This Szechuan Beef recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. We first had this at my sister in laws (she is an amazing cook), so we pinched the recipe off her and it is a great weekend fakeaway, which is much loved by my boys. I am delighted to bring you this recipe in conjunction with Simply Beed and Lamb as part of their live slow campaign.
This beautiful stained glass earth craft is perfect for Earth day or as a prompt for talking about our earth and they look amazing hanging in the window.
It seems to have done nothing but rain for months and months here in North Yorkshire and I decided to embrace the weather and produce this process art bleeding tissue paper rain art for Earth Day. It was inspired by this beautiful snow day tissue art that I pinned and have been hoping for snow to do with the boys, but it has been the wetting winter on record in England, so we adapted it for rain.
I have been challenged by The Institute of Inertia in partnership with Comparethemarket.com as part of my work with them, to share my Spring resolutions. Did you know that Spring is the ideal time to set goals and resolutions? Spring is the point of new beginnings, the clocks going forward bringing lighter nights, life is awakening and the days are getting warmer. In Spring, our good intentions to get things done and make positive change are given a welcome boost by, quite literally, a brighter outlook. Not one to shy away from a challenge I got together with the rest of the Mad Family and we decided to set a resolution of reducing our screen time.
Todays Jellybean Jumble Maths Game is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family. Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher. This post is part of our learning with manipulatives series.
These adorable Dinosaur footprint shortbread cookies are brought to you thanks to Ecover arranging for me to have a Spring Clean which gave me and the boys time to have fun in the kitchen. Read on to get our delicious three ingredient recipe and also find out more.
Parenting is challenging and when your child is a picky eater or goes through a phase of fussy eating it can turn mealtimes into a battle and stress everyone out. Here I share some top tips for dealing with a picky eater.
One of the things I am passionate about is eating with my family. I have fond memories of eating around the table when I was growing up and so does the husbeast. Up until recently we have managed to eat together pretty much each night, but what with after school clubs, scouts, football and youth clubs some night are more of a challenge.
There is a special place in heaven for kids that can bake amazing cakes. Not only that there is something wonderful about having a child that can pull off making the perfect victoria sponge cake. The queen of all cakes, a sponge cake can seem really simple, but can be tricky to get just right. The Vitoria Sponge is the perfect tea time winner and classic cake that has been around since Queen Victoria’s times. Delicious, simple and moreish and we like ours with strawberry jam and fresh cream, although a purist might tell you it should be jam only.
With all the choices available today for tablets and laptops, it can be really hard to know what to choose. With Maxi having just turned eleven and starting senior school in September we know that he will need something that he can do his homework on.
This free Beautiful colouring page or should that be Be-you-tiful colouring page is by the ever talented Leslieanne from Leslieanne made it. I am a big fan of colouring, it is the one time that I truly switch off. I can sit down and just colour in and this fantastic colouring page is perfect for all ages.
So last week I admitted that I am a terrible saver. No that isn’t quite right, now I want to save, I just do not have the spare cash. So I need to save smarter. So I have been figuring our ways to save for non-savers. In fact you would be surprised to know that in just one week I have already saved over £200. Yes £200, so read on to find our more.
Today we are going backpacking with Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app aimed at children aged 3 to 5 that takes children on a fantastic journey across the world. My boys are obviously a little old for this amazing app so today’s review of Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family. Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher.
I love the effect that you get when you marble eggs with nail varnish. It is something I first did with Maxi over a year ago and we were delighted with how it turned out. It is such a fun process art activity and I am warning you have lots of eggs to hand as it is addictive!
When Disney got in touch and asked me to share with you moments of #MyDisneyLife I thought this is going to be so easy. Everyone has a stand out Disney moment, right? Erm, wrong. I have been mulling over this for days. Days I tell you. In the end, I had a revelation when talking to my husband. This was proving so hard as I don’t have one Disney moment, no I have a lifetime of them.
2016 is going to be a super year for Babies in The Mad House. One of my nieces had a baby girl just before Christmas and my other niece gave birth to a much-awaited baby girl last week. It makes my heart sing to have our family expanding and for my Brother to be a Grandpa again! And with new babies come gifts and there is nothing I like more than finding the perfect gift.
Savings, it isn’t an exciting word, especially when you are younger, but oh how I wished I had been a saver when I had more money to save! I have two boys and they are polar opposites when it comes to money. Maxi who has just turned eleven is a saver. He saves all his money, whereas Mini who is nine spends every single penny as soon as he gets it. It burns a hole in his pocket! One of the things I find the hardest as a mum is balancing everything. Trying to find the money to pay for everything we need and to save too.
I love cooking with my boys and at eleven Maxi is becoming a really proficient cook and these raspberry muffins are brilliant to cook with your kids as they need no special equipment and the ingredients are really easy to mix together even for the youngest child.
When was the last time you had a great experience in a hotel as a family? How do you go about choosing a family friendly hotel? I know how important it is to feel comfortable when you are staying in a hotel when you have children. I am delighted to be working with Laterooms and to be able to share with your this year’s Best Family Friendly Hotel of the year.
I love getting my kids in the kitchen and when we were invited by Angel Delight to design a dessert, well not a dessert exactly, but a character called delight. As a child of the 70’s I am going to admit I have a soft spot for Angel Delight and so do my boys. I had so much fun designing and putting together a kids dessert buffet.