Parsnip Harvest 3

I pulled our first parsnip from the garden yesterday to add to our sausage casserole. What a whopper!! It tasted good too, time to pull the rest I think.

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Writing Workshop on a Wednesday 8

In an ideal world a hospital for me would focus on healing the mind, in addition to healing the body.  It would be a calm and peaceful place catering for all the needs of the people there. Now I have been in and out of hospital enough lately to be able to say that the staff are wonderful and do the very best with the resources available to them, so this is not an NHS bashing post, but a far away dream. On my visit in February this year, I was awarded a single occupancy room and it was fantastic, I had my own bathroom  area, which was in a wet more »


Holiday Traditions 4

I have been thinking a lot about our holiday traditions lately and I have signed up for Sew Liberated Holiday Traditions Exchange 2009 .  Why are traditions important, well for me they cement and make memories.  The more frequently we do them the more memories the boys should associate with them.  As the boys are getting older it is so much fun to involve them in our traditions and create new family traditions.  I find them comforting and great fun too and a way to draw us closer as a family.  Christmas is a great time for traditions and it is also a great way to take the focus on the more »

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A Hard Day in TheMadHouse 10

Sometimes I have a down day too.  I try and remain positive and to see the best of everything and every one, but today has scratched at my very being and coping mechanisms. I am a doer, an organiser, a mover, I am capable, I am a coper, I am the best I can be (I know I sound like something out of dollshouse there), but today I have been beaten. Today I went to have my stitches out, I was sick at the hospital, I was sore on the drive home and in pain.  I dropped MiniMad at preschool and came home to try and do a home blessing, which more »


Easy Christmas Cards for Children 5

I think that Christmas cards that the children have made are a lovely thing to give, but often they can be messy, difficult, time consuming and complicated to make.  Not these easy stenciled christmas cards that are kid made. Firstly you need: Card Masking tape Green Paint Sponges Glue Sequins or stars Glitter You start by cutting a tree shaped template in a piece of card.  The easiest way to do this is fold it in half.  You can make it as simple or fancy as you like.  I am simple lady myself. Stick the template on to your card.  I also stick the card down to the table for minimad. You more »

Simple stenciled kid made christmas cards

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Secret Christmas Ornament Swap 6

I am ever so excited Snaffles Mummy is hosting a Secret Christmas Ornament Swap.  I have already signed up and think that it is a wonderful idea.  Yep I love Christmas and building up traditions too. So here are the basics: 1. Go to Snafflesmummys blog and grab the button and put it on your blog. 2. You have to spend at least £5 before postage. 3. It is a ‘secret’ swap so no reveal until you send your ornament. 4. Once you get your swap partners name and his/her blog address give her a visit and get to know him/her a little. 5. Deadline to mail your ornament is Saturday the more »


Spiritual Sunday 3

Practice rather than Preach Now I know that this seems such as easy thing to type, but it is not an easy thing to do.  We have decided that we need to be examples for our children, we need to be their mentors and motivator, so in doing this MadDad and I need to be proactive in practicing what we preach, or rather not say and just do! This is an on-going project for MadDad and me and oh so much easier said than it is to do, so I am having to really focus and set the right example for my children.

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Upcoming Craft Projects 6

Right I have had my thinking cap on and will be doing most of my up and coming Crafting with Children projects on advent and Christmas and now as this is a busy time of year for every one, I thought it wise to give you all a heads up on some of the things we may need and the projects: The basics Glue Paints (not ELC as they are NOT washable, even though they say they are) Glitter Sequins and pretties (poundland does confetti) Card stock, basic white will do, but other colours too 4 votives or t-light holders garden greenery wool/ribbon paper plates Felt (again I saw some in poundland) more »


Lets get this Party Started 2

The Party season has well and truly started here in TheMadHouse.  Things hot up for us from Halloween.  We have parties and birthdays galore into the new year and tonight is no exception. My wonderful neice is getting engaged to her man tonight at “The Club” and we are all off for a little bit of dancing and socialising with our family.  Now I have blogged about “The Club” before and we are really lucky that my Brother and Sister in Law are mangers and run it and it makes for a great venue and is such a brilliant place ad they do such a great job.  Not only is it more »

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Keeping it real 7

There has been a bit of a theme out there in blog world about keeping it real, about blogs only showing the glossy and best bits.  I am not sure I agree with this and actually think that a lot of British Blogs are very honest in their dark sartorial, sarcastic type of way. I think that my blog a bit like real life has a way of bringing me back down to earth with a bang.  I use my blog mainly as a record of my tiny mind and things that me and my boys have done. I was all set to spend some time this afternoon doing a post more »


Wordless Wednesday 6

South Africa – I can not believe it is over 5 years since me and MadDad had the holiday of our lives and yes I took those photographs, be nice to me and I may show you lions and penguins and baby white Bengal tigers too! Jodie at Sleep is for the weak is currently under the weather, so there is no Wednesday Writing Workshop, so get well soon.

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Childhood innocence lost or a mum behind the times 15

A tweet and a blog post by Sandy Calico of Baby Baby Fame about shag bands today really got me enraged and started me thinking – not a good thing. I read about these horrendous things a while back, but thought that they hadn’t reached the UK yet and I have to say they really upset me, there is a post in The Times about them.  I know that we can not shield our children from sexulisation, but we can hold it back for as long as possible. I have long been a mum who doesn’t like slogan tshirts and tops, especially ones that sexualise children or even say things like more »


Handpainted Mugs and other porcelain. 6

Another Thrifty Christmas Post inspired by Violet posy and by the Cowgirl in Wellies. We made these for MaxiMads teachers in July to say thank you for looking after him at Preschool. They were really simple to make, I purchased some porcelain paint from Baker Ross ages ago and it last and lasts.  we did designs based on finger prints as it is much easier for children to do them. You paint the mug or what ever you want, we used egg cups, bread trays and cups, but also plan to do plates with hand-prints on for the grandparents and godparents. White crockery can bee picked up very inexpensively from all more »

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I am not scared of the dark Mummy…… 6

I am Dave said MiniMad tonight. MadDad replied you mean Brave To which he replied no I mean Dave and spent the rest of the evening insisting on being called Dave!! Priceless.


Tea Cup Candles 28

Well I have been busy preparing for Christmas, we like to give homemade and  handcrafted presents and this year at TheMadHouse we are a little strapped for cash due to illness and other issues, so I am trying to make it a Thrifty Christmas. I have been collecting pretty tea cups, saucers and tea plates from charity shops since the summer to turn them into tea cup candles for Mini and Maxi Mads teachers, teaching assistants and also the lovely ladies that run the toddler group we attend. So  I thought I would do a quick tutorial and let you know just how easy and child friendly this is to do more »

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A homemade Girls Present – Bag and Purse with Beads 7

MaxiMad was off to a birthday party on Saturday and we only got the invite on Tuesday.  With me being in hospital I have not had the chance to go out and find anything suitable and I only have presents suitable for boys in our stash at the moment. So I had a chat with Maxi Mad and we decided to make a small drawstring bag and a purse and fill it with lovely wooden beads and elastic for making bracelets and such. We also stamped her name on with permanent fabric ink, for the personal touch.  He came in to the study and picked which fabric he liked for her and helped more »


Spiritual Sunday 2

They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Lest we forget .


Bonfire Party 6

What can I say about the wonderful night we had the Bonfire night party at my brothers and sister in laws social club. It was a wonderful night, with 200 people turning up for the marvelous fireworks that my Brother and the team put on (he is already trying to make next year bigger and better). The children’s disco is something to behold, in fact MiniMad is the Disco King and he spent the whole 2 and half hours on the dance floor, well apart from the 5 mins he spent munching on a couple of hotdogs!! MaxiMad loved the fireworks this year and enjoyed dancing to the disco outside and watching more »


Tonight 2

Tonight I am tired, tonight I am sore, tonight I was going to leave you with a video of the minimads at the wonderful Fireworks Party, but I am not up to spending that much time at the laptop, so instead I will leave you with a glimpse…….. Of my boys having the best time ever. Thank you Bro and Sister In Law for a fantastic night and that is why I am am sore and tired, but it was all worth it.  So it is self inflicted, I hurt as I had to go with them, I wanted to watch them and I wanted to dance too.  So it is more »

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Master Mad the Bakers Boy 5

I love baking and cooking with the MiniMads, well I love doing anything with them to tell the truth.  Normally we would bake and made from scratch, but as I am recovering from my latest surgery, I thought me and MiniMad would cheat a bit and use a packet mix to make some cakes. I had picked up a packet of Green’s cake mix for this purpose last time we were in Aldi and it had been reduced to 49p even better. MiniMad had great fun doing all the work himself, whilst MaxiMad was at Swimming Lesson.  He put his cases in the tin. He added the egg and water himself more »