How to improve your credit rating 11

Wow Sunday already and time to be fabulously frugal again.  This week I want to talk about ways to improve your credit rating in collaboration with TSB Bank.  Not a sexy topic, but one that most people will need at some point.

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How do you control and monitor Internet usage? 32

Screen time, is it a big issue in your home?  I try to prevent it being one in ours by having strict rules that we stick to, but it doesn’t stop me being concerned with that the boys can or might see on the internet.  I have a free printable screen rules download for you.

Gender difference in kids – A mum to boys opinion 18

As a mum of two boys it sometimes feels like I am parenting aliens. My best friend has four boys aged between three and eleven.  So my main experience is with boys they are different to how was as a child and they are different to the girls I know (I have two nieces).

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Lolly stick harmonica or a popsicle stick harmonica 18

I am back with Fab to bring you our next instalment in the sprinkles of imagination campaign, where we are producing great projects that help turn everyday objects into something that your children can use for imaginative play.  Fab has sent us lots of lolly sticks to make into fun and creative designs, so we decided to have a go at making a lolly stick harmonica or a popsicle stick harmonica (depended on where in the world you are reading from)! These were so simple to make, but we have had hours experimenting with what sounds we can make and the boys with all their friends have made a band!

Why you should be planning for back to school now 14

I know, I know, school hasn’t even finished yet in most of the UK and I am talking about planning for going back to school.  But trust me on this one, you really need to be planning for going back to school now.

Teacher. Books and blackboard, school supplies, back to school

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Free Minions Colouring Book Printable and Minion craft roundup 21

We are minions mad here.  We have loved the cheeky adorable minions since the first time we encountered them! Today we have a fab free minions colouring book printable to share with you.  perfect for after you have seen The Minions Movie!  We also have a fab round up of Minion crafts and activities to share.

5 Ways to Keep Your Children’s Minds Active Over the Summer 16

There’s no denying that over the long summer holidays children lose the momentum they’ve had for learning over the previous year at school. Key concepts might be forgotten and they could simply get out of the habit of applying their brain on a regular basis. It is beneficial to your children to keep their brains active over the summer holidays, especially if they are returning to exams, a particularly challenging year or even starting a new school.

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Monster Big Nosed Bookmarks 17

Mini is an avid reader. He devours books in no time and also reads before bed, so we decided to have a go at making some of our own bookmarks. We have seen the corner monster bookmarks everywhere and we wanted to try something different, so we decided to make Monster Big Nosed Bookmarks, inspired by the “Wot no” Kilroy drawings I used to doodle as a youth!

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I am honored to be a finalist in this years MAD Blog Awards for the best craft blog of 2015.  For those of you that don’t know The Mad Blog Awards recognise excellence in the Mum and Dad blogging arena.


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Kids Fruit Smoothie – cooking with kids 20

Welcome back to our A-Z of Ingredients cooking with kids series.  This week we are at K is for Kiwi and we have made or that should be Mini has made some delicious fruit smoothies.

A Picture of Health – Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dog 53

It is hard to believe that Alvin has been part of The Mad House for over two years now.  It is hard to imagine our lives without him.  He brings us much joy and completes us.  We are a family of give.  So much so that we actually look for holidays and breaks that we can take him along with us.

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How to make a Football piñata or Soccer ball piñata 18

I have never made a piñata before, but when I saw the football piñata on Here comes the girls, I knew that I had to make one for Mini’s birthday party.  However when a dear friend thought that I planned letting my boys lose on a piñata with a stick she panicked!  However, it was never my intention to let them beat it with a stick, but to kick it like a real football.

Summer bored jar activities 26

Summer holidays is nearly upon us, which means updating our summer bored jar activities.  We have had a bored jar for the last four years and it has become something of a tradition in the Mad House, but the boys are getting bigger, so in addition to a bored jar, I have got a fab printable too

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Top comics for ten year old boys 13

I love reading and I am so pleased to have been able to pass that love of reading on to my boys.  Mini has always been a ferocious reader, but Maxi was a reluctant reader up until the last year or so.  One of the things to remember as a parent is that reading doesn’t always have to equal books and comics are a great way to encourage readers.  So here are our current top comics for ten year old boys.

Great beach hacks for families 27

We live 5 minutes from the beach and growing up by the beach was a real highlight of my childhood.  However, I married a man that hates the sand!  One of my favorite ways to spend the summer is at the beach with the boys and these great beach hacks will make a day at the beach a dream.

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Free Summer Planner and Share your top family meal and win 39

It certainly feels like we are on the home stretch of school before the summer holidays now.  My boys only have five weeks of school left and I am excited about planning for the summer.  Earlier in the week I share with you how we customised a recipe book so that we can keep a record of all the family meals we cook and today I have a fab free summer planning calendar for you and a super competition.


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More great free colouring pages for adults 165

It seems that so many people love adult pages and I am not alone in my love of them.  I recently took a flight for business and rather than reading I sat colouring in for the journey, lost in my own little world.  The flight attendants said they are seeing more and more people colouring on planes.