Shrinky Dinky Do, well do you? 6

I do, remember them I mean.  Shrinky dinks the fabulous shrinking plastic, that you pop in the oven for a minute and it twists, curls and then ends up 7 times smaller. MaxiMad was complaining that all the school book bags look the same and it is difficult to pick his out, so I decided we should make some shrinky dink name tags.  I went to our local craft store and bought a few A4 sheets and cut them into shapes.  I then wrote the boys names on the plastic and then gave them the pens to make some patterns on them. I then use a punch to cut a hole more »



Twister Blister 1

It was one of those heart in mouth moments that every mum of boys gets, but at least they are playing nicely together.  Welcome to the MiniMads new game…………………………………………… Twister Blister (and yes that is MaxiMad in his pj’s)

Too Many Green Tomatoes

Our tomato’s just haven’t managed to ripen this summer and we have been left with boxes of Green ones, so we are taking a tip from Alan (Titchmarsh of course – garden guru) and have [popped them in to cardboard boxes and added an apple in the hope that some more of them ripen off. Once they are riper I plan to make jars of pasta sauce with them. But what to do with the green ones, Ideas on a postcard please………  Only joking, please add a comment if you have any easy and yummy ideas for me.


Spiritual Sunday 3

By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles Haddon Spurgeon I thought that this was very apt this week, as we have been soldiering on regardless with MiniMad and his issues with attending Preschool. It has been a hard and heartbreaking week and many afternoons I have come home and had a good sob about leaving him somewhere he clearly doesn’t want to be.  The thing is he only cries for about 5 minutes and then gets on with things and tells me he has had a lovely time when I come to collect him, so we decided to keep trying. Well guess what, on Friday we had a breakthrough.  I more »

We love York 2

We are lucky enough not to live to far from York and on today’s like today, it is a marvelous place.  It wasn’t too cold today, but very windy and we enjoyed a fantastic family day out at York. The MiniMads love watching the squirrels in The Museum Gardens. Enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, whilst jumping in all the falling leaves Standing on the city walls Whilst I got to get a small bit of fabric from Cath K to make new swimming bags for the boys. All in all a fantastic day was had by all.  We love you York



Thrifty Christmas over at Violet Posie 3

I don’t know about you, but we are pretty strapped for cash at the moment and with Christmas on its way, I am looking at ways of making it less expensive and more thoughtful, less consumer driven and more cared for and considered. So when I saw that Violet Posie was hosting a Thrifty Christmas’ Carnival from the 9-12th November, I though yep that is for me. I have a few ideas up my sleeve for things that I will be making for all this Christmas, so will be participating, but I am also keen for some more ideas and can not wait for my imagination to be peaked. We actually more »

The whole is greater than the sum of the two parts 2

The above statement seems to fit MaxiMad very well at the moment.  In his project book today there was a note to me and MadDad about his mathematical skills from his teacher, which reads ” we have started using the addition and equals signs to record MaxiMads calculations.  MaxiMad has excellent mental skills and can confidently explain his methods.  Children is FS2 (reception) are not expected to write down number sentences but we are using laminated cards and magnetic numbers and signs for recording” As MaxiMad is our first child, I have no benchmark as to what is average for a four year old to know or do, but it seems more »



Bed Head 2

The bigger the hair, the less sleep had by the whole family. Last night was a sleepless night!!

Less is more when it comes to gluing 1

MiniMad loves gluing and sticking, it is one of his favorite craft activities and he would do it all day and every day if given the chance.  My one tip for this is to have everything accessible and easily seen, so that children can do all of this themselves. In my sticking box, as he calls it I have: Feathers Pom poms Foam shapes Lolly sticks Glitter Sequins Googly eyes Bits and bobs Various glues Having all the various things that he likes to use in one place means that he can get it out of the craft cupboard and it is an easy and mostly mess free activity for any more »


You will be assimilated, resistance is futile 4

Every afternoon since last Wednesday I have been taking MiniMad to Preschool.  every afternoon without fail I have received a phone call asking me to come and collect him early. It happened again today.  He is fine when I drop him off, he runs and pops his name on the board and gets stuck in to something, coming back to give me a quick kiss, but then about half way through his session the tears come from nowhere. He can seemingly be fine, he was coming down the slide this afternoon, when all of sudden he bursts in to floods or tears and becomes inconsolable. I took in his dummy and more »

Easy Homemade Cards 5

We have lots of birthdays to celebrate in September and we are big fans of homemade cards.  Now that MaxiMad is at school, time to make elaborate and complicated cards are a thing of the past.  We needed a quick, all inclusive idea. So we made …………………… Chicken cards, which are ever so easy and very effective. All you do is take a piece of card and trace round a plate, cut it out with pinking scissors, add a few feathers, a foam beak and a googly eye. The only part I do is the cutting, MaxiMad does the tracing and both the boys love gluing and sicking.  It makes for more »


Spiritual Sunday 4

Motherhood There is no one way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a great one. A very powerful statement, that I try to keep in mind on those days that I am feeling less than successful in the mum department.

Tesco are getting on the Green Bandwagon… 2

Tesco has just launched a Greener Living website, which is aimed at  assisting the “environmentally aware shopper make the right decisions” The Green in me thinks that Tesco should concentrate on trying to make the ordinary shopper more environmentally aware.  It should offer incentives for people to purchase green.  Many of the suggestions include a link to a purchase from Tesco or Tesco direct and it comes across as somewhat of a marketing ploy aimed at making shoppers feel greener for shopping at Tesco. I try to balance being environmentally friendly with cost, especially in today’s climate, being frugal is a must.  It allows me to spend time at home with more »



The Mad Family 2

MaxiMad had to learn his address last week as homework, which was great as he knew all bat the postcode already!! This was for his excursion this week to the sorting office to learn how letters are posted.  He was asked to draw a picture of his family and this is what he did. His teacher then filled in the address and they franked their letters and when to a post box and posted them.  A friendly postman then collected their letters and the children started walking to the sorting office to see the next stage of the journey. The above postcard arrived in the post the following day and I more »

MiniMads First Day at preschool 1

My baby is grown up.  MiniMad his first time at preschool today without me.  It was so hard leaving him there, but he was really happy until 4 minutes before I collected him, when he wanted to come home.  They think that was because he was asked to tidy up. I am so proud of him, he looked like a little man.  What is it about putting a uniform on children that all of a sudden makes them look at least a year older than they are. He loves his “work” outfit, as he calls it, although it makes it harder for me in the park after school now, as I have more »



Autumn is here, the season of change 3

It seems apt to me that it is Autumn, it is a season of change, a season of colour and a season of harvest.   I love Autumn and Spring the most.  I love crisp days walking through leaves, hearing them crisp underfoot.  I love hats and scarfs, I love hot chocolate when you get in to warm up.  I love watching the ever changing landscape around us.  I love berry picking and eating!  I love the closing in of the evenings and closing the curtains.  I love that I can peek into other peoples houses when I pass.  But what I am trying to say is it just seems right, for more »

Capri-sun pencil case 3

I have been practicing my sewing again whilst also thinking about affordable homemade Christmas presents for my niece’s and the children’s friends and found a recycled drinks pouch pencil case on the great Skip to my loo blog. My mum had some 8 inch zips in her stash, so I though I would give them a try and you know what the boys love there’s. So now we need to drink more Capri-sun, so that I can make more for all the youngsters.  I am thinking of putting together art bags for them all. But best of all they cost me nothing and are a great way of recycling and are fun, more »


Spiritual Sunday 2

I Experience Love Wherever I go Love is everywhere and I am loving and lovable. Loving people fill my life, and I find myself easily expressing love to others. I guess that this being only the second week of school for MaxiMad, I was reminiscing about my early days of schooling and it brought to mind Magic Penny, which we used to sing…. Love is something if you give it away Give it away, give it away Love is something if you give it away You end up having more It’s just like a magic penny Hold it tight & you won’t have any Lend it, spend it & you’ll have more »

Cooking with Children 4

Mini and Maxi Mad both love helping out in the kitchen, but I am as guilty as others of often not letting them get stuck in due to time constraints or only allowing planned projects. Today we had no such time issues, so me and MiniMad weighted out the ingredients for a basic pizza dough and popped it in the bread machine: 540g of strong white flour – Lidl do a really reasonably priced one 1 sachet of yeast 1 tablespoon on oil 1 tablespoon of honey pinch of salt (you can leave this out, but it helps it prove) 350ml of warm tap water. Maxi Mad then pretty much did more »



Football Practise 3

Every Saturday morning finds MaxiMad and MadDad at our local AFC doing Football practice.  MaxiMad is in the tots group and spends a blissful hour come rain or shine learning new skills, enhancing the ones he already has, learning to play in a team and learning to take instruction.  He really enjoys these Saturday mornings with his dad and the one on one time they get. They play on what used to be the old senior school playing field and the council charges them £70.00 per week just to open the changing rooms and toilets in the community centre, which I think is rather excessive considering that our subscription is only £2.00 per more »