The Gallery – Outside my back door

I am so lucky to have some wonderful scenery just outside the back door.  I live on the edge of the North Yorkshire Country Moors and it is just beautiful.  So I have a few photo’s taken over the last couple of weeks for you Initially my hazel tree, which we planted 3 years ago when we moved in, it is budding and makes me feel like spring is here. The Sea, I am blessed with two little boys who love it almost as much as I do and could sit for hours and watch it with me.  This was taken on Sunday. Finally my boys, it doesn’t matter what is more »


British Mummy Bloggers Carnival

So roll up, roll up and let me  present to you the wonderful world of British Mummy Bloggers.  I am Mummy Mad and I will be your ringmaster today, for what will be an exciting show full of ooo’s, ahhhhs and ehhhs! So without further ado let me introduce the entertainment: Red Ted Art shows us how to make a party Bag in  her first VLOG She also tell us about her travel strike on her other blog The Good Life Blog Zooarchaeologist tells us all about when Fifi went on a rampage in ………. 20 something Mum is thinking about Modern Day Dating- How Do They Do It? Fraught Mummy more »


Easy Easter Chick Cards

Are you feeling ready for some Spring sunshine, I know I am and these Easy Easter Chick Cards are perfect for celebrating a spring birthday, mothers day or Easter, plus they are super simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Easy Easter Chick Cards


A Pause in Lent – Stories of Jesus for Children

For most of us reluctant worshipers the closest we get to explaining Christianity to children is Christmas, when Jesus was born and Easter when Jesus dies.  This has certainly been true for me. Now As I have said before, I do class myself as Spiritual, although I am not sure which part of any organised church I belong too, but I feel it is important for my children to have an understanding of the Bible and these stories for a number of reasons.  It is super for morals, it helps explain good and bad in very set black and white ways which are easily understandable for children and it reminds me more »


Politics, what I would like to see

The wonderful Emily over at babyrambles has done a recent post on politics and the fact that the parties seem to be focusing on us mums quite a bit for this coming election. The thing is I started to reply in a comment, but released if I didn’t stop the comment would be larger than the post! So I decided to do a post in homage to the original So what issues are important to me? Firstly as a stay at home mum finances are key to me. MadDad and I struggle by and I mean struggle, we are getting deeper and deeper in debt each month. It was our choice more »


Writing Workshop – Do not be defined by what you can be, rather who you can be

What can I say about a mothers love, the love I feel for my two boys The need to give them happiness throughout their lives To see joy in their faces To be privileged to experience with them so many firsts. First Steps First Smile First tooth The first feel of sand in their toes To be able to pick them up after their first fall. To be able to give unconditional love. To love their faults. To instill in them the morals of their father. To teach them to be righteous men, with big hearts and a strong comprehension of good and bad and the sense to make the best more »


The Gallery – Me

Me, a really hard one for me to show this week and also they don’t define me totally, they have shaped me and who I am for the last 2 years, so I proudly present: My scars, or at least some of them! When MadDad first saw them, they were red, weeping and looked as though some one had butchered me, they were not symmetrical, neat or tidy in any way, mainly due to the sepsis and subsequent operation I needed. But now they are mellowing, they are white, silver and raised, they run from under each armpit and meet in the middle with a vertical scar running up towards my more »


Blackpool – The British Glee

All this talk of Glee, has had me thinking.  Now I really like Glee, it pretty much does what is says on the tin and I Sky+ it and watch it when Maxi is at school and Mini at preschool, but I kept thinking it reminded me if something. So let me present you Blackpool.  A BBC production from a while back (2007) OK so they sing over the songs, but it was wonderful, ground breaking and it had David Tennant in it, what more could a girl ask for. Oh and the songs were so varried it made great viewing.


Sunflower Club

We are taking part in Nuturestores Sunflower Club and have been busy planting our seeds. We are using single giant sunflowers and have decided to start them off inside, as last year our sunflowers were pretty late and lame! So we decided to plant our seeds in egg shells, as sunflowers don’t like to be transplanted and this is a great and Eco friendly way of doing this. Both the boys love gardening which makes my heart sing and we will be planting more seeds over the coming weeks We put one seed in each egg shell and covered with more soil. We are going to be doing a scrapbook like more »


Spiritual Sunday – A pause in Lent week 5

Firstly an update on the shouting.  We have had a few relapses, but it is actually getting easier.  I have noticed a real difference, it is not my first reaction a situation. Also the fact that I have been unwell has meant that the volume button has had to be turned down with the boys too.  This is good news, no actually this is great.  On the few occasions I have had to raise my voice the impact has been immediate and it feels good not to be all fishwife. I have been discussing Jesus with the boys and they are both finding it hard to comprehend about the resurrection, so more »


The Photo Lottery

I have been tagged by The Musings of a geriatric Mummy and I am sure someone else too, to do the Photo Lottery Meme, the rules are: 1. Open the first (oldest) photo folder in your computer library 2. Scroll to the 10th photo 3. Post the photo and the story behind it 4. Tag 5 or more people to continue the thread OK the oldest digital photographs I have on the laptop are from 2003 and our trip to South Africa. This is the tenth one and not all that stunning in its imagery, but as a part of modern history it is just beyond my comprehension.For this is the more »


Calling for entries for the Next British Mummy Bloggers Carival

It seems like eons ago I put my name down to host one of the wonderful Mummy Bloggers Carnival and finally my time has come.  So I would like to put a shout out to everyone out there to send me their best post of the past month for the next carnival which will go live on Tuesday 30 March. There is no theme, just send me the link for the post you wish to include, oh and daddy bloggers are welcome too! You can either leave me a comment with the link on this post or e-mail me via muminthemadhouse at orange dot co dot uk I have a hard more »


Dear So and So

Dear Breast Cancer  I found out you had took another member of the family yesterday. It makes me so sad and angry to see you focusing your attention of the female maternal line of my family. You are an evil shit and I will not succumb.A tearful MadMum—————————    Dear MumI am sorry that they (the powers that be) feel that you do not qualify for a stair life, but shouting at me isn’t going to get you one either.Your exasperated daughter——————————-Dear GPFlu, what real flu, you have to be kidding me, what with vertigo too. How can I bloody manage to look after myself let alone anyone else this week.A more »


15 years ago my body let me down 5

I could go down the I have a genetic spelling mistake and my body is my biggest enemy, route,  but been there done that and there is something more apt, something more perfect for today.  As today is my 15th Wedding Anniversary. Picture this I was 21 years old and we had set the date, MadDad and I.  March the 18th 1995.  The dress was bought, the hair was planned.  I had the tiara and the veil. We had been together a year, yes not long in the scheme of things, but we knew that it was the right thing to do, in fact I had knew that MadDad was the more »


The Gallery – Colour

This weeks Gallery prompt was Colour, now there are lots of colourful things round TheMadHouse and I couldn’t settle on one and plus I am feeling pretty under the weather.  I have flu (real flu – I don’t think I have ever had it before), with vertigo thrown in for extra measure and didn’t fancy looking though my laptop image archives.   So I grabbed the camera and have taken three images that represent a snapshot of life  in The Mad House. Our art wall in the kitchen, ever changing, but always a colourful expression of the boys artistic endeavors A vase of daffodils in the kitchen, these are starting to turn more »


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party – Maxi’s 5th Birthday 4

I am lucky, Maxi doesn’t crave big expensive parties, he is happy with a few friends and family round and things to do and quality time with his fiends.  This makes me happy and I am more than happy to oblige whenever I can. Last year this found me making, baking and decorating cakes one day after my discharge from hospital after my double mastectomy with my drains in.  So whatever we did this year it was bound to be easier! Maxi asked for a Hungry Caterpillar Party, so I scoured the Internet for inspiration and I needn’t have worried at all.  So with no further ado I give you Maxi’s more »


Five

The most destructive known hurricanes rate as Category 5Muslims pray to Allah five times a dayFive the number of digits on one hand or footThe pentagram, or five-pointed star   five elements: (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal) The five basic tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. Maxi’s last night as a four year old Five for me is the age that Maxi turns on the 16 March. For five years we have been blessed to have watched you grow and developTo see you start to become the man you have the potential to be.You fill my heart with joy, with optimism and excitement.You have brought many smiles to more »


Getting Maxi – Part Three Coming Home

So the story continues…. We were allowed to bring Maxi home 3 days after I had given birth, my mum had gone back to North Yorkshire, so that we could spent some time on our own, just the three of us and the two cats. So we popped Maxi in to his car seat and left, just like that.  No one came and checked if we were going to be suitable parents, if we knew how to look after him or any such thing. The first thing we did was make a trip to Waitrose.  I was so sure I would breast feed that we didn’t have any supplies, so we more »


What Makes a Mother?

  Do you ever just look at your children and feel a tugging in your chest. A physical sensation of how much they mean to you?Do you ever just want to hold them to tight, to squeeze the air out of them?Do you ever want to spend an hour kissing them or stroking their baby-soft skins?Do you ever tell them how perfect they are in every way possible and how much you love them?Do you ever wonder who speeded up time now your a parent. How can another year have passed so quicky?Do you let them know that you like them and enjoy being with them.Do you ever sit when the more »