New Year paper plate countdown clock

Do you celebrate the New Year with your children? As my boys are getting older they are starting to be involved in our New Years celebration and I thought that a paper plate countdown clock would be great fun to make and use. New year countdown clock What you need: (more…)
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Christmas, it is all about the presence not the presents

The older I get the more I realise that Christmas is not all about what you give or get, but about being there with your family. This was compounded with a health scare and even more when my mum died at Christmas four years ago.  So now MadDad and I focus on our presence rather than the presents. Growing up my dad always told us the following rules and this is something we have tried to instill in our children. something I want (more…)
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Cornflour dough tealight holders for Solstice

We live in Northern England and during this time of year it is dark and we love to light up our home with candles and decided to make some cornflour dough tealight holders for Solstice.  Maxi decided to make them in the shape of the sun to celebrate the shortest day and welcome the lengthening of the hours of sun we would receive. cornflour dough tealight holders We used our white clay recipe, which is really easy to make, so much so that Maxi made it himself and once the dough had cooled down we used cookie cutters to shape our tealight holders. (more…)
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White clay dough. Corn Flour dough, a fab alternative to salt dough

We have made corn flour dough before, but using salt, however, I was keen to find a different recipe with more of a smooth texture that was a bit more malleable for the boys to use. We have tried Nurturestore's 2 ingredient white dough  and love it, but we also tried the following white clay recipe and the boys decided that this is their favorite go to salt dough replacement. white clay ornaments

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Be inspired to cook with your kids and win an eBay voucher

I hope that my previous post about crafting with your kids this Christmas inspired you to get creative with your kids.  Now for part two! So what else I am inspired by at this time of year, well if you are a regular reader then it will come as no surprise to you that it is getting kids in to the kitchen and creating with them, baking making and having fun. Creativity is part of my make up.  It runs through my veins and has since I had the boys.  One of the biggest things I want my kids to remember is having fun making things.  I also want to to have mad skills in the kitchen!  I want them to be able to whip up meals, cakes and treats and feel comfortable in the kitchen.  I actually think I am doing pretty well with this, both of the boys are pretty adept at making and icing cakes and can cook a meal with minimum supervision which isn't to shoddy at eight and nine. gingerbread house making (more…)
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Holidays are coming – Give a little happiness

Holidays are coming, holidays are coming, holidays are coming, its always the real thing............... You know when the Coke advert comes on that Christmas is on it's way and now even the Coke lorry tours the country.  We have never seen it, but Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family has. This year however, I have to say that I adore Coca Cola's new advert, has made a big impact in The Mad House.  The mini mads are forever to be found singing "let's make someone happy".  Have you seen it? (more…)
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Robin Thumbprint Mugs

Every year we make fingerprint mugs for the teachers for Christmas.  In the past we have made Reindeer mugs and flower mugs, pigs, caterpillars and bees.  This year we decided to do Robin's like last years Robin cards.  These Robin thumbprint mugs are so simple to make and really effective for kids of all ages. dishwasher safe robin thumbprint mugs  

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Great gifts for Bloggers

Bloggers we are a fickle bunch and we seem to have a gift list as long as your arms, well the ones I ask do, so here is our great gifts for bloggers list curated by Mum in the Mad House. great gift ideas for bloggers (more…)
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Great gifts for Dad’s

Men can be difficult to buy for, so I thought I would share with you some of the things that Husbeast has had and loved.  Some of these recommendations are of things we have received to review, some of them, things that we have bought and he has loved. So here are the Mad House's guide to great gifts for Dads. great gifts for dads Tools (more…)
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Great gifts for Mums

When I was younger I would have got really upset at receiving something for the house as a present, but no it thrills me to get something that I want! I also have found that the older I have got the more expensive my tastes have become!  Below are The Mad House's guide to great gifts for Mums.

Great gift ideas for Mums

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