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Showing posts from December, 2014

Making a gift for Christmas

MadDad doesn't always have a lot of spare time.  He works really hard and also spends time with the boys, but this year inspired by Worx he spent a couple of hours in the garden yesterday making the boys a pair of stilts. He was sent a selection of power tools and then went out and bought some wood and rope and had some real fun for a couple of hours. He was so impressed with the tools, that he went out and bought the drill himself and then a mini circular saw for his Dad for Christmas (Hope you are not reading this FIL)! The MiniMads were delighted with their stilts (of sorts) and even took them round their friends, who now want MadDad to make them some! Although MadDad is a mild mannered accountant by day he really enjoys tinkering when he isn't under pressure and these tools really made it a pleasure for him. Why not have a look at making something yourself, there are some great how to videos.  Disclosure: We were sent   a  drill driver ,  mini circular s

Our recipe for the perfect family holiday

Holidays, they are so different now we have kids to what they were like before we had kids! But as the boys are getting older I know that we would love to put a Mark Warner holiday to the test,  especially  as my boys are so active.  Ingredients One hard-working office professional Dad One ever working Mum One early rising sports man nine year old over achiever One night-owl book loving eight year old Method Often we hope for a one pot cooking method where we could just throw all the ingredients and their clothing in to a plane and come out the other end perfectly cooked, but actually finding a holiday that suits us all is hard. MadDad - hates sitting by a pool with a book, which I LOVE! Maxi would spend all day every day either in or around water and is ultra competitive, even getting in your swimming costume first is a "thing" Mini finds switching off at the end of the evening hard, but he likes to try to keep up with his brother. Me - Well I like not havin

Be rewarded whilst shopping online

I want to talk to you today about a new way to be rewarded whilst shopping online with . I touched on on my  How to have a Thrifty  Christmas  post , but it deserves a post in its own right. What is PaidShop? isn't just a cashback site, it is much more than that.  The website features flash sales, allows you to check the latest sale items with all major UK retailers and search for voucher codes for favourite shops.  So you can use to search for voucher codes to save you money on your purchase, but you can ALSO get cashback on your purchase. actually rewards you on a number of levels: Cashback on your purchases (you get 100% of the commission) Voucher codes saving you money on your purchases Price comparison tool to help you chose the best value option Flash Sales Rewarded for life for introductions and referrals – for every friend that joins up, you earn 5

Do you have a mad clean before Christmas

There is something about Christmas coming that makes me want to clean up the house.  It might be all the twinkly lights, but I think that it really is something to do with people coming to visit that shames me in to it!  Incase you get that cleaning bug too then why not take a look at my posts on cleaning your oven without chemicals , cleaning your washing machine and cleaning your tumble dryer .  Thanks to Ecomovers for the fab infographic 

Snow Dough recipe to help Frazer Bear

The boys were challenged by House of Fraser to find the perfect ending for their Frazer Bear's story .  The original nide was that they would draw the end, but alas my boys are eight and nine and had other ideas! Check out the story here So this is their ending to this story and I can assure you, no bears were harmed!  Frazer Bear put Baby Bear in the fridge................................................ He then decided to put Baby Bear in the Freezer as the fridge only was 5 degrees and not cold enough to make snow So Frazer Bear decided to make his own snow to show Baby Bear......... It was so much like snow you could even make snow balls with it............. So if you want to make some snow, we decided to share the ingredients with you.  You can even make it cold by putting in the freezer for 10 minutes. Recipe to make your own Snow Dough 2 cups corn flour  1/3 to 1/2 of a cup  baby oil This is so simple to do.  The