Jen Walshaw


Glue Resist Art Project for Kids – Pumpkin 25

We love glue resist art projects, one of our favourites was the watercolor leaf garland we made last Autumn and this year we decided to try a variation using black paper for our glue resist pumpkins which is the perfect pumpkin art project for this fall season. This black glue pumpkin art project is perfect for kids of all ages from preschoolers to adults. I mean who doesn’t love seasonal crafts?

Glue resist art project for kids pumpkins

How to cook Jacket Potatoes and Ultimate Toppings List

We love a jacket potato here in the Mad House and think that they are a massively underrated meal. They are so versatile and perfect as a base for a meal if you have a family that doesn’t all like the same food. So I want to share with you my tips for cooking Jacket potatoes and our ultimate toppings list, although I am not sure you can beat good old beans and cheese! Firstly I realised that jacket potato is only called this in the UK elsewhere they are baked potatoes. We call them jackets as they cook in their jackets (skins)!


3 Simple Upgrades to Your Family’s Health and Wellbeing 1

There are a lot of often overlooked aspects of health flying under the radar. Maybe you’ve thought about them, but not as much as diet and exercising. A good diet and regular exercise can go a long way to aiding some of these problems, but some of them require a little more forethought and regular upkeep. Read on to find out what you should be adding to everyday life to keep up the health and wellbeing of your family.


Tips for Choosing a Senior School 1

Choosing the right Senior School for your child can feel very daunting and is a big decision.  I know, I have been there…… twice for two very different children. There are lots of different guides for choosing a senior school from different perspectives, but I want to give you some tips from a parent of boys, one of whom has been through GCSE’s in a pandemic and one who will be sitting them in 2022 to finding the right school.


How to Make the Perfect Den

Today I am delighted to be sharing with you how to make the perfect Den. This post is in celebration of A Year of Nature Craft and Play (Harper Collins). A brand new book by gardening expert Catherine Hughes and well-being author Becky Goddard-Hill (who I am delighted to call a friend).  In it, they share a host of nature craft and play ideas following the seasons. They also include nature-based science experiments and gardening projects as well as exploration and mindfulness activities.


Mompreneurs: here’s how to start a side hustle…

It’s easy to think that motherhood and entrepreneurship are mutually exclusive. And never the two shall meet. However, more mothers than ever before are looking into and successfully launching side hustles in order to bring in more income for their household, because they have a passion for business or simply because they want to reclaim some of their identity and start an exciting new chapter in their lives.


Why you should be Measuring your Child’s Height Regularly

How often do you measure your child’s height is a paid collaborative post with More Than Height. My best friend has a wall in her kitchen where she records each other four children’s height every 3 months or so and it is so much more than just for sentimental reasons. Your child height and growth rate is more than just an indicator of how tall they might become, it is a brilliant indicator of general health and well being.


10 Toddler Winter Coats to Rule This Cold Season 1

After years of scrambling all over and shopping like crazy to find the best winter coats, we’ve found the ones that combine perfectly comfort and warmth at one of our favourite baby & toddler clothing stores – BabyOutlet. They offer cute but affordable toddlers’ winter coats with fantastic quality and a lot of the features that you would only find in high-end winter outerwear. So, whether you’re planning to ski in Colorado or have a winter escape in Alaska, it’s important to get decent winter coats to keep your little one warm and protected all through the season. So, here are the top 10 best toddler winter coats that will rule more »


Fall/Autumn Activities, Crafts and Food Roundup

This Fall/Autumn Activities, Crafts and Food Roundup is a showcase for all my favourite Autumn things to do with kids and as a family. One of the things I love best about where I live is the distinct change in seasons and being able to celebrate what those seasons bring and mean. Autumn here is a riot of colours, smells and feelings. Woodsmoke from fires and bonfires leaves as beautiful as flowers and crisp apples ripe for cooking and eating.


Great DIY Photo Gifts for Grandparents

Great DIY Photo Gifts for Grandparents is a paid collaborative post with Snappy Snaps photo printing. During these last few years being apart from the people that really matter has really helped me focus on the moments that matter. The things that have made a real impact in our lives are often small moments and so much of the joy comes from sharing those moments with people that they will bring joy to aswell.


Quick and Easy Ways to Make Your Rented Flat Your Own 3

Once you’ve scoured city centres like Liverpool, Manchester or London for your new home, and you’ve found your perfect place, now it’s onto the fun part – making it feel like home! Whether you’re renting an apartment for the first time or you’re a seasoned professional, there are tips and tricks that you can utilise to really make your rented flat feel your own.


Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

I have asked my friend Mel from Sugar Bowl Crafts to share with us how to make her easy DIY fabric pumpkins. Seasonal decorating is becoming more and more popular in the UK and this simple craft activity of stuffed fabric pumpkins is a fun Autumn craft. What I love about this is that you can adapt the colours to coordinate with your home and they are super simple and fun to make.


Free Printable Autumn Bookmarks to Colour 6

I don’t know about you, but the darker nights are perfect for curling up with a good book and these free printable autumn bookmarks to colour (or fall bookmarks to color if you are from across the pond) are just perfect.  They would make the perfect addition to any book you might gift too.

Free Printable Autumn Bookmarks to Colour square

How to Find Time Alone as a Stay-At-Home Mum

As a stay-at-home mum, finding time alone can be difficult. As the kids are so used to being with you 24/7, getting any alone time can be a chore in itself. We all need time alone, and this includes your kids and partner too. Having alone time can help you to reset and get things done. If you need some help, here are a few tips on finding that precious alone time when you are a stay-at-home mum.


Let your kids help update your kitchen with peel and stick wallpaper 2

With everyone spending most of their time in their homes it has made everyone contemplate redecorating. Do it yourself home improvement projects have become very common and they are proving very favorable in understanding your home. Being locked inside their homes people have been appreciating their space and understanding the importance of it. Redesigning the interior of homes has become very common in making homes look like a sanctuary.


Get Crafty with These Oddbods-Inspired Accessories for School 1

Get Crafty with These Oddbods-Inspired Accessories for School is a collaborative post with Oddbods in celebration of their fab back to school contest. I love crafting with children and I also love stationery, so I have developed some fun accessories that you can make with your kids to get ready for school.