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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.


Electra Skateboard review and giveaway 172

For the last month or so the boys have been getting active on a couple of Elektra Skateboards (£12.99) and an Elektra Pogo Stick (£19.99). I am a great believer in encouraging kids to be active and get outside when they can and they both scoot or bike to school, so I have known that it wouldn’t be long before they wanted to try out skateboards.  So when the opportunity arose to review them I said yes, knowing that it would make me the cool mum! We do have rules and I was pleased to review the matching helmets(£14.99).


September Small Stuff 9

September if a month of bittersweet for me.  I love the going back to school feeling, but miss my boys after a long summer together.  It has also been filled with lots of small stuff that has filled my heart with joy. We started the month with a family trip to Lightwater Valley just before school started.  The weather was glorious and the park was pretty quiet, which meant lots of rides were enjoyed.


#BigMatchPlanner Twitter Party, 10th of June, 2014 at 1pm 5

Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about how to prepare for the big match with Coke from Tesco!  On Tuesday the 10th of June at 1pm BST, please join us for the #BigMatchPlanner Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing your fun FIFA World Cup plans and giving you a chance to win prizes!


Simple drawing and art – Something for the weekend 35

This week has been filled with a nasty vomiting bug, which has really taken us back to basics in The Mad House.  We have done a lot of reading, watching movies and simple art and drawing.  So I decided to concentrate on that for this week’s something for the weekend.  We received an amazing gift pack from Australian company Smiggle, who have just opened up a store at Westfield and it included a fantastic scratch book, which is what inspired this weeks activity, make your own scratch paper.


Perfect Holiday Clothes for Boys 3

As you know we are currently on holiday enjoying all the unusually wonderful English weather and all that Butlins has to offer. So it is perfect timing to do a holiday clothes for boys update.  One of the things I hate is for my boys to look like the rest of the children on the holiday park, si I tend to shop around for their clothes.  I am not a fan of slogans or sludgy colours.  With one children that is just “noise with muck on” things need to be versatile and washable. K and Co Online have a fab range of boy’s clothes. They are great quality and are not worn by everyone, which means my more »


House of Secrets 10

We love books in The Mad House and one of my favorite times of the day is when we read to each other.  As the boys are growing up I still feel it is important to read to them and I am aware that sometimes the length of books is daunting to younger children if they want to read them themselves, however, chapter books are great for family reading.  We were recently sent The House of Secrets and we have been reading a chapter or two each night and it is a fab family book.  It is a real page turner. We were keen not to let too much away, but have decided to do a very quick video review for you. more »


Perfect games for Children 5

We were recently sent Spooky Steps, which is a fun game for 4 to 12 year olds and focusses on maths skills. It costs £14.99. The boys both loved this and built it and played independently without any input at all from me and MadDad. The instructions were clear and concise and they loved the 3D effect of the game board. The quality of the materials is really obvious and although it has been played with extensively it does not yet show any signs of wear.

The object of the game is to creep through the spooky house to reach the cauldron and break the witch’s spell. It encourages math skills, but also adds chance to the game, so evening out any age differences in players.
As a parent this game was a real hit as it meant that the boys were using mathematics in a meaningful context without even realising that maths were involved. This is the joy of Orchard Toys. If your child means a little encouragement in a specific area you can focus on it without them even noticing and it makes learning a fun experience through play.


If only I had know………….. 5

That time truly flies and people were not exaggerating when they said “they grow up so fast”

That life really does change when you look at that tiny bundle and suddenly realise you are responsible for another human being

That one so small can create so much poo

That irony is not lost on babies

That boys WILL wee on you as soon as you remove their nappy

That no matter what colour you dress your child in, people will always think they are of the opposite sex

That second hand is not second best

That it will take 30 minutes more than you allowed to get out of the house

That babies smelled so good after a bath

That sleep is for the weak

That colic does get better

That cold tea is all I will drink for months and to invest in a thermos cup

That LEGO is a weapon

That poo could be such a funny word to toddlers and boys of all ages

That it is OK to get angry

That I will never again be able to go to the toilet in peace

That I would know The Hungary Caterpillar off by heart

That I would cry on their first day at Preschool

That DVD’s do not wear out though repetitive play even if you wish they would

That nativities are so emotional

That is it perfectly acceptable to get sick of cooking and preparing meals

That it is natural to live in constant fear of something bad happening to your child

That it is not acceptable to fancy one of the presenters of CBebbies

Daytime naps for Mummy as well as baby are totally acceptable

That the odd jar of baby food and bit of salt will not harm your child

That saying no to homework is OK

That the cleaning can wait

That it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help

That weetabix dries like concrete, so wipe it up quickly

That when people are starring at your whilst your child is having a tantrum are actually thinking “oh no, poor woman” rather than “gosh what a crap mother”

That I would be a better parent for having some me time

That being a parent is the hardest, but most rewarding job in the world


The Sleep Issue – Does it ever stop? 12

I feel like crying, not that is not quite right, crying would be an improvement right now, as I am so tightly wound up I could burst.  I am filled with frustration, anger, disappointment and sheer exhaustion. Mini used to be terrible at going to bed and then this time last year we put our foot down and cracked the sleep issue and our evenings were transformed.  We have had a whole year of blissful bedtimes. This week we have taken a massive step backward.  Again we have had tantrums and tears and Mini has refused to go to bed.  He has taken to throwing his books and also banging on his door.  I have no idea why we have taken this large step more »