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Kids Gardening – Growing Mint in Water

Growing mint in water is definitely one of my fave kids gardening activities. Not least because it gives super quick results and is almost impossible to get wrong!! Plus it introduces kids to the science of how different plants reproduce and is genuinely the best way to grow mint from cuttings. AND it involves almost no prep for a frazzled mum who's struggling to find time to garden....

How To Quickly Save Money On Groceries

Do you sometimes find yourself having the same conversation over and over? It definitely felt like that for us last month. We all seem obsessed with finding a way to quickly save money on groceries. I guess the Christmas bills finally came home to roost. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!...

Mason Jar Easter Gift Ideas

To get a head start preparing for the big Easter celebrations, we thought we'd do a roundup of fab Mason Jar Easter gift ideas. We've put together a curation of some of the loveliest DIY and homemade Easter Mason Jar gift ideas. All of them are vibrant with Easter spring colours and many of them feature Easter

Losing Baby Teeth – The Lowdown!

My daughter, M, lost her bottom front baby teeth just before she turned five. Way early! To add to the craziness of how early it was... she also had what's known as paediatric shark teeth for a couple of weeks... Yip shark teeth... baby teeth still in place, but new adult teeth visible behind....

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Something lovely happened Mums Make Lists last week.... we were invited by Etsy to become Etsy Tastemakers. Which means we have a shiny new Mums Make Lists Tastemaker page over on Etsy. Our Tastemaker page features a  set of curated boards with our favourite finds. They're to help you discover the perfect products in some of our biggest topic areas... from baby and nurseries, through kids' rooms, to organisation and laundry - only Etsy can make doing the laundry a beautiful thing! Given that UK Mother's Day is but a heartbeat away (sorry US moms, you have to wait until May!), one of the first curations we've worked on is for great gift ideas for mums. ...

Five Rabbit Night Lights For Kids

Every baby and small child has at least one bunny rabbit in their soft toy collection. Fact! But there's an increasing number who also have a cute and playful bunny rabbit night light, or at least one inspired by bunny rabbits. Here's a round up of five fabulous rabbit night lights for kids, that are fast becoming collectible cult design classics, that parents adore just as much as there kiddos....

How To Bulk Freeze Mashed Potatoes

Loads of our fave family recipes involve lovely, creamy mashed potatoes. Shepherds pie, fish pie and fish cakes are some of my daughter's top meals. And personally I love stomach lining gnocchi ... home made from a big heap of mashed potatoes ... and slathered in cheese sauce. And mashed potatoes are simple, right?...

Potato Stamp Craft For Toddlers

Potato stamp craft for toddlers and preschoolers is a great way to get them involved in the fun of Valentine's Day. Get super creative by mixing heart shapes with other fun shapes. Stars and dots are super simple to do, or get crafty and create dinosaur shapes. Then squirt out some paint and let your toddler potato stamp away and create works of art you can share with your paramour on Valentine's Day as an extra special way to show your love. ...

Motherhood 101: What You Need to Know

I did read the baby books. Honest. But stumbling through those first years of parenting I felt permanently stuck in motherhood 101. Every new milestone sent me spiralling into whole new degrees of ineptitude. How could an apparently intelligent human being get everything so horribly wrong? Know the feeling?...

Natural Flu Treatment for Exhausted Mums

I've made it through this autumn so far without mum flu. If I get through 'til spring it will be my second year flu free. Whoop whoop! I've had a few snivels and sore throats and been slightly under par, yes. But not full blown, take to my bed flu. Want to know the secret to warding off flu? It's so simple......

Tooth Fairy Inspiration and Free Printables

Ahhh the Tooth Fairy. Along with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy is one of the most important characters in a kiddo's childhood. M was SO excited when the Tooth Fairy visited to check on her carefully wrapped up baby tooth, which she'd secreted under her pillow in a little jewellery box, complete with a note. On the advice of a friend's mum, M had asked in her note, that the Tooth Fairy simply inspect the tooth and leave it behind as a memento. The Tooth Fairy obliged and left her a hand-written note in fairy pink handwriting... and two shiny £1 coins. That's how things went with our first visit from the Tooth Fairy, but how do you go about, ahem, liaising with the Tooth Fairy, to make your kiddo's experience of her really special? We've put together some lovely Tooth Fairy inspiration and ideas, including some super free printables. ...

Breastfeeding Advice from Real Mums

Breastfeeding is wonderful. Or at least it can be wonderful! I breastfeed for 15 months and value that time so much. At its best it was the most beautiful time to be with my daughter. But first off I didn't find it easy. Anything but....

The first ever Mums Make Lists Vlog!

We've been meaning to start vlogging for a while, and finally a sunny day last week had me whipping out my iPhone and having a bash. I've some way to go until I'm up there with the likes of Zoella and Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere, but it was lots of fun shooting the vlog and also learning to edit it on iMovie afterwards - turns out I'm no Scorsese either, but I love learning a new skill set! So, here's our, or rather my, first offering... ...

Beautiful Baby Blankets & Swaddle Cloths

Baby blankets are special. My 5 year old still takes hers to bed every night and I wore my own into pieces I loved it so much! So it is worth taking the time to find something gorgeous you'll be happy to have as a permanent member of your household :-) Luckily there are loads of beautiful baby blankets now available in contemporary colour ways rather than just the same old pink and blue. Hurrah!...