I have been working from home now for 14 years and the husband has also worked from home most of the week since March this year, so I thought I would put together a gift guide for people that work from home – gifts that they will really love and appreciate, not ones that will go in the cupboard until they can re gift them!
I was busy updating my list of Kids Advent and Christmas Books and I realised that actually over the years our collection has grown to include many Advent and Christmas books to cherish at any age. You know the type, ones that will become family heirlooms or that you get out each December to read again and again.
I am a massive fan of Christmas keepsake decorations We have loads we have made over the years graduating from salt dough, to homemade clay and then to air dry clay and even microwave clay. I love having something which we bring out each year to remind us of christmases past, plus they make the best gifts for grandparents and godparents.
With face masks becoming compulsory in more and more places I wanted to produce a round-up of face mask patterns. So I have gathered together patterns including simple ones to sew and crochet or knit. Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 (CDC recommendation) or 3 (UK Government recommendation).
Let’s Bust the Top 7 Home Security Myths is a collaborative post. Are you not sure whether a home security system is worth the time and money? Maybe you’re not quite sure if it’s going to be possible for you to afford a system, even if you wanted to. Either way, if you want to find out more about home security myths then you have certainly come to the right place.
Spreading the cost of Christmas is a paid collaboration. Christmas is expensive. Even with all the will in the world, we can not always be prepared for the cost associated. Or perhaps we have been saving for Christmas and then something happens and all those savings disappear. That is what happened to us this year. Our dog Alvin became unwell and had to have a major operation which we hadn’t planned for and due to a previous condition we do not have pet insurance.
Make Sure to Send your Teacher a Thank You Card this Christmas is a paid collaborative post with ThankATeacher.co.uk. Every single day I take my hat off to the teachers out there. I have always said that they have the ability to make or break the school experience and I am so lucky that my boys have, and have had, some amazing teachers in their lives.
Over the summer we took four teenage boys to France and were lucky enough to be offered a Ford Tourneo for the journey. These boys’ were all taller than me and two of them were taller than the husbeast. We knew we were going to need a seven-seater, but even then most of them do not have the luggage room that is needed when you are travelling.
This is a paid collaborative post with Modius and have been given a headset for the purposes of this project but if you’re keen to try out Modius for yourself, you can get a fab 15% off your purchase using the code ‘Jen15’. Click for more information. So we are 45 Days in and time for the first Modius Headset update.. Have I lost any weight? Well, you will have to keep reading as I am not going to tell you yet!
2019 has become the year of the lurgy – yep it is only the February but we have just had our first ever bout of Norovirus and it wasn’t pretty. In fact, the only saving grace is that Noro is short and sweet if you do get it, other than that it is brutal. So it is essential to do anything to prevent the spread of Norovirus.
Food glorious food. I have a love/hate relationship with feeding my family. I adore cooking when I have time and the inclination but being responsible for providing a meal every night sucks the joy out of it. We have got a bit stuck in a rut when it comes to food and I have been sticking to tried and tested meals that I know everyone will eat. When I posted about this on Instagram so many people agreed with me and for me it is all about family meal planning.
Tips for Dealing with Eczema and Sensitive Skin in the Summer is a paid collaboration with Neutral 0%. I make no secret of the fact that we are a somewhat sensitive family, with maxi suffering from eczema and my super sensitive skin. As much as I am loving our wonderful summer, the heat is making it really challenging when it comes to looking after our skin. I am not kidding when I say the summer brings its own unique challenges. I have the dreaded chub rub, MadDad has prickly heat, add in chlorine from swimming pools, sand and salt water from the beach.
Yesterday my Instagram account was hacked. I could have sworn I had two-factor authentication activated, I do for all my other social media accounts, but didn’t. So I reached out to Instagram via their official channels to ask them to look in to it and try and get my account back and this is a story of how they have decided that they are unable to confirm my identity and denied me access to the account favouring the hacker.
Taking care of a home is a lot of work. Home maintenance and improvement responsibilities go beyond the basics of cleaning and organising. It requires you to do a periodic check and update of various appliances, systems, and structural areas of the home. Though you may be able to get away with neglecting these things once or twice, forgetting to take care of them (or failing to budget accordingly), could cost you to spend more money. Below is a list of home maintenance and improvement tasks you need to properly plan for.
Encouraging children to brush their teeth correctly is a paid collaboration with Playbrush. I have one child that is happy to brush their teeth and another that hates it and will avoid it at all costs and we have been using a Playbrush since December 2016, so was delighted when they wanted to work with us again to share with you why it works for us and how simple it is to use. Plus I think they would be a great gift to pop in any Easter baskets with all the other treats.
Decorating a rented property can be tricky as there are all sorts of things to consider, not least of all your deposit. Many landlords don’t allow any permanent changes to be made but others are happy to allow rooms to be repainted providing the tenants return the house to its original state. So I have collaborated with Homelet to bring you some simple ideas are a great way to turn a rented house into a family home. #RentingRules
How adorable are these owl cupcakes all made by Mini with Peanut Butter flavour Oreos. We have been challenged by Oreo to produce a recipe using one of their exciting new flavours range that most suited our personality. The options were Choc’o Brownie flavour Oreo – smooth, Mint flavour Oreo – cool, Peanut Butter flavour Oreo – nutty or Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Oreo – fruity. Well seen as we are The Mad House there really was no choice – it had to be nutty!
One of the best things about Christmas is getting out our Christmas decorations and the things we have made over the previous years. This is why I love making things with clay as they last for years and years. We have selected some festive and beautiful Christmas Clay Crafts for you. Whether they are made out of polymer clay, salt dough or air drying clay they will stand the test of time and look amazing.