Yearly Archives: 2022


10 Great 10-Year-Old Birthday Party Ideas

As a parent, you always want the best for your kid, but let’s be honest–that sometimes goes against the kid’s wishes. Especially when it comes to a birthday party of a 10-year-old kid, and that’s not for no reason. 10-year-old kids have so many interests that it’s often hard to keep track of them all. Moreover, children at this age are in flux, and what they find exciting today may be a thing of the past tomorrow. So, what do you do to ensure a birthday party leaves a lasting impression and, above all else, makes your child satisfied and delighted?


Tad the Lost Explorer and The Curse of the Mummy Activity Pack

To celebrate the release of Tad the Lost Explorer and The Curse of the Mummy this September I have a fabulous fun-filled Tad the Lost Explorer and The Curse of the MummyActivity pack for you to print and download for FREE! Full of colouring and puzzles it is the perfect kid’s activity to give you 15 minutes of peace and quiet.


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Free Activity Book

To celebrate the launch of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on CD and Blu-ray this August I have this Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Free Activity Book that is great for keeping the kids occupied and includes Sonic colouring sheets, a reading activity memory games and cut our puzzle perfect for fine motor skills. The fun free printable is full of activity sheets perfect to celebrate the new movie.


5 tips to get to sleep when going through the menopause

The menopause is an important stage in a woman’s life, a key time marking the end of their periods. This process typically affects women between the age of 45 and 55, with them often experiencing a range of symptoms. As the body adapts to a new normal, you may experience discomfort and unfamiliarity, which can in turn affect your quality of sleep. Whilst this is common, it can be far from pleasant, which is why we have compiled our 5 top tips on how to get to sleep when going through the menopause. Sometimes just knowing that other women are going through similar things can be really helpful.


Simple Chewy Flapjack Recipe

This recipe is for simply chewy flapjacks, you know the type – all moist and yummy. Flapjacks have always been a big favourite here in The Mad House with all the family and we have been making different types for years. It might only have 5 ingredients and that includes the chocolate that tops them, the secret is all about how you handle them and I am willing to share that secret with you, so keep on reading!


Starting School, Tips for Parents – What I wish I knew before my children started school

Starting school, Tips for Parents is a round-up of all my and others’ precious knowledge of things that would have made that first day of school and subsequent days in the classroom so much easier. Looking back at my children’s education experience, there are so many things that I wish I had known before they started school: tips, tricks and things that made my life easier and helped me help them.


Ideas to Stay in Shape When You’re Parenting and Have Limited Time

Staying in shape can be difficult at the best of times, let alone when you have a family to take care of! Of course, your kids are always the priority, so your sit-ups and burpees can sometimes fall by the wayside. Instead, you might have to think of other alternatives to keep fit, as you do need to look after yourself as well! That’s why we’ve decided to take a look at some simple ways you can stay in shape when you’re parenting and don’t have the luxury of time. Let’s get into it.


Essential Tips for a Safe Trip To Chicago

Chicago is one of the most exciting, bustling cities in the world. However, with all of this commotion, the danger within the city is certain to be more present than it is in your small town. If you’re travelling with a family, you want to know that you’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep you and your children safe. Thankfully, doing so has become easier than ever thanks to this guide going over the essential tips you need to know for a safe trip to Chicago in 2022:


Preparing for baby – buying a family home

There may come a time in your life when you decide to go from being a couple to welcoming a baby into your home. Alternatively, you may consider adopting, fostering, or even having a second child. Whatever your reason, it can be essential to ensure that the home you live in is adequate enough for catering to the needs of a child. This may involve selling the home you currently reside in for one that will be better suited.


How to spot if your child is being cyberbullied 1

One of our greatest fears as a parent is that our child is being bullied and now with the prevalence of mobile phones and social media it has opened a whole new side to abuse – cyberbullying or online bullying. It can be really hard to get your child to open up about being bullied, the signs can be difficult to spot and with cyberbullying, and it can be even more problematic as it isn’t confined to “in-person” bullying and abuse, and that’s why it’s crucial to stay safe on social media.


How to Save on Back to School Shopping

How to Save on Back to School Shopping 2

How to save on back-to-school shopping was originally a paid collaborative post in conjunction with My Voucher Codes back in 2018 and updated in 2022.  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.


Parents Guide to University Open Days

University open days are a great way to help your son or daughter decide which university to choose. They can be somewhat overwhelming and also not all open days are created equally, so in order to help your child get the most out of their visit, we have put together this guide from a parent’s perspective. A lot of people ask if visiting potential universities is worthwhile, personally, I feel that by exploring the campus and surrounding areas my child is better placed to determine whether they can really see themselves studying there for at least the next three years. They can also get a good understanding of the courses offered. more »


5 Reasons to Stay in Pollensa for Your Majorca Family Holiday

Pollensa is a town located in the north of Majorca island, Spain. It’s about a 50-minute ride from the airport in Palma, and a 15 minutes ride from Port de Pollensa. It is not far from the famous Cap de Formentor and the city of Alcudia.  Pollensa is known for its rich history. The city had been conquered by several nations through the centuries from Talaiots, the Romans, Vandals, Arabs, and Templars. All had marked their influences on the city of Pollensa.  With its quiet mood and artistic architecture, Pollensa is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring the beauty of Majorca. Especially if you’re bringing your more »


Easy steps for planning your home bar 1

Building your very own bar is a dream that many of us share. A DIY bar can be a great place for entertaining guests. It doesn’t matter where your home bar is, having an entire bar with bar stools, flowing drinks, and brilliant company is the perfect way to relax at home. The project itself isn’t overly difficult either, and you can easily create the perfect bar at home. Perfect idea for a fathers day gift too. Today, we’ll take you through some home bar ideas, before discussing the easy steps you’ll need to take to build a DIY home bar of your own!


Free Summer Holiday Planner 1

Free Summer Holiday Planner is a paid collaborative post with Very designed to showcase their range of printers. Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them. Over the years I have veered from one camp to the other and the longer my children have spent in school the more I have come to love the time off over summer. However, I have one child that loves school routine and that is where the summer holiday planner came from.


Reasons Why Eating Vegetables Is Important For Children

We all know how important it is to eat fibre-rich foods. These are responsible for good digestion, the feeling of fullness, and higher energy levels. Fruits and vegetables are packed with fibres. But not only fibres could be found in fruit and veggies. There are also antioxidants, water, and carbs that contribute to the higher energy level and the overall well-being. Hence, this makes fruit and veggies the most important foods for your children. In the following text, we will focus on the reasons why vegetables are so important for children and their proper development.