Felted wool easter egg chicks 10

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.

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Weekends With The Kids: Ideas Of What You Can Do To Fill The Time

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!


March’s Small Stuff 33

I loved the small stuff meme that went round last year and I have decided that I am going to do a monthly round up of my small stuff.  The things that have made me happy, made me smile and made my day over this month. March is a mega month of small stuff for me.

#Small Stuff

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Mothering Sunday 18

This year is the first year that I feel comfortable celebrating Mothers Day without a mother.  It is over three years since Mum died and yes I still miss her, but I no longer pine for her company like I used to. My new normal is actually becoming normal.  Now that is a sentence I never thought I would write!


Family board games we are currently playing 23

We love board games and have a regular family games night every week in The Mad House.  We are rather over-competitive when it comes to games and have a cupboard full of games to choose from.  The MiniMads are currently 9 and nearly 8 and so when Two Little Fleas asked me to post about family games night I jumped at the chance.

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sign language mothers day card

Homemade Mothers Day Cards for kids to make 24

There is nothing nicer than a homemade card, especially one made by your kids.  I am a huge fan of homemade mother’s day cards made by my boys and I have pictures of all the ones they have made during the years. So with Mothering Sunday this Sunday, I thought I would share with you some quick and easy Mothers Day cards that can be made by children which are perfect for Mum’s or Grandma’s this weekend.


Over 50 Family Fun activities for under a Fiver 24

I was challenged by Wilson Field to come up with a post all about as much family fun on a fiver as I could.  I was really shocked that my toothpaste nearly cost £5 this week when I went shopping, which really got me thinking about how much family fun can you have for a fiver. Outdoor Ideas Go on a family bike ride Visit a local landmark that you have always said you would like the Angel of the North Geocaching Go on a nature hunt Go on a beach walk and collect stones – use your £5 for ice cream at the end Go feed the ducks Take a more »

50 familiy activities under £50

Alton Towers Collage

Alton Towers Review 5

The minimads took their first trip to Alton towers this Saturday.  My boys are mini thrill seekers and adore rides of any sort and were a little disappointed  that most of the big name rides were for children over 1.4 meters.  Of the ten thrill rides the boys were not big enough for eight of them, however they still managed to go on at least 15 rides and had a great day.  If you have younger children you need to bear in mind that creepiest land doesn’t open till May.


Nine 33

When Maxi was born my mother in law told me that he would bring me more joy then she could put into words.  I laughed at her, thinking what did she know.  Well it turns out for once she was actually right!

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Center Parcs, I think I love you! 25

It can be hard to find a weekend break that fit’s all family needs, in fact it can be pretty impossible, especially when you have two overactive boys aged seven and eight, a husband that works very hard all week and thinks weekends are for relaxing and me, who just doesn’t want to cook and wants a little me time.

Center Parcs

plaster fossils

Review – Ravensburger Science X Maxi Prehistoric Expedition 24

Often you get a science kit and you have to add lots of additional products to make it work. This is certainly not the case with Ravensburger Science X Maxi Prehistoric Expedition.  The only extras you need are water and distilled water.  In fact you can do most things straight out of the box.


HELP – How do I get my seven year old to keep his room tidy? 26

This was tidy 1 hour before I took this picture!  Help, MiniMad’s bedroom resembles a bomb site I am in need of some help and advice people of the interweb.  Mini Mad’s has an issue with keeping his bedroom tidy and I have to admit I am finding it exceedingly hard to deal with.

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tulips

Post-it Note art, crafts and activities – Something for the weekend 25

I don’t know about you, but I never realised there was so much you could do with post-it notes.  I was challenged by them to create three crafts or activities using their new  Full Adhesive Notes, otherwise known as FAN. These notes mean you can adhere the whole note to the surface of your notebook or wall, meaning it will stay put for longer!


Karcher SC2.500 Steam Cleaner Review 2

The sun has started to shine and it has made me feel as though I need to get on with the spring cleaning.  In fact I am steaming in to spring, thanks to Karcher.

Steam cleaner Collage

Yorkshire parkin collage

Cooking with Kids – Aunty Chris’ Yorkshire Parkin 25

I love cooking with my boys and this is a recipe from my childhood and one that Mini loves to make and loves to eat!  Yorkshire Parkin was my Aunty Chris signature bake.  Hers was always perfectly sticky and delicious and tasting it takes me right back to her home filled with cousins fitting in front of the coal fire under one of her crochet blankets.


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Squeezing it in to a weekend 2

Like many families we are squeezed.  With work, family commitments, school, diy, sports, beavers, cubs, hobbies and cooking, cleaning and all that comes with a home and much more and since the new rules about holidays during school time we are even more squeezed.  We have just Squeezed an awful lot on to a weekend at Center Parcs (come back over the coming week to find out just how much), but Actimel also know a lot about squeezing a lot of good things in to small things.  Their 100gram bottles are packed full of yogurt, live cultures, fruit puree, calcium and essentials vitamins B6 and D.


{How to} make a two colour daffodil pinwheel 18

Spring is one of my favorite seasons and I have been seeing pictures of daffodils flowering, but where we are in the NE of the UK are a couple of weeks behind, so we decided to take matters into our own hands and make some two colour daffodil pinwheels.  These would also be the perfect St Davis’s Day craft (which is on the 1st March).

These daffodil pinwheel flowers are simple to make and look so beautiful. Celebrate spring with this fab DIY flower craft

windsock-collage

Getting outside in all weathers – something for the weekend 38

I am as guilty as others at looking out of the window and thinking of things that we can do inside to escape the weather rather than embracing the weather and getting some fresh air.  So I am dedicating this week’s something for the weekend to getting us outside and encouraging our children outside too.  In many parts of the UK it has been the wettest winter on record and often March and April can be pretty wet too, but I am determined to get us out and about. Ways to encourage kid’s outdoors