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Life flashes before your eyes…

It”s funny, what you think about and don’t think about when you are faced with unexpected situations. Life flashes before your eyes and you realise all the things you have done, should have done and wish you hadn’t done. Afterwards when things are calmer, you try to get some perspective. I haven’t really had a […]


Myocarditis and 9/10

*This post contains health information. It is also written with the consent and knowledge of the husband, we both hope this will be helpful as well as cathartic for us to share. All information linked is from the British Heart Foundation. This is not a sponsored post* Just over two weeks ago the husband was […]


Spotty’s Sunday (12th May 2019)

Welcome to Spotty’s Sunday. This is the  gecko corner of our blog, shared by Matthew with a little help from his mum. Spotty the Gecko has come to live in our house.  Facts about Leopard Geckos type: leopard gecko, their scientific name is Eublepharis macularius and they are called Leopard gecko because of their markings and […]


Stuff we love – April 2019

And we are better late than never but are back with Stuff we Love for April, even though we are almost two weeks into May. Life has been a little challenging the past two weeks but we are getting back to normal, so here we go.  *there may be affiliate links within this post, for […]


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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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