There is a wonderfully large and growing British Mummy Blogger community. I first dipped my toe in it a little under a year a go and didn’t have a clue about anything, least of all what a BMB carnival was. I then got rather confused by the fact, that I saw the same carnival appear in lots of different places (I was naive). Anyway… for those of you new to blogging: a blogging carnival is a collection of posts from around the blogging community. Bloggers take it in turn to “host” and write it up. Sometimes the carnivals are themed, sometimes they are not.

Today I am hosting and I decided to loosely theme it around “The Good Life”. Yes yes, that is because this blog is called “The Good Life Bloggers”, but also, because it is nice to stop and share what is good about what one’s way of life… and maybe inspire others to change things or have a go at something new.

So… to the carnival! I grabbed some pics of our lovely ladies too… Isn’t that Good?!

A fabulous way to kick this all off, is a very positive post about Becky over at Baby Budgeting loves about living in Britain. From the NHS (that other’s moan about) to our free libraries, to our parks and even car boot sales!

A slight reverse take is Jade’s post about “What is in that pot“? A great post to help us understand better what lurks in our hand creams and face creams and if indeed you want a good life, what to avoid!

My PhotoEmma from Mummy has a Headache, explores on whether your life is better knowing nice people or not so nice people… mmh. There s indeed an intriguing dilemma to resolve.

Ellen from World of a Mummy shares with us how getting her boys involved in the kitchen makes their lives good! Needless to say there is a lot of mess involved too. But you need to go and take a look and read it for yourselves.

tiddlyompompomOver at Tiddlyompompom we have more kitchen activity with some yummy cake. My favourite line of the whole post is “Silly Mummy”.  Followed by licked off icing… Perfect.

Notes From HomeElla from Notes at Home muses over what their Good Life would be. Judging by the gorgeous photos she posted, where they live is already pretty good, if it were not for the work – life balance issue. Go read more!

My PhotoEmily from Pants With Names, makes me want to say aaaaah and ooooh, nooooooo what do I do now?!?! As we endlessly “debate” whether we are a 2 baby or a 3 baby family (2 at the moment, pondering the third, or not), Emily will tip you towards three… are you ready for that? Then read on!

Nova a Cherished By Me shares the joys of being together as a family – keeping this simple, but happy and good!

Ipshita at Mini Edition writes a fab post about their good life with lots of great links – including Apple Chutney and my favourite “Toddler Crafty”. Yay, life in my books, is good when you can get crafty.  Don’t forget to share all your crafts on my weekly Kids Get Crafty, over at Red Ted Art!!

Cass from Frugal Family shares a giggle with “No Secs in this house“… You have to read it to believe it! As well as some more fab kids’ quotes!

profileKate from the Fives F Blog really hasn’t been her cheery self these last few weeks. Something about January does this to her. But she knows what the Good Life is about and puts it behind her.

Coming soon, Georgie bird sewing kitsRuth from Summerland made some monsters out old PJs, now if this isn’t the good life, I don’t know what is: some recycling, some crafting, some cuddly fun!

Kelly from Domestic Godd-esque shares with us her fabulous list of things that make her life good… and touches on the origins of this blog’s name – an 80s (?) series called “The Good Life”. I am definitely a Barbara and The Englishman a Gerry.. Visit Kelly and find out what they are and what makes them happy!

Pippa at A Mother’s Ramblings shares a lovely post on the things that make their life good – it includes some great links to good food recipes, some great friends, a good marriage and faith. A fabulous good life round up!

Peg shares with us the journeys they take on their Narrow Boat home. Now that is something I have always been intrigued by – what IS life on a narrow boat like? Where are your roots and your home? For Peg, the place of her girls’ birth is key.

us1Rachelle from the Little Green Blog shares her wonderful thoughts on the pains of growing up -both for the child and the parent, reminding us to be patient, love unconditionally and cherish those wonderful close moments (e.g snuggling up together in a nest made of pillows after a DVD).

Michelle from Mummy At The Heart recounts why her life is so good: she has the perfect work – life balance, having her cake and eating it! However, she makes a very good point about making your own luck – and that having a  postivie attitude can make things better.

As you know my “main” blog is Red Ted Art, where I spend lots of time doing crafty things with my children. Although, there are many things that contribute to my Good Life (including attempts to grow veg and look after some chickens), the crafty stuff is making us very happy: for us (!) it is a win win situation: the kids love it and I love it. Can’t say fairer than that and my weekly schedule is the incentive to regularly Get Crafty.

And here is a sneaky addition (sneaky, as she has been too sick this week to submit anything, so I am doing it for her): Chris from Thinly Spread – to me here WHOLE BLOG is about the good life that she shares with her wonderful family of 6. Visit her blog for some great recipes, some lovely crafts, some gorgeous photos or just a “chat”.


Is being held on The Good Life Bloggers! Yay!

So don’t forget to send me your fab posts for 1st Feb 2011 by Wednesday 26th Jan 2011 – to info (@) redtedart (dot) com

Also, there is a THEME: the theme is all about “The Good Life” – what makes your family life good?! Is it, good food, is it lots of play, is it the great outdoors? is it being green? Or is it getting crafty?

I would love to hear all the lovely good things!

Look forward to your posts!


Ali blogs: Ah, I’ve been nagged for AGES to invest in some of that “stuff I can stick my hand in to make a little model” by my youngest one. This is due the fact that when he was very weeny, he DROPPED the little cast we made of his hand, and the fingers broke off… being the sentimental type (both of us) we kept the broken hand….

So finally, I tracked some down on a fab art supplies website, and we set about making A MESS in the kitchen.

Tip: get him to wear a long sleeved bib – it goes everywhere!

We used the bag which came with the box of ‘stuff’ and he tried out a few positions with his hand in the bag, then we mixed the ‘pink stuff’ . Slight gender alert from small boy: “will it turn out pink mummy?”

And had to act quickly, poured it into the bag, and he loved sinking his fingers into the gooey pink mixture, it dried out SO quickly, but he managed to keep his hand still for a good minute (amazingly).

Then gently wiggled his fingers and released his hand from the mould (as the ‘pink stuff’ had become).

Next we mixed the plaster with water, and poured it into the mould – I’d say be careful here, as we had a couple of holes which we had to plug with a bit of blue tack (it still leaked a bit, so we sort of leaned the mould against the kettle!)

We then……..waited……..24 hours (a long time when you are little or an impatient @incredibusymum)

And thoroughly enjoyed gently removing little plaster cast model of my ‘baby’s hand’ from the the pink mould.


Linking with this week’s Kids Get Crafty over at Red Ted Art.

I quickly wanted to share with you a super duper easy and fun “Kids Pizza” recipe. I recently visited a friend’s house, were we made these with the kids so I don’t want to take the credit… thanks Jess!!). It was so lovely, I have since had a go when I have had visitors. It does get a TEENY bit messy, but the results are worth it!


  • Pitta Bread cut in half
  • Tomatoe puree & tin of chopped tomatoes (you will need less than half) or passata 
  • Some mixed herbs
  • Grated cheese
  • Salami or ham or whatever takes your fancy – though the salami gave it a lot of extra flavour!

Get everything ready in little bowls. Mix the herbs, puree and chopped tomatoes together. Slice the salami/ ham into managable sizes. reheat the oven to 150C. Then give each child some spoons, a plate with half a pitta and let them make their Pizza:

  1. First the tomato sauce
  2. Then the salami/ topics
  3. Then the grated cheese

Our kids made about 4 pitta halves each, which they shared with their 1yrs old siblings. When the cheese is just melted take it out – dont make them too hot, else they will burn themselves!


For more from me, hop over to Red Ted Art for lots of fun craft ideas and book reviews! Be inspired to Get Crafty!

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Now… I do love a bit of Carrot Cake, but suspect that most people have a carrot cake recipe already.

So here is a crafty carrot delight invented by my father: Apple & Carrot Juice!


  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Juicer

Peel and slice everything. Bung in juicer. Drink as freshly as possible! Doesn’t matter about proportions, just use what you have in! (You may prefer to sieve it, as there will be a little bit of brown “sludge”, but there is nothing bad about this and sometimes, you can let it all settle and then just pour the yummy bit). Very healthy. Very good. Very tasty.

For more from me, hop over to Red Ted Art for lots of fun craft ideas and book reviews! Be inspired to Get Crafty!

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Ali Blogs: I like to think I do my *bit*… I make copious cakes for the school cake sales, I pass my kids old clothes, toys and books on to our lovely neighbours, I travel by public transport to work for an ethical kidswear brand, I cycle instead of driving, yet, closer to home, I am a little bit rubbish. I am a slave to my Blackberry….boooo.

And Family is important, and losing someone you love to Cancer should not have to happen to anyone… but it does.

Macmillan Cancer Support were fab with my family when my father was ill, truly fantastic. So when a girlfriend told me she was organising a coffee morning at school, I wanted to help too. I put my Blackberry to GOOD use, and we contacted a few of our likeminded friends at Organix, who sent LOADS of goodies to raffle, Union Roasted pulled out all the stops to send us Fairtrade Tea and Coffee, and a couple of Cafetiers to raffle too, Green Baby (I heart) donated a goody bag full of organic skincare and baby shoes, and Cafédirect sent a big box of coffee and hot chocolate too. Oh and RedTedArt donated a lovely raffle prize to the party (Maggy and the famous *Pip Squeek* popped along to eat cake and try our coffee too).

We had so much fun, raised over £250, and even the local firefighters joined in the fun, as we delivered home baked cakes and freshly made filter coffee to the station (for which they donated very generously. thanks boys x)

So raise your (coffee) mugs, let’s thank all of those who *give*.. oh, and remind me to spend more time with my family please ;>)

If you would like to follow any of the above lovelies on twitter, here are their links:
@organixbrands , @unionroasted @LondonFire, @redtedart, @greenbaby_uk, @cafedirect_hq, @macmillancoffee @macmillancancer

Now, I know that Green Mum (aka Ali) is a Veggie and maybe I shouldnt be posting Chicken dishes on the Goodlife, but this is such an easy and quick recipe, it is really worth  to know: Lemon Chicken.


* Chicken thighs and drumsticks

* Soya Sauce

* Juice of one lemon (fresh lemons really are better than that funny bottled stuff!)

* Rice

* Choice of side dish vegetables (we like broccoli with it)

  • Preheat oven to 180-200
  • Put chicken in an oven proof dish
  • Cover liberally with soya sauce and lemon juice
  • Put in overn for around 45min – or til crisp. Occassional pour juice over chicken with a spoon
  • Cook rice & veg as per instructions

Enjoy. The kids love. We love it. Only “but”, is that I am concerned about how much salt soya sauce has, but as it is so yummy, I quickly forget that!

For more from me, hop over to Red Ted Art for lots of fun craft ideas and book reviews! Be inspired to Get Crafty!

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