It is hard to believe that we have been doing an acts of kindness advent calendar for four years. It all started when I was concerned that the boys were becoming rather immersed in the commercialisation of Christmas and of advent. I wanted them to understand and learn about Christmas and advent being about giving, so came up with the idea of an alternative advent calendar.
Shopping, is it a necessary evil or something you enjoy? I have to admit that I LOVE to shop, but more than that, I love to shop well. I like to know that I have got the best deal I could but with two tween boys, most of my shopping is done online these days. It is quicker, there are no boys moaning and I can compare prices and find the best deal for me. So I have teamed up with MyVoucherCodes to share with you my top tips for saving money on your shopping as part of their #SavvySquad.
When planning a family holiday with young children (or bigger kids for that matter), it pays to have a good idea of some exciting activities and potential places to visit before arriving at your intended holiday destination. Indeed, it is a truth universally known across the UK that rain is seldom dampened in its enthusiasm by holidays, but that holidays can easily be dampened by the rain. Fortunately, while Devon and the English Riviera are famed for their beauty during the sunny summer months, the entire region has plenty to offer regardless of what tricks the weather is up to. Enjoying the Local Environment Let’s be honest with one another, no more »
I am always looking for ways to make mornings easier and for me, that means that simple healthy breakfasts are a must. I have been working with Prices on their #Mumsontherun campaign and it really has opened my eyes to just how easy and healthy using canned fruit is for breakfasts. We have already upped our porridge game with a decadent, but healthy peaches and cream porridge.
How adorable are these owl cupcakes all made by Mini with Peanut Butter flavour Oreos. We have been challenged by Oreo to produce a recipe using one of their exciting new flavours range that most suited our personality. The options were Choc’o Brownie flavour Oreo – smooth, Mint flavour Oreo – cool, Peanut Butter flavour Oreo – nutty or Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Oreo – fruity. Well seen as we are The Mad House there really was no choice – it had to be nutty!
This post simple breakfasts with canned fruit is a paid collaboration with Princes. My house isn’t called The Mad House for no reason with two boys 14 months apart it has always been chaos here and I am most certainly not a morning person, however, I know the importance of breakfasts for all of the family. So I am delighted to be working with Princes on their #mumsontherun campaign to share my family friendly simple breakfasts made with their canned fruit.
How to make the perfect mashed potatoes is a paid post in collaboration with the Tots100 and The Co-Op. I am passionate about making sure that my children grow up with cooking skills to last them a lifetime. I try to ensure that at least once a week I cook with each of them and now they are getting older they do the cooking and I am on hand if they need reassurance or help with anything.
I am a firm believer in looking after the things you already have and making sure that they last as long as possible and this week I realised that I hadn’t cleaned our washing machine since we got it in April 2016! In fact, it was Emily who shamed me into it by doing hers and sharing it on Instagram Stories. It turns out that Dr Beckman has a new product called Service-it for cleaning your washing machine, so I tried it out and this post is a paid collaboration with them.
These DIY name key fobs are paid collaboration with Sugru. I am delighted to share with you a fabulous DIY name key fob made from Sugru, which is a fab mouldable glue that turns to rubber, which means that the key fobs are really hardwearing and look amazing. Plus they are so much fun to make with the kids.
We are a big fan of using air drying clay to make Christmas decorations and festive keepsakes and I am delighted at how these kid made clay mittens Christmas decorations turned out. From experience, I know that as long as we pack them away carefully we can bring them out year after year to decorate our home.
The benefit of audiobooks is a collaborative post with BookBeat. We are big fans of audiobooks here in The Mad House. We use them a lot and I want to share with you that they are not cheating nor do they prohibit reading. In fact, in our case, they have actually helped fuel the love of books. I am an avid reader and always have been. When I was younger I could always be found with my head in a book and this is a love that I have always wanted to pass on to the children. However, as much as we have already read to the boys and encouraged them both more »
I love Christmas and if I can combine Christmas and being creative then even better. I totally adore these fabulous free printable Christmas gift tags to colour and personalise. They are fab to colour in on the dark nights leading up to the festive season and you can add your own stamp to them. These were coloured in by my best friends nine-year-old. Hasn’t he done an amazing job?
‘Tis the season for some gorgeous DIY Christmas crafts including wreaths, centrepieces, tags and decorations. From kid made cards to ornaments to homemade gift-wrapping and more, creative Christmas crafts to add a personal touch to this holiday season. Spread holiday cheer with these sweet and simple Christmas Crafts.
You do not have to be American to celebrate Thanksgiving and being thankful is something that I feel is important to everyone. I love these beautiful I am thankful colouring sheets. They are brilliant to print off and use as table mats, but also have enough white space for you to fill with what you are thankful for. I am Thankful Colouring Sheets Being thankful is a great life lesson for people of all ages and one of the things that I have always done with the boys is ending the day with three things we are grateful for. It means that we go to sleep with the positives in our mind more »
When it comes to kitting out the boys for the winter finding the right coats can be something of a challenge. Firstly the British weather can be so changeable you never know if it is going to be cold, wet or both and then you have to take into account that I have children that hate the feeling of seams and labels against their skin. I hoped that this would be something that they grew out of, however, it has yet to happen, if anything, they have both got firmer in their stance and refuse to wear anything that they do not like!
One of the best things about Christmas is getting out our Christmas decorations and the things we have made over the previous years. This is why I love making things with clay as they last for years and years. We have selected some festive and beautiful Christmas Clay Crafts for you. Whether they are made out of polymer clay, salt dough or air drying clay they will stand the test of time and look amazing.