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We all have one. A happy place, somewhere that we feel safe and content. Somewhere that leaves us feeling at peace. I have a couple. One is my “Crudy” (craft room/study) and the other is on the beach. So I want to share #myhappyplace
I am blessed to have kids that eat pretty much everything I put in front of them most of the time. However, we still have times when they are under the whether or just being kids when they refuse food. I find that a great way of getting them and me out of a funk it to bring them in to the kitchen and make things together. However, when that fails this is a failsafe way to encourage picky eaters!
April showers, make may flowers. I hope this is the case. April in The Mad House was filled full of the joys of an Easter holiday which meant a visit to the Chill Factore and also a brilliant day out with friends at FlamingoLand (review to follow).
I am something of a blogging OAP and I saw a post where bloggers where sharing their favorite bloggers and I thought I would join in. But the thing is blogs are like children, it is wrong to have favorites. So I am going to share with you some blogs that rock my world at this moment in time!
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My boys are nearly 8 and just turned 9 and last summer I championed #Freerange parenting. I tried to give them freedom to explore, play and investigate independently.
The Cricut Explore was released in the UK today and I have been lucky enough to have had one to play with for the last two weeks, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts from this first two weeks with this revolutionary machine. First off I am going to admit that it has been Easter Holidays here and my number one priority is my boys, so it remained unboxed for three days and has only been played with in small chunks oe with them with me. Secondly, I am going to admit that cutting is my kryptonite. I hate cutting things, I do not have mad cutting skills and I more »
One of the things that I encourage my boys to be is active and as you may know I am working at reducing their reliance on electronics. This is much easier now the weather is better as they choose to be outside with their friends. SkateHut.co.uk sent us a Crisp Ultima 125 Scooter – Gold/Satin Black for the boys to try out and it has been a huge hit. They liked: It has larger wheels than other stunt scooters so goes faster making it suitable for skate parks and speed stunts. It is really sturdy, so perfect for learning on It is smoother due to the larger wheels, making it ride more »
Those two days after Friday can feel like a huge chasm, when you have kids to entertain. It’s easy to get stuck into the same routine and lose all inspirational ideas. Here are a few new ideas to help with bonding between yourself and your children. Make the most of the time that you have!
Whilst we were busy with the washi tape we decided to have a go at making some easter cards. Again we used our Cricut Mini, but it was super simple and the MiniMads’ were certainly in charge. Not only did they chose the tape combination, but they picked the images and words too!
We are big fans of washi tape in The Mad House. We use it all the time for homemade cards and even for covering eggs. So it was the natural choice to make a washi tape easter garland out of it.
I am a huge fan of art, craft and drawing (as you possibly know if you read my blog regularly) and when John Lewis Insurance asked me to share my favourite drawing of what matters most to my children it was a hard, hard job as I love pretty much everything they produce for different reasons. I love the act of making art and nurturing children’s drawings and one of the wisest things that I was told is to never ask what a drawing is, but to ask “Tell me more about your drawing” So I took this opportunity to go through my boys artwork and let me tell you there more »
We have a “Bored Jar” and every so often I update it and as the Easter holidays and Spring are upon us I thought I would update it with a Spring theme. So here are my Low Spend or No Spend Easter Holiday and spring Activities
Just in time for the Easter Holidays Walkers are offering half price tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and the 12 SEA LIFE aquariums and sanctuaries across the UK.
Maxi was asked to write an entry in to Chris Evan’s and BBC Radio Two’s 500 words competition for children as homework and typically for my lad decided he wanted to do it last minute (I don’t encourage homework).
Whoop, my boys finnish school on Friday and are off until 22nd April, so we have plenty of time to do lots of Easter crafts and have lots of family fun time together. This week I am going to concentrate on Easter Egg Craft Ideas. We love decorating our Easter Tree with eggs and the boys also decorate eggs for school and for an Easter Party we attend each year.
We were sent a fantastic selection of craft items for the Tots100 Bostik Craft Club. You can buy similar kits to this from online suppliers such as Craft Merrily and Yellow Moon.