Five fabulous washi tape gift wrap ideas 10

This wonderful Five fabulous washi tape gift wrap ideas is brought to you by Gude one of my long-time friends from inside my computer as the boys like to call them or my online coven as the husbeast calls them.  


Over 30 kid-made christmas cards. A super selection of christmas cards that are perfect for kids of all ages to make.

Kid Made Christmas Card Series 24

I think you will go a long way to find anything better than a kid-made christmas card, so I am delighted to be sharing with you a months worth of fantastic Christmas cards all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.  


A Day in The Mad House 3

Parenting: reality versus imagination.  Before my boys came and lit up my life I really didn’t have any experience of children other than being one!  I was the epitome of a career woman.  Over the years I hope that I have shared the reality of parenting here, however, I too still reel from the difference between parenting expectations and reality!

There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one

Top DisneyLife Films for Families with Tweens. Fab films from DisneyLife that are great for all the family including your tweens.

Top DisneyLife Films for Families with Tweens 8

I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife membership. We have been working with DisneyLife for four months now and I want to share our top five films for you to enjoy if you have tweens. First of all, these are only our current top five movies. If you were to ask me or the boys next week it might be different!


Over 45 Fabulous Firework Craft Ideas 7

We love fireworks here in the Mad House and there is something about the beautiful colour and bangs that really appeals to me and the boys and also inspires is to have fun and explore our creative side with firework art.  So I have gathered together best Bonfire Night and Firework Craft Ideas to help inspire you and your children.


Piri Piri Beef and Wedges – Cooking with Kids 10

Growing up we always had a Midweek Roast – it was a real treat in the middle of the week and I am delighted to be continuing that with my family.  This delicious Piri Piri Beef and Wedges is a delicious and flavourful meal with Maxi had on the table in under an hour.  A perfect midweek treat.


Bosch VarioComfort Steam Generator Iron Review and Giveaway 26

Before I start this review of the Bosch VarioComfort Steam Generator Iron, I am going to admit that I HATE ironing with a vengeance and as soon as I could I started outsourcing it!  That being said I do have really high expectations when I do iron.


Jump for Pudsey 6

We are delighted to be working with Boots UK this year to highlight their “Jump for Pudsey” Campaign to raise money for BBC Children in Need this half term.   Boots UK want to encourage the nation to get active, have some fun and raise money for BBC Children in Need. Whether it is leaps, launches, bounds or hops; the goal is for the UK to spring its way to one million jumps.

Jump for Pudsey

10 Tips for cooking with Siblings

10 Tips for cooking with Siblings 5

One of the biggest challenges of cooking with your children apart from finding the time is balancing the needs of siblings.  Cooking with more than one child can be challenging and dealing with the dynamics of siblings can be offputting.  But there are ways that you can make cooking with siblings easier.


Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes 14

These fused bubble wrap snowflakes were great fun to make and are a great way of getting older children involved in process art.  Maxi had lots of fun using our iron to fuse the bubble wrap together.

How to make Fused Bubble Wrap Snowflakes

Girls in Football – Breaking down Barriers 9

As the mum of a couple of football mad boys, I am well aware of the huge benefits of team sports and specifically football, so I am delighted to be working with SSE again in breaking down barriers and discuss girls in football and their Dads and Daughters Series.


Homemade Pizza Recipe – Cooking with Kids 8

Do you have pizza nights?  We do and have done since the boys were little .  This homemade pizza recipe certainly is tried and tested as it has been our failsafe recipe which has been used since before the boys were born so for around 15 years!  I have learned that kids love pizza and letting them top their own is a great way to encourage them to eat something new.  Plus it is super simple to prepare and make, so much so it is our regular Saturday night meal and now we have a wood fired pizza oven we are loving Saturdays even more!

Homemade Pizza Recipe - Cooking with Kids

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m passionate about cooking and that I’m passionate about getting kids to cook, so you may be wondering what I’m doing ordering a takeaway on a Friday.  When you say takeaway people immediately think ‘oh that’s really unhealthy’ or ‘that’s really fattening’ or ‘I bet that’s all they ever eat’ but if you tell someone that you’ve been out to a restaurant that’s absolutely fine.  Well, good takeaway is just like having a restaurant experience in your own home as far as I’m concerned.


Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken – Cooking with kids 14

One of the most monotonous bits of parenting is feeding.  I swear I spend hours thinking about what to prepare, shop for and cook that we will all eat as a family.  You see, I want to prepare something healthy, scrummy and delicious and to see empty plates at the end of the meal.  Our dinner times are sacred and I want to keep them that way.  I see a good meal as a way of bringing my hungry boys to the table each night.  This Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken meal is a fantastic meal which was a big hit with my family.

Creamy Leek and Mustard Chicken

Veggie Taco Bowls – Cooking with Kids 2

I am passionate about the fact that I want my boys to grow up with great skills in the kitchen and instill in them a love of cooking and also provide them with some fabulous staple meals.  These Veggie Taco Bowls are so simple to make and are really filling and nutritious. We are working with Uncle Ben’s in the run up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on 15th October 2016 to highlight their fantastic Ben’s Beginners cooking hub. Veggie Taco Bowls Ingredients 1 250g package Uncle Ben’s® Mexican Style Express Rice® 6 20cm Corn Tortillas 1/2 can (400g) no-salt added Black Beans, rinsed & drained 3/4 can (340g) no-salt added more »


Halloween Colouring pages for Adults 26

You must all know by now that I LOVE colouring.  I find it really therapeutic and it enables me to switch off whilst spending time with the hubby.  I just can not sit and watch TV and not do anything with my hands!  With Halloween coming, I was inspired to put together a list of free Halloween colouring pages for adults and teens.

free adult colouring pages for halloween

How to make Pom pom pumpkin garland

Pom pom pumpkin garland 14

We love making pom poms.  I find it so relaxing and perfect for making with the boys when we are sitting and chatting.  This simple pom pom pumpkin garland makes a fun seasonal decoration and you could add little felt faces if you wanted to transform it into a Halloween garland.


Helping your Fussy Eater 11

One of the hardest things I find as a parent is feeding my children.  I remember the fear of raising a fussy eater and at 10 and 11 my boys will pretty much try any food, however, it wasn’t always this way. So how do you turn a fussy eater into a food explorer?

Helping your Fussy Eater

Eve Mattress unboxing and review

Eve Mattress Review and Unboxing 11

When was the last time you changed your mattress?  Did you realise the sleep council suggests ever 7 years and ours was well overdue, so we were delighted to be invited to try out a revolutionary Eve Mattress on our super king sized bed.  So read on to see our Eve Mattress review and unboxing.