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Teen Bedroom Update 1

Teen Bedroom Update is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Over the last six months, we have been working on updating Mini’s bedroom. You can see exactly what we did on our earlier post. However, he has been desperate to move his Xbox to his room over the winter from the conservatory as the rain means he needs to have the volume loud.


Flooring for Families

Today I am passing the blog over to one of my longest blogging pals. Chris Mosler has been blogging about her life with four children and one husband at Thinly Spread since 2010 but she has a secret string to her bow which she is sharing today – she also runs Hicraft Wooden Flooring alongside her husband! 25 years of experience in the flooring industry means she is well placed to share her reasons why wood is the top choice for family floors.


Move or Improve? 4

Late last year we struggled with finding a way to make our home work for us with having two tween boys in the house and the fact that I work from home.  We are really lucky and have a conservatory which the boys used a lot when they were younger, but it just wasn’t working for us, so we had to make the decision to move or improve.


Where I work – A glimpse in to our Office and Craft Room 19

Do you have a dedicated workspace or craft room at home? I have just got a proper desk from Lakeland Furniture to replace the Ikea table I was working at.  I am lucky that I am able to do my job from home and where I work has evolved over the years.  Initially, when the boys were younger, I worked at the kitchen table or wherever they were playing.  I had a laptop  and used that to do my work and I kept all out arts, crafts and work stuff in a large cupboard in the dining room.   It worked really well for me to be able to put in more »

A family friendly office come craft room. This colourful perfect space for encouraging a creative family life in a digital age.

Did you know you can save up to 25% on your utilities and heating costs with this one simple home decor tip

Save Energy by installing the right blinds 8

One of my big things for 2016 is trying to be as energy efficient as possible.  It bugs me when we spend money that we don’t need to.  This puts money in the energy companies pockets when it could be in mine!  This is one of the reasons that I am delighted to be part of the Institute of Inertia.  We have been currently looking at working our way through the Mad House and updating inefficient products and we have recently been considering blinds.


My Amazing Spaces 11

I love where we live and our home.  It really is a family home and I can not quite believe what started off as a stop gap eight years ago (we were going to build our own home) has become a house filled with love, laughter and memories. But I am going to admit that we have become stuck in a rut when it comes to decorating.  So when Dulux offered me three free Dulux Amazing Space consultations I jumped at it, but had not idea that we would love what they came up with and find myself convincing the husbeast to put some of the ideas in to practice.


Making the most out of a small space 14

Having children in your home can make it appear smaller than it is anyway with the clutter of toys everywhere, but even if you live in a small studio apartment for example, here are a few hints and tips on how to embrace the space you have and utilise it to the best of its ability.


Stay wonky 2

It is there to remind me I need to switch off the electronics and join in. It also echo’s things that we find important as a family, such as speaking out and being honorable. But even better, it says it is OK to stay wonky and this is something I have and always will be!
It looks perfect next to my family carving from South Africa and the brilliant drawing of Maxi and Mini baking, which Suzie drew.


Make Spring Cleaning a Family Affair 4

While we all tell our children little white lies every now and then, it’s best to avoid deceiving your little ones or conning them when it comes to getting them to help around the house or do chores. While it’s best to be truthful with your children about spring cleaning, you should also use a little charm and finesse. Ask or invite your wee ones to help you as most tots love being helpful and beam with pride when they’ve done a good job. Keep this in mind when you and your kids are going through their toys, games, and clothing. First, explain to them why you need to purge your home of some things that are old or no longer used. If you are donating some of their possessions, discuss with them the importance of giving their old things to other children who aren’t as fortunate as they are. Next, let them make a pile of items they want to keep and those they can part with or no longer use for items that are in dispute, make your children justify why it’s necessary to keep them. In keeping with these tips, you’re sure to have enough drawer and closet space ready for those spring and summer clothing pieces from Marks and Spencer.

Have Some Fun

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a bore. Make a game out of cleaning with your children. Split your family into teams and assign them each a task or area to clean. Whichever team finishes first (and does the best job) wins a special treat. Turn spring cleaning into a scavenger hunt of sorts by hiding clues in places that need to be cleaned or organized, such as toy chests and closets. Again, be sure to reward your kids for participating and a job well done.


Tots 100 Garden Challenge – The reveil 7

My Tots100 Home Club garden challenge was always going to be a tough one.  What with it being used as a football pitch for my boys, the grass had given up and left town, just look at the sorry state of it before.  So I asked the experts at Homebase how to deal with my bare patches of lawn on their Facebook App and they came back and said that the only way to get it looking tip top again was to either patch it with turf or reseed it and try and keep the boys off it. We decided to reseed it, as September is the ideal time for this and purchased more »


Back to Earth with a Bang.. this year can not get any worse 18

I need to vent, I am sat in tears at the laptop.  Since we moved in to our lovely new build house just over three years ago, we have had nothing but issues with the heating and hot water culminating in 4 weeks without either heating or hot water for more than 24 consecutive hours last November. Now we haven’t had the best year as most people are aware.  I went into hospital for surgery in February and due to massive complications developed a major infection and nearly died, so spent most of March, April and May in the hospital.  This meant that MadDad had to take unpaid leave to help more »