Review


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 meant 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.

Backpacking from your bedroom with Fin and Lou 6

Today we are going backpacking with Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app aimed at children aged 3 to 5 that takes children on a fantastic journey across the world.  My boys are obviously a little old for this amazing app so today’s review of Fin & Lou – Little World: an educational, storybook app is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family.  Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher.  

Backpack around the world with Fin & Lou. This fab interactive story book is a brilliant way for kids between three and five to learn about geography.

Looking for a family car when you have Tweens

Looking for a family car when you have Tweens 9

It is really interesting thinking about what we look for in a family car now my children are slightly older at 9 and 10 and it is very different from when they were babies or even toddlers.  No longer do we need to have a massive boot to take all the paraphernalia that comes with newborns, nope what we need now is a boot that is wipeable for muddy football boots!


Yvolution Y Fliker Lift Review 12

I am really lucky that I have two boys that take no encouragement to be sporty and active.  They love being out playing with their friends and often only return home if they are hungry or it is dark!   For the last three weeks the MiniMads have been testing out the Yvolution Y Fliker Lift.  Want to know what they thought of it?  Read on…

Yvolution Y Fliker Lift

Liz Earle Superskin™ Face Serum Review

Liz Earle Superskin™ Face Serum Review 19

I was walking down the high street the other day and I caught a reflection in a shop window and it took my breath away.  I could have sworn that I caught a glimpse of my mum, but that would have been impossible as she has been dead nearly five years.  What I actually saw was me, but not the me in the mirror, the real me.


3 Brilliant Tablets for Tweens and Teens 13

As much as I advocate for screen free time we are quite a technological family and I do allow my boys time on screens and they both adore technology, but totally agree with Sunshine and Hurricanes that technology is a privilege not a right.   Over the last few months the MiniMads’ have been reviewing tablets and we want to share with you our top 3 tablets for tweens and teens. But I also believe that my boys should have access to tablets and technology and we have been putting them to the test over the last couple of months and I want to share with you our top three tablets more »


The power of printing without a computer – Canon Pixma MG7150 Review 9

We use a lot of technology in the Mad House and one thing that we have been trying to do more lately is less reliance on screens, so having the ability to print activities, colouring pages and papercrafts without even turning on the computer or tablet is amazing. For the last three months we have been using the Canon Pixma MG7150  for our printing requirements and one of the benefits of this printer is its LED screen and ability to print directly from the printer using a series of child friendly menus without even turning on the PC.  The amazing thing is that this piece of technology has actually reduced the boys more »


The MiniMads review Crisp Ultima 125 Scooter – Gold/Satin Black 28

One of the things that I encourage my boys to be is active and as you may know I am working at reducing their reliance on electronics.  This is much easier now the weather is better as they choose to be outside with their friends. SkateHut.co.uk sent us a Crisp Ultima 125 Scooter – Gold/Satin Black for the boys to try out and it has been a huge hit. They liked: It has larger wheels than other stunt scooters so goes faster making it suitable for skate parks and speed stunts. It is really sturdy, so perfect for learning on It is smoother due to the larger wheels, making it ride more »