Tips for the perfect family BBQ

Tips for the perfect family BBQ is a paid collaboration with Regina for the #TheStressofMess campaign. We have become quite adept at BBQ’s this summer. Not only thanks to the fabulous weather but also thanks to the boys being older and more than capable of doing a lot of the work and cooking themselves.  Plus for some reason cooking with fire has become a man’s job here and for once I am not going to get all feminist about this as I normally would as this means I get a day off cooking and cleaning!


Free Printable All Things with Kindness Colouring Page

Free Printable All Things with Kindness Colouring Page 1

How beautiful is this All Things with Kindness Colour Page? I love the phrase All Things with Kindness, so much so I wanted it on a free printable colouring page. You see kindness costs nothing and I think that often kindness is underrated and it really shouldn’t be.


Paper Sunflower Craft 4

This is such a fabulous paper sunflower craft. I love this time of year when the sunflowers all looking glorious in the garden and standing proud.  So why not take inspiration from them to make some beautiful paper sunflowers.  They look fabulous on cards or if you take a straw on the back you can have a bunch of sunflowers for a vase or give as a gift.

Paper Sunflower Craft

How to Make a Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder

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How to Make a Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder is a collaborative post with Bosik. These DIY Teacup Bird Feeders are super cute and so easy to make. They are a brilliant way to use teacups and saucers that I keep collecting from charity shops.   Nothing beats watching birds in your backyard and this hanging Teacup Bird Feeder DIY is super easy to make. It’s guaranteed to please your feathered friends and will ensure that they visit regularly! In a world where recycling has become so important, this project also reuses your old crockery. Plus you can use any that might have a crack or a chip.


Win a Double Mattress and Two Pillows from Otty worth £600 338

As all parents know sleep really is the holy grail of parenting, whether it is you not getting enough or encouraging the kids to go to bed and sleep or to stay in bed longer. So I am delighted to be teaming up with Otty for this fabulous giveaway for an Otty mattress and two pillows worth £600.  We have an Otty mattress (well Maxi does), so I can testify just how fabulous it is and how amazing this giveaway is.


Mama’s Simple Sausage Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce 4

Mama’s Simple Sausage Meatballs is a paid collaborative post with Sacla.  These simple sausage meatballs in a tomato sauce are deliciously tender and will become a family favourite meal asked for again. Tender, soft, flavorful meatballs, made with sausage and just a few other basic ingredients. Easy to whip up for a weeknight, and nice enough for weekend dinner. The ultimate food hug in a bowl.


Tips for Dealing with Eczema and Sensitive Skin in the Summer 83

Tips for Dealing with Eczema and Sensitive Skin in the Summer is a paid collaboration with Neutral 0%. I make no secret of the fact that we are a somewhat sensitive family, with maxi suffering from eczema and my super sensitive skin.   As much as I am loving our wonderful summer, the heat is making it really challenging when it comes to looking after our skin.  I am not kidding when I say the summer brings its own unique challenges. I have the dreaded chub rub, MadDad has prickly heat, add in chlorine from swimming pools, sand and salt water from the beach.


How to Save on Back to School Shopping

How to Save on Back to School Shopping

How to save on back to school shopping is a paid collaborative post in conjunction with My Voucher Codes.  I would love to think that I am an organised Mum but half the time I am a fly by the seat of my pants mum, however, when it comes to saving money I am on it!  Raising children is expensive and any penny I can save means that I can spend it somewhere else, preferably on something fun.


Fab Teen Approved Family Activities

Fab teen approved family activities is a paid collaborative post with Track Days. Having a teenager is taking some getting used to here in The Mad House. No longer can I coax them out of the house with the promise of a picnic and park day as I have done in the past. No the lure of their Xbox and friends (and for some teens their bed) is far too strong. So I have promised the boys that we will do one teen approved family activity a week.


Money-saving tips for UK family holidays

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Money-saving tips for UK family holidays is a paid collaberative post with Holiday Cottages. Holidays are when we make some of the best memories together as a family, but it can be hard to plan the perfect family holiday on a budget. Luckily UK holidays are becoming more and more affordable, and there are so many great attractions and places to visit across the country that you don’t even need to go abroad to have an amazing time with the kids. Holidays in the UK can be cheaper than you think, especially when you know how to make your money go further so it can be spent on the things that more »


Breaking up with my Straighteners – Learning to love my Frizzy Hair 4

Learning to love my frizzy hair is a paid collaborative post with BaByliss as part of their #LoveYourHair campaign. My hair has always been a challenge, too thick, not curly enough, too curly, frizzy, grey, unruly, hard to brush and just a real challenge. When I was growing up I used to gaze longingly at the girls with the sleek bobs as much as the girls with tidy plaits. My hair never conformed and after a particularly difficult session trying to get the knots out my Mum just cut it all off!

Learning to love my Frizzy Hair

Why you need to share what you want to happen when you die

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Things to consider when planning a funeral service is a paid collaboration with Beyond. Losing a loved one is heartbreaking and frankly horrible. I have been in the position of organising both my parents’ funerals, thankfully neither on my own and it was really hard work. I have been going to write this post for the last month, but a couple of close friends have died and frankly I didn’t feel up to it, However, it also reinforced the fact that it is so important to share what you want to happen when you die with your loved ones and close friends.


DIY Phone Amplifier and Stand 12

This craft was born out of necessity as I couldn’t find the little Bluetooth speaker we have for our phones.  So instead we went low tech and created a DIY phone amplifier and stand from a toilet roll and a couple of paper cups.

DIY Phone Amplifier and Stand

Make your own Ring Wing Glider 2

Make your own Ring Wing Glider is a collaborative post with The Year of Engineering.  Anyone that knows me will confirm that I am big fan of encouraging kids to be creative and imaginative and try and get them off screens. This is one of the reasons I love #TheHolidayMakers campaign from the Year of Engineering. They are a series of challenges (one a week) over the summer holidays that parents can do with their children aged seven to sixteen to keep them active and to inspire them about engineering.


Summer bored jar activities 28

Summer holidays is nearly upon us, which means updating our summer bored jar activities.  We have had a bored jar for the last four years and it has become something of a tradition in the Mad House, but the boys are getting bigger, so in addition to a bored jar, I have got a fab printable too


Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks

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These free summer colouring bookmarks will really brighten up any summer reading that you do.  They are perfect for any summer reading program and are a fun addition to a rainy summer day.  They would make the perfect addition to any book you might gift too.


Lemon and Ginger Scones

Lemon and Ginger Scones is a paid collaboration with Opies as part of their #FreetheGinger campaign.  These lemon and ginger scones are just perfect for afternoon tea and remind me of summers with my Mum and a nice big pot of fresh tea. The combination of lemon and ginger is refreshing and slightly fiery at the same time. They are brilliant serviced with butter, but also equally delicious with either clotted cream and lemon curd.


Should you pay your teens to do chores? 1

Should you pay your teens to do chores? is a collaboration with Indesit. I used to be one of those smug mothers, you know the ones.  I thought that I had it sussed. My children helped with chores, they cleaned up, tidied and didn’t complain.  I even wrote about ways to get your kids to help do the chores.   Oh well, what I can tell you is that karma totally is a thing…..


Classic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe (and a fab giveaway) 99

This classic peanut butter cookies recipe is a paid partnership with Skippy the original American style peanut butter.   Peanut Butter fans can now rejoice as the original American-style peanut butter SKIPPY® Peanut Butter is now available to buy in major UK supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado, Tesco and Costco.


Noise with Muck on…coping with cleaning boys clothes and eczema 4

I have commented that Mini is known in this house as “noise with muck on”. He stays clean for all of 5 minutes and his clothes take the brunt of his lifestyle. I expected this as a mum of boys, however, I also have to contend with Eczema which for me rules out using harsh chemicals when cleaning the boys clothes.

Maxi is my main suffer but both boys have periods of really sore and itchy skin, so I was delighted to be able to try out the new Ecover Zero products.