Jen Walshaw


Ghosts in a Jar Halloween Craft

Ghosts in a Jar Halloween Craft is a paid collaborative post with Bostik.  Fancy catching some ghosts for your Halloween decoration, well we have you covered and these are really special ghost catching jars that stop them dematerialising. Yes, ghosts can go through walls, but these jars are magical and keep them captured and out of mischief!


How to make a Smallfoot Ornament 1

How to make a Smallfoot ornament is a paid collaborative post with Warner Brothers. Have you heard of Smallfoot yet? Well, be prepared for all things Smallfoot as it avalanched into UK cinemas on 12th October 2018.  It is an animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot, turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. We are all really excited to see it here in The Mad House, even Maxi as he is a big fan of James Cordon.


Dealing with Starting school 3

Dealing with Starting School is a paid collaboration with Bassetts Vitamins. Starting school and going back to school can be such a big thing for a child and for a parent.  I found both of my boys starting school one of the most stressful and worrying times in their lives so far. It was the first time that they were away from me for any length of time on a regular basis and I was really worried about them. How would they manage, would they eat school dinners, would they catch all the bugs that go round and how would they cope being without me!


Paper plate Autumn/Fall leaf wreaths 29

An autumn paper plate leaf wreath is the perfect fall activity or craft to make with your kids whatever their age.  Paper plates remain one of my favourite ways to make wreaths with kids due to their affordability, but also their flexibility. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking one of these links, I will make a small commission (hopefully enough to keep me in tea all year) – at no extra cost to you! This allows me to keep creating and sharing free tutorials for you to try. Thank you!


How to Make a Simple Autumn Wreath

How to Make a Simple Autumn Wreath is a collaborative post with Bosik. I love decorating for the season and Autumn is no exception. I also love the fact that decorating seasonally is getting more and more popular here in the UK.  A wreath is one of the simplest ways to transform your home. At various points throughout the year, a well-designed seasonal wreath adds personality to your front door, mantel or window.


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!


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 £600 339

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 5

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 1

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

Why you need to share what you want to happen when you die 1

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.


To Grandmother’s House We Go

To Grandmother’s House, We Go is a collaborative post.  There’s nothing more fun — and nerve-wracking — than visiting Grandma’s house. Let’s face it, your house is set up to accommodate kids. Sure, there are toys everywhere, and it might be organised chaos, but trying to parent small kids away from the support structures they have in place at home is daunting. SoI admit that sending my kids for a few days at my in-laws house when they were younger always stressed me out.