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Healing plants to grow with kids

We all know gardening is a fun healthy outdoor activity for kids. But have you ever thought of growing plants with healing properties to teach kids about the healing power of nature? It’s a great science lesson wrapped up in physical outdoor activity.

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10 Minute Workout for Busy Mums

Hurry. Scurry. Juggle. Drop. Is that your day? It certainly feels like mine. And too often the thing that gets dropped - so I can keep all the other balls in the air! - is me time, mummy time. And particularly any time for this mummy to exercise! But hold onto your seats girls 'cos I really, truly have found the best ever mum-friendly all over 10 minute workout....

Quick Healthy School Day Breakfast Ideas

School day breakfast is a big thing in our house, mainly because I'm obsessed, with M going to school with a well balanced meal inside her tummy. To me thats a healthy breakfast, with a good mix of protein and carbs, that's  super low on sugar. Brain-food, to keep her focused in class and swerving blood sugar crashes. That said, it's hard to always come up with the goods at breakfast time. I noticed my repertoire of yummy school day breakfast ideas dwindled towards the end of the last school term. So, I put myself together a school day breakfast cheat sheet, that I can use to keep myself motivated and, hopefully, ahead of the curve for this school year. ...

Save Money on Family Food

How on earth do you save money on family food when it feels like all the family could eat a horse - each! - on a daily basis? It really racks up, doesn't it? And that's before you add in those too-tired-to-cook takeaways and I-just-don't-have-time ready meals. Plus coffee and lunches and snacks and whatever when you're out and about ......

50 Free Things to Do In London with Kids

It goes without saying there are some truly amazing free things to do in London with kids. We have 7 of the world's best big museums in the city for cripe's sake and they are all free! There's just one problem. On every school holiday or wet Sunday when you want to visit, they are crammed with the world and his wife and his fed up kids. Hmmm ... and don't get me started on the price of the big name London sites charging £60 a pop (and some) for the family to get in! How can you enjoy London with kids without battling crowds or spending a fortune?  Well, we'll let you into a secret ... there are loads of free things to do in London with kids you have probably never heard of and that kids love!...

Pinterest Tips : How To Grow Your Blog with Pinterest

We've been just a tad busy recently. Our unbelievably exciting, completely enormous, totally top secret new project is gobbling up all of our time :-) We've been so busy in fact, we've only managed to write 8 posts between us! But luckily, thousands and thousands of lovely readers are still visiting Mums Make Lists every single day. How on earth does that work?...

Free Baby Knitting Patterns

Have you been cooing over the photos of the new little royal princess this weekend. I so have, she's such a cutie isn't she? And how gorgeous was that little baby bonnet and receiving blanket when Kate brought her out of the hospital?...

How to rock pregnancy

In association with Notonthehighstreet.com the first stop for mums to be! Finding out you are pregnant is such a magical moment... But then what? You've never been pregnant before... You've heard a bunch of stuff from mums who have been.... You've read up on it loads... But now it's your turn... It's all a bit out of the ordinary and you're feeling a little overwhelmed... not to mention nauseous... So Mums Make Lists has teamed up with Notonthehighstreet.com - the online store started by a mum - to bring you a guide to pregnancy. ...

Looking after kids with Chicken Pox

Chicken pox struck M three weeks back. The first two red spots appeared on a Sunday morning and by the evening they were popping up all over. Chicken Pox first appear as little red spots, but become blisters around 12 hours later. Having now Googled Chicken Pox I realised that the pesky virus could well have been the reason for M's uncharacteristic grouchiness earlier in the week. My biggest fear about the Chicken Pox virus had been dealing with the itching, something I thought was inevitable. BUT M barely felt the need to itch for the entire duration of the episode... ...

Teach Kids to Code by Telling Stories

Our kids are going to need to code. Right? And the earlier they learn the easier it will be. But taught the wrong way coding can be pretty dry stuff for kindergarten and primary kids. Rather than exciting them, it can leave them cold or quickly bored. We need to teach kids to code in creative ways that totally fire their imaginations. And make them keep coming back for more....

WIN! My Own Fairy Door

The Tooth Fairy is one of a trio of magical, mythical, characters who enchant little children... but until recently it's been really tough for the poor little Tooth Fairy  to sneak into kids rooms.... That was until My Own Fairy created a Fairy Door, complete with its own magic key, fairy dust and fairy club membership. Mums Make Lists has teamed up with the lovely people at My Own Fairy to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a My Own Fairy Door set to put a little fairy magic into their kiddo's life. ...