Jump for Pudsey 6

We are delighted to be working with Boots UK this year to highlight their “Jump for Pudsey” Campaign to raise money for BBC Children in Need this half term.   Boots UK want to encourage the nation to get active, have some fun and raise money for BBC Children in Need. Whether it is leaps, launches, bounds or hops; the goal is for the UK to spring its way to one million jumps.

Jump for Pudsey

10 Tips for cooking with Siblings

10 Tips for cooking with Siblings 5

One of the biggest challenges of cooking with your children apart from finding the time is balancing the needs of siblings.  Cooking with more than one child can be challenging and dealing with the dynamics of siblings can be offputting.  But there are ways that you can make cooking with siblings easier.


Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes 14

These fused bubble wrap snowflakes were great fun to make and are a great way of getting older children involved in process art.  Maxi had lots of fun using our iron to fuse the bubble wrap together.

How to make Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes

Girls in Football – Breaking down Barriers 9

As the mum of a couple of football mad boys, I am well aware of the huge benefits of team sports and specifically football, so I am delighted to be working with SSE again in breaking down barriers and discuss girls in football and their Dads and Daughters Series.


Homemade Pizza Recipe – Cooking with Kids 8

Do you have pizza nights?  We do and have done since the boys were little .  This homemade pizza recipe certainly is tried and tested as it has been our failsafe recipe which has been used since before the boys were born so for around 15 years!  I have learned that kids love pizza and letting them top their own is a great way to encourage them to eat something new.  Plus it is super simple to prepare and make, so much so it is our regular Saturday night meal and now we have a wood fired pizza oven we are loving Saturdays even more!

Homemade Pizza Recipe - Cooking with Kids

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m passionate about cooking and that I’m passionate about getting kids to cook, so you may be wondering what I’m doing ordering a takeaway on a Friday.  When you say takeaway people immediately think ‘oh that’s really unhealthy’ or ‘that’s really fattening’ or ‘I bet that’s all they ever eat’ but if you tell someone that you’ve been out to a restaurant that’s absolutely fine.  Well, good takeaway is just like having a restaurant experience in your own home as far as I’m concerned.


Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken – Cooking with kids 14

One of the most monotonous bits of parenting is feeding.  I swear I spend hours thinking about what to prepare, shop for and cook that we will all eat as a family.  You see, I want to prepare something healthy, scrummy and delicious and to see empty plates at the end of the meal.  Our dinner times are sacred and I want to keep them that way.  I see a good meal as a way of bringing my hungry boys to the table each night.  This Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken meal is a fantastic meal which was a big hit with my family.

Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken

Veggie Taco Bowls – Cooking with Kids 2

I am passionate about the fact that I want my boys to grow up with great skills in the kitchen and instill in them a love of cooking and also provide them with some fabulous staple meals.  These Veggie Taco Bowls are so simple to make and are really filling and nutritious. We are working with Uncle Ben’s in the run up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on 15th October 2016 to highlight their fantastic Ben’s Beginners cooking hub. Veggie Taco Bowls Ingredients 1 250g package Uncle Ben’s® Mexican Style Express Rice® 6 20cm Corn Tortillas 1/2 can (400g) no-salt added Black Beans, rinsed & drained 3/4 can (340g) no-salt added more »


Halloween Colouring pages for Adults 26

You must all know by now that I LOVE colouring.  I find it really therapeutic and it enables me to switch off whilst spending time with the hubby.  I just can not sit and watch TV and not do anything with my hands!  With Halloween coming, I was inspired to put together a list of free Halloween colouring pages for adults and teens.

free adult colouring pages for halloween

How to make Pom pom pumpkin garland

Pom pom pumpkin garland 14

We love making pom poms.  I find it so relaxing and perfect for making with the boys when we are sitting and chatting.  This simple pom pom pumpkin garland makes a fun seasonal decoration and you could add little felt faces if you wanted to transform it into a Halloween garland.


Helping your Fussy Eater 11

One of the hardest things I find as a parent is feeding my children.  I remember the fear of raising a fussy eater and at 10 and 11 my boys will pretty much try any food, however, it wasn’t always this way. So how do you turn a fussy eater into a food explorer?

Helping your Fussy Eater

Eve Mattress unboxing and review

Eve Mattress Review and Unboxing 11

When was the last time you changed your mattress?  Did you realise the sleep council suggests ever 7 years and ours was well overdue, so we were delighted to be invited to try out a revolutionary Eve Mattress on our super king sized bed.  So read on to see our Eve Mattress review and unboxing.


DIY Dreamcatcher Tutorial 28

I love getting creative with the kids and this DIY dreamcatcher tutorial is perfect for tweens and teens.  It is inspired by one Maxi made when we were invited by Bassetts Vitamins to Lakefest earlier in the summer.

DIY Dreamcatcher Tutorial

Tips for engaging reluctant readers

Tips for engaging reluctant readers 6

Everyone wants their children to grow up with a love of books.  I know that I did and I have one bookworm, but I also have one reluctant reader.  Maxi is a capable reader, but he has never connected with books for whatever reason and it isn’t for lack of trying on my part!  The fact is that reluctant readers are often boys, but the lack of interest in reading books isn’t just a boy thing. So how do you engage reluctant readers?  I have teamed up with DisneyLife to bring you some tips for engaging reluctant readers.


Cook with your Grandkids – #CookSomethingGrand 7

As you know I am passionate about cooking with kids and one of the things that make me sad is that my boys can not learn to cook and bake with my mum like I did, especially as this coming Sunday 2nd October is Grandparents Day.  But I am delighted to be working on this fab #CookSomethingGrand campaign about cooking with your grandkids.

Cook with your Grandkids

Easing the Home to School Transition

Easing the Home to School Transition 18

Being at school can take some adapting to for children, especially after a holiday or for younger children who are just starting school.  So I am working with Highland Spring to bring you some small ideas and tips for things that you can do to help your children during this time which will make everyone’s the school transition so much happier.


Chicken Tikka Masala – Cooking with Kids 3

This Chicken Tikka Masala was cooked by Mini aged ten from scratch and I can tell you it was absolutely delicious.  I am delighted to have teamed up with Uncle Ben’s to highlight their fantastic Ben’s Beginners cooking hub on the lead up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on 15th October 2016.

Chicken Tikka Masala - Cooking with Kids

Design a Dream Pet

Design a Dream Pet – A simple drawing prompt 7

I find using a drawing prompt a great idea when sometimes children freeze when presented with a blank page. I love challenging the boys to draw their dream pet.  it is a great activity that uses their imagination and as it is a dream pet it doesn’t have to be real at all.  I recently looked after my best friends five year old and decided to challenge him to draw his dream pet.


Tots Guide to Good Gut Health with Bio-Kult Infantis 8

We all know that maintaining a strong immune system is so important for your little ones, but did you know that 70% of the immune system is found in the gut? Healthy gut flora could help to protect against nasties such as diarrhoea, and common conditions such as eczema, hay fever, food intolerances and colic.

Tots Guide to Good Gut Health

Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.0 Review

Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.0 Review

My boys don’t often ask for toys, but have been interested in a Teksta Robotic Puppy for the last three years and due to poor reviews, I have managed to talk them out of it.  So when we were offered the new Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.00 to review I thought we would see what the fuss is all about and if they are worth the £59.99 that they cost.