5 Ways to Keep Your Children’s Minds Active Over the Summer 16

There’s no denying that over the long summer holidays children lose the momentum they’ve had for learning over the previous year at school. Key concepts might be forgotten and they could simply get out of the habit of applying their brain on a regular basis. It is beneficial to your children to keep their brains active over the summer holidays, especially if they are returning to exams, a particularly challenging year or even starting a new school.


Monster Big Nosed Bookmarks 17

Mini is an avid reader. He devours books in no time and also reads before bed, so we decided to have a go at making some of our own bookmarks. We have seen the corner monster bookmarks everywhere and we wanted to try something different, so we decided to make Monster Big Nosed Bookmarks, inspired by the “Wot no” Kilroy drawings I used to doodle as a youth!


Please vote for me 3

I am honored to be a finalist in this years MAD Blog Awards for the best craft blog of 2015.  For those of you that don’t know The Mad Blog Awards recognise excellence in the Mum and Dad blogging arena.


Kids Fruit Smoothie – cooking with kids 20

Welcome back to our A-Z of Ingredients cooking with kids series.  This week we are at K is for Kiwi and we have made or that should be Mini has made some delicious fruit smoothies.


A Picture of Health – Pet food and exercise tips for a healthy dog 53

It is hard to believe that Alvin has been part of The Mad House for over two years now.  It is hard to imagine our lives without him.  He brings us much joy and completes us.  We are a family of give.  So much so that we actually look for holidays and breaks that we can take him along with us.


How to make a Football piñata or Soccer ball piñata 18

I have never made a piñata before, but when I saw the football piñata on Here comes the girls, I knew that I had to make one for Mini’s birthday party.  However when a dear friend thought that I planned letting my boys lose on a piñata with a stick she panicked!  However, it was never my intention to let them beat it with a stick, but to kick it like a real football.


Summer bored jar activities 26

Summer holidays is nearly upon us, which means updating our summer bored jar activities.  We have had a bored jar for the last four years and it has become something of a tradition in the Mad House, but the boys are getting bigger, so in addition to a bored jar, I have got a fab printable too


Top comics for ten year old boys 13

I love reading and I am so pleased to have been able to pass that love of reading on to my boys.  Mini has always been a ferocious reader, but Maxi was a reluctant reader up until the last year or so.  One of the things to remember as a parent is that reading doesn’t always have to equal books and comics are a great way to encourage readers.  So here are our current top comics for ten year old boys.


Great beach hacks for families 27

We live 5 minutes from the beach and growing up by the beach was a real highlight of my childhood.  However, I married a man that hates the sand!  One of my favorite ways to spend the summer is at the beach with the boys and these great beach hacks will make a day at the beach a dream.


Free Summer Planner and Share your top family meal and win 39

It certainly feels like we are on the home stretch of school before the summer holidays now.  My boys only have five weeks of school left and I am excited about planning for the summer.  Earlier in the week I share with you how we customised a recipe book so that we can keep a record of all the family meals we cook and today I have a fab free summer planning calendar for you and a super competition.


More great free colouring pages for adults 165

It seems that so many people love adult pages and I am not alone in my love of them.  I recently took a flight for business and rather than reading I sat colouring in for the journey, lost in my own little world.  The flight attendants said they are seeing more and more people colouring on planes.


Fab Father’s Day Cards 13

There is nothing better than receiving a kids made card and Father’s Day is no exception.  I love getting creative with the MiniMads and coming up with ideas for this years card for MadDad.  The boys love their father and there is something about watching the Husbeast with his boys that makes me go weak at the knees.


Free Printable Father’s Day cards 21

I understand that not everyone wants to do arts and crafts with the kids, but I believe that we all have a creative gene somewhere and that creativity is a muscle and the more we use it, the bigger it gets!  Father’s Day is a great time to get a little crafty with the kids and to make it simpler for you I have teamed up with SnapFish to bring you a free printable Father’s Day card for you, in fact I have two for you to choose from.


Create a family cookbook with the kids 23

We love cooking in The Mad House.  I really enjoy teaching the boys new recipes and sharing with them recipes that have been passed down through the family.  I want to make sure that I leave them with a legacy of lots of delicious family recipes.  I was delighted when Newcastle Building Society set us a ‘Customise Your Life’ challenge of customising your cookbooks with your top 10 family recipes as it spurred me on.


Free Father’s Day Printable and exclusive 10% discount 15

I think that the significance of Father’s day and Mother’s Day only come to us once we are parents.  I know that on Mother’s Day there is nothing better than getting a homemade card of little something from my boys.   So with the help of the boys and Braun I have put together a free Father’s Day printable.


How to make Glove Monsters 26

In our hall we have a basket which is filled with hats and other things depending on the season and this week I took all the winter hats, gloves and scarfs and swapped them for the summer caps and hats and I was left with two odd gloves, that were missing their mates.  So I decided to upcycle them and make some glove monsters.  And yes, I know that it is June and I am only putting away the winter stuff, but it has been a really odd Spring in the UK this year and we have had hail in May!