Tweens/Teens


Decorating with Teens – Life Skills

Decorating with Teens is a paid collaboration with Dulux Easycare.  One of my aims as a parent is to give my children life skills. One of those is decorating. I remember painting with my Dad and Grandad from a very early age. I had a boiler suit that I used to wear and remember one disaster when I got gloss paint in my long brown hair which meant it had to be washed in white spirit and smelled for what seems like weeks!


How Parents protect their Children from Laser Pointers – Lasers are not Toys

How Parents protect their Children from Laser Pointers – Lasers are not Toys is a paid collaborative post in conjunction with RoSPA. As the mum of a tween and a teen, I am well aware of the lure of lasers. Both of my boys have at some point asked for one and we have had to sit them down and explain that although lasers are fabulous things and have some brilliant uses such as in medicine and industry that they are not toys.


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.


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.


Should you pay your teens to do chores? 1

Should you pay your teens to do chores? is a collaboration with Indesit. I used to be one of those smug mothers, you know the ones.  I thought that I had it sussed. My children helped with chores, they cleaned up, tidied and didn’t complain.  I even wrote about ways to get your kids to help do the chores.   Oh well, what I can tell you is that karma totally is a thing…..


Over 101 Ideas for Summer Activities for Teenagers – in conjunction with Goodfella’s Romano Pizza 2

Over 101 Ideas for Summer Activities for Teenagers is a paid collaboration with Goodfella’s Romano Pizza. As my boys are getting older I am finding that keeping them entertained over the summer is getting more expensive and it appears that I am not alone in finding it pricey,  A study by Goodfella’s Pizza discovered that during the six weeks summer holiday parents spend an average of £127 a child to stop their offspring becoming bored.  “I’m Bored” is one of the phrases that I have banned here, in fact over the years I have used it to my advantage with our Bored Jars.  So I have partnered up with Goodfellas and their more »


Dealing with Tween Sleep Issues and Simba Mattress Review

Mini has always been a challenge when it comes to sleep and now as a nearly 12 year old it isn’t much different, but I thought it would be worthwhile sharing with you our tips for dealing with tween sleep issues.  We have tried everything over the years and can firmly say that some things work better for us than others. Mini is a much nicer child when he has had sufficient sleep. We also wanted to share with you how using a Simba Sleep Mattress has made a big impact on Mini’s quality of sleep and why.


National Citizen Service (NCS) – Why it is a must for your Teen 3

National Citizen Service (NCS) – Why it is a must for your Teen is a paid collaboration in conjunction with @Tots100 and National Citizen Service (NCS). Have you heard of the National Citizen Service yet? Well if like me you have a teenager then the NCS will definitely be of interest to you and your child.  Everyone that I know that has done it wished that they could do it more than once and that it is a right of passage for all young people today. Hey, the whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Plus a massive bonus that that more »


Ways to Boost your family’s Immune System 2

Germs, they seem to be everywhere this winter. I know so many people (including myself) who have been wiped out by a nasty virus or the flu and I have been determined to make sure that I do all that I can to boost my families immune system.  I am not a medical professional, however, I thought it would be good to let you know what has helped as both of my boys have escaped the dreaded germs this season.

Ways to Boost your family's Immune System

Do you know what your kids get up to online?

Do you know what your kids get up to online? 4

Do you know what your kids get up to online? is a paid collaboration with Tots100 and McAfee. It seems that I am not alone in being my children tech this Christmas. In fact,  45% of people are planning to buy the latest gadgets for Christmas this year, putting tech at the top of Brits’ Christmas shopping lists with 22% of people say they plan to buy connected toys this festive period, a 7% increase on last year.  However, less than a third of parents (31%)  are currently speaking to their kids about what they do online.  Do you know what your kids get up to online? 


Sony Xperia XZ1 First Impressions 6

Sony Xperia XX1 First Impressions is a paid collaboration with Sony and Tots100.  I am going, to be honest, and admit that we do not have any android devises in this house, so I was intrigued to see how we felt about an android phone.  Over the next month or so I am going to be sharing with you our thoughts and opinions here and over on Instagram and Twitter about what we all think.  I am going to start today after we have had the phone for a week with our first impressions of the Sony Xperia XZ1.

Sony Xperia ZX1 First Impressions

Five ways to encourage your teens to do the ironing

Five ways to encourage your teens to do the ironing 3

Five ways to encourage your teens to do the ironing is a paid post in collaboration with Euronics.  I think that mum had me ironing tea towels and pillowcases from when I was about ten years old, however, I wouldn’t have trusted my boys with an iron at ten, in fact, it is only recently that I have felt that the boys’ are responsible enough to be trusted with something so hot!