LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes 4

What do you get when you mix LEGO Ninjago, Cineworld, Movies and Mum in the Mad House – LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes and very happy children of course.  We love popcorn and to celebrate the launch of the new LEGO Ninjago Movie we have teamed up with Cineworld to celebrate and bring you these fab free LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes and also some other ideas for hosting your very own LEGO Ninjago Birthday party.

LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes square

Cameron Lodges – Loch Lomond 7

Holidaying with mardy tweens can be a challenge especially when you have a husband that would rather pull teeth that sit and watch them in the swimming pool all the time.  It is a really difficult age when they become selfish and do not see why they should be taken to museums and such and want to have “fun” on holiday, well at least mine do.  So we didn’t set off with too high expectations for our 3-night break at Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond.  I was just hoping for a change of scenery and the possibility that the boys might stop bickering for a little while.


Back to School 2017 2

Hard to believe that these boys are 11 and 12 and that this year they are both in Senior School. Both in Blazers and travelling on the school bus!


Hush Little Baby Don’t you Cry A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries

A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries 1

Top 9 reasons why your baby might cry and what to do: is a collaborative paid post.  Arriving home from hospital with a new-born bundle of joy can be a daunting occasion, particularly when they start crying in a tone you don’t recognise. Care, the number one healthcare brand sold into UK pharmacy and Penny Lazell, a qualified midwife and independent health visitor are here with advice to help you comfort your little one.


No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies 7

When Barleycup challenged me and the boys to produce a recipe with their delicious gluten free and free from added sugars instant cereal drink I knew instantly that they would be the perfect addition to peanut butter and chocolate cookies.  I first was introduced to peanut butter cookies by Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family and they are such a delicious cookie, but remarkably simple to make.

No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer 8

Earlier this year I worked with Highland Spring to bring you some tips on keeping your kids hydrated at school, easing the home to school transition and hel[ping kids cope at school.  I have learned over the years that water and hydration plays a big part in my kids’ behaviour.  Not only during school time, but also over the summer and how it helps them be #BraveByNature.


It is OK to have mixed feelings about the school holidays 2

it seems that parents are firmly split down the middle when it comes to the summer holidays.  They either love the lack of routine and early wake-up times or they hate them and find trying to cover all the bases intolerable.  However, I think it is OK to have mixed feelings about the school holidays.


Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler - Adult Colouring

Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler – Adult Colouring

How gorgeous is this free Kokeshi colouring sampler from my friend the talented Tasha Goddard?  As I get older I really do relish the chance to switch off and unwind and one of my favourite ways is to colour in.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have taken my colouring sampler with me when I take the boys swimming and it has really been fun to do.


Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks 6

These free summer colouring bookmarks will really brighten up any summer reading that you do.  They are perfect for any summer reading program and are a fun addition to a rainy summer day.  They would make the perfect addition to any book you might gift too.

Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks

Free Printable Summer Screen Rules - Encourage a balance with screen time and technology this summer with these simple summer screen rules.

Summer Screen Rules – Free Printable 5

It is no secret that I find balancing screen time challenging. My boys would quite happily spend some days on their Xbox or screens all day.  So this summer we are implementing some summer screen rules for my sanity! Now I realise that this might not be for everyone, in fact, one of my besties doesn’t feel the need to implement screen times rules in her home. As always you know what is best for your family and this is what I feel is best for mine.


Family Heritage Activities for Kids

Finding new and exciting things to do with your children can be challenging. However, there are unique ways to spend family time that are fun and educational. One way is to assist your children in developing an interest in the history of your family. This is something my boys are keen on doing after watching Who do You Think You Are?


Back to school

The Ultimate Back to School Resource 17/18 7

Are you thinking about the children being back to school yet?  Some people have been planning for this since the kids left school, others sit in denial about the holidays ever ending and other wishes h the holidays were much shorter or never happened at all!.  Whichever person you are we have a post for you in our ultimate back to school resource.  Whether it is your children first day of preschool or last year of senior school you will find some amazing tips and ideas to make the transition back to school simple for you and your children.


How to navigate the first day at school 7

It is so hard to believe that this September Mini will be starting senior school and my years as a primary school parent are over.  It is even harder to think that I have been navigating the first day of school since 2008 when Maxi started pre-school.  So that is nine years of first days at school.  Eight of them at Primary and one year of Seniors for Maxi.


Top tips for choosing school shoes for tweens and teens 14

I can not believe that as of September I will have two children in Senior school.  For the boys that means a change in school shoes.  Now they need to be more grown up and have laces.  However, as much as the boys’ new school shoes need to look grown up they have to survive and be suitable for growing feet. So Ecco has sent us some of their back to school range to try out.


Chocolate Shortbread with Salter Cook – Cooking with Kids 21

I am passionate about getting kids in the kitchen and getting them cooking, and anything that makes that easier and simpler is great by me. So when Salter asked us to take a look at their revolutionary Salter Cook range, which includes the Salter Cook 10kg Pro Bluetooth Kitchen Scale and the Salter Cook Bluetooth Cooking Thermometer that links to their cooking app, we decided to adapt one of the recipes we found on the app and make chocolate shortbread.

This rich 4 ingredient chocolate shortbread recipe is easy to prepare and keeps for several days in an airtight container. Perfect for cooking with kids.

Top Tips for going to  Festivals with Tweens – Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2

It seems that the summer has happened it you haven’t been to a festival and now the boys are older (11 and 12) we are back to really enjoying festivals as a family.  We used to regularly go to festivals BC (before children) and never missed a Reading Festival for 13 years!  Rather than do a big festival with the kids we have been loving going to smaller and independent ones. This year we have been looking forward to visiting Nozstock The Hidden Valley.


Startrite Shoes Stand the Test of Time 1

It has always been a challenge to find shoes for Mini.  He has wide feet and needs to have lifts in his shoes.  Since he was walking we have always ended up with Startrite Shoes.  I have written about how and why we love them in the past, but this year I have decided to show you.


When you panic about pregnancy nutrition

When you panic about pregnancy nutrition 2

So, I am going to talk about pregnancy and I feel that I need to add a full disclosure here – I am not pregnant, can not get pregnant and will never be pregnant again in the future. However, I have been pregnant numerous times in the past and have two happy healthy boys.  This post is a paid collaboration with nutimum Pregnancy bars #nutrimumadvert #Ad #Nutrimum.


Getting your Home Summer Ready

Do you do anything to prepare your home for summer?  It seems as though the weather can not make its mind up here and it feels as though we are going from lovely warm weather to torrential rain.

7 Simple Changes you can make to get your home ready for summer

Over 150 Low cost and no cost summer activities 12

Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them.  I am never sure about which camp I am in.  I love spending time with the children but do worry about the cost of summer activities.  I relish not having to get up each morning and giving up the school routine, but I don’t like hearing the words “I’m Bored”  That is why I came up with the bored jar (about four years ago).