School shoes that last 5

Mini has pretty flat wide feet and kills shoes.  Given that, on average his  school shoes were lasting 6 weeks it has become a very expensive issue.  We have tried pretty much every make and model from supermarket own brands to Geox and keep coming back to one brand…..

rhino v geox


Free Happy Weekend Adult Colouring Page 60

As you might know, I am a huge fan of colouring in for adults.  I find it relaxing and helps me switch off from the intensity of everyday life.  I have been working with the wonderful Tasha from Tasha Goddard Illustrates since the beginning of my journey into adult colouring and I am delighted to be sharing with you a free Happy Weekend  colouring page, but even more exciting some amazing greetings cards by Cardooo which are illustrated by Tasha.

It is cool to be a Mother 8

When did the term Mum or Mum become so derogatory? Why is having Mum hair or Mom hair as the NY times put it, such a bad thing? Mom hair a “longer-in-back, slightly–shorter-in-front bob” and apparently is inescapably frumpy!

Woman wears a superhero style t-shirt under her business suit

Pirate booty maths game with gems

Pirate booty maths game with gems 10

This Pirate booty maths game with gems 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.

Washi Decorated Toilet Roll Bracelets or Cuffs 9

Simple crafts are often the best and I love doing things that are easily replicated and fun for kids to make and these washi decorated toilet roll bracelets are the perfect kids craft.  I can never get enough of toilet roll crafts, such a versatile everyday material and something that we would throw away.

Washi Decorated Toilet Roll Bracelets or Cuffs

Cotton Pad Calla Lily Craft

Cotton Pad Calla Lily Craft 5

This simple cotton pad and q-tip Calla lily craft is a great kids craft is brought to you by Flowers for Everyone.   I am a big fan of flowers and love to have them in my house and this week the boys bought me a bunch of Calla lilies for the office, which inspired these stunning everlasting flower craft.  Most people will have everything they need to make these in their home already.

5 Make-ahead smoothie packs – Kid Approved 14

We are a little late to the smoothie and juices thing here.  I guess that is due to us not having a powerful blender and the boys not liking bits in their smoothies, but we have put all that right over the last couple of weeks and are now smoothie pros!  So much so that we have a freezer full of make-ahead smoothie packs for kids.

5 Make-ahead smoothie packs for kids

30 fairy gardens and houses square

Fabulous Fairy Gardens and Houses 11

There is something magical about fairy gardens.  To have your own little world with fairies, plants, moss, doors furniture and a little bit of pixie dust.  As an adult, I have a huge love for fairy gardens and I know that they enchant most children too.  They are also a great way to encourage children to garden.

Never Forget a Birthday Again with GiftWink 8

I swear since having my boys my memory has never been the same.  I think it is due to the sheer amount of information I have to remember and not only for myself, but for the rest of the house too!

Maxi birthday

Traditional british sunday roast with yorkshire pudding and vegetables

10 Simple Hacks for the Perfect Roast Dinner in a Hurry 7

The number of families sitting down for a weekly roast is falling. It’s a tradition that’s been around since medieval times but it’s no surprise really when we are all so busy. A roast dinner doesn’t have to take half a day to prepare though; we’re way past that need to spend hours in the kitchen, whatever gender we are.

A Family Holiday at Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France 14

We recently spent a week over the may half term Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France.  Domain de Mathevies is a beautiful site situated in the Perigord Noir region of The Dordogne with a selection of accommodation from a Gite, Mobile Homes to luxury cabins.  You can also pitch a tent, camper or caravan too.  We stayed in a Mobile Home.  As a p[arent the key to the perfect family holiday is often found in keeping the rest of my family happy.  But Domain de Mathevies manages the holy grail – a family holiday that fitted each and every one of my family. The Perigord Noir region of France around Sarlat is more »

A Family Holiday at Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France


Simple Father’s Day card – Hap-pea Father’s Day 7

I absolutely adore this simple Father’s Day card that has been designed for you by my fab 11 year old Maxi.  It is perfect for adding a little colour to as he has or for you to colour in completely and I am sure that any Dad would love being wished a Hap-pea Father’s Day.  This card was inspired by the fact that MadDad is currently growing peas in the garden.

Summer Water Fun 7

One of the things that my boys love the most is water play, and summer is the perfect time to have some water fun as a family. The summer is all about making memories and I am working with fab® ice lollies for their Sprinkles of Summer Fun campaign.

Summer water fun ideas for kids

Football Crafts or Soccer crafts for kids square

Football crafts or Soccer Crafts for the Euro’s 10

These football crafts or soccer crafts for my US readers are brought to you in conjunction with  For those of you that don’t know, I have two football mad boys.  Maxi is a defender (and a very good one at that) and plays in a team and has since he was five years old.  His team is an ace bunch of lads who now play in Division one and finished in the top half, which is great for a team that started out in division four.   At the moment with the Euro’s on my house is everything football, when they are not watching it they are playing it.  So more »

Yoda Best Teacher Card 9

Did you see our Yoda Best Dad Father’s Day cards? Well, I loved them so much that I asked Leslieanne to make some Yoda Best Teacher Cards.  I am a stickler when it comes to thank you cards and I always encourage the boys to do homemade teacher cards.

Yoda Best Teacher Card


Yoghurt and Berry Crunch – Kids in the Kitchen 8

I love this time of year.  Summer fruits are readily available and this yogurt and berry crunch is a great after lunch treat or even perfect for a decadent breakfast.  As it is no bake and super simple to put together it is great for getting kids in the kitchen and you can mix up the fruits depending on the season or based on your child’s tastes.

Shoebox table football/foosball table 24

My boys are football (soccer) mad.  They would play morning noon and night it they got the chance, but the British summer time doesn’t always play weather wise.  So I made this shoebox table football/foosball table game for the boys to play.  We do have a larger one, but it is in our friend’s garage as we just don’t have the space in the house!

shoebox table football

Download your free Age appropriate chores poster below

Age appropriate chores for kids 11

Chores, I know that chores can be a polarising issue, but they are something that I insist my kids do.  Well, age appropriate chores for kids will always be something of a minefield, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from them.

Top tips for surviving a LONG car journey with kids 11

We have just returned from Camping de Mathevies in The Dordogne, France and from our home in the North East of England that was around a 15-hour car journey.  So I thought I would share with our top tips for surviving a long car journey with kids.


Who ever said that "Silence is Golden" must never have had children. Silence in my house means that the boys must be up to something.

Silence is Golden, unless you have kids! 4

Whoever said that “Silence is Golden” must never have had children.  As in my home when it goes quiet it means that there is something afoot.  Usually the children are up to no good!