Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse) [similar]

Attempting to live a creative life in The Mad House with 2 boys aged 11 & 12. Fuelled by tea, fabric and stationery, addicted to washi tape.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**PASS IT ON** The lovely folks at @dotcomgiftshop sent us this super cute Milo the Panda 🐼 lunch box set to celebrate their new name #RexLondon. We decided that we wanted to share the love so are going to pass it on to one of our Instagram followers. All you need do is like this post, tag a friend in the comments and let us know a nice thing about them. A random number will be picked on Friday 23rd at noon (GMT). #giveaway #win

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**LIGHT BOX** I can not believe just how much of a difference a light box makes to my cutting. I bought an inexpensive one off amazon and a cheap transparent cutting mat. Well it is transformational! We have had a lovely day. Maxi’s football team are now in the semifinals of the County Cup and we had a nice lunch out. We are now all ready for back to school and work tomorrow. Shoes polished, chicken carcass in the slow cooker for stock, uniform out and homework done. Oh I wish we could start half term again tomorrow. Now we are watching a movie whilst I keep playing with my #tulapink #tulanova #sundaynight #parenting #parentingtweens #parentingteens #kbnmoms

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**SUNDAY VIEWS** Maxi is playing in the cup near York so we all came, however, I keep coughing in the cold so back to car for me with a cup of tea, listening to Portugal the man and some stitching. This is one of the reasons I love EPP as it is so portable. I was hoping that they would be on the pitch closest to car! I do not normal come and watch him play as that is the husbeasts job. #tulapink #greatbritishquilter #sundayfootball #juniorfootball #sundaymorning #EPP #englishpaperpiecing #quiltingonthego #quiltersofinstagram

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**SATURDAY NIGHT CRAFTING** started my #tulanova today and am totally I love with the @tulapink #allstars fabric which I got from @simplysolids. So now I am sat down with my lovely family watching some TV (The Grand Tour) and stitching my second round. Totally love my craft box which I got from @aldiuk thanks @heartofcharnwood for the heads up. Joining @capturebylucy with #saturdaynightcraftalong

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**RECOVERING** We has such a fab day yesterday, but I am paying for being out so long and feel under the weather today. So I had to sack off @leedsmqg which I look forward to all moth but I just couldn’t do the drive. Have a wonderful time folks. I am making a baby quilt whilst watching the ice dancing at the Winter Olympics. ⛸️ The husbeast and Maxi have gone to Whitby and Mini is out with his mates. I am thanking the lord for the @bloclocrulers which was from @oliveandflohandcraft ages ago. Yes I am late to the chevron party as always! I am using some fabric I got from @aldiuk
What are you up to this afternoon?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**THE LURGY** 😷 What a week it has been for me. We have managed to avoid the flu and the nasty virus that has been going around until I caught it last week.  I am not going to lie, it totally wiped me out and I had to go on antibiotics for impacted sinuses and a chest infection. However (touching lots of wood) the boys' have both managed to avoid it and I am partly putting it down to the fact that they have been on Probiotics.  We first starting using them when my old next door neighbour (who is my holistic health guru) @Holistix introduced us to @provenprobiotics about 4 years ago and we have used them each winter and whenever one of us is on antibiotics since then. I think they are a great addition to our box of tricks for boosting our family's immune system over the winter. Plus the fit for school range has proven to reduce school absence by 30% which is fabulous.  Check out the link in my profile to see what other things I do to try and boost our immune systems. What do you do? #Ad

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**BROTHERS** These two love each other with a passion but hate each other with a ferocity I have never seen and there is no happy medium. However, they will not have anyone say anything against the other. Today we are @beamish_museum trying to make the most of the last day of half term!
#keepingitreal #kbnmoms #tween #teens #parenting #parentingteens #parentingtweens

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**TRANSFORMED** Alvin is back from the groomers looking rather swish and smelling delightful. He’s so fluffy 🦄. We are putting the whole chocolate 🍫 incident behind us and going out for the day tomorrow with him to @beamish_museum. I am determined to make something of the final days of the half term whilst we can. What are your plans?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**CHOCOLATE POISONING** what an eventful 24 hours we have had here in the Mad House. We are through the worst and out the other side thankfully. The boys and I went to see Black Panther at the pictures yesterday afternoon and I accidentally left a bar of chocolate on the side that I had bought to take with us and yes, you guessed it, Alvin ate it. So trip to the vets and injection to make him 🤮 and then activated charcoal to make sure he was ok. it was a big bar and he is a small dog under all that fur. I spent the night giving more charcoal and making sure he was ok.
Mini was really upset and angry as he struggled to process it all and felt guilty that it was his chocolate 🍫 but I kept telling him it was my fault not his. Next to take him to the groomers as I have tried to wash him but he is grey rather than white!

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**LOVE IS....**
❤️A cup of tea in bed each morning.
❤️Washing my car and filling it with fuel when you use it.
❤️Scratching my back in just the right spot.
❤️Unloading the dishwasher each morning.
❤️Daffodils for no reason.
❤️Kind words and deeds everyday.
❤️Taking the bins out.
❤️Cooking Sunday dinner.
❤️Being the soccer dad, so I don’t have to be the soccer mum!
❤️Watching Call the Midwife with me.
❤️Holding my hand after every operation.
It is the little things that cement our relationship and I am so thankful to have this man in my life and for the life we have created together. ❤️So finish the sentence for me in he comments “Love is ........”
#valentinesday #valentines #loveis

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**TOSSER** I have a couple of little tossers in this house 🙀😹 They have been flipping pancakes 🥞 since they were little and I can tell you all that training in the kitchen is paying off. I am looking forward to not even getting involved next year! But the BIG question here is what do you have on yours? Mini is golden syrup all the way, whilst Maxi and I are lemon and sugar folks.
#pancakes #pancakeday #shrovetuesday #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids #kbnmoms #kbnfoods #pancake #tweens #momswithcameras

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**ACCEPTANCE** Jane @snapdragononlineuk has a brilliant blog post today which I could have written. It is all about acceptance and learning to live and thrive with chronic illness. It has taken me a long time to be in a place of acceptance with my condition and it is times like this week when I am knocked for six by a common cold that wouldn’t be an issue for others that I realise just how far I have come. I have learned to listen to my body and rest. I urge you to go and read the post it is fab. I am playing with my new @tulapink #tulapinkallstars fabric from @simplysolids for my #tulanova I have just picked Mini up from swimming and it is trying to snow here ❄️. Come on weather it is half term and my boys’ want to play out.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**SNOOZING** Another day, another quilt, same sofa! Mini snapped this whilst I was “resting my eyes”! Alvin has been glued to me for nearly a week. My own little canine hot water bottle. Been to see the doctor and I have a chest infection and impacted sinuses. I am on antibiotics. It might be psychosomatic but I think I feel better already. The joy of having older boys is that they can entertain and feed themselves even though that does mean rather too much Fortnite for my liking. However, I am hoping if I rest we can manage some family days out lasted in the week and will not have to write off the whole of half term. Also I am running if of quilts so have to get better to make more! What are you up to?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**SSDD** Same shit, different day! 🤧😷 yep on the sofa with a different quilt accompanied by Alvin. I wish I could say that I am feeling better but alas I feel terrible and will be ringing the GP in the morning as it has gone to my chest. You can tell that I really am under the weather as there is no crafting, sewing or reading going on at all. In fact, I have done nothing at all most of the weekend and even listening to the boys bickering makes me want to go and hide. I am so angry with my body as it is half term here and we had so many plans.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS** Whilt I have been wallowing in my poorlyness 😷 (it is just a head cold 🤧🤒 folks, nothing serious, but I am a crap poorly person) I decided to pull together out my fun kids crafts, art and activities and start a new Instagram account for them @funactivities4kids ❤️ if you are looking for ideas and inspiration or are feeling generous please come and follow me as we are a bit lonely over there.
What does that mean for here - well not a lot really. I just wanted a place where it was all collated and curated.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

** THE LURGY** It’s my turn for the lurgy cup! I am really struggling to shake of this head cold. In fact, I keep waking myself up because I can not Breathe through my nose. I am not sure if it is because I am snoring so loudly or because I am a nose breather. What I can tell you is my head is pounding, throat is sore, glands are swollen and my cough is driving the whole house mad. Also how can my nose be so blocked and runny at the same time? Anyway, I am going to drink the hot lemonade the husbeast has just brought me and try and read before attempting to sleep again. I hope it shifts soon as half term started for us today and I was looking forward to some family time. Night lovelies.

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

** I ❤️ CRAFTS** Do you? Seriously though I think it is really important in this digital age to try and encourage children to still make, create and have fun with art.
So whilst I am at home feeling sorry for myself with a massive cold I have gathered up some of our favourites (link in the profile). Some of our ideas are totally process driven and perfect for toddlers or children that focus on the end results a little too much and others are perfect for older children. Some are hands-on and great for sensory seekers other are suitable for parents that just want a five minute no mess activity. So why not take a look and do some heart activities with the kids.  Our half term starts tonight, so I know that we will be making some more crafts and art over the half term.  When does half term start for you?

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**CONSEQUENCES** It has taken me nearly 9 years to accept that my actions have consequences on my body. Madness or what, but learning how to live with a condition can be so hard and finally I think that I am on the road to acceptance and making sure that I put things in place so I can look after my own needs. “You can not pour from an empty cup” - an oft uttered phrase in our house. In the past I would have just pushed on through and then ended up a total mess somewhere down the line. Now I stop and listen to what my body is saying. Today it is saying “rest up in bed and refuel”. The dinner is in the slow cooker, out of office in on and I am trying to rest. I can tell you that all of this was totally worth the fabulous day I had yesterday with @tulapink, @simplysolids and my#quiltyfriends #tulapink #tulatroops

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**INSPIRATIONAL** Had a fabulous day today. Amazing, inspirational, entertaining and funny lecture this morning followed by a great workshop this afternoon with @tulapink at @simplysolids. Just for home in time for a quick snuggle with my boys before their bedtime with a brain full of things to process. #tulapink #tulatroops

Jen Walshaw (@muminthemadhouse)

**JUST DO IT** I am trying so hard not to get stuck in making decisions and just cut the fabric and get on with it. I am having a blast at @simplysolids with @tulapink #tulapink
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