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Tips for Dealing with Eczema and Sensitive Skin in the Summer 83

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.


A plea to Instagram 4

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.


Home Maintenance and Improvement Tasks to Budget For

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

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.


Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home 3

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

Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home

Oreo Owl Cupcakes - Cooking with kids

Peanut Butter flavour Oreo Owl Cupcakes – Cooking with kids 3

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! 


Festive and Beautiful Christmas Clay Crafts 1

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.

Festive and Beautiful Christmas Clay Crafts. Be inspired with this superb selection of festive clay ornaments and decorations. Perfect for DIY clay, salt dough, polymer or air drying clay.

Make your own Blow Art Paper Plate Lion

This Blow art paper plate lion is so much fun to make and if great for a large group of children and so easy to do.  Plus how doesn’t like blowing paint to see where it goes. Originally we were going to make our lions on paper, but then Mini had the great idea of using paper plates and they worked even better.  As they have a slight upturned edge the children really have to blow hard to get the paint to the edges if they start in the centre and if the start at the edge they learn that the paint will blow to the centre much easier, so it more »

Make your own Blow Art Paper Plate Lion

Gift a Bundle this Mothers Day 6

As a mum, I know just how fast kids grow and I remember the baby stage really well.  The boys both had outfits that they only wore a couple of times before I had to pack them away as they had outgrown them and when tidying the loft recently we found a bag of them.  Well, I am not alone, a recent survey found that 71% of parents still have baby clothes that their children have grown out of and half of the parents of teens like me are still hanging on to their clothes!


How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep 7

Sleep, it really is the holy grail.  not just for parents, but for everyone and as an insomniac it is possibly the one things that’s on my mind the most. How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep? Will I get enough? Will I fall asleep quickly tonight? Will a child come in our bed tonight?  On and on and on. One thing I am learning about is that I need good sleep hygiene and I am making it a priority.


Our Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe with a Twist 16

This Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe with a Twist with a twist is brought to you in conjunction with The Royal Mint and their special silver six pence who commissioned us to share our Stir Up Sunday traditions. Growing up in my house Christmas dinner was a family event which always culminated with a fantastic flaming Christmas pudding and the hunt for the sixpence.  I love that we have carried that tradition on.

Our Traditional Christmas Pudding Receipe with a Twist

Acts of Kindness Jar – Acts of kindness for siblings 9

I am a huge fan of random acts of kindness and always being kinder than you need to be.  it was a lesson my dad taught me well and one I hope to be able to pass on to my children.   Each Christmas we carry out Advent Acts of Kindness and last summer we did a summer kindness project, but we needed something closer to home and this is where our acts of kindness for siblings come in.  We created an Acts of Kindness Jar


Tea light holders made with microwave drying clay

heart cutout tea light holders made with microwave drying clay 20

We have another fantastic valentines keepsake for you today with these beautiful heart cutout tealight holders made with microwaveable clay.  Yes, clay that you can dry in the microwave.  We are totally in love with this stuff and it is perfect for things that are vertical as it is a lot lighter than standard air-drying clay, so  there is no droop!