Getting Mini – Part One

My darling boy will be four on 24 June, I truly can not believe how time flies, so now is the time to tell you all about getting mini.  I have told you about getting maxi here  Maxi and I on the day I found out I was expecting Mini After the pregnancy I had with Maxi, I wasn’t sure about having another baby, but watching him grow we knew that we didn’t want him to be an only child.  So we made the decision not to take any precautions, well other than the fact I had just had a baby!   Maxi didn’t sleep, well never more than about 4 more »


The Gallery – Motherhood

Motherhood is planting a seed Motherhood is helping them grow Motherhood is watching them bloom Motherhood is about new experiences (yours and theirs) Motherhood is about growing with your children Motherhood is about dipping your to in the water Motherhood is about love, amazement, heartache and pain Motherhood is late nights and early mornings Motherhood is new places Motherhood is new friends Motherhood is having fun Motherhood is creating Motherhood is endless worry Motherhood is unbridled joy Motherhood is learning to trust Motherhood is about taking a step out in to the unknown and embracing all it has to offer. Motherhood is me


Writing Workshop – Tainted Blood

Mini sometimes I look at you and it is like looking at a mini me in the mirror.  My boy, you are going to have to learn to control that temper of mine that you have.  That boiling anger that I can see clearly inside.  You are going to have to grow and learn how to engage the brain, before putting the mouth in gear, learn to count to ten before erupting into the volcano of fury you can be.  It isn’t going to be easy, I have said some hurtful things in my time due to my bad temper, but one thing that being a mother has brought me is more »


Saturday Story Workshop

Maxi was lucky enough to be invited to a special storytelling workshop which as held at a local school on Friday.  He had a funtastic time and we were invited to take him back for a morning of fun and activities on the Saturday.  So we decided that Maxi and I would go and MadDad and Mini could go and have some one on one time at Football Tots together. What a treat I was in for: The event was run by a local school (one of the smallest in the area) for a number of the local schools and was specially designed for Reception children (4 and 5) year olds. more »


Apron Swap 2010

I had a great time making my pinny for The Great Apron Swap over at Red Gingham.  This is what I sent my partner (modeled rather unflattering on me). I also made a couple of yo yo broaches to be pinned on the pinny too! In return I received a wonderful pinny which I have been wearing a lot.  I love the fact the pockets are  handkerchiefs.  I never thought of adding pockets!


Children Craft Showcase – Red Ted Art

I am delighted to welcome Maggie from Red Ted Art to TheMadHouse and to present this weeks Children’s Craft Showcase.  Over at Red Ted Art, my son (Red Ted (2)) and I (Maggy (old)) do lots of crafts projects. Sometimes Pip Squeak (0) joins us. Usually we are inspired by books that we read – the tagline from another crafty mum being – story + art = great stART. I love the idea of bring books and crafts together. And some days, when I really don’t know what to make, picking up one of Red Ted’s books really does inspire!   So. Today, I brought out one of Red Ted’s older books:  more »


Writing Workshop – Lost

Something lost, but where? I am bereft without, alone Mine to find someday. Very short and sweet this week, but my brain can not function, this post was inspired by Sleep is for the weak writing workshop prompt 2 what part of you is lost and you would like to find again?


drowning

I am struggling at the moment, to find my get up and go, yes as per all the cliches it has got up and gone. I had blood tests last week and I am already anemic again, my lips are splitting at the sides and the junior doctor who discharged me after my last transfusion didn’t order the additional tests I needed, which means I still don’t have a date for further investigations. But my blood results showed that it is unlikely I have pernicious anemia as my B12 level was still up thanks too the injection I had received.  I feel like sitting and crying, I keep asking why me, more »


Fabric Addict Swap

I took part in the Fabric Addict Swap and was paired with the wonderful Serenta at The Balancing Kiwi.  Look at how my parcel was wrapped in Fabric, doesn’t it look inviting. She sent a couple of books for the boys, the pirate one has already been tucked into. I adore the card A wonderful Pin Cushion and needle case A brill badge which is already on my summer coat Some vintage threads and ribbons A selection of buttons Some delicious fabrics And some felt and a sewing magazine. I have really enjoyed the swaps I have taken part in and was wondering if anyone fancied joining me for another swap more »


Half Term Highlights 3

Today is an teacher training day, so we are off to spend the day with Grandma, original plans had to be changed due to the weather, but we have had a fantastic half term break, the weather has been mostly kind and it has been so much fun watching the boys play together. Our Fab day at Emma Bridgewater Baking our best in the world oat and raisin cookies Spending time together just chilling in the garden Watching our veg plants grow, the warm weather has made a real difference Having fun in the paddling pool Good job the neighbours don’t mind the boys running around naked Visiting Whiby with Grandma and having more »


Why you should vote for me

Today is the final day for voting in The Mads.  I am one of the final five who are up for the Best family Fun Blog, so I am putting in a shameless, last ditched attempt to gain your votes. So here are some reasons why I think we fit the bill Crafting with Children Fathers day is June 20th, so here I have some great ideas for Fathers day cards and gifts you can make with your children. One of my most popular posts via search engine is the rain catchers we made inspired by Cbeebies. Do you have lots of broken wax crayons?  Don’t throw them away, try out recycling more »


Emma Bridgewater – Getting to be a designer

The highlight of the afternoon of our day at Emma Bridgewater was that we all got to have a go at decorating some mugs. It was so much fun, they have a large selection of pre cut sponges and a great choice of paint. The boys really enjoyed expressing themselves. MadDad had a go too, in fact his mug looked fantastic, he did tractors. Maxi really concentrated hard whilst painting his mug. Mini had some expert help at hand. We can not wait until the glazed finished mugs are posted to us.  It was so much fun and it as fantastic watching everyone get really stuck in.


Emma Bridgewater – Factory Tour, Part One

Part OneWe had a fantastic day out at The Emma Bridgewater Factory on Tuesday to celebrate their 25th Birthday.  We started the day in the newly refubished cafe area of the factory for a tea and coffee and to meet my fellow bloggers.  Josie at Sleep is for the Weak, Becky at English Mum with her two boys (who were a real pleasure), Racheal from Tales from the  Village and we also made a new friend in Kate from Kitchen Critic.  There was this fantastic Aga, I was salivating! It is such a lovely relaxing area to meet and have a good old chat with everyone. We were then taken on more »


The Gallery – Still Life

This weeks theme for The Gallery, which Tara at Sticky Fingers hosts is Still Life.  Me and a group of bloggers were invited to Emma Bridgewater this week and I took over 300 photo’s.  So here are a few (I have a full post to follow), so this is a sneak peak.


A Wonderful Bank Holiday Monday spent in the Kitchen and Garden

I think the sun forgot our little park of the North East today. So we have spent the day baking. Maxi did all the weighing and measuring Mini did most of the stirring and tasting We have had a lot of fun and made lots of cakes Oat and raisin cooks and mince pies (mini’s favorites) Many Muffins, sweet mincemeat and St Stephens Day Muffins, in addition to some fairy cakes. Whilst I was busy in the kitchen, MadDad tended the garden, including planting out the courgettes and cucumbers. Everything is looking great and really coming along. He also washed and cleaned the cars, ready for the trip we are taking today more »


Maxi’s first letter of appology!

Maxi went round a friends after school for an hour last week (whilst I took Mini to his first swimming lesson) and was a terror, he didn’t listen to her and in the mayhem a paddling pool (hard shell type) got broken. After his swimming lesson he came home and wrote this (all by himself). 


Spiritual Sunday – Nourishment

What feeds your soul? What to you need to enable you to live everyday? For me my family, my faith and my spirituality help me get through everyday, they help me find make some sense of the day to day struggles that we all call life. For me affirmations play a big role in helping me find calm and serenity during the day. They help keep me focused, balanced and calm.  They also help me in exploring my thinking and expanding the way in which I approach issues that I have in my life.  They help nourish me both mentally and spiritually. I am also trying to bring affirmations in the more »


The Duckpond

Let me take you on a little adventure and introduce you to a our local pond, which for a long time I had no idea was there! We live on a new estate on the edge of village and tucked away behind the houses and between the bypass, there is a wonderful pond. It is firmly becoming a favorite place for me and the boys to visit after school, as it is only a three minute walk and it is often deserted. We are the only people there feeding the many ducks, duckings, geese and goslings.


Guest Post Day – Rock n Roll Baby World

It is the second guest post day, which is the fab idea of Erica at Little Mummy. I took part in the first day and was matched with the fab Kelly at A Place of My Own. This time I have been paired with Rock n Roll Mummy, who has just started blogging at Rock n Roll Baby World. Her post is pretty close to my heart as my wonderful Neice, who will be 5 on Monday is Ginger too Ginger and Proud When I was little I didn’t realise having ginger hair would make me the subject of cruel jibes and jokes; as I got older and started middle school more »


Writing Workshop – Hues of Orange

We had a caravan when I was growing up.  No, not one of those wonderful static caravans, no we had a box on wheels, so summers were spent setting off in the dead of the night to the English Riviera.  Well before seat belts became compulsory, my parents would pack the cool box, the pillows and the duvets to make the back seat in to a makeshift bed for my younger brother and me and once we were asleep they would gently lift us to the car and start our adventure. Often the we woke to the sound of cars thundering by, as my parents had a cup of tea from more »




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