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.
Do your kids decorate eggs for easter? It is one of the things the boys love and they have egg decorating competitions at school, cubs and also the Easter Party we attend annually. We are one of those families that believe in the kids decorating their own eggs, so I sit on my hands and provide encouragement only! These Teenage Mutant Ninja decorated eggs won Maxi the cubs competition this year and even better they are simple and all his own work!
Part of our Spring tradition is making an Easter Bonnet for the Kids Easter Party. I used to be one of those parents that wanted it all to be perfect and symmetrical, but over the years I have learnt to sit on my hands and let the boys take over. In my humble opinion my boys Easter Bonnets might not look perfect, but they are kid made.
Have you seen the Paddington Bear movie? We loved it in the Mad House It was the perfect family feel good movie and even the husbeast enjoyed it and we will be happy to purchase it on DVD or Blue Ray when it comes out on 23rd March. It was one of the best family movies we have seen in ages. So to celebrate the release of the movie I wanted to share with you some fabulous PB crafts and activities and also some fab free printables too.
How cute is this bunny garland! I have not hidden my love of pom poms from you and Easter is the perfect time to use pom poms in your crafts. This pompom tailed bunny garland is adorable and so simple to make. If you don’t fancy making pompoms for it, then make it smaller and use cotton wool balls for the fluffy tails!
Is there anything better than receiving a homemade gift made with love? This beautiful button bracelet would be the perfect Mothers Day gift or tween craft. I would be delighted to be the recipient of this gorgeous unique piece of jewellery which was made by Utterly Scrummy Food for Family’s daughter. How to make a Button Bracelet
Picture tile coasters make great gifts for Mums or Grandparents and are so easy and fun to make. They also make great frugal teachers gifts. We picked up our tiles from the discount section of the DIY superstore as the box was broken and it was £1 for 10 four inch tiles and we have been using images from our fab FujiFIlm Pop Books.
I can almost taste it, Spring is in the air and that means a whole new bored jar and a whole new list of low cost or no cost activities for Spring for kids and families. Sometimes we just need a nudge in the right direction, some inspiration to encourage our kids away from technology and that is what this fantastic list is. Not sure what a bored jar is, well here I tell you how to make your own bored jar. Our Spring Bored Jar has all the below activities in and a bunch of chores too. I hope that the added chores encourage the children to think twice before more »
I love real flowers, I really do, but there is nothing that makes me smile more than than the handmade ones that grace my desk which have over time been made by my boys. They are often so simple to make, but they last forever and these cake case daffodils are so simple to make, but look amazing. Even better this is a mess free craft.
Spring is on it’s way in the UK and I for one am looking forward to spring flowers, but you can have flowers all year round and they mean so much when they are fantastic kid made flowers. So We have a round up of homemade flowers for kids to make. These homemade flowers are perfect to give for Mother’s Day or to bring some Spring colour in your life.
My kids love recycled art projects, they are a great way of using up our household recycling and repurposing it into something amazing and it seems like we are not the only ones. At last weeks Fabulously Frugal Linky we had some amazing recycled art projects and activities linked up. Recycled Art Projects
We love making pieces of art that we can display seasonally in The Mad House. Last year we made a family fingerprint heart canvas and I have been thinking about making a family fingerprint relief heart art canvas since then. We finally got round to making it and it was so much fun to make and perfect for displaying in our home. How to make a family fingerprint relief heart art canvas