Review


Sony Xperia XZ1 First Impressions 5

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!


Does a Dishwasher Save you Money? 1

Does a Dishwasher Save you Money? is a paid post in collaboration with Sainsbury’s.  Since getting a smart meter a few months ago, the male proportion of the household has become obsessed with comparing the cost of devices in the house and one of the things that have come up is that using a dishwasher is more expensive than washing by hand.  Hmm – as the one who ends up doing any pots that need handwashing this made me decide to look into it.  As I LOVE my dishwasher, it saves me time as we fill it up during the day, set it to wash overnight and then the husbeast empties more »


Cleaning your Washing Machine 2

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.


The Benefits of Audiobooks 6

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 »


Tween approved coats

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!


Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017

Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017 8

I love reviewing cars, actually I love driving cars! I didn’t learn to drive until I was pregnant with Mini 12 years ago and since then I have relished the fact that I can drive the freedom it provides me.   We have just had the Vauxhall Crossland X for a week and this is what we thought of it.


Eve Mattress unboxing and review

Eve Mattress Review and Unboxing 11

When was the last time you changed your mattress?  Did you realise the sleep council suggests ever 7 years and ours was well overdue, so we were delighted to be invited to try out a revolutionary Eve Mattress on our super king sized bed.  So read on to see our Eve Mattress review and unboxing.


Ready meals for the cook from scratch woman!

Ready meals for the cook from scratch woman! 6

I used to love ready meals.  ready meals were all that the husbeast and I ate before I was pregnant.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t cook, it was that I didn’t cook.  Then I got pregnant and no matter what I ate I was sick!  Then I gave birth to a wonderful son and I swore that he would only eat real food. And you know what I nearly drove myself to an early grave making sure that he didn’t have a jar.


Shark Rocket Light True Pet Review 8

Vacuum cleaners.  I have something of a love-hate relationship with them.  If you read back over the blog, we have reviewed a lot of vacuums and most of them are great, but none of them are perfect for us.  Why you ask?  Well, we have hard floors mostly downstairs ith a couple of rugs and then cream carpets upstairs and lino in the bathrooms, oh and we have Alvin too.  So what did we think of the Shark Rocket Light True Pet?

Shark Rocket Light True Pet Review

Capturing those special moments with a Sony Xperia X 10

What is the one thing that you always have with you?  For me, it is my phone.  I would be lost without it.  I use it a lot for emails, our family diary, banking, work, phone calls and taking pictures.  I use my phone for taking pictures more than anything else I use it for and I want to capture all those special moments with it. So when it comes to my phone the camera is key


5 Make-ahead smoothie packs for kids

5 Make-ahead smoothie packs – Kid Approved 14

We are a little late to the smoothie and juices thing here.  I guess that is due to us not having a powerful blender and the boys not liking bits in their smoothies, but we have put all that right over the last couple of weeks and are now smoothie pros!  So much so that we have a freezer full of make-ahead smoothie packs for kids.


FitFlop Gladdie Review 9

Shoes talk to me.  I swear they do!  They whisper to me when I see them in shops, on the TV and on my computer screen.  I have always loved shoes, but I also love practical and comfortable shoes.  So when Cloggs offered me a pair of FitFlop Gladdie I jumped at the chance as so many people had said great things about them.


Clarks are still Cool for Kids Shoes 13

I am a stickler for making sure my boys have decent shoes and that they fit well and for school shoes that has means a mixture of Clarks and Startright and recently Geox, Doc Martians and Kickers. This has been fine with my boys, but for trainers it has been another matter, until recently!


The perfect Victoria Sponge – Cooking with kids 12

There is a special place in heaven for kids that can bake amazing cakes.  Not only that there is something wonderful about having a child that can pull off making the perfect victoria sponge cake.  The queen of all cakes, a sponge cake can seem really simple, but can be tricky to get just right. The Vitoria Sponge is the perfect tea time winner and classic cake that has been around since Queen Victoria’s times.  Delicious, simple and moreish and we like ours with strawberry jam and fresh cream, although a purist might tell you it should be jam only.

How to make the perfect Victoria Sponge. Follow our secret tip to make the most delicious classic Victoria Sponge Sandwich. This tea time mainstay is a brilliant bake for cooking with kids.