We live in an age where people now use social media to communicate, and to interact with each other. People form communities via social networks and they are an incredibly useful tool. They are also a space for people to abuse and to behave in a way that would get them a slap in real […]READ MORE
*this is a collaborative post* I have been taking part in Veganuary, which has mostly been a fun learning experience, with some moments of “meh, that food is not going to work for me” or “I miss cheese”. It has been interesting so far, and I am mostly enjoying trying new things. My family have […]READ MORE
My small son is desperate for a dog. He came to me this morning and said “Mummy, I miss Xena, when can we get a dog?” This is snap from a less cold day, from our time in France, recently, Xena from Les Hirondelles and her mate. The dogs and boy kept each other busy […]READ MORE
*this is a collaborative post* (Image source) When the weekend eventually rolls around, you will always want to make the most out of it. This is a great chance to spend some quality time with the family, forget about the stress and responsibilities of the week and be happy. Sometimes, however, it can be hard […]READ MORE
I don’t like January, is it just me?READ MORE
*this is a collaborative post* Lots of people who are new to investing in precious metals tend to waste a lot of time wondering whether to invest in gold or silver, when in reality they should be working out how they can invest in gold and silver. A quick visit to Golden Eagle Coins should […]READ MORE
asked the tween if she would give up cheese and join me in Vegauary. You probably can guess her answer from the photo!READ MORE
The tween isn’t allowed her own social media yet, so she’s hijacked mine. Tuesdays from now on are Tween Takeover Tuesday, when the tween has free rein with a blog post, and a social media take over. You have been warned, I should probably be scared… Here she is in her own words: Hi, Emily […]READ MORE
2019 is in full swing, we are almost midway through January, and life has moved on from the Christmas madness. I went back to therapy last week, and it was ok. I am doing ok. We seem to be getting to the root of what may be the cause of some of my anxiety and […]READ MORE
When I was a child I remember my mum teaching me how to make pom poms. Those little balls of wool that you wound around and cut to make fluffy shapes. It was incredibly cathartic and fun, and super satisfying to produce a little fluffy ball to play with, or add to a craft. I […]READ MORE
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Welcome to the Mad House. I originally started this blog, in a blur of sleep deprivation, to get my thoughts and feelings down somewhere, on parenting, second time round, with a baby that had major sleep issues (and not just normal ones) but it has grown and grown. We are now well into our fifth year at the Mad House and you will find blog posts on anything from gardening, to politics, with lots of ramblings on parenting, and also about living with food intolerances. I blog about cows milk and gluten free cooking too.