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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! 

Oreo Owl Cupcakes - Cooking with kids

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.

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.


Make your own Blow Art Paper Plate Lion

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 »


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 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.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Our Traditional Christmas Pudding Receipe with a Twist

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.


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


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!

Tea light holders made with microwave drying clay

5 Rules for cooking with kids by kids 11

How often do you let your kids loose in the kitchen?  How often do you cook with them?  I am under no illusion that cooking with kids isnt always the easy option, hell it is NEVER the easy options.  It takes longer, is messier and can often be a real challenge.  But the rewards of getting your kids cooking at an early age are amazing, firstly they can cook for you, but it is much more than that.  You are teaching them invaluable skills that will last a lifetime.

5 Rules for cooking with kids by kids

How to Help Your Kids Find their Own Fashion Style   

 Aside from instilling the right values to your children, it is also important that you help them find their unique personal style. Yes, it’s true that having a pleasant attitude and respecting others can win you friends. However, it won’t hurt if they also look good on the outside too. First impressions leave a big mark to people, so it’s important that they look their best when going out.


Free Mummy and Me Colouring Pages. Colouring pages for adults and kids 18

One of the things that I love about the adult colouring craze is that it really helps me relax, but more than that I love that it is something that we can do as a family. So I am delighted to be able to share with you my first free mummy and me colouring pages.