Printing Flowers with Celery Stalks – Vegetable Printing 11

You can really create some beautiful artwork and patterns by printing flowers with celery stalks or other vegetables.  You can use the artwork for Mother’s Day cards, valentines day or for wrapping paper or you can just have fun experimenting with different colours and patterns.

Printing Flowers with Celery Stalks

5 Ways the modern family can afford a new car

5 Ways the modern family can afford a new car 12

For most families, having a car is a must! A family car serves many purposes; driving the children to and from school, travelling to work, doing the weekly shop and visiting the seaside at the weekend would be much more difficult when forced to rely on public transport.


Fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab 17

OK I am going to admit I am not a doner kebab person at all, in fact I don’t think I have ever had one – I have tried a little, but I was veggie for 14 years, but all the men of the house LOVE them.  So i decided to have a go at making our own fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab.  I had seen lots of recipes for slow cooker meatloafs made from beef mince, so knew that it would be pretty OK, what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much the family enjoyed it.

Fakeaway slow cooker doner kebab

mother and child heart necklace

How to make a mother and child heart necklace 17

Today I want to share with you how to make a mother and child heart necklace with polymer clay.  This is inspired by one of my favorite preschool books, No Matter What by Debi Gliori (UK Link/US Link).


Looking for a family car when you have Tweens 9

It is really interesting thinking about what we look for in a family car now my children are slightly older at 9 and 10 and it is very different from when they were babies or even toddlers.  No longer do we need to have a massive boot to take all the paraphernalia that comes with newborns, nope what we need now is a boot that is wipeable for muddy football boots!

Looking for a family car when you have Tweens

Fat Rascals

How to make Fat Rascals – Cooking with Kids 13

Fat Rascals are a real Yorkshire tradition and are one of the husbeasts favorite baked goods.  Whenever we visit Berry’s Tearooms he always gets a Fat Rascal.  Well, Maxi and I decided that we needed to perfect making our own and guess what, they are easy to make and taste delicious.


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.