*we were sent a sample of spice mix to try. All words, photos and thoughts are our own. Information taken from source, with permission* These speculaas spiced muffins are easy to make, and when they are baking make the house smell AMAZING! I must confess, whilst I am not a huge cake eater, or biscuit […]READ MORE
*This is a review post, we were kindly sent some face paints to try. All opinions are our own* My kids have always loved having their faces painted, and it’s fun to take them to fairs, events and parties where they can have their faces painted to look amazing. Over the years, I have […]READ MORE
Project 365. A photo a day, every day of the year. A venture into London today. I couldn’t help but take a photo of St Paul’s Cathedral, with the blue sky in the background. London is a fascinating mix of old and new. No filters, the sky really was that blue.READ MORE
*This is a review post. I was kindly sent a book to read and review. All opinions are my own* Lillian White has a little problem, or actually a few problems, in fact she seems to manage life whilst navigating them: On the morning of her wedding, Lillian White awakes with a hangover from hell, […]READ MORE
Welcome to Spotty’s Sunday. This is the gecko corner of our blog, shared by Matthew with a little help from his mum. Spotty is our leopard gecko who has come to live with us. He is currently almost 14 weeks old. This week, my mum let me go shopping to get some things to make […]READ MORE
Project 365, a photo a day, every day of the week. Bonsai tree goals? This week, we visited RHS Wisley. It was my first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I also learned something new. They have a bonsai tree walk and information. I always thought Bonsai trees were Japanese, but apparently they originally came […]READ MORE
So anyone can be a father. It’s a quick biological act, that results in a baby. That bit, is usually easy. You don’t have to be blood related to someone to be a Dad, either. But makes a Dad? For me, a Dad is the person who loves, and encourages you, who doesn’t judge your life choices, […]READ MORE
Welcome to Our Week in Photos. Our way of sharing our week and what we get up to with our family abroad and grandparents who like to keep up with our life and antics. This week we have been enjoying normal. Normal is good. The husband is working his way back to getting into a […]READ MORE
I LOVE roast potatoes. Crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. But I am also very lazy and whilst I do make proper, peeled, boiled then roasted potatoes for special occasions, I mostly make them in a cheat way that satisfies the roast potato need but is way less effort. This cheat version makes […]READ MORE
Project 365. A photo a day, every day of the year. This is a very grainy photo because Daddy swan was getting pretty tetchy the closer I got to his babies, but we are really chuffed and impressed that the swans on our local pond have hatched 6 cygnets. That’s a big brood. We have […]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.