heart cutout tea light holders made with microwave drying clay 20

We have another fantastic valentines keepsake for you today with these beautiful heart cutout tealight holders made with microwaveable clay.  Yes, clay that you can dry in the microwave.  We are totally in love with this stuff and it is perfect for things that are vertical as it is a lot lighter than standard air-drying clay, so  there is no droop!

Tea light holders made with microwave drying clay

Heart Jar Luminaries

Heart Jar Luminaries – A simple kids valentines craft 11

How beautiful are these heart jar luminaries?  February is a dark month here in the UK, so anything that can add a little joy or light is a great thing in my book.  These heart jar luminaries are an inexpensive way to brighten up the month and a simple kids craft perfect for valentine’s day.   Plus they are a super way to use up any glass jars that you have.


The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup 12

As you know if you are a regular follower, we LOVE free adult colouring pages here and feature some every month of so.  We are delighted to be able to work with some fantastic talent to produce exclusive pages for you all to download at no cost.   Adult colouring books might be the latest trend, but this one is proven to be good for you as according to psychologists it that relaxes the amygdala, the fear center of the brain and allows your mind to get the rest it needs.  We have rounded up all our fantastic free adult colouring pages into one place for you.   As we add more more »

The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup

Kid made thank you cards

Kid made thank you cards sorted by age 10

Is there anything nicer than receiving kid made thank you cards? Do your kids send thank you cards?  I am a big believer in saying thank you and love making cards with the boys.   with over 40 kid make thank you cards rounded up here, you are bound to find one to suit your kids.


LOVE Watercolour resist canvas 10

We have been on something of a watercolour marathon here in the Mad House lately, all spurred on by some new water brushes that I bought the kids (and me) for Christmas.  They have sparked Maxi’s interest in paint again and inspired him to make this LOVE watercolour resist canvas.

LOVE Watercolour resist canvas

learn to live on purpose

My word for 2016 18

I was introduced to the Word of the year by Cathy from Nurturestore far to long ago to even remember!  It is something that comes from the amazing Susannah Conway.  Last year my word grabbed me immediately and it was such a fitting word, it was “Nurture”.  I needed to learn how to nurture.  To support my family, to cultivate relationships and to grow this website and my business.


Chinese Chicken – A fab fakeaway for cooking with kids 14

One of the things that I find hardest as a mum is the constant feeding of my family.  The planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning it away on a never ending loop.  It is not that it is a difficult task, just that sometimes it is a thankless, never ended one and one that I find really easy to get stuck in a rut with.  This recipe for Chinese Chicken is new to me and the family, but it is one that has already made it on to our regular menu plan.  It is simple to prepare, quick to cook and means four empty plates here.  Oh and BIG bonus is that it more »

Chinese Chicken

Valentine craft and activities for kids

Valentine craft and activities for kids 10

Looking for valentine craft and activities for kids?  Well look no further I  a complete resource of them all in one place for you here.  As I do more I will make sure that they are added, so make sure you pin or bookmark this page.  I love learning, creating, making and baking seasonally and you might not celebrate valentine’s day, but love is forever eternal.


Watercolour Indent Valentines Cards

Watercolour Indent Valentines Cards 11

We have been experimenting with watercolours since getting some new water brushes in our stockings at Christmas. I originally bought them with the intention of us taking our paints out and about with us, but quickly discovered that the kids LOVE them and they sparked lots of creative activities including these watercolour indent valentines cards.   I am a big fan of homemade cards and hope to pass that on to the children and always make the husband a card.


Microwave Clay Heart Shaped Ring Dish 7

We first used microwave drying clay with our Christmas fingerprint decorations and we totally fell for it, so decided to give it a try for the microwave clay heart shaped ring dish.  The microwave clay is much lighter weight that standard air drying clay, in fact is has almost no weight to it, but it is easier to work with for smaller children and it isnt as fibrous as standard air drying clay.  A big bonus is it dried a beautiful bright white too.

microwave heart shaped ring dish

Simple Kid Made Thank You Card

Simple Kid Made Thank You Card 17

I am old school when it comes to saying that you.  We might not always send Christmas cards, but we do send thank you cards.  This year we have been working on a simple kid made thank you card that is great for kids of all ages and uses a resist technique.


50 winter activities for kids – Low cost or no cost 11

We have had a really mild winter this year in the UK and no snow yet for us all all.  I love how normally in the UK we have four distinct seasons and that we have regular activities that we do as a family to celebrate the seasons.  These 50 winter activities for kids are perfect for this time of year and are all pretty low cost or even no cost.

50 winter activities for kids

Be cool with Scooby-Doo Kids Colouring Pages

Be cool with Scooby-Doo Kids Colouring Pages 3

Scooby-Doo is one of the cartoons that has really stood the test of time.  I remember watching it as a kid and I love watching it with my boys now.   Indeed Scooby-Doo! is one of those classics that our kids can enjoy just as we did.  One thing has changed since I was younger though and that is the way our kids watch cartoons.  I have a super selection of Be cool with Scooby-Doo Kids Colouring Pages for you to print.  


Craft Yourself a Happy New Year 10

I have invited Sara Davies the founder of North East-based Crafter’s Companion to come and share with us some tips for getting our creative juices flowing in the New year and a fab Happy Days Card, Gift Box and Tag craft here at The Mad House.  

Summer-themed-set

2016 Calendar to colour

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Welcome to 2016.  I have been sat for the last couple of hours colouring in this beautiful, but simple 2016 Calendar to colour.  It is perfect for the front of my to do book, so that I can check dates quickly if I am on the phone  I am also tempted to keep one on my desk for doodling in when I am on the phone.


2015 in review 9

I wish I could be all witty and funny and say what a great year 2015 has been or share with you some wonderful standout things.  Although 2015 has been a great year, we haven’t had one great event or been on one mega holiday.  We haven’t travelled the world, but we have had some super experiences.  What 2015 has taught me is to keep on keeping on.  There have been challenging times, there have been sad times, but equally there has been some drop dead funny times too.

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How to make money blogging

How to make money blogging 11

Can you make money from your blog?  Yes you can.  I am so lucky that I have made blogging my career over the last couple of years.  I have been blogging for over seven years and in that time things have changed dramatically and now there are lots of UK networks offering sponsored posts for bloggers, so I am sharing how to make money blogging.


Toilet Roll Confetti Poppers 9

We are on a roll with our confetti crafts this week.  We are getting prepared for New Years Celebrations here with these toilet roll confetti poppers, but they are also perfect for weddings, 4th July or any other celebration.  They are super simple to make and the kids love them.

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Hot Glue Confetti numbers

Hot Glue Confetti numbers 10

We are busy celebrating here and we wanted to make something with the metallic confetti we had leftover from our Balloon Confetti Poppers, so we decided to make some hot glue confetti numbers.  We are using our hot glue confetti numbers window clings, but they would also look ace on skewers as a cake topper.