Lakefest 2016 – A Fab Family Festival 5

Maxi and I have just returned from a wonderful weekend at Lakefest thanks to Bassetts Vitamins.  What is Lakefest I hear you ask, well it is a family friendly festival held at Eastnor Castle Deer park in Herefordshire.


Rules for relaxed family meals

Rules for relaxed family meals 16

I am a big advocate of eating together as a family, but I do not that it can be super stressful especially if you have picky eaters or younger children.  However, as far as I am concerned it is one of those times where the benefits far outway the effort required as parents as everyone benefits from relaxed family meals.


Frubes Angry Birds Sleepover 8

Do you have mini thrill seekers?  I certainly do and my boys were delighted to be invited by Frubes to Thorpe Park for the Frubes Angry Birds Sleepover 2016.

Frubes Angry Birds Sleepover

10 Top tips for Thorpe Park

10 Top tips for Thorpe Park 13

My boys are mini thrill seekers and now both of them are over 140cm and can go on every ride at Thorpe Park, so we decided to arrive early for our #FrubesSleepover.


10 DIY Giant Garden Games 10

We are loving the beautiful weather this summer and making the most of it with some fab DIY giant garden games.  I love garden games for keeping kids off electronics and as they are perfect for families to play as a group.

10 Giant DIY Garden Games

Pete’s Dragon Colouring and Activity Pages 5

Have you seen Pete’s Dragon with the children yet?  It is one of the summer’s must-see films from Disney and I have a fabulous selection of Pete’s Dragon colouring and activity pages for you to download.  


The Ultimate Back to School Resource for 2016 10

Can you believe that the time has come to start thinking about back to school?  Some people have been planning for this since the kids left school, some others sit in denial about the holidays being over.  Whichever person you are we have a post for you in our ultimate back to school resource.  Whether it is your children first day of preschool or last year of senior school you will find some amazing tips and ideas to make the transition back to school simple for you and your children.

The Ultimate Back to School Resource

Why Mum need to be in the family photographs 15

I LOVE photographs, taking them, printing them and looking at them.  I love that we have a large collection of moments to look back over, but I am camera shy.  I hate having my picture taken. But my boys need me to be in the family photosgraphs.


The Best National Budget Hotel Chain for Families 2

Do you ever feel the fear when you are looking at booking a hotel room for the family?  I don’t think that I have unrealistic expectations.  I just want a comfortable bed for all of us, a great breakfast at reasonable price.


#HolidayHacks – simple fun ideas for the holidays with Calypso 12

Do you love or dread the long summer holidays?  I always find them challenging, but do love spending time with my boys and this summer I am teaming up with Calypso to bring you some fabulous simple fun ideas for the holidays.  #HolidayHacks for kids of all ages.


Top tips for travelling with kids – Are we nearly there yet? 7

It seems that travel with kids have changed a lot since I was small, mostly for the better.  I remember being carried to the car in my PJ’s in the middle of the night and laid down on the back seat to go back to sleep without seatbelts, yes I am that old!

Top tips for travelling with kids - Are we nearly there yet?

Camp Bestival 2016 – what we loved and hated 11

Festivals are not new to me or MadDad, in fact, we attended our first festival 22 years ago and were regular festival goers until Maxi was born 11 years ago.  But Camp Bestival was to be our first festival with kids and tweens at that as the boys are 10 and 11.


5 Picnic ideas for families 9

Some of my fondest memories of summers’ past are the picnics that I had with my family. Growing up, my Mum and Aunty would pack a picnic and we would visit our local woods, and me and my cousins would have a blast. This summer I am delighted to be joining with the iconic fab® ice lollies again for their new Sprinkles of Summer Fun campaign! As part of the Sprinkles of Summer Fun campaign fab® ice lollies is giving you the opportunity to win your ultimate summer of fun along with regular opportunities to win products that will help make summer more fun, so make sure you like their Facebook more »


Shark Rocket Light True Pet Review

Shark Rocket Light True Pet Review 8

Vacuum cleaners.  I have something of a love-hate relationship with them.  If you read back over the blog, we have reviewed a lot of vacuums and most of them are great, but none of them are perfect for us.  Why you ask?  Well, we have hard floors mostly downstairs ith a couple of rugs and then cream carpets upstairs and lino in the bathrooms, oh and we have Alvin too.  So what did we think of the Shark Rocket Light True Pet?


Polymer Clay Monsters – #MiteyCreation 10

How cute are these Polymer Clay Monsters? Polymer clay is a fantastic crafting material and one that both of my boys enjoy using at 10 and 11 and as a Mum I love that I can bake the clay in my oven at home and then we have a lasting creation.  So when we were asked by Slumberdown to create a #MiteyCreation it was what the boys wanted to use.

Polymer Clay Monsters

Sunflower Colouring Page

Sunflower Colouring Page 9

Do you love sunflowers?  I have a great sunflower colouring page for you here.  With the heatwave we are currently having it feels like summer is finally here after what has been a long wet winter and spring in the UK.  I for one am looking forward to seeing sunflowers.


5 ways to make movie night memorable 13

This summer is all about making memories with my family and I am working with fab® ice lollies and it’s to help you have a fun family summer.  Sometimes all you need to do to make something more memorable and fun is to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and that it what this is all about.  We love movies; there is something wonderful about sitting together as a family and enjoying a film, so here are five ways to make movie night memorable.  


The Summer of Sport – Encouraging you to get involved 6

I am delighted to be working with the nation’s leading breakfast cereal Weetabix to help publicise their Summer of Sport campaign #SportingStarts.  If you know me and the rest of my family then you will know that we LOVE sports.  Way back when, I really loved playing Hockey and MadDad played a lot of sports and both of the MiniMads are sports mad and very competitive.  In fact, as I sit here writing this I have just returned from an evening watching the boys play cricket.