Yearly Archives: 2016


Declutter and Make Money

I wish I could say that I live in a clutter free streamlined home, however, that would be a big fat lie.  I really need to make more of an effort and once I have decluttered stop seeing it as an opportunity to bring more things into our home.  So that fact that you can declutter and make money is a total win in my opinion.


Nail Varnish Marbled Coasters

Nail Varnish Marbled Coasters 19

These nail varnish marbled coasters were inspired by some eggs that we marbled a couple of years ago.  It is a great kids craft for older children.  I did this with Mini who is ten and he loved it.  In fact, he now wants to marble anything that isn’t tied down, so I am going to get some mugs.


Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland 29

This simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland is a super fun and simple kids craft perfect for the festive season.  I really love using washi tape with children as it is simple to tear or cut. low-tac so they can remove and restick it and it comes in so many colours and patterns. The washi tape Christmas Trees can be used to decorate cards but also look perfect strung together to make a washi tape Christmas trees garland or bunting. Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland Materials Cereal box Washi tape, we used red and green (UK Link/US Link) 1/8 inch paper punch (UK Link/US Link) Thread – we used a more »

Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland

Kid Made Christmas Card Series 24

I think you will go a long way to find anything better than a kid-made Christmas card, so I am delighted to be sharing with you a month’s worth of fantastic Christmas cards all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children. These DIY Christmas card ideas are perfect for doing with a group of children especially KS! and preschoolers. Although there is something for kids of all ages here.

Over 30 kid-made christmas cards. A super selection of christmas cards that are perfect for kids of all ages to make.

There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one

A Day in The Mad House 3

Parenting: reality versus imagination.  Before my boys came and lit up my life I really didn’t have any experience of children other than being one!  I was the epitome of a career woman.  Over the years I hope that I have shared the reality of parenting here, however, I too still reel from the difference between parenting expectations and reality!


Top DisneyLife Films for Families with Tweens 8

I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife membership. We have been working with DisneyLife for four months now and I want to share our top five films for you to enjoy if you have tweens. First of all, these are only our current top five movies. If you were to ask me or the boys next week it might be different!

Top DisneyLife Films for Families with Tweens. Fab films from DisneyLife that are great for all the family including your tweens.

Jump for Pudsey 6

We are delighted to be working with Boots UK this year to highlight their “Jump for Pudsey” Campaign to raise money for BBC Children in Need this half term.   Boots UK want to encourage the nation to get active, have some fun and raise money for BBC Children in Need. Whether it is leaps, launches, bounds or hops; the goal is for the UK to spring its way to one million jumps.

Jump for Pudsey

Homemade Pizza Recipe – Cooking with Kids 8

Do you have pizza nights?  We do and have done since the boys were little .  This homemade pizza recipe certainly is tried and tested as it has been our failsafe recipe which has been used since before the boys were born so for around 15 years!  I have learned that kids love pizza and letting them top their own is a great way to encourage them to eat something new.  Plus it is super simple to prepare and make, so much so it is our regular Saturday night meal and now we have a wood fired pizza oven we are loving Saturdays even more!

Homemade Pizza Recipe - Cooking with Kids

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

Family Friday Night Takeaway – My Top Tips For Ordering

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m passionate about cooking and that I’m passionate about getting kids to cook, so you may be wondering what I’m doing ordering a takeaway on a Friday.  When you say takeaway people immediately think ‘oh that’s really unhealthy’ or ‘that’s really fattening’ or ‘I bet that’s all they ever eat’ but if you tell someone that you’ve been out to a restaurant that’s absolutely fine.  Well, good takeaway is just like having a restaurant experience in your own home as far as I’m concerned.