This Spring challenged by The Institute of Inertia in partnership with Comparethemarket.com as part of my work with them, to reduce our screen time as a family. I am not going to beat around the bush, during this wet UK winter we have all become too reliant on screens and something needed to be done.
I am sure I am not the only one who is in the middle of Spring cleaning and organising. As soon as the sun starts shining through my windows everything starts to look as though it needs a good clean. Also, as our home is aging I can also see the areas that need an update and makeover and I am delighted to be working with Tile Mountain to offer you the chance to win a £250 Tile Mountain Voucher.
I love creating with kids, making art for the sake of enjoyment is a wonderful this and this faux stained glass art for kids is a brilliant process art that can be adapted for kids of all ages. Faux stained glass art for kids My boys are 11 and nearly 10 and at the moment, they are loving anything to do with paint and this process art was no exception. I can see this being a great activity to do with a group of kids on a larger scale using a huge piece of cardboard and black electricians tape. Materials Carboard – we used a cereal carton Tin foil Clear more »
I am going to admit a few home truths here. I have a few weaknesses, nice stationery (I currently have 36 unused notebooks in the office), washi tape, good tea and shoes.
This Szechuan Beef recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. We first had this at my sister in laws (she is an amazing cook), so we pinched the recipe off her and it is a great weekend fakeaway, which is much loved by my boys. I am delighted to bring you this recipe in conjunction with Simply Beed and Lamb as part of their live slow campaign.
This beautiful stained glass earth craft is perfect for Earth day or as a prompt for talking about our earth and they look amazing hanging in the window.
It seems to have done nothing but rain for months and months here in North Yorkshire and I decided to embrace the weather and produce this process art bleeding tissue paper rain art for Earth Day. It was inspired by this beautiful snow day tissue art that I pinned and have been hoping for snow to do with the boys, but it has been the wetting winter on record in England, so we adapted it for rain.
I have been challenged by The Institute of Inertia in partnership with Comparethemarket.com as part of my work with them, to share my Spring resolutions. Did you know that Spring is the ideal time to set goals and resolutions? Spring is the point of new beginnings, the clocks going forward bringing lighter nights, life is awakening and the days are getting warmer. In Spring, our good intentions to get things done and make positive change are given a welcome boost by, quite literally, a brighter outlook. Not one to shy away from a challenge I got together with the rest of the Mad Family and we decided to set a resolution of reducing our screen time.
Todays Jellybean Jumble Maths Game is 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.
These adorable Dinosaur footprint shortbread cookies are brought to you thanks to Ecover arranging for me to have a Spring Clean which gave me and the boys time to have fun in the kitchen. Read on to get our delicious three ingredient recipe and also find out more.
Parenting is challenging and when your child is a picky eater or goes through a phase of fussy eating it can turn mealtimes into a battle and stress everyone out. Here I share some top tips for dealing with a picky eater.
One of the things I am passionate about is eating with my family. I have fond memories of eating around the table when I was growing up and so does the husbeast. Up until recently we have managed to eat together pretty much each night, but what with after school clubs, scouts, football and youth clubs some night are more of a challenge.
There is a special place in heaven for kids that can bake amazing cakes. Not only that there is something wonderful about having a child that can pull off making the perfect victoria sponge cake. The queen of all cakes, a sponge cake can seem really simple, but can be tricky to get just right. The Vitoria Sponge is the perfect tea time winner and classic cake that has been around since Queen Victoria’s times. Delicious, simple and moreish and we like ours with strawberry jam and fresh cream, although a purist might tell you it should be jam only.
With all the choices available today for tablets and laptops, it can be really hard to know what to choose. With Maxi having just turned eleven and starting senior school in September we know that he will need something that he can do his homework on.
This free Beautiful colouring page or should that be Be-you-tiful colouring page is by the ever talented Leslieanne from Leslieanne made it. I am a big fan of colouring, it is the one time that I truly switch off. I can sit down and just colour in and this fantastic colouring page is perfect for all ages.
So last week I admitted that I am a terrible saver. No that isn’t quite right, now I want to save, I just do not have the spare cash. So I need to save smarter. So I have been figuring our ways to save for non-savers. In fact you would be surprised to know that in just one week I have already saved over £200. Yes £200, so read on to find our more.
Today we are going backpacking with Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app aimed at children aged 3 to 5 that takes children on a fantastic journey across the world. My boys are obviously a little old for this amazing app so today’s review of Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app is 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.
I love the effect that you get when you marble eggs with nail varnish. It is something I first did with Maxi over a year ago and we were delighted with how it turned out. It is such a fun process art activity and I am warning you have lots of eggs to hand as it is addictive!
When Disney got in touch and asked me to share with you moments of #MyDisneyLife I thought this is going to be so easy. Everyone has a stand out Disney moment, right? Erm, wrong. I have been mulling over this for days. Days I tell you. In the end, I had a revelation when talking to my husband. This was proving so hard as I don’t have one Disney moment, no I have a lifetime of them.
2016 is going to be a super year for Babies in The Mad House. One of my nieces had a baby girl just before Christmas and my other niece gave birth to a much-awaited baby girl last week. It makes my heart sing to have our family expanding and for my Brother to be a Grandpa again! And with new babies come gifts and there is nothing I like more than finding the perfect gift.