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Hi, I’m Mae, founder and creator of Mudhutmama. I blog about parenting, children, travel and things I’ve learned bringing up three children, including twins!

Why I started

this blog

So how did all this begin? After having my first child and dealing with the shock to the system, I started to talk with other mothers who had struggled and had nowhere to turn to for advice or help and decided to do something about it. Within a few weeks Mudhutmama was born. Why Mud Hut you may ask? Well my first born loved nothing more than building mud pies in the garden and it kind of stuck!

Becoming a mother shouldn’t mean your children are your life and that’s it, this blog is to help you gather ideas and support.

Mae Barnes,

Mum of 3

Family life

Family life can be testing for even the most experienced mother, we’ve all had highs and lows, here’s some of my stories


Holiday ideas

I love travelling and refused to let starting a family stop me from enjoying one of my favourite things. It takes more planning and there is obviously a bigger cost involved but do a bit of research and you can find some amazing places that cater for children as well. Here’s some ideas for you to consider:


An incredible history along with the best beaches, wild life and nature at it's best.


Something for everyone, and what child wouldn't want to see the Eiffel Tower?


Some of the friendliest people you'll encounter and stunning landscapes to explore.


Find an all-inclusive resort and your children will be in heaven, amazing weather too!


Packed with history and places to explore, fall in love with the winding streets and taverns.


The place for adventurers, perfect for when your kids are starting to want to explore.

Latest Blog Posts


Teens and Adolescents

Teenagers go through a number of important changes throughout their lives. Teenagers go through significant changes from childhood to the teen years. Teenagers experience many …


How Long Do You Let a Baby Cry It Out?

  As parents to a newborn, getting your baby to sleep soundly all through the night can be an uphill task. It can be very …


Parenting Dos and Don’ts – Tips For Raising Healthy, Happy Kids

Parenting essentials to have a successful relationship with your kids. There is a difference between having a good relationship and a bad one. Parenting styles …


5 Packed Lunch Ideas to Make School Lunch Time Exciting

Who says school lunches need to be boring? Mix up your kid’s packed lunch with some fun and healthy lunch ideas from school uniform 247 …


Travelling With Kids? – Consider Safety First

Travelling with children is a challenging yet rewarding experience for parents. As you gear up for your next family vacation, think about the challenges involved …


Finding Valuable Parenting Help

Parenting help can be obtained from family, friends, support groups and professionals. There are many sources for such help. Family counseling is a good place …

I've really enjoyed the discussion about how to juggle parenting and still have a life outside of your children.
Alicia gregory
Single mum
After having post natal depression reading Mae's thoughts and advice gave me the confidence to travel and regain part of my life.
Carrie Badger
Mum of 2 little devils
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