Safety Tips to Prevent Your Dream Pool from Becoming a Nightmare

Whether it’s a cosy hot tub, a full-sized pool or something in between, having a private place to take a dip at home is one of life’s greatest luxuries. There is little that compares to shrugging off the day’s troubles with a few relaxing laps or a good book and the gentle massage of…

Why Every Family Needs Business-Level Internet Security

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Every day it becomes easier and easier to hack websites, blogs, home networks, and phones. Nothing seems to be immune from malicious digital attacks, but you can make it harder for them to get in. 

We've been testing the…



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Spider Sculpture

Kids, modern art, imagination and Halloween go so nicely together, don’t you think?

We’ve been making some terrifying Halloween sculptures and our favourite well the giant spider obviously! Fancy making one of your own?

What you’ll…


Added by Wendy Mallins on September 7, 2015 at 3:39pm — No Comments

School day routine that really works!

School morning routine – that really works


Added by Wendy Mallins on August 27, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Easy school day breakfasts that are oh so cute!

School day breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. We’ve got a week of delicious, fun breakfasts the kids will just love.

Monday – wise owl toast

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Start the week off right with our…


Added by Wendy Mallins on August 26, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Free printable weekly planner

September is always a great time to get back on track, put some effort into organising your time, whether you’re running a home, a business or a blog – keeping focus of your goals, your time and your achievements is always a good idea, especially if you’re wanting to move…


Added by Wendy Mallins on August 25, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

20 Awesome Porridge Toppers

One of the quickest healthiest breakfasts you can throw together. A dish of lovely creamy porridge. You can either do it the proper way in a pan and simmer and stir, you can make it in minutes in the microwave or you can go instant with a dish of Ready brek. Whichever way you choose it’s…


Added by Wendy Mallins on August 24, 2015 at 4:19am — No Comments

Make school lunch boxes as easy as 1,2,3

Cut yourself some slack in the morning and avoid the stress of thinking about what to pack for school lunch.

Packing a healthy and varied school lunchbox is now as easy as 1,2,3. Just pick one item from each category, the mains, the fruit and veggies and the snack, add a…


Added by Wendy Mallins on August 17, 2015 at 3:03am — 1 Comment

Spicy Falafel & Salad

Spicy falafels make a nice meat free addition to a summery salad, are great stuffed into pitta breads with shredded carrots and cabbage and drizzled in a yogurt dressing or just as a snack served with a spicy chilli jam dip or BBQ sauce.

For the full recipe and…


Added by Wendy Mallins on March 27, 2015 at 7:24am — No Comments

Deliciously quick Oreo milkshakes

To make the best Oreo milkshake you just need four ingredients! Oreo milkshakes make a great summer day treat or any day for that matter. So creamy, so delicious.

You’ll need a blender, packet of Oreo biscuits, good vanilla ice cream, I use Kelly’s Cornish clotted cream ice cream as it just tastes…


Added by Wendy Mallins on March 26, 2015 at 5:27am — 2 Comments

Super quick Greek chicken salad ready in minutes

Super quick Greek chicken salad is a tasty healthy meal ideal for busy weeknights. This is a traditional Greek style salad but with added chicken and it tastes just great!

Take a large bowl and toss in lots of lovely fresh ingredients like salad leaves, onions, baby plum tomatoes, cucumber…


Added by Wendy Mallins on March 25, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Natural ways to keep spiders out of the house!

It’s that time of year. They’re here. THEY ARE HERE!

Spiders that is. Yes. It’s spider season. Now I know spiders are good, they eat pests, I get that. But if like me you’d rather they didn’t come inside the house, here’s a few natural spider deterrents - …


Added by Wendy Mallins on September 27, 2014 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

Happy Mosaic Rainbow Art

Mosaic pictures are a really simple and lovely art activity for children. For younger children it’s an opportunity to learn about the rainbow and colours as well as being creative and having fun! Mosaic Rainbows fit nicely into weather topics and make a great follow on…


Added by Wendy Mallins on February 12, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments

How to make Veg Box Curry

Make the most of your veg box by squeezing every last meal out of it. Sometimes that might mean eating odd combinations or ones you’d not thought of putting together. Live a little, experiment! One of the easiest meals to make is a veg box curry. This recipe is a little bit like pick &…


Added by Wendy Mallins on February 12, 2014 at 4:25am — No Comments

Mini Calzones - great for kids lunch boxes

These are a fab way to use up leftovers - you can stuff them with bolognese, chilli, ham and pepperoni - just yum! 

For how to make them head over toDaisies &…


Added by Wendy Mallins on February 5, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

My Easy Housework Routine

If you want to live in a clean and organised house then there’s only one thing for it.... clean it and organise it! A good housework routine may take up some of your time each day to complete but for me personally it means I always feel like I’m on top of things and it saves me time in the long run. 

I like to know where things are and having a young children I do need things to be clean, tidy and organised so that our lives don’t end up chaotic. I try to be…


Added by Wendy Mallins on January 29, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments

Packed Lunch/Lunchbox Linky

There's a packed lunch linky over on Daisies & Pie on a Friday - come link up your posts - all welcome

- recipes sweet or savoury

- menu plans

- ideas

- bento 

- photos

read more here

Added by Wendy Mallins on January 24, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Amazing Skinny Meatballs with Tomato Tagliatelle

Skinny meatballs and sweet tomato sauce with wholemeal tagliatelle make a really nice healthy family meal. I’ve cut back on the fat by using lean mince beef, adding wholemeal breadcrumbs and baking them in the oven. The tomato sauce is sweetened using Balsamic vinegar and fat free and they are served with wholemeal tagliatelle and a huge italian style root vegetable salad.

For the full instructions head over to …


Added by Wendy Mallins on January 23, 2014 at 7:01am — No Comments

A little retro baking activity for the kids

When I was little I always joined in baking day with my grandma - and making little jam tarts was always a huge part of that. 

Head over to Daisies & Pie to find out how we make leftover pastry dough…


Added by Wendy Mallins on January 21, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Family Meal Plan with French Style Eating Rules

This week's meal plan is delicious - focussing on simple meals with a nod to the style of eating the French enjoy! Oh. and yes there's cake :) 

to read more head over to …


Added by Wendy Mallins on January 20, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

Magic Puffy Paint Clouds

We've been experimenting with homemade puffy paint - the microwave variety! For full instructions on how to make these fab puffy paint clouds - head over to the Daisies &…

Added by Wendy Mallins on January 18, 2014 at 4:17am — No Comments

Love your Leftovers Lunchbox Beef Noodle Soup

This recipe was created as part of the Sainsbury’s Love your Leftovers challenge, we’ve combined it with our weekly packed lunch link-up. Sainsbury’s challenged me to cook a roast dinner of my choice and creatively use up the leftovers. We chose to make roast beef dinner, mainly because of…


Added by Wendy Mallins on January 17, 2014 at 1:34pm — No Comments

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