Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Just A Few Reasons Why Mum's Drink


Wine, wine, wine – it seems Mum's everywhere are obsessing about wine, counting down the hours & minutes to wine o’clock begging many to ask the questions why Mum's drink wine? Well if this is you…..


then it’s time to set the record straight about why Mum's drink wine….

1. It passes off as Ribena or apple juice

So that when you need to pretend  that you’re not actually drinking wine when you actually are…well then, you can.

2. It reduces our chances of having a heart attack (on any given day!)

As Mum's, on some days – you know when EVERYTHING is going wrong & you’re racing around like some maniac & the kids are being utter s***s & you feel like you’re one step away from having a cardiac. Well, on these days, you can at least drink some wine & perhaps head off that stress & cardiac at the pass by knowing that drinking a little wine will in fact do your heart some good – hurrah! (ok, probably not the main reason we drink it though!)

3. The empty bottles make you feel like a rock star!

Nothing says rock star more than a recycling bin overflowing with wine bottles – well, that’s basically as close to rock star-dom any of us are likely to get to anyway.

4. It makes your crap dinner taste better

Let’s face it, when you have knocked out another disaster of a dinner for the family, you can either cry into your plate OR pour yourself a glass of wine, which will make it all taste so much better!

5. Because you don’t need to leave the house to drink it

Yup wine, our old friend, can be drunk without you having to leave your house or  getting out of your stained clothes & hurrah! can be drunk with your bra off too. Best enjoyed sitting on the sofa in front of Netflix.

6. It makes us less vile

Picture the scene: Pre glass of wine = vile mood, hell on earth. Post glass of wine = happy, happy, happy without a care in the world. And a happy Mama makes for a happy household. Yup, wine is the ultimate in mood enhancers (that are legal) & stress reducers so when the day is going to crap, there’s nothing wrong with bringing wine o’ clock forward by an hour or two (judge away!). P.S. did you know that  a glass of wine a day can makes you less prone to depression? And Lord knows we could all do with some help on dodging that bullet.

7. It makes all that mum guilt disappear into the ether

You know it to be true – once you’ve had a glass of wine all that mum guilt just goes…poof! & vanishes away in a puff of smoke.

8. It makes you feel sexyyyyy

Yup amazing what a transformation a glass of wine can make happen. Before a glass of wine, you probably feel about as attractive as a bucket of smashed crabs. After one glass of wine….woahhhhhh mama! You better watch out. Someone’s going to be in for a surprise when they get home. Well, you’ve got to keep the fire alive somehow, and it’s a good a way as any in my book!

9. It’s cheaper than therapy

Seriously, just think of all the things you need to get off your chest! You could go and hemorrhage money sitting on a therapist’s couch…or you could just go and pour yourself a glass of wine and take the edge off.

10. It’s the only thing that makes sleep deprivation better

If you’re acting drunk because you haven’t slept properly for days on end, well then…you might as just go ahead & be the real deal!

So there you go….if you’re wondering about whether to have a glass of wine tonight & needing any convincing….here it is. 

Cheers everybody!


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

To The Mother's Who Feel Like Throwing In The Towel


Don’t quit.

I know it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders & that it really doesn’t matter if the dishes are done or that no one really cares that you stayed up till 2 am folding laundry or that you are just overlooked. I know you sit in the car & put your head on the steering wheel & the tears roll down at times. I know that sometimes you just want to throw in the towel & whisper (or scream) that you’ve had enough of all of this.

I know. I know because I have felt that way.

I remember sitting in the bathroom behind the door with my head in my hands thinking that I couldn’t do this motherhood thing anymore & that I really didn’t matter or make a difference & that I would never ever catch up on laundry – which, by the way, I’ve never really caught up on. And because I’ve felt that way I’m writing today to tell you that you, right now, matter more than you might ever realize.

You & your life, your voice, your giving of self, and all of that matters.

There will be days that are hard. Weeks that are hard. Months that are hard.

But, you can do this. I know you can.

You can pick yourself up, brush off the words that hold you back & you can be Mum today. You can look in your children’s eyes and tell them how much you love them – even though you are remembering how much they sassed back to you this morning – & you can love them unconditionally. You can make those ham salad sandwiches for lunch today & sliced apples and can actually get the straw in the juice pouch on the first time. Or the second. You can drive those kids to football or ballet or to school or to where ever & you will tell yourself that you sitting in the car with them matters.

Quitting means stopping. And you don’t stop.

A wise friend of mine told me this weekend that we only fail when we quit.

Motherhood doesn’t look anything like I imagined when I was young. Motherhood doesn’t look like those pinterest boards full of birthday ideas with perfect fondant cakes & party favors that take three hours to make. Those moments are there. But seriously, listen to me, those things don’t make a Mother. Those things, while they are beautiful, they don’t really matter in the life journey. Do you know what matters? You. Right now, reading these words, who is about to give of herself for her family.

 Do you realize what an amazing impact you are leaving? 

Don’t tell me about all the times you’ve messed up. I’ve got them as well. But do you remember all the times where you have done well? Or the times when you’ve been there? Sitting up at one am rocking a toddler with a bad dream. Making dinner out of cupboards that are bare. Giving up on something you need so that your child can get what they need. Helping with math. Reading a story. Folding those clothes. Making lunches. Teaching. Listening to their stories. Being silly. Laughing. Holding the puke bucket. Wiping faces. Putting art on the wall. Watching them sleep.

Those are the moments in life that you are blessed to live.

So you may feel like you want to quit. Don’t. Pick up the Motherhood towel right now and instead tell yourself you can do this today. You can. You can for your family. Don’t look at how everyone else is mothering, or what the facebook status states, or the pinterest picture of the perfect Mother. You are the perfect Mother for your children today. Do not let the world qualify your motherhood. There is no price tag large enough that would ever illustrate the true value of motherhood. You are an amazing gift to your family.

I believe in you.

What are you waiting for? You can do this, sweet Mother.

You totally can.




Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Recipe- Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry


A warming slow cooker vegetable curry, using up all the veggies from the bottom of the fridge.

In my house we certainly suffer from ‘forgotten vegetable syndrome’. I buy specific vegetables with a recipe in mind, then our plans change & I make something else &the aubergines, peppers or carrots, or whatever else I have bought, get forgotten about until I find them a few days or a week later. I am sure I can’t be the only one, surely?!

I often use up these forgotten vegetables in soups or casseroles but a vegetable curry is also a great way to use them up. The addition of spices & coconut milk hides a multitude of sins and brings the flavour of the vegetables out. All kinds of vegetables go well in a curry & I like to include sweet potato as it helps the sauce to thicken. Plus this is a nice healthy option if you are trying to eat well.

I Love, Love, Love my Slow Cooker! I would be absolutely lost without it. I love how you can chuck together a healthy & substational meal in one pot, with zilch effort put in & it still tastes amazing! 

This is like every other of my recipe posts, super quick & easy to make, with about 10 minutes preparation time & 6hrs cooking time. 

Ingredients- Serves 4

  • 1x Red Onion, diced
  • 1x Tsp Lazy Garlic
  • 1x Tsp Lazy Ginger
  • 1x Tsp Mild Chilli Powder
  • 2x Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2x Tsp Ground Coriander 
  • 1x Tsp Ground Tumeric
  • 1x Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1x Red Chilli, deseeded & chopped finely
  • 1x Tin Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
  • 3x Tbsp Tomato Purée
  • 2x Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled & cut into chunks 
  • 2x Medium Carrots, peeled & sliced
  • 150 g Mixed Broccoli/Carrot/Baby Corn
  • 75 g Mange Tout
  • Fresh Coriander, to serve


  1. Place the garlic, ginger & spices in a large bowl.
  2. Add the coconut milk & tomato purée, mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  3. Place the onion, sweet potatoes, carrots & other vegetables (except the mange tout) into the slow cooker pot.
  4. Pour the coconut milk mixture on top & stir to combine in the pot.
  5. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  6. Add the green beans & cook for one more hour on low.
  7. Mix well and serve with rice and/or naan bread, with fresh coriander to serve.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Recipe- Tandoori Chicken Naan Pizza


Worried about making pizza dough from scratch? Keep calm and carry naan.

These are not your typical pizzas– instead of tomato sauce, pepperoni & mozzarella, we’re using tandoori chicken, mango, red onion, mint, cilantro, & yogurt… oh, and mozzarella, because in the end, you just can’t nix the mozz.

Really simple & quick to make & tastes  


It is about an hours prep but that's due to some ingredients needing to marinade but it's totally worth it, I assure you. And with just 15 minutes cooking time! Yep that's it, just 15 minutes. You will be eating that pizza in now time! 

  • Ingredients- Makes 3 Pizzas
  • • 1/2x Cup Plain Yogurt, plus more to top (optional) 
  • • Juice of 1 lemon
  • • 2x Tbsps Vegetable Oil, plus more for brushing
  • • 4x Cloves Garlic
  • • 2x Tbsps Ginger
  • • 1x Tbsp Hot Paprika
  • • 2x Tsps Ground Cumin
  • • 2x Tsps Garam Masala
  • • 1/2x Tsps Cayenne Pepper
  • • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • • 2x Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • • 3x Pieces Naan Bread
  • • 1/2 Red Onion, sliced
  • • 1x Cup Mango, sliced
  • • 1x Cup Shredded Mozzarella
  • • Mint, to garnish (optional)
  • • Cilantro, to garnish (optional) 
  • • 2x Green Pepper, de-seeded & sliced
  • Method

    1. 1. Combine the yogurt, lemon, oil, garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin, garam masala & cayenne pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth to make the marinade. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt & place in a freezer bag with half of the marinade, turning to coat well. Reserve the remaining half of the marinade in a separate container. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
    2. 2. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Grill the chicken 5 minutes per side, or until it reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from heat & cut into chunks.
    3. 3. Brush the naan with oil. Mix the previously reserved marinade mixture with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Add additional yogurt to thin, if necessary, to give a spreadable consistency. Spread the naan with the tomato-yogurt mixture. Top with the red onion, chicken, mango, green peppers & mozzarella. Turn down the heat on the grill & place the naan pizzas on, or put the naan pizzas on a shelf above the grill grate. Close the lid and grill until the cheese melts. Remove from heat
    4. 4. Top the pizzas with mint leaves and cilantro, drizzle with yogurt, and serve. (Optional) 
    I served my slices with a side of leafy salad.


    Tuesday, 30 May 2017

    Open Letter To Mother's Who Feel Like They're Failing, Your Not!


    Motherhood is one of the greatest joys in life, but it also is one of the most challenging experiences one can possibly face. From the sweet moments of laughter & reading together to the difficult moments like tantrums, Mum & Dad are there for all of it… & sometimes, it can be really easy to get worn out.


    To the Mum hiding in her bathroom, needing peace for just one minute, as the tears roll down her cheeks..

    To the Mum who is so tired she feels like she can’t function anymore & would do anything to lay down and get the rest she needs…

    To the Mum sitting in her car, alone, stuffing food in her face because she doesn’t want anyone else to see or know she eats that stuff…

    To the Mum crying on the sofa after she yelled at her kids for something little and is now feeling guilty & like she is unworthy…

    To the Mum that is trying desperately to put those old jeans on because all she really wants is to look in the mirror & feel good about herself…

    To the Mum that doesn’t want to leave the house because life is just too much to handle right now…

    To the Mum that is calling out for pizza again because dinner just didn’t happen the way she wanted it to…

    To the Mum that feels alone, whether in a room by herself or standing in a crowd…

    You are enough.
    You are important.
    You are worthy.

    This is a phase of life for us. This is a really really hard, challenging, crazy phase of life.

    In the end it will all be worth it. But for now it’s hard. And it’s hard for so many of us in many different ways. We don’t always talk about it, but it’s hard and it’s not just you.

    You are enough.
    You are doing your best.
    Those little eyes that look up at you – they think you are perfect. They think you are more than enough.

    Those little hands that reach out to hold you – they think you are the strongest. They think you can conquer the world.

    Those little mouths eating the food you gave them – they think that you are the best because their bellies are full.

    Those little hearts that reach out to touch yours – they don’t want anything more. They just want you.

    Because you are enough. You are more than enough, Mama.

    You. Are. Amazing.


    Saturday, 27 May 2017

    How You Know When Your A Parent Of 3


    Even though I’ve been a Mum of three for nine months now, I still have to remind myself every once in awhile. Three kids is a lot. MR.B & I often joke that we’re now in “zone defense.” We’re outnumbered. We don’t have enough hands. Usually one kid is mad, one is happy & one is sad. We’re fairly convinced that they take turns to make sure at least someone is upset around the clock. Parents of three or more kids, I salute you. It is no easy gig.


    Here are a few signs you’re a parent of three or more…

    1. You often pray for an extra set of hands. Okay & eyes, too. And a maid would be nice & maybe a chauffeur.
    2. You have outgrown your vehicle.Shopping for a minivan? Crunching 3 carseats close together? The good ol’ days are over.
    3. You find yourself counting your children in public just to make sure they’re all there. One, two, ah! Someone’s missing! 
    4. You get the sinking feeling that you left one of them in the house every time you pull out of your driveway. Wait, where’s the baby? Oh, asleep in his carseat! Thank goodness.
    5. If you get all of them to nap at the same time, your first reaction is to post about it on Facebook. The world needs to know just how much of a supermum you are.
    6. You are exhausted, no matter if the day has been “easy” or “hard.” You literally have no down time. You are exhausted no matter what.
    7. You seriously can’t remember what it was like to have just one kid. Sleeping in? Going to the bathroom alone? Those things don’t exist.
    8. When one kid gets sick, you brace yourself because you know each illness comes in threes. Just knock on wood that YOU don’t get sick, too!
    9. When people see you out in public with your kids in tow, they look at you like they feel sorry for you. What, this? This is normal. This is my family. This is my kid hanging on me like a monkey. I got this, stranger. 
    10. When you get a date night, you feel like you won the lottery. No kids for two hours! Let’s go crazy! 

    Friday, 26 May 2017

    Recipe- Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach & Bacon Chicken


    Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach & Bacon Chicken – if you want to know how to cook the best chicken breasts, this is the recipe for you! The chicken breasts are seasoned with dry Italian salad dressing mix, smothered with the creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes & bacon,  baked to perfection!  The best baked chicken ever!

    I think this is one of the best chicken breast recipes I have ever made! The chicken is moist, tender & full of flavor thanks to all the stuff on top. It’s like stuffed chicken but much easier to make since you just have to put everything on top and bake!

    Even though this is a really simple recipe to follow, it's takes a little longer to make than my usual recipes. With about 20 minutes prep time (due to having to cook the chicken for abit first) & 40 minutes cooking time. 

    Ingredients- Serves 4
    • Chicken
    • 4 small chicken breasts or 2 large chicken breasts, halved
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • Italian Dressing mix (half the packet)
    • Creamed spinach
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2/3 cup half and half
    • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • Other ingredients
    • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil, chopped into smaller bites
    • 4 slices bacon, cooked
    • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese (Monterey cheese with jalapenos)

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees
    2. Butter the bottom of the baking dish. Season chicken breasts from both sides with the Italian salad dressing mix. Place the chicken breasts, flat side down, into the greased baking dish & bake for 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees.
    3. In the mean time, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add spinach & cook for only 1 or 2 minutes until it is heated through & starts to wilt. Remove from heat. Add minced garlic & half/half. Bring to boil. Add shredded mozzarella cheese & keep stirring, on high heat, until mozzarella cheese starts to melt - about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to simmer & keep stirring until you have a nice, smooth creamed spinach - about 30 seconds or 1 more minutes. The creamed spinach should be pretty thick in texture, not watery. If watery, bring to boil again & cook off extra liquid, constantly stirring. Season with salt. Remove from heat.
    4. Remove the baking pan with chicken breasts from the oven (you baked them for 15-20 minutes). Top each chicken breast with creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil & chopped into smaller bites), chopped cooked bacon & broken slices of pepper jack cheese. Bake in the oven, uncovered for 15-20 more minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through, no longer pink in the center & the juices run clear.

    I served mine with a side salad as it was a very hot day & wanted to add something light to my meal, but you could have this with anything! 


    Wednesday, 24 May 2017

    Recipe- Spanish Style Chicken & Chorizo Kebabs


    At some point this summer, you'll get tired of grilled chicken. No matter the marinade or the delivery system, you will simply reach your limit, & that's when you need to reach for the chorizo. Impale a few slices of this famously delicious Spanish sausage in between your chunks of chicken. As it grills it will splatter its spicy, smokey fat all over its much blander skewer-mate, & once again you and grilled chicken will be good buddies.

    This is super quick & easy to make & one that can be enjoyed cooked from the BBQ now that Summer seems to be finally here, YAY! 

    With about 10 minutes prep time & about 10-15 minutes cooking time (depending on how you choose to cook them.) 


    Ingredients- Serves 4 (About 8 Skewers)
    • 2x Skinless & Boneless Chicken Breasts, diced into chunks
    • 8oz Chorizo Sausage, cut into slices
    • 1x Tbsp Olive Oil
    • 1x Tbsp Sherry Vinegar 
    • 2x Tsps Fresh Oregano, chopped
    • 1x Pinch Caynenne Pepper
    • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
    • 1x Red Onion, cut into 1 inch squares 
    • 1x Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
    • Metal/Wooden Skewers 
    1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat & lightly oil the grate.
    2. Place chicken & chorizo in a large bowl; add olive oil, sherry vinegar, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, & salt. Stir until chicken & chorizo are completely coated.
    3. Thread chicken, chorizo, red onion, & red bell pepper evenly onto 4 skewers, making sure that each piece of chicken touches 1 piece of chorizo. Place finished skewers on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold 15 to 30 minutes.
    4. Cook on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
    I served mine with a Wholemeal Pitta Bread & Salad. It tasted absolutely amazing! Go on, give it ago. 


    Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    MummyInTheMadHouse Awarded The Blogger Recognition Award


    Earlier this week I was very excited & humbled to be given a Blogger Recognition Award from the lovely Nandyz Soulshine.To know that other people are reading & appreciating my writing means the world to me. So firstly a huge thank you!

    It’s exciting & validating to be nominated. Somebody on the internet likes me! I love the way these awards help bloggers connect & learn more about each other. It also gives us a framework to help us give each other a boost. The internet can be a cold place & I’m so thankful for the support of the blogging community. 


    This award is a nice way for bloggers to recognise other bloggers, and help each other bring in some new readers to our sites. There are rules to these things. As there should be:-

    • Thank the blogger who nominated you & provide a link to their blog.
    • Write a post responding to the nomination.
    • Give a short story on how/why you started your blog.
    • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
    • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
    • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them & provide them with a link to the post you created.


    Why did I start blogging? or why do I blog? are questions that over a period of time i have been asked by people. Sometimes I have even questioned myself about why do I actually blog. 
    I haven't actually been blogging for that long I'm still technically a 'newbie' in the blogging world, I started MummyInTheMadHouse beginning of February 2017. 

    Starting a blog for me was one of the best decisions I have ever made – for myself. In the months before I started MummyInTheMadHouse, I was going through a really rough time I had just had my little Isaac & although I was a happy proud Mummy (again) – I felt anxious constantly. I got caught up in life as mum of 3 children & I completely lost myself, my confidence was so low and despite being surrounded by amazing friends and supportive family I felt really isolated.

    It was at this time I started reading blogs, I think it’s quite normal practise for mums with a new born to just google everything & on doing this I discovered blogs with mum’s going through the same things, it was great. I became a regular reader, the community around blogging always appealed. I could see these mums supporting each other and I wanted in! One day I thought to myself – why don’t I do this? Baring in mind my confidence wasn’t all that high it was a big step for me & I did it, and I'm so glad I did! 

    I also love writing & I needed a creative outlet to keep myself sane from the craziness that is my life & to stop my brain from turning into a mummified mush. Blogging allows me to do just that. 


    1. Passion– Be passionate about the content you blog. If you are not then how can your readers be passionate about what they’re reading? When reading posts, you can really tell if people have a real interest about the topic they’re writing about or whether it’s all made up. If you’re passionate about a specific topic or subject then it really shines through, it gives you post ideas and you can grow your audience easier. Blogging about something you’re passionate about also makes it easier to think of post ideas!
    2. Networking-  Use social media platforms to engage with more followers. Set up accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook. Also another bit of advice that I would give to aspiring bloggers is to communicate and engage with other bloggers. This allows you to build readers/followers, create friendships and possibly find people to collaborate with. It’s important to share the love and recognise other people’s hard work!

    Would you like to have a chance to be nominated? Leave a blog comment with your blog URL for consideration. The winners will be announced on:- Thursday 25th May 2017. 


    Wednesday, 17 May 2017

    Dear Jamie On The Eve Of Your 9th Birthday...


    Dearest Jamie,

    Tomorrow , you my son turn nine & I want you to know that I am oh so happy to be your Mummy.  I need to say Mummy, because of course these days you insist on calling me Mum.  It’s your way of showing how you are growing up & becoming BIG.   Although I act like it is not okay with me, it really is.  I want you to grow up & I want you to become the amazing man that I know you will.

    Nine is hard for me.  It’s one birthday away from double digits & it’s almost like a half-way mark of my parenting.  Yes, of course I’ll always be your Mum & hopefully you’ll always need me for something. I do know that in nine more years you’ll be 18 & that my son is when you will be BIG.

    The past nine years have been my favorite years ever.  You were the child that brought me into parenthood.  You started this whole Barnett clan off to a great start.  You have become a big brother 2 times & although those weren’t the easiest transitions in the world for a kid, you have handled them great.

    When you are feeling like it, you are a great help to your sister.  You show her things & help her with things that little 6 year old girls need help with.  When you are feeling like it, you keep your baby brother happy & include everyone to play your games.  You are growing into a leader, they both look up to you & that’s a big deal.  Remember that as you make choices.

    In the next nine years you will change drastically.  You will grow hair in places you never thought you would.  Your voice will crack & you’ll get embarrassed.  You’ll find a sport that you love and excel in it.  You’ll find an instrument that interests you.  You’ll have good days & you’ll have bad days.  You will start to look at girls in a new light & I’m fairly confident that one will break your heart & in turn I will want to spray paint her hair blue for the way she hurt your heart.  You will go on trips without me.  You will want to not tell me things.  You will go on a trip with your dad & he will tell you all you need to know about being a man.  You will pick a college/university.  You will cram for tests.  You will then leave me.

    To say that my heart is not ready for the day you leave for college/university is an understatement.  I know I have nine more years before that happens, but these nine years have literally flown by.  It seems like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant, having a boy & then you made your grand entrance into this world. All 7lbs 5oz of you. You were a tiny little thing. Now look at you, so grownup, tall & handsome.

    Jamie, thank you for letting me love you & I hope that I love you & your siblings well.  I want you to know that I love you, will fight for you & will always be here for you.  Even when you go to college/university & fall in love & replace me with the girl of your dreams.  I know my place will change & another woman will hold your heart, but know that I will always love you and 9 years into being your Mummy I’m super proud of you.

    Love you lots,