Father’s Day Gift Guide 7

I have a friend that always buys the best gifts.  She is a gift fairy and someone that I aspire to be.  There is a real knack for buying the perfect gift, a gift that will be loved and used. I have partnered with Braun to produce this Father’s Day gift guide to help you no matter what his style find a Father’s Day gift that he will use and love day in and day out

Father's Day Gift Guide

Subway NFL Flag – A fabulous inclusive sport for children

This is a paid collaboration in association with Subway UK & Ireland. Did you know that American Football is the fastest growing sport in the UK? I certainly didn’t. That was until I started researching it after being invited to the Leeds regional NFL Flag tournament sponsored by Subway™.  I had a fabulous afternoon watching four schools battle it out for their chance to be part of the National tournament.


BBQ’s on the Go – Al Fresco Smokeless BBQ Grill Review 1

Anyone who has tween and teen boys knows the way to their hearts is through their stomachs and one of the ways that I get them out of the house and doing something with us as a family is the promise of food.  My boys’ are also big fans of a BBQ, so when you add the two together it really helps get them to do family stuff.


Make your own Jelly Bean Watercolours (Taste Safe) 1

Do you have a little one that likes to put everything in their mouth? Well, these jelly bean watercolours are a great sensory activity that is totally taste safe. Sometimes it can be challenging when you want to do an art activity when you have kids of different ages to find something suitable. Maxi always loved painting and mini did too, however, he always put his hands in and then put them in his mouth.  This is a fab solution and also a great way to add some science in for older children as you can talk about how you can make the colours darker by adding more sweets and less more »


Shape Rocket – a fab preschool activity 2

This build a shape rocket is a brilliant preschool activity for shape recognition, working on scissor skills and also for colour recognition. In fact, it is a really fun, simple activity that can be used lots of ways and is really inexpensive.


10 Ways to Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary 3

Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary is a paid collaboration with Vaulia. One of the things that has always been important to me, more so since having children is making our bedroom a sanctuary.  I don’t hide the fact that I suffer from insomnia and that it has become so much worse since having children.  However, there are a few simple rules that can turn a bedroom into a haven and mine is my go-to place when I want some peace and tranquillity. Yes, my bedroom is a sanctuary for me and using these simple tips you can make your bedroom a sanctuary too.


Red, White and Blue Layer Cake 3

Not only is it The Royal Wedding this Saturday it is also the final of the FA Cup and our patriotic Red, White and Blue Layer Cake is a super simple make perfect for any celebratory occasion. The secret to making a great Red, White and Blue Layer Cake is to use gel food colouring. that way you get a fabulous colour but also a light sponge with great taste.  I am going to admit that this is a very rough and ready cake and it would also look fab with less icing as a naked cake. Red, White and Blue Layer Cake Ingredients for the cake 375g/13oz butter or margarine softened to room temperature 375g/13oz more »


Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake 304

Chicken Sausages and Roasted Vegetable Traybake is a paid collaboration with Richmond Chicken Sausages.  I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Richmond Chicken Sausages last week and after trying our some fabulous recipes using them cooked by Angelica Bell (who won celebrity Masterchef) I came home inspired.  They were truly delicious and have 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories (find out more on Richmond Foods Facebook Page).  I was really impressed with the fantastic taste and could see straight away how they would fit into our family menu plan.


Crushed Jersey Royals – Cooking with Kids 1

The first Jersey Royals usually herald the start of the BBQ season here in the Mad House and we are delighted to be working with Tesco to share with you our Crushed Jersey Royals recipe using Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes now that they are finally in season. You have the Beast from the East to thank for the season starting later this year! Tesco Jersey Royals are delicious, earthy and nutty and one of the traditional foodie signals that Spring has arrived.


Dealing with Tween Sleep Issues and Simba Mattress Review

Mini has always been a challenge when it comes to sleep and now as a nearly 12 year old it isn’t much different, but I thought it would be worthwhile sharing with you our tips for dealing with tween sleep issues.  We have tried everything over the years and can firmly say that some things work better for us than others. Mini is a much nicer child when he has had sufficient sleep. We also wanted to share with you how using a Simba Sleep Mattress has made a big impact on Mini’s quality of sleep and why.


Crealy Meadows with a tween and teen 7

We were invited to Crealy Meadows over the Easter holidays for a 4 night/5 day break in one of their luxury lodges.  After a long and wet, cruddy winter I thought we all deserved some Devon sunshine and some time reconnecting as a family. Plus the last time we had been to Crealy Adventure Park the boys were about 7! However, I am not going to beat around the bush the boys at 13 and nearly 12 would be quite happy to stay at home and play fortnight all day on their Xbox! So how did our trip go? Read on to find out…


Body Confidence - Has it become an issue of privilege?

Body Positivity – Has it become an issue of privilege? 33

Are you bikini ready and body confident? I’m really struggling at the moment with body positivity. Having gone through a double mastectomy and failed reconstruction, I was always going to have issues with my changed body. However, it has really come to the fore this spring with the influx of social media campaigns declaring that all bodies are beautiful. A large number of these campaigns are run by people who I would consider to be attractive women of an average size. Of course, all women are prone to body insecurity. But I can’t help but feel that when an average-sized woman is presented as the champion of fat acceptance, it totally more »


Tips for Living with Eczema – Allergy Awareness Week 61

Tips for Living with Eczema is a paid collaboration with Neutral 0%. Anyone that has been following my blog for a while will know that Maxi suffers from Eczema and has since he was small.  He is now 13 and I like to think that we have his skin condition under control, however, he still has flare ups, in fact, he went through a particularly nasty one a couple of weeks ago.


National Citizen Service (NCS) – Why it is a must for your Teen 3

National Citizen Service (NCS) – Why it is a must for your Teen is a paid collaboration in conjunction with @Tots100 and National Citizen Service (NCS). Have you heard of the National Citizen Service yet? Well if like me you have a teenager then the NCS will definitely be of interest to you and your child.  Everyone that I know that has done it wished that they could do it more than once and that it is a right of passage for all young people today. Hey, the whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Plus a massive bonus that that more »


The best free tablet games for the kids

There are so many free tablet games available that it might seem impossible to find the best ones. Perhaps you let your kids browse freely and download whatever pops up in the Google Play store. This can work but there are ways to find the best tablet games for kids without spending hours on research. Start by thinking about what types of games you think will fit your children’s ages and personalities. There are games that can be good for the child’s development so make sure to pick the right ones!

The best free tablet games for the kids

10 Body Changes That Happen During Pregnancy 1

When you’re trying to get pregnant just about everything can seem like a symptom. Sometimes it’s wishful thinking and other times it’s actually your body changing to make way for a new life. I know I had to wait a long time to finally get my bundle of joy. After using every resource YourFertilityFriend has to offer, taking your basal body temperature religiously every morning and adjusting your lifestyle to prime yourself for pregnancy, it’s like a miracle when it finally arrives.


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.


Easter Egg Hunts for Teenagers 6

Easter Egg Hunts for Teenagers is a paid collaboration in conjunction with Cadbury. My boys are in the tween and teen years now and I really want to keep things fun and try and keep the magic of childhood alive for as long as possible so when Cadbury sent us a massive selection of Easter Eggs I decided to look into Easter Egg hunts for teenagers.


Top tips for Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment – The Perfect Multi Generational Event 4

We were invited to opening night of Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment in Leeds last week and unfortunately, I am a little under the weather but thought it would be the perfect event for my Brother and his family.  So he set off with my Sister in Law, his daughter (aged twelve) and three granddaughters ages between 2 and 8.  I have been to Disney on Ice with the boys and my niece before so knew that they would have the best time.


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.