How to Make Your House Safe for Children 7

Children are curious little things, and while that’s exactly what makes watching them grow through their initial years such a memorable experience, it’s also one of the main reasons as to why they often end up hurting themselves. A few cuts and bruises are perfectly alright and part of the growing up process, but as parents, we need to be extra careful and make sure that their innate curiosity doesn’t lead to a serious accident.

How to Make Your House Safe for Children

Tips for dealing with PR enquiries as a blogger – Blogger Basics 6

I have been blogging for what seems like an eternity!  I started back in 2007 as a record of my family life and my blog has grown organically over the years and developed into my career.  Over the years, I have worked with many brands, PR’s and companies and I now receive hundreds of contacts and emails a day. This post is in collaboration with Kit Our my Office who supplied my beautiful office desk.  I then bought the filing cabinet to match.


Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas 7

I love watercolour glue resist and we have joined in with a fantastic tea of kid and art bloggers to bring you an amazing resource.  The complete under the sea watercolour glue resists Roundup.  Yes, Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas many with free printables to make it even easier.

Ocean Watercolour Glue Resist Art Ideas

Octopus watercolour glue resist art

Octopus watercolour glue resist art 8

We have been long time fans of glue resist art here in the Mad House and this octopus watercolour glue resist art project is great fun for kids of all ages.  I have tailored this towards tweens by using a hot glue gun with back glue.   We like using glue guns for art projects as they dry super fast and are perfect for impatient people like me!


Octopus Colouring Pages for Kids 2

My boys are just fascinated with all things to do with the Sea.  They love nothing better than visiting aquariums and these fab octopus colouring pages for kids were inspired by our families love of the sea.  I have left them super simple, so they are perfect for children to use as templates or to embellish as they chose.  Plus keep an eye out for a fab art project using them.

Octopus Colouring Pages for Kids

The Little Things – Make it Matter Day 5

According to a recent survey by Marks and Spencer 96% of us feel we spend life on autopilot making at least 15 autopilot decisions a day.  So they have introduced Make it Matter Day, a national day to help the UK focus on what matters most in life.


5 Ways to Get the Kids to Sleep During Allergy Season 3

Summer can mean a lot of things. Sun, adventure and above all, fun. However, here is a slight downside to all that enjoyment in that allergies are rampant. Sneezing, sniffling and lack of sleep can lead to increasingly grumpy children!  Thankfully, I have some top tips from Joy Richards sleep specialist with online bed retail business Happy Beds to help with sleeping during allergy season that may ease those pollen induced sniffles just enough to squeeze in some much needed shut eye.

5 Ways to Get the Kids to Sleep During Allergy Season

Have a SING Family Movie Night with our Free Printable SING Popcorn Boxes 6

If you know me then you know that I love turning the ordinary into something a little special and as a family, we love movie nights, so when Universal Pictures Home Entertainment asked me to create a post celebrating the DVD release of SING I was so excited.  We decided to make movie night a little bit special with these fab printable SING movie popcorn boxes perfect for enjoying SING this half term.   This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures


Father’s Day Gift Guide 5

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 to buying the perfect gift.  So I decided to ask the husbeast what would be on his Father’s Day gift guide in the hope of helping.  Well, it turns out he is a simple man and would be really happy with a bucketful of Malteezers and some good quality coffee!   So we bribed him with some Malteezers and a cup of Columbian and this is the Fathers Day Gift Guide we came up with!

Father's Day Gift Guide

Handmade Fathers' Day Gift Ideas

Handmade Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas 1

We love anything handmade here in the Mad House.  I think that there is nothing better than a kid made gift or a homemade card.  Kids love getting involved and being creative and as a parent, there is nothing better than receiving something made by your child and Father’s Day is no exception.  So get a little create with these fabulous, but achievable handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Shaver Review 8

The new Braun Series 3 ProSkin is a real hero for sensitive skin, and launching just in time for Father’s Day it’s the perfect gift for sensitive dads. I’ve partnered with Braun to tell you about some of the times when the husbeast has shown his sensitive side!


How should we talk to children about terrorism? 5

I hate that this is something that I have to even think about, but I am a big believer in communicating and talking and we really would be in a better place if people just talked more rather than resorting to acts of terrorism, so how should we talk to children about terrorism?


Choosing the best dog for your family 3

Choosing the right dog to join our family was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.  So I am collaborating with Pedigree to talk about how we choose the best dog for our family.  I am not going to lie, it filled me with dread.  I was worried that I would make the wrong decision and would be left to pick up the pieces and really cause issues in the family dynamic.  Having a pet is a big responsibility and It really scared me, but I also knew that as a family we would all benefit from having a dog.  


Make a Toilet Roll Microphone for the SING Movie

Make a Toilet Roll Microphone for the SING Movie 6

This simple toilet roll microphone is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  We are so excited for the release of the SING on Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd May, we have been getting prepared by making our own toilet roll microphone so we can sing along.


DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners 12

We are deep in the middle of the fidget spinner craze here and both of my boys have a number of different fidget spinners.  However, this post has been totally inspired by Sarah from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls DIY LEGO Fidget Spinner.  The boys came home from school and spend 20 minutes on the Ipad whilst I prepared some snacks and then the next three hours engineering their own DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners.

DIY LEGO Fidget Spinners

Women's Football and the Energy Behind it

Women’s Football and the Energy Behind it 20

I am a football Mum.  In fact, Maxi has been playing football for a team at the local football club since he was five years old. Over the years I have seen a massive transformation in grass roots football and now at our Football Club there are as many girls teams as there are boys and this makes me ever so happy and proud to be working with SSE to publicise how they are the energy behind women’s football.


The Best Fidget Toys for kids 6

You might think that fidget toys are a new phenomenon, but the really are not.  It is just that they are currently being brought into the mainstream.  We were first introduced to them by Mini’s occupational therapist a few years back and we now have quite a selection, so I thought I would share with you what we have, how and why they work for us.


The best DIY fidget spinners on the web for children to make

12 of the Best DIY Fidget Spinners on the web for kids 16

Have your kids joined the fidget spinner or fidget toy craze yet?  If they have then they will love this post with great DIY fidget spinners for you to make.  I have long had a love for fidget toys, especially as Mini is on the spectrum and they are really great at helping keep him calm and also help hm concentrate better.  So I have no issue with the new craze for all things fidget.  In fact, we have found them a sanity saver in the Mad House.


Best Questions to ask a Childcare Provider 2

One of the most important things you will ever do as a parent is choose someone to look after your child when you and/or your partner aren’t around. It’s an emotional time for any parent to decide to leave their child, so you obviously want to make sure that you find the right person for the job. Trust is key, but how can you know you’ve made the right choice and feel completely comfortable with leaving your child in their care?

Best Questions to ask a Childcare Provider

DIY Phone Amplifier and Stand

DIY Phone Amplifier and Stand 12

This craft was born out of necessity as I couldn’t find the little Bluetooth speaker we have for our phones.  So instead we went low tech and created a DIY phone amplifier and stand from a toilet roll and a couple of paper cups.