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Happy Birthday Small Boy!

This time three years ago, labour was starting. You were on your way. 5 days late, and your birth had some highs and lows, with the fear of meconium aspiration, and that you were in distress. You entered the world as you meant to go on, letting your presence be known, with a little drama […]


Magic Moments – South Africa

I’m linking up again this week with Jaime, from The Oliver’s Mad House, for her Magic Monday blog post. This week, my Magic Moment is a bit of a cheat. I had a long blog post planned, talking about visiting South Africa, and how much I loved my first visit with a good friend, who […]


Our week in pictures!

We’ve had a busy week, Big Girl went back to school and Small Boy and I went back to our work/play routine with a few extra things like Doctors appointments and birthday parties thrown into the mix to make life even more busy and a tad more chaotic! I actually can’t imagine what life would […]


So that Dove video?

 (Image source) I lost my cool slightly on Facebook, and I should know better. I posted a comment on my own, private Facebook page, about how I felt this video, which is doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, was pointless, and a marketing ploy for a huge company. I got told off, and lectured […]


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Blog author, Karen Reekie

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.

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