Adding a projector has made our family screen time more social 2

Screen time for me is the ultimate parenting conundrum. I am really aware that my boys’ are growing up with amazing access to technology and as a parent, it is my job to manage their access and help provide balance to their life but I have no framework or experience to build this on as it wasn’t around when I was a child.  We had one TV with 3 channels and a phone that had a dial and cable! I remember illicitly taping the top 40 on a Sunday hoping the DJ wouldn’t talk over the song and that I could press pause and play fast enough to minimise the gap. My more »

DIY Daffodil Crafts for kids

DIY Daffodil Crafts for kids 2

I am a big fan of daffodils, in fact, they are my favourite flower and these DIY Daffodil Crafts and activities are perfect for celebrating the season, St David’s day or just the humble daffodil.  There is a fabulous selection to choose from and something for all ages and abilities.

Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes – Handmade Mother’s Day 4

Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes is a paid collaboration with Amazon to celebrate Handmade at Amazon and Mother’s Day. I am a huge fan of homemade and handmade gifts and as a maker myself always try to buy handmade when I can. This Mother’s Day Handmade at Amazon are celebrating the importance and power of handmade gifts and sent us a beautiful Jonny’s Sister ‘Mum’s Cakes’ Tin and Victoria Eggs Apron’s, which inspired Mini to get creative and bake a batch of our failsafe Chocolate fairy cakes and show me a mum who wouldn’t love a cake tin full of homemade cakes for Mother’s Day!

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Mother 4

I am in such a reflective mood.  Maxi, my precious first born turns 13 in March. How on earth has that happened? I blinked and have a teenager. In all seriousness though it really seems like only yesterday when I was thrown in at the deep end of the parenting pool without a life raft or even armbands. I came to parenting pretty late and really had no idea what to expect and I had absolutely no idea how hard it would be.  

Simple Daffodil Craft for Kids 1

This simple daffodil craft for kids is certainly going to brighten up your home or classroom this Spring. I love making flowers with kids as each flower is unique in nature and I love seeing the flowers that children make. Plus I am a sucker for receiving a bunch of homemade flowers.  They are the perfect gift.  

DIY Unicorn Gift Bags with Free Prinables

Why not look at transforming a plain white bag into a beautiful unicorn gift bag with our fab free printable and DIY unicorn gift bag tutorial. Don’t have a white bag, do not worry we have you covered and show you how to make a bag from a sheet of white paper. Are you ready for an overload of cuteness? Well, don’t say I didn’t prepare you.

Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home 2

Decorating a rented property can be tricky as there are all sorts of things to consider, not least of all your deposit. Many landlords don’t allow any permanent changes to be made but others are happy to allow rooms to be repainted providing the tenants return the house to its original state.  So I have collaborated with Homelet to bring you some simple ideas are a great way to turn a rented house into a family home. #RentingRules

Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home

An alternative way to save for your children’s future 2

An alternative way to save for your children’s future is a paid collaboration in conjunction with The Royal Mint.  With all this talk recently of the cost of attending university and how many young people can not afford the deposit on their first home got me and the husbeast thinking about saving for our children’s future.  We are not a cash-rich family, in fact, we haven’t got any substantial savings yet for the boys. However, that doesn’t mean it is too late. It seems that according to research by The Royal Mint we are not alone and that on the average UK Household save on average £166 a year compared to £1,500 in 1974.  more »

DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs 4

How gorgeous are these DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs? Such a super cute and simple Easter egg craft project, perfect for any unicorn lovers out there.  Plus, unlike the typical Easter egg activity of dying them colours, this DIY is totally mess-free. With a little paper, some sharpies and a little time you can have a blessing of Unicorns (yep, a blessing is their collective noun).

Interior Updates for a Non Pinterest Worthy Home!

My home is lived in and is nowhere near a show home. In fact, the husbeast commented last night that it was a good job we liked throws on the sofa as we washed yet another one that was covered in mud from one of our boys (or it could have been Alvin)! So I decided to look into interior updates for non-Pinterest worth homes (the image below is my bedroom).

Ways to Boost your family’s Immune System 2

Germs, they seem to be everywhere this winter. I know so many people (including myself) who have been wiped out by a nasty virus or the flu and I have been determined to make sure that I do all that I can to boost my families immune system.  I am not a medical professional, however, I thought it would be good to let you know what has helped as both of my boys have escaped the dreaded germs this season.

Ways to Boost your family's Immune System

9 Steps to a Green and Happy Home

870As a parent, I often find myself thinking about the future – for myself and the husbeast, and also for Mini and Maxi. There’s so much to be wary of, both in personal health and the environment. A home is all about being a safe haven, and it’s naïve to think that small changes are unable to make a difference. So, I’ve explored different ways I can make steps towards and greener, healthier and (hopefully) happier home.

Smart Ways to Save on Utilities without swapping suppliers

I love saving money, especially on day to day stuff as it gives me a little left over to spoil the family.  One of our biggest expenditures is our gas and electric and I love finding smart ways to save on our gas and electric without swapping suppliers.  So I am working with British Gas to share with you ways that we save on our gas and electric.  

Smart Ways to Save on Utilities without swapping suppliers

Valentine craft and activities for kids

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Looking for valentine craft and activities for kids?  Well look no further I  a complete resource of them all in one place for you here.  As I do more I will make sure that they are added, so make sure you pin or bookmark this page.  I love learning, creating, making and baking seasonally and you might not celebrate valentine’s day, but love is forever eternal.

Books on the Bedside – January 2018 2

I love seeing what people are reading and getting inspiration for my next read, so this year I have decided to share a picture of the books on my bedside once a month.  I would love for you to join in and share your images on social media or blog about them using the hashtag #BooksOnTheBedside.

5 Tips for Stopping Sickness from Spreading in Your Home 

5 Tips for Stopping Sickness from Spreading in Your Home  1

Everything from the flu to colds and from stomach viruses to strep throat has been making the rounds this winter season. With the flu being extremely dangerous this year, as it has been for many years, people’s thoughts are turning more and more to ways to keep any type of sickness from spreading when it is brought into their homes. While most of the time kids bounce back pretty easily from any type of bug, that doesn’t stop the entire house from getting it when the child is better. Read on below for a few tips on how to stop sickness from spreading in your home.

Five easy paper craft ideas you can do with the kids 2

Children enjoy being creative, and they are happy to spend time painting, sticking and cutting coloured paper making fun craft items at home. These ideas can be done with just a few stationery pieces that are inexpensive to buy. Try some of these simple ideas next time the weather keeps you indoors:

20 Fun and Creative Clothespin Crafts Ideas

There is no need to just keep your wooden clothespins just for hanging clothes. Oh no, there are so many more uses for them than just that.  Take a look at these inspiring creative clothespin crafts ideas. There really is a clothespin craft for all ages and abilities here.

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adorably simple fingerprint heart ornaments made using baking soda clay. They are really easy and inexpensive to make and make great keepsakes or gifts.  We are using our as part of our valentines cards. How to make your own fingerprint heart ornaments

20 Relaxing DIY Bath Soaks 2

There is nothing more relaxing for me than a bath.  It is the one place I can lock the door and have some peace and these relaxing DIY bath soaks are the perfect addition to bathtime. Even better you know exactly what is in them and they are inexpensive and make the perfect homemade gifts.