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Advent Calenders a Plenty 10

Sound the Trumpets Beat the drums Advent is When Jesus Comes It feels as though I have been talking about it for week, but here it is in its old and tatty glory, my advent calender.  I won this aged 6 at Sunday School for a special drawing. I had to drag it off my mother when the boys were born as we all adore it and have searched high and low for a similar one to no avail. So the plan is to regale you with a poem and picture from it each day as it tells the story of advent.  It is such a nice way to discuss things […]


TheMadHouse Advent Calendar 17

I have been a busy bee over the last week.  I have been making an advent calender for us, one that meets our needs and that I hope will be used for many, many years to come. I have been inspired by one I saw on Living with Kids, but of course my version is homemade and as inexpensive as possible.  I used a fleece from Ikea, little peg clips from poundland and everything else we already had in the house. I stitched 24 mini stockings, put some ribbon trim abound the top.  I then cut out 24 green felt stars which I stamped with the dates. I punched a tag out of […]


Why a Cruise is a Great Holiday if you have Teenagers

Why a Cruise is a Great Holiday if You Have Teenagers is a paid collaborative post with Cruise118. Finding a family holiday that accommodates all of the family is really challenging, doubly so if you have kids of different ages or teenagers. Trust me I have been there and so many people keep telling me that a Caribbean cruise is a great holiday if you have teenagers.


How to choose the perfect cutlery set

Aside from phones, what do we pick up or use more than cutlery? I doubt that such material exists. Since kitchen utensils are among the most used, it is only right that effort is given to picking the perfect cutlery set. While they ought to be appealing to the eyes, they shouldn’t err on functionality. There are a lot of factors to look at in choosing a cutlery set. This post covers that. It is a great read for mums, aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts. 


Perfect Gifts for Grandparents and In-Laws 7

Perfect Gifts for Grandparents and In-Laws has been updated for 2023. I always want to get the perfect gifts for the boys’ grandparents. One of the hardest people to buy for is the in-laws who are now the boys’ Grandparents, well they are in my opinion and even though I have been married over 25 years I still have difficulties in choosing what to gift them. I want it to be meaningful and tailored towards their likes.


50 Autumn Activities for Kids

50 Autumn Activities for Kids 17

Make the most of out the glorious season that is Autumn with our fab low-cost or no cost Autumn Activities for kids and families. Do you love Autumn?  We are lucky in the UK to have four distinct seasons and I adore how different each one is.  Autumn really is a season of wonder and change with beautiful crisp leaves and fabulous sunsets. I love it when the activities are low-cost and no-cost and we have something seasonal for all the family with our fab graphic for our 50 Autumn Activities for Kids there is fall fun for all the family.


Parenthood and Cycling: Integrating Child Bike Seats in Your Riding Routine

Cycling has long been celebrated as an excellent mode of transportation and exercise. It’s eco-friendly, cost-effective, and, above all, it’s fun. However, for many parents, the question arises – how can I include my little one in this activity? They often wonder about the appropriate age to start biking with their children and the safety measures involved. Biking together introduces kids to an active lifestyle early and provides an innovative way for parents to engage in their favourite activity without the worry of leaving their child behind. This article provides a comprehensive guide to embracing parenthood and cycling, teaching you how to integrate child bike seats or other options into your […]


Useful Tips for Moving Overseas with Your Family

Are you ready to take the leap and move your family overseas? While this exciting venture comes with its share of challenges, there are several tips and tricks that can help make the transition an easier one. From paperwork to packing, preparing for a move overseas requires careful planning and attention to detail — especially when it involves children. Moving abroad with your family involves crossing different time zones, cultures, and climates. It is essential to do the necessary research before you dive into the move. Here are some tips that can ease the process of relocating your family overseas.


Water Sports Your Kids Will Want To Try On Your Next Summer Vacation 1

Water sports are a great way to have fun, stay active, and get outdoors. Whether you’re looking for something to do on your own or with family and friends, there is no shortage of water activities for you and the kids to enjoy! From swimming to kayaking, paddleboarding to surfing – the possibilities are endless! We’ll look at some of the most popular water sports suitable for both children and adults. So whether you’re keen to explore new waters or just want an exciting activity in which you can make memories with loved ones – this list of fun water sports has something for everyone!


How to watch Outlander in the UK

Outlander is based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon and follows the story of Claire Randall played by Caitriona Balfe who is a married combat nurse from 1945. She is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened. There are six series of Outlander currently and I am going to share with you How to watch Outlander in the UK.


Decking trends for 2023

The global popularity of composite decking reached record highs in 2022 – and things show no sign of letting up. On the contrary, research is predicting continued growth, with the international market estimated to reach 5.8 billion US dollars by 2027. Pretty clear then, that this contemporary board is here to stay – but how will it be used?


How to Throw a Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Check out our fun ideas for throwing a gingerbread house decorating party. Every Christmas Eve we have a party with our best friends with kids’ Christmas party games and delicious food. We have been doing this since our children were tiny, but now they are older we have graduated to a gingerbread decorating party.


Tips to Simplify Christmas without Losing the Magic

Tips to Simplify Christmas without Losing the Magic is a paid collaborative post. I absolutely adore the holiday season, but not the stress of it all, so over the last few years we have worked hard at simplifying Christmas without losing the magic and the best bit is each year gets even better. So follow our tips on how to simplify Christmas and you will thank me not just now but next year too.