Flooring for Families

Today I am passing the blog over to one of my longest blogging pals. Chris Mosler has been blogging about her life with four children and one husband at Thinly Spread since 2010 but she has a secret string to her bow which she is sharing today – she also runs Hicraft Wooden Flooring alongside her husband! 25 years of experience in the flooring industry means she is well placed to share her reasons why wood is the top choice for family floors.


A Bedroom fit for Teen Boy 2

Mini turns 13 in June and his bedroom hasn’t been working for him (or me) for quite a while. He moved from the box room to a larger room back in 2012 and we didn’t decorate the room. The only change since then was changing his bed from a midsleeper to half the bunk bed we used to have.


New potato, spring onion & cheddar quiche 2

New potato, spring onion & cheddar quiche is a paid collaborative post with Tesco Jersey Royal Potatoes. There is something amazing about the Jersey Royal Potato season, to me, they are the cream of new potatoes and as the daughter in law of a farmer, I understand the importance of eating seasonally. Tesco Jersey Royals are delicious, earthy and nutty and one of the traditional foodie signals that Spring has arrived. They are available only between April to July.


Make your own DIY Vintage Map Tray 3

Make your own DIY Vintage Map Tray is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Turn a charity shop tray and a vintage map or print into a fabulous personalised Vintage Map tray perfect for any travel fan. I made this as a trinket tray for Mini’s travel themed bedroom.


Dealing with age-related Rosacea and Redness 5

One of the hardest things for me about aging is the fact that my sin espeically on the checks has developed a redness or rosacea. I have no issue with growing old gracefully and have embraced my silver hair. But I am not so keen on looking as though I am always blushing.


Chai Tea Bag Cookies with Free Printable 1

Chai Tea Bag Cookies with Free Printable is a paid collaboration with Bostik. Everyone that knows me will testify to the fact that I love tea. So when I was asked to come up with a British craft I thought tea and why not combine my love of tea, crafting and cooking and bring you chai tea bag cookies with a free printable tag. 


20 Fun and Adorable Spring Crafts for Kids 11

Can you feel Spring in the air yet?  I think I can and I have started thinking about Spring crafts for kids and we have a fabulous selection of crafts that kids will love here.  I love Spring, the garden is filled with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter and the days are getting longer fast.  I LOVE spring because it means more outdoor time, butterflies, birds, bugs, flowers and spring showers.


Simple Carrot Easter Wreath 1

I’m also excited for Easter and springtime decorating and I kept seeing those cute little glitter carrots at the supermarket so decided to make a simple carrot Easter wreath as we all know the Easter Bunny loves glitter carrots.


Last Minute Simple Easter Bags – Free Printable

Here is a last minute easter project that you are going to love, espeically if you are like me and have forgotten the Easter Goodie Bags. There is no need to panic as with our free printables these simple easter bags are effective and quick to make.


DIY Applique Monstera Leaf Cushions using The Cricut Maker

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. These DIY Applique Monstera Leaf Cushions were cut out using my Cricut Maker and its rotary cutter blade. The game changer for me between the Cricket Maker and previous Cricut cutting machines is its ability to cut fabric unstabilised with ease, accuracy and speed.


DIY Painted Terracotta Plant Pots – with Herb Puns 2

DIY Painted Terracotta Plant Pots – with Herb Puns is a paid collaboration with Bostik. If you are anything like me then you will have some of those supermarket herbs on your windowsill and these DIY painted plant pots are a great way to keep them, rather than in their sad black plastic pots with cellophane wrappers.


Technology giving you Power in Birth, Pregnancy and Beyond

Technology giving you Power in Birth, Pregnancy and Beyond is a paid collaberation with Bounty. When I was pregnant 14 years ago smartphones were not really a thing – I had a blackberry for work but hadn’t heard of an app. Now there is no chance of any more babies here, but I wanted to share with you some fabulous details of how the Bounty App can really give you power in birth, pregnancy and beyond. I really wish this had been around when I was expecting.


Easy Vanilla Cupcakes and Icing 157

Easy Vanilla cupcakes and icing is a paid collaborative post with limited edition HARIBO Starmix “Hunt the Double Yolker” #HuntTheDoubleYolker. What I love about this recipe for easy vanilla cupcakes and icing is that you use one 250g block of butter to make both the cakes and the icing, so no need to open a second block to make the icing.


My Body, My Business 5

I am a big fan of the body positivity movement. I am also a big fan of not feeling the need to discuss your body, however, I am going to break that rule here today. I am fat. I am clinically obese, my BMI is way too high and as much as I am a big advocate of loving the body you are in and body acceptance, I am also a firm believer in people being free to make their own decision and speak their truths.


Tips for Spring Cleaning your Appliances

Tips for Spring Cleaning your appliances is a collaborative post with Bekko. I HATE cleaning but I love a clean house. Yes, I know you can not have one without the other, so I work on the process of little and often and also in delegation, so if you can afford a cleaner then whoop, if not get the whole family involved.


DIY Customised Umbrella using iron-on vinyl 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This Iron on Umbrella DIY is a quick project and a great way to put a happy slant on a rainy day. I have always been a fan of personalised items and love how easy and quick it is to make my own customised umbrella using iron on vinyl with the Cricut Maker and The Cricut EasyPress 2.


Chilli with Dips – A Perfect Family Dinner 3

Chilli with Dips – A Perfect Family Dinner is a paid collaboration with McCoy’s Muchos Tortilla Snacks. We love a family meal that brings everyone to the table and my simple chilli with dips served with crips or chips (as folks over the pond call them) is one of those meals. It is a real hands-on family favourite.


Cricut Maker Review and Unboxing 4

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Cricut Maker Review and Unboxing is a collaborative post with Cricut. First off what is a Cricut Maker? It is a new swanky cutting machine from Cricut. In the past, I have had a Cricut Mini and Cricut Explore, so you can tell that I am a big fan of Cricut and cutting machines.