.

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Teacher appreciation gift ideas 21

Do your kids give their teachers a gift at the end of the year to say thank you for teaching them?  My boys have always made something as a token of their appreciation to their teachers.  At Christmas we are renowned for our thumbprint robin or reindeer mugs, so we like to shake it up a bit each year depending on the sex of their teachers.


M&M Cookies – Cooking with kids 25

We are at F is for Flour in our A- Z of ingredients cooking with kids series.  We could have made many things, but with the Easter holidays and spring in the air we decided to make some simple M&M cookies.  My SIL had just got back from Florida so we had a wonderful selection of spring coloured M&Ms to use and these cookies are perfect for making with kids.

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Hacks for leftover food 17

We have been making the most of a fabulous week of weather here in the North Yorkshire for the second week of the school Easter holidays (hence the lack of posting this week)! Holidays for us mean lots of family activities and lots of cooking and eating together.   With two boys aged ten and nearly nine I have to make my food stretch and with these hacks for leftover food you will never throw any food away again!


Rocking Kids Series on Netflix according to an 9 year old 21

We have had Netflix since just before Christmas and have been trying it out as a family before letting you know what is rocking our worlds.  So here you have the first in our series, rocking kids series on Netflix according to a nine year old.

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10 Free Spring activities 23

We are half way through the Easter holidays here in the Mad House and we are trying to be as frugal as possible, so that we can save up for a shad for the garden.  So we are doing as much no cost spring activities as we can.