Both the minimads are sporty boys and love playing and watching sport. I am one of those odd women that loves Cricket. I remember going to watch the local team play with my Grandad (the cricket club was at the end of our road) and I loved sitting next to him and watching and learning.
We have a rule in The Mad House, which is that we do not partake in the ice cream van, this means that I have a freezer drawer full of ice lollies and we love making homemade ice lollies or popsicles. I never throw away nearly out of date juice or smoothies as they make fab lollies, Just like Kate at Crafts on Sea.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Febreze, a bad smell tops Brits’ list of turn offs when getting into someone’s car. I know that I hate a smelly car, but with two boys and a dog it can be hard to make sure my car smells clean when there is football kit in the boots and a dog on the backseat! Febreze wants to make sure summer family road trips run as smoothly (and as freshly) as possible. To do this, Febreze has created a #drivehappy Kit.
I have had a couple of weeks off Pinterestinly as real life has been getting rather busy! So what have I been pinning this week. Well it is the boys last week at school, so I have been pulling together some activities for the summer break
I am a converse girl, have been since school and just because I am the wrong side of forty doesn’t mean that I am going to stop wearing them!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We are busy “dumping the junk” in The Mad House. We have noticed that when the boys grab junk food that we suffer the consequences in their behaviour. We needed to find a drink that I could freeze and pop in lunch boxes over the summer for football camp, so wanted to give Capri-sun a go.
If you are anything like me you will try to get the good stuff in your kids any way you can. One way I do this is by buying half & half bread. The boys do not even realise that I am giving them anything different!
MadDad wore glasses from being a toddler, I started wearing glasses at 20, so there was a high chance that our children would need to wear glasses too. We took them both for their first eye test at a year old and Maxi was fine, but Mini needed specs as he is really long sighted.
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I have mini thrill seekers for children as you may know if you are a regular reader. They are pretty active and love a challenge, so when Vimto Squeezy suggested they give Go Ape Junior a try at Dalby Forest they were up for the challenge.
Ever since MadDad put raised beds in our garden after my Mastectomy six years ago we have always grown a small amount of vegetables, salads and fruits at home. I know from experience that kids are more likely to try to eat things that they have grown and nurtured. It worked for me in my Granddads allotment and for MadDad as a farmers son.
June has truly flown by and I can not believe that in less than three weeks the boys break up from school for the summer holidays. So what has rocked my world this June?
Do you gift to your kids teachers? I do and have done since the boys went to preschool. I want to thank the teachers for a fab job they do looking after my children. I trust them to look after my most precious things (my children) and this is a BIG thing for me.
A serious post from me today. National Transplant Week runs from 7 to 13 July 2014 and this is what I want to talk to you about. Please don’t skim over this as it is so important to talk about being an organ donor and I am going to explain to you why it is important and how talking about it can make a unbelievable difference to someones life.
We were challenged by Philadelphia to create something that could be had at lunchtime, took little preparation and less than five minutes to make. So Mini and I put our heads together and decided to have a go at making a healthy ish chocolate pot.
This parenting lark is hard work. Just when I think I am doing well, something comes along that gets me questioning what we are doing or how we are doing it. As a woman I find the fact that I am the mother to two boys something of a challenge and a huge responsibility. Now before I continue I just want to say this is not about whether or not it is harder to parent boys or girls.
My house is filled with Minecraft and Loom bands! I thought that Minecraft might be a flash in the pan, however, it hasn’t proven to be. Both the boys and their friends love it. So I extracted my boys and their friends away from the screen for a while and together we have made this Mum’s Guide to Minecraft.
Now I know that now everyone is as relaxed as I am when it comes to kids painting and the mess it can create. But the summer is a great time to try and lower your worry factor and get painting outdoors. The key to being more relaxed is preparation, so get a big bowl of soapy water and a towel ready for cleanups. I have even been known to take the hosepipe to the boys to clean them up or bath them in the paddling pool. We are big fans of the large rolls of paper that you can get from Ikea.
Mini turns eight on Tuesday and is having a football/soccer party for his birthday, so I have been busy pinning lots of ideas for the party this week.
Next week is child safety week. What is that you ask, well it is an annual campaign run by The Child Accident Prevention Trust who are the UK leading charity in this field. This year is focussing battling morning mayhem.