Mum and Son

The Children’s Furniture Blog

Parenting advice, tips and general rants from a working mum plus activities and recipes for the whole family.

Child dance practice

Dance for Kids

A variety of children’s dance classes exist today. This article describes the most popular types of dance classes for kids, and reminds parents of points to consider before committing to any particular dance style or dance studio.

Milk fruit jelly

Jelly with Milk and Fruit

This twist on traditional jelly is popular with children and can be easily adapted using different flavoured jellies or fruits

Healthy Lunch Box Idea

Cheap Lunchbox Ideas

Many parents are turning to packed lunches to help keep on top of their household budget. There is no doubt that making kids packed lunches is much cheaper than buying school dinners every day.

Child picking at her food

Why Is My Child A Fussy Eater?

As a parent of a very faddy child I know just how frustrating it can be and how unhelpful some of the fussy eating myths are…

Pinwheel sandwiches

Pinwheel Sandwiches

A pinwheel sandwich is a slice of bread that has been flattened with a rolling pin. The filling is added, the bread is rolled up and then sliced to make small wheel shapes.

Baked muffins

Autumn Feast Muffins

These muffins use oats, apples and carrots, which are harvested in the autumn. They are juicy, fresh and great for a treat!

What you need to make rainbow toast

How to make Rainbow Toast

My son is more into science than art, which is great too. But, when I suggested painting on bread, his eyes lit up…painting and food, what a great combination!

Kid's cooking class

Tips for Cooking with Children

Cooking with children is good for them, they can learn so much… food, motor skills, following instructions, listening skills and safety just to mention a few.

Gingerbread House

A Gingerbread House for Shelter

I was contacted by the charity Shelter and asked if I’d like to enter a competition they are running to raise awareness of the charity, by making a gingerbread house, I was very excited!

Brad and soup

Bread and soup making with kids

Now that autumn appears to have truly hit us I like to start making some cosy winter warming recipes. What better way to start, than with some carrot and ginger soup with homemade bread.

Making rock road crunch bars

Rocky Road Crunch Bars Fun

Last week, we decided to cook together. We chose to make these Rocky Road crunch bars from Nigella. They were definitely right up BB’s street!

Chocolate cake mixing

Chocolate Cake Creations

This week, I baked a chocolate cake with BB (aged 6) and it was so noticeably easier than I remember before. He wanted to bake a chocolate cake with marshmallows, sprinkles and a cherry, to be precise.

Ingredients needed to make the wands

Edible Fairy and Wizard Wands

For our fairy and wizard week, I wanted to do something with food for a change, so I decided we could make some edible fairy and wizard wands. Here’s how…

Worms in mud pudding recipe

Worms in Mud Pudding

After a lovely day in the garden planting and worm hunting, what better way to end it, than to make these delicious worms in mud puddings?

Making the Easter lollipops

Easter Nest Cake Pops

I always like a challenge. I have never made cake pops before, but like the look of them, so not only did I challenge us to make some cake pops, but we made slightly more complicated ones…..Easter nest cake pops!

Egg Muffin Recipe

Egg Muffins

After blowing so many eggs for our egg decorating we needed to find a way to eat the eggs. We decided to have a go at my friends recipe for egg muffins…

Marzipan sweets

Marzipan Sweet Fun

Children love playdoh and they love cooking, so how about combining the two activities and make marzipan sweets? Here’s our marzipan fun…

Apple Crumble

A Family Apple Scrumble

We love a good old fashioned Sunday roast. So what better, than to get the whole family involved. Daddy cooked the roast, while I made an apple scrumble…

Eatwell Guide

Healthy Eating for All Ages

We all need to eat a good diet to keep us fuelled up with the energy we need for daily life, but what exactly is a healthy diet?

Baking utensils

Basic Equipment

All of our recipes tell you at the start what equipment and ingredients you need. Here’s some of the equipment we use most often in our recipes…

Potato peeler

Get Safe

Cooking is great fun but it’s vital to stay safe. Here’s our guide to safe techniques in the kitchen.

Pizza for one

Cooking for One

If you’re cooking for one, then be your own VIP. It’s the perfect opportunity to make your very own favourites or experiment with new flavours and techniques.

Boy breaking an egg

Tips on cooking with kids

Cooking with children is about much more than the finished product. It’s a chance to spend some quality family time together – talking, laughing and experiencing new tastes and sensations.

Boy with brightly coloured balloons

5 Games To Play With a Balloon

Here are five easy ways of using the humble balloon to develop those muscles and co-ordination and have some fun at the same time…

Children's building bricks

5 Best Toys

Traditional options such as building bricks, dolls, etc are still the best children’s toys and here’s why…