Roses – why wait for valentines day!!

  I never used to like roses, but they have literally begun to grow on me.  I have been lucky enough to get a couple of bunches from Aldi over the last couple of weeks. My images don’t do them justice, these are a very pale lilac colour and have a parchment coloured tip.  There are two weeks old and a lovely now they are on the wain.   I got these with my shop this week, they are a pale cream with a peachy centre and they are just divine.    It is wonderful how a bunch of flowers can make a real difference to my mood.  I like these more »


More Makes, laptop pouches and valentines hearts

I have been wanting to show you a couple more of the things I have been doing with the mini’s this week, but it is so dark, photo’s are not the best. I don’t know about you, but it seems once Johnnie Boden gets a hold of your address, he sends you a million and one catalogues, STOP Johnnie, you must be single handed responsible for the decimation of the rain forest.  Plus the models are so smug with their little snippets of their lives.  I don’t want to know that Verity loves chocolate cake, especially when she looks about a size 2!  I can not bear to throw them in more »


Giving and Receving

I have said it before and I will say it again. The Internet, the WWW, the blogosphere, it has been wonderful to me. It has kept me sane on the dark nights when sleep has refused to blanket me with it warming cocoon, it has kept me company whilst sitting in bed waiting for healing to start and it has made me giggle in my darkest moments.With this is mind, I am always more than happy to give when I can to fellow bloggers.   First off, a small piece of fabric for the lovely Mary Poppins, Mary is making a curtain and this will be used in it, Mary and more »


Valentine Heart craft for kids

Well this week, we are going with a valentines theme.  Yep seasonal over here at TheMadHouse.  Again, I am hoping to inspire you out there with children to craft and play with them.  To get over your need for perfectionism and fear of mess and just go with the flow and enjoy. If we do inspire you, then please use the McLinky below and link to any post that you do about crafting with children.  I would love to see and hear about your time crafting with your children. One of the best things I bought in the sales was a large paper punch in a heart shape (mine is 3inch), more »


Menu Planning and Frugal Food Part Two

The Basics and MummyMads Rules I have a few golden rules that I always abide by and also make sure I have a larder with basic ingredients in. I don’t scrimp on chicken I always buy a good one or a happy one as I call them (free range), as they make better stock and just taste nicer with more meat in my humble opinion.  The same with eggs (our butcher sell local free range ones cheaper than the supermarkets).  I pop in to the local butchers and see what is on offer meat wise too. In the store cupboard and fridge I always have flour, eggs, caster sugar, lentils, beans, more »


Menu Planning and Frugal Food Part One

One thing that has come out of our lack of cash is my ability to feed us all well on less and less cash.  The two things that has enabled this to happen has been our menu planning and our garden. I thought I would give you an example of a weeks menu plan and how I feed us all. I do a main shop on a Thursday and base my weeks menu plan round our Sunday Dinner (chicken, Mince, Beef, or Ham).  This week it will be chicken. Friday Fish, oven chips and mussy peas.  I make sure I buy frozen cod or haddock fillets when they are on offer, more »


Spiritual Sunday – The Power of Tea

  There is no trouble so great or grave that is can not be diminished by a nice cup of tea  Bernard-Paul Heroux Sometimes there is no words or actions that can make a week any better than it was, this week just gone was one of them.  Mum broke her arm and mini mad has discovered a rage inside, which has started to cause issues at preschool.  I have felt pulled in every which way. My mum is OK, sore and in a pot from fingertips to elbow and a sling, but she can still go on holiday to Florida with my brother next week and once she was all more »


Snowy Satuday

We woke up this morning to a good three inches of snow, football tots was cancelled and we have had the joy of a morning of not having to be anywhere and beatiful soft snow and sunshine.   I went out with MiniMad and we took some photographs whilst Maxi and MadDad cleared the cars.  The sun was shining  and everything looks clean and just wonderful. This is what is left of the mint that we love in the summer in our herb pots, it just looked so wonderful with the snow on top. It looks even better with the sun reflecting on it, this snow isn’t going to last, so more »


The Pig of Happiness

I saw this and love it on Mary Poppins Blog, so just had to pass it on and share.  The minimads loved it too!


Please don’t call me brave.

Please don’t call me brave, please don’t tell me I have done the brave thing.  What I have done was the easy option, the only option I felt open to me.  It was Hobson’s choice.  How could I live knowing the risk I had and not worry with every passing moment that a cancer was growing inside me.  No I took the easy way out. Please don’t call me brave.  I have never had to tell my children, my husband, my mother or my friends that I have cancer.  I have never had to make them feel that everything is going to be OK, when actually I want them to be more »


Budget Pouches and Cash Budgeting

There has been a lot of murmuring in blog land recently on being thrifty, managing on one income and the mend and make do lifestyle. I thought I would add my penny’s worth, as we have been living as frugally as possible on one income for a number of reasons.  People who knew me from old are totally amazed to the change in me, but it is so worth making sacrifices and changes to spend this time with my boys.  So as they say mother is the necessity of invention!! One of our biggest changes has been moving from never carrying cash to using a cash only system for incidentals, fuel, more »


Genetics – Would you want to know? 4

Geriatric Mummy is in the very unfortunate circumstances of watching her beloved Father go rapidly downhill with early onset dementia and she has asked what other people would do in her situation.  I decided to do a post, rather than a comment, as it would be rather long, as this is a subject close to my heart. I have a faulty gene, technically they call it a spelling mistake in the DNA and in mine and my family’s case the issue is with the BRCA 1 gene, which for me due to my family history means that I had an 80% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 60% lifetime risk more »


Welcome MeMe

I have been tagged my Sally over at Who’s the Mummy, she is the wonder-woman who compiles the Tots 100 index and also edits The Great Toy Guide. I especially like this meme, as is to give new bloggers a great big welcome in to the wonderful world of the Blogershere, which I joined 6 months ago. Since then I have thrown myself in at the deep end and I love it. I have a pretty full google reader, but I am always on the look out for new blogs which are inspiring, an interesting read, peak my creativity or just make me laugh. So here are Sally’s rules Visit the more »


Comments

Hello lovley blog readers.  I am trying In tense debate for my blog comments, so that I can reply back to each of you rather than do a catch all post. Now I though it was going OK, but you need to be in the individual post to be able to comment, so can you bear with me please and click on the title for the post and you should see the comment box under the post. If it all turns out pants I will go back to the old way. Please dont stop commenting, I love your comments and wanted things to be a little more interactive thats all!


Consistency has been the Key

I thought it was about time I updated you on the MiniMad situation and I am pleased to say that we seen to be going in the right directions with the temper tantrums.   I have put my action list in to play and we have drastically reduced the number of incidents and also blessedly the length of any tantrums which do start. I have not succumbed to any of my curly hair terrorists demands and as someone commented you do not negotiate with terrorists! The main things that have made the biggest difference are: Setting expectations of what I want him to do. Counting down to when we are doing more »


Writing Workshop 14

You know what, none of the writing prompts fill me with the need to write this week. I could be a million and one cartoon characters, but not one is me.  I am unique and can not be categorised, so this is about me. Me, a mass of contradictions A loving mother with two children I would lay down my life for, do they define me, to a point they do.  I am Mini and Maxi mads mum, to their friends, to the teachers and to some of the other parents at school and preschool. I love my husband even more than my children, if that is at all possible.  He more »


Printable Placement 3

For all those that asked, I have done a printable placemat, which you can laminate.  Even better you can get your little ones to decorate it first.


Learning to Set the Table 19

Manners, I like manners.  In fact I think that the boys can get away with most things, if they say please, thank you and have table manners. We are teaching the boys to help around the house, well they have been since they could walk really and lately they have been trying to set the table, but their constant “I cant remember which side the fork goes on mummy” has been driving me crackers, especially as I am in the kitchen preparing the dinner. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with these……. My first attempt at free form sewing.  I used some fabric I already had in more »


Childrens Craft Showcase – Home Made Scented Playdough 18

Lets start the year with an oldie but a goodie and this is something that you can take out when you are lacking in motivation or just need a little break.  Once you have made it you will never again buy it and trust me adding essential oils makes it so nice. Materials/Ingredients 1 and half cups (1 cup is 250ml) of salt 3 cups of warm water 3 cups of plain flour 3 tablespoons of oil 6 teaspoons of cream of tartar Food colouring Essential oils, I use lavender, neroli, geranium, camomile Air tight containers Method add the salt and water to a large pan and wait for the salt more »


Sand and Snow and Places To Go 12

The snow and ice has virtually gone now.   I can not believe how long it has remained and that is actually laid on the sand.         I can not remember this happening in my lifetime. Anyway enough of the snow, me and my boys have been to see The Wiggles at the cinema this morning.  MiniMad is an avid fan, who was introduced to them by my MIL. We have booked to see them live in June on his birthday.  We took the boys last year and they had a whale of a time.  After watching him sing and dance this morning, I am so excited.  Both boys more »




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